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An Obviously Foggot

Bastion Carboni and his Poison Apple Initiative present an encore performance of this "collision of scenes, mashed-up pop songs, and dance parties about internalized homophobia in gay bars and what happens when a haven is … a little less than safe." Here's what the Chronicle Dan Solomon had to say about the show when it first ran. Ahem: Age 18 or older only. Through June 2. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. Castro's Warehouse, 213 W. Fourth #100. $10.

Harvey

Martin Burke stars in Mary Chase's classic (and Pulitzer Prize-winning) comedy about a happy-go-lucky man with an invisible best friend – a six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey. Also starring Lauren Lane; directed by Dave Steakley. Through June 16. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $18-65.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org, info@zachtheatre.org

For Whom the Dong Tolls

Say what? Say it's La Fenice, Austin's favorite Commedia dell'Arte troupe, presenting another vigorous old-school farce featuring "adult themes, unlicensed proctology, singing, dancing, swordplay, and bad magic tricks." Meanwhile, you can sluice your gob along with all the rum coves and dimber dells at the Vortex's Butterfly Bar. Thu., May 23; Fri., May 24; Wed., May 29. All shows at 8pm.

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

www.katesmash.wix.com/la-fenice

ONGOING

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.

476-0084

Happy Couple

James Venhaus' intense drama, featuring a couple who find a group of squatters occupying the house they first lived in, is directed by Karen Alvarado for Last Act Theatre Company. Through May 25. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. The White House Ranch, 3410 E. Pennsylvania. $12.

512/626-4986

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Here's the Rajiv Joseph play, a FronteraFest favorite, that explores the lives of Kayleen and Doug, lives that "intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together." Starring Molly Karrasch and Benjamin Summers, directed by A. Skola Summers and Rommel Sulit for Street Corner Arts. Through June 1. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale & Lyons. $10-25.

512/298-9776

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

www.austinshakespeare.org

Twelve Angry Men

A new production of Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom drama in which a jury decides the fate of a teenager accused of murdering his father. Directed by Karen Sneed for City Theatre. Through June 9. Thu-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org

The Brothers Merlin

Loaded Gun Theory presents this "comedic carnival of carnage" that's part Rocky Horror, part Freaks, with a little Abominable Dr. Phibes thrown in for good measure. It's a Frank Benge-directed stageshow where two brothers unearth a mysterious ancient secret to immortality, yes; but this isn't just a play, it's a night of wild characters and weird entertainments that also include magician Jack Darling, a roomful of pickled oddities, carny games and snack booths, and the Anna Larson and her Sleight-of-Hand Sideshow band. Through June 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra show: Wed. May 29, 8pm. $18-28.

The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833

www.brothersmerlin.com

The Cruel Circus: A Trouble Puppet Show

Here's the newest work of dark whimsy, written and directed by Connor Hopkins, from the company that brought us The Jungle, Frankenstein, Riddley Walker, and Toil & Trouble. The professional Trouble Puppet team creates Bunraku-style tabletop puppets to embody this compelling and eerie drama for adults, with original music by Justin Sherburn, costumes by Monica Gibson, and, well, wow. Bonus: Pre-show performance by Cami Alys. Also: Look at the poster for this thing. Brilliant. Why? Because Jennymarie Jemison. Through May 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $10-20.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/573-2540

www.troublepuppet.com

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