"Altar Boyz": Musical satire. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday; final show 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $28 ($15 students with ID). Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext. Call 901-682-8323. theatrememphis.org.
"Courtin' Time": Set in 1959 Memphis, drama explores the lives of two people who, despite racial differences, fall in love. Presented by Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Company. Shows are 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday-Monday. Other shows: 8 p.m. Jan. 25-26. Tickets $20/$15 students, senior citizens, military; group rate $12.50 for 10 or more in advance. Evergreen Theatre, 1705 Poplar. Call 901-946-6140.
"If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Were Alive Today": A one-man play written, directed and performed by Rabia Louis Haynes. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Play runs through Jan. 26. Harrell Performing Arts Theatre, 440 W. Powell Road, Collierville. $20 ($15 senior citizens and students). Call 901-230-8805 or 310-864-4038.
"The Left Hand Singing": Amid the idealism of Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi, three college students vanish without a trace; part of POTS@TheWorks series. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 27. Tickets $35 Fridays-Saturdays; $30 Thursdays and Sundays; $22 senior citizens, students, military; $10 children under age 18. TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe. 901-726-4656. playhouseonthesquare.org.
"The Mountaintop": A re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets: $22 opening weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday), $35 Fridays-Saturdays, $30 Thursdays & Sundays, $22 senior citizens, students, military; $10 for children under age 18. Adult language advisory. The Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper. Call 901-726-4656. playhouseonthesquare.org.
Philadanco: Philadelphia Dance Company's Memphis visit launches Martin Luther King weekend with the premiere of their latest piece by renowned choreographer Rennie Harris. 8 p.m. Friday at Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 Perkins Ext. Tickets $28; $25 senior citizens and students. 901-537-1483. buckmanartscenter.com.
"Simple Melodies": A celebration of America's greatest songwriters. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; final show 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $15 ($12 for students, senior citizens, military). Germantown Community Theatre, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road, Germantown. Call 901-754-2680. gctcomeplay.org.