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    Black Do Crack

    Ground Floor Theatre presents Florinda Bryant’s exploration of the mythology of the strong black woman. Directed by Matrex Kilgore. And here's our review of the show.
    Through March 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-35.  
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    The Face of Emmett Till

    This is a true-to-life dramatization of the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who, while visiting relatives in Money, Miss., in August 1955, was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by two white men who claimed they wanted to teach him a lesson for whistling at a local white woman." This play chronicles the tragedy, its aftermath, and Emmett's mother's crusade for justice. Written by Mamie Till-Mobley and David Barr; and directed by Robert King Jr for King Productions.
    Feb. 21-24. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $20.  
    Mosaic Theater, 11530 Manchaca Rd
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    The Improvised Play Festival

    You might be aware, yes, that Austin is at the forefront of narrative, theatrical improvisation? It's true – hell, it's internationally recognized – which is why, once a year, the Hideout assembles a full weekend of improvised one-act plays. (The international recognition might even be partially because the Hideout assembles a full weekend of – ah, you see where we're going with this.) This year's schedule of wildly inventive entertainment is packed with the venue’s own repertoire of shows, other local shows, and special out-of-town guests from Vancouver, Atlanta, and Amsterdam. That's three nights packed with shows from the likes of La Vida de los Muertos, Fistful of Kicks, Parallelogramophonograph, Dark Side of the Room, Big Gay Musical, and many more. Pro tip: An All-Access Pass will get you the best bang (read: fun) for your bucks all weekend long.
    Feb. 21-23. Thu.-Fri., 8-11pm; Sat., 6-11pm. $5-45.  
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    For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday

    This is Sarah Ruhl’s comedy about a family’s view of death, life, and the allure of never growing up. Directed by Karen Jambon for Jarrott Productions, and starring Janelle Buchanan among a fine cast of talents.
    Through March 10. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $23-25.  
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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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    Indian Ink

    Austin Shakespeare brings Tom Stoppard’s delightful cross-cultural play – the story of a rebellious poet who has her portrait painted by a mysterious artist while traveling in India – to life onstage, featuring Babs George, Jill Blackwood, Tamil Periasamy, Sanjay Rao, Colum Morgan, and more. Directed by Ann Ciccolella, with music by Nagavalli.
    Through March 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $18-46.  
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    Junk

    Street Corner Arts presents Ayad Akhtar’s Tony-nominated play inspired by the junk-bond scandal of the Eighties and set in the manic, high-stakes trading shark tank of Wall Street. A fine cast under the direction of Benjamin Summers takes you on a whirlwind ride through the debt financing debacle that was the root cause of the country’s housing crisis.
    Through March 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-25.  
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    The Feud

    In this new musical comedy from Texas Comedies and the ever-adventurous Crank Collective, it's Texas in the 1870s and an army officer is all that stands between an outlaw family and bloodthirsty vigilantes. Based on actual events in our state's tumultuous history, now on stage with singing, dancing, riding, fighting – and a live band. See a wronged woman seek her own brand of twisted justice! See old-timey citizens fighting over land and cattle! See this rip-snorting production directed by John Cecil!
    Through Feb. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $12-24.  
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    The Three Musketeers

    St. Ed's presents Megan Monaghan Rivas' new adaptation of the classic coming-of-age story inspired by the novel by Alexandre Dumas. It's set in a 17th-century France where men and women are equal in their ability to serve the crown. This regional premiere features local MVPs Marc Pouhé and J. Ben Wolfe among a fine collegiate cast, directed by Michelle Polgar. And here's what the Chronicle's Trey Gutierrez thought of the show.
    Through Feb. 24. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-25.  
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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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    Xanadu

    Yes, it’s that show, in which “a muse comes to Earth and inspires an artist to open a roller disco.” It’s back again now that the Seventies don’t hurt quite as much, featuring a cast of lunatics and the music of Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John. Helmed by Jarret Mallon, Kimberly Schafer, and Lyn Koenning for TexARTS.
    Through March 3. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $43-53.  
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    Auditions for Iolanthe

    Gilbert and Sullivan Austin announces auditions for its summer production of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's classic comedy, to be directed by Ralph MacPhail Jr., with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona as musical director.
    Deadline for appointments: Feb. 22. Auditions: Feb. 23-24. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 1:30pm-6pm  

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