Greater Tuna superstar Jaston Williams and his guests Joe Ely and Jo Carol Pierce share stories, poetry, laughter, and a few songs – while trying to answer the question on everyone’s mind: Why Lubbock? Come on down and have you a good old time with these legends, who exhort you to "feel free to wear your house shoes, sip on longnecks, and ask any question within reason." 8pm. $32-42.
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).
A Chick & A Dude Productions – those folks who brought you Shanon Weaver's Hit, remember? – needs actors for their production of this Samuel D. Hunter work. Seeking: Male, late-teens to early 20s; females, mid-teens to late 30s. Email or call for appointment. Sat., Nov. 16, noon-5pm. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd.
Fri.-Sat., Nov. 1-23, 7:30pm. Extra show: Sun., Nov. 17, 2:30pm. $12-15.
A noirish shamus caper (written by Greg Klein) smackdab in the middle of the whole Mother Goose milieu? Drop the gat, ya double-crossing mug – the sheep's in the meadow and the cow's in the corn! Directed by Will Hollis Snider for Last Act Theater Company. Through Nov. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $15 ($12, students; pay what you can, Thursdays).
The Paradox Players will produce this Richard Alfieri comedy about the relationship between the widow of a Southern Baptist Minister and a gay dance instructor. Seeking: One woman, age 60-75; one man, age 35-50. A small stipend will be paid. Prepare a two-minute monologue, contact director Matt Burnett for details. Mon.-Tue., Nov. 18-19, 7:30pm.
Here's a Will Eno creation in which a love story goes bad (really bad), a play gets written in painful fits and starts, snow falls and it turns to slush. This is a play to, among other things, remind us why we live our lives as though we're in mourning for them. Directed by Carl Gonzales for Oh Dragon Theatre Company. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 7-16, 8pm. $15.
grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/971-9423
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
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.
The Rude Mechs' resident playwright Kirk Lynn, we're told, years ago set himself the task of "fixing" Shakespeare's plays – at least, the ones that needed fixing. Well, if anybody can do that and do it right, it's Kirk Lynn. And now here come those Rudes and their talented friends with the first fixed play, about "one of history's shittiest kings, so obsessed with his own legacy that he drives his country to war, is willing to kill women and children, and rejects the authority of God and church." We reckon this thing will kick your ass in a most pleasurable fashion. Bonus: Even just the cast is to swoon for, you lucky theatregoers. Through Nov. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 & 8pm $25.
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
Gnap! Theatre Projects presents this commedia dell'arte-inspired adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, conceived and directed by Ben Schave – one of Austin's kings of physical comedy – and featuring a ridiculously talented cast (Joey Hood! Kerri Lendo! Michael Jastroch! Others!) performing this version of Chekhov's masterpiece entirely without dialogue. Tell you what: This is gonna be some wild, kazoo-spiked antics right here. Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15 ($8, students, seniors; pay what you wish, Thursdays).
Chicago's Reina Hardy
, currently pursuing her MFA as a Michener Fellow at UT, pens this romantic comedy of a man who wants two things in life: to make the astronomical discovery of the new millennium and to find a date to his sister's wedding. See what happens in this world premiere presentation, featuring Breanna Stogner
, Trey Deason
, and Bridget Farr
– as directed by Rudy Ramirez
for Vortex Repertory
. (Oh, and read the review right here
.) Thu.-Sun., Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 8pm
. $10-30 (2-for-1 admission on Sunday with donation of two cans for SafePlace).
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282