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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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    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: 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. 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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    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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    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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