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Toil and Trouble

Subtitled "A Troubling Turn on Shakespeare's Macbeth," here's the latest from Trouble Puppet Theatre Company, the bunraku professionals who've brought us fantastic adaptations of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker, and more. This dark and bloody tale is adapted and directed by Connor Hopkins – with music by Graham Reynolds, lighting by Stephen Pruitt, sound design by Buzz Moran, and imagery by Chris Owen – for a classically twisted night of ghosts, witches, and murder most foul. (Pro tip: Ask about their opening-night special.) Oct. 31-Nov. 18. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $10-25.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886


There are some things that ZACH can do that few, maybe no, other companies in this town can do and do to perfection. Blowing the roof off the previous level of music-fueled spectacle is, especially with this show and in the new Topfer theatre, one of them. Dave Steakley directs an amazing cast bringing the days of a young and contentious America to life, with the award-winning Terrence McNally adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's novel galvanizing the boards of this impressive stage. Oct. 17-Nov. 18. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-70.

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541

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