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    BedPost Confessions: The Sweet Spot

    "Stories told at BedPost Confessions explore themes of sexuality, gender identity, dating, marriage, masturbation, break-ups, health, and more. Whether the performers are funny, informative, fictional, thoughtful, embarrassing, raunchy, heart-warming, political, or completely personal, the audience receives their stories with love and returns the favor by sharing their own." Featuring readers Cynna Rae, Manuel Duran, Spike Gillespie, and Dr. Kim TallBear. With a burlesque performance by Chola Magnolia, music by DJ Chorizo Funk, and the whole sexy evening hosted by Miranda Wylie and Sadie Smythe.
    Wed.-Fri., Jan. 22-24, 8pm. $20-255.  
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    FronteraFest Long Fringe

    Here are the longer productions of this year's 27th annual FronteraFest (as opposed to the nightly smorgasbord of the Short Fringe), with performers and companies taking the stage at Ground Floor Theatre to offer a variety of new shows on a diversity of subjects. This is what's coming up:: Possibilities: Storytelling with Poetry, Improv, and Song (90 mins.) Jennifer Bloom shares poetry, songs, and stories to weave a tapestry of connection on her exploration of what it means to be human. In Our Prime Improv (Paul Normandin, Ryan Hill, and Gloria Rabil Bankler) embody characters from Bloom’s poetry and audience input. "Each show offers a new possibility … and a hug for your soul." Wed., Jan. 29, 8:45pm; Fri., Jan. 31, 7pm; Sat., Feb. 1, 5:30pm; Sun., Feb. 2, 3pm. $15.: Stand-Up Jesus (60 mins.) Making his first appearance in more than 2000 years, Jesus of Nazareth returns with razor-sharp satire for sinners. Let anyone who is without sin cast the first heckle! "It’s a second coming blessed with punchlines where god is the god of funny. Come battle the hypocrisy of false prophets and praise the truth that hurts!" Written and performed by Robert Dubac for Moment-to-Moment Productions. Wed., Jan. 29, 7pm; Sat., Feb. 1, 3:45pm; Sun., Feb. 2, 1:15 & 7:30pm. $20.: Straitjacket: Variations on a Theme of Horror (90 mins.) This is a monodrama – produced, written, directed, and performed by Charles P. Stites – in which a prisoner, tortured by a sadistic warden, is locked away in solitary confinement and sealed in a straitjacket for days at a time. In order to escape the horror of his reality, he astral projects out of his body to relive his past lives. It's "a riveting story of madness, escape, and the terror of eternity," adapted from The Star-Rover by Jack London. Thu., Jan. 30, 8:30pm; Sat., Feb. 1, noon & 9:15pm; Sun., Feb. 2, 5:15pm. $10.: Transhumance (45 mins.) In this "playful, heartfelt exploration of gender," NYC-based theatre artist Ania Upstill dives into the absurd in a surreal journey across the landscape of gender in search of a place to call home. Thu., Jan. 30, 7pm; Fri., Jan. 31, 9:15pm; Sat., Feb. 1, 2:15 & 7:45pm. $15.
    Jan. 22-Feb. 2. Prices vary.  
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    FronteraFest Short Fringe

    The 27th annual theatrical smorgasbord of local productions (comedy! drama! dance! improv! performance art! multimedia! diverse shenanigans!) opens this decade with its slate of five 25-minute-long Short Fringe shows each night at Hyde Park Theatre (Jan. 14-Feb. 15), with the usually sold-out Best of the Week show each Saturday night. Coming up:Dueling Playwrights: Battle in the Grocery Aisle by Marianne Serene & James E. Burnside; Posse Power by Jomo and The Possum Posse; Please Help Me! Confessions Of A Self-Improvement Junkie by Tom Booker; St. Stephen's Pier by Heath Allyn; and The #2 Sacrifice by Sandy Maranto; Thu., Jan. 16, 8pm.99 Facts About an Immigrant by Leng Wong; A Series of Open Letters to My Teenage Son by Max Langert; Honey, I'm Home! by Jolyne Garza; I Sleep/ I Live/ I Wake by Ryley Valenti; and Three Tragedies in 25 minutes or Less by Shakespeare (with modifications by Beth Burroughs); Fri., Jan. 17, 8pm.14 Si! by PoetKen Jones; Catawampus by Cliff Miller; I Am Not The Person You Have Made Me Out to Be by Marianne Serene; Liftoff by Ben Polega; and Maid/Man by Rich Rubin; Tue., Jan. 21, 8pm.A Bird, a Dog, and a Wave by Kayur Patel; A Dance Piece by Dmo Acheka, Danielle Bogle, Maira Montes, and Philip Weaver; Dueling Playwrights: On Porn by Marianne Serene & James E. Burnside; I Knew Him Well by Trace Turner; Lightning Girl by Rita Anderson; and The Misplays by Aaron Rubin, Adrian Gwarzalez, Derek Cornelius, and Spencer Bloom; Wed., Jan. 22, 8pm.Science Fails: The Human Side of Science by Nichole Bennett; Flashmandments by CB Goodman; Flawed by Sandy Maranto; How To Say You’re Afraid of Commitment in 140 Characters Or Less by Valerie Nies; and Who Sits Next to Wilma by Janna Garza; Thu., Jan. 23, 8pm.Note: FronteraFest is a unique collaboration between two of Austin’s most venerable arts organizations – that aforementioned Hyde Park Theatre (an award-winning professional company in central Austin) and ScriptWorks (a playwright development and service organization with members in Texas and across the nation).
    Through Feb. 15. $18 per night.  
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    Hello, Dolly!

    You realize, of course, that this is "the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls 'the best show of the year," right? And that director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous” new production" is "making people crazy happy," yes? And Paul Beutel wrote this about it in the Austin Chronicle. That's why you're clicking to get tickets now, n'est-ce pas?
    Through Jan. 26. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $30 and up.  

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