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Out of Ink: Carry On

And this, citizen, this is ScriptWorks' 18th annual Ten Minute Play Showcase, featuring 10-minute masterpieces created over 48 hours during the collective's recent Weekend Fling. The playwrights are Katherine Catmull, Carolyn Kennedy, Briandaniel Oglesby, Sheila Lynch Rinear, Adam Sweeney, Megan Thornton, Lisa B. Thompson, and Anne Maria Wynter; see what they've wrought come to life with a sharp cast on the Hyde Park stage. Thu.-Sat., April 28-May 7, 8pm. $14-16 (pay what you wish, April 28).

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

www.scriptworks.org

Fundamentals of Lecoq: A Physical Theatre Workshop

Taught by Glass Half Full's Caroline Reck, for experienced theater artists who want to learn the basics of Jacques Lecoq’s approach to mime, neutral mask, performer's presence, use of space, and collaborative group creation. See website for details. Sun., May 8, 11am-4pm. $75.

First Street Studio, 2410 E. Cesar Chavez #202, 512/541-9192

www.glasshalffulltheatre.com

ONGOING

Ann

Ann Richards, that is, of course. One of our favorite governors, ever, and here onstage in a one-woman show written by and starring Emmy- and Tony-winning Holland Taylor. Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein for Zach Theatre. See our review right here. Through May 15. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $29-119.

Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar.

The Explorers Club

The acting president of the exclusively male club of adventurers wants to let a woman in; but it's 1879 and … wouldn't that shake the very foundation of the British Empire? Nell Benjamin’s history-skewering comedy features a fine cast directed by Lara Toner for Austin Playhouse. Through May 1. Thu.-Sat., 9pm; Sun., 5pm. $28-35.

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

www.austinplayhouse.com

Motown: The Musical

Texas Performing Arts brings us the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and many more. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. April 26-May 1. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus, 512/477-6060

www.texasperformingarts.org/venues/bass_concert_hall

Auditions: Big Bad Musical

Adult auditions coming up for this children's musical theater production. See website for details. Thu., May 5, noon-4pm.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/221-4680

www.summermusical.com

Teatro Vivo: Stories of Us

A play that aims to "open a rich dialogue about the importance of acceptance, solidarity, and love"? Yes: In this world premiere, a variety of performance styles explore the complex histories of Afro-Latinidad relations and reveal how past interactions between the two cultures currently affect the community. Script by Jelisa Jay Robinson; directed by Florinda Bryant. Through May 8. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-20 ($12, students, seniors, teachers; pay what you wish, Thursdays).

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/474-6379

www.teatrovivo.org

Hamlet

Present Company Theatre's Stephanie Carll directs a fierce cast – Joseph Garlock and Judd Farris among them – in Shakespeare's most classic classic, done up all PCT-style for modern impact in the regicidal darkness. "Seven actors. 28 characters. Five flashlights. Hundreds of lightbulbs." Through May 9. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Extra shows: Mon., May 2 & 9, 8pm. Free (donations gladly accepted).

Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale & Lyons, 262/880-6982

www.presentcompanytheatre.com

Field Guide

The Rude Mechs' latest action-packed spectacle – commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre – does a tricky tarantella across thin-ice patches of intellectualism, spiritualism, sensualism and hedonism mixed with stand-up comedy, stompy dancing, and a cardboard bear and his geometric friends. See our review right here. Through April 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $5-35.

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

www.rudemechs.com

Wars of Heaven: Smackdown!

This divine and diabolical smackdown rocks the SVT stage right here in Austin, Texas, as Trouble Puppet Theater Company presents an original, stand-alone installment in their Wars of Heaven trilogy. Funded in part by the Jim Henson Foundation, unleashing a unique entertainment at the intersection of pro wrestling, televangelism, political debate, and a troupe possessed of the maddest, baddest puppeteering skills. Directed by Connor Hopkins, featuring music by Justin Sherburn. Through May 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $10-50.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/573-2540

www.troublepuppet.com

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