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Holier Than Thou

Bastion Carboni and his Poison Apple Initiative present this play about a reality TV show in which people compete for the powers of Jesus. Through July 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Note: No show on July 4. $15.

The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 972/989-0452

www.poisonappleinitiative.com

Smithville Melodrama: Egads!

Through July 6. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm. Playhouse Smithville, 110 Main, Smithville. $10.

512/360-7397

www.playhousesmithville.com, playhousesmithville@yahoo.com

CyberFest

Ethos seeks male performers of any ethnicity or age to perform in several featured roles in this new theatrical event from director Bonnie Cullum and composer Chad Salvata in September. Performers will receive a stipend; especially seeking performers of color. Bring résumé, headshot if you have one; dress to move; prepare two minutes of song (any genre) to be performed with accompanist (no a capella). See website for details; call for appointment. Sun., July 7, 2-4pm.

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

www.vortexrep.org

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Jomama Jones: Radiate

Daniel Alexander Jones and Bobby Halvorson present the triumphant return of this mythical R&B diva who left the U.S. after a string of hits in the 1980s, now "returning from the darkness as a lone star with a singular purpose – to awaken the comeback in us all, through her music and live performance." With maximum energy and funk, back-up vocals by those Sweet Peaches (Helga Davis and Laura Jean Anderson), and a live band. Through July 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Extra show: Fri., 10:30pm. $15 ($12, in advance; pay what you wish, July 11).

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

www.salvagevanguard.org

Puppet Improv Project: Trash

In which Sara Farr, Joel Ausanka, composer Ammon Taylor, and their friends present a crowd of colorful puppet characters - created from “trash” and recycled materials - to tell a musical tale about the growing problem of waste in our cities. July 5-6. Fri., 6 & 7:30pm; Sat., 1:30 & 3pm. $5.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000

www.puppetimp.blogspot.com

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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

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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