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    KUT's ATXplained LIVE!

    KUT News takes its award-winning crowdsourced reporting project to the stage for an evening of live storytelling based on questions from Austinites about the city’s people, places, and culture.
    Fri., Sept. 21, 7pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra

    Now this is the regional premiere from that excellent playwright and theatrical badass Kirk Lynn, about "what it means to see and be seen, to love and be loved, to know and be known. And sex, too." Directed by Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw for your slightly foxed friends at Present Company.
    Through Oct. 15. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Extra shows: Mon., Oct. 8 & 15, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    * Some Humans Were Harmed In the Making of This Show

    This is a "drag, puppetry, self-help testimonial play" by CB Goodman, inspired by the 1903 execution of Topsy the elephantfuck you, Thomas Edison – and staged with contemporary human characters. And En Route Productions has Bridget Farr, Delanté Keys, Ellie McBride, Elizabeth Mason, Andrew Rodriguez, Katy Taylor, and Roz Mandola portraying those characters, so we reckon it'll be a wild, worthwhile ride. And, according to Arts Editor Robert Faires, it's even more than that.
    Through Oct. 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20 (pay what you can, Oct. 1).  
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    Atlantis: A Puppet Opera

    Ethos and the Vortex present this revival of their theatrical spectacle that reveals a mythic world of warring religious zealots obsessed with world domination and nonrenewable energy. With an original score by Chad Salvata, puppets designed by Ann Marie Gordon and Melissa Vogt, a talented cast working the puppets and giving full voice to Anderson Dear's vocal arrangments, and the whole thing is directed by that unstoppable Bonnie Cullum. Note: Puppets, yes, but this ain't a kiddie show. Bonus: ASL-interpreted performance on Sept. 8.
    Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Black Dog

    First, note that this play deals with themes of violence, cannibalism, and memory and is not for the faint of heart (or stomach). That's because Chris Fontanes has written about the relationship between two women who capture, torture, kill, and consume men who have committed sex crimes. And it's directed by Dani Stetka for Bottle Alley Theatre Company.
    Through Sept. 23. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $10.  
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    Confessions of a Mexpatriate

    In Raul Garza's very funny and thought-provoking play, a Mexican-American urban sophisticate who wants to connect with his roots ventures deep into the Mexican interior and, ah, learns a thing or two about himself and the world. Featuring Mical Trejo, as directed by Ken Webster for Hyde Park Theatre. Note: When this excellent show debuted a few years ago, Robert Faires interviewed the playwright right here and – this just in!reviews the current show.
    Through Oct. 20. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $23-27 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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    Great Gold Bird, Great Dark Yawn

    This is a site-specific theatre piece/alternate reality game, inspired by classic adventure video games, wherein you travel to mystery locations in Austin to find objects – letters, photographs, and home movies – as you search for a missing friend. Intrigued? Looking for a creative diversion? See website for details about this adventure created by Katie Green and Shawn Jones for Twin Alchemy.
    Through Sept. 30. $15-25 ($10, students).
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    Monroe

    This newest play from Lisa B. Thompson is about a woman who, following the lynching death of her older brother, must decide whether being the keeper of her family’s roots and cultural traditions justifies living under Jim Crow. Starring Deja Morgan, Crystal Bird Caviel, and Kriston Woodreaux, directed by Lara Toner Haddock for Austin Playhouse. Oh, and reviewed by Robert Faires.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $16-36.  
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    Once

    Based on the 2007 Oscar-winning filmOnce is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Directed for Zach Theatre by Dave Steakley, with musical direction by Allen Robertson. And here's what our reviewer thought of the show.
    Through Oct. 28. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Significant Other

    Jarrott Productions presents Joshua Harmon’s romantic comedy about four friends in their late 20s and their search for relationships in present-day New York City. Directed by David R. Jarrott.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $23-30.  
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    Stella and Lou

    Bruce Graham's new drama tells a thoughtful story of friendship, the fear of aging alone, and discovering real love. Directed by Brandi Andrade for Southwest Theatre Productions.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $18-22.  
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    The Cucuy Project

    Here's an original Latinx horror/suspense play featuring puppetry and live performers from Glass Half Full Theatre, a timely tale about two young siblings who must apply everything they know about escaping the boogeymen of their imaginations to avoid the very real threat of ICE agents who intend to tear their family apart.
    Through Sept. 22. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $10-20.  
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    The Who's Tommy

    The City Theatre team takes on this classic concept album, as once adapted for the Tony-saturated stage by Des McAnuff, with Jeff Hinkle as director.
    Through Sept. 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $25-35.  

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