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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

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

Lily Tomlin

C'mon, we said "Lily Tomlin." The woman's a national comedy treasure, and you can see why at the paramount tonight – and get a preview glimpse right here. 8:00. $82-107.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

www.austintheatre.org

OPENING

The Container

Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer-nominated play explores the extremes of love and laughter. Feb. 28. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10 ($5, students).

Concordia University, 11400 Concordia University Dr., 512/313-7529

LAW: Lewd Asian Women

How is a court case about 22 “lewd and debauched” women that happened almost 140 years ago relevant to Asian-American women living in Austin in 2014? Christine Hoang, Alice Liu Cook, LiLan Ren and Leng Wong have created a modern multipartite play that shows exactly that. Directed by Wong for Lucky Chaos, with additional scripting by Jeff Britt and Topping Haggerty, this show's an opportunity to hear the stories of three Austin women and experience their journey of self-discovery, doubt, and resilience. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-March 8, 8pm. $15.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

www.luckychaos.com

Return of the Soul Grudge Showdown

Austin, Texas! Are you ready to rumble?! You'd damned well better be, because here's the second coming of The Blue High Machine Mid-Southern Wrestling Coalition, that awe-inspiring conflagration of championship wrestling and wild improv comedy, ready to hit you with a flying leg-scissors to the midsection before slamming you into the ringropes and then – Oh, fuck!Look out! – He's got a folding chair! Ladies and gentlemen, behold in gobsmacked wonder as these wily, seasoned veterans of the squared circle bring their ceaseless program of pain and pandemonium! Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-March 1, 8pm. $20.

The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833

www.facebook.com/bhmwrestlingcoalition

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).

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

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 Container

Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer-nominated play explores the extremes of love and laughter. Feb. 28. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10 ($5, students).

Concordia University, 11400 Concordia University Dr., 512/313-7529

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

LAW: Lewd Asian Women

How is a court case about 22 “lewd and debauched” women that happened almost 140 years ago relevant to Asian-American women living in Austin in 2014? Christine Hoang, Alice Liu Cook, LiLan Ren and Leng Wong have created a modern multipartite play that shows exactly that. Directed by Wong for Lucky Chaos, with additional scripting by Jeff Britt and Topping Haggerty, this show's an opportunity to hear the stories of three Austin women and experience their journey of self-discovery, doubt, and resilience. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-March 8, 8pm. $15.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

www.luckychaos.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