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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

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

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

Ira Glass

Well, he's no Michael Ferstenfeld, but this Glass fellow, best known from NPR's "This American Life," is one hell of a fine speaker and has plenty of making-of stories to share. Sat., Feb. 22, 8pm. $62-72.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

www.austintheatre.org

CLOSING

Didn't See That Coming

This here's a performance of "ten short stories featuring ordinary people in not-so ordinary situations," from playwright Mark Harvey Levine and Oh Dragon Theatre Company. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 20-22, 8pm. $15.

Brave New Books, 1904-B Guadalupe (downstairs), 512/630-6880

www.ohdragontheatre.wix.com, ohdragontheatrecompany@gmail.com

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

Is There Life After Lubbock?

Join Greater Tuna's Jaston Williams and his guests for the evening, singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore and monologist Jo Carol Pierce, as all three share music, stories, poetry, and original works never before performed. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 21-22, 8pm. $30-40.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

www.austintheatre.org

ONGOING

Esther's Follies

The popular comedy troupe is seeking male actors. Must be able to sing and dance; experience in stand-up or improv comedy required; writing skills a plus. Send résumé and headshot via email to: efauditions@gmail.com

efauditions@gmail.com

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).

Wicked

The wildly popular musical about those two witches of Oz returns to make Bass Concert Hall sizzle with sensation once more. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; book by Winnie Holzman; directed by Joe Mantello. Through March 9. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $44 and up.

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

www.broadwayacrossamerica.com

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

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

The Whale

A Chick & A Dude Productions takes on Samuel D. Hunter's complex drama that features a man who's eating himself into an early grave over the death of his boyfriend, an ex-Mormon named Alan. Shanon Weaver, in a 600-pound fat suit, stars as the tragic Charlie; Melissa Livingston-Weaver directs. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 20-March 15, 8pm. $10-30.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/921-4264

www.achickandadude.com

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 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

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