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The Encyclopedia Show: Fungus!

Your fungiphilic hosts Ralphie Hardesty and Kerri Lendo bring the ND an entertaining exploration of the mycological realm of mushrooms and suchlike organisms, featuring presentations by Holly Lorka, Michael Graupmann, Kelli Bland, and Jack Darling. With live music by Daniel Rugg Webb. Recommended. (7:00). $5.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

www.thenorthdoor.com

OPENING

Cleavage Chronicles: Everybody Loves Boobs

Pamalot Productions presents this cabaret-style, multimedia, dramatic comedy explores the form and function of breasts. It's "titillating," they say. Feb. 13-16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $10-30.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.vortexrep.org

Othello

Marc Pouhé stars as the titular Moor targeted by the relentless villain Iago in this new production of the classic, directed by Ann Ciccolella for Austin Shakespeare. Through March 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $19 and up.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

www.thelongcenter.org

Tartuffe

St. Edward's University dishes up a new staging of Molière's classic con-man farce, translated and adapted by Ranjit Bolt, directed by David M. Long, and starring – ah! this incredible cast! – Liz Beckham, Barbara Chisholm, Jamie Goodwin, and David Stahl. Through Feb. 23. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $22 ($17, students, seniors, SEU community).

Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484

The Mexcentrics: Pulga Time Machine

This new Teatro Vivo production from writers Omar Gallaga, Raul Garza, and Karinna Perez explores, through a series of comedy sketches, what the world would be like if Selena had lived. Including such Mexcentric wonders as los lowrider drones, the show's "a seven-layer dip through pulga culture past, present, and future." [Note: Ages 16 and older only.] Through March 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $13-16.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/474-6379

www.teatrovivo.org, teatrovivo@aol.com

Auditions: Old Broads

Casting all roles for this new play by Michener Fellow Lydia Blaisdell, to be directed by Katie Van Winkle in March. Bring headshot and résumé; email for appointment. Tue.-Wed., Feb. 18-19, 7-10pm.

www.oldbroads.tumblr.com, vanwinkle@utexas.edu

ONGOING

Auditions: Old Broads

Casting all roles for this new play by Michener Fellow Lydia Blaisdell, to be directed by Katie Van Winkle in March. Bring headshot and résumé; email for appointment. Tue.-Wed., Feb. 18-19, 7-10pm.

www.oldbroads.tumblr.com, vanwinkle@utexas.edu

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 National Theatre of Scotland: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Some pond-hopping crowd of thespian Geordies indulges in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music, and theatre inspired by Border Ballads, Robert Burns, and the poems of Robert Service? You bet your-r-r-r-r-r sweet haggis they do! See here for more. Feb. 11-15. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm. $38.

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus, 512/471-1444

www.utpac.org

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

www.citytheatreaustin.org

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

Othello

Marc Pouhé stars as the titular Moor targeted by the relentless villain Iago in this new production of the classic, directed by Ann Ciccolella for Austin Shakespeare. Through March 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $19 and up.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

www.thelongcenter.org

Tartuffe

St. Edward's University dishes up a new staging of Molière's classic con-man farce, translated and adapted by Ranjit Bolt, directed by David M. Long, and starring – ah! this incredible cast! – Liz Beckham, Barbara Chisholm, Jamie Goodwin, and David Stahl. Through Feb. 23. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $22 ($17, students, seniors, SEU community).

Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484

The Mexcentrics: Pulga Time Machine

This new Teatro Vivo production from writers Omar Gallaga, Raul Garza, and Karinna Perez explores, through a series of comedy sketches, what the world would be like if Selena had lived. Including such Mexcentric wonders as los lowrider drones, the show's "a seven-layer dip through pulga culture past, present, and future." [Note: Ages 16 and older only.] Through March 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $13-16.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/474-6379

www.teatrovivo.org, teatrovivo@aol.com

Cleavage Chronicles: Everybody Loves Boobs

Pamalot Productions presents this cabaret-style, multimedia, dramatic comedy explores the form and function of breasts. It's "titillating," they say. Feb. 13-16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $10-30.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.vortexrep.org

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