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Romeo and Juliet

The Shakespeare classic, yes. As presented by those Baron's Men, who always go whole hog on the traditional practices and do this tale up right, out there at Richard Garriott's place. Bonus: Come early for the pre-show market. Fri.-Sat., April 4-12, 8pm; Thu.-Sat., April 17-26, 8pm. $10-15.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon

www.thebaronsmen.org

The Vagina Monologues

The Eve Ensler play is presented here by V-Day Austin as a fundraiser for local organizations that work to stop violence against women and children. April 4-6. Fri.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $15-50.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

www.ndvenue.com

Negocio Para Tres (Three Peas in a Pod)

This Spanish-language comedy (with English sur-titles) features a peculiar marriage, an intruder, unexpected alliances, emotional blackmail, and neverending loopholes. Through April 12. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15 ($13.65 in advance).

Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh, 512/567-4224

www.zarapeproductions.com

For Fear the Glass May Shatter

This operatic show explores the science and struggle around Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli, exploring themes of scientific criticism, competition and collaboration, concern for reputation, the social and personal politics of war, and the role of women in science and culture. Conceived and written by David DeMaris, developed through workshops with the cast and musical collaborator Emily Breedlove, this complex spectacle is directed by Bonnie Cullum for the Vortex Repertory Company. Note: The show's also part, for three nights, of Fusebox Festival. Through April 18. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.vortexrep.org

The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia

Different Stages presents this Preston Jones comedy about the fading dregs of a fraternity of good ol' boys who encounter at chance to revive the glory of the club's golden age – but maybe it's not quite gonna work out that way. Directed by Bob Tolaro. Through April 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Sun., April 27, 3pm. No show: Fri., April 25. $15-30.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/926-6747

www.main.org/diffstages

Roaring

This is the world premiere of an original play by Austin's own Cyndi Williams. Listen: "When the ghosts of their past are unleashed, the residents of an exclusive retirement community must come to terms with lost love, triumphs, fears, and the choices that haunt and connect us all." Directed by Lara Toner for Austin Playhouse. See our review right here. Through May 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport.

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Roaring

This is the world premiere of an original play by Austin's own Cyndi Williams. Listen: "When the ghosts of their past are unleashed, the residents of an exclusive retirement community must come to terms with lost love, triumphs, fears, and the choices that haunt and connect us all." Directed by Lara Toner for Austin Playhouse. See our review right here. Through May 4. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport.

Assassins

This is Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical about the lives and motivations of nine men and women who attempted to or were successful in assassinating American presidents. Directed by Philip Olson for Soubrette Productions. Through April 20. Thu.-Sun., 10pm. $25 ($20, seniors; $15, students).

Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926

www.soubretteproductions.com

The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia

Different Stages presents this Preston Jones comedy about the fading dregs of a fraternity of good ol' boys who encounter at chance to revive the glory of the club's golden age – but maybe it's not quite gonna work out that way. Directed by Bob Tolaro. Through April 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Sun., April 27, 3pm. No show: Fri., April 25. $15-30.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/926-6747

www.main.org/diffstages

Romeo and Juliet

The Shakespeare classic, yes. As presented by those Baron's Men, who always go whole hog on the traditional practices and do this tale up right, out there at Richard Garriott's place. Bonus: Come early for the pre-show market. Fri.-Sat., April 4-12, 8pm; Thu.-Sat., April 17-26, 8pm. $10-15.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon

www.thebaronsmen.org

The Drawer Boy

"It's 1972, and two middle-aged Canadian farmers encounter an eager young actor whose theater collective is writing play about farming. One farmer is stern and curmudgeonly; the other's war injury has cost him his memory." Michael Healey wrote it; Ken Webster's directing it; Michael Stuart, Jon Cook, and that same Webster star in it. The last time this play was staged by HPT, it was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows the theatre had ever done. Reckon it'll be at least as good this time 'round, too. Through April 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra show: Sun., April 20, 2pm. $20-22 (with discounts for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance members); pay-what-you-wish, Thursdays.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

www.hydeparktheatre.org

Merrily We Roll Along

This classic musical comedy charts the turbulent relationship between three friends as they negotiate their personal and professional lives in the entertainment business. Book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Directed for St. Ed's by Ev Lunning, Jr. Our review? Here. Through April 13. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Extra show: Wed., April 9, 7:30pm. $25 ($20, students, seniors, SEU community).

Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484

The Vagina Monologues

The Eve Ensler play is presented here by V-Day Austin as a fundraiser for local organizations that work to stop violence against women and children. April 4-6. Fri.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $15-50.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

www.ndvenue.com

Ordinary Days

Penfold Theatre presents this new musical (Texas premier!) by Adam Gwon, directed by Michael McKelvey, in which 20-something and 30-something New Yorkers take different paths toward connection and meaning in their lives. Bonus: Sarah Marie Curry. See our review right here. Through April 6, Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $20-25 ($18, students, seniors).

The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/850-4849

www.penfoldtheatre.org

STOMP

Modern dance made astonishing and percussion that goes beyond thunderdome with every beat. Kinetic mayhem and madness, but perfectly orchestrated to blow your rhythm-loving mind. The eight performers of this award-winning troupe return to Austin to wreak a gorgeous havoc on the Paramount stage, using everything but conventional instruments, and we're gonna be sitting right there in slackjawed wonder at what miracles of movement they perform. April 1-6. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 5 & 9pm; Sun., 3 & 7pm. $55-80.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

www.austintheatre.org

From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach

This "interactive journey across a vast landscape of associate histories" features "original music, puppetry, dancing, marauding, a Yeahoh sighting, and enough champagne for everyone," with the whole thing scripted, as it were, by Sibyl Kempson and directed by Jenny Larson and Shawn Sides in a collaboration between Salvage Vanguard Theatre and those unstoppable Rude Mechs. Creations and contortions morphed over the course of three years by a cast and crew of fearless local notables, now unpacking in piles onstage. Through April 13. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Note: This joint's also part, for three nights, of Fusebox Festival. $20.

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

www.salvagevanguard.org

Negocio Para Tres (Three Peas in a Pod)

This Spanish-language comedy (with English sur-titles) features a peculiar marriage, an intruder, unexpected alliances, emotional blackmail, and neverending loopholes. Through April 12. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15 ($13.65 in advance).

Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh, 512/567-4224

www.zarapeproductions.com

Marvin's Room

Scott McPherson's dramatic comedy concerns the importance of family, no matter the destructive forces that exist within. Directed by Cathy Jones and Sarah Zeringue for Trinity Street Theatre. Through April 13. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. Donations accepted.

Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity St, 512/402-3086

www.trinitystreetplayers.com

For Fear the Glass May Shatter

This operatic show explores the science and struggle around Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli, exploring themes of scientific criticism, competition and collaboration, concern for reputation, the social and personal politics of war, and the role of women in science and culture. Conceived and written by David DeMaris, developed through workshops with the cast and musical collaborator Emily Breedlove, this complex spectacle is directed by Bonnie Cullum for the Vortex Repertory Company. Note: The show's also part, for three nights, of Fusebox Festival. Through April 18. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.vortexrep.org

The Gospel at Colonus

Based on Sophocles' Oedipus, this musical tells the story of Oedipus’ return home seeking forgiveness, redemption, and transformation – in the context of a gospel church service. It's an all-new production of the theatrical landmark, directed by Dave Steakley, with vocals by Austin's most acclaimed singers. See our review right here. April 2-27. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org