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Design For Living

This Austin Shakespeare production of Noel Coward’s provocative comedy of 1933, directed by Ann Ciccolella, stars Martin Burke, Helen Merino, and Michael Miller as a romantically entangled trio of artists. Featuring chanteuse Kara Bliss and pianist Jason Conner performing Coward songs. Here, see what the Chronicle's Jillian Owens thought of it. Through Feb. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $17-34.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664

www.austinshakespeare.org

ONGOING

The Edge of Peace

Susan Zeder's new play about a young boy struggling to make sense of a world at war, produced by UT's Department of Theatre and Dance (in partnership with Seattle's Children's Theatre), is directed by Linda Hartzell. See "Letting Go, With 'Peace,'" for more. Through Feb. 10. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. B. Iden Payne Theatre, 2350 Robert Dedman. $15-25.

One Night with Janis Joplin

This music-driven theatre event focuses on the renowned singer, her music, and her musical influences, and will be produced by ZACH Theatre this summer, under the direction of playwright Randy Johnson. They're looking for singers/performers for all the roles right now – including Janis, Big Mama Thornton, and more. See website for details, and email (with headshot and résumé) for the required appointment. Tue., Feb. 12, 6-10pm. ZACH's Nowlin Hall, 1426 Toomey.

HIT

The gangster-riddled Hit that was an award-winning hit for a chick and a dude returns, all revamped for the next clip in May. They're looking for a man (age: 40-60) to play the role of Ervin. E-mail headshot and résumé for appointment. Sat., Feb. 23.

achickandadude@gmail.com

The Lion King

The big fierce Disney production returns to Austin with a roar like engines. This is the musical production that's loved even by people who dislike musicals, the Disney property cherished even by people who hate on the Mouse: A spectacular based-on-the-movie show that will undo your biases and touch you deep in that circle of life. Through Feb. 10. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 6:30pm. Bonus matinee: Thu., Jan. 17, 1pm. $29 and up.

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus, 477-6060

www.utpac.org

Fronterafest 2013: Best of the Fest!

Fronterafest's all over for another year, people, except for this Short Fringe: Best of the Fest part –and I'm glad to tell you that any night of this line-up is worth seeing, because you'll laugh, you might cry, you will be extremely fucking entertained at all times. [Full disclosure: I helped decide which shows got to be presented again this week.] And "Austin's Best Monologist" – it's true!Steven Tomlinson debuts his new "How to Use Evernote" piece in the Wild Card Bill. You'd best hurry, though, because these nights (and one matinee) of no-fail theatrical enjoyment are selling out so fast you'd think they were Tim Doyle prints or something! See website for full schedule details. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 14-16, 8pm.

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

www.fronterafest.org

Design For Living

This Austin Shakespeare production of Noel Coward’s provocative comedy of 1933, directed by Ann Ciccolella, stars Martin Burke, Helen Merino, and Michael Miller as a romantically entangled trio of artists. Featuring chanteuse Kara Bliss and pianist Jason Conner performing Coward songs. Here, see what the Chronicle's Jillian Owens thought of it. Through Feb. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $17-34.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-5664

www.austinshakespeare.org

33 Variations

Dave Steakley directs Moisés Kaufman's drama in which a present-day music-scholar mother struggling with her daughter is contrasted with Ludwig van Beethoven struggling with the demands of his genius. Zach Theatre's got somebody coming in from New York to play Beethoven, but this show stars Beth Broderick and pianist Anton Nel. Jan. 23-Feb. 17. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-65 ($18, student rush tickets).

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org, info@zachtheatre.org