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The Amazing Acro-Cats

Jumpin' cats, here's one feline-festooned spectacle, as that Samantha Martin returns to Austin with her coterie of trained (more or less) cats and their onstage antics – as seen on the Colbert show, as hailed in Vice magazine, and as reported by John Merriman in this review. This popular event is cute and a half, with a portion of sales going to Street Cat Rescue of Austin. Jan. 19-23. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 3 & 7pm; Sun., 1 & 5pm; Mon., 7pm. $27.

Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

Rude Mechs: Off Center On Screen

Rude Mechs celebrate 20 years of rudeness (and brace for the next four years of madness) with a look back at the video archives of two of their favorite plays. Bonus: Your emcee is that cinema-happy hooligan and Austin theatre MVP Lowell Bartholomee. Extra bonus: Booze and tamales for sale. Warning: Make your reservations ASAP, yo. Get Your War On: 5pm. Lipstick Traces: 7:30pm. Sun., Jan. 22. Free.

The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833


Smoke and Mirrors

TILT Performance Group's newest work is an interactive comedy experience, with an original script written by members of the performing company, directed by Adam Roberts. What do a hairdressing client, a disco queen, and a stage magician have in common? Find out here. Through Jan. 22. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-15.

Bravo Theatre, 4544 S. Lamar #200.


Dead Man's Cell Phone

En Route Productions presents Sarah Ruhl's darkly absurd romantic comedy – at Link & Pin Gallery, within an immersive installation called Winter Modern, and in the beautiful Springdale Station venue. Because nothing, not even the boundaries of space and time, can stop a local company with a creative goal in mind. Bonus: Drinks from Live Oak Brewery and the Steeping Room. Link & Pin: Sun., Jan. 22, 2pm. 2235 E. Sixth #102. Springdale: Through Jan. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm.

The Noisy Neighbors

Different Stages brings back Carlo Goldoni’s classic, written for the Venice Carnival of 1756, which reveals the matrimonial scheming, gossip, and games enlivening the daily activity of a bustling but poor Venetian piazza where pandemonium reigns. Directed by Norman Blumensaadt. Through Jan. 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-30.

Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity.


Here's the Texas premiere of Steven Dietz's literature-laden love story in which an American man searches for the Irish woman who first captured his heart 30 years earlier while leading a “Bloomsday” walking tour in Dublin. Featuring Huck Huckaby, Cyndi Williams, Claire Grasso, and Aaron Johnson. Directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse. Through Feb. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-36.

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

Crimes of the Heart

Beth Henley’s classic comedy spins the zany story of a dysfunctional Southern family, here directed by Rod Mechem for City Theatre. Through Feb. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.

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

Sex, Shame, and Tears

And here one of Mexico’s most iconic films comes to life in Austin in its original staged form. Produced by ProyectoTEATRO, written by Antonio Serrano, this tumultuous comedy showcases two married couples on the brink of an emotional breakdown. Directed by Luis Ordaz Gutiérrez. Note: Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. Jan. 20-29. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $8-15.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/420-9078


Southwest Theatre Productions presents this Leonard Manzella drama in which a prison-system psychologist is challenged to evaluate his own life by the inmates he came to help. Directed by Kat Sparks. Jan. 19-29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm.

Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh, 512/478-9717

A Perfect Robot

Finally, FTW, here's the world premiere of Sarah Saltwick's excellent drama about an artificial intelligence, abandoned by her creator, who (with the help of the ghost of Alan Turing) works to free herself from the restraints of technology. Featuring Amelia Turner as Mollybot, Joey Hood as Alan Turing, with Jesus I. Valles, Trey Deason, Andreá Smith, and Sarah Danko. Directed by Rudy Ramirez for The Vortex. Jan. 19-Feb. 11. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Also: Wed., Feb. 8, 8pm.

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

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