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.
This is the Tony-winning Broadway musical based on that Green Day album, right? Exactly – now on tour and ready to rock UT's Bass Concert Hall in a youthsplosion of "the hope embodied by a new generation." Jan. 14-19. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $25-85.
Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus, 512/471-1444
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).
Hidden Room Theatre
presents its collaboration with Tiffany Stern of Oxford University
and the American Shakespeare Center
: This odd, comedic 1710 adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet
– performed here as a human-framed puppet show. With live music, fireworks, and much slapstick. Directed by Beth Burns
narrated by Judd Farris
and Jason Newman
from the Christine Schmidle
translation, and featuring Mystery Bird Puppet Theatre
. (Note: Sometimes the blood flowing through our veins is too eager to find an off-ramp.) Jan. 17-Feb. 2. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. York Rite Masonic Hall, 311 W. Seventh
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
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/926-6747
The 21st annual theatrical extravaganza that's taken over so many parts of this fair city concludes its slate of 25-minute-long Short Fringe presentations each night – with this final weekend of Best of the Fest shows. Highly recommended, possibly already sold out: It's the primo shit of the whole Short Fringe section. See website for details! Thu.-Sat., Feb. 13-15, 8pm.
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529
Sam Shepard's classic – about what The West means and used to mean, about what it's like to be men, about, hell, about two adult brothers staying at their mother's empty house – features David Boss, Chris Hejl, and Bob Jones and is directed by Jerry Fugit for Weird Rodeo. Through Jan. 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10-30.
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/699-1603
Gale Theatre Company brings forth its newest devised work, a pop-culture collage that follows a 7-year romance from beginning to end. "How does your first love change you – and can you ever return to the way you were before?" Directed by Katherine Wilkinson, starring Aaron Alexander and Celina Chapman. Through Feb. 1. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282