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    BedPost Confessions: Choose Your Own Adventure

    Stories told at BedPost Confessions explore themes of sexuality, gender identity, dating, marriage, masturbation, break-ups, health, and more. Whether the performers are funny, informative, fictional, thoughtful, embarrassing, raunchy, heart-warming, political, or completely personal, the audience receives their stories with love and returns the favor by sharing their own. This week: Arielle Sokoll-Ward, Ivy Le, Kelly M. Marshall, and Kate Mullan, with your hosts, Miranda Wylie and Sadie Smythe.
    Thu.-Fri., Jan. 23-25, 7:30pm. $25 ($20, in advance).  
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    Cirque Italia: Water Circus

    These professional (read: mind-boggling) acrobats bring an array of unique aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists, and more, from all over the world – performing over a custom-designed, 35,000-gallon "water stage" that travels from city to city.
    Jan. 24-Feb. 3. Thu.-Fri., Mon., 7:30pm; Sat., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30pm; Sun., 1:30 & 4:30pm. $10-40.  
    2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy
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    FronteraFest Long Fringe: Riveted Rosie

    The Travelling Troupe's James E. Burnside brings us this modern farce in which a certain "Dr. Ramone and Dr. Truffledina must find the defect in a 'female' robot acting erratically." And, wait, what's this about … Hephaestus Enterprises, Inc?
    Jan. 21-26. Mon., 8:45pm; Wed., 7pm; Fri., 8:45pm; Sat., 6pm. $17.  
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    FronteraFest Long Fringe: SETLL

    This SETLL – the acronym stands for Suspected Extra-Terrestrial Landing Location – by Amanda Chang is a new play that questions what lies beyond the limits of what we know, exploring "the world of four Extra-Terrestrial Arrival Ambassadors as they camp out and contemplate the nature of heroism, the vastness of the universe, and the complexity of human relationships."
    Jan. 21-26. Mon., tpm; Wed., 9:15pm; Fri., 7pm; Sat., 4:15pm
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    FronteraFest: Short Fringe

    One of Austin’s longest-running festivals, a legendary vehicle for theatre artists, actors, musicians, poets, and performers of all types, FronteraFest returns for its 26th year of showcasing some of the wildest – occasionally brilliant, frequently delightful, and almost always original – entertainment you're likely to see. It's a collaboration between that professional thespian powerhouse called Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks and anyone who's got what it takes to put their act on a stage. The Short Fringe showcases performances of 25 minutes or less, and runs the entirety of the festival. Here's the main thing to know about the Short Fringe, in case you're not familiar with the whole FronteraFest deal, yo: The weeknight shows are a mixed bag but usually crowded with folks there to see friends do their stuff onstage; each Saturday "Best-of-the-Week" show is sure to be worth your time, but it sells out fast, so plan accordingly; the final week, the "Best-of-the-Fest" week, if you care about new theatre in Austin or just like to be wowed by some fierce stagework, you should get your tickets now, because this will be the primo live-performance shit in town and don't blame your Chronicle pals for not hipping you to it ahead of time, capisce? Okay, then.

    Through Feb 16. Tue.-Sat., 8pm  
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    Heartland

    This play was written by Gabriel Jason Dean as a direct response to the true story of the U.S. government’s textbook propaganda contributing to the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This play draws a line from the Cold War to the war on terror and is a story of healing, grace, and connection. This play stars Lowell Bartholomee, Kareem Badr, and Kacey Samiee – directed by Rudy Ramirez for the Vortex. And here's the scoop on the playwright and the play's origins. For the love of all that might be holy, don't miss it.
    Thu.-Sun., Jan. 17-Feb. 9, 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Director Dave Steakley and choreographer Abe Reybold bring John Cameron Mitchell's glamorous and rockin' musical classic – about "a fourth-wall-smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, trying to find a place to belong in America," of course – back to the Austin stage.
    Wed.-Sat., Jan. 23-March 2, 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., Jan. 26-March 3, 2:30pm. $30-165.  
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    Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences

    Teatro Vivo, the Latinx Theatre Commons, and UT Austin present this Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening that will share five TYA plays from the U.S. and Latin America with children from throughout Central Texas, with daytime performances for schools, and additional performances open to the public. Also, artists, scholars, and educators from across the Americas will convene workshops, panels, discussions, and art-making events. See website for details.
    Thu.-Sat., Jan. 24-26. Free.  
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    Paradise

    This bluegrass comedy brings its "irreverent, heart-warming, toe-tapping show" to Austin before heading across the country. Imagine a sort of Music Man in a Southern coal mining town, as a charismatic preacher, saucy stripper, and greedy Hollywood production company show up to create their own version of the American Dream. Directed by Michael Myers for Austin Playhouse.
    Through Feb. 3. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $38-42.  
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    Shattered

    This is an original and unscripted play from the new Fox Den Theatre Company, a show that focuses on "the struggles and difficulty of maintaining relationships during times of trauma and hardship, and the tantalizing ease in which one can isolate oneself from reality." It's improvised, to be sure, ably reminding us that some of the best improv isn't necessarily about the comedy.
    Fri.-Sat., Jan. 18-26, 7:30pm. Extra show: Jan. 26, 2pm. $20.  
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    Sweat

    This Pulitzer-winning Lynn Nottage drama, about a struggle for survival among factory workers, is directed by Kat Sparks for Southwest Theatre Productions.
    Jan. 18-Feb. 3. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. $15-23.  
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    The Magic Fire

    Different Stages presents Lillian Groag's comedy about a young woman growing up in a family of European immigrants who surround themselves with art to fend off the realities of Juan Peron’s Argentina after World War II. Directed by Norman Blumensaadt.
    Through Feb. 2. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-30.  
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    The Realness

    New Manifest Theatre Company begins its inaugural year with Idris Goodwin’s "break beat play," a coming-of-age love story set to the beat of hip-hop history, directed by Simone Alexander.
    Thu.-Sat., Jan. 17-26, 8pm. $15-30.  
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    Waitress

    Broadway in Austin presents this new show, inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, featuring original music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by that Tony-winning Diane Paulus.
    Jan. 22-27. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.  

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