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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

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



This "musical comedy about the most dangerous city in Texas" is set in the 1920s and inspired by the Thomas Hart Benton painting of the same name. Brought to you by the history-warping jackanapes of the Crank Collective. Through May 24. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $18 ($12, seniors, children).

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100



Something for Nothing Theater returns to Ramsey Park with this pared-down version of Shakespeare’s classic, performed by a cast of nine actors and featuring Jon Cook as that melancholy Dane. Through June 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. 4301 Rosedale. free.


The Foreigner

Larry Shue's Obie-winning comedy about "the magic of kindness" is directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse. And here's our review. Through June 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. In the Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $28-35 (discounts for students, seniors).


Auditions: Cyrano de Bergerac

The City Theatre is casting for all roles in this classic. Show up with a knowledge of the script. Tue.-Wed., May 27-28, 6:30-9:30pm.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870,

Fronterafest Applications: Now

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.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

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

Once There Were Six Seasons

Here's the world premiere of what we were lucky enough to get a taste of as a workshop production a while back: A truly magnificent work of theatre. Watch, amazed, as Caroline Reck and Glass Half Full present this … ah … well, imagine a complex series of living dioramas about environmental changes that occur over thousands and thousands of years – and now see those dioramas morph from one to the next, live, as you watch. It's no wonder The Henson Foundation is backing this astonishing accomplishment in puppetry and scenic manipulation, and you know we're giving it our highest recommendation. Through June 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $12-20.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

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

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