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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Yes – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, all of those familiar tropes. Now be transported back to childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this classic musical rom-com. Dec. 6-11. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 11am, 3:30 & 8pm; Sun., 1pm. $25 and up.

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman, 512/477-6060


Acclaimed spoken-word artist Ebony Stewart presents the return of her award-winning one-woman show – an "unapologetic cascade of poetry and theatre" – directed by Zell Miller III for the Vortex. "To light the fire, burn hurts home, write the healing, and forgive again." Dec. 8-11. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35 (2-for-1 on Thursday with donation of 2 cans for SafePlace).

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


Auditions: Austin Shakespeare

Austin Shakespeare welcomes professional actors (Equity/non-Equity) for open auditions by appointment only. See website for details. Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30pm.

Austin Playwrights’ Studio, 5555 N. Lamar #K-125.,


It's a Wonderful Life

Out in Round Rock, the Penfold Theatre crew is staging this Capra fantasia as an old-timey live radio broadcast. George Bailey, won't you please come home? Dec. 1-23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra shows: Tue.-Wed., Dec. 20-21, 8pm. $23-25.

Old Settlers Hall, 3300 East Palm Valley.,

FronteraFest 2017: Now Hiring

The annual festival is seeking staff and production team members, including box office personnel, house managers, light board operators, stage managers, assistant stage managers, and Short Fringe coordinator. Note: All positions are paid. Email résumé and area of interest.,

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Here's the Texas premiere of Ken Ludwig’s inventive new adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, starring – once again, lucky us!Jason Newman as the consulting detective and Ben Wolfe as Dr. Watson. Directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse. Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $14-36.

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

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Neil Simon's fast and furious comedy, inspired by his own early days in showbiz, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a 1950s TV variety show. Directed by Joey Banks for City Theatre. Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.

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


In Nick Payne's award-winning starry drama, multiple episodes in the lives of a mercurial quantum physicist and an unvarnished beekeeper explore answers to the question, "Is love timeless?" Starring Stephanie Carll and Ryan Hamilton; directed by Liz Fisher for Street Corner Arts. Through Dec. 17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/298-9776

Nuestra Pastorela

David Lozano and Jeffry Farrell's new version is "a fun and wacky adaptation" of the traditional shepherd’s tale. Performed in a mix of English, Spanish, and gibberish; accompanied by live music from Clemencia Zapata; directed by Ricky Ramon for Teatro Vivo. Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-20.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River

Requiem for Tesla

Sit the fuck down, Tommy Edison, this show is about the man who really lit up the world. The Rude Mechs' amazing spectacle charting the life and times of inventor Nikola Tesla, last performed in this city more'n 10 years ago, returns in full photic force and all we can say is: See it, see it, oh, see it! It's fast. It's fierce. It's thoughtful, inspirational, and heartbreaking. Written by Kirk Lynn, directed by Shawn Sides, rocked by a great cast with Graham Reynolds music, this – and not some Cheeto-tinted cacacephaloid – this is what makes America great again. Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $12-35.

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

A Christmas Carol

Jaston Williams as Scrooge leads a fine cast in this Zach version of the Dickens holiday classic, directed by Dave Steakley, with musical direction by Allen Robertson. Through Dec. 31. Wed.-Sun., see website for varying times. $29-69.

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

The Santaland Diaries

Martin Burke rules the stage as the wisecracking Macy's elf Crumpet in this David Sedaris classic – and the musical accompaniment is a fine show in itself. Directed by Abe Reybold. Bonus: Meredith McCall. Through Dec. 25: Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $49 and up.

Zach Theatre's Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey

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