Auditions: Pygmalion

This George Bernard Shaw classic (you know: My Fair Lady) will be produced by Different Stages in June and July under the direction of Norman Blumensaadt. Note that all principal roles have been cast; this call is for casting the Eynsford Hills and other supporting roles (men and women, ages 25-65). Also note: British accents are required. See website for details; call for appointment. Mon.-Tue., April 21-22, 7-8:30pm. Waller Creek School, 4100 Red River.


In The Heights

UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents this Tony-winning musical about a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Through April 19. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2 & 7pm. $15-25.

B. Iden Payne Theatre, 512/471-5793

The Pillowman

UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents Martin McDonagh's disturbing play about a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. Wed.-Sat., April 16-19, 7:30pm. Free.

Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, Winship Drama Building, 23rd & San Jacinto

The Tobolowsky Files

Seemingly omnipresent actor Stephen Tobolowsky (from, you know, Thelma and Louise, Groundhog Day, Memento, Deadwood, and more) comes to Austin with this night of quirky, highly relatable tales about human relationships and life. (8:00). $32-47.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470


Black Widow Burlesque: Fifth Anniversary

Featuring some of the bodacious troupe's favorite and most celebrated numbers. Bonus: Former widows take the stage for a special reunion. (8:30). $12-20.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002


Dancing with Mary Jane

This beauteous bit of burlesquery happens on the 18th, but it's all about the 4/20. Featuring Austin's own Roxie Moxie and Remi Martini. Bonus: Prizes from Pipes Plus and Forbidden Fruit. (9:00). $10-20.

Speakeasy, 412 Congress, 512/476-8017

www.speakeasyaustin.com, batcitybombshells@gmail.com


Much Ado About Nothing

The ever-intrepid Present Company Theatre presents this beloved Shakespeare comedy by performing it on the rooftop of Downtown Austin's Whole Foods Market. It's like … funny-bone groceries for the theatrical soul! Fri.-Sun., April 18-May 11, 6:30pm. Donations accepted.

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



For Fear the Glass May Shatter

This operatic show explores the science and struggle around Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli, exploring themes of scientific criticism, competition and collaboration, concern for reputation, the social and personal politics of war, and the role of women in science and culture. Conceived and written by David DeMaris, developed through workshops with the cast and musical collaborator Emily Breedlove, this complex spectacle is directed by Bonnie Cullum for the Vortex Repertory Company. Note: The show's also part, for three nights, of Fusebox Festival. Through April 18. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282



Fusebox Festival

Oh, don't even get us started. This sprawling spectacle of performances and concerts and exhibitions is one of the city's brightest annual treasures, bringing in artists and creative teams from all over the world, presenting compelling works by those beyond-Texasers as well as by talented locals, and offering it all gratis – that's free gratis – to all and sundry. It was kicked off in world-class fashion on Wednesday with the Golden Hornet Project's Mozart Requiem Undead at the French Legation Museum (see right here for description) and now heeeeeeeere we go with two weeks full of nonstop art and performances and workshops and process-oriented conversations and everything else that Ron Berry and Brad Carlin and Natalie George and their many fierce friends have gathered for the city's enjoyment. See the Fusebox website for details, but also know that this is what's coming up first):

Yoga with Adriene Yes, Fusebox exists for your mind and your body. Noon-1:15pm. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK. Noontime Waffle Chat: Fusebox Overview Get the lowdown with tasty noms. Noon-1pm. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E Lee. Art Flavours: Tastings An art-inspired gallery … of gelato! 12:30-2pm. Umlauf Sculpture Garden. When a Priest Marries a Witch Artist talk by Suzanne Bocanegra, starring Paul Lazar. 6-7pm. Blanton Museum of Art. Conspirare's Big Sing 6:30-8pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave. The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller This multimedia "live documentary" by Sam Green features the musicians of Yo La Tengo. 7 & 9pm. Paramount Stateside, 713 Congress. Dark Violet Music for accordion, violin, and live electronics, featuring Frode Andersen, Ejnar Kanding, and Todd Reynolds. 7:30-8:30pm. Blanton Museum of Art. El Rumor del Incendio Witness accounts, archive film, scale models, and live actors unearth the artifacts of recent Mexican history. 9-10:30pm. The Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo. From the Pig Pile Sibyl Kempson + Rude Mechs + SVT, FTW. 8pm. Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 E. Manor Rd. Exploded Drawing Six new beat makers, sound collectors, and electronic composers perform their original work. 10:30pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth.


