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OPENING

The King of Hearts

This original stage adaptation inspired by the eponymous French film – in which a Scottish soldier is dispatched into a supposedly evacuated French village, except the village has actually been taken over by the escaped patients of a lunatic asylum – is "performed as a mime ballet with Chaplinesque moments and commedia dell’arte influences" and directed by David Yeakle for Tongue & Groove Theatre. $15-20.

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

www.tongueandgroovetheatre.com

The New Electric Ballroom

Three sisters trapped in time endlessly relive their past in a crumbling Irish seaside town, rehearsing and telling the story of their glory days. But was that fishmonger really … Jesus in disguise? Find out in Enda Walsh's darkly lyrical play, performed by Jennifer Underwood, Karen Jambon, Lorella Loftus, and Andy Brown under the direction of Kevin Yancey. (Bonus: Buy you some foine Bangers & Mash at Patrizi's on May 17 and 31.) $10-30.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.vortexrep.org

ONGOING

Great Gold Bird, Great Dark Yawn

The enigmatic Twin Alchemy Collective presents this "wanderplay" by Katie Green, a multimedia, site-specific theatre piece/alternate reality game, inspired by classic point-and-click adventure games. Travel ( alone or in a group) to mystery locations all over Austin to find objects – letters, photographs, home movies, and time capsules – that reveal the narrative. Note: smartphone required. See website for details. $15-20.

Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew

With more adversarial badinage than Nick and Nora Charles in divorce court, here comes the Bard's tale of Kate (Gwendolyn Kelso) and Petruchio (Marc Pouhé), done up all 1890s style by Austin Shakespeare out there in Zilker's beloved hillside theatre for your early-summertime entertainment. Donations accepted.

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr., 512/397-1463

www.austinshakespeare.org

Waiting For Godot

Samuel Beckett’s classic is directed by Karen Sneed for City Theatre Company and features actors Wray Crawford, Jamie Parker, Marc Balester, Brett Tribe, and AJ Far. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870

www.citytheatreaustin.org

Queso Blanco

This new comedy, adapted and directed by Gary Payne for the Paradox Players, is set in a dystopian Second Republic of Texas that bubbles over with danger, intrigue, romance, liberals on the run, and really cheesy jokes. Free.

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

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