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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 33 VARIATIONS
ZACH Theatre
1/23-2/17/2013
The Texas Premiere of 33 VARIATIONS Written by MOISÉS KAUFMAN Directed by DAVE STEAKLEY In a major coup for ZACH, Anton Nel, one of the world's greatest concert pianists, brings Beethoven's Diabelli Variations to brilliant life in this Texas premiere. Mother and music scholar Katherine Brandt, played by TV and film star Beth Broderick is coming to terms with her daughter. Beethoven is coming to terms with his genius. And even though separated by 200 years, these two talented people share an obsession that makes time stand still in this extraordinary Broadway play about passion, ferocious tenacity, and moments of beauty that transform our lives. ZACH's Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley says: "Piano virtuoso Anton Nel, who is a ZACH subscriber and donor, approached me about a year and a half ago with the idea of doing 33 VARIATIONS with him playing Beethoven's '33 Diabelli Variations' live on stage. I was thrilled that Anton would consider carving out such a large chunk of time from his international touring schedule to make this possible for us, and for all of the Austinites who will get to savor this experience. We have a rich history with playwright Moises Kaufman, having produced both halves of The Laramie Project, so I'm delighted we will produce the Texas premiere of his extraordinary new American play about the moments of beauty that can transform a life."
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 THE RITE OF SPRING
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
2/15-2/17/2013
"This music (The Rite of Spring), which was written by Stravinsky in 1913, is some of the greatest music composed in the 20th Century," Mills said. "It stirs the emotions, in fact, this music evoked such a reaction from the audience at its premiere decades ago in Paris that a riot broke out." - From Feb 19, 2002 Ballet Austin Press Release "[The Rite of Spring], which is a full company performance, will tell a story of the ancient tradition of making sacrifices in the spring in order to appease the gods so that they would grant a good crop." - From Feb 19, 2002 Ballet Austin Press Release
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 33 VARIATIONS
ZACH's Topfer Theatre
1/23-2/17/2013
In a major coup for ZACH, Anton Nel, one of the world's greatest concert pianists, brings Beethoven's Diabelli Variations to brilliant life in this regional premiere. A mother, music scholar Katherine Brandt, is coming to terms with her daughter. Beethoven is coming to terms with his genius. And even though separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that makes time stand still in this extraordinary Broadway play about passion, ferocious tenacity and moments of beauty that transform our lives.
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33 VARIATIONS
ZACH Theatre
1/23-2/17/2013
Karen Kuykendall Stage: - Mois
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A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
College of the Mainland Community Theatre
1/24-2/17/2013
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo's final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Here at R&H, our founding fathers probably never imagined 'Shall We Dance?' as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?' But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,' a swingin' 'Honeybun' worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy 'Kansas City' which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music Arrangements by Fred Wells; Conceived By Walter Bobbie
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 THE KNIGHTS WITH WU MAN, PIPA
Bass Concert Hall
2/19-2/19/2013
Presented in partnership with the Austin Classical Guitar Society, the Butler School of Music, and the Asian American Cultural Center Texas Performing Arts presents renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man in concert with progressive New York classical ensemble The Knights for an elegant evening of classic and contemporary chamber orchestra works. Recognized as the world's premier pipa virtuoso and as a leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man creates and fosters projects that give this ancient instrument a new role in today's music world, not only introducing the instrument to new audiences, but commissioning and premiering over a hundred new works. A Grammy-nominated artist, she has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma in the recording of Silk Road and worked with renowned musicians including Tan Dun and the Kronos Quartet. Hailed as "the future of classical music in America" by the Los Angeles Times, The Knights are an ensemble of adventurous musicians from the New York music scene who cultivate collaborative music making and creatively engage audiences in the shared joy of musical performance. Their unique roster includes composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers who bring a range of cultural influences to the group including jazz, klezmer, pop, and indie rock music. The orchestra's extensive repertoire features traditional and contemporary masterworks of classical, popular, and world music in collaboration with such artists as soprano Dawn Upshaw and violinist Gil Shaham.
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MEASURE FOR MEASURE
Mary Moody Northen Theatre
2/14-2/24/2013
What do you get when you combine an enigmatic and absentee ruler, a zealot surrogate, lustful youth, a pious nun, a dash of hypocrisy and personal desires at odds with the law? Shakespeare's last and darkest comedy tackles these questions and deftly examines who sins most in a congregation of murderers, pimps, politicians, whores, nuns and dukes. Add to the moral tale a complement of bawds, disguise and some adroit plot management and the result is a marvelous, thought-provoking evening of theatre. Stimulating. Funny. Shakespeare!
