Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 12/07/2014

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EVITA
Bass Concert Hall
12/9-12/14/2014
Eva Peron used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world - while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored." Don't miss the stunning new production of EVITA, directed by MICHAEL GRANDAGE and choreographed by ROB ASHFORD, that NBC New York calls "THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!"
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WASSAIL 2014
Scottish Rite Theater
12/14-12/14/2014
This is a fast-paced family-friendly show where some of Austin's finest musicians, dancers, magicians and poets gather to celebrate the arrival of the Christmas and Solstice season. All the cast donate their talents, and all funds go to help the children in the Darfur region of the Sudan through the UK charity Kids for Kids.
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THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES
The City Theatre Company
12/5-12/20/2014
Jeff Goode's wickedly funny alternative to traditional candy-cane cheer. Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. As the mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges -which seems to implicate everyone from the teeniest elf to the tainted Saint himself. With each deer's stunning confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer...and murkier…Don't miss this hilarious holiday spectacle. For mature audiences only.
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SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT
East View High School Black Box Theatre (Produced by Agape Actors Co-Op)
12/11-12/21/2014
The show must go on. That's certainly the mantra of The Merrillvelle Merry Art Players, who are launching their 22nd season with a classic Christmas play, SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT, a 1950s melodrama that finds the suburban Burling family held hostage by two escaped criminals. But it's not the Burling family who suffers a long night. It's the actors playing them. 19 of the 23 cast members are out due to flu, but the remaining cast members are determined to persevere, along with the help of several last minute replacements. What could go wrong? Everything! What follows is a hilarious farce filled with out-of-sync sound cues, missing props, and plenty of mishaps. Think NOISES OFF! with a Christmas tree. With a script by the co-creators of the hit film Meet the Parents, SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT is a hysterical Holiday comedy that will have audiences roaring with laughter. The comedy had its World Premiere in Los Angeles in 2008. Agape Actors Co-Op's production of it will be the show's Texas Premiere. SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT will be directed by Jeff Davis, Agape Actors Co-Op's Associate Artistic Director and the Director of Agape's recent production of SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS. "I was fortunate enough to catch the World Premiere production of SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT in Los Angeles back in 2008," says Davis, "and I distinctly remember laughing so hard I cried. The only thing better than good theater is making fun of bad theater. SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT does just that for two hours. There's no big, profound statement on life or the human condition. It's just pure entertainment, and I think during the stressful time of the Holiday season, that's what audiences want to see. I can't wait to share this extraordinarily funny show with Central Texas audiences, and I think people are going to love it just as much as I do." The cast of SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT features Dave Lovelace, Georgia Medler, and Reese Shald, all of whom return from Agape's production of AN IDEAL HUSBAND, and Mindy Rast-Keenan from Agape's THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL. Rounding out the cast are Thomas Ainsworth, Keshaan Castle, Antonio Hornsby, Jr., Joseph Johnson, Larry Maddox, Tiffany Schulze and Kristi Treitler, all of whom make their Agape Actors Co-Op debuts with this production. Castle, Hornsby, Johnson, and Shald are also members of the Agape Actors Co-Op Professional Apprentice Program which allows East View High School students special opportunities to work with experienced theater professionals in a production setting. SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT features Direction and Sound Design by Jeff Davis, Lighting Design by Ashley Sandel, Stage Management by Amanda Jones, Makeup Design and Assistant Stage Management by Sarah Carlile, and Costume Design by Brianna Harner. Jones, Carlile, and Harner are fellow members of the Agape Actors Co-Op Professional Apprentice Program. Critical Acclaim For The World Premiere of SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT: "An uproarious backstage comedy. It has become a standard cliche to say a show has nonstop laughs, but there was hardly a moment in this two-hour performance in which the audience wasn't laughing out loud." - Hoyt Hilsman, Backstage West "At last, a farce that is actually LOL funny! Consistently hilarious, stupendously silly, and played with over-the-top sincerity by a superbly comic cast." - Cynthia Citron, CurtainUp Los Angeles "SufferThe Long Night provokes the kind of laughs that hurt-it's that funny-and proves that "bad" can be very good indeed." - Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA "This play is hilarious. With a subtle touch of environmental theater, the play has begun the moment the house doors open […] High praise to the actual cast of Suffer the Long Night for keeping the audience off center just enough to wonder, was that really a mistake? Did he really forget his lines? Are there loose lights over MY head?" - Michelle Clay, LA Splash "Watching Murphy's Law in action is hilarious at the hands of these deft actors […] Suffering can be sweet." - Mike Buzzelli, Campus Circle "There's plenty of hilarious stuff here." - Neal Weaver, LA Weekly
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RECKLESS
The City Theatre Company
11/21-12/21/2014
Craig Lucas' comedy has been called the modern Christmas fable of our time. It's Christmas Eve, and Rachel Fitzsimmons' euphoric existence is shattered when she learns her husband took a contract out on her life. She escapes into a snowstorm and is swept away into the most fractured of fairy tales filled with crazed killers, insane therapists, over the top game show hosts, would-be paraplegics, and much more. Dark and wickedly funny, it is a hilarious, and often poignant, fifteen year journey forcing us to face, head on, the slipperiness of fate and the illusion of coming home again. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 5:30 pm. Two shows Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday and Sunday.
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