If you’re planning a night on the town, complete with a great dinner and crisp ale, why not make an evening of it and see a show afterward?

Thursday, Paper Lantern Theatre Company performs A Bright New Boise, a comedy that takes place in the break room of an Idaho craft store, where someone is summoning The Rapture. The play delves into faith, forgiveness and second chances. Performances are at Hanesbrands Theatre and run through March 22.

Thursday is also the opening night of Theatre Alliance’s The Cardigans, a music-filled play about a group of friends that embark on their first live tour after graduation. Production runs through Sunday.

Meanwhile, in Greensboro on Thursday, Carolina Theatre hosts In the Crown: The Monti, a community storytelling event based on the night’s theme “animal instincts.” The show is for 18 and over only.

Friday through Saturday, Touring Theatre of NC presents Duke Ellington Uptown at the Carolina Theatre. The biography/cabaret features five actors singing and strutting through 14 of the Duke’s most popular songs. A live band, featuring a piano, base, drums and jazz singers, will kick up the beat.

Also this weekend, Friday through Sunday is the last run of Community Theatre of Greensboro’s Aladdin, Jr., a youthful production of the love story filled with magic carpet rides, a crazy genie and a dream to be more. Productions are at the Starr Theatre.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Rhythm of the Dance at Carolina Theatre will demonstrate Ireland’s tradition of Celtic Step in a fun and upbeat show.

Next Thursday, UNC School of the Arts presents its Symphony Orchestra in Russian Fireworks at the Stevens Center. The concert “captures the fiery spirit of St. Petersburg and Moscow,” with such pieces as Shostakovich’s response to the Soviet-era artistic repression, “Fifth Symphony.”

Also hitting the stage next week is UNC Greensboro’s student production of Pinocchio in Taylor Theatre. The play is a new, fast-paced version of the classic children’s story and features a tale within a tale.

Coming soon is Twin City Stage’s production of Mary Poppins, which opens March 27. !