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