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The Liberty Belles

This music-spiked tale of show biz, written and directed by Carolyn Kennedy, is set within the comic mayhem of a 1944 USO show and features popular classics from the WWII-era hit parade. Trip-trip-trippin' on a windowpane, we daresay. June 7-29. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 3 & 8pm.

Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th, 512/809-7799

Radium Girls

Here's the Austin premiere of D. W. Gregory's drama about the young women who, during the photo-horological fad of the 1920s, painted radium on watch dials to make them luminescent … and what happened after the radioactivity effected them. Directed by Gary Payne for the Paradox Players. Through June 29. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.

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


The aerialist dancers of Sky Candy perform their original high-flying take on the classic Italo Calvino short stories. Weird fantasy up in the air, where gravity is a verb and the answer to all of human existence might just be "pasta." Directed by Rudy Ramirez, with Andy Agne, Donnesh Amrollah, Julie Cullen, Winnie Hsia, Chelsea Laumen, Poet Powell, Irene Tapia, Joanna Wright, and guest performers dazzling your eyes. June 21-23: Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 & 8pm; Mon., 8pm. June 26-29: Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $22 ($17, students, seniors; $12, ages 9 and younger).

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/800-4998,


BOB: A Life in Five Acts

Half and Half Productions presents this new comedy by Peter Sinn "boom" Nachtrieb, in which nine actors play more than 30 characters in relaying "the hilarious and poignant story of one man’s dream." Directed by Joshua Denning and performed among the glorious gatherings of stuff at The Cathedral of Junk. Through June 28. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. 4422 Lareina. $20 (pay what you want, June 19).


Capital T Theatre, purveyor of much that kicks ass, presents Gregory Moss' idiosyncratic genealogy of punk-rock music and coming-of-age narrative in the '80s, in the shadow of the Cold War. Directed by Mark Pickell. Warning (or, perhaps, bonus): Nudity. And here's our recent review! Thu.-Sat., May 29-June 28, 8pm. $15-30.

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

The Contemporary Austin: Susurrus

Part radio play, part stroll in the park, part lesson in bird dissection, part musical recital: This internationally acclaimed event, a reinterpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream with no actors or stage, has been customized for The Contemporary Austin's Laguna Gloria site by Scottish artist David Leddy. Audio players and maps are available from visitor services during regular gallery hours. June 14-28. Tue.-Sun., 10am-4pm. $10.

The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 512/458-8191,


Psycho Beach Party

Charles Busch's campy, gender-bending comedy is presented by City Theatre, with a cast of enthusiastic hodads and gremmies under the direction of Andrew Bosworth. Through July 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. $10-25.

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

Fronterafest Applications: Now

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.

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

Silence, the Musical

Michael McKelvey's unstoppable Doctuh Mistuh Productions visits upon our fair city a local rendering of this Off Broadway and Internet sensation, the musical version of The Silence of the Lambs … and you know you wanna see Huck Huckaby get his singing Lecter on, amirite? See our review right here. Through July 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Midnight shows: Sat., July 5 & 12. $12-30.

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


George Bernard Shaw’s most popular modern masterpiece, featuring Tom Chamberlain and Amy Lewis as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. Directed by Norman Blumensaadt for Different Stages. Our review? Right here.Through July 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 7pm. Extra show: Wed., July 16, 7:30pm. $15-30.

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

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