CURSES A hunchback jester can't get a break in Verdi's opera Rigoletto. To be fair, he kind of brought all this crap on himself, but still, this story is way harsh. Listen to the Baltimore Opera Theatre belt it out Mar. 11 at the Hippodrome Theatre (12 N. Eutaw St.,  837-7400, baltimoreoperatheatre.net).
FESTIVE The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is gearing up once again with two readings Mar. 11--Nancy Murray's Asking Questions at 12 p.m. and David Allyn's Commencement at 2 p.m. at the Loyola College Reading Room (Andrew White Student Union, 4501 N. Charles St., baltimoreplaywrightsfestival.org).
GO IRISH! As a prelude to St. Patrick's Day, Echoes of the Emerald Isle tells a tale, sings a song, and even waxes poetic at Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall (Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St., 516-4842, greatthinkers.jhu.edu) Mar. 16. OPENINGS Fells Point Corner Theatre (251 S. Ann St.,  276-7837, fpct.org) brings Eleemosynary, Lee Blessing's play about three generations of women, to life Mar. 12-April 11. Then grab your trash cans and head to see a revamped version of the ever-percussive StompMar. 16-28 at the Hippodrome.
LAST CHANCE The Department of Theatre Arts at Towson University takes on a complicated tale of betrayal and identity in Landscape of the Body. The show's run at Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre (8000 York Road, Towson,  704- 2787, towson.edu) ends Mar. 11. Closercomes to a, um, close Mar. 13 at the Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill (3600 Clipper Mill Road, mobtownplayers.com) The characters in Tennessee Williams' Glass Menagerie hold their last vigil for a gentleman caller on Mar. 14 at Rep Stage (Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia,  772-4900, repstage.org). And Hysteriathrows its final fit at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, (817 St. Paul St.,  752-1225, spotlighters.org) Mar. 14)
AUDITIONS Want to be in a space odyssey written by a 14-year-old? Annex Theater can hook you up. It's putting on a play by Baltimore City Public Schools student Derek Carr. Auditions are Mar. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Annex Theater (419 E. Oliver St., baltimoreannextheater.org). Call (717) 460-6464 for more details.