525 E. Sixth, Austin, 78701, 512/320-0553
Back in the disco days of 1977, East Sixth Street was mostly a quiet home to winos and shuttered turn-of-the-last-century business facades that made for cheap rentals. In a tale as old as opportunity, some scrappy artists set up shop and began creating. Esther’s Follies has been producing its socially satirical, modern vaudeville show ever since and become a cornerstone of today’s thronging “Dirty Sixth” experience. The 290-seat house incorporates the show on the sidewalk outside the theatre into the act through the giant window on the back wall of the stage. Skits heavy on political parody, jaunty musical send-ups, and awe-inspiring magic courtesy of Ray Anderson come together in this Austin entertainment institution.
Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! Esther’s Follies brings the city lots of new sketches, and, boy howdy, do we need them more than ever! Austin’s lawmakers are skewered with those Special Session Blues, and check out the new Trump musical, “The Lyin’ King,” a Disneyesque take on that orange-faced rump roast and his band of Merry Minions. Plus, would you believe … a dance-off between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson? Because science! And of course that sexy magician Ray Anderson will thrill the crowd with his Torched and Claw illusions. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25-35.