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The Back Pack

Frankly, we love these non-speaking sketch clowns, the fierce foursome – Pete Betcher, Katie Kohler, Justin Morley, and Jeremiah Rosenberger – who've been wowing crowds at Fronterafest and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival with their endlessly inventive, high-energy capers, and who now offer this evening of short pieces from their repertoire (with several new additions) in their own venue. Through Oct. 2. Fri.-Sun., 7:30pm. $15.

The Back Pack Co-Lab, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #206

Silent Sky

Lauren Gunderson's excellent fact-based historical drama stars Molly Karrasch as Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer who must fight to be heard in a world where women’s ideas are dismissed until men take credit for them. With Babs George, Claire Grasso, Samuel Knowlton, and Cyndi Williams directed by Lara Toner Haddock for Austin Playhouse. Through Oct. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $28-35 (student discounts available).

Austin Playhouse, ACC Highland, 6001 Airport, 512/476-0084

www.austinplayhouse.com

Disney's Newsies

Go ahead, say it: Wuxtry! Now go see what Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, Harvey Fierstein, Jeff Calhoun, and Christopher Gattelli have wrought, as a professional touring cast restages this terrific musical for your inkstained nostalgia and modern viewing pleasure. Through Oct. 2. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $25 and up.

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus, 512/477-6060

www.austin.broadway.com

Any Night

EVN Productions presents the Austin premiere of this drama by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn, in which a troubled young dancer moves into a new basement apartment and finds herself inexorably drawn into the world of her seductive upstairs neighbor. Directed by Elizabeth V. Newman, starring Marie Fahlgren and The Backpack's Zac Thomas. Through Oct. 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $20.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870

www.anynightaustin.com

Lungs

In Duncan Macmillan's modern and provocative love story, a young couple can’t agree whether or not to have a child in this unstable world. "Which will blow up first – the planet, or the relationship?" Directed by Lily Wolff for Hyde Park Theatre, starring Liz Beckham and Michael Joplin. Through Oct. 22. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. Extra show: Oct. 20. $20-26 (pay what you can, Thursdays & Sundays).

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

www.hydeparktheatre.org

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The American gangster movie meets Richard III – so to speak, bub – as St. Ed's stages this Bertolt Brecht classic with director David Long at the helm, with guest performers Amy Downing and David Stahl among the hoods and henchmen. Bonus: Original music by Peter Stopschinski. Sept. 29-Oct. 9. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm.

Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484

think.stedwards.edu/theatre/

It's Only a Play

Terrance McNally's classic show-biz comedy is directed by Frank Benge for Sam Bass Theatre out in Round Rock. Pro tip: Have dinner at that city's excellent Scarlet Rabbit restaurant before the show. Through Oct. 8. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $13-25.

Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., 512/244-0440

www.sambasstheatre.org

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical

Based on the popular movie, this Olivier- and Tony-winning musical tells the heartwarming adventure of three friends from Down Under who journey into the Outback searching for love, friendship, and family. Oh, it's a fabulous peregrination indeed. Directed by Abe Reybold, with musical direction by Allen Robertson. Through Oct. 30. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $29 and up.

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org

The Price

Arthur Miller's seldom-seen classic about family dynamics and the price of keeping secrets is presented by Jarrott Productions under the direction of Fritz Ketchum. Through Oct. 22. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm.

Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity

www.jarrottproductions.com

The Drowning Girls

Inspired by the real-life "Brides in the Bath Murders" in 1912 England, this award-winning drama by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic incorporates a bit of dark humor as each of the women resurrects the circumstances that led them into contact with the con man they married. Directed by Jenny Lavery for that amazing Theatre En Bloc company. Sept. 29-Oct. 16. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35 (free, seated last, if there's room).

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/522-4083

www.theatreenbloc.org

Shakespeare at the Market: Twelfth Night

Present Company offers this zaniest of the Bard's comedies, replete with live music, on the rooftop of Whole Foods' Downtown HQ. A terrific cast directed by Joseph Garlock brings the merriment here. Pro tip: picnics, blankets, and chairs encouraged. Through Oct. 2. Thu.-Sun., 7pm. Donations accepted.

Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206

www.presentcompanytheatre.com

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