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The Motherfucker with the Hat

"Things are looking up for recovering alcoholic Jackie and his girlfriend Veronica – until Jackie spots another man’s hat in their apartment and embarks on a sublimely incompetent quest for vengeance." So – should we let you guess? OK, you're right: It is Capital T Theatre that's staging this dark comedy by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Featuring Ben Wolfe, Jude Hickey, Indigo Rael, Antoinette Robinson, Rommel Sulit, and Aaron Alexander – as directed by Carrie Klypchak. Warning: Foul language, nudity, and a hat. Through Aug. 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

www.capitalt.org

OPENING

Glassheart

This is Reina Hardy's modern re-telling of the classic "Beauty and the Beast" fable. It's a world premiere directed by Kyle Zamcheck for Shrewd Productions, and reviewed here by Elizabeth Cobbe. Through Sept. 14. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $15-25.

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

www.shrewdproductions.com

CLOSING

Capital T Theatre: New Directions seeks Director

Listen: The New Directions program offers a young director with no professional credit the opportunity to direct a full-length play while getting paid. The show will be fully produced by Capital T Theatre, and the director will have the opportunity to develop a piece of theatre that both reflects and contributes to the diversity of the Austin/Central Texas arts scene. Right. This is a great opportunity – you in? See website for details. Deadline: Aug. 31.
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Art Show/Model Show

Here's an honest representation of a (usually) very private world. It's a life-drawing session, a living gallery, an exercise in perspective and time, a conversation about the purpose of art in society, and an intimate look at the singular relationship between the artist and model in the creative process. Performed by artists' models, featuring interviews with the artists, directed by Kelli Bland and Meghan Morongova for Paper Chairs. Recommended for everyone who gives a damn about 1) art and 2) people. Through Sept. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. The Off Shoot, 2211 Hidalgo. Benefit performance: Sun., Sept. 8, 8pm. $10-25.

512/686-6621

GREASE

Ah, the 1950s: So celebrated by people who were kids in the same 1980s that are celebrated by people who are kids today, yes? And here's the classic musical rockin' back to that earlier time, with bobby socks, Brylcreem, hot rods and all – directed by Matthew Burnett for City Theatre. Through Sept. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $25-30 ($18, seniors; $15, students; other discounts available)).

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

www.citytheatreaustin.org

A Few Good Men

Aaron Sorkin's Broadway hit (and subsequent film) asks the compelling question, “Can you handle the truth?” Performed live, out there in Georgetown. See Dan Solomon's review of the show. Through Sept. 8. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm.

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

Sing Muse

Vortex Repertory Company presents this new musical, conceived and directed by Rudy Ramirez, in which music and dance, comedy and tragedy, poetry and science join forces to retell an ancient story of human love touched by divine inspiration and transform the Eastside venue into the Theatre of Dionysus in downtown Athens – where an ensemble cast brings memory's inspirational children to life amid a stagescape of original orchestration and choreography. Through Sept. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10-30.

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

www.vortexrep.org

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