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Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group

The stars of that "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" TV show do their comedy-improv thing – an enjoyable night of entertainment, especially recommended for folks who live in one of the national epicenters of the artform but are scared of improv unless there's somebody they recognize from television doing it. 8:00. $29 and up.

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

www.thelongcenter.org

OPENING

UT New Theatre

UT's annual series of new plays by emerging playwrights takes place at the Lab Theatre on campus and includes: Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven, by Reina Hardy , directed by Natalie Novacek; Feb. 27-March 9. Advance Man, by Abe Koogler, directed by Will Davis; Feb. 28-March 8. 'Ratio by William Anderson and David Turkel, directed by Jess Hutchinson; March 1 & 8. Still Now by Katie Bender, directed by Rudy Ramirez; March 2 & 9. Or, The One with the Dogs by Briandaniel Oglesby, directed by Jeremy Lee Cudd; March 1 & 8. See website for details. $10-12.

512/471-5793

Rouse the Unruly Mob: Three Nights for Reproductive Rights

Hosts Julie Gillis and Ebony Stewart team up with a diversity of performers, poets, musicians, dancers, activists, scholars, pundits, healthcare providers, filmmakers, and more for three nights of skits, sketches, schtick, and succor. "Remember the filibuster! Remember the mob mentality! Remember our voices!" Damn right. Thu.-Sat., Feb 27-March 1, 8pm. $10-30.

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

www.vortexrep.org

ONGOING

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

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

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