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    Casta

    Salvage Vanguard Theatre presents this workshop production of the new Adrienne Dawes play inspired by a series of casta paintings depicting different racial mixtures and arranged according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites. Directed by Jenny Larson, starring KhattieQ, and featuring puppets by Julia Smith and music by Graham Reynolds.
    Aug. 24-25. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 4 & 7:30pm. $5-15.  
    Hicks House, 100 E. 27th
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    Schadenfreude: An Evening of One-Act Plays

    Cold Frame Collective offers this double feature where the struggle is real … but only for the characters onstage. You're probably familiar with Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare, yes? Well, these folks are staging it and Waiting by Ethan Coen.
    Through Sept. 1. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $10.  
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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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    dat Black Mermaid Man Lady

    What is this? This is "a gathering place. An imagined living room – at the bottom of the ocean – a home, where all there is is Love." This is a new performance and installation from Sharon Bridgforth, featuring Sonja Perryman, Walter Kitundu, and Florinda Bryant, with songs in the tradition of Black spirituals, with oracle readings, with "everyday objects that shapeshift … as we call the ancestors forward, and celebrate." And Robert Faires has a review of the show right here.
    Through Aug. 25. Wed.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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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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    Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes!

    Hold on to your infinity stones, True Believer! This is a live, action-packed spectacle direct from the House of Marvel. Much acrobatic derring-do, pyrotechnics, and motorcycle stunts are involved in this show in which "Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki's hands." You might could appreciate this thing as a functioning adult, citizen; kids, OTOH, will definitely have their little minds blown.
    Aug. 23-26. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 11am, 3 & 7pm; Sun., 1 & 5pm. $25-90.  
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    The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

    This is Edward Albee's "most provocative love story ever told," in which a 50-year-old architect leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and teenage son, but sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters … when he confides to his best friend that he is also in love with a goat. No, for reals, in love with a goat. Robert Pierson, Rebecca Robinson, Tim Blackwood, and Preston Ruess star in this Capital T production directed by Mark Pickell. And the Chronicle's own Robert Faires saw this show, and here's his review.
    Through Sept. 15. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm. $20-30.  
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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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    The Great American Trailer Park Musical

    When a “stripper on the run” comes between an agoraphobic housewife and her tollbooth collector husband, mayhem ensues among the tightknit array of manufactured homes. This country-rock and blues musical about Eighties nostalgia, spray cheese, roadkill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, flan, and disco is directed by Sarah Gay for TexARTS, with Susan Finnigan as music director.
    Through Sept. 1. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun. 2pm. $43 and up.  
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    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    The new Austin Actors' Studio presents this classic Tony-winning play by Texas native Jay Presson Allen, here directed by Milton R. Zoth. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1930s, it's a cautionary tale about a passionate, charismatic teacher and her students.
    Through Sept. 2. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $20.  
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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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