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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.



Telling Stories

Based on interviews with veterans and their families. See here for more, as reported by Robyn Ross. Thu.-Sat., May 2-4, 8pm. Free.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., 512/974-3772,



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).


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.


Passing Strange

M. Scott Tatum and Julianna Elizabeth Wright of Half & Half Productions present the Texas premiere of this new rock’n’roll musical. You like Rocky Horror, you'll likely enjoy this "sprawling work of performance art, complete with angry rants and scary drag queens." Through May 12. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. Half & Half @ Highland Mall, 6001 Airport #1020. $10-35.

Shakespeare at Ramsey Park

Something for Nothing Theater presents the Bard's comedic Two Gentlemen of Verona out there under the stars, directed by Chelsea Bunn and featuring "a different adoptable guest from Austin Dog Rescue each weekend as the incorrigible canine, Crab." Through May 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. 4301 Rosedale. Free.

Austin Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale

The Bard's dark romance, as set down South America way? Yes, as directed by Ann Ciccolella, with choreography by Gustavo Simplis and Kaitlyn Jolly, and climaxing in a Brazilian Carnival with dancers and drummers. (Zounds! You'd think they were in cahoots with Central Market!) Through May 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Free.

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr., 512/397-1463

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


This Hit from A Chick & A Dude Productions was an actual hit back in the day, winning a few local Payne awards even though it didn't have an actual set. Then it grabbed an award at the NY International Fringe Fest in 2005, and now, after ten years, Shanon Weaver's stark tale (of mobsters and a contract killing gone oddly wrong) returns with direction by Melissa Livingston-Weaver and a sharp cast. See our review here. Through May 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra show: Wed., May 15, 8pm. $10-20. $15-25 ($10-20, Thursdays).

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/921-4264,

What's Goin' On?

This workshop performance, presented by the Generic Ensemble Company in conjunction with Lucky Chaos Theater, is "an ensemble-based reinterpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan - simultaneously critiquing Brecht’s treatment of gender, sexuality, and orientalism while also drawing inspiration from it." Directed by KT Shorb. Through May 11. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $5-15.

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

The Chimponauts and the Mechanical Phantom

"Chimponauts," WTF? It's those musical savants of the Electronic Planet Ensemble again, back with their newest sight-and-sound spectacle: a sci-fi B-movie spoof, propelled by giant live-action puppetry, movement, video manipulation, and of course their signature electronic sound. "Signature electronic sound," WTF? We reckon: Sort of like Hawkwind as remixed by some genius Lebanese DJ on an Adderall bender. But see our in-person review here.Through May 18. 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

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