Larry L. King's classic comedy of presidential proportions and machinations – the ex-POTUSes are trying to finagle their way into Heaven – returns to Austin Playhouse under the direction of Don Toner, with a cast including David Stahl as Nixon, Michael Stuart as LBJ, Tom Parker as Harry Truman, Huck Huckaby as Calvin Coolidge, and Hans Venable as the Heavenly Bureaucrat, with a special appearance by Jacqui Cross. Through Nov 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Note: No show on All Hallows' Eve. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $28-50 (half price for students).
Shakespeare's darkest and bloodiest tragedy, directed here by Kevin Gates for City Theatre. Through Nov. 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
What does "family" mean, after all? Tell you what: It doesn't mean "the same ol' same ol' heteronormative bullshit," not even in the 1990s, not in this Tony-winning musical by William Finn and James Lapine, here presented by Austin Theatre Project under the direction of Jeff Hinkle. Note: Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Through Nov. 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $20-30.
Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000
Mary Alice Carnes will direct this Candyce Rusk play about the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe (known as the Godmother of Rock and Roll). Seeking: Two African-American female actors with good vocal ability. Guitar experience is a plus. Prepare an a capella gospel song, email for appointment. Mon., Nov. 4, 6-9pm.
Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/658-8665
Fri.-Sat., Nov. 2-3, 7pm. $30-40.
TexARTS, 2300 Lohmans Spur, 512/852-9079 x101
We blame Vidoqc, ultimately. Here's the worldwide phenomenon of a smash musical success fashioned from Victor Hugo's 1862 novel, now at Zach Theatre in Austin and featuring a cast of 33 led by Broadway stars Pat McRoberts as Jean Valjean and Nicholas Rodriguez as Inspector Javert, directed by Matt Lenz, with musical direction by Allen Robertson, with more polished grit and streetwise glory and rousing anthems than you can shake a purloined baguette at. Through Nov. 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm (See website for extra show times). $25-65 ($18, student rush tickets).
Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541
A Chick & A Dude Productions – those folks who brought you Shanon Weaver's Hit, remember? – needs actors for their production of this Samuel D. Hunter work. Seeking: Male, late-teens to early 20s; females, mid-teens to late 30s. Email or call for appointment. Sat., Nov. 16, noon-5pm. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd.
The Baron’s Men are looking for actors ages 18 and older for the spring 2014 production of this Shakespeare classic. Prepare a two-minute monologue from any early modern drama; bring résumé and headshot. Prithee see the website for appointments. Wed., Nov. 6, 6:30-9pm; Sat., Nov. 9, 10am-1pm.
The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon, 512/496-9134
The Paradox Players will produce this Richard Alfieri comedy about the relationship between the widow of a Southern Baptist Minister and a gay dance instructor. Seeking: One woman, age 60-75; one man, age 35-50. A small stipend will be paid. Prepare a two-minute monologue, contact director Matt Burnett for details. Mon.-Tue., Nov. 18-19, 7:30pm.
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 210/286 9728
Chicago's Reina Hardy
, currently pursuing her MFA as a Michener Fellow at UT, pens this romantic comedy of a man who wants two things in life: to make the astronomical discovery of the new millennium and to find a date to his sister's wedding. See what happens in this world premiere presentation, featuring Breanna Stogner
, Trey Deason
, and Bridget Farr
– as directed by Rudy Ramirez
for Vortex Repertory
. (Oh, and read the review right here
.) Thu.-Sun., Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 8pm
. $10-30 (2-for-1 admission on Sunday with donation of two cans for SafePlace).
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282