We can pretty much blame Gene Roddenberry for this fellow's blazing and indelible spot in the world's consciousness, sure, but by now William Shatner has earned or grown to accommodate the immensity of his own position. Whether as a would-be crooner exhorting us to "Picture yourself – on a boat – on a river!" or as Captain James Tiberius Kirk or T.J. Hooker or whoever the hell he was in that one aborted season of 'Barbary Coast' on ABC back in '75 [Ed. note: The character was named Jeff Cable. Thank you, Wikipedia.] ... we mean, yes, regardless, Shatner performing as Shatner is just Shatner enough, replete with hilarious anecdotes and a horseman's opinions and the sort of star-studded, crowd-pleasing chat that a legendary octogenarian can provide. Thu., Jan. 10, 8pm. $115-150.
Jaston Williams, known to many Austinites as That One Greater Tuna Actor, is directed by Larry Randolph in this revealing and humorous Jay Presson Allen play about Truman Capote. Back at Zach after 12 years – by popular demand! Through March 10. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $40.
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).
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.
Taught by David Lee Strasberg, Lee Strasberg’s son, the seminar is designed to hone skills and develop new possibilities for advanced actors while creating a nurturing beginning for less experienced actors. Coming up fast, register soon. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 25-27. $175 (immersion; $75, observational).