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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

Something's Afoot

Here's a zany musical that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries and English music-hall tropes of the 1930s. "As the bodies pile up in the library, the survivors frantically race to uncover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit." Performed by students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, with music performed live by Terry Shimazu. May 15-17. Thu., 1pm (with audio description by SVA); Fri.-Sat., 7pm. Fine Arts Building, Free.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 W. 45th, 512/454-8631

OPENING

What's Goin' On?

The Generic Ensemble Company presents this epic journey inspired by other works (including Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan), found objects, and Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints, with stories woven together by "the mostly-queer, mostly-people-of-color cast and through the use of site-specific theatre, complete with a roving audience throughout The Vortex compound." Through May 31. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $20-30 ($10, artists, students, seniors).

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

www.genenco.org

ONGOING

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

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 Suicide

Nikolai Erdman’s "slapstick tragedy," when it opened in 1928, caused Soviet authorites to banish the playwright to Siberia. Here the Russian classic is directed by Elizabeth Doss and Lisa Laratta for Paper Chairs. Bonus: Michael Joplin stars as the death-bound Semyon. And here's our review of the show. Through May 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.

The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/686-6621

www.paperchairs.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

What's Goin' On?

The Generic Ensemble Company presents this epic journey inspired by other works (including Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan), found objects, and Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints, with stories woven together by "the mostly-queer, mostly-people-of-color cast and through the use of site-specific theatre, complete with a roving audience throughout The Vortex compound." Through May 31. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $20-30 ($10, artists, students, seniors).

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

www.genenco.org