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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

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


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

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


Audition: Radium Girls

D.W. Gregory's play, set in the 1920s, traces the efforts of Grace Fryer as she battles not just the U.S. Radium Corporation but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice is hopeless. Director Gary Payne seeks women (ages 18-45) and men (ages 25-55) for this June production by the Paradox Players; stipends will be paid. Call or email for appointment. March 9-10. Sun., 1-3pm; Mon., 7:30-9:30pm.

First Unitarian Universalist Complex, 4700 Grover, 512/799-5872


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 St., 512/474-6379,

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

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


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.



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, 512/471-2787

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

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

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

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