Up there in Cedar Park's H-E-B Center is where the multifarious arthropods of Cirque du Soleil's new OVO show have gathered to present a dazzling, kinetic spectacle of acrobatic derring-do and narrative wonderment that'll leave you breathless. "When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives." We reckon the iconic Cirque itself is representative of an enigma we'd like in our own life cycles as often as possible – and certainly a perfect excuse to head north and GTFA from the hurlyburly hubbub of SXSW, if only for a night, this coming week. March 15-19. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 4 & 7:30pm; Sun., 1:30 & 5pm. $52 ($25, kids) and up.
Hyde Park Theatre is casting five women and one man (ages 20s-40s) for this Jen Silverman play to be directed by Ken Webster, to run in July and August. Note: Actors will be paid. Email Ken Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org for appointment. Sun., March 19, noon-6pm.
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
Two classic stage plays, Shakespeare's tragedy and Stoppard's comedy, performed in repertory and rotating each night with the same cast portraying the same characters. Directed by Jeff Hinkle for City Theatre. See website for details. Through April 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-20.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
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.
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).