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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

CLOSING

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

Picking Up the Pieces

The lives of three women and three generations are explored in this "heartwarming journey of love, loss, and learning to love again," from JWHill Productions. Feb. 14-15. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 5 & 7pm. $12-30.

Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/739-6247

www.jeanettehill.com

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

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 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

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

Circle The Wagons

The Exchange Artists combines full ensemble performances with intimate, five-minute plays in cars. Um, what? Like this: "The audience will move from car to car, witnessing a thematically connected but independent short play in each one." Just the idea of it is interesting enough – makes us think of Rubber Repertory or Jaclyn Pryor – and we're betting it's a hell of fine thing, cooked up by playwright Katherine Craft (with Sarah Saltwick, Cleve Wiese, Rohan Joseph, and Gwen Copeland) and featuring musical composition by Content Love Knowles and Rohan Joseph. Fri.-Mon., Feb. 14-March 3, 8pm. $10-20 ($15, students, artists).

Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 E. 45th

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

The Dinner Detective

Interactive murder-mystery dinner show. Food. Antics. Sleuthing. You know the M.O., gumshoe. Sat., Feb. 22, 6:15pm. $59.95.

Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 300 E. Fourth, 800/421-7305

www.dinnerdetective.com, austin.info@thedinnerdetective.com

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

Dead Man's Cellphone

Sarah Ruhl's play – about memory, redemption, and connection (and disconnection) in a technology-obsessed world – is directed by Jess Hutchinson for UT's Department of Theatre & Dance. Feb. 14-23. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-25.

Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, Winship Drama Building, 23rd & San Jacinto, 512/471-5793

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