Notes of Note American Opera Theater kicks off its season with a brand new show called Songspiel. The Baltimore-based touring opera company created the show, featuring songs by Kurt Weill, to show off the mad skills of Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair. Songspielruns Nov. 6-14 at the Theatre Project (45 W. Preston St.,  539-3091 americanoperatheater.org).
Step Right Up Four Rivers Theatre Studio has been workshopping a new comedy about the circus for audiences at Germano's (300 S. High St.,  752-4515, germanostrattoria.com) on Sundays since Oct. 11. Check out its progress Nov. 8, but don't expect a traditional show. Four Rivers is really about involving the audience in the creative process, which means just about anything could happen.
Openings On Nov. 6, check out Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House at Fells Point Corner Theatre (251 S. Ann St.  276-7837, fpct.org). This comedy about tidiness and lack thereof was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Mystery of Irma Vep, a madcap spoof on Gothic melodramas opens at Everyman Theatre (1727 N. Charles St.,  752-2208, everymantheatre.org) Nov. 11.
Closings Several shows end their runs this week. Factory Edge's Rocky Horror Show does the time warp one last time as the clock strikes midnight Nov. 7 at the Mobtown Theater (3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 114,  522-0216, factoryedgetheatreworks.tix.com). Shylock gets his not-so-just desserts in Merchant of Venice with two final shows Nov. 8 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center (2201 Argonne Drive,  885-3625, murphyfineartscenter.org). This production presented by Theatre Morgan sets the pound of flesh conundrum in the 1940s, providing a backdrop of racial and political tensions. And The Importance of Being Earnest takes its last bow at CenterStage (700 N. Calvert St.,  332-0033, centerstage.org) Nov. 8
Auditions Run of the Mill Theater holds auditions Nov. 6-8 for August Wilson's Piano Lesson. They start at 6:30 p.m. each night at Load of Fun Studios at 120 W. North Ave.; you need an appointment (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Depending on how that went, head over to Spotlighters (817 St. Paul St.,  752-1225, spotlighters.org) to try out for Partitionby Ira Hauptman Nov. 10 and 11. Tryouts start at 7:30 p.m. Bring a headshot, résumé, and a two-minute monologue. Also, brush up on your British, Southern Indian, and/or French accents.