Jane Austen's 1813 novel comes to life in this fast-moving and high-spirited Jon Jory adaptation, presented by St. Ed's Department of Performing Arts and featuring a fine student cast and guest artists Mary Agen Cox, Babs George, and David Long under the direction of Robert Tolaro. Through Feb. 26. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $25 ($18, students, seniors).
Yes, and this one's based on the Robert Fagles translation of Homer's epic, now adapted for stage (and conjuring a collision of ancient and present-day warfare) by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. That's a solid enough foundation for drama, certainly – but a surer sign of awesomeness is that this production stars Cami Alys. Directed by Nathan Jerkins for Penfold Theatre. Bonus: original music by Seth Osborn. Through Feb. 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $18-20.
Direct from the stage of that American Shakespeare Center comes the Bard's classic ill-fated romance, directed by Benjamin Curns. 7pm. $10-20.
"In an imagined future near the border between Texas and Mexico, in a place that used to be called Laredo, a pair of drifters encounter the lost stories of Don Quixote
and strive to “re-do” them with regrettable and hilarious consequences." And now an all-star team
of Glass Half Full
performers bring stunning puppetry and visual design
to bear in presenting this gloriously twisted narrative
in a combination of Spanish, English, and Spanglish. Easily understood by all, even those yet sadly unknighted. Through Feb. 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $13-25.
Austin's (fiercely industrious) Rude Mechs
, celebrating 20 years of rudeness every month until May
, bring you two unique and free
events this weekend. A Rude Salon
An evening of rude and brainy conversations (about performance studies, queer theory, feminism, whiteness, experimental art, running a collective, and more) hosted by Desirée Morales
and Lisa Moore
. Fri., Feb. 24, 7pm
. Creating Serendipity: A Rude Workshop
Learn (from that brilliant Kirk Lynn
) how to generate text, movement, and performance as a trap for shock and grace. Sat., Feb. 25, 1-4pm
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
When Patrick Terry brought his Wondershow to the Vortex a while back
, the highlight of the series was this guy, this Goldenhersh
, this affable and seemingly ordinary human who nonetheless brings Dr. Strange
-level miracles of stage magic to every performance. Can we recommend this night of more intimate
illusions, right in front of your boggled peepers, highly enough? We can't even. Bonus: Patrizi's
, right there on-site! Thu.-Sat., Feb. 23-25, 8pm. $15-35.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
The ACC Drama Department presents this Bertolt Brecht-and-Kurt Weill musical classic that chronicles the adventures of Victorian outlaw Mack the Knife. You know the song, right? Come see the arch gangland spectacle, replete with provocative song and dance, from which it's unsheathed. Feb. 23-March 5. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8-12.
Here's Edward Albee's Pulitzer-winning play about the hopes and hardships of three contemporary women, examining lives of loss and the ability to go on in spite of it. Directed by Andy Berkovsky for City Theatre. Through March 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
This one-hour spectacle from Texas Comedies and Crank Collective decants the true story of the fight between the "Drys" and the "Wets" in Texas, muddled with temperancers, doughboys, suffragettes, and gangsters – and a couple twists of vice. Feb. 23-March 4. Thu-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.
This Harold Pinter drama about a love triangle and the seductive battle for power it provokes is produced by Austin Shakespeare under the direction of Ann Ciccolella and features Ben Wolfe, Jill Blackwood, and Nancy Eyermann. Through March 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $18.
Now here's a highly political play for these highly political days, as Theatre en Bloc's Jenny Lavery directs this Guillermo Calderon drama that uses two distinct revolutions – Russia's and Chile's – to explore the importance of art in turbulent times. Through March 5. Thu.-Sun., 8pm.
This is the second of Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ plays exploring Texas’ own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House. This historical marvel's got a three-hour running time and is directed by Dave Steakley. Through March 5. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $29-81.
This is the world premiere of a new play by Vietnamese-American playwright Christine Hoang with songs by the Korean-American singer/songwriter BettySoo. It's an exploration of relationships between Asian and Black communities in America, friendship and strain between men and women of color, ties between immigrant Americans and first-generation Americans, and love between parent and child. Directed by Karen Jambon for Color Arc Productions and featuring Uyen-Anh Dang as the titular Sue. Feb. 24-March 12. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15 and up.