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BOB: A Life in Five Acts

Half and Half Productions presents this new comedy by Peter Sinn "boom" Nachtrieb, in which nine actors play more than 30 characters in relaying "the hilarious and poignant story of one man’s dream." Directed by Joshua Denning and performed among the glorious gatherings of stuff at The Cathedral of Junk. Through June 28. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. 4422 Lareina. $20 (pay what you want, June 19).

Silence, the Musical

Michael McKelvey's unstoppable Doctuh Mistuh Productions visits upon our fair city a local rendering of this Off Broadway and Internet sensation, the musical version of The Silence of the Lambs … and you know you wanna see Huck Huckaby get his singing Lecter on, amirite? See our review right here. Through July 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Midnight shows: Sat., July 5 & 12. $12-30.

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


Out of Ink: The Empty Set

This 16th annual showcase of ten-minute plays from the inkstained thespians of ScriptWorks brings us new works by Lowell Bartholomee, Allison Orr Block, Carolyn Kennedy, Max Langert, Jason Rainey, Nettie Reynolds, Sheila Lynch Rinear, and Cindy Vining. Each short is inspired by three things: 1) a pair of mismatched failures; 2) peering into the void; 3) mathematical errors. Come see what sort of swiftly scripted antics ensue. Through June 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Trinity Street Theater, 901 Trinity. $15 ($12, students, seniors; pay what you wish, June 12).


H.M.S. Pinafore

The classic tale of a lowly sailor and his love for the captain’s daughter, now presented by those indefatigible comic-opera enthusiasts of the local Gilbert & Sullivan Society, is here directed by Ralph MacPhail, Jr. June 12-22. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Extra show: Sat., June 21, 2pm. Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar. $7-25. $7-25.

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).


Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's enchanting and much-loved comedy is directed by Ben McLemore for City Theatre. May 30-June 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

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


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.

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

The Contemporary Austin: Susurrus

Part radio play, part stroll in the park, part lesson in bird dissection, part musical recital: This internationally acclaimed event, a reinterpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream with no actors or stage, has been customized for The Contemporary Austin's Laguna Gloria site by Scottish artist David Leddy. Audio players and maps are available from visitor services during regular gallery hours. June 14-28. Tue.-Sun., 10am-4pm. $10.

Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 512/458-8191,


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.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/537-2582,

The Liberty Belles

This music-spiked tale of show biz, written and directed by Carolyn Kennedy, is set within the comic mayhem of a 1944 USO show and features popular classics from the WWII-era hit parade. Trip-trip-trippin' on a windowpane, we daresay. June 7-29. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 3 & 8pm.

Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th, 512/809-7799

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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.

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541 x1


Producer Lorella Loftus has written a new drama based on the plays of W.B. Yeats, about the bravest and fiercest of Irish warriors: Cuchulain, the mythical Hound of Ulster. The battle-ready cast is directed by Karen Jambon. Thu.-Sat., June 6-21, 8pm. $10-30.

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

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