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    :Humpty

    The Vortex is gonna rock your brain's cradle with this "twisted nursery rhyme pantomime" conjured up by that irrepressible Melissa Vogt, featuring an all-star cast grooving to an original score by Chad Salvata, and the whole fractured fairy-tale spectacle of it directed by Bonnie Cullum. Note that this darkling narrative from Ethos – it's funny and disgusting, charming and startling – is alive with adult aesthetics and not appropriate for children. And here is Trey Gutierrez's review of the show.
    Through Sept. 28. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Jump

    This is Charly Evon Simpson's whimsical new play about the connections we all share, in which "lights flicker, hearts heal, and a young woman finds solace on a bridge." It's Shrewd Productions' 16th world premiere (!). it features a cast of Chelsea Manasseri, Allegra Jade Fox, Trey Deason, and Kyron Hayesby, and it's directed by Shannon Grounds for that same fierce company. (And – our own Robert Faires reviews the show right here.)
    Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-25.  
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    Art. Sex. Magic.

    Here's a satirical, surreal, and sincere exploration of the inspirations and pitfalls of the creative process that unfolds as the archetypal hero’s journey, presented by artist and performer Jade Fusco. Not one of those shows mired in the dead past, this narrative takes place in our present, wasteful consumerist society and social-media age – where "nothing is built to last and the majority of art and identity exists on the internet."
    Thu.-Sat., Sept. 12-14, 8pm. $30.  
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    Cyrano de Bergerac

    In the midst of 17th-century Paris, Cyrano de Bergerac stands alone in his ugliness, intelligence, and aesthetic lifestyle … until he falls in love. The classic play by Edmund Rostand comes to life in a new, fast-paced translation, directed by Jennifer Rose Davis for the Archive Theater. And here's our review of the show.
    Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $15-$35.  
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    Dance Nation

    Here's the regional premiere of Clare Barron's Pulitzer Prize finalist, in which an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. "If their new routing is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay … but, in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power." Directed by Jenny Lavery for Theatre En Bloc. And you can see our review right here.
    Through Sept. 15. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Holmes and Watson

    "It’s been three years since Sherlock Holmes went over Reichenbach Falls and was declared dead. When Dr. John Watson receives a cryptic telegram stating that three asylum patients are each claiming to be the late Sherlock Holmes, Watson is compelled to investigate. Could Holmes really be alive after all this time?" Jeffrey Hatcher's fine tribute of a play is directed here by Don Toner for the start of Austin Playhouse's 20th(!) season, and our Robert Faires reviews it right here.
    Through Sept. 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $32-38.  
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    Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower

    "What kind of parent knits their daughter a wool swimsuit? Or gives her a briefcase for her 11th birthday? Or keeps her in the dark about where she came from?" British actor and comedian Maggie Gallant – a longtime FronteraFest favorite – shares her childhood embarrassments and adulthood discoveries as she unleashes a Pandora's Box of hope, lies, and un très magnifique French Papa, in this hilarious and heartwarming one-woman show, as directed by Ken Webster for HPT.
    Through Oct. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $22-28.  
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    Les Miserables

    Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony-winning musical phenomenon, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Remember how good it was? How it roused the rabble and galvanized the crowd? How it stirred the heart and the mind to greater glory? Could it be even better now? Listen: "New staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo." We daresay, hell yes!
    Sept. 10-15. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.  
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    Plano

    Paper Chairs co-founder Dustin Wills returns to Austin to direct this new Will Arbery play that seems like, according to The New Yorker, “a David Lynch script performed as screwball comedy.”OK, and listen: "Three sisters are suffering from strange household plagues. The men in their lives keep disappearing or doubling; time keeps leapfrogging; and the slugs just won’t go away. Plano, Texas, seems to be not just a nearby city but also a malevolent existential state."Yeah, we like the sound of that. And those "three sisters" are played by Elizabeth Doss, Heather Hanna, and Hannah Kenah, so we're already lining up to get tickets. And Janelle Buchanan and Harold Fisch are in the show, too, FTW. And that newly returned-to-Austin Rubber Rep duo (that's Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope, yes) are also part of a don't-you-miss-it theatrical event.Recommended? Well, here's an update: We saw the show since we originally wrote this blurb. Our response? First: FUUUUUUUCK. Second: You know how they – whoever they are – say "If you only see one show a year, then see this one," right? Well, that. But, regardless of how many shows you see, don't miss Plano.Bravo and brava, Paper Chairs, what a freaky-ass masterpiece of stagecraft.
    Through Sept. 28. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
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    Scriptworks: Fronterafest 101 Workshop

    This workshop, led by ScriptWorks and FronteraFest producer Christina J. Moore, will guide participants through the process of preparing a piece for the upcoming FronteraFest. From resources for finding actors, directors, and rehearsal space to the ins and outs of the technical rehearsal, this class will cover it all. You think something just appears on stage, all ex nihilo? Don't be caught unprepared – give your project the solid foundation it deserves!
    Tue., Sept. 17, 7:30-9:30pm. $10.
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    The Waverly Gallery

    Babs George stars in this Kenneth Lonergan tale of the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty woman's battle against Alzheimer's disease. The show, a powerful work that "captures the life force of a woman and the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis," is directed by Michael Cooper for the Alchemy Theatre. Look: Trey Gutierrez reviews the production right here.
    Through Oct. 5. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $32-45.  
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    Viewpoints Acting Workshop

    Three Cups Collaborative offers this opportunity to discover or renew the power of your physicality, voice, and creativity in a 2.5-hour workshop lead by Stephanie Courtney.
    Thu.-Sat., Sept. 12-14, 12:30-3:30pm. $45.  

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