Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/04/2012

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The Pain and the Itch in Broadway THE PAIN AND THE ITCH
Hyde Park Theater
Worst. Thanksgiving. Ever. Clay and Kelly share a perfect house and two perfect children in what seems to be a perfect life. That is until Clay's mother, Carol (a self-proclaimed socialist), his estranged brother, Cash (a staunch Republican), and Cash‘s Eastern European girlfriend (20 years his junior) arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. When a mysterious intruder disrupts Thanksgiving dinner, the gloves come off and an awkward situation devolves into absolute chaos. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris' wickedly funny comedy of desire, deceit and family values is guaranteed to get under your skin. Capital T is proud to present Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Bruce Norris' scathing satire directed by two-time Austin Critics Table Award-winning Director Mark Pickell (Killer Joe, Hunter Gatherers). The all-star cast includes Austin favorites Ken Bradley (Killer Joe), Lana Dietrich (August: Osage County), Liz Fisher (Hunter Gatherers), Indigo Rael (Exit Pursued by a Bear), Benjamin Summers (Middletown), Ben Wolfe (I ? Walmart) and introduces Sadie Dragoo as Kayla.
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The City Theatre
Written by the playwright of Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommie Die and The Tale of the Allergists Wife, the satirical farce Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is right out of the Rocky Horror show genre. One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, it tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for 2,000 years with stops in 1920's silent movie Hollywood and modern day Las Vegas. October 26 - November 17 Friday - Saturday 10:30 p.m. Sunday 8:00 p.m.
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Mary Moody Northern Theatre
Mary Moody Northen Theatre, the award-winning producing arm of the St. Edwards University professional theatre training program, continues its 40th anniversary season with Bus Stop by William Inge, directed by Christina J. Moore, running November 8 - 18, 2012. In this 1955 romantic comedy, a late-season blizzard forces a highway shutdown and detains five weary travelers overnight at a small midwestern diner. Stranded together, this motley crew (an aging professor with a predilection for younger women, a rodeo star bent on marrying a woman who doesnt love him, a struggling young nightclub singer) explores individual hopes and dreams over coffee, donuts and country music. A big-hearted celebration of love and transformation, Inge's delightful play harkens to an earlier era. Featuring guest artists Sarah Gay, David Jones and David Stahl. A feel good slice of 1950s Americana.  What's On Stage What: Bus Stop By William Inge Directed by Christina J. Moore When: November 8 - 18, 2012 Thursday  Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Added performance on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Mary Moody Northen Theatre St Edwards University 3001 South Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704 Tickets: $20 Adults Advance ($15 Students, Seniors, SEU Community) $20 at the door Available through the MMNT Box Office, 512.448.8484 Available online at Box Office Hours are M-F 1-5 p.m. STUDENT DISCOUNT NIGHT: Friday, November 9, 2012: Student tickets $8 with ID. About Mary Moody Northen Theatre Mary Moody Northen Theatre operates on a professional model and stands at the center of the St. Edwards University Theatre Training Program. Through the Mary Moody Northen Theatre, students work alongside professional actors, directors and designers, explore all facets of theatrical production and earn points towards membership in Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. MMNT operates under an AEA U/RTA contract and is a member of Theatre Communications Group. For more information, contact the theatre program at 512-448-8487 or visit us online at About St. Edward's University St. Edwards is a private, liberal arts Catholic university in the Holy Cross Tradition with more than 5,300 students. Located in Austin, Texas, with a network of partner universities around the world, St. Edwards is a diverse community that offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to inspire students with a global perspective. St. Edward's University has been recognized for ten consecutive years as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, and ranks in the top 20 of Best Regional Universities in the Western Region. St. Edwards has also been recognized by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
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Ragtime in Broadway RAGTIME
Topfer Theater
ZACH welcomes in a new era with the grand opening of the Topfer Theatre, and no production is better suited to showcase the deep and inspired talents of our full company and new performance space than the uplifting Tony-winning musical RAGTIME. Over 40 of Austin's finest actors, supported by a glorious orchestra, tell the story of how we forged a nation that all people could call home. Bold anthems, Harlem ragtime, and delicate waltzes lift our aspirations for all that we can and will be. RAGTIME will set a new standard for musicals in our city, so intimate and immediate, that our discerning patrons will rejoice at the power of the experience.
