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
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