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Murder Ballad Murder Mystery

Paper Chairs presents the touring version of this popular show of backwoodsy, homicidal, musical Americana – written by Elizabeth Doss, scored by Mark Stewart, directed by Keri Boyd, and featuring Kelli Bland as The Sherrif among a lively cast of ne'er-do-wells and slaughtered innocents. "Part slapstick exorcism and part ramshackle hoedown, this play investigates the many ways and whys we carry out a death sentence." And when we say "touring version," we mean it's fixin' to turn some of your favorite Texas watering holes into dens of foot-stomping, theatrical iniquity. Two Austin performances: Tue., July 15, 9pm; Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River. Thu., July 17, 9pm; The Longbranch Inn, 1133 E. 11th. $5-10.

ONGOING

Lysistrata

Aristophanes' classic about women's decisive action against the relentless bullshit of war, performed by The Baron's Men out there in Richard Garriott's beautiful Shakespearean edifice. Through July 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10-30.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon

www.thebaronsmen.org

Port Authority

Hyde Park Theatre's Ken Webster returns to the darkly comedic scriptwork of Conor McPherson (St. Nicholas and The Good Thief), and the acclaimed actor/director's bringing Tom Green and Nate Jackson along with him in this story of a young man falling for his female roommate, a middle-aged alcoholic in a great job he can't handle, and a widower who receives a mysterious package. And our review's right here, pallie. Thu.-Sat., July 10-Aug. 9, 8pm. $20-22 (with discounts for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance; pay what you wish, Thursdays).

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

www.hydeparktheatre.org

Pygmalion

George Bernard Shaw’s most popular modern masterpiece, featuring Tom Chamberlain and Amy Lewis as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. Directed by Norman Blumensaadt for Different Stages. Our review? Right here.Through July 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 7pm. Extra show: Wed., July 16, 7:30pm. $15-30.

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

www.main.org/diffstages

The Who's Tommy

Pete Townshend's classic musical, of course, in which "Tommy falls down the rabbit hole into a rock-n-roll landscape where the 'deaf, dumb, and blind kid' encounters Uncle Ernie the Mad Hatter, his mother the White Queen, Cousin Kevin the Cheshire Cat, the Acid Red Queen, and his doctors Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum." Directed by Dave Steakley. You know the drill: Touch me, feel, me, reserve your tickets. But first, maybe see our review right here. July 9-Aug. 24. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-75.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org