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Merlin Works: Free Intro to Improv & Improv Singing

This free class provides a sample of the Merlin-Works improv style, recommended for those who want to learn to think faster on their feet, be more spontaneous, reconnect with their creativity, and be more confident speaking in public. Also, singing – like karaoke, but you make up the words. Bonus: This is fun! 7:30pm.

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 512/657-3005


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


From Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker – you remember The Aliens and The Flick, right? – comes this new drama in which the playwright's signature hyper-realism bleeds a Pennsylvania B&B and its cheerful innkeeper into the eerily supernatural. Katherine Catmull, Lana Dieterich, Catherine Grady, and Zac Thomas are directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre. Bonus: Cthulhu fhtagn. Through April 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $22-26 (pay what you can, Thursdays).

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

Auditions: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The classic musical comedy will be directed by Sarah Gay for TexARTS this August. Wanna be part of the cast? See right here for details!

TexARTS, 2300 Lohmans Spur, 512/852-9079

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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