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    (un) Documents

    The Vortex presents the debut of this new play written and performed by Jesus I. Valles, bringing to staged life the writer's "journeys across both sides of a river with two names, moving between languages to find his place as a son, a lover, a teacher, and a brother in a nation that demands sacrifice at the altar of citizenship." Directed by Rudy Ramirez. Note: This show is a harbinger for the upcoming FUTURX festival of new and avant-garde Latinx performance.
    Fri.-Sun., Aug. 10-12, 8pm. $15-35.  
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    City Theatre is trampling out the vintage with Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s literary masterpiece, following the Joad family's troubled 1930s journey from the Oklahoma dust bowl to that promised land of Califor-nigh-ay. Directed by Andy Berkovsky.
    Through Sept. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $10-25.  
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    Wit

    Austin Scottish Rite Theater teams up with the Final Acts Project to present Margaret Edson’s acclaimed dramedy, here directed by Susan Gayle Todd. Taking the role of both narrator and player in her own tragedy, the main character (played here by Kristin Fern Johnson) shifts from present to past as she navigates stage four ovarian cancer diagnosis and high-dosage experimental chemotherapy, revealing the journey with self-conviction, humility, and grace. And Robert Faires has reviewed this amazing show right here.
    Through Aug. 25. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm. $15-25.  
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    A Real Boy

    This satiric play by Stephen Kaplan tells the story of two marionettes with a human child who starts growing strings of his own. Can his kindergarten teacher save him? Directed by Chelsea Beth for Last Act Theatre Company.
    Through Aug. 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-25.  
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    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

    You just know Zach Theatre's gonna do this fabulous sockdollager of a crowd-pleasing Broadway show up right, with Abe Reybold at the helm and Allen Robertson handling music direction. Hell, you could attend just to hear that hilarious "Gaston" song performed live, couldn't you?
    Through Sept. 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Echo of a Refugee … Me?

    This world premiere stagework from Zell Miller III combines more than 160 interviews from the past seven years to create composite characters illuminating the issues of gentrification, police brutality, poor education systems, unaffordable housing, and the quality of life for people of color and people who can’t afford to live in Austin's city limits. Bonus: The spoken-word maestro will be accompanied by Thomas Wheeler on drums and Sir-Charles on bass. Email for reservations. And here's Robert Faires' review of the show.
    Through Aug. 11. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $10-30.
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    Real Women Have Curves

    Teatro Vivo presents this bilingual comedy by Josefina López, about a group of women who work at a sewing factory and reveal their dreams for the future and their relationships with their husbands, lovers, and children. The cast features Martinique Duchene-Phillips, Gina Marie Hinojosa, Eva McQuade, Ana Laura de Santiago, and Minerva Villa, directed by Claudia M. Chávez.
    Through Aug. 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $20-25.  
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    Summer Stock Austin: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Right you are: This play's based on the popular 1988 movie that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine. (Note: They're not in this show.) This musical version, with all its complex hijinks and hilarity, is directed by Dustin Gooch, with choreography by Kristie Copeland.
    Through Aug. 11. Times vary; see website. $33 and up.  
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    Summer Stock Austin: The Music Man

    Yup, it's that Meredith Willson musical classic of long-con chicanery and how a librarian turns a chiseler's calculating heart to sweet honey in the crock. "76 Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," and so on, as you surely know. Here directed and choreographed by Ginger Morris. Note: You'll have to get to the show by car, bike, scooter, or some other such conveyance, as this town of ours – gasp! – has no monorail.
    Through Aug. 11. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2 & 7:30pm. $33 and up.  
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    The Audience

    This is Federico Garcia Lorca’s El Público, as powerfully reimagined by Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, who infuses Lorca’s unfinished play with details from his life and his murder. This is a show about the military coup in Spain in 1936, in which Lorca was captured and murdered in his hometown of Granada. This is history – where, as too often obtains in the present, personal freedoms and self-expression can get you killed. Co-directed by that same Doss and Lisa Laratta for paper chairs. And this, this is the Chronicle's Robert Faires' reaction to the show.
    Through Aug. 11. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    There and Back

    He's brought us Confessions of a Mexpatriate, among other powerful works of theatre, and now look: Austin playwright Raul Garza's newest is about the current immigration crisis – illuminating the fraught history between the U.S. government and Mexicans seeking that “shining city upon a hill.” Starring Karina Dominguez as Gloria and Giselle Marie-Muñoz as the Virgen de Guadalupe. Aaaaaand: Mical Trejo! Directed by Patti Neff-Tiven for Ground Floor Theatre. And reviewed here by Robert Faires.
    Through Aug. 25. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Pay what you wish.  
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    Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up

    There's an Elvis-celebratin' spectacle of live performance rocking the hillside stage for the 60th anniversary of this midsummer entertainment.
    Through Aug. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8:15pm. Free.

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