This witty and enchanting (and Tony-winning) musical features a score by Stephen Sondheim
and writer Hugh Wheeler
(never mind how Wheeler desecrated
Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle
, mmmkay?), the romantic tale here directed by Don Toner
for Austin Playhouse
, with musical direction by Lyn Koenning
and choreography by Danny Herman
and Rocker Verastique
. Through June 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm.
Austin Playhouse, ACC Highland, 6001 Airport, 512/476-0084
The Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents this, the twelfth of the fourteen collaborations by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, a comic opera of love, laughter, and a royal case of mistaken identity. Through June 26. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Extra show: Sat., June 25, 2pm. $7-25.
Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar
This Tony-winning comedy is a modern, Sixties-styled romp based on the classic A Servant of Two Masters, with the eminently watchable Martin Burke playing a fellow who's got to keep his two gangster employers from meeting and learning of his dual employment. With a fine supporting cast directed by Abe Reybold for Zach Theatre. Through June 26. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $29 and up.
Here's the Bard's beloved comedy done up all steampunk style by the teen brigade of Austin Shakespeare. Through June 26. Wed.-Thu., Sat.-Sun., 8pm. $12-17.
This tenth-anniversary burlesque gala features the cast in its entirety, including all six current Austin members and celebrated alumni Coco Lectric, Pearl Lux, Goldie Candela, Cherry Zapp, Champagne Shock, Amber Smokes, and Jade Esteban Estrada. 8pm. $15-40.
Something for Nothing Theater celebrates its fifth anniversary by presenting this Shakespeare fantasy, starring Kevin Moxley as Leontes and Courtney Bailey Parker as Hermione. Through June 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Free.
ColdTowne presents the world premiere of an original play developed entirely through improvisation in collaboration with L.A.-based improv troupe Dasariski. Directed by the Frank Mills' Dave Buckman, performed by a fine cast that includes Frank Netscher, Michael Jastroch, Bryan “LuBu” Roberts, Kristen Samuelsen, Chaz Formicella, and Audrey Sansom, this comedy follows three deadbeat brothers as they examine the mistakes of their past and confront their future. Through June 25. Sat., 8:30pm. $12 ($10, in advance).
Another variety show, this one built from improv by your friends at That Racket! Musical Improv, Junk, Channel 2, Darth Brooks, and MC Harold. June 24-25. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm. Free (on Friday; $6, Saturday).
This professional touring troupe does a solid version of the Bard's most fantastic comedy – except that, for each performance, one of their actors (chosen at random before the show) gets shit-faced drunk before the curtain rises. Who will it be the night that you're
there, citizen, and prithee what thoroughly 'toxicated shenanigans will ensue
? Through June 25. Thu.-Sat., 6:30pm. $18.
En Route Productions presents this Tennessee Williams classic out there at the Live Oak Brewery. Bring a blanket, bring a picnic (but leave the mendacity at home), and see these dramatic fireworks under the stars, as a fine cast (Zac Crofford! Anne Hulsman! Weldon Phillips! More!) is directed by Lindsey Doleshal to start your summer off all theatrical. First weekend: Fri.-Sun., June 3-5, 8pm. The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo. And then: Through June 30. Fri.-Sun., 7:30pm. $5-25.
Live Oak Brewing Company, 615 Crozier, Del Valle.
Mercurial Theatre's debut performance is the Lovecraft story of the same name, blending the genres of horror and science fiction, getting downright eldritch if not chthonic in their presentation. Adapted and directed by Dan Wolff. Through July 2. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $20 ($15, in advance).
Space 12, 3121 E. 12th
Shakespeare's timeless Faery-riddled rom com is directed by Lindsay McKenna for City Theatre. June 24-July 17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
This seldom-seen Henrik Ibsen classic is about a formerly wealthy and powerful man who's now disgraced and destitute after a financial scandal and prison. Directed by Norman Blumensaadt for Different Stages, featuring Ev Lunning as the unfortunate bank director. June 24- Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-30.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
J. Robert Moore stars in this one-man show, written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Nat Miller, about what happens when a struggling Hollywood actor takes a job working in the underground mall beneath Barbra Streisand's Malibu dream house – and La Barbra herself shows up. Shenanigans, we reckon, ensue. Through Aug.14. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $29 and up.