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Theatre for Sun., Oct. 22
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    Spook Show!

    In which Marfa's Rae Red and Sir Witch of Albuquerque, touring their show of mirthfully macabre puppets through Austin, stop at the Vortex for a night of marionettes, shadow puppetry, song, toy theater, animation, and general ghoulish fun.
    Sun., Oct. 22, 8pm. $13.
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    Austin Séance Halloween Series

    You know – communication with the spirit world, right? A sort of spooky IRL chat-room in the midst of the transmigration of souls. Just the thing to mitigate bereavement when the more beloved among our circle of bone clocks stop ticking. Right out there in the Pony Shed of the Vortex's Patrizi's-scented side yard.
    Oct. 19-29. Thu., 8:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 8:30 & 10:30pm; Sun., 8:30pm. $15.
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    Much Ado About Nothing

    Something for Nothing Theater stages Shakespeare's comedy classic under starlight in Ramsey Park, with directors Allison Dillon and Rosalind Faires presenting a version in which Benedick and Beatrice are both played as women. Prithee bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic, and invite some friends along to this out-of-doors romance.
    Oct. 19-Nov. 5. Thu.-Sun., 7:30pm. Free – gratis – yours for a smile.  
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    Rude Fusion: Bear Eats Bear

    Rude Mechs and groundswell theatre company present Lydia Blaisdell's retro-future audio adventure that invites theatre fans, audiophiles, and hikers to join the Rebellion and discover the fabled Archive of The Before Time in a feral, apocalyptic American wilderness. Directed by Katie Van Winkle, with performances by Martinique Duchene-Phillips, Katie Dahm, and Megan Tabaque, and featuring a panoply of local voice talents on cassette tape. It's "a hike, a collage, a satire, a desperate plea, and a memorial for the world’s transient and fierce beauty," says the director.
    Oct. 21-Nov. 12. Sat.-Sun., 3 & 5pm. $10-25.  
    Location revealed with ticket purchase.
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    Shakespeare at the Market: Romeo & Juliet

    Present Company brings the timeless tragic romance to the roof of Whole Foods Market at Sixth & Lamar, the star-crossed lovers and their fams directed far above the fancy food aisles by Stephanie Carll. And who knows, considering the latest corporate machinations, that Jeff Bezos himself won't be there, biting a billionaireish thumb among the feuding Capulets and Montagues? Alexa, get me a pair of tickets!
    Through Oct. 29. Thu.-Sun., 7pm. Donations accepted, RSVP.  
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    Singin' in the Rain

    Of course you're familiar with the MGM classic in which Gene Kelly kicked the jams out of precipitation and bid inertia bye-bye in scene after glorious scene. Now here's a new live production of the thing, directed by Abe Reybold for ZACH Theatre, with that Allen Robertson bringing the orchestra to near torrential power. And this is what the Chronicle's Robert Faires thought of the show.
    Through Oct. 29. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $30-150.  
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    The Mousetrap

    Agatha Christie’s classic of a whodunit – murder, mystery, and malevolent motive – is revealed by a skeleton-closeted cast under the direction of Stephen R. Reynolds for City Theatre.
    Through Oct. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25 ($10, Thursdays).  
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    The Woman in Black

    This show's been running in London's West End for 28 years. Now see Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's unnerving ghost story in Austin – just in time for Halloween. Directed by Emily Rankin for Penfold Theater Company, featuring Stephen Price and Kareem Badr(!). And this is what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Oct. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Mon., Oct. 30, 8pm. $18-30.  
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    Vampyress

    Depravity! Ethos and the Vortex present the return of their critically acclaimed opera (written by Chad Salvata, directed by Bonnie Cullum) about Erzsebet Bathori (embodied and given rich voice here by Melissa Vogt), the 16th-century Hungarian countess who murdered hundreds of young women and bathed in their blood in order to sustain her youth and beauty. Hey, it's a music-driven spectacle of gore, nudity, and violence: And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Oct. 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Wait Until Dark

    Jeffery Hatcher's adaptation of the classic film noir captures the suspense made famous onscreen – in a new time and setting. A policeman, a con man, an old friend, a blind woman, a lost doll, a murder: ingredients for a gripping mystery. Directed by Kasey RT Graham for TexArts.
    Oct. 20-29. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $40 and up.  
    TexArts, 2300 Lohman's Spur.
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    Zombie Prom

    Imagine … well, imagine that Grease meets The Walking Dead and you'll grok TILT Performance Group's production of this Off-Broadway girl-loves-ghoul, rock & roll musical set in the 1950s.
    Oct. 20-29. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-15.  
    Bravo Theatre, 4544 S. Lamar.