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MEASURE FOR MEASURE
Mary Moody Northen Theatre
2/14-2/24/2013
- William Shakespeare; dir: Michelle Polgar.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013William Shakespeare (Abridged) in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> COMPLETE WORKS OF William Shakespeare (ABRIDGED)
Howson Hall Theater at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (Produced by Paradox Players)
2/8-2/24/2013
Paradox Players presents the phenomenally popular parody The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Howson Hall Theater, February 8 - 24. The play, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987, went on to 9 record-breaking years on London's West End, and has been the world's most performed stage parody for the last 20 years. In The Complete Works, 3 actors perform hilarious short versions of 7 of Shakespeare's plays. In a single final frantic skit, the actors present all of the rest of the Bard's plays in two minutes. Throughout the performance, audience participation abounds. Guest Director Ben Schave, who is a professionally trained clown, says, "What appeals to me most about The Complete Works is that it's pure clown theater, with audience interaction, whole and silly characters who's performance space is a living 360 degree world, and tons of space for physical comedy." The Howson Hall Theater is located in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX 78756. Performances of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) are February 8 - 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00. Tickets are $15 General Admission, and $10 for Students, Seniors (65+) and groups of 10 or more. The one exception is the February 8 Opening Night Gala, which includes a special reception with refreshments, and for which all tickets are $20. Purchase tickets online at www.paradoxplayers.org, or phone 512-744-1495 for reservations.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 OTHER DESERT CITIES
Austin Playhouse (inside the Highland Mall)
1/25-2/24/2013
Austin Playhouse will bring Austin audiences Baitz' powerful family drama. In the award-winning Other Desert Cities, Baitz brings us an emotionally charged play about a family coming to terms with long-held secrets. Brooke Wyeth (Lara Toner) returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence and a mental breakdown to celebrate Christmas with her parents (Babs George and Rick Roemer), her brother (Jacob Trussell), and her aunt (Bernadette Nason). Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history-a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. The play premiered Off-Broadway in January 2011 to critical acclaim and transferred to Broadway in November 2011, marking the Broadway debut of a Baitz play. The play was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. It was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Jon Robin Baitz's plays include My Beautiful Goddamn City, Ten Unknowns, The Paris Letter, Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks, A Fair Country, The Substance of Fire, and an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. His television credits include The West Wing, Alias, and Brothers and Sisters, which he created. Read more: http://austin.broadwayworld.com/article/Austin-Playhouse-Presents-OTHER-DESERT-CITIES-Beginning-125-20130108#ixzz2HUveXy7z
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 IT COULD BE ANY ONE OF US
Sam Bass Community Theatre
2/8-3/2/2013
A thunderstorma€¦ In a windswept country house a family of failures wrangles over a will: a detective who has never solved a case; a writer, an artist and a composer whose works have never been published, shown or performed, and a dysfunctional teenager. These are the prime ingredients for a murder mysterya€¦ but this diversion is by British Master of Comedy Alan Ayckbourne and it has a number of surprises. The victim is not who it should be and the thrills are leavened with tongue in cheek humor and ironic commenta€¦. And one more twist: The murderer changes with every performance!
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 IT COULD BE ANY ONE OF US
Sam Bass Community Theatre
2/8-3/2/2013
"It Could Be Any One of Us" by Sir Alan Ayckbourn opens February 8th at Sam Bass Community Theatre. Directed by Frank Benge. The comedy who-done-it that is who did it tonight! In a remote and dilapidated country house, three siblings share an antagonistic life together. All are artists who have failed to live up to their own, let alone anyone else's, expectations. The older brother Mortimer is a composer who has never realized his youthful potential, his sister Jocelyn is a writer of thrillers who has never completed a novel and Brinton is a painter, who does not even let his family see his work. When Jocelyn's partner, Norris - an insurance investigator with aspirations to be a real detective - arrives home and interrupts a recital by Mortimer, a row breaks out in which Mortimer reveals he intends to disinherit the family and give the house to a former student, Wendy Jones. When Wendy arrives, a murder takes place and the murderer is… well, that's where it gets a bit tricky… because it changes every night. From the comedic genius of Sir Alan Ayckbourn (Absurd Person Singular, How the Other Half Loves, The Norman Conquests) comes the comedy murder mystery "It Could Be Any One of Us". But this isn't your ordinary murder mystery… this one contains a twist in the style of "Clue"; there are three possible murderers and the murderer changes with every performance during a card game played on-stage. So, it's possible to see the show three times and never have the same person revealed to have done the dastardly deed! The cast features William Parcher as Mortimer Chalke, Joe David as Norris Honeywell, Lynn S. Beaver as Jocelyn Chalke, Jeff Mulligan as Brinton Chalke, Linda Myers as Wendy Windwood and Kelly Hamilton as Amy Chalke. This production is directed by Frank Benge (Harold & Maude, The Women, All in the Timing) Presented by Sam Bass Community Theatre Dates: February 8, 2013 - March 2, 2013 Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock (in Memorial Park) $18; $15 seniors, students, educators, military; $13 all Thursday performances, $10 Children Reservations: www.sambasstheatre.org
