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
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
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
"What if you could take a point in your life and ReSet it?" This show brings together eight improvisational actors, all over the age of 40, to reflect on their lives and share true stories of crucial crossroads from their past. Directed by Asaf Ronen for Lucky Chaos Theatre. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-14, 8pm. $10.
Tongue & Groove Theatre presents Joseph Skibell’s screwball comedy in which Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, and Sigmund Freud are comedy-writers for their “nephews" the Marx Brothers. Mark Stewart and Courtney Hopkin are featured among a cast of 18 portraying more than 60 Prohibition-era characters in this maelstrom of zaniness directed by David Yeakle. Through Sept. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Center Stage, 2826 Real. $15-20 (pay-what-you-can, Thursday).
Wildly creative variety show. Bonus: Live music from Suspirians, tunage via DJ Pine Cone. 8pm. Free.
This is A. R. Gurney's popular comedy about the chaos a found dog creates in a couple's longtime marriage. Directed by Gary Dean Hamilton for the Way Off Broadway Community Players out in Leander. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-Oct. 5, 8pm. Extra show: Sun., Sept. 22, 3pm. 11880 W. FM 2243. $20 ($15, seniors, students, military).
Present Company continues their welcome habit of staging the Bard's work outdoors, making for a perfect picnicking opportunity among the prithees and poltroonery and – in this case – ruling members of the Seelie Court. Directed by Lindsay Doleshal, with an original score by Jason Farmer and Meason Wiley. Through Oct. 6. Fri.-Sun., 7pm. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady. Donations accepted.
Penfold Theatre presents this Tony-winning John Logan play about the late Mark Rothko's creation of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant on NYC's Park Avenue. Directed by Nathan Jenkins. Sept. 12-29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity. $20-25 ($18, students, seniors).
Austin Playhouse opens its newest season with this classic, Tony-winning musical based on Cervantes' Don Quixote. Directed by Don Toner, with musical direction by Michael McKelvey, and starring Rick Roemer as that ageless knight. Romance! Derring-Do! Songs! Chivalric optimism! Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $34-36 (half price for students).
Here's Ted Swindley's classic play about the legendary country singer, directed by Chester Eitze and performed by Terry Lyne Moore and Engela Edwards. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 6-28, 7:30pm. Matinees: Sun., Sept 8 & 22, 2:30pm. $15.
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
Different Stages seeks actors (women, age 25-65; men, age 27-65) for this Julia Cho play about a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures while his personal life erodes around him. To be directed by Karen Jambon for a January run. See website for details. Call for appointment. Mon.-Tue., Sept. 23-24, 7-9pm.
From the mind of Will Eno – whose Thom Pain (based on nothing) recently scored a sold-out run at HPT – comes this new comedy, a media-savaging "satire in the face of Armageddon." Directed by Ken Webster, starring Molly Karrasch, Michael Ferstenfeld, Benjamin Summers, Nathan Brockett, Nahila Bonfiglio, and that same Webster. Thu.-Sat., Sept. 12-Oct. 12, 8pm. $20-22 (discounts available for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance).