Austin's own annual Shakespeare-in-the-park sort of deal, so bring your blankets and sit out under the (eventual) stars as you ken the patter of local thespians purveying the Bard's delightful romantic comedy. Through May 25. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Donations accepted.
The Austin Summer Musical for Children is looking for performers! Note: Ages 18 and older. See website for details. Sat., May 3, noon-4pm.
City Theatre is casting all roles for Charles Busch's outrageously campy, gender-bending comedy, to be staged this summer. See website for details. May 4-5. Sun., 12:30-3:30pm; Mon., 6-9:30pm.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
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
All the way from that Land Down Under comes this award-winning, one-man, multimedia puppet show to present a story of "enduring love and the end of the world." Tim Watts is the man behind this deep blue brilliance, this blend of live-action, puppetry, animation, and music; and he's conjured a mind-blower of a fine show for you. April 29-May 3. Tue.-Fri., 4:30 & 7:30pm; Sat., 3 & 6pm. $18.50 and up.
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).