This one-hour spectacle from Texas Comedies and Crank Collective decants the true story of the fight between the "Drys" and the "Wets" in Texas, muddled with temperancers, doughboys, suffragettes, and gangsters – and a couple twists of vice. Through March 4. Thu-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.
Guided audience participation, live pre-show and performance, and more supercharge this revival of the gloriously twisted classic film. 8pm. $10.
Teatro Vivo and Scriptworks team up to present this annual weekend of staged readings of new work, featuring The Hall of Final Ruin by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, directed by Oscar Franco, in which a gambler wants to preserve her family's way of life and die a good Catholic death, but the arrival of a needy Protestant, a fortune in ill-gotten gold, and coaching from Death's irreverent cart driver, complicate matters. Fri., March 3, 8pm. Emma & the Suzies by Anthony Aguilar, directed by Sam Provenzano, recounts the life of a teenager in 1960s Los Angeles who tries to start a gang named after her friends, the Suzies. Sat., March 4, 3pm. The Last Barnstorm by Luis Vega, directed by Adam Martinez follows a Negro League baseball player who abandons his wife and newborn child for the chance to start anew in Mexico. Sat., March 4, 8pm. Donations accepted.
The all-female team of Untamed Shakespeare is back to deliver a one-hour highlights reel of Shakespeare's rigged elections, mass riots, marginalized characters, and defenders of justice. Directed by Stephanie Donowho and Nell McKeown. Note: All donations passed on to the ACLU, SPLC, Jolt, Refugee Services of Texas, and Planned Parenthood. March 3-4. Fri.-Sat., 9pm. Donations accepted.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
Rude Mechs and Groundswell Theatre present six "immersive experiments" over three weekends, written by Austin's Joanna Garner and exploring the ways Americans attempt to heal and control their minds and bodies. Note: Each weekend's performances are different and led by a different director – Michael Rau; Patrick Shaw; Katie Van Winkle – and might feature trampolines, psychedelics, blood, Astroturf, magic rituals, and bouncy balls. Through March 18. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $6-20.
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
The iconic Esther's Follies on East Sixth Street seeks female and male performers with comedic experience and singing ability (they don't need a Broadway quality voice, just great energy). Specifically seeking actors who can jump right into the cast and learn the material quickly. The show is funny, fast-paced, and always changing. Must be available to perform Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (with rehearsals Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon-3pm). Send your résumé and head shot to email@example.com to be considered for an audition. Note: No walk-ins or phone calls.
The ACC Drama Department presents this Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill musical classic that chronicles the adventures of Victorian outlaw Mack the Knife. You know the song, right? Come see the arch gangland spectacle, replete with provocative song and dance, from which it's unsheathed. Through March 5. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8-12.
This showcase, curated by Liz Engelman and Steven Dietz, features newly developed works from graduate playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and the Michener Center for Writers. There's Gondal by Kimberly Belflower, directed by Adam Sussman, intersecting the young Brontë sisters' fantasy world with the modern Slender Man creepypasta. Sat., March 11, 2pm. And Slumber Party by Elizabeth Doss, directed by Doss and Cara Phipps, in which three teen girls coerce one another into a suicide pact to end their meaningless existence. March 9-11. Thu. & Sat., 7:30pm. William Glick's provocative drama, The Bigot, directed by Hannah Wolf, explores what we gain and lose when society progresses and asks us to answer the question, "Who is the true bigot?" Sun., March 12, 2pm. And Galactic Orphans by Megan Tabaque, directed by Graham Schmidt, checks out two dudes who reunite a year after graduating high school for an all-night video gaming marathon, but must contend with the intrusion of a younger sister. Fri., March 10, 7:30pm. $15-26.
B. Iden Payne Theatre, Winship Drama Bldg., 24th & San Jacinto, 512/477-6060
This gospel-spirited musical play by Robert King Jr. tells the story of white journalist Julie Ann Mathews who traveled in 1965 from Alabama to Illinois to get a rare interview with gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. Through March 5. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. $12-20.
Here's Edward Albee's Pulitzer-winning play about the hopes and hardships of three contemporary women, examining lives of loss and the ability to go on in spite of it. Directed by Andy Berkovsky for City Theatre. Through March 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker
– you remember The Aliens
and The Flick
, right? – comes this new drama in which the playwright's signature hyper-realism bleeds a Pennsylvania B&B and its cheerful innkeeper into the eerily supernatural. Katherine Catmull
, Lana Dieterich
, Catherine Grady
, and Zac Thomas
are directed by Ken Webster
for Hyde Park Theatre. Bonus: Cthulhu fhtagn. Through April 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $22-26 (pay what you can, Thursdays).
This Harold Pinter drama about a love triangle and the seductive battle for power it provokes is produced by Austin Shakespeare under the direction of Ann Ciccolella and features Ben Wolfe, Jill Blackwood, and Nancy Eyermann. Through March 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $18.
Now here's a highly political play for these highly political days, as Theatre en Bloc
's Jenny Lavery
directs this Guillermo Calderon
drama that uses two distinct revolutions – Russia's and Chile's – to explore the importance of art in turbulent times. And maybe you'll love this show as much as the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe did
. Through March 5. Thu.-Sun., 8pm.
This is the second of Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ plays exploring Texas’ own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House. This historical marvel's got a three-hour running time and is directed by Dave Steakley. Through March 5. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $29-81.
This is the world premiere of a new play by Vietnamese-American playwright Christine Hoang with songs by the Korean-American singer-songwriter BettySoo. It's an exploration of relationships between Asian and black communities in America, friendship and strain between men and women of color, ties between immigrant Americans and first-generation Americans, and love between parent and child. Directed by Karen Jambon for Color Arc Productions and featuring Uyen-Anh Dang as the titular Sue. Through March 12. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15 and up.
Yes, this is a music
performance. From a band
, sure enough. But it's at the Vortex
; and it's the EPE's 20th anniversary
; and the lineup features vocals by Melissa Vogt
and David Jewell
, with bass by Sergio Samayoa
, and Rachel Fuhrer
on drums, and (as if that weren't sufficient to blow your mind's ears) ethos
' own Chad Salvata
on keyboards, all wrapped inside a boss-level lightshow
. Bonus: Mail-art showcase in the adjoining Butterfly Bar
… and you know Patrizi's
is just outside, right? Through March 12. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282