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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

The Merchant Of Venice

The Baron's Men present William Shakespeare's famous tragicomedy at Richard Garriott's Curtain Theater, the only Elizabethan-style theater in Austin. If you like your Shakespeare done right, O modern-day citizen, you'll like what these Men have to offer. Through April 27. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-15.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon,

A View From The Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Al Staggs performs his one-man drama about the martyred anti-Nazi German theologian. 8:30. Free.

University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, 478-9387


Noises Off

Michael Frayn's 1982 comedy is, in the right hands, hilarious as it reveals the backstage antics and squabblings of a theatre company stumbling through troubled rehearsals, a dreadful first night, and a disastrous final performance. It's presented here by Austin Playhouse, with a stellar cast (David Stahl! Bernadette Nason! Hildreth England! And more!) directed by Don Toner. See our review right here. Through May 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd. $28-37.



UT New Theatre

Dream Of Perfect Sleep Written by Kevin Kautzman; directed by Courtney Sale. April 21 & 27, 2pm; April 26, 8pm. 70 Secrets of Marmalade Kittens Written by Gabrielle Reisman; directed by Jess Hutchinson. April 24 & 27, 8pm; April 20, 2pm. A Perfect Robot Written by Sarah Saltwick; directed by Andrew Carlson. April 27, 11am. The Kingdom Written by Andrew Hinderaker; directed by Sarah Rasmussen. April 25, 8pm; April 21, 7pm; April 28, 2pm. All shows: Lab Theatre, E. 23rd & San Jacinto. $12-15.



Theatre en Bloc brings us this world premiere, conceived by Jenny Lavery and Derek Kolluri, that dramatizes the personal stories of some of the two million people who call Texas’s capital city home: homeless men and women, illegal migrant laborers, city planners, students, artists, pioneers, representatives, and more. Based on interviews with hundreds of Austin residents. Through May 12. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. 1107 N. I-35. $15 ($12, students, seniors).


Fox On The Fairway

Ken Ludwig's furiously paced comedy gets a run by the Way off Broadway Community Players out in Leander, under the direction of Debbie Bishop. Through May 11. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. 11880 W FM 2243, Leander. $20 ($15, students, seniors, military).


Fusebox Festival

Art! Performance! Music! Food! Drink! Perhaps a bit of divine madness! Note: This festival is kind of like a smaller, slightly more rarified version of SXSW, where the afterparty conversations and creative meet-ups are possibly as important as the scheduled events themselves. Note: This festival sprawls across the city of Austin and presents acts and events from brilliant groups and individuals from across the entire planet. Note: Ron Berry and his co-moguls are to blame for this multipartite upheaval of spectacle and meaning, and it's their vigor and drive that make Fusebox too vast an endeavor to fully cover the details of here – see the Fusebox website for a complete schedule. Get caught up in the ensuing wonders as your city is transformed, for a jam-packed week and a half, into an even greater hub of creativity than it is normally. Through April 28.

True West

Sam Shepard's classic that sets brother against brother in their mother's kitchen and explodes the myths of Hollywood and cowboys is presented by Oh Dragon Theatre Company under the direction of Carl Gonzales. Through May 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. Special Magic Barn Fantastic, 2507 Willow. Free.


Good People

David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning play, set in Boston's Southie neighborhood, explores the "struggles, shifting loyalties, and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America." Directed by Karen Jambon for Different Stages, featuring Rebecca Robinson and Tom Chamberlain. See our review here. Through May 11. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-30.

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 926-6747

Mad Beat Hip & Gone

ZACH's new Topfer Theatre is the venue for the world premiere of this Kerouac-inspired odyssey through wanderlusty on-the-road days and nights of young America in the mid-20th century, written and directed by Austin's own Steven Dietz. And here's Elizabeth Cobbe's review of the show. Through April 28. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-65.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541

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