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Merlin Works: Free Improv Mixer

Here's a facilitated improv comedy jam intended to introduce the joy of improv to new people and help existing improvisers make new connections. From one of the best improv schools in town? Yes, this is definitely a win. 4pm. Free, just like it says.

Zach Theatre's Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey

www.merlin-works.com

CLOSING

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Here's the Tony-winning, Grammy-winning, audience-winning true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, to her relationships with fellow writers and friends, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Note: You might just feel the earth move under your feet. March 21-26. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm.

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman, 512/471-2787

www.beautifulonbroadway.com

ONGOING

Redux In Rep: Hamlet with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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

www.citytheatreaustin.org

Mrs. Mannerly

Different Stages presents this Jeffrey Hatcher play about a personal struggle among five children on the second floor of the YMCA in Steubenville, Ohio, in the summer of 1967. Directed by Karen Jambon, starring Jennifer Underwood and Suzanne Balling. Check out our review of the show right here. Through April 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-30.

Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh, 512/926-6747

www.main.org/diffstages

Underground

The Vortex has Rudy Ramirez directing Lisa B. Thompson’s new drama that reunites a pair of old college buddies (portrayed by Marc Pouhé and Jeffery Da’Shade Johnson) who've gone from radicals in their youth to successful professionals approaching middle age, each now seeking answer to the question: How far would you go to protect your people? Listings bonus: Robert Faires takes a good look at the production right here. Through April 8. Wed.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.

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

www.vortexrep.org

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