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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in Broadway COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN
The City Theatre
The City Theatre Company presents Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean written by Ed Graczyk October 25 – November 18. The hit play is one of the most funny, emotional and memorable evenings in the theatre and is the opening production of City Theatre's 7th Anniversary. In the dried up, dusty town of McCarthy, Texas, it is more than the weather that is about to break.... Ed Graczyk's stirring play leaves no stone unturned as he explores the issues of love, loyalty, friendship and hidden secrets. Set in a small West Texas town dime store where the Disciples of James Dean reunite for the twentieth reunion in honor of their hero's death. The ladies' reminiscences mingle with flashbacks to their youth when Dean filmed Giant years earlier in nearby Marfa. As the emotions and heat builds, the arrival of a stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments changing their lives forever. Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean was first produced on Broadway in 1982 and a Feature Film was released that same year. Both the stage and screen versions were both directed by Robert Altman and starred Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black and Kathy Bates. Graczyk only spent four years in Texas which had a lasting influence and the legend of James Dean and the closures of five & dime stores lent their influences to the play's development. He is still writing about the experience in his newest play Blue Moon Dancing. Directed by Artistic Director Andy Berkovsky, the cast features Anne Hulsman (Mona), Bobbie Oliver (Juanita), Samantha Brewer (Sissy), Wendy Zavaleta (Joanne), Renee Brown (Stella Mae), Victoria Harrison (Edna Louise), Angelina Castillo (Young Mona), Abbey Benold (Young Sissy) and Gabriel Diehl (Joe). SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE October 25 – November 18. Thursday – Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m. The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78757 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street. General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25. Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available. Reservations 512-524-2870 or
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Coriolanus in Broadway CORIOLANUS
Trinity Street Players
War is hell, but politics may be worse. And when one becomes the other, no one walks away unscathed. In this season of political warfare and warring politics, experience Trinity Street Players' production of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus. Consider the questions that are as relevant today in our own sound-bite society as they were in the riotous streets of the Roman Republic: Who is worthy to lead? What role do we all have in the success or failure of our government? What is the price of power? And how far, really, are we willing to go to get what we want? Directed by Bridget Faris and featuring some of Austin's favorite actors: David Boss, Charles Stites, Sam Mercer, and starring Kevin Gates as Coriolanus. Coriolanus promises to be an unforgettable exploration of how the politics of our government and the sometimes hidden motivations of our chosen leaders affect us all.
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Pagliacci in Broadway PAGLIACCI
The Long Center
Who's laughing now? This famously tragic play-within-a-play tells the heartbreaking story of betrayal and jealousy in an Italian commedia dell'arte troupe. Theater and reality collide in a dramatic climax of operatic proportions when Canio discovers his wife has eyes for another actor. "Laugh, clown, at your broken love!" he exclaims in one of opera's most legendary tenor arias. DON'T MISS the return of world renowned tenor Carl Tanner to the Austin Stage. His Canio at the New York City Opera was admiringly described as "the performance of a lifetime."
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Into the Woods in Broadway INTO THE WOODS
Texas State University San Marcos University Mainstage Theatre
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
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Toil and Trouble in Broadway TOIL AND TROUBLE
Salvage Vanguard Theater (Produced by Trouble Puppet Theater Company)
Toil and Trouble: A Troubling Turn on Shakespeare's Macbeth Trouble Puppet Theater Company presents an original adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Oct. 31, 2012 – Nov. 18, 2012, at Salvage Vanguard Theater. Trouble Puppet Theater Company presents Toil and Trouble, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth for puppet theater—an elegantly brutal play brought to life (and death) through puppetry, complete with witches, ghosts, and bloody skullduggery. Watch Macbeth and Lady Macbeth achieve dazzling ambitions, overreach, and fall into hells of their own making. Trouble Puppet uses bunraku-style tabletop puppets to create graceful, lifelike, compelling dramas for adults. Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Connor Hopkins (winner of B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Drama for The Jungle AND for Frankenstein as well as Outstanding Original Script for The Jungle and The Austin Examiner's Best New Play Written by an Austinite for The Jungle), Toil and Trouble will feature music by Graham Reynolds, lighting by Stephen Pruitt, sound design by Buzz Moran, and imagery by Chris Owen: what CultureMap calls "some of Austin's best creative minds at play." Featuring Caroline Reck, Zac Crofford, Zeb West, Jose Villarreal, Katy Horan, Gricelda Silva, Ellie McBride, and Rocky Hopson. HALLOWEEN PARTY on Oct. 31! Admission that night includes food, drink, and extra trouble! DAY of the DEAD Nov. 1 and 2: come in costume and receive a free drink! Group sales welcome. Director/cast talkbacks available for groups of five or more. Trouble Puppet Theater Company, founded in 2004, is dedicated to the creation of exceptional works of puppet theater, to the promotion of the art of puppetry, and to the support of its practitioners. We dig as deeply as we can into the possibilities that puppetry offers, in its many forms and styles, and seek to balance risk and exploration with a drive for excellent craft and technique. Our work is inspired not only by our artistic passion but by our social, political, and human convictions: that there can be no end to the struggle for knowledge and compassion, against injustice and intolerance. Trouble Puppet is a sponsored project of Salvage Vanguard Theater and is supported by The Jim Henson Foundation, the City of Austin, and individual donors. Toil and Trouble is underwritten by Joel and Dina Sherzer, James and Sharon Reck, and Roger Thomas and is mounted with the generous support of The Creative Fund. Trouble Puppet's most recent mainstage production, Riddley Walker, is currently nominated for 8 B. Iden Payne Awards. Salvage Vanguard Theater is a hub for Austin artists, audiences, and arts organizations. SVT creates and presents transformative, high-quality artistic experiences that foster experimentation and conversation.
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Always, Patsy Cline in Broadway ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE
The Palace Theater
A musical tribute to the legendary country singer, who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963, complete with down-home country humor and true emotion. The show includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and Walking After Midnight.
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The Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre
Enter a beautiful world of comic characters and elegant heroes in an unlikely romance when the sparkling wit of Miss Elizabeth Bennet meets the serious soul of Mr. Darcy. Enjoy graceful ballroom dance and music. November 7 - 25, 2012. Rollins Theatre of The Long Center for the Performing Arts Special Pre-Performance Teas before Sunday Shows
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