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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, which is always the primo live-performance shit in town and is already completely sold out – we warned you about this, like, weeks ago, right? – except for the wild-card Staff Picks night on Thu., Feb. 14, 8pm, which has a few tickets still available.
    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. And here's what our Robert Faires says about the show.
    Through Feb. 9. Thu.-Sun., 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 & 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. And here’s Robert Faires’ review of the whole thing.
    Through March 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30pm. $30-165.  
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    When We Were Young and Unafraid

    The Filigree Theatre presents Sarah Treem's drama, set in the American 1970s, in which one brave women has set up her bed-and-breakfast as an underground shelter for victims of domestic violence. Directed by Jennifer Sturley​, and – see our full review right here.
    Through Feb. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-30.  

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