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A Walk in the Woods

Street Corner Arts presents this Lee Blessing comedy about two Cold War-era men – a clever and cynical Russian, an idealistic young American – discussing politics, life, and the future of the free world. Starring Michael Stuart and Benjamin Summers, directed by A. Skola Summers (who we sure do miss on the volleyball court). July 19-Aug. 4. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $20.


The Dumbwaiter

Here's Broken Alley Theatre's other offering this weekend: Harold Pinter's arch classic that wrestles with morality, loyalty, and snack food. Fri. & Sun., Aug. 2 & 4, 8pm. 21st Street Co-op, 709 W. 21st St. $10. $10.

The WIll Rogers Follies

Out Georgetown way, the Palace Theater is staging this Ziegfeldesque revue of a musical that has legendary Will Rogers narrating his life story. Through Aug 4. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $14-24 ($10, ages 9 and younger).

Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave., 512/869-7469


The Sunset Limited

Cormac McCarthy’s play – in which a near fatal encounter brings two very different men together to explore and debate the meaning of life, human suffering, and the existence of God – is directed by Patrick Torres for the Trinity Street Players. Through Aug. 18. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. 901 Trinity. Free., 512/402-3086

Zilker Summer Musical: Little Shop Of Horrors

Right there on the hillside, observe as an anthrophagic monstrosity named Audrey II devours humans in a song-filled comedy spectacle for the 55th annual iteration of this Austin theatrical tradition. Is it really that great a show? The Chronicle Jillian Owens insists that, yes, it certainly is.Through Aug. 17. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. Donation accepted.

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr., 512/479-9491

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-winning classic is brought back to the stage by a City Theatre cast under the direction of Jeff Hinkle. See our full review here. Through Aug. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $10-25.

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

SummerStock Austin: Pippin, Swing!, The Bremen Town Musicians

Three different classic musicals, as performed by the aspiring young thespians of SummerStock Austin at the Long Center. See website for details. Through Aug. 11. $15-25.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664

One Night With Janis Joplin

Here's the blues-belting queen of rock & roll revitalized, in a show created, written, and directed by Randy Johnson and starring Kacee Clanton, Tiffany Mann, Tricky Jones, Felicia Dinwiddie, and Cari Hutson. Take another little piece of this art now, baby. July 18-Aug. 18. Tue.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $35-65 (Student rush tickets: $18, one hour before showtime).

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541

Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry's classic drama about the struggles of an African-American family in the 1950s – the play that "changed American theatre forever" – is directed by Laurie Carlos for UpRise! Productions. Zell Miller III stars. Aug. 1-17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $10-30 (2-for-1 admission, Thu. & Sun., with donation of two canned goods for SafePlace).

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

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