Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, Feb. 11-17

After Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, Plan-B’s new production ‘Balthazar,’ and comics Colin Quinn and Mark Normand are in town.

(Charles Sykes | Associated Press file photo) Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Colin Quinn is scheduled to perform standup at Wiseguys Comedy Club in Salt Lake City, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17, 2024.

Feb. 13, 14

Multiple holidays

A reminder that a couple holidays are happening on Wednesday: It’s both Valentine’s Day, the date given over to romance, and Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lent season leading to Easter. That also means Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and you get extra points if you find the plastic baby in a King cake (though it’s too late to order one at most high-end bakeries in Salt Lake City).

Feb. 15-March 3

The ‘B’ is for ‘Balthazar’

Plan-B Theatre starts a run of Debora Threedy’s new play “Balthazar” on Thursday, in the Studio Theatre of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. Threedy’s play is a take on Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” which considers whether that play’s heroine, Portia, had dressed as a man and worked as a lawyer in other trials besides Shylock’s. The production runs through March 3. Tickets are available at planbtheatre.org.

Feb. 16-17

Colin Quinn at Wiseguys

You might remember Colin Quinn from his stint anchoring “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” or his appearances on the MTV games show “Remote Control” even before that, or his many comedy specials, or his appearances in the movie “Trainwreck” (as Amy Schumer’s irascible dad). Quinn is scheduled to perform standup, Friday and Saturday, 5 and 7:30 p.m. each night at Wiseguys, 190 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, in The Gateway. Tickets available at wiseguyscomedy.com.

Feb. 17

Standup at Eccles

Mark Normand has the distinction of once being called the country’s “best young up and coming comic” by none other than Jerry Seinfeld. Normand, whose Netflix special “Soup to Nuts,” debuted last July, is set to perform Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., at Eccles Theatre, 131 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. Tickets are available at live-at-the-eccles.com.