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 IT COULD BE ANY ONE OF US
Sam Bass Community Theatre
2/8-3/2/2013
"It Could Be Any One of Us" by Sir Alan Ayckbourn opens February 8th at Sam Bass Community Theatre. Directed by Frank Benge. The comedy who-done-it that is who did it tonight! In a remote and dilapidated country house, three siblings share an antagonistic life together. All are artists who have failed to live up to their own, let alone anyone else's, expectations. The older brother Mortimer is a composer who has never realized his youthful potential, his sister Jocelyn is a writer of thrillers who has never completed a novel and Brinton is a painter, who does not even let his family see his work. When Jocelyn's partner, Norris - an insurance investigator with aspirations to be a real detective - arrives home and interrupts a recital by Mortimer, a row breaks out in which Mortimer reveals he intends to disinherit the family and give the house to a former student, Wendy Jones. When Wendy arrives, a murder takes place and the murderer is… well, that's where it gets a bit tricky… because it changes every night. From the comedic genius of Sir Alan Ayckbourn (Absurd Person Singular, How the Other Half Loves, The Norman Conquests) comes the comedy murder mystery "It Could Be Any One of Us". But this isn't your ordinary murder mystery… this one contains a twist in the style of "Clue"; there are three possible murderers and the murderer changes with every performance during a card game played on-stage. So, it's possible to see the show three times and never have the same person revealed to have done the dastardly deed! The cast features William Parcher as Mortimer Chalke, Joe David as Norris Honeywell, Lynn S. Beaver as Jocelyn Chalke, Jeff Mulligan as Brinton Chalke, Linda Myers as Wendy Windwood and Kelly Hamilton as Amy Chalke. This production is directed by Frank Benge (Harold & Maude, The Women, All in the Timing) Presented by Sam Bass Community Theatre Dates: February 8, 2013 - March 2, 2013 Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock (in Memorial Park) $18; $15 seniors, students, educators, military; $13 all Thursday performances, $10 Children Reservations: www.sambasstheatre.org
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 TRU
ZACH Theatre
1/10-3/10/2013
TRU starring Jaston Williams Written by Jay Presson Allen Directed by LARRY RANDOLPH Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a virtuoso performance of the charming, acerbic, fragile, and enigmatic writer. In this one-man tour de force, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and confessional. The audience becomes confidants to TRU's trademark wit and honesty. Packed houses, standing ovations, and waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run at ZACH Theatre 12 years ago making it the hottest ticket in town. This production promises to be even more fun this time around. "A man who doesn't dream is like a man who doesn't sweat: he stores up a lot of poison." - Truman Capote ZACH's Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley says: "By popular demand, I am bringing back one of our favorite plays from a dozen years ago that featured one of our favorite performances-Jaston Williams as Truman Capote, the renowned writer who had a flair for drinking freely, living freely, dreaming freely, and jabbing freely at the underbellies of New York City's social elite. Just like the Greater Tuna characters that Jaston made famous, this role fits him like a glove. The play is hilarious and poignant in his hands, and the intimacy of the Whisenhunt Theatre makes it feel like you are having drinks with a great friend in their stylish apartment. The good news is that this friend has the best stories and gossip to share!"
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 TRU
ZACH's Whisenhunt Stage
1/9-3/10/2013
Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a virtuoso performance of the charming, acerbic, fragile and enigmatic writer. In this one-man tour de force, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is by turns hilarious, vulnerable and confessional. The audience becomes confidants to Tru's trademark wit and honesty. Packed houses, standing ovations and waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run 12 years ago when it became the hottest ticket in town. This production promises to be even more fun!
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TRU
ZACH Theatre
1/9-3/10/2013
Whisenhunt Stage: - Jay Presson Allen; dir: Larry Randolph.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/10/2013 GOODNIGHT MOON
ZACH's Kleberg Stage
1/31-3/22/2013
Step into the Great Green Room as one of the most iconic children's books of all time is brought to life. In this lively musical, Bunny's room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show.
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