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Troilus and Cressida

And here Something for Nothing Theater presents Shakespeare's dramatic and romance-riddled take on the battle of Troy, edited for sharpest impact, performed under the star-studded vault of heaven at Ramsey Park. Pro tip: Bring a blanket and a pick-a-nick! Through June 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Free.

Ramsey Park Pavillion, 4301 Rosedale.

Staged Reading: The Secretary

This here is the first Hyde Park outing for Kyle John Schmidt's black comedy that turns "guns don't kill people, people kill people" on its head when the weapons at Ruby's small-town gun shop start going off … and no one’s pulling the trigger. A professional cast is directed by that Lily Wolff whose name we've been seeing, like, everywhere lately. 8pm. Free.

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


The Dresser

Ronald Harwood's excellent wartime drama, about the last of the great English actor managers and his much-abused dresser, features Ev Lunning and Norman Blumensaadt in the main roles. Directed by Bob Tolaro for Different Stages. Through July 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-30.

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


The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents this classic sea-going spectacle as its grand production for 2017. Directed by Ralph MacPhail, Jr, with the 19-member Gillman Light Opera Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Jones-Ragona. Through June 25. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8-27.

Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar

Guys and Dolls

It's that classic musical comedy set in the rough-and-tumble world of 1940s New York City, sure, see? Based on the works of Damon Runyon, natch. Done to a fine vintage polish and punctuated with streetwise pizzazz by an Austin Playhouse cast and crew under the direction of Don Toner. Through June 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $21-46.

Austin Playhouse, ACC Highland, 6001 Airport, 512/476-0084

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare's comedic battle of the sexes puts tongues to its tale again, as directed by Kevin Gates for City Theatre. Through June 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

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

As You Like It

In which Austin Shakespeare’s teen company transforms the stage into the Forest of Arden for this production of the romantic comedy. Directed by Ann Ciccolella. Through June 25. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $18.

The Curtain Theatre, 7400 Coldwater Canyon

The Revolutionists

Sacre bleu! Olympe wants to write a comedy that will save the French Revolution from itself, but she's going to need a Haitian revolutionary spy, a young woman with murder on her mind, and a cake-confounded queen to help her. See what happens next in this new show from Shrewd Productions, written by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Rudy Ramirez, and starring an ooh-la-la cast to totally swoon for. Liberté! Egalité! Sororité! Recommended? Yes – see here, theatre lover! Through June 25. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-37.

Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh, 512/478-9717

In The Heights

Surely you know this is the Broadway sensation that Lin-Manuel Miranda created before he unleashed Hamilton on the world's stages, right? Now see the "Upper West Side Story," as it's been called, turn Zach Theatre into a marvelous, moving evocation of life in one vibrant part of the Big Apple. Directed by Michael Balderrama, with musical direction by Allen Robertson. Through July 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541

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