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The Lion King

The big fierce Disney production returns to Austin with a roar like engines. This is the musical production that's loved even by people who dislike musicals, the Disney property cherished even by people who hate on the Mouse: A spectacular based-on-the-movie show that will undo your biases and touch you deep in that circle of life. Through Feb. 10. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 6:30pm. Bonus matinee: Thu., Jan. 17, 1pm. $29 and up.

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

www.utpac.org

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

takes place in a bar, for one thing. For another, it's performed by the National Theatre of Scotland, touring here under the auspices of Texas Performing Arts and those progressive savants of Fusebox Festival. It's an evening of eerie, anarchic theatre and live music, and we reckon it's going to sell out, so make those reservations now. Jan. 16-19. Wed.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm. The Palm Door, 401-A Sabine. $32 (students, $10).

ONGOING

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

takes place in a bar, for one thing. For another, it's performed by the National Theatre of Scotland, touring here under the auspices of Texas Performing Arts and those progressive savants of Fusebox Festival. It's an evening of eerie, anarchic theatre and live music, and we reckon it's going to sell out, so make those reservations now. Jan. 16-19. Wed.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm. The Palm Door, 401-A Sabine. $32 (students, $10).

The Lion King

The big fierce Disney production returns to Austin with a roar like engines. This is the musical production that's loved even by people who dislike musicals, the Disney property cherished even by people who hate on the Mouse: A spectacular based-on-the-movie show that will undo your biases and touch you deep in that circle of life. Through Feb. 10. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 6:30pm. Bonus matinee: Thu., Jan. 17, 1pm. $29 and up.

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

www.utpac.org

Fronterafest 2013: Best of the Fest!

Fronterafest's all over for another year, people, except for this Short Fringe: Best of the Fest part –and I'm glad to tell you that any night of this line-up is worth seeing, because you'll laugh, you might cry, you will be extremely fucking entertained at all times. [Full disclosure: I helped decide which shows got to be presented again this week.] And "Austin's Best Monologist" – it's true!Steven Tomlinson debuts his new "How to Use Evernote" piece in the Wild Card Bill. You'd best hurry, though, because these nights (and one matinee) of no-fail theatrical enjoyment are selling out so fast you'd think they were Tim Doyle prints or something! See website for full schedule details. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 14-16, 8pm.

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

www.fronterafest.org

Invisible Inc

The Hidden Room, that cabal of professional theatremakers who recently brought us the amazing Rose Rage, now command a Long Center stage to present the new Paul Menzer drama about two feuding stage magicians in Depression-era New York City. Menzer's previous Austin triumph was via The Bedlam Faction's delightful Brats of Clarence – another indication that this Beth Burns-directed spectacle of contention and vintage hocus-pocus will be a well-wrought crowd-pleaser. Starring Robert Matney, Liz Fisher, Joseph Garlock, Todd Kassens, Julia Lorenz-Olson, and Laurence Pears. Nothing up our sleeve here but recommendation. Jan. 11-20. Mon.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Note: No show on Jan. 15. $18.50 and up.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664

www.thelongcenter.org

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute: Actors' Workshop

Taught by David Lee Strasberg, Lee Strasberg’s son, the seminar is designed to hone skills and develop new possibilities for advanced actors while creating a nurturing beginning for less experienced actors. Coming up fast, register soon. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 25-27. $175 (immersion; $75, observational).

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541

www.methodactingstrasberg.com