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    H.M.S. Pinafore

    Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents the dramatic duo’s classic comic opera about a lowly sailor and his love for the captain’s daughter in a seagoing tale full of topsy-turvy humor and boatloads of bright and cheerful tunes.
    Sat., March 2, 7:30pm. $8-20.  
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    Wires

    This is a “Choose Your Own Audio Adventure” about ways in which the world is connected. “Through a series of choices, you’ll both create your own story and craft your own musical composition.” The interactive story is presented as a set of handmade books by Doug Laustsen, with each book containing a small speaker and audio player. As you read the story, you’ll also listen to sounds that correspond to it. The end of each story segment gives you a choice that directs you to a new book. Note: You can reserve a time in advance or show up during viewing hours.
    March 2-3. Opening party: Sat., 7-10pm. Free viewing: Sat., noon-7pm; Sun., noon-8pm. Free to view (donations happily accepted); opening party, $10.  
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    A Doll’s House, Part 2

    Alrighty, then! FronteraFest’s over, Ken Webster’s been making theatre in Austin for 40 years, and now here’s the latest from Hyde Park Theatre: It’s Lucas Hnath’s highly modern sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s classic, in which Nora must return 15 years after her dramatic exit to face all she left behind. This long-awaited continuation is directed by that award-winning Webster and features Katherine Catmull, Tom Green, Sarah Chong Harmer, and Cyndi Williams.
    Through March 30. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $23-27 (pay what you can, Thursdays).  
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    Auditions: Lying to the Sea Witch

    The Paradox Players are seeking actors of all ages to play pirates in this eleven-song operetta by Kiya Heartwood. Production runs in May. Call for appointment or more information.
    Auditions: March 8-10. Fri., 7-9pm; Sun., 10am-noon; Sun., 12:30-2:30pm
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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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    Locus of Control

    The Vortex presents the Austin debut of international touring poet Jason Bayani, showcasing his compelling mix of poetry, storytelling, music, and media that explores the lives of Filipino immigrants in America. Directed by Kat Evasco.
    Through March 3, Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35 (2-for-1 Thu. & Sun. with canned food donation).  
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    Lysistrata

    Aristophanes’ comedy of an anti-war sex strike brims with innuendo and bawdy fun while taking a hard look at the folly of war and politics, the struggle for equality, and the eternal battle of the sexes. Directed by Jeremy White for City Theatre Austin.
    Through March 10. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4 & 8pm. $15-25.  
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    The Rover

    Scandalous! Lewd! Morally depraved! The acclaimed Hidden Room Theatre company presents this rarely performed delight from 1677 through the lens of “a few very special teen films of 1983.” (Think: Valley Girl.) So, if you’re looking for a mash-up of Restoration/New Romantic proto-feminist sexploitation complete with swashbuckling sword fights, forbidden romance, masked revelers, and bitchin’ live music, then pop your ruffled collar and behold Aphra Behn’s transgressive romp. Directed by Beth Burns and featuring a cast whose diverse talents will thrill your senses.
    Through March 3. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra shows: Wed.-Thu., Feb. 27-28, 8pm. $17-35.  
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    Well

    Lisa Kron’s play about relationships between mothers and daughters, about the differences between (and maybe the overlaps of) “wellness” and “illness,” is directed by Kristen Rogers for Austin Community College.
    Through March 10. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $8.  
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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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