Austin Playhouse presents the world premiere of this original play by Austin's own Cyndi Williams. Listen: "When the ghosts of their past are unleashed, the residents of an exclusive retirement community must come to terms with lost love, triumphs, fears, and the choices that haunt and connect us all." An all-star cast and crew bring the haunted and haunting tale to life under the direction of Lara Toner. Through May 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport.


This is Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical about the lives and motivations of nine men and women who attempted to or were successful in assassinating American presidents. Directed by Philip Olson for Soubrette Productions. Through April 20. Thu.-Sun., 10pm. $25 ($20, seniors; $15, students).

Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926


The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia

Different Stages presents this Preston Jones comedy about the fading dregs of a fraternity of good ol' boys who encounter at chance to revive the glory of the club's golden age – but maybe it's not quite gonna work out that way. Directed by Bob Tolaro. Through April 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Sun., April 27, 3pm. No show: Fri., April 25. $15-30.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/926-6747


Romeo and Juliet

The Shakespeare classic, yes. As presented by those Baron's Men, who always go whole hog on the traditional practices and do this tale up right, out there at Richard Garriott's place. Bonus: Come early for the pre-show market. Fri.-Sat., April 4-12, 8pm; Thu.-Sat., April 17-26, 8pm. $10-15.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon



This Stephen Sondheim musical, directed by Barbara Schuler for Austin Theatre Projects, features Andrew Bosworth as Bobby – a dedicated bachelor poised on at least three cusps of commitment. April 11-26. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. Extra shows: Sat., April 19, 2pm; Sun., April 13 & 27, 3pm. $20-30.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 888/287-3558

www.austintheatreproject.org, info@austintheatreproject.org

The Drawer Boy

"It's 1972, and two middle-aged Canadian farmers encounter an eager young actor whose theater collective is writing play about farming. One farmer is stern and curmudgeonly; the other's war injury has cost him his memory." Michael Healey wrote it; Ken Webster's directing it; Michael Stuart, Jon Cook, and that same Webster star in it. The last time this play was staged by HPT, it was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows the theatre had ever done. Reckon it'll be at least as good this time 'round, too. Through April 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra show: Sun., April 20, 2pm. $20-22 (with discounts for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance members); pay-what-you-wish, Thursdays.

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


The Chalk Garden

Enid Bagnold's classic play – part comedy of manners, part murder mystery – concerns a mysterious stranger who is employed as a governess. What happens between her and her young charge? Where does the murder part come in? See this show for answers. Directed by the unstoppable Frank Benge for Sam Bass Theatre out there in Round Rock. Through May 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $18 ($15, seniors, students, educators, military; $13, Thursdays).

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


Much Ado About Nothing

The ever-intrepid Present Company Theatre presents this beloved Shakespeare comedy by performing it on the rooftop of Downtown Austin's Whole Foods Market. It's like … funny-bone groceries for the theatrical soul! Fri.-Sun., April 18-May 11, 6:30pm. Donations accepted.

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


The Gospel at Colonus

Based on Sophocles' Oedipus, this musical tells the story of Oedipus’ return home seeking forgiveness, redemption, and transformation – in the context of a gospel church service. It's an all-new production of the theatrical landmark, directed by Dave Steakley, with vocals by Austin's most acclaimed singers. April 2-27. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541