Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 5/29/2016

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Ingrid Fliter, Piano in Broadway INGRID FLITER, PIANO
The Long Center
Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony will feature music with a spring theme in May. All the music is composed by titans of orchestral music: Vivaldi, Sibelius, Mozart and Beethoven. Still want more? How about playing on some string instruments provided by our friends at Violin’s Etc.? We also have a wonderful pre-concert talk given by Bob Buckalew at 7:10 pm. How about “tweeting” with our musicians and Maestro Bay? The Austin Symphony wants you to get the most out of your concert experience. “Come Hear What’s Next” for you and your Austin Symphony!
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Clybourne Park in Broadway CLYBOURNE PARK
The Long Center of the Performing Arts, Rollins Studio Theater
A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, this razor-sharp new satire takes a jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white enclave. Act Two takes us back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. One agile ensemble of actors plays two sets of characters in this highly celebrated winner of the Tony Award, Olivier Award and Pulitzer Prize for best new play.
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Ragtime in Broadway RAGTIME
Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia.
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Death and the Maiden in Broadway DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
Sam Bass Theatre
Cathie Sheridan, Robert Stevens and Frank Benge star in Ariel Dorfman's "Death and the Maiden", directed by Veronica Prior. This taut, psychological thriller begins in an unnamed South American country. When Paulina's husband returns with Dr. Miranda, a stranger who picked him up after his own car broke down. Something in the stranger's voice chills Paulina. Paulina take Dr. Miranda hostage and then describes a terrible incident from her past in which she was captured, blindfolded and repeatedly savaged by a sadistic doctor. The vengeful Paulina is convinced that Miranda is that doctor and wants a full confession from him. Thus begins a torturous, darkly erotic excursion as Miranda and Paulina verbally spar their way toward the truth.
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Heather Barfield; dir: Heather Barfield.
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This Side of the Dirt in Broadway THIS SIDE OF THE DIRT
Dougherty Arts Center
This Side of the Dirt, a dramatic new comedy written by Tito Beveridge and directed by Ty Roberts will play a limited nine-show engagement June 2-18; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm at The Dougherty Arts Center in downtown Austin. Don't miss this intimate performance - filled with stories, laughter and family relationships. This Side of the Dirt is a South Texas family drama steeped in satire and humor. The story takes place days after the death of the family patriarch, Papo. We find his daughter, Jean Ann, alone and weeping as she comes to terms with her loss. As each new character enters her home, the layers of her pain and paranoia unfold. With Jonna Juul Hansen as Jean Ann, Beth Shea as Sally, Mark Hernandez as Juan, Wray Crawford as Jimmy, Jennifer Caplan as Jenny and Jae McCain as Anthony, This Side of the Dirt is full of wild characters and big ideas about life, love and friendship. It is a charming snapshot of a lovely yet dysfunctional ranching family guided by the sure-footed and unassuming, Juan, who must keep everyone in balance to ensure their sanity. This Side of the Dirt was born from the mind of no other than Tito Beveridge. He pieced together a story based on characters in his own life and others that he simply dreamed up. Writing about the subjects that interested him most -- family, friends, land and philosophy – he tinged this all together with a little South Texas flair to create This Side of the Dirt. Tito’s love of these characters drives his narrative through the ups and down of life and family – touching upon those hard hitting moments when we are our weakest then building back up to our best and oftentimes funniest. Most of all This Side of the Dirt is about love and family and the importance of telling it like it is and knowing that in the end it will all work out like it should. “It’s a story of how one strong minded willful person lives on, after death, in spirit, through his family and friends”, says the renaissance man behind the script, Tito Beveridge, who’s venturing for the first time into playwriting.
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Pageant The Musical in Broadway PAGEANT THE MUSICAL
The City Theatre Company
Six Men, One Crown, Endless Night of Fun! This Austin musical favorite is a side-splitting roller coaster ride through the wildest beauty pageant you will ever see as six contestants compete for the glittering tiara and the title of Miss Glamouresse. With swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions – the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat for Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast and Miss Texas. And, of course, unlike beauty pageants you've seen before, the female contestants are all played by MEN. AND THE WINNER IS? It’s up to you! The audience gets to select who gets the crown each night. It’s a night of sashes and sashays, queens and comedy, that you won’t soon forget. Let the beauty begin! 2015 Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Musical Revival. "Screamingly funny!" - New York Times. May 27 – June 19. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
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One Man, Two Guvnors in Broadway ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
ZACH's Topfer Theatre
It's the Swingin' Sixties and the easily-confused Francis Henshall attempts to keep his two employers (local gangster Roscoe Crabbe and upper class criminal Stanley Stubbers) from meeting and learning of his dual-employment. This Tony Award®-winning comedy is a modern take on Goldoni's classic play A Servant of Two Masters. It's a laugh-out-loud satirical romp of slapstick and one-liners, with a live Beatles-era Liverpool band that keeps the party rockin'!
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Souther Swelter:  Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in Broadway SOUTHER SWELTER: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
En Route Productions
En Route Productions joyfully presents it’s first installation of “Southern Swelter” with Tennessee Williams’ smoldering and surprisingly funny play about the decay of repression and humans' need for connection, “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” every Friday-Sunday in June at the beautiful Live Oak Brewery. Bring a picnic, spread your blanket under the stars, and enjoy delicious, local libations from one of Austin’s favorite breweries. Chairs and nonalcoholic beverages welcome. Tickets are $15-$25 and to support our philosophy of accessible art, we are also offering two $5.00 Monday performances (June 13th and 20th)! Seating begins at 7:15 and the show starts at 8. We look forward to seeing y'all there! WHERE: Live Oak Brewing Company - 1615 Crozier Lane, Del Valle, TX 78617 - TICKETS:      
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