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The Vagina Monologues

No acting experience necessary; great diversity sought; ages 17-71+; expect activism work. Sat., Jan. 5, 11am-2pm. Goodwill Community Center, 1015 Norwood Park.

323/219-5689

The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)

The Vortex and Circus Chickendog team up to present this trained-animal homage to Tchaikovsky's classic for the holidays. It's family-friendly, all right, but it's not just for the kiddies: These are antics that even grown-ups will be delighted by, as the talented Darren Peterson goes all out with juggling, unicycling, giant bubbles, rope tricks, and puppets – as abetted by his circus dogs and a performing macaw. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 27-30, 5:30 & 7pm; Thu.-Fri., Jan. 3-4, 7pm; Sat., Jan. 5, 5:30 & 7pm. $10-30 ($5-15, kids).

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

www.vortexrep.org

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The Game's Afoot!

Ken Ludwig's comical murder-mystery is subtitled Holmes for the Holidays, and of course you're familiar with that consulting detective. Here's an actor (Jason Newman) playing an actor (William Gillette) who's playing Holmes and who's shot onstage in mid-role. Things get even more complicated (and dangerous) at a weekend revel after the attempted murder, and – well, thereby hangs a tale. A fine cast is directed by Don Toner for Austin Playhouse (now in their temporary digs at the Highland Mall). Dec. 13-Jan. 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $15-37 (student discounts available).

476-0084

Quills

Different Stages presents Doug Wright's Obie-winning drama about the Marquis de Sade and the contentious, talespinning turbulence of his years spent confined to the Charenton Asylum for the Insane. What can you expect from this show? "Sex. Perversion. Violence." Also, a fine cast directed by Norman Blumensaadt, featuring Craig Kanne as the notorious Marquis. Jan. 4-26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-30.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870

www.main.org/diffstages

Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid

Seeking: One actress (age 18-40) for this one-person storytelling adaptation, telling the story of The Little Mermaid, using the original text. Wed., Jan. 9, 1-4pm.

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 476-0594 x240

www.zachtheatre.org/audtions, nmiller@zachtheatre.org

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