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).
Your ticket to this excellent fundraiser includes an Elizabethan-inspired feast from Chef Megan Turbeville, foolery-themed libations, and entertainment from the Hidden Room's most delightful clowns – Toby Minor, Robert Matney, Andreá Smith, Jennifer Coy Jennings, Joseph Garlock, and more. And the whole tasty night of hijinks is hosted by that fool Phantasmo (from Der Bestrafte Brudermord) and directed by the nonpareil Beth Burns. Bonus: live music by Howard Burkett and Eric Roach. Sat., April 1, 8pm. $50.
Kate Hamill’s new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel is directed by Lara Toner for Austin Playhouse and features Marie Fahlgren, Huck Huckaby, Jess Hughes, Sam Knowlton, Stephen Mercantel, Bernadette Nason, Cyndi Williams, and more. Through April 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $32-36 (half price for students).
"As the victim lies in a coma, an almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be their next work of art?" Mark Ravenhill's new play about the fragility of friendship and the jealousies inspired by success is directed by Diane Irwin for Ensemble Mercury. Through April 9. Fri.-Sun., 8pm. $10-15.
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.
American Berserk Theatre, who previously brought us the critically lauded hit show Subject to Control, returns with their latest, written by Curtis Luciani, directed by Rob Yoho, and starring Kaci Beeler. Which already has us clicking for a ticket, but listen to what it's about. Subtitled The Secret History of Mormonism's Elect Lady and Her Sister Wives, it's a look behind the veil of the Mormon faith's proud beginnings, an exploration of the precarious balance between love, faith, and duty in an embattled religious community. Through April 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15.
Designed by Thomas Graves, with text by Kirk Lynn, and original music by Peter Stopschinski, this is the first episode of Rude Mechs' long-form experiment in episodic collaboration. It's a performance of the life cycle of mountains and the processes by which they're born and eventually laid to rest, a meditation on change and permanence. Through April 9. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10-25.
Different Stages presents this Jeffrey Hatcher play about a personal struggle among five children on the second floor of the YMCA in Steubenville, Ohio, in the summer of 1967. Directed by Karen Jambon, starring Jennifer Underwood and Suzanne Balling. Check out our review of the show right here. Through April 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-30.
The Vortex has Rudy Ramirez directing Lisa B. Thompson’s new drama that reunites a pair of old college buddies (portrayed by Marc Pouhé and Jeffery Da’Shade Johnson) who've gone from radicals in their youth to successful professionals approaching middle age, each now seeking answer to the question: How far would you go to protect your people? Listings bonus: Robert Faires takes a good look at the production right here. Through April 8. Wed.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.