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The Plastic Mermaid's Trashy Prom

Wanna get by with a little kelp from your friends? The creators of the Plastic Mermaid Adventure Show are throwing a disco-fueled, junkfood-spiked, mermaid-abetted party where you're encouraged to show up in your fanciest made-out-of-trash duds. Because, in the midst of the dancing and the other delights, there's a photobooth and a contest for the trashiest outfit of the evening. Featuring tunes by White Walls and mermaid performances, this night of partying's under the sea and over the top. Thu., April 24, 8pm. The Ranch, 710 W. Sixth.
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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

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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.

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.

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 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

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

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Skycrawler, Big Business
Red 7

Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982

Alan Schaefer and Joe Nick Patoski present their newest book of images and knowledge. Bonus: BookPeople provides the venue, St. Arnold's provides the beer. 7:00.

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050

www.bookpeople.com

Kicking and Screaming
at Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum
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