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Trial By Jury

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. 3pm. $10.

First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa, 512/472-4772


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


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, 300 E. 23rd, 512/471-5793


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).

Audition: H.M.S. Pinafore

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.


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:


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, 512/471-2787

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

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

Fronterafest Applications: Now

There's still time to submit your applications for Fronterafest 2016's Short Fringe. You know you want to have your 25 minutes in the spotlight, to have a performance you've created be the cynosure of your friends and neighbors and the hundreds of citizens from Austin and beyond who attend Fronterafest each year. Well, get to it, because time's a-wasting! See the website for details.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529


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, 512/474-5664

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.

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541

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