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Is There Life After Lubbock?

Greater Tuna superstar Jaston Williams and his guests Joe Ely and Jo Carol Pierce share stories, poetry, laughter, and a few songs – while trying to answer the question on everyone’s mind: Why Lubbock? Come on down and have you a good old time with these legends, who exhort you to "feel free to wear your house shoes, sip on longnecks, and ask any question within reason." 8:00. $32-42.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

www.austintheatre.org

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The Spanish Tragedie

The Baron's Men, ever reeking of painstaking authenticity, briefly ditch Shakespeare and offer a rare chance to see Thomas Kyd's revenge play – the one that's the origin for the whole Revenge Tragedy genre. Performed in period costumes, in a period theatre, with period music in torchlight, this bold company "presents you with a romantic setting... and just a touch of death and maiming." Through Nov. 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15 ($10, Thursday).

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon

www.thebaronsmen.org, producer@thebaronsmen.org

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Audition: The Whale

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.

512/921-4264

achickandadude@gmail.com

Bingo! The Winning Musical

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 1-23, 7:30pm. Extra show: Sun., Nov. 17, 2:30pm. $12-15.

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St., 512/303-6283

Alamo Aftermath: A Texas Revolution Operatta

Crank Collective, under the direction of John Cecil, brings to life the story (based on the memoirs of Tejano patriot José Antonio Menchaca) of the Texas Revolution, in a one-hour operetta featuring drama, comedy, battle scenes, and music with a live band. Through Nov. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-20 ($12, students).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/569-6155

www.texshows.com

Nursery Crimes

A noirish shamus caper (written by Greg Klein) smackdab in the middle of the whole Mother Goose milieu? Drop the gat, ya double-crossing mug – the sheep's in the meadow and the cow's in the corn! Directed by Will Hollis Snider for Last Act Theater Company. Through Nov. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $15 ($12, students; pay what you can, Thursdays).

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000

www.lastacttheater.com

Audition: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

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

matthewcharlesburnett@yahoo.com

The Flu Season

Here's a Will Eno creation in which a love story goes bad (really bad), a play gets written in painful fits and starts, snow falls and it turns to slush. This is a play to, among other things, remind us why we live our lives as though we're in mourning for them. Directed by Carl Gonzales for Oh Dragon Theatre Company. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 7-16, 8pm. $15.

grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/971-9423

www.ohdragontheatre.wix.com

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is

You'd think the busy novelist Katherine Catmull wouldn't have time to spend delighting us onstage these days … but then, how could anyone resist starring opposite the talented Jason Phelps in this Mickle Maher comedy about two college professors who, overcome by the poetry of William Blake, have sex on the lawn of their campus in front of their students? And this new show (by the playwright responsible for Spirits to Enforce, remember?) is directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T Theatre. How great is this show? Our reviewer tells you that right here.Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

www.capitalt.org

Fixing King John

The Rude Mechs' resident playwright Kirk Lynn, we're told, years ago set himself the task of "fixing" Shakespeare's plays – at least, the ones that needed fixing. Well, if anybody can do that and do it right, it's Kirk Lynn. And now here come those Rudes and their talented friends with the first fixed play, about "one of history's shittiest kings, so obsessed with his own legacy that he drives his country to war, is willing to kill women and children, and rejects the authority of God and church." We reckon this thing will kick your ass in a most pleasurable fashion. Bonus: Even just the cast is to swoon for, you lucky theatregoers. Through Nov. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 & 8pm $25.

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

www.rudemechs.com

The Cherry Bowl

Gnap! Theatre Projects presents this commedia dell'arte-inspired adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, conceived and directed by Ben Schave – one of Austin's kings of physical comedy – and featuring a ridiculously talented cast (Joey Hood! Kerri Lendo! Michael Jastroch! Others!) performing this version of Chekhov's masterpiece entirely without dialogue. Tell you what: This is gonna be some wild, kazoo-spiked antics right here. Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15 ($8, students, seniors; pay what you wish, Thursdays).

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

www.salvagevanguard.org

Stars and Barmen

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

www.vortexrep.org