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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).

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Design For Living

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. $17-34.

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

www.austinshakespeare.org

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

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

Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare'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

A Ride with Bob: The Bob Wills Musical

Ray Benson and Anne Rapp's fiddle-spiced tribute to the King of Texas Swing returns to set ZACH's new Topfer Theatre reeling in memory and musical marvels. Feb. 21-24. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2 & 7:30pm. $80-115.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org

Jugglefest XX

Jugglefest is an annual three-day event replete with workshops, games, demonstrations, and shows featuring juggling, unicycling, and related circus arts – featuring national and international stars – and this is its 20th anniversary. Feb. 22-24. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm. $10-20.

Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, 512/462-5353

www.juggling.place.org

Quixotic: Cirque de L'amour

This multimedia arts collective mixes violin-based pop music, ballet, modern dance, stunning aerobatics, and a dazzling light show to bring kinetic entertainment to an almost fever pitch. 4:30. $30.

Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces, 512/263-4146

www.loop1music.com

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Beauty Is the Best Priest: Short Plays of the Harlem Renaissance

ACC's newest production features works by some of the most influential playwrights, poets, novelists, and activists of the Harlem Renaissance era – here directed by Marcus McQuirter, Zell Miller III, Feliz McDonald, and Florinda Bryant. Through March 3. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $10 ($5, students, seniors).

Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 223-3343

www.austincc.edu/drama

Othello

William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love, deceit, jealousy and murder. Directed by Jeff Hinkle for City Theatre. Through March 17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org

Richard II

This production of Shakespeare's not-frequently-seen tragedy, directed by Christina Gutierrez, is partly an exercise in probability, as which actor – Kevin Gates or Aaron Black – plays which main role will be decided each night by the toss of a coin. Holy Two-Face, Batman, these are some Bardic shenanigans! Note, though, that the Poor Shadows of Elysium company is otherwise quite serious here. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 21-March 9, 8pm. $15.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon

www.poorshadows.com

A Steady Rain

This Keith Huff drama is inspired by actual events involving two Chicago cops who find their bonds of duty and friendship tested in the aftermath of a harrowing event. Starring Kenneth Wayne Bradley and Tom Green as two cops getting to the bottom of things in an interrogation room, directed by Melissa Livingston for A Chick and a Dude Productions. Through March 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10-$25.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 921-4264

www.achickandadude.com

Betrayal

Harold Pinter'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. $15.

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

www.chaotictheatre.org

Once There Were Six Seasons

Austin's own Glass Half Full Theatre, a cadre of virtuoso puppeteers, offers this workshop production of their newest work, wherein the acclaimed company manipulates vast miniature landscapes, highlighting how the accelerating pace of human-caused climate change has outstripped the ability of traditional cultures to adapt their lifestyles. Written and directed by Caroline Reck, performed by people who seem able to bring dead objects to life. Through March 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $12-20.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

www.glasshalffulltheatre.com

It Could be Any One Of Us

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

www.sambasstheatre.org

Tru

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

www.zachtheatre.org