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    Staged Reading: Lyla School

    Brian Kettler's drama tells the story of two friends driven apart by violence during a process-drama simulation. They reunite after 20 years, still haunted by their pasts, fighting to move forward with their lives and uncover the lingering mysteries of Lyla School.
    Fri., Nov. 22, 8pm. $6.  
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    Black Widow Burlesque: Spanksgiving

    This 10th annual event offers two nights of debauchery, "with more breasts and thighs than your Thanksgiving dinner." Featuring everything from classic to neo burlesque, pole and aerial performance, Spanksgiving is sure to become your new favorite holiday quicker'n you can say "Latrodectus mactans."
    Fri.-Sat., Nov. 22-23, 8pm. $15-35.  
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    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's monstrous masterpiece, as adapted by Patrick Sandford, is presented by Different Stages with Norman Blumensaadt directing and Sam Grimes as the unfortunate results of Dr. Frankenstein's tampering with natural forces beyond control.
    Through Dec. 14. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.  
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    She Loves Me

    Austin Playhouse celebrates the holiday season with the romantic musical comedy, set in the 1930s, about two feuding shop clerks who can’t seem to find common ground, but by night write beautiful love letters to their "secret admirers." And who do you suppose those turn out to be? (Note: Not Tom Hanks or Meg Ryan, although this play was made into the movie You've Got Mail.) Starring Joey Banks and Sarah Zeringue, directed by Scott Shipman with musical direction by Lyn Koenning.
    Through Dec. 21. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $38-46.  
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    A Christmas Carol

    ZACH’s adaptation of the Dickens classic is a family-friendly spectacular, a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Directed by Dave Steakley, with musical direction by Allen Robertson.
    Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $35 and up.  
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    Aftershock/La Replica

    Another vibrant part of this year's AVAfest, this world premiere from Thinkery & Verse and Teatro Vivo explores new dimensions of Latinx military service, featuring soldiers and citizens who expect military service to reinforce their identity and ideas about family, patriotism, and even sexuality – but the military is often a place that mixes up the moral compass and sense of self and invents a new identity.
    Through Nov. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-20 (pay what you wish, Nov. 14).  
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    It Is Magic

    In this new Mickle Maher show, at a community theatre audition for a new adaptation of The Three Little Pigs intended for adult audiences, "two sisters set out to search for an actor to play the role of the Wolf. As they struggle to cast the right actor, they're quickly confronted with the darkness inside the audition room – and themselves." A setup like that is compelling enough; knowing it's scripted by the man who brought us There Is a Happiness That Morning Is and The Strangerer and so many other hefty shards of hilarious and cutting brilliance that, well, hell – we like good theatre, what can we say? And this one's directed by Mark Pickell for Capital T and features Jill Blackwood, Kathy Catmull, John Christopher, Robert Pierson, and Rebecca Robinson. UPDATE: And now this production's been reviewed by our own Robert Faires.
    Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-30.  
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    Marisol

    José Rivera’s Obie-winning apocalyptic urban fantasy is directed by Liz Fisher for St. Ed's, with guest performers Tyler Layton and Toby Minor supercharging the student-based cast.
    Through Nov. 24. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $18-25.  
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    Saint Somebody

    This fierce Rita Anderson play, about the women and other unsung heroes in the Civil War, explores a part of history not previously dramatized. Find out what happens – maybe what actually happened – when an African American "deserter" wanders into the camp of the Irish Brigade near Gettysburg. Directed by Christina J. Moore for Mélange Theatre Company.
    Through Dec. 1. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $22-25.  
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    Spring Awakening

    Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's punk-rock musical "personifies the struggles of growing up and finding your own unique voice" and is directed by Anna Skidis Vargas for UT's Department of Theatre and Dance.
    Through Nov. 24. Times vary, see website. $15-26.  
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    The Future of Ismael

    This experimental sci-fi show, written by Siri Gurudev, features queer people of color in a dystopian world where community, love, and rebellion allow trans posthumans to thrive. Directed by kt shorb for Generic Theatre Company. And here's our full review of the show.
    Through Nov. 23. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-30.

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