This digitally enhanced one-woman show, conceived from interviews conducted with a diverse set of more than 250 people, explores the hits and misses of Internet dating and one woman’s quest to find love online. Sept. 18-21. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 10pm. $25.
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100
Present Company continues their welcome habit of staging the Bard's work outdoors, making for a perfect picnicking opportunity among the prithees and poltroonery and – in this case – ruling members of the Seelie Court. Directed by Lindsay Doleshal, with an original score by Jason Farmer and Meason Wiley. Through Oct. 6. Fri.-Sun., 7pm. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady. Donations accepted.
Penfold Theatre presents this Tony-winning John Logan play about the late Mark Rothko's creation of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant on NYC's Park Avenue. Directed by Nathan Jenkins. Sept. 12-29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity. $20-25 ($18, students, seniors).
Austin Theatre Project presents this "Broadway-bound" musical, a screwball comedy, set in 1933 Iowa, about a failing radio station and its miraculous comeback. Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. Center State Theatre, 2826 Real. $15-30.
This is A. R. Gurney's popular comedy about the chaos a found dog creates in a couple's longtime marriage. Directed by Gary Dean Hamilton for the Way Off Broadway Community Players out in Leander. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-Oct. 5, 8pm. Extra show: Sun., Sept. 22, 3pm. 11880 W. FM 2243. $20 ($15, seniors, students, military).
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).
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
This play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory, is based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman, scripted by Nora and Delia Ephron, and directed by Robert Tolaro for Hourglass Productions. Through Sept. 28. Saturdays, 8pm. $10.
Galaxy Dance Studios, 1700 S. Lamar #338, 512/442-5299
From the mind of Will Eno – whose Thom Pain (based on nothing) recently scored a sold-out run at HPT – comes this new comedy, a media-savaging "satire in the face of Armageddon." Directed by Ken Webster, starring Molly Karrasch, Michael Ferstenfeld, Benjamin Summers, Nathan Brockett, Nahila Bonfiglio, and that same Webster. Thu.-Sat., Sept. 12-Oct. 12, 8pm. $20-22 (discounts available for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance).
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529
Austin's fiercest theatre company presents a bare-bones, work-in-progress showing of their latest spectacle as they prepare it for a world-premiere at Lincoln Center in January. No one knows precisely what it'l become after these Austin performances, but the Rude Mechs' arch and dazzling investigation of the structures supporting the haves and have-nots in America will never be presented quite this way again. And – ah, shit – this run is already SOLD OUT. Through Sept. 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10.
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
This dark spectacle showcases almost 20 years of original work by ethos
, the Austin-based performance troupe headed by maestro Chad Salvata
. Blending electronic media and live performance to transcend typical theatrical offerings
, this concert-style event invites the audience to dance, drink, tweet, take photos – there's an Instagram photo contest during the performances, even – and be dazzled by performances from cybernetic operas
including The Black Blood
, and more. (Bonus: Songs from ethos' upcoming film, Octia of the Pink Ocean
.) Directed by Bonnie Cullum
and featuring a top-notch cast and tech crew of talented Vortex regulars. Wild? Bizarre? Complex? Electronically rocking? Yes, and then some. Sept. 20-28. Thu.-Sun., 9pm
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282