The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin presents this fully-staged chamber production of the entire comic opera, with costumes, props, the suggestion of a set, a reduced chorus, and grand-piano accompaniment. Directed by Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona. (3:00). $10.
First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa, 512/472-4772
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
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
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
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin says: "All roles are open for casting, including principals and chorus. A prepared musical selection and completed audition form are required." Note: You'll be directed by Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona in this show. Call or email for appointment; bring headshot and résumé. Sat.-Sun., March 1-2. Genesis Presbyterian Church, 1507 Wilshire.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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
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
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
In this latest show from perfectionist maestro Connor Hopkins and his hardworking friends at Trouble Puppet Theatre Company
, Czech marionettes and bunraku-style puppets tell the darkly hilarious, wickedly smart story of You Lad, a workhouse boy dodging boy-eating monsters. Another fine full-length work, we reckon, from them what brought you The Head
and Toil and Trouble
and so on. Bonus: Original music by Justin Sherburn
. Feb. 20-March 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm
. Extra show: Wed., March 12, 8pm
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/573-2540
Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541