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The Muttcracker (Sweet!)

Darren Peterson's Circus Chickendog presents a fabulously fun show for all ages, featuring brilliant rescue dogs performing circus feats, a talking parrot, world-class juggling, unicycling, live music, and many more magical acts. We recommend the show highly, because you can imagine how awesome something like this could be, right? And then you actually see it? And, whoa, it's even better. Nightly, through Jan. 5, 6pm.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.chickendog.net

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Venus in Fur

This steamy David Ives play is about a writer who's adapted Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s famous 19th-century erotic novel for the stage, but can’t find the right woman for the role. Until he does – and she turns out to be, oh, a bit more fierce than he bargained for. Starring Gray G. Haddock and Molly Karrasch, directed by Lara Toner for Austin Playhouse. Caution: Adults only. Jan. 3-25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $24-26 (half price, students).

512/476-0084

Audition: Child's Play

This Robert Marasco play is a classroom drama that also involves … demonic possession? Different Stages is looking for men (ages 25-65) and boys (ages 13-18) to be directed by Robert Tolaro in April. See website for details. Jan. 18-19; Sat., 6-8pm; Sun., 2-4pm. Waller Creek School, 4100 Red River. 512/444-3303.