Thu.-Sun. Sept. 5-8 | Scientists are not generally known for their senses of humor, but evolutionary ecologist Tim Lee is trying to make a breakthough, as in a bit relating the concept of nuclear fission to a bar full of unstable Oakland Raider fans. At 8 p.m. at Shadowbox Theatre, 6 p.m. Sunday.
Fri.-Sun. Sept. 6-21 | Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre kicks off its official season with the drama about legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Fri.-Sun. Sept. 6-29 | With the staging of the play about blues legend Ma Rainey recording in a Chicago studio in the 1920s, Anthony Bean Community Theater completes August Wilson's decade-by-decade series of plays about African Americans in the 20th century. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.