Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/02/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/02/2014 RON WHITE
Bass Concert Hall
Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy" phenomenon. But with two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, three of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 Million units, Ron has established himself as a star in his own right. Ron has always been a storyteller; from the time he was a boy growing up in a small town in the middle of Texas oil country to selling windows for a living in Arlington to performing in sold-out theaters and arenas as a headlining comedian all across the country. For two decades he lived the life of a struggling comedian bouncing around to comedy clubs and driving to gigs in his beat-up Nissan pickup truck. In short, he paid his dues. Then it happened. From January 2000 through March 2003, Ron performed with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy in the highly acclaimed "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," a show that played to sold out audiences in over 90 cities and grossed over $15 million dollars. Warner Bros filmed the tour and "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie" was released as a major motion picture in theaters in March 2003 later premiering on Comedy Central as the highest rated movie in the channel's history.
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Salvage Vanguard Theatre
GIDION'S KNOT by Johnna Adams directed by Lily Wolff January 24th-February 8th Salvage Vanguard Theatre On Friday Gidion went to his 5th grade class. On Monday he did not return. In a typical 5th grade classroom two women meet for a parent teacher conference. The encounter is anything but typical as the mother and teacher circle each other with scalding mistrust. We soon realize a deeply tortured web of events has entangled and bound them together in tendrils of fear, rage, and tragedy. As the play hurtles towards its breaking point, both parent and teacher struggle to break free from the coils holding them together. Capital T Theatre is proud to present the regional premiere of Johnna Adams' thought provoking and suspenseful GIDION'S KNOT. The play is directed by Lily Wolff and features award-winning Austin favorites Rebecca Robinson and Emily Erington. running time 90 minutes - with no intermission
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/02/2014 PEKING ACROBATS
Dell Hall
Direct from the People's Republic of China, this astounding company has been thrilling audiences around the world with their breathtaking, gravity-defying showmanship. rooted in ancient Chinese traditions, yet totally mesmerizing to contemporary audiences, these spectacular routines are guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A performance by The Peking Acrobats brings with it the opportunity to experience the epitome of a rich and ancient folk art tradition with the addition of the pageantry and spectacle of modern Chinese Theatrical Circus. Each movement or action takes many years to practice and perfect. Those who have seen The Peking Acrobats on any of their previous tours can be assured that they will see new, exciting acts and new twists to old favorites, celebrating twenty-seven years of awesome entertainment!
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/02/2014 ALL SHOOK UP
A whole lotta shakin' will be goin' on when the music of Elvis Presley comes to life in the TexARTS Teen Musical Theatre Academy production of *All Shook Up*. This production is brought to the stage by the creative team of director Keenah Armitage (B'way's *Jesus Christ Superstar*, *Aida*) and choreographer Kiira Schmidt. Schmidt performed on Broadway in the recent revival of *Follies* and served as an assistant choreographer on NBC's *Smash*. Playing February 1, 2, 8 and 9 at the Kam & James Morris Theatre at TexARTS, this musical comedy is a madcap mash up of Shakespeare's *Twelfth Night* and the rock 'n roll, gospel, and rockabilly hits made famous by the King of Rock and Roll. Jarod Watters plays the rockin' rollin' roustabout who shakes thing up when he arrives in a 1950's small town. Maddie McKowen is the town's dreamer who falls under his spell. Among the many classics that will have you jumping out of your blue suede shoes are, "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," and "It's Now or Never." TexARTS is a nonprofit performing and visual arts organization that offers year-round classes in acting, voice, visual arts and dance as well as completely staged youth and professional productions. *All Shook Up*performs Saturday, February 1 and 8 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 2 and 9 at 1 p.m. Ticket are $15 and all ages are welcome. For more information about TexARTS, visit our website Tickets are available online or through the box office at 512-852-9079 x101.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/02/2014 THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART
Bass Concert Hall
In recent seasons, The National Theatre of Scotland has sold out performances of Black Watch and Long Gone Lonesome. Last season, due to unforeseen circumstances, the company's engagement of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart was cancelled. But because of audience demand, the production returns this season with a week of performances on the Bass Concert Hall stage. The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is an evening of anarchic theatre, live music, and strange goings-on as Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, where the folk-studies community has gathered for a symposium. Indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music, and theatre inspired by Border Ballads, Robert Burns, and the poems of Robert Service. Filled with magical moments, devilish encounters, and wittily wild karaoke, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is moving and amusing, with plot twists unfolding all around you.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/02/2014 IN THE NEXT ROOM
ZACH Theatre
A stimulating, funny and provocative new Broadway hit set in a prim upper class Victorian home, where a gentleman doctor has invented an extraordinary and mysterious device for treating "hysteria." His wife overhears mystifying sounds emanating in the next room and sees patients leaving in blissful health. This smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and what it truly means to find connection.
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ZACH Theatre
Karen Kuykendall Stage:Sarah Ruhl; dir: Sarah Rasmussen.
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