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Martin Burke stars in Mary Chase's classic (and Pulitzer Prize-winning) comedy about a happy-go-lucky man with an invisible best friend – a six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey. Also starring Lauren Lane; directed by Dave Steakley. Through June 16. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $18-65.

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

Avenue Q

You know this isn't a children's show, right? You know this Tony-winning Broadway musical is about as sexed-up and queercentric as puppets can get, right? Well, open Sesame, here comes the singing, dancing, puppet-boinking show of the season, as presented by the folks at Austin Theater Project. Through June 16. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $25-30 ($20, students).

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 800/838-3006

Circus Girl

This is the debut production from The Hat Tree Theatricals. It's a near-Brechtian epic with dance and music, in which the eponymous young woman embarks on a journey through the troubled yet beautiful world of 1890s America. Ah, the Chicago World's Fair! Ah, a lively cast and crew! Written and directed by Rocky Hopson and starring Michelle Keffer as Circus Girl. Through June 16. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale & Lyons. $10-25 (pay what you can, Thursdays).



NMASS: New Media Art & Sound Summit

Yes, this is mostly a music-based festival – replete with experimental wire-bending and amplified neurophony and unusual acoustic brilliance – but it features ferocious elements of video and film and performance art, too, and so we'll be damned if this isn't a good place to list the amazing thing. Your friends at the Church of the Friendly Ghost have again wrangled this annual wonder-cabinet of sonic transcendence, presenting sound artists brekekekexkoaxkoax, Derrick Fore & Mohadev Bhattacharyya, Bryan Day, Nick Hennies, Red Ox vs. Cinders, Caroline Koebel, Metrah Pashaee, Daze of Heaven, and many more. (Individual shows are $5-10; an all-fest pass is $35.) The whole weekend's recommended for anyone not willing to settle for whatever's pumped out by the insipid sugar factories of pop music. Wed.-Sat., June 12-15.

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

Qualities of Starlight

Here's the Texas premiere of Gabriel Jason Dean's twisted comedy about "the expansion of the universe and the contraction of a troubled family," directed by Rudy Ramirez. Through June 15. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-30.

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


Princess Ida

Here's Gilbert & Sullivan's eighth comic opera, an uproarious battle of the sexes, directed by Ralph MacPhail, Jr., with musical direction from Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, and starring Michelle Haché as the titular Ida. June 13-23. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Extra show: Sat., June 22, 2pm. Brentwood Christian School's Barton Theater, 11908 N. Lamar. $7-25.


The Pulitzer-winning playwright Donald Margulies wrote this 19th-century maritime adventure based on actual events, and here it's brought to life by three actors for Penfold Theatre's latest production out in Round Rock. Through June 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad. Free.


Triumph of Love

This James Magruder chamber musical (inspired by Marivaux's 18th-century French comedy about love and scheming among the Spartans) is directed by Don Toner and Lara Toner to close out Austin Playhouse's current season of staged delights. June 14-July 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. $30-37 (half price, students).


Much Ado About Nothing

Witty wordplay, passionate poetry, and clever plot twists abound in this Shakespeare comedy classic, directed by Bridget Farias for City Theatre. June 13 – July 7. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).

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

Next Fall

Geoffrey Nauffts' provocative play, directed by Karen Jambon for the Paradox Players, looks at faith, commitment and unconditional love via the relationship of Luke, who is a Christian, and Adam, who is anything but. June 14-30. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-20 ($10, students, seniors).

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

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Capital T Theatre's Mark Pickell is trying to bring about the thespian Singularity, maybe, by having Lowell Bartholomee, Joey Hood, and Jason Liebrecht working the stage at the same time. And that trio's only part of the killer cast for Martin McDonagh's twisted black comedy about the trail-of-vengeance mayhem that ensues when some fool dares to kill an Irish terrorist's cat. "Warning," says a note in the press release, "Graphic Violence and Gunshots." Yeah, no shit. See what our reviewer Dan Solomon feckin' thinks of it, so. Through June 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.

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

The Secret Garden

This is the Tony-winning, musical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel, here directed by Broadway veteran Robert Westenberg to close out St. Edward's 40th season of theatre. June 13-30. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $28 ($25, in advance; $20, students, seniors).

Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8484

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