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Princess Ida

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. $7-25.
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Triumph of Love

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).

512/476-0084

Much Ado About Nothing

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

www.citytheatreaustin.org, info@citytheatreaustin.org

Reefer Madness: The Musical

This Off-Broadway hit, based on the 1936 cult film that warned parents of the effects of "the demon weed" on the youth of America, is brought to full song-and-dance spectacle by Michael McKelvey's Doctuh Mistuh Productions (you remember them from Evil Dead: The Musical, we're sure) and Austin Playhouse. The Chron's Jillian Owens reviewed it here. Through June 30; Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth. $15-22.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 800/838-3006

www.doctuhmistuh.org

Next Fall

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).

First Unitarian Universalist Complex, 4700 Grover, 512/744-1495

Dixie's Tupperware Party

OMG, y'all! Join the vivacious Dixie Longate as she throws a good old-fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, and audience participation. This sizzling solo performance wowed 'em in the Big Apple, and we reckon it'll do the same right here in the river city. June 18-30. Tue.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 3 & 8pm; Sun., 3 & 7pm. $35 and up.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

www.thelongcenter.org

The Secret Garden

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).

Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484

Sky Candy: The Circus

The local aerialists present a new tale in which a young girl gets more than she bargains for when she runs away to join the struggling Piccolo's Acrobatic Review of the South, Featuring the Sideshow and Animal Extravaganza. (Note, though: It's an all-human cast.) Here's what the Chronicle's Dan Solomon thought of the show. Through June 29. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm. $15-35.

Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th, 512/809-7799

www.skycandyaustin.com

Night Must Fall

Emlyn Williams’ classic mystery – odd boyfriend, headless body, and all – is directed by Norman Blumensaadt for Different Stages. Through July 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 7pm. (No show: July 4. Extra show: Wed., July 10, 8pm.) $15-30.

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

www.main.org/diffstages, 512/478-5282

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