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    House Play

    This is a brunch-and-workshop event from Salvage Vanguard Theater, featuring Diana Lynn Small's newest stagework-in-progress that's part fairy tale, part meal, and part ritual. Yes, we said brunch.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 11am. $5.  
    Hick's House at Austin Seminary, 100 E. 27th
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    Salon in a Saloon

    The Rude Mechs don't go in for any sort of dry jibber-jabber about the arts. No, that unstoppable machine of theatrical excellence, in its various permutations, tends to convene where the spirits are refreshing and the talk is real – as in this gathering, in which the Rudes' Co-Producing Artistic Director Madge Darlington teams up with a panel of women-identified artists for a discussion about art-making, about what it's like living and working in Texas. Hosted by Carra Martinez and Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw, fueled by strong cocktails.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 7-9pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Salvador Dali's Naked Feast

    Now here's an outrageous party for you, citizen, a performance installation cocktail party – with live painting, live music, naked aerials, human canvas, bizarre photo ops, Dali’s original Casanova Cocktail, delicious food art, and more. Here's a night of entertainments performed while you graze on catered noms displayed on beautiful naked bodies. Yes, it's the Vortex's annual fundraiser, decked out with culinarily extravagance in the manner of that divine madman from Figueras. Now's your chance to dress up all surreal for this, ah, Gala event.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 7-11pm. $30-100.  
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    Henry IV Part 1

    In which The Baron's Men galumph forth with a most rowdy rendition of the Bard's work for your thespian pleasure. It's "that kinda fun play you read your Senior year, but now with 100% more bawdy jokes and the raucous humors you always wanted and suspected it to have – lakeside on a thrust stage under torchlight."
    Through Oct. 27. Fri.-Sat., 7:45pm. $10 and up.
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    Matawan

    Spanning several cities, the depths of the ocean, and the point of view of a killer shark, this Dan Caffrey play examines "how our internal anxieties are often just as terrifying as our national catastrophes." Directed by Alice Stanley for UT's Department of Theatre and Dance.
    Through Oct. 21. Times vary; see website. $15-26.  
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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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    The Fault

    Theatre Synesthesia presents a play by Katie Bender, in which three sisters struggle to reconcile the culture of their itinerant family with their disparate ambitions and addictions. Directed by Devin Finn. And here's Robert Faires' review of the show.
    Through Oct. 27. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20.  
    Sky Candy, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #204
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    The Unexpected Guest

    This classic Agatha Christie whodunit starts off with a stranger seeking refuge in a nearby house … only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over the corpse with a smoking gun. Um, yeah: Awkwarrrrrrrd. The drama that ensues is directed by J. Robert Moore for TexARTS and stars Aaron Black, Mary Cox, Sarah Fleming Walker, Jeff Jeffers, Brandon Lindsey, Tyler Keyes, Carson Petocz, Val Williams, and Ben Wolfe.
    Through Oct. 28. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $43-60.  
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    Tryouts

    Salvage Vanguard Theater presents the world premiere of this play by Boston-based experimental playwright Adara Meyers. Tryouts, directed by Diana Lynn Small, "casts a satirical gaze on women, femininity, and motherhood, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, and Sigmund Freud’s debunked maternal psychosexual essay on the painting."
    Through Oct. 27. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $10 (pay what you wish, at the door).  

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