through Aug. 16
Kingdom of Earth
A troubled young man brings home his new bride, a sometimes prostitute and showgirl named Myrtle, to his family’s home along the Mississippi River on the verge of the surrounding levee overflowing. The Tennessee Williams Theater Company of New Orleans, Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave.,

The Cradle Will Rock
Local theater company Cripple Creek Theater, known for staging politically minded productions, this month presents a free production of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 political opera as part of its Civilian Theatre Project. Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., 948-9998,  

Flowers in the Attic
The play adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ book is about four children who, after the death of their father, endure harsh treatment from their grandmother. Old Marquer Theater, 2400 St. Claude Ave., 298-8676,

Katrina: Mother-in-Law of ’Em All
Set at Ernie and Antoinette K-Doe’s titular Tremé lounge, five New Orleanians gather to drink and reflect on the anniversary of the storm. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,