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    Queen of the Night

    Salvage Vanguard Theater's newest in their Works Progress Austin series is Travis Tate's play about a 63-year-old divorcée who takes his son, a millennial queer, on a camping trip to their old stomping grounds. Together, they must reckon with the past in this present wilderness, in this exploration of "masculinity and queerness through the lens of multi-generational Blackness."
    Sat., Dec. 1, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Fetish: A Holiday Affair

    "Looking for the perfect sexy live aerial arts show to start the holiday season off with?" That's what they ask us, and what they suggest, by way of answering temptation, is "an all-star cast of Texas's sexiest performers in highly choreographed and costumed acts of passion." Some of the best aerial artists in the state, then – enacting a hot dozen of erotic scenes from the sweet to the naughty, likely to evoke a fetish you've got a hankering for. All of it happening under that big circus tent – they'll tell you just where it is when you buy a ticket – and with various VIP/attendance options that tend to sell out in advance. So – don't make us crack that whip – click for reservations, stat!
    Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Fri., 9:30pm; Sat., 7 & 9:30pm. $30-600.  
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    A Christmas Carol

    This ZACH Theatre adaptation of the Dickens classic, directed by Abe Reybold and starring the estimable Jaston Williams, is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras." It's riotously redolent of the ghosts of Motown past, but of course you know the basic Ebenezer of this thing: crotchety, cratchity, creepy, and (ultimately) heartwarming. And, what's that? You think there's an awful lot of Dickens going on in town lately? Our Robert Faires tells you why.
    Through Dec. 30. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    A Christmas Carol: Classic Radiocast

    The players of the fictional KPNF radio station re-create Dickens' cherished masterpiece in this Nathan Jerkins adaptation, with all the characters brought to life by a small company of voice actors and live foley sound effects. Directed by Ryan Crowder for Penfold Theatre. And, what's that? You think there's an awful lot of Dickens going on lately? Our Robert Faires tells you why.
    Through Dec. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-25.  
    Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley, Round Rock
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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Austin Shakespeare presents Tennessee Williams’ steamy, Pulitzer-winning masterpiece of what you might call "Southern discomfort" – featuring Gwendolyn Kelso as Maggie the Cat. Directed by Ann Ciccollela. But, waithere's what our reviewer thought of the show!
    Through Dec. 2. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $25 and up.  
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    Great Expectations

    Different Stages presents this beloved Charles Dickens romp about the adventures of an orphaned blacksmith's apprentice who's fashioned to become a gentleman. You know – it's that Pip! Karen Jambon directs a colorful cast of characters. And, what's that? You think there's an awful lot of Dickens going on in town lately? Our Robert Faires tells you why. Oh, and reviews this very show.
    Through Dec. 8. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-30.  
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    Love Never Dies

    This is totally the professionally touring, Austin debut of Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to his (popular, Broadway-devouring) version of Phantom of the Opera. What long Chaney of events led us to this macabre apotheosis of drama we can only imagine; but here it is now, the "thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession, and romance," live onstage for your delight.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 2. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.  
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    The Merchant of Venice

    This Shakespeare classic, sadly on-topic as ever, tackles the problems of anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia in society. Directed by Adam L. Sussman for UT's department of theatre and dance.
    Through Dec. 2. See website for times. $15-26.  
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    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    This Rupert Holmes musical adaptation of Dickens' final narrative comes, through infrastructural battles recently won, to Austin Playhouse there in the ACC Highland complex, with a star-studded cast under the direction of Don Toner. Wait, you say? Who is this … Dickens? And what did our reviewer think of the show?
    Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $19-38.  
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    We Are Proud To Present

    Street Corner Arts is, in fact, damned proud to present this show – the full title of which is We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 – and proud they should be, as Jackie Sibblies Drury's "stunning, self-referential theatrical collage" engages with abominable history to tackle the subject of racism and the theatre community’s own (sometime self-serving) attempts at engaging with this subject. That (award-winning) Liz Fisher directs a fine cast, but – is this show as powerful good as it sounds? Our reviewer Elizabeth Cobbe sure thinks so.
    Through Dec. 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $17-25.  

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