Here's a musical and movement extravaganza based on Kipling's classic, featuring English lyrics and original music composed in India. Performed by students of the Natyalaya School of Dance, based on choreography by Anusham Dance of Chennai. Sun., Jan. 20, 1:30 & 4:30pm. East View High School, 4900 E. University, Georgetown. $10-20.
The Dick Price Fan Club presents a full evening of songs by Austin's great novelty songwriter, featuring such twisted ditties as "Knife and Fork," "Father Sambuco," "Happy Dinosaur," and "I Know Who You Are, I Saw What You Did," as performed by Adriene Mishler, Mark Stewart, Jay Byrd, Matt Hislope – and Esther's Follies' Lyova Rosanoff on the piano. Where? In a private home, which they'll divulge the address of when you reserve your tickets. Recommended! Through Jan. 30. Sun.-Wed., 8pm. $15.
David Lindsay-Abaire's drama about the working-class Boston neighborhood called Southie will be produced by Different Stages under the direction of Karen Jambon. Casting: African-American woman, age 30-40; man, age 25-35. Call or see website for details. Mon.-Tue., Jan. 28-29, 7-9pm.
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.
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
Different Stages presents Doug Wright's Obie-winning drama about the Marquis de Sade and the contentious, talespinning turbulence of his years
spent confined to the Charenton Asylum for the Insane. What can you expect from this show? "Sex. Perversion. Violence." Also, a fine cast directed by Norman Blumensaadt, featuring Craig Kanne as the notorious Marquis. Jan. 4-26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
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.
From the writing team – Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten – that brought you last season’s The Dixie Swim Club comes this story of the Futrelle sisters of Fayro, Texas, and one sister’s quest to plan her daughter’s antebellum-inspired wedding. Small-town, Southern-friend, pre-nuptial hijinks ensue! Through Feb. 3. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-24.
How about a little history and rich drama for you, citizen? After all, this is where Downton Abbey pretty much started, isn't it? Here, the life of Queen Elizabeth I is portrayed by three separate women (Angela Loftus, Lorella Loftus, and Jennifer Underwood) in this new play by Lorella Loftus. Henry VIII, Thomas Seymour, Robert Dudley, William Cecil, Mary I, and Mary Queen of Scots make appropriate appearances, of course, and the whole show's directed by Karen Jambon. Through Jan. 26. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30. (2-for-1 admission on Thursdays and Sundays with donation of two canned goods for SafePlace).
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
Jaston Williams, known to many Austinites as That One Greater Tuna Actor, is directed by Larry Randolph in this revealing and humorous Jay Presson Allen play about Truman Capote. Back at Zach after 12 years – by popular demand! Through March 10. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $40.
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