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    FronteraFest

    Austin’s longest-running and most beloved performance festival returns for its 29th year! This unique collaboration between Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks attracts actors, artists, poets, dancers, and performers of all types throughout Texas and beyond. (Over the past quarter-century, performers have traveled from as far as Chang Ung University in Seoul, South Korea, to perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.) FronteraFest includes two separate components: the Short Fringe (four different performances of 25 minutes each, every night) runs Jan. 16-Feb. 17 at Hyde Park Theatre; and Mi Casa es Su Teatro happens only on Sat., Feb. 10, primarily in private Austin homes. Look for the Short Fringe to thrill you with talented Fest regulars Zell Miller III, Hank Schwemmer, Jennine DOC Kreuger, Tristan Mercado, Janet Maykus and Tom Booker, Teresa Johnson and Gloria C. Adams, Collin Carrothers, Pamela Paek, and the Knuckleball Now.
    Through Feb. 17. Tue.-Sat., 8pm. $20 and up.  
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    Geoff Sobelle: Food

    This intimate dinner party performance of smell, taste, and touch offers a meditation on the ways and whys of eating. The audience gathers around a white linen-covered dining table, engaging with each other and their empty plates in a constantly transforming performance. Sounds, scents, and tactile elements shape a conversation about personal memories, consumption, and the evolution of food production over generations.
    Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 1:30 & 7:30pm. $10 and up.  
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    Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

    You’re a busy guy; you don’t have time to read all of War and Peace. But you’re also ashamed that you’ve not dug into the hottest Russian novel of 1869! Hark: A solution awaits at the Zach Theatre production of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy’s musical adaptation of a 70-page section of Tolstoy’s great tome. Described by the theatre as an “innovative electro-pop opera,” this two-hour-and-thirty-minute love triangle will be available as pay-what-you-will until Feb. 4. Heads-up to queers: Thursday, Feb. 1, is PRIDE night!– James Scott
    Jan. 30-March 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25.  
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    The Feud: A Musical Comedy

    From Texas Comedies – the company that brought us Murders & Moontowers, Boomtown, Prohibition, and other staged follies – comes this latest spectacle inspired by the notorious Sutton-Taylor Feud, the longest-lasting and deadliest feud in 19th-century Texas.
    Thu.-Sat., Feb. 1-10, 8pm  
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    The Library

    Do you think gun violence is way out of control in these United States, citizen? Do you want a more effective response than “thoughts and prayers” from politicians? Different Stages knows how public art can help effect change, continuing their current season of theatre with Scott Z. Burns’ drama about the aftermath of a deadly shooting at a high school. Directed by Carl Gonzales and Lacey Cannon Gonzales, featuring performances by Lucky Cantu, Eva McQuade, Beau Paul, Gina Houston, Stan McDowell, Liz Waters, and Jason Park. – Wayne Alan Brenner
    Through Feb. 11. Fri.-Sat. & Mon., 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. $15-35.  

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