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).
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
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
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.
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'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
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
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.
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.
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.