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Tragedy: A Tragedy

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).

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

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

Mr. Marmalade

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.

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


OZ! the Musical

Based on the L. Frank Baum classic, of course. Oct. 11-26. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $5-15.

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St., 512/303-6283


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

Two Scented Rose/Rosa De Dos Aromas

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).

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/537-2582,

New Jerusalem

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).

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/744-1495


Auditions: Poison Apple Initiative

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.

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

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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