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Esther's Follies Seeks Female Performers

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.

efauditions@gmail.com, efauditions@gmail.com

WarHorse

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

www.broadwayinaustin.com

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

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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

Motherhood Out Loud

This collection of short plays by Lisa Loomer, Theresa Rebeck, Beth Henley, and other well-known playwrights "shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy, and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations." Directed by Bridget Farias. Through June 22. Sundays, 2pm. $10-20.

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

Church of the Passionate Cat

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

www.rudemechs.com