Hidden Room Theatre presents its collaboration with Tiffany Stern of Oxford University and the American Shakespeare Center: This odd, comedic 1710 adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet – performed here as a human-framed puppet show. With live music, fireworks, and much slapstick. Directed by Beth Burns,
narrated by Judd Farris and Jason Newman from the Christine Schmidle translation, and featuring Mystery Bird Puppet Theatre. (Note: Sometimes the blood flowing through our veins is too eager to find an off-ramp.) Jan. 17-Feb. 2. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. York Rite Masonic Hall, 311 W. Seventh. $15-30.
Different Stages presents the quirky comedy by Julia Cho that looks at the power of words and the private languages that love inspires. Directed by Karen Jambon, featuring Trevor Bissell, Circe Sturm, and Eva McQuade. See our review of the show right here. Through Feb. 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-30.
Gale Theatre Company brings forth its newest devised work, a pop-culture collage that follows a 7-year romance from beginning to end. "How does your first love change you – and can you ever return to the way you were before?" Directed by Katherine Wilkinson, starring Aaron Alexander and Celina Chapman. Through Feb. 1. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.
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.
"To celebrate their engagement, Mark and Candace host a cocktail party for Mark's liberal arts college friends. Emotions run high after a drinking game in which Mark reveals details of his sexual experiences in college." Uh-oh. And this is, yes, a musical – book and lyrics by Adrienne Dawes, music and lyrics by Amanda Murphy – directed by Nitra Gutierrez for Heckle Her Productions. Through Feb. 8. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $12 ($10, in advance).