’s "slapstick tragedy," when it opened in 1928, caused Soviet authorites to banish the playwright to Siberia. Here the Russian classic is directed by Elizabeth Doss
and Lisa Laratta
for Paper Chairs
. Bonus: Michael Joplin
stars as the death-bound Semyon. And here's our review of the show
. Through May 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/686-6621
Here's a zany musical that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries and English music-hall tropes of the 1930s. "As the bodies pile up in the library, the survivors frantically race to uncover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit." Performed by students at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, with music performed live by Terry Shimazu. May 15-17. Thu., 1pm (with audio description by SVA); Fri.-Sat., 7pm. Fine Arts Building, Free.
Austin's own annual Shakespeare-in-the-park sort of deal, so bring your blankets and sit out under the (eventual) stars as you ken the patter of local thespians purveying the Bard's delightful romantic comedy. Through May 25. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Donations accepted.
The Pulitzer-winning script by Edward Albee, about two suburbanites and their permanent houseguest (a witty alcoholic sister), whose lives are disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong friends seeking refuge from an unnamed terror. Directed by Fritz Ketchum. Through May 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
Nicky Silver's dark hilarity follows "a group of chronic East Village protesters, marching for real or unreal causes, and … committing injustices identical to the ones they're blindly marching against." This is theatre, goddamnit, and something's got to be done about it! Directed by Benjamin Summers for Street Corner Arts. Through May 17. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20 ($15, teachers, students).
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.
What do you get when you cross film noir with metaphysics, and nightclub partying with a revival meeting, and you co-produce the entire crypto-detective, mirror-ball-in-the-shadows thing with Austin's Rude Mechs
? You get the second stagework from Underbelly
, whose first production Slip River so thoroughly wowed audiences
, and you get a buzz of anticipation
throughout the naked city for this max work of theirs. Bonus: Hannah Kenah
stars as the caper's boozy shamus. May 8-18. Thu.-Fri. & Sun., 8pm; Sat., 8 & 10pm
. $15 ($10, students).
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
This is the world premiere for Maksym Kurochkin
’s locally set satire
, in which "a corrupt and venal mayor presides over Austin's comically broken city council. When a Ukrainian arrives, invoking a looming catastrophe, will locals heed his warning?" Directed by Graham Schmidt
for Breaking String Theatre
. And here's our review
. Thu.-Sat., May 2-17, 8pm
. Extra shows: Mon., May 5, 8pm; Wed., May 14, 8pm