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    Rite Out Loud: Staged Reading Festival

    "Three talent-packed days of staged readings of new plays by five great playwrights." We'd usually rewrite an opening PR statement like that. You know: ditching most of the adjectives? But, no, from our experience of theatre in this town, that description is pretty spot-on – concerning the writers and directors and performers alike. A veritable company of glory is gathered to present this showcase of original works for you. Friday features Austin Traffic: The Musical pReview by Megan Ortiz (7pm) and Europa, about "two women, their children, and the after-effects of sexual violence," by Sarah Saltwick (8:30pm); Saturday brings Megan Tabaque’s Two Sweaty, about the "unexpected friendship between two women in an urban cycling studio" (3pm) and Travis Tate's Seneca, a time-shifting tale of a town of freed slaves and immigrants in the mid-1800s, that is where New York City's Central Park is now (8pm); and the series wraps on Sunday with Ruby, Raul Garza's "poetic journey through realms of art, science, and the natural world" (3pm) and Lulu in Rochester by Allison Gregory, about "silent film star Louise Brooks’ temporary emergence from obscurity in the Fifties" (8pm). See website for details.
    Aug. 16-18. Fri., 7 & 8:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 1 & 3pm. $5.  
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    Circus Chickendog: The Wizard of Dogz

    How many amazements in just 60 minutes? Join your host and canine-savvy jester Darren Peterson for this delightful spectacle of five circus dogs, a singing scarlet macaw, and one human. Featuring juggling, unicycling, Rola-Bola, yo-yo tricks, and other such antics – all in the air-conditioned afternoon!
    Through Aug. 16. Mon.-Thu, 1pm; Fri., 2pm. $10-15.  
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    American Blood Song: A Puppet Operetta of the Donner Party

    Oh, holy shit. That unstoppable Trouble Puppet crew, led by Connor Hopkins, often as sick and twisted as they are brilliant – and, yeah, they've been mind-bogglingly good at times – returns with a true-historical tale of the sort of privilege, entitlement, and hubris that leads to nation-building … and sometimes cannibalism. This spectacle is performed by Zac Crofford, Caroline Reck, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, Indigo Rael, Jay Young, Zac Carr, and Melissa Vogt. It's a musical, too, with an original score by Mother Falcon. Recommended, but note: This is not the sort of puppet show you wanna take your smaller kids to – unless you've been feeding them long pig all this time.
    Through Aug. 17. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Ann

    This is an intimate portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late governor of Texas, bringing audiences face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written (and originally performed) by Holland Taylor, Ann takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family. The lady's played by the talented Libby Villari in this show, directed by the original Broadway helmsman, Benjamin Endsley Klein. And now, here's our review of the show.
    Through Sept. 8. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25-85.  
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    Fireflies

    In Donja R. Love's new play set in the Jim Crow South, Olivia and Charles’ marriage is threatened when four little girls are bombed in a church and that tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that “this world ain’t no place to raise a colored child.” Directed by Tarik Daniels for Whatsinthemirror?
    Aug. 14-18. Wed.-Fri., 8pm; Sat.-Sun., 4 & 8pm. $15.  
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    Robert Mueller's Greatest Hits

    Robert Mueller (as played by Hyde Park Theatre's own Ken Webster), with help from a rotation of local all-star actors, presents highlights of the special counsel’s two-volume, 400-plus page report in this staged reading – including, of course, the Mueller team's assessment of Russian interference and the president’s efforts to obstruct the investigation into his campaign. Conceived and directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T Theatre. (Also, we feel compelled to add, in the interests of full disclosure: FUCK TRUMP.)
    Through Aug. 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Pay what you can, impeach if possible.
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    Seven: A Documentary Play

    This multipartite stagework, relating the true stories of seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe, is conceived by Carol Mack and written by seven award-winning playwrights: Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz. NB: This play addresses themes of sexual assault, rape, suicide, self harm, war, and violence.
    Through Aug. 18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $10-25.  
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    Transom

    This new play, devised by a trans/nonbinary ensemble – the lead writers are Libby Carr and Lane Stanley – tells the story of a "found family" living together in the same house, redefining the meaning and importance of community and overcoming personal grief and loss while fostering an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Directed by Lisa Scheps and Jess O'Rear for Ground Floor Theatre.
    Through Aug. 31. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Wed., Aug. 28, 8pm. $5-40.  
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    War Remains

    In which podcast legend Dan Carlin uses the power of virtual reality to transport audiences to one of the most extreme battlefields in history: the Western Front of the First World War. "Physical and virtual elements combine to create a visceral, realistic simulation far more immersive than a film or video game." Note: Only one participant will enter at a time and there is no late admission; runtime is 12 minutes.
    Through Sept. 1. $40 (registration required).  
    500 E. Fifth

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