Penfold Theatre presents this annual fundraising extravaganza, out there on the glorious grounds of Kindred Oaks out Georgetown way, featuring a sumptuous feast that's served while some of Austin's favorite cabaret stars delight with songs and stories from the musical-theatre canon. Sun., May 19, 6:30pm. 2100 C.R. 176, Georgetown.
Eight short-short plays will be selected from a wealth of open submissions, rehearsed, and produced for a one-time performance. (Or is it just "one-time"? Because, dig it, the favorite short-short will get an encore showing at TNM on Sunday, May 19, 7pm.) See website for details. $10-25.
New Movement Theater, 616 Lavaca, 512/788-2669
's 1982 comedy is, in the right hands, hilarious
as it reveals the backstage antics and squabblings of a theatre company stumbling through troubled rehearsals, a dreadful first night, and a disastrous final performance. It's presented here by Austin Playhouse, with a stellar cast (David Stahl
! Bernadette Nason
! Hildreth England
! And more!) directed by Don Toner
. See our review right here
. Through May 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd
A new production of Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom drama in which a jury decides the fate of a teenager accused of murdering his father. Directed by Karen Sneed for City Theatre. Through June 9. Thu-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
Here's the newest work of dark whimsy, written and directed by Connor Hopkins, from the company that brought us The Jungle, Frankenstein, Riddley Walker, and Toil & Trouble. The professional Trouble Puppet team creates Bunraku-style tabletop puppets to embody this compelling and eerie drama for adults, with original music by Justin Sherburn, costumes by Monica Gibson, and, well, wow. Bonus: Pre-show performance by Cami Alys. Also: Look at the poster for this thing. Brilliant. Why? Because Jennymarie Jemison. Through May 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $10-20.
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/573-2540