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).
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.
The Austin Summer Musical for Children is looking for performers! Note: Ages 18 and older. See website for details. Sat., May 3, noon-4pm.
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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.
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
There's still time to submit your applications for Fronterafest 2016's Short Fringe. You know you want to have your 25 minutes in the spotlight, to have a performance you've created be the cynosure of your friends and neighbors and the hundreds of citizens from Austin and beyond who attend Fronterafest each year. Well, get to it, because time's a-wasting! See the website for details.
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.