2307 Manor Rd., Austin, 78722, 512/478-5282
This 75-seat Eastside theatre may have been built out of a dilapidated metal barn, but for over 20 years it’s been home to some of the city’s most cutting-edge and risk-taking theatre – often bending both mind and gender. Nude dinner with Salvador Dalí? Check. Aerialist space operas? Check. Musicals based on goddesses and elements of nature? Check. Check it out? Check. For all its envelope-pushing, the Vortex is as welcoming a theatre as you’ll find in town. Come for the show, stay for cocktails at the Butterfly Bar and sumptuous Italian dishes at the Patrizi’s food truck outside.
Carson McCullers’ adaptation of her own novella is presented by Different Stages, featuring Taylor Flanagan, Chelsea Manasseri, and Jago Mystiek among a fine cast under the direction of Karen Jambon. Through Dec. 9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-30.
Allison Gregory's new play, a world premiere presented by your adventurous friends at The Vortex, takes on the pathos and hubris of teenage years, the struggle for identity, independence, authenticity, and the desire to find a place in this complicated world. Starring Jennifer Coy Jennings; directed by Rudy Ramirez. Through Dec. 9. Thu.-Sun., 8:30pm. $15-35.