The acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland, no less, return to UT to present this adaptation of the Swedish vampire novel (and movie) by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Adapted by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany, it's a live (and undead) stage production that's creepy, unnerving, beautiful, and bold. Through Jan. 29. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-40.
McCullough Theatre, 2375 Robert Dedman Dr., 512/471-1444
Southwest Theatre Productions presents this Leonard Manzella drama in which a prison-system psychologist is challenged to evaluate his own life by the inmates he came to help. Directed by Kat Sparks. Jan. 19-29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm.
Finally, FTW, here's the world premiere of Sarah Saltwick's excellent drama about an artificial intelligence, abandoned by her creator, who (with the help of the ghost of Alan Turing) works to free herself from the restraints of technology. Featuring Amelia Turner as Mollybot, Joey Hood as Alan Turing, with Jesus I. Valles, Trey Deason, Andreá Smith, and Sarah Danko. Directed by Rudy Ramirez for The Vortex. Jan. 19-Feb. 11. Thu.-Sun., 8pm.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
Jumpin' cats, here's one feline-festooned spectacle, as that Samantha Martin
returns to Austin with her coterie of trained (more or less) cats and their onstage antics – as seen on the Colbert show, as hailed in Vice
magazine, and as reported by John Merriman in this review
. This popular event is cute and a half, with a portion of sales going to Street Cat Rescue of Austin
. Jan. 19-23. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 3 & 7pm; Sun., 1 & 5pm; Mon., 7pm. $27.
And it's back, that popular showcase of real-life stories of sex and all its ramifications, hosted by Sadie Smythe and Mia Martina. Funny, informative, political, or completely personal, the anonymous confessions from the audience are the stars of every show, but you won't want to miss the tales of Holly Lorka, M. Burger, and Elle G. – and magic by Turning Tricks With The Darlings. Bonus: tunes from DJ Kid Gorilla and door prizes from Adult Video Megaplex and Package Menswear. Jan. 18-19. Wed.-Thu., 8pm. $12-20.
En Route Productions
presents Sarah Ruhl
's darkly absurd romantic comedy – at Link & Pin Gallery
, within an immersive installation called Winter Modern
, and in the beautiful Springdale Station
venue. Because nothing, not even the boundaries of space and time, can stop a local company with a creative goal in mind
. Bonus: Drinks from Live Oak Brewery and the Steeping Room. Link & Pin
: Sun., Jan. 22, 2pm. 2235 E. Sixth #102
: Through Jan. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm
Different Stages brings back Carlo Goldoni’s classic, written for the Venice Carnival of 1756, which reveals the matrimonial scheming, gossip, and games enlivening the daily activity of a bustling but poor Venetian piazza where pandemonium reigns. Directed by Norman Blumensaadt. Through Jan. 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-30.
Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity.
Here's the Texas premiere of Steven Dietz's literature-laden love story in which an American man searches for the Irish woman who first captured his heart 30 years earlier while leading a “Bloomsday” walking tour in Dublin. Featuring Huck Huckaby, Cyndi Williams, Claire Grasso, and Aaron Johnson. Directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse. Through Feb. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-36.
Austin Playhouse, ACC Highland, 6001 Airport, 512/476-0084
Beth Henley’s classic comedy spins the zany story of a dysfunctional Southern family, here directed by Rod Mechem for City Theatre. Through Feb. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
Every night presents four or five performances no longer than 25 minutes each. Brilliant monologues? Comedy improv? Cabaret singers? Avant-garde dance? Bizarre performance art? Something about food and human yearning? Short films? Multimedia? FronteraFest's Short Fringe has brought it all in its 24 years – and now you can see what this year's iteration brings. Note: Every Saturday night is a juried "Best of the Week" performance, and the last week features "Best of the Fest" – with a few wild cards thrown in. See website for details. Jan. 17-Feb. 18. Tue.-Sat., 8pm. $16.
Capital T Theatre
– which of course isn't contractually obligated
to work out of Hyde Park – takes over the Off Center to present Taylor Mac
’s uproarious black comedy of gender-bending power dynamics
, starring the prodigious talents of Nate Jackson
, Jay Byrd
, Dillon Yruegas
, and Roxy Becker
under the direction of Delanté Keys
. Through Jan. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm.
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833