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Der Bestrafte Brudermord

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. $15-30.

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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

W.K.

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

www.vortexrep.org

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FronteraFest

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

www.fronterafest.org

Never Have I Ever: The Musical

"To celebrate their engagement, Mark and Candace host a cocktail party for Mark's liberal arts college friends. Emotions run high after a drinking game in which Mark reveals details of his sexual experiences in college." Uh-oh. And this is, yes, a musical – book and lyrics by Adrienne Dawes, music and lyrics by Amanda Murphy – directed by Nitra Gutierrez for Heckle Her Productions. Through Feb. 8. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $12 ($10, in advance).

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

www.neverhaveiever.weebly.com

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

www.zachtheatre.org