Auditions: A Delicate Balance

Casting all roles for this Edward Albee-scripted, Pulitzer-winning drama, to be directed by Fritz Ketchum for City Theatre in May. Bring headshot and résumé; see website for details. Feb. 9-10. Sun., 12:30-3:30pm; Mon., 6-9:30pm.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870


Fat Bottom Cabaret Midnight Menagerie: Love Hangover

Right, burley-cue lovers, if the names Coco Lectric, Jasper St James, Chola Magnolia, Vita Velour, Shi Feticcio, Alexandra Kayke, Lola LeStrange, and Eureka Smoke mean anything to you, you'll be frontrow center for this night of naughty terpsichore at the Paramount's Stateside Theatre. 7:00. $15-30.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/529-9053

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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


Gidion's Knot

"On Friday Gidion went to his fifth-grade class. On Monday he did not return." A tortured web of events has entangled and bound a mother and a teacher together in tendrils of fear, rage, and tragedy – and this tense play by Johnna Adams, a regional premiere from Capital T Theatre, reveals what happens between them. Directed by Lily Wolff, starring Rebecca Robinson and Emily Erington. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 5-8, 8pm. $20-30.

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



The Liar

Austin Playhouse continues its exploration of the works of David "Venus in Fur" Ives with the playwright's adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 1643 screwball comedy. Hildreth England, Claire Grasso, Huck Huckaby, Lara Toner, Ben Wolfe, and more are directed by Don Toner. Feb. 7-March 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. In the remains of the Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $28-35 (half price, students).

The Whipping Man

This is the Austin premiere of Matthew Lopez’s drama about redemption and forgiveness, about the lasting scars of slavery, and the responsibility that comes with freedom. "Into the chaos of Civil War-torn Richmond, comes a wounded Jewish Confederate officer who finds his home in ruins and abandoned, except for two former slaves who have awaited the family's return." Directed by Stacey Glazer for City Theatre. Feb. 7-March 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870


Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Richard Alfieri's two-character comedy concerns the initially uneasy friendship between a gay man and a Southern Baptist minister's widow. Starring Cynthia Schiebel and Kirk Kelso, directed by Matthew Burnett for the Paradox Players. Feb. 7-23. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/744-1495


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


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