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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

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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.

Fusebox Festival

This sprawling spectacle of performances and concerts and exhibitions is one of the city's brightest annual treasures, bringing in artists and creative teams from all over the world, presenting compelling works by those beyond-Texasers as well as by talented locals, and offering it gratis – that's free gratis – to all and sundry. It's two weeks full of nonstop art and performances and workshops and process-oriented conversations and everything else that Ron Berry and Brad Carlin and Natalie George and their many fierce friends have gathered for the city's enjoyment. Subhuman Theatre! Miwa Matreyek! Bird & Anchors! Rosalyn Nasky! Magnifico! See the Fusebox website for details. Through April 27.

Auditions: Pygmalion

This George Bernard Shaw classic (you know: My Fair Lady) will be produced by Different Stages in June and July under the direction of Norman Blumensaadt. Note that all principal roles have been cast; this call is for casting the Eynsford Hills and other supporting roles (men and women, ages 25-65). Also note: British accents are required. See website for details; call for appointment. Mon.-Tue., April 21-22, 7-8:30pm. Waller Creek School, 4100 Red River.

512/444-3303

In The Heights

UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents this Tony-winning musical about a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Through April 19. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2 & 7pm. $15-25.

B. Iden Payne Theatre, 512/471-5793

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

Company

This Stephen Sondheim musical, directed by Barbara Schuler for Austin Theatre Projects, features Andrew Bosworth as Bobby – a dedicated bachelor poised on at least three cusps of commitment. April 11-26. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. Extra shows: Sat., April 19, 2pm; Sun., April 13 & 27, 3pm. $20-30.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 888/287-3558

www.austintheatreproject.org, info@austintheatreproject.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

The Pillowman

UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents Martin McDonagh's disturbing play about a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. Wed.-Sat., April 16-19, 7:30pm. Free.

Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, Winship Drama Building, 23rd & San Jacinto

The Chalk Garden

Enid Bagnold's classic play – part comedy of manners, part murder mystery – concerns a mysterious stranger who is employed as a governess. What happens between her and her young charge? Where does the murder part come in? See this show for answers. Directed by the unstoppable Frank Benge for Sam Bass Theatre out there in Round Rock. Through May 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $18 ($15, seniors, students, educators, military; $13, Thursdays).

Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., 512/244-0440

www.sambasstheatre.org

Southern-Fried Chickie

Christy McBrayer performs her one-woman, ten-character comedy romp about a struggling actress returning from Hollywood to her hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, to re-establish her roots and relationships. Directed by Susannah Blanton; featuring live music by Johnny Molinari and Baird Blanton. Through April 24. Thursdays, 8pm. $15.

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

www.spiderhousecafe.com

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