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.
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
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
Two classic stage plays, Shakespeare's tragedy and Stoppard's comedy, performed in repertory and rotating each night with the same cast portraying the same characters. Directed by Jeff Hinkle for City Theatre. See website for details. Through April 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-20.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for an audition. Note: No walk-ins or phone calls.
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).
Rude Mechs and Groundswell Theatre present six "immersive experiments" over three weekends, written by Austin's Joanna Garner and exploring the ways Americans attempt to heal and control their minds and bodies. Note: Each weekend's performances are different and led by a different director – Michael Rau; Patrick Shaw; Katie Van Winkle – and might feature trampolines, psychedelics, blood, Astroturf, magic rituals, and bouncy balls. Through March 18. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $6-20.
The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833
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