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Cox and Box

Good heavens, it's the first comic opera by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, yes), and this might be the first full-length production of it, ever, in these here parts! Directed by Ralph MacPhail Jr. – for Gilbert & Sullivan Austin, of course, with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona directing the music. Bonus: Jeanne Sasaki on the grand piano. March 4-5. Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-50.

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

The Threepenny Opera

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.

ACC Mainstage Theater, 1212 Rio Grande, 512/223-3245

For the Love of Mahalia

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.

Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/765-5686

Three Tall Women

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

Old Times

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.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664


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.

Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh, 512/522-4083

The Great Society

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.

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


UT New Theatre

This showcase, curated by Liz Engelman and Steven Dietz, features newly developed works from graduate playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and the Michener Center for Writers. There's Gondal by Kimberly Belflower, ​directed by Adam Sussman, intersecting the young Brontë sisters' fantasy world with the modern Slender Man creepypasta. Sat., March 11, 2pm. And Slumber Party by Elizabeth Doss, directed by Doss and Cara Phipps, in which three teen girls coerce one another into a suicide pact to end their meaningless existence. March 9-11. Thu. & Sat., 7:30pm. William Glick's provocative drama, The Bigot, directed by Hannah Wolf, explores what we gain and lose when society progresses and asks us to answer the question, "Who is the true bigot?" Sun., March 12, 2pm. And Galactic Orphans by Megan Tabaque, directed by Graham Schmidt, checks out two dudes who reunite a year after graduating high school for an all-night video gaming marathon, but must contend with the intrusion of a younger sister. Fri., March 10, 7:30pm. $15-26.

B. Iden Payne Theatre, Winship Drama Bldg., 24th & San Jacinto, 512/477-6060

Auditions: Esther's Follies

The iconic Esther's Follies on East Sixth Street seeks female and male performers with comedic experience and singing ability (they don't need a Broadway quality voice, just great energy). Specifically seeking actors who can jump right into the cast and learn the material quickly. The show is funny, fast-paced, and always changing. Must be available to perform Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (with rehearsals Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon-3pm). Send your résumé and head shot to to be considered for an audition. Note: No walk-ins or phone calls.

Esther's Follies, 525 E. Sixth, 512/320-0553

A Girl Named Sue

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.

Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity

Electronic Planet Ensemble: Robot Daddy

Yes, this is a music performance. From a band, sure enough. But it's at the Vortex; and it's the EPE's 20th anniversary; and the lineup features vocals by Melissa Vogt and David Jewell, with bass by Sergio Samayoa, and Rachel Fuhrer on drums, and (as if that weren't sufficient to blow your mind's ears) ethos' own Chad Salvata on keyboards, all wrapped inside a boss-level lightshow. Bonus: Mail-art showcase in the adjoining Butterfly Bar … and you know Patrizi's is just outside, right? Through March 12. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.

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

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