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What does "family" mean, after all? Tell you what: It doesn't mean "the same ol' same ol' heteronormative bullshit," not even in the 1990s, not in this Tony-winning musical by William Finn and James Lapine, here presented by Austin Theatre Project under the direction of Jeff Hinkle. Note: Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Through Nov. 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $20-30.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is

You'd think the busy novelist Katherine Catmull wouldn't have time to spend delighting us onstage these days … but then, how could anyone resist starring opposite the talented Jason Phelps in this Mickle Maher comedy about two college professors who, overcome by the poetry of William Blake, have sex on the lawn of their campus in front of their students? And this new show (by the playwright responsible for Spirits to Enforce, remember?) is directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T Theatre. How great is this show? Our reviewer tells you that right here.Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.

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

The Spanish Tragedie

The Baron's Men, ever reeking of painstaking authenticity, briefly ditch Shakespeare and offer a rare chance to see Thomas Kyd's revenge play – the one that's the origin for the whole Revenge Tragedy genre. Performed in period costumes, in a period theatre, with period music in torchlight, this bold company "presents you with a romantic setting... and just a touch of death and maiming." Through Nov. 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15 ($10, Thursday).

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon,


The Dead Presidents Club

Larry L. King's classic comedy of presidential proportions and machinations – the ex-POTUSes are trying to finagle their way into Heaven – returns to Austin Playhouse under the direction of Don Toner, with a cast including David Stahl as Nixon, Michael Stuart as LBJ, Tom Parker as Harry Truman, Huck Huckaby as Calvin Coolidge, and Hans Venable as the Heavenly Bureaucrat, with a special appearance by Jacqui Cross. Through Nov 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Note: No show on All Hallows' Eve. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $28-50 (half price for students).



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

Audition: Romeo and Juliet

The Baron’s Men are looking for actors ages 18 and older for the spring 2014 production of this Shakespeare classic. Prepare a two-minute monologue from any early modern drama; bring résumé and headshot. Prithee see the website for appointments. Wed., Nov. 6, 6:30-9pm; Sat., Nov. 9, 10am-1pm.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon, 512/496-9134

Audition: Rosetta

Mary Alice Carnes will direct this Candyce Rusk play about the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe (known as the Godmother of Rock and Roll). Seeking: Two African-American female actors with good vocal ability. Guitar experience is a plus. Prepare an a capella gospel song, email for appointment. Mon., Nov. 4, 6-9pm.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/658-8665,

Fronterafest Applications: Now

There's still time to submit your applications for Fronterafest 2016's Short Fringe. You know you want to have your 25 minutes in the spotlight, to have a performance you've created be the cynosure of your friends and neighbors and the hundreds of citizens from Austin and beyond who attend Fronterafest each year. Well, get to it, because time's a-wasting! See the website for details.

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


This is Andrea Thome's play about two young sisters who are exiled with their family from Chile to a bizarre Reagan-era Wisconsin and forced to retreat to an imaginary world of glaciers, talking bears, and Nazi-fighting revolutionaries to help uncover their family’s past. Directed by Jenny Larson for Salvage Vanguard Theater. Bonus: Original score by Graham Reynolds. And you know our Dan Solomon loved it. Through Nov. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10-15 (pay-what-you can, students).

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

Audition: Never Have I Ever: The Musical

Heckle Her will produce this one-act musical comedy by Adrienne Dawes, with direction by Nitra Gutierrez and musical direction by Henna Chou. You wanna play the part of one of the show's "rambunctious liberal arts college friends"? See website for details and appointment. Sat., Nov. 9, 12:30-4:40pm.

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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