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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

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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

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

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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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

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

capcitymystery@swbell.net