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    Natatorium

    How far would you go for The Good Life? Listen: 20-something couple Jules and Ash and their gamer neighbors Devon and Chris are trapped in an unending cycle of late rent, mounting debt, and day-old pizza. Across from their shitty apartment complex is Natatorium, a premier gated community full of gleaming mansions, sparkling pools, and possibilities ripe for the taking. You will help decide the fate of these would-be thieves as they reach for a shinier life – even if that means taking down a mega-rich corporate asshole or two along the way.: Intrigued? This new show is from improvised-music conductor Kenzie Slottow and director Kaci Beeler in collaboration with Density512 and American Berserk Theatre. So, OK, now we know the premise, and we can trust it'll be done well. Also, "Natatorium pushes the limits of virtual performance technology to combine a chamber ensemble of six musicians with a 10-person cast of improvising actors." And the cast and crew will perform live from Austin and six other U.S. cities, with each night a unique, unrepeatable experience. So this, we reckon, will be one of those online livestream things that are totally worth seeing, not just a theatrical stopgap but another of those odd good things to come out of the pandemic, tempting us to say "Hey – thanks, 'ronas!" even as we continue to kick the virus's ass. Note: This show features adult language and themes of violence.
    Fri., April 16, 8pm; Sun., April 18, 2pm. $10.  
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    Tales of a Blerd Ballerina

    The Vortex Tapas Series 2021 begins with a new work-in-progress production of Valoneecia Tolbert’s Tales of a Blerd Ballerina. Presented both as live broadcasts each evening and with limited in-person seating opportunities at the VORTEX, this play centers the Blerd (black nerd) experience, embracing diverse communities and generating vital conversations around black identity, pulling concepts and style from the Afro-Diaspora and Jazz Aesthetic within stories of growing up as a Blerd child of the Eighties. Directed by Florinda Bryant.
    Through April 18  
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    Hold Me Well

    Shrewd Productions presents this virtual world premiere of Eva Suter’s sci-fi re-envisioning of Shakespeare's Othello, depicting "a desolate, Central Texas inhabited solely by women after a catastrophic war has eradicated the male population. With the threat of another war and a new romance quickly unfolding before them, five women bound by the tragedy must entrust their lives to one another in order to save themselves and humanity." (Well, damn – count us in on that action, tyvm.) Directed by Rudy Ramirez, starring Ellie McBride, Hayley Armstrong, Elizabeth Mason, Emily Rankin, and Taylor Flanagan. Note: Click here to view the original trailer for the show.
    Through April 30. $8.  
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    The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody

    Wait, live theatre? And it's outside? And it's a murder mystery? And it's based in the, uh, let's call it the Dunder-Mifflinverse? Yes! The Paramount presents Bob and Tobly McSmith's immersive theatrical diversion in which characters from "The Office" will journey with you along five walkable locations Downtown as they "use their keen detective skills to find clues, catch red herrings, plant evidence, and lock up the Scranton Strangler."
    Through April 25. Wed.-Sun., multiple times daily. $39.50.  
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    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
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    The Spin

    Street Corner Arts presents a livestreamed production of this new dark comedy produced specifically for the virtual medium. Listen: "When the Public Works Director of a major city confesses to a horrible crime, a team of spin doctors are brought in at the last possible second to pull off a tough assignment: prepare the Mayor’s top aide for a crucial news interview mid-pandemic, distance City Hall from the controversy, and point the public’s attention elsewhere. And do it entirely over video-conferencing." Spenser Davis wrote and directs this modern thriller that's expertly embodied by Zac Carr, Michael Galvan, Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, Natalie Garcia, Jason Graf, Kelsey Mazak, Mike Ooi, Shariba Rivers, and Andrea Skola Summers – with realtime screen management by Morgan Brochu. And, look: Here's a trailer for the show!
    Through April 25. Thu.-Sun., 8pm. Donations accepted.  

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