Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 4/16/2017

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The Phantom of The Opera  in Broadway THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Texas Performing Arts, Bass Concert Hall
4/19-4/30/2017
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will come to Austin as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
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The Phantom of the Opera in Broadway THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Bass Concert Hall
4/19-4/30/2017
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, sets out on a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before." This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Bjornson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You," and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
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ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE: WE ARE IN A PLAY!
ZACH Theatre
2/17-4/30/2017
book: Mo Willems; lyrics: Mo Willems; music: Deborah Wicks La Puma; dir: Nat Miller.Kleberg Stage:
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Sense and Sensibility in Broadway SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Austin Playhouse
3/31-4/30/2017
Austin Playhouse is delighted to present Kate Hamill’s fresh, playful, and hilarious new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Sense and Sensibility, running March 31 – April 30, 2017. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne dive into a whirlwind of dashing suitors, devious rivals, scandalous secrets and shocking betrayals. Set in the gossipy and unforgiving world of 18th century England, Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? “As a life-long Jane Austen fan, I'm always interested in theatrical adaptations of Austen's work, and Hamill's adaptation is one of the best I've ever read, “says Artistic Director Lara Toner, “It captures the humor, wit, and keen observations of humanity that make Austen such an enduring presence, and wraps it all up in a fast-paced, super-theatrical, really fun piece of theatre.” Sense and Sensibility stars Austin Playhouse company members Marie Fahlgren as Marianne Dashwood, Huck Huckaby as Colonel Brandon, Jess Hughes as Elinor Dashwood, Sam Knowlton as John Dashwood and Sir John Middleton, Stephen Mercantel as John Willoughby and Lady Middleton, Bernadette Nason as Mrs. Jennings, Cyndi Williams as Mrs. Dashwood, and Lara Wright as Fanny Dashwood and Anne Steele. Joey Banks will play Edward and Robert Ferrars, and Katie Kohler will make her Austin Playhouse debut as Margaret Dashwood and Lucy Steele. The play is directed by Lara Toner Haddock with set design by Mike Toner, costume design by Buffy Manners, lighting design by Don Day, and sound design by Joel Mercado-See.
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BLOODY POETRY + (un)Staged Readings from CAIN, PROMETHEUS UNBOUND, and FRANKENSTEIN in Broadway BLOODY POETRY + (UN)STAGED READINGS FROM CAIN, PROMETHEUS UNBOUND, AND FRANKENSTEIN
The Sekrit Theater
4/21-4/30/2017
INVULNERABLE NOTHINGS presents Howard Brenton's BLOODY POETRY in rep with (un)Staged Readings from Lord Byron’s CAIN, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s PROMETHEUS UNBOUND, and Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN. After a sold out residency at The Brooklyn Art Library in August 2016, the company will travel to The Sekrit Theater in Austin, TX for a 12 performance run in advance of the show's European tour. In Austin, the shows in rep are presented in a site specific staging in The Sekrit's glass and metal greenhouse and the surrounding grounds, with The Harry Ransom Center's premier manuscript collection from Byron and the Shelleys providing guiding production context and crucial research support. ABOUT THE PRODUCTION: BLOODY POETRY is a 1984 biographical play by Howard Brenton produced through special arrangement with Samuel French. The text concerns the wild historical dramas, both literary and personal, of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and Claire Clairmont from the summer of 1816 until Shelley’s death in the summer of 1822. INVULNERABLE NOTHINGS’ highly interactive staging of Brenton’s play is designed for small audiences in intimate, nontraditional theatre spaces. BLOODY POETRY is matched in rep to an experimental reading series which features selections from Lord Byron’s CAIN and Shelley’s PROMETHEUS UNBOUND, closet dramas whose production is expressly forbidden by their authors. These (un)staged readings seek to preserve the unique formal qualities of the plays while involving their texts in a theatrically animating process: an ‘audience' gathers together to silently perform mental stagings of the playscripts, the works remaining unvoiced but communally accessible through text and original live music. BLOODY POETRY functions as a fully realised theatrical counterpoint to the (un)Staged Reading Series and explores these writers' living mythologies. CAIN and PROMETHEUS UNBOUND are joined by selections from Mary Shelley’s seminal novel FRANKENSTEIN at its 200th anniversary, alternatively presented with spoken selections performed by the cast and underscored with live music. BLOODY POETRY is directed by Matthew Gasda with Melissa Nelson. Lighting is by Joseph Medeiros with Anthony Delluva. The environmental set design is by Beau Reichert, with sound design by Joe Reynolds and costume design by Melissa Nelson. The cast features Charlie Munn* as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Kristin Winters* as Mary Shelley, C.C. Kellogg as Claire Clairmont, Vincent Santvoord as George the Lord Byron, Nico Bonacci as Dr. William Polidori, and Lauren Guglielmello as Harriet Westbrook (*appearing courtesy of AEA). The (un)Staged Reading Series was conceived by C.C. Kellogg with the help of the cast and creative team. Special thanks to Lindsea Bevington, Jacqueline Brockel, The Brooklyn Art Library, Fractured Atlas, The Harry Ransom Center, Claudia Johnson, Anya Klepikov, The Metier Foundation, The Morgan Library, Marissa Passi, Steven Peterman, Beau Reichert, Tate Rehklau, The Sekrit Theater, Jordan Tiberio, Tim Vasen, and Susan J. Wolfson. ABOUT THE COMPANY: INVULNERABLE NOTHINGS is a theatre collective and producing partnership committed to poetic language in performance, radically flat collaborative structures, the theatrical activation of research and library centres, and breakfast tacos. www.invulnerablentohings.com
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THE HERD in Broadway THE HERD
Jarrott Productions at Trinity Street Theatre
4/6-4/30/2017
Jarrott Productions, winner of the 2016 Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award for “Best Production of a Play,” is pleased to announce that the Texas premiere of Rory Kinnear’s THE HERD will play April 6th through April 30th at Trinity Street Theatre at 901 Trinity Street in downtown Austin. Performances are 7:30pm Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30pm on Sundays, with an Industry Night at 7:30pm on Monday, April 10th, and a special 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 29th (no performance that evening). Tickets are now available at www.jarrottproductions.com. The cast for THE HERD includes Jan Phillips, Amber Quick, Janelle Buchanan, Michael Miller, Steve Williams and David R. Jarrott, and is directed by Robert Tolaro. THE HERD takes place on Andy’s 21st birthday. A small party is planned but two unexpected guests arrive—mom’s ex-husband and sister’s new boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong?
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Tartuffe in Broadway TARTUFFE
The City Theatre
4/7-4/30/2017
Hypocrisy, greed, seduction, betrayal in the best of Moliere’s most famous farce. Under the religious cloak of piety, the lecherous, menacing, arch-hypocrite title character schemes to marry his benefactor’s daughter, seduce his wife, then defraud him of all he possesses. Does the scoundrel succeed? Find out in City Theatre’s 42% irreverent adaptation of one of the world’s greatest comedies. April 7 - 30. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
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