• Portland Ovations continues its string of bringing hit shows to Portland with “Avenue Q,” the Tony Award-winner for best musical, best score and best book. The national tour stops at Merrill Auditorium in Portland for a single performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Avenue Q” is about trying to make it in Manhattan with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the funniest shows you’re ever likely to see.” It features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risque and entertaining way.

“Avenue Q” is appropriate for mature audiences.

Tickets range from $45 to $60 through PortTix; call 842-0800. 

• Freeport High School presents “You’re Killing Me,” an original student-written play by Taylor Kissin, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St. Kissin co-directs the show with theater director Tim Ryan.

Freeport is presenting the show at the Maine Principals Association State One-Act Drama finals, set for Friday and Saturday at Rockland High School. Freeport is scheduled to perform at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Thursday show is a chance for the public to see the performance before the state competition. It’s also a benefit. Admission is pay-what-you-can, and proceeds will be used to pay travel costs to and from the finals in Rockland.

“You’re Killing Me” is a play about Neil, a failed stand-up comedian who believes that the only way to prove he is funny is by seeking revenge against the comedy club that ridiculed him. With the unwilling help of his wife, Neil robs the club with several others inside. What started as a robbery quickly becomes a hostage situation.