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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.

The Language Archive

Different Stages presents the quirky comedy by Julia Cho that looks at the power of words and the private languages that love inspires. Directed by Karen Jambon, featuring Trevor Bissell, Circe Sturm, and Eva McQuade. See our review of the show right here. Through Feb. 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-30.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/926-6747

www.main.org/diffstages