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Cohen New Works Festival

UT's Department of Theatre and Dance presents the annual showcase of new works by the University's fiercest students: Colossal at Anna Hiss Gymnasium, Room 134; March 25, 26, & 28, 8pm; March 27, 8:30pm. Almost Invincible at the UT Tower; March 25, 26, 27, & 28, 8pm. The Women of Juarez at Payne Theatre, 300 E. 23rd; March 25, 26, 8pm; March 27, 8:30pm; March 28, 5:30pm. Times Two: A Public Display of Love Desire at Brockett Theatre, 300 E. 23rd; March 26, 4:30pm; March 27, noon & 9:30pm; March 29, 5pm. LAMBDA at Winship Drama Building Studio, 300 E. 23rd; March 25, 2:3pm; March 26 & 29, 11:30am; March 27, 3pm; March 28, 5pm. See website for complete schedule and more.

The Greatness: Game Show of the Arts

This competitive spectacle's like a weaponized version of the Encyclopedia Show, with three distinct art forms in an intellectual donnybrook and the audience voting to see who makes it to the finals where they'll do battle again – against one another and an audience member. Bonus: Curtis Luciani. 8:00.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

www.facebook.com/TheGreatnessGameShow

OPENING

A Minister's Wife

A new and musical version of George Bernard Shaw's Candida? Exactly. Penfold Theatre stages their latest production, set in 1890s London where there's a tense love triangle between the Reverend James Morell, his strong-willed wife Candida, and the young poet, Eugene Marchbanks, who aims to win Candida's love. Through April 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity, 850-4849. $20-25 ($18, students, seniors).

Adam Sultan

Death and loss is at the heart of this new production from Physical Plant Theater, death and loss as experienced by the fictional Adam Sultan – who's played by and based on the real-life Adam Sultan whom this city has cherished the presence and talents of for so long. This is a mortality-stained love letter to one man and to an entire community, a savory pie of creation in the face of that Reaper who cares not. Written and directed by Steve Moore and Zeb L. West. Recommended. Through April 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.

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

www.physicalplant.org

ONGOING

Lady Windermere's Fan

Oscar Wilde's fourth play (and his first theatrical hit, back in the day) is presented here with a fine cast embodying all the comedy a scandal-obsessed society can generate. Directed by Lara Toner for Austin Playhouse. March 15-April 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. In the Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. No show: Sun., March 31. $28-30.

476-0084

Teatro Vivo: Austin Latino New Play Festival

Parts are available for men and women ages 18-80. Knowledge of Spanish for some roles is a plus, but not required. Prepare a comedic or dramatic monologue of 1-2 minutes each. Bring headshot; résumé is optional. Appointment necessary; see website for details. Tue.-Wed., April 2-3, 6:30-9pm. Community Engagement Center, 1009 E. 11th.

www.teatrovivo.org, joannreyes@yahoo.com

Moon Over Buffalo

Ken Ludwig’s madcap play centers on two fading 1950s Hollywood performers, on the brink of a disastrous split-up, who might have one last shot at stardom. Directed by Andy Brown, starring Scot Friedman and Christina Little-Manley. Through April 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org, info@citytheatreaustin.org

Night Must Fall

Different Stages is casting this tense crime drama by Emlyn Williams for a summer performance at The Vortex, and they're looking for women (ages 25-65) and men (ages 27-65) to be directed by Norman Blumensaadt. See website for details. Mon.-Tue., April 1-2, 7-9pm.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 444-3303

www.main.org/diffstages

Slowgirl

It's the regional premiere of this new play by Greg Pierce, about a chatty teenage girl who uncovers secrets about her reclusive, soft-spoken uncle when she visits him in exile in the Costa Rican jungle. Directed for Hyde Park Theatre by Ken Webster, starring that worthy and Molly Karrasch. Through April 27. Thu.-Sat., 8pm.

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

www.hydeparktheatre.org

Earth

Conceived and directed by the Vortex's Artistic Director Bonnie Cullum, this is the latest in the company's Elementals series: A multi-disciplinary show performed in 17 tons of dirt, with performers singing, dancing, and telling stories of the Earth. Featuring Mick D’arcy, Anderson Dear, Gabriel Maldonado, Betsy McCann, Emerald Mystiek, Mindy Rast-Keenan, Melissa Vogt-Patterson, and Aisha Melhem. And the show is reviewed by Arts Editor Robert Faires right here.Through April 20. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30 (2-for-1 admission w/ donation of 2 canned goods for SafePlace, Thursday & Sundays).

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

www.vortexrep.org

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