Austin's premier Commedia dell'Arte troupe, La Fenice, presents this new original scenario that combines Dante's classic Inferno with the post-apocalyptic gameshow films of the Seventies and Eighties, including Death Race 2000 and Running Man. Looks like Aaron Johnson, Adam Rodriguez, Kate Meehan, Genevieve Kinney, Nate Dunaway, Julie Moore, and Heath Allyn are gonna turn the Butterfly Bar into one sweet epicenter of end-times antics, oh yes! Through May 20. Fri.-Sat., 10:30pm. $10.
Dreaming a Play: Fast First Draft with Caridad Svich, a five-week online workshop (May 22-June 26) that will guide you through a group and individual writing process to write the first draft of a new play. See website for details. $200.
If you're going to throw a birthday party and invite the public, we reckon you can't do much better than featuring The Back Pack and Rosalyn Nasky and Holly Lorka among the night's entertainment. Oh, wait, also Adam Sultan, Buzz Moran, and Andy Nolte with a live score to the Buñuel/Dali film Un Chien Andalou? Daaaaaamn, now that's a party! Fri., May 19, 7-10pm. $10-15.
Space 12, 3121 E. 12th.
This one-man show is loosely adapted from the classic novel by science-fiction master H.G. Wells
. This one-man show, the last time we saw it, pretty much blew us away
with its evocative power. This one-man show, a fever dream steeped in blood, is written, directed, and performed by Charles P. Stites
– and we recommend experiencing it. May 19-20. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15-35.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
In which Bowie High School grad Tommy Martinez sings, dances, and shares his story in a high-energy show that also features Laura Dadap Gilmartin and Nimmy Weisbrod. May 18-19. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm. $18-50.
Here's the Texas premiere of Mary Ruth Clarke and Tim Gregory's play about Dietrich Bonhoffer, the WWII Lutheran pastor who #RESISTED those old-school Nazis. Staged by Agape Theatre in a Gothic-style church out in Round Rock, featuring Cory Grabenstein, Rachel Bremer-Lewis, and Zach Bond under the direction of Jeff Davis. Bonus: original music by Brian Losoya. Through May 25. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $12-20.
Palm Valley Lutheran Church, 2500 E. Palm Valley.
Austin Shakespeare’s annual free production this year is a fresh and rollicking look at one of the Bard's most popular comedies, directed by Robert Ramirez and performed right there on the ZIlker hillside. Pro tip: Bring a little pick-a-nick. Through May 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Free.
The little Sisters of Hoboken have a problem: how to bury 52 sisters accidentally poisoned by their cook. City Theatre stages Dan Goggin's 1985 hit musical far from its Off-Broadway origins – with Jim Lindsay as director. Through May 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-35.
City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870
NYC's Aztec Economy
and Austin's own Theatre Synesthesia
team up to present this "descent into the male psyche-in-crisis" as an immersive experience lit entirely by headlamps. Headlamps
, brah! This testosterrific travail is written by Casey Wimpee
and directed by Leah Bonvissuto
and features a fine cast of locals and New Yorkers. Note: It's gonna have to be a damn good show, indeed, to match the power of its own poster
. Through June 10. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20 ($15, in advance).
Those Paradox Players present Gary Payne embodying the famed attorney – Evolution! Leopold and Loeb! – in this one-man show scripted by David W. Rintels and directed by Laura King. Through May 21. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-20.
This biographical play-set-to-music moves over to ZACH's Kleberg stage, turning it into a late-Fifties nightclub, with CHANEL starring as the legendary Billie Holiday. Directed by Michael Rader. Through June 11. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.