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Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom

Here's Charles Busch’s satirical farce about two fatally seductive vampires whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom and continue over 2000 years – with stops in silent-movie Hollywood and modern-day Las Vegas. Andy Berkowsky directs for City Theatre. Through Nov. 17. Fri.-Sat., 10:30pm; Sun., 8pm. $10.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org, info@citytheatreaustin.org

Seance: A Meeting of the Secret Society of Blackbower Mediums

The exalted master of the arcane, Clay Towery, presides over this enigmatic group of spiritualists as they invoke spectral visions spawned by the suggestions of audience participants. Who's that speaking from beyond the grave this dark night? The improvisers are present and the spirits flow through them. Through Nov. 17. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $10.

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

www.gnaptheater.org

Dahlia

This short play, written and directed by Michael Floyd for the upcoming Fronterafest, is about a screenwriter whose obsession with the subject of his latest crime thriller could lead to riches or the depths of insanity. See website for information. 7:00.
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The Scarlet Letter

Sarah Saltwick's adaptation of the Hawthorne classic is directed by Steven Wilson for UT's Department of Theatre and Dance. Nov. 16, 17, 29, 30 & Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8pm; Nov. 18 & Dec. 2, 2pm. $15-25.

B. Iden Payne Theatre, 477-6060

You Can't Take it With You

It's the classic Kaufman & Hart Pulitzer-winning comedy about "living life to the fullest, following your own dreams, and daring to be unconventional." Directed by Mick D’Arcy for Different Stages. Through Dec. 8. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 7pm. $15-30.

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

www.main.org/diffstages

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The Homage That Follows

Mark Medoff's drama – about a young man whose friendship with his widowed employer turns to obsession and murder when the woman's celebrity daughter returns to the family farm – is directed by Perry Crafton for ACC. Through Nov. 18. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. ACC Mainstage Theatre, 1212 Rio Grande. $10 ($5, students, seniors).

Coriolanus

"Shakespeare’s themes of class privilege and general unhappiness with government as remain relevant today as they were in the riotous streets of the Roman Republic." True dat. Bridget Farias directs this classic drama – featuring Kevin Gates, Sam Mercer, and Charles Stites (ermahgerd!) – for the Trinity Street Players. Through Nov. 18. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. Black Box Theatre, 901 Trinity. Donations accepted.

Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Ed Graczyk’s classic is set the dime store of a small West Texas town, where the Disciples of James Dean reunite for the twentieth reunion in honor of their hero’s death. Directed by Andy Berkovsky for City Theatre. Through Nov. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25. (Thursdays, $10; other discounts available.).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org

OTHELLO

Shakespearean treachery, jealousy, and tragedy – exactly what you want to be mixed up in. Sun., Nov. 18, 12:30-3:30pm; Mon., 6-10pm.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org, info@citytheatreaustin.org

The Pain and the Itch

Mark Pickell and Capital T Theatre, the people who brought you Killer Joe and Exit, Pursued by a Bear, present Bruce Norris's dark holiday comedy in which the perfect life of a perfect family is reduced to chaos by belligerent, politically charged relatives and a mysterious intruder during the Worst Thanksgiving Dinner Ever. And, oh, the cast! Check it: Kenneth Wayne Bradley, Lana Dieterich, Liz Fisher, Indigo Rael, Benjamin Summers, and Ben Wolfe. Through Nov. 24. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

www.capitalt.org

Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

This new adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan features, in addition to the romantic story, extensive 19th-century ballroom dance – as choreographed by Toni Bravo. Directed by Ann Ciccolella for Austin Shakespeare. Through Nov. 25. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $19-42.50.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

www.austinshakespeare.org, alex@austinshakespeare.org

Bus Stop

William Inge's classic romantic comedy, about five weary travelers stranded overnight at a small midwestern diner, is directed by Christina J. Moore. Bonus: Guest performers are Sarah Gay, David Jones, and David Stahl. Nov. 8-18. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Extra show: Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30pm. $20 ($15, students, seniors, St. Ed's community).

Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484

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

www.troublepuppet.com

Ragtime

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.

Zach's Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar

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