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
Austin Civic Players is looking for a woman (age 20-40) to play Johanna in this tuneful production; shows are in July and August but rehearsals begin this week. Guitar playing is a plus. Call or e-mail for appointment.
Three nights, three staged readings, and each reading followed by a reception with the playwright, director, and cast. See the best right here before they move to a full-production stage: Cielito Lindo by Stephany Cavazos; Thu., May 8, 8pm. Luchadora by Alvaro Saal Rios; Fri., May 9, 8pm. El by Raul Garza; Sat., May 10, 8pm. $6-15.
Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River
The iconic theater company's looking for female performers with comedic experience and singing ability. (Note: You don't have to have a Broadway quality voice – just great energy!) Sketch-comedy writing experience a plus. The show is funny, fast paced, and always changing. And, yes, this is definitely an ongoing and paid gig. Send résumé and head shot via email to be considered.
The National Theatre of Great Britain
’s epic production, winner of five Tony awards
in 2011, makes its Austin premiere. You remember the Spielberg movie, about a young man and his horse caught in the mayhem of the first World War? You still need to see this: theatrical art at its finest
.May 6-11. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm
. $25 and up.
Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus, 512/477-6060
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
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
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
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
What do you get when you cross film noir with metaphysics, and nightclub partying with a revival meeting, and you co-produce the entire crypto-detective, mirror-ball-in-the-shadows thing with Austin's Rude Mechs
? You get the second stagework from Underbelly
, whose first production Slip River so thoroughly wowed audiences
, and you get a buzz of anticipation
throughout the naked city for this max work of theirs. Bonus: Hannah Kenah
stars as the caper's boozy shamus. May 8-18. Thu.-Fri. & Sun., 8pm; Sat., 8 & 10pm
. $15 ($10, students).
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
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
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886
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