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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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    FUTURX

    This is a four-day festival of new and avant-garde performance from the Vortex and Avant Theatre Project, designed to explore the many permutations and intersections of Latinx identity in the 21st century and beyond, featuring work from playwrights, solo performers, and improv troupes exploring and critiquing the ways that Latinidad engages with questions of race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexuality, religion, class, and citizenship. Jesus I. Valles’ one-man show (Un)Documents is part of this. The Latinauts' improvised sci-fi telenovelas are another. Also, Sin Verguenza from the reigning Queen of Texas Burlesque, Chola Magnolia; readings of plays by Krysta Gonzales and Briandaniel Oglesby; and a workshop of Glass Half Full’s collaboration with Jesus I. Valles and Gricelda Silva, which will use the myth of El Cucuy to speak about ICE and the Border Patrol. ¡Oralé!
    Wed.-Sat., Aug. 15-18; see website for times. $15-50.  
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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