Austin's ever-intrepid Crank Collective returns with their newest show, part of the Texas History Operetta series, a live rock-musical dramatization of the travels and travails of the famed 16th-century Spanish explorer. Directed by John Cecil. Wed.-Fri., April 3-5, 8pm. $18 ($12, seniors, children).
The Rude Mechs' newest theatrical exploration gets a workshop performance (which means it'll likely be more polished and enjoyable than most companies' full performances), presenting a show that "borrows from the plots of 1930s musicals to dig into the contemporary conservative dilemma: how to honor steely individualism without disavowing the virtue of charity. Tap dancing, fine dining, and the missionary position will all be employed in order to help all Americans stop hitting yourself." Through April 21, 8pm. $12-25 ($5-25, Thursday and Sundays).
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
A new and musical version of George Bernard Shaw's Candida? Exactly. Penfold Theatre stages their latest production, set in 1890s London where there's a tense love triangle between the Reverend James Morell, his strong-willed wife Candida, and the young poet, Eugene Marchbanks, who aims to win Candida's love. Through April 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity, 850-4849. $20-25 ($18, students, seniors).
The Broccoli Project presents Ira Levin's twisty and twisted "thriller in two acts." Through April 6. Thu.-Sat., 7pm. Black Box Theatre, 2201 Speedway. $10 ($5, UT students & faculty).
Ken Ludwig’s madcap play centers on two fading 1950s Hollywood performers, on the brink of a disastrous split-up, who might have one last shot at stardom. Directed by Andy Brown, starring Scot Friedman and Christina Little-Manley. Through April 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 524-2870
It's the regional premiere of this new play by Greg Pierce, about a chatty teenage girl who uncovers secrets about her reclusive, soft-spoken uncle when she visits him in exile in the Costa Rican jungle. Directed for Hyde Park Theatre by Ken Webster, starring that worthy and Molly Karrasch. Through April 27. Thu.-Sat., 8pm.
Death and loss is at the heart of this new production from Physical Plant Theater
, death and loss as experienced by the fictional Adam Sultan – who's played by and based on the real-life Adam Sultan whom this city has cherished the presence and talents of for so long. This is a mortality-stained love letter
to one man and to an entire community
, a savory pie of creation in the face of that Reaper who cares not. Written and directed by Steve Moore and Zeb L. West. Recommended. Through April 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm
ZACH's new Topfer Theatre is the venue for the world premiere of this Kerouac-inspired odyssey through wanderlusty on-the-road days and nights of young America in the mid-20th century, written and directed by Austin's own Steven Dietz
. And here's Elizabeth Cobbe's review of the show
. Through April 28. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm
Conceived and directed by the Vortex's Artistic Director Bonnie Cullum
, this is the latest in the company's Elementals
series: A multi-disciplinary show performed in 17 tons of dirt
, with performers singing, dancing, and telling stories of the Earth. Featuring Mick D’arcy, Anderson Dear, Gabriel Maldonado, Betsy McCann, Emerald Mystiek, Mindy Rast-Keenan, Melissa Vogt-Patterson, and Aisha Melhem. And the show is reviewed by Arts Editor Robert Faires right here
.Through April 20. Thu.-Sun., 8pm
. $10-30 (2-for-1 admission w/ donation of 2 canned goods for SafePlace, Thursday & Sundays).
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282