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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 Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

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.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

www.thelongcenter.org

Auditions: The Wizard Of Oz

The Austin Summer Musical for Children is looking for performers! Note: Ages 18 and older. See website for details. Sat., May 3, noon-4pm.

Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/971-0810

www.summermusical.com

OPENING

A Delicate Balance

The Pulitzer-winning script by Edward Albee, about two suburbanites and their permanent houseguest (a witty alcoholic sister), whose lives are disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong friends seeking refuge from an unnamed terror. Directed by Fritz Ketchum. Through May 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org

The Altruists

Nicky Silver's dark hilarity follows "a group of chronic East Village protesters, marching for real or unreal causes, and … committing injustices identical to the ones they're blindly marching against." This is theatre, goddamnit, and something's got to be done about it! Directed by Benjamin Summers for Street Corner Arts. Through May 17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20 ($15, teachers, students).

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/298-9776

www.streetcornerarts.org

Dulcey and Roxy at City Hall

This is the world premiere for Maksym Kurochkin’s locally set satire, in which "a corrupt and venal mayor presides over Austin's comically broken city council. When a Ukrainian arrives, invoking a looming catastrophe, will locals heed his warning?" Directed by Graham Schmidt for Breaking String Theatre. And here's our review. Thu.-Sat., May 2-17, 8pm. Extra shows: Mon., May 5, 8pm; Wed., May 14, 8pm. $15-30.

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

www.breakingstring.com

Antony & Cleopatra

Poor Shadows of Elysium presents Shakespeare's romance-fueled tragedy at Garriott's excellent theatre. Directed by Joe Falocco. Bonus: Live Middle-Eastern music. Through May 18. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon

www.poorshadows.com

Electronic Planet Ensemble: RoBoVox

Because it's not just complex, space-y live music – it's a theatre-inflected presentation of experimental video and sonic performance. Featuring alien robot speech, language, and song by Sergio R. Samayoa, Chad Salvata, and Matthew Patterson. Through May 10. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.

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

www.vortexrep.org

ONGOING

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.

Zilker Hillside Theatre: As You Like It

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.

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr., 512/397-1463

austintexas.gov/zilkerhillsidetheater

A Delicate Balance

The Pulitzer-winning script by Edward Albee, about two suburbanites and their permanent houseguest (a witty alcoholic sister), whose lives are disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong friends seeking refuge from an unnamed terror. Directed by Fritz Ketchum. Through May 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org

Auditions: Psycho Beach Party

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

www.citytheatreaustin.org, info@citytheatreaustin.org

Antony & Cleopatra

Poor Shadows of Elysium presents Shakespeare's romance-fueled tragedy at Garriott's excellent theatre. Directed by Joe Falocco. Bonus: Live Middle-Eastern music. Through May 18. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon

www.poorshadows.com

The Altruists

Nicky Silver's dark hilarity follows "a group of chronic East Village protesters, marching for real or unreal causes, and … committing injustices identical to the ones they're blindly marching against." This is theatre, goddamnit, and something's got to be done about it! Directed by Benjamin Summers for Street Corner Arts. Through May 17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20 ($15, teachers, students).

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/298-9776

www.streetcornerarts.org

Dulcey and Roxy at City Hall

This is the world premiere for Maksym Kurochkin’s locally set satire, in which "a corrupt and venal mayor presides over Austin's comically broken city council. When a Ukrainian arrives, invoking a looming catastrophe, will locals heed his warning?" Directed by Graham Schmidt for Breaking String Theatre. And here's our review. Thu.-Sat., May 2-17, 8pm. Extra shows: Mon., May 5, 8pm; Wed., May 14, 8pm. $15-30.

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

www.breakingstring.com

Electronic Planet Ensemble: RoBoVox

Because it's not just complex, space-y live music – it's a theatre-inflected presentation of experimental video and sonic performance. Featuring alien robot speech, language, and song by Sergio R. Samayoa, Chad Salvata, and Matthew Patterson. Through May 10. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.

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

www.vortexrep.org

Much Ado About Nothing

The ever-intrepid Present Company Theatre presents this beloved Shakespeare comedy by performing it on the rooftop of Downtown Austin's Whole Foods Market. It's a production of many exceptional moments. Through May 11. Fri.-Sun., 6:30pm. Donations accepted.

Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206

www.presentcompanytheatre.com