Here's the Texas premiere of Gabriel Jason Dean's twisted comedy about "the expansion of the universe and the contraction of a troubled family," directed by Rudy Ramirez. Through June 15. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
Yes, this is mostly a music-based festival – replete with experimental wire-bending and amplified neurophony and unusual acoustic brilliance – but it features ferocious elements of video and film and performance art, too, and so we'll be damned if this isn't a good place to list the amazing thing. Your friends at the Church of the Friendly Ghost have again wrangled this annual wonder-cabinet of sonic transcendence, presenting sound artists brekekekexkoaxkoax, Derrick Fore & Mohadev Bhattacharyya, Bryan Day, Nick Hennies, Red Ox vs. Cinders, Caroline Koebel, Metrah Pashaee, Daze of Heaven, and many more. (Individual shows are $5-10; an all-fest pass is $35.) The whole weekend's recommended for anyone not willing to settle for whatever's pumped out by the insipid sugar factories of pop music. Wed.-Sat., June 12-15.
Geoffrey Nauffts' provocative play, directed by Karen Jambon for the Paradox Players, looks at faith, commitment and unconditional love via the relationship of Luke, who is a Christian, and Adam, who is anything but. June 14-30. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-20 ($10, students, seniors).
This James Magruder chamber musical (inspired by Marivaux's 18th-century French comedy about love and scheming among the Spartans) is directed by Don Toner and Lara Toner to close out Austin Playhouse's current season of staged delights. June 14-July 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $30-37 (half price, students).
Here's Gilbert & Sullivan
's eighth comic opera
, an uproarious battle of the sexes, directed by Ralph MacPhail, Jr.
, with musical direction from Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
, and starring Michelle Haché
as the titular Ida. June 13-23. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm
. Extra show: Sat., June 22, 2pm
. Brentwood Christian School's Barton Theater, 11908 N. Lamar
This is the debut production from The Hat Tree Theatricals. It's a near-Brechtian epic with dance and music, in which the eponymous young woman embarks on a journey through the troubled yet beautiful world of 1890s America. Ah, the Chicago World's Fair! Ah, a lively cast and crew! Written and directed by Rocky Hopson and starring Michelle Keffer as Circus Girl. Through June 16. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale & Lyons. $10-25 (pay what you can, Thursdays).
The Pulitzer-winning playwright Donald Margulies
wrote this 19th-century maritime adventure based on actual events
, and here it's brought to life by three actors for Penfold Theatre
's latest production out in Round Rock. Through June 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad
Witty wordplay, passionate poetry, and clever plot twists abound in this Shakespeare comedy classic, directed by Bridget Farias for City Theatre. June 13 – July 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
You know this isn't a children's show, right? You know this Tony-winning Broadway musical is about as sexed-up and queercentric as puppets can get, right? Well, open Sesame, here comes the singing, dancing, puppet-boinking show of the season, as presented by the folks at Austin Theater Project. Through June 16. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $25-30 ($20, students).
Capital T Theatre
's Mark Pickell
is trying to bring about the thespian Singularity, maybe, by having Lowell Bartholomee
, Joey Hood
, and Jason Liebrecht
working the stage at the same time. And that trio's only part
of the killer cast for Martin McDonagh
's twisted black comedy about the trail-of-vengeance mayhem that ensues when some fool dares to kill an Irish terrorist's cat
. "Warning," says a note in the press release, "Graphic Violence and Gunshots." Yeah, no shit. See what our reviewer Dan Solomon feckin' thinks of it
, so. Through June 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm
This is the Tony-winning, musical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel, here directed by Broadway veteran Robert Westenberg to close out St. Edward's 40th season of theatre. June 13-30. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $28 ($25, in advance; $20, students, seniors).
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.