's Broadway hit (and subsequent film) asks the compelling question, “Can you handle the truth?” Performed live, out there in Georgetown. See Dan Solomon's review of the show
. Through Sept. 8. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm
Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave., 512/869-7469
Here's an honest representation of a (usually) very private world. It's a life-drawing session, a living gallery, an exercise in perspective and time, a conversation about the purpose of art in society, and an intimate look at the singular relationship between the artist and model in the creative process
. Performed by artists' models, featuring interviews with the artists, directed by Kelli Bland
and Meghan Morongova
for Paper Chairs
. Recommended for everyone who gives a damn about 1) art and 2) people. Through Sept. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. The Off Shoot, 2211 Hidalgo
. Benefit performance: Sun., Sept. 8, 8pm
Austin Playhouse opens its newest season with this classic, Tony-winning musical based on Cervantes' Don Quixote. Directed by Don Toner, with musical direction by Michael McKelvey, and starring Rick Roemer as that ageless knight. Romance! Derring-Do! Songs! Chivalric optimism! Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $34-36 (half price for students).
Tongue & Groove Theatre presents Joseph Skibell’s screwball comedy in which Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, and Sigmund Freud are comedy-writers for their “nephews" the Marx Brothers. Mark Stewart and Courtney Hopkin are featured among a cast of 18 portraying more than 60 Prohibition-era characters in this maelstrom of zaniness directed by David Yeakle. Through Sept. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Center Stage, 2826 Real. $15-20 (pay-what-you-can, Thursday).
Here's Ted Swindley's classic play about the legendary country singer, directed by Chester Eitze and performed by Terry Lyne Moore and Engela Edwards. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 6-28, 7:30pm. Matinees: Sun., Sept 8 & 22, 2:30pm. $15.
Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St., 512/303-6283
Ah, the 1950s: So celebrated by people who were kids in the same 1980s that are celebrated by people who are kids today, yes? And here's the classic musical rockin' back to that earlier time, with bobby socks, Brylcreem, hot rods and all – directed by Matthew Burnett for City Theatre. Through Sept. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $25-30 ($18, seniors; $15, students; other discounts available)).
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
This is Reina Hardy
's modern re-telling of the classic "Beauty and the Beast" fable. It's a world premiere directed by Kyle Zamcheck
for Shrewd Productions
, and reviewed here by Elizabeth Cobbe
. Through Sept. 14. Wed.-Sat., 8pm
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886
Vortex Repertory Company presents this new musical, conceived and directed by Rudy Ramirez, in which music and dance, comedy and tragedy, poetry and science join forces to retell an ancient story of human love touched by divine inspiration and transform the Eastside venue into the Theatre of Dionysus in downtown Athens – where an ensemble cast brings memory's inspirational children to life amid a stagescape of original orchestration and choreography. Through Sept. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10-30.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282