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OPENING

The American Shakespeare Center: The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Part 1

The ASC troupe, direct from the stage of the Blackfriars Playhouse, returns to UT's Texas Union Theatre for its fifth annual visit to bring Renaissance drama to life in exciting and accessible performances – in this case, two plays with very different perspectives on one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedic characters, the unsinkable Sir John Falstaff. The Merry Wives of Windsor Mon., March 3, 7:30pm. Henry IV Tue., March 4, 7:30pm. $15 ($10, students, UT faculty and staff).

Texas Union Theatre, UT campus, 512/476-6666

CLOSING

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

ONGOING

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

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

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