Dave Steakley directs Moisés Kaufman's drama in which a present-day music-scholar mother struggling with her daughter is contrasted with Ludwig van Beethoven struggling with the demands of his genius. Zach Theatre's got somebody coming in from New York to play Beethoven, but this show stars Beth Broderick and pianist Anton Nel. Jan. 23-Feb. 17. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-65 ($18, student rush tickets).
Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541
Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed drama – his Broadway debut in 2011 – is a complex of family secrets, lies, and betrayals playing out against a backdrop of Californian affluence and restraint. The cast boasts the talents of Lara Toner, Babs George, Rick Roemer, Jacob Trussell, and Bernadette Nason – directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse, currently staging their productions in Highland Mall. Through Feb. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. 6001 Airport. $28-37 (student discounts available).
The gangster-riddled Hit that was an award-winning hit for a chick and a dude returns, all revamped for the next clip in May. They're looking for a man (age: 40-60) to play the role of Ervin. E-mail headshot and résumé for appointment. Sat., Feb. 23.
The Paper Chairs company presents free staged readings of plays they're considering for production. Most of these gems are locally scripted, all of them voiced by a sharp cast, each in a different venue every Sunday in February. Murder Ballad Murder Mystery: Redux by Elizabeth Doss; Sun., Feb. 24, 2pm; Longbranch Inn, 1133 E. 11th. Free.
The hilarious Long-Singer-Winfield deconstruction and twisting of Sweet William's oeuvre gets a fresh airing from the Paradox Players, featuring Jason O'Brien, Cameron Bergeron, and Michael Jastroch(!) under the direction of Ben Schave. Through Feb. 24. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15 ($10, students, seniors).
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168
This Austin Shakespeare
production of Noel Coward’s provocative comedy of 1933, directed by Ann Ciccolella
, stars Martin Burke
, Helen Merino
, and Michael Miller
as a romantically entangled trio of artists. Featuring chanteuse Kara Bliss
and pianist Jason Conner
performing Coward songs. Here, see what the Chronicle's Jillian Owens thought of it
. Through Feb. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664
's last (and darkest) comedy is directed by Michelle Polgar and features Jeremy Lee Cudd, Greg Holt, and David Stahl tromping the bardic boards at St. Ed's. See what Jillian Owens said about it here
.Feb. 14-24. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm
. $20 ($15, students, seniors, SEU community).
Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484
's heartwrenching drama about an adulterous seven-year affair that's presented backward – from end to beginning – is directed by Andrew Black for Chaotic Theatre Company. See what Dan Solomon said about it here
. Through March 2. Thu.-Sun., 8pm
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
Ahoy, wannabe Sherlocks! This is Alan Ayckbourne's ingenious murder mystery in which the killer is different for each performance – but maybe you can figure it out from the clues provided? The sizzling comedy whodunit's is directed by Frank Benge out Round Rock way. Through March 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $13-18 ($10, children).
Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., 512/244-0440
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.
Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541