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 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).
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.
Last Act Theatre Company is casting Henrik Ibsen's classic to be directed by Bridget Farias-Gates in October. All roles except the title character are open. All ages, genders, and ethnicities welcome. Singing ability/experience is a plus. Email your headshot, résumé and preferred audition day to; they'll send you sides two days in advance. Mon., June 2, 6:30-9pm; Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd. Thu., June 5, 6:30-9pm; George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina.
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).
Capital T Theatre, purveyor of much that kicks ass, presents Gregory Moss' idiosyncratic genealogy of punk-rock music and coming-of-age narrative in the '80s, in the shadow of the Cold War. Directed by Mark Pickell. Warning (or, perhaps, bonus): Nudity. And here's our recent review!Thu.-Sat., May 29-June 28, 8pm. $15-30.
Austin Latino Theater Alliance presents this comedy by the Spanish playwright Jordi Galceran, in which the titular drug might be the only solution to a tangled problem of imminent parenthood. Directed by Alejandro Pedemonte. Thu.-Sat., May 29-June 21, 8pm. $15.
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.
Christopher Durang's new Chekhov-inspired, Tony-winning comedy has its Central Texas premiere, starring Beth Broderick,Lauren Lane, and Jaston Williams under the direction of Abe Reybold. May 28-June 22. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.