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    Summer Stock Austin: Grease

    You know this one, about Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Directed here by Michael Ávila, with musical direction by J. Quinton Johnson and choreography by Kristie Copeland.
    Through Aug. 6. $45 and up.
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    God of Carnage

    Beyond August Productions presents this comedic play by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The production is directed by Robyn Conner, and stars Shannon Embry, Jill Klopp Turner, Chuck Winkler, and Peter Young.
    Through Aug. 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $25-30.  
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    Lizzie, the Musical

    That legendary company called Doctuh Mistuh Productions returns to Austin after a five-year hiatus to present this rock musical adaption of the grisly Borden Family murders in 1893 and the subsequent trial of Lizzie Borden. The show – which premiered in NYC in 2009 and is written by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Steven Hewitt – is directed here by the irrepressible Michael McKelvey, with musical direction by Ellie Jarrett Shattles. And this is our full review of the production!
    Through July 30. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $24 and up.  
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    Matilda the Musical

    Zilker Theatre Productions presents the story of a girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda is a joyous romp for children and adults alike.
    Through Aug. 12. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:15pm. Free.
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Shakespeare's classic of ill-fated love is here produced by City Theatre Austin for their new stage at Genesis Creative Collective.
    Through Aug. 6. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-25.  
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    Small Steps

    Shrewd Productions presents the first world premiere of local playwright Briandaniel Oglesby. This "hilarious and campy, but heartfelt" play deals with the very real themes of isolation and loneliness, and the bravery involved in searching for real connection in our disconnected world. Directed by Braxton Rae, starring Dane Parker, Jen Brown, Trey Deason, Shannon Grounds, and Andy Shaw.
    Through Aug. 12. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm
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    The Real Inspector Hound

    In this Tom Stoppard comedy classic from The Stage Austin, two feuding theater critics attend the premiere of a new murder mystery and soon find themselves drawn into the play-within-a-play.
    Through July 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $20-25.  
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    Vortex Summer Youth Theatre: The Memo

    Václav Havel's 1965 comedy parodies the merry-go-round of governmental bureaucracy in communist Czechoslovakia and remains bracingly relevant to our lives today, performed here by a cast of actors from the Vortex's Summer Youth Theatre program under the direction of Jelena Stojiljkovic Rhynes.
    Through July 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-37.  

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