This here's a free reading of the play – adapted by Lana Lesley, based on the novel by Donald Barthelme – that started things off at the Off Center for Austin's magisterial Rude Mechs back in 1999. Note: After the (brilliant) cast performs, a fully interactive evening of boozing and shmoozing will follow. 5pm. Free.
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
Kate Hamill’s new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel is directed by Lara Toner for Austin Playhouse and features Marie Fahlgren, Huck Huckaby, Jess Hughes, Sam Knowlton, Stephen Mercantel, Bernadette Nason, Cyndi Williams, and more. Through April 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $32-36 (half price for students).
Austin Playhouse, ACC Highland, 6001 Airport, 512/476-0084
Here again is Cameron Mackintosh’s original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece that "continues performances on Broadway and in many other cities around the world." Austin is one of those cities. Attend with or without a mask. Indeed it's time. We have all laid aside disguise but you. Through April 30. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.
Molière’s famous farce – featuring staged history's favorite lecherous and menacing hypocrite – is directed by Lindsay McKenna for City Theatre. Through April 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
This biographical play-set-to-music transforms the Topfer Theatre into a late-Fifties nightclub with an onstage bar (including VIP cabaret table seating), as CHANEL stars as Billie Holiday. Directed by Michael Rader for ZACH. Lot of ALL-CAPS level of goodness going on here, indeed. Through April 30. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.
Rory Kinnear’s comedy of manners about unexpected guests at a birthday party for a 21-year-old is directed by Robert Tolaro in its Texas premiere for Jarrott Productions. Bonus: Janelle Buchanan and Michael Miller are among the lively cast. Through April 30. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $18-30.
Here's an original comedy, written and directed by Lorella Loftus, about body image, self-esteem, and diets. This world premiere show features a lively cast deconstructing the diet industry and all its propaganda, promoting a message that self-esteem is more important than social approval. Through May 6. Wed.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282