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
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).
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.
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.