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).
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
, 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
Two Beards Theatre, directed by Andrew Robinson, presents this Noah Haidle comedy about a four-year-old girl whose imaginary friend "beats up his personal assistant, has a cocaine addiction and a penchant for pornography and very long dildos." Alrighty, then. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 4-12, 8pm. Extra show (with free beer): Sat., Oct. 5, 10pm. $10.
Based on the L. Frank Baum classic, of course. Oct. 11-26. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $5-15.
Shakespeare's darkest and bloodiest tragedy, directed here by Kevin Gates for City Theatre. Through Nov. 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
This play by Emilio Carballido portrays the reality of misunderstood love, of the need and obsession that human beings many times show when they fall in love. Directed by Karla Longnion for Austin Latino Theater Alliance; presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Through Oct. 27. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15 ($12, students, seniors).
This fierce courtroom drama by David Ives, subtitled The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656, opens a philosophical can (if not diet) of worms and a philosophical can of whup-ass. Directed by Gary Payne for the Paradox Players. Through Oct. 27. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $20 ($15, seniors; $10, students).
This scrappy and provocative theatre company's auditioning for two new plays and maybe you could be onstage with them? Email for appointment; see website for details. Oct. 14-16.
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.
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
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
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/522-4083
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).