Jane Austen's 1813 novel comes to life in this fast-moving and high-spirited Jon Jory adaptation, presented by St. Ed's Department of Performing Arts and featuring a fine student cast and guest artists Mary Agen Cox, Babs George, and David Long under the direction of Robert Tolaro. Through Feb. 26. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $25 ($18, students, seniors).
Yes, and this one's based on the Robert Fagles translation of Homer's epic, now adapted for stage (and conjuring a collision of ancient and present-day warfare) by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. That's a solid enough foundation for drama, certainly – but a surer sign of awesomeness is that this production stars Cami Alys. Directed by Nathan Jerkins for Penfold Theatre. Bonus: original music by Seth Osborn. Through Feb. 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $18-20.
The ACC Drama Department presents this Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill musical classic that chronicles the adventures of Victorian outlaw Mack the Knife. You know the song, right? Come see the arch gangland spectacle, replete with provocative song and dance, from which it's unsheathed. Through March 5. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8-12.
This gospel-spirited musical play by Robert King Jr. tells the story of white journalist Julie Ann Mathews who traveled in 1965 from Alabama to Illinois to get a rare interview with gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. Through March 5. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. $12-20.
Here's Edward Albee's Pulitzer-winning play about the hopes and hardships of three contemporary women, examining lives of loss and the ability to go on in spite of it. Directed by Andy Berkovsky for City Theatre. Through March 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
This Harold Pinter drama about a love triangle and the seductive battle for power it provokes is produced by Austin Shakespeare under the direction of Ann Ciccolella and features Ben Wolfe, Jill Blackwood, and Nancy Eyermann. Through March 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $18.
Now here's a highly political play for these highly political days, as Theatre en Bloc
's Jenny Lavery
directs this Guillermo Calderon
drama that uses two distinct revolutions – Russia's and Chile's – to explore the importance of art in turbulent times. And maybe you'll love this show as much as the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe did
. Through March 5. Thu.-Sun., 8pm.
This is the second of Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ plays exploring Texas’ own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House. This historical marvel's got a three-hour running time and is directed by Dave Steakley. Through March 5. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $29-81.
This is the world premiere of a new play by Vietnamese-American playwright Christine Hoang with songs by the Korean-American singer-songwriter BettySoo. It's an exploration of relationships between Asian and black communities in America, friendship and strain between men and women of color, ties between immigrant Americans and first-generation Americans, and love between parent and child. Directed by Karen Jambon for Color Arc Productions and featuring Uyen-Anh Dang as the titular Sue. Through March 12. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15 and up.