Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight

The rumors of available tickets were greatly exaggerated: This show – this American cultural institution – is already, we're afraid, sold out. (Suggestion: Time to read (or re-read) the man's brilliant Letters from the Earth.) 8:00.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470



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



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



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


In The Next Room

Sarah Ruhl’s hit Broadway play (also known as "the vibrator play") is set in a prim upper-class Victorian home, where a gentleman doctor has created an extraordinary and mysterious device for treating “hysteria” using the power of electricity. A-henh! Directed by Sarah Rasmussen for ZACH. Jan. 29-March 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-60.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541