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The Man of La Mancha

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).


Shakespeare On the Farm: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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.

National Pastime

Austin Theatre Project presents this "Broadway-bound" musical, a screwball comedy, set in 1933 Iowa, about a failing radio station and its miraculous comeback. Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. Center State Theatre, 2826 Real. $15-30.



St. Ed's new season of theatre kicks off with this Tina Howe comedy about "closing day at a contemporary art exhibition called 'The Broken Silence,'" inspired by actual comments overheard at the Whitney biennial. Directed by David M. Long, featuring Babs George, Jarrett King, and David Stahl. Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $22 ($17, students, seniors, SEU community).

Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484


SLAM Theatre: Call for Entries

This is a pressure-cooker playwriting competition from your friends at Poison Apple Initiative. Playwrights: Submit 5- and 10-minute sections of an unpublished play, along with a brief synopsis of the entire piece and the running time. The competition will be held October 20 with the winning play(s) getting full readings on October 27. See website for details. Free.,

Book Of Mormon

What satirical mayhem hath South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrought in this wildly acclaimed, religion-exploding musical comedy? Broadway In Austin lets you know with a full-fledged production right here in the river city. Oct. 1-13. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm.

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman, 512/477-6060

Fat Pig

This is Neil LaBute’s razor-sharp comedy of a man who falls for a beautiful, bright, and plus-sized woman – and has to deal with the sizeist bullshit jibes of his friends. Directed by Derek Kolluri for Theatre en Bloc, and featuring Ryan Hamilton, Zena Marie Vaughn, Jenny Lavery, and Charles P. Stites. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 3-20, 8pm. $15-35.

The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/522-4083

Trouble Puppet Theatre: The Head

Oh, here we go into the contentious depths of terra incognita: Merrily, raucously, horrifically, and with substantial flairs of humor. Trouble Puppet maestro Connor Hopkins, not content to craft compelling adaptations of classic works (Frankenstein, Riddley Walker, Macbeth, et al.), now directs his talented company to bring forth this original work: "Inside one man's head, an overworked Mechanic struggles with faulty machinery and the head's other residents, the Personal Demons, to navigate through the day … when those Demons climb out of the shadows of the Limbic Lobe, all hell breaks loose inside and outside the Head." Bonus: Music by Justin Sherburn, lighting by Megan Reilly, sound design by K. Eliot Haynes, and costume design by Monica Gibson. [Note: This ain't a kiddie show; keep your children away, unless you want them asking, "Mommy, why do these fuckin' puppets curse so much?"] Sept. 26-Oct. 12. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10-20.

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

Les Miserables

We blame Vidoqc, ultimately. Here's the worldwide phenomenon of a smash musical success fashioned from Victor Hugo's 1862 novel, now at Zach Theatre in Austin and featuring a cast of 33 led by Broadway stars Pat McRoberts as Jean Valjean and Nicholas Rodriguez as Inspector Javert, directed by Matt Lenz, with musical direction by Allen Robertson, with more polished grit and streetwise glory and rousing anthems than you can shake a purloined baguette at. Through Nov. 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm (See website for extra show times). $25-65 ($18, student rush tickets).

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

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