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TheaTre
Opening
Bright Now Beyond
Set decades after the events of
The Wizard
of Oz
, this Oz has lost its luster, and faces
hardships brought by drought and disillusion-
ment. Witness this new work of musical the-
atre by
Daniel Alexander Jones
and
Bobby
Halvorson
, based loosely upon L. Frank
Baum’s
The Marvelous Land of Oz
. It’s “one
part trunk-show and one part ritual of remem-
brance,” directed by
Will Davis
for
Salvage
Vanguard Theater
, and featuring performanc-
es by
Cami Alys
,
Florinda Bryant
,
Wesley
Bryant
,
Jacques Colimon
, the
Chronicle
’s
own
Robert Faires
,
Nitra Gutierrez
,
Heather
Hanna
,
Daniel Alexander Jones
,
Jarrett King
,
Alexis Leah Scott
,
Carla Nickerson
, and
Robert Pierson
. (Note: You
know
you wanna
see General Jinjur lead a bodacious girl-army
to the Emerald City in revolt against the
dusty Scarecrow King.)
Thu.-Sat., July 31-Aug.
23, 8pm
.
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803
Manor Rd., 512/474-7886. $15-20 (two-for-
one, July 31 & Aug. 7).
www.salvagevanguard.org
.
TANGO THROUGH THE REVOLUTION
Oh Dragon
Theatre Co
. presents a new drama by
Adam
Esquenazi Douglas
. “In a small city in Cuba, on the
night of their honeymoon, newlyweds Violeta and
Moises Esquenazi begin their married life at the
moment Castro is poised to take over the country.”
Thu.-Sat., 8pm, July 24-Aug. 2
.
Brave New Books,
1904-B Guadalupe (downstairs), 512/630-6880. $15.
www.ohdragontheatre.wix.com
.
SUMMER STOCK AUSTIN
This 10th anniversary
season of Summer Stock Austin brings us
Footloose
(directed and choreographed by
Ginger Morris
),
Chicago
(directed by
Michael McKelvey
, choreo-
graphed by
Rocker Verastique
), and the world pre-
miere of
Allen Robertson
’s
Stone Soup
.
July 24-Aug.
10
.
Long Center for the Performing Arts,
701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100. $10 and up.
www.summerstockaustin.org
.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY
TRYING
Archangel Theatre
presents this Pulitzer-
winning musical comedy.
July 24-Aug. 3. Thu.-Sat.,
7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. St. Michael’s Catholic Academy,
3000 Barton Creek Blvd
.
$10-15.
www.austinact.org
.
KILL THE MESSENGER
The delightful
commedia
dell’arte
clowns of
La Fenice
bring us theatre’s most
classical characters running rampant in this homage to
George R.R. Martin
’s
Game of Thrones
. Scheming and
counter-scheming! Blood and murder! D-d-d-dragons!
Thu.-Sat., July 24-Aug. 2, 10pm
.
Butterfly Bar at the
Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. $10.
www.lafeniceaustin.org
.
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
This year’s
Vortex
Summer Youth Theatre
presents
Henrik Ibsen
’s
environmental classic, adapted by
Bonnie Cullum
and
Kirk Smith
, directed by
Aisha Melhem
.
Thu.-Sun.,
July 25-Aug. 2, 8pm
.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.,
512/478-5282. $10-30.
www.vortexrep.org
.
ClOsing
INDUSTRY NIGHT
Your Monday nights just got a little
more lively, Austin, because here’s a cross between a
well-oiled theatre machine and a riotous cabal of per-
formers and filmmakers, and they’re doing
a weekly
variety show for the entire month of July
. Locally cre-
ated, original content – sketches, music, film, dance,
comedy, all lubricated by North Door drink specials
– presented by your hosts
Chris Gibson
,
Cami Alys
,
and
Kenny Redding Jr.
, and featuring the best guests
around:
Southpaw Jones
,
Jason Phelps
,
Minnow
Mountain
,
Little Stolen Moments
,
LB Deyo
,
Connor
Hopkins
, the lo-fi musical prowess of
Los Dos
, and
more!
Mon., July 28, 7pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy,
512/485-3002. $10
.
www.thenorthdoor.com
.
LYSISTRATA
Aristophanes
’ classic about women’s
decisive action against the relentless bullshit of war,
performed by the
Baron’s Men
out there in Richard
Garriott’s beautiful Shakespearean edifice.
Through
July 26. Thu.-Sat., 8pm
.
The Curtain Theatre,
7400 Coldwater Canyon. $10-30.
www.thebaronsmen.org
.
FLAPPERS, FEDORAS, AND FOUL PLAY
Audience-
interactive murder-mystery-comedy-dinner-theatre sort
of thing,
all Roaring Twenties style
, from those mad-
cap mugs and molls at
4th Wall Texas
.
Sat.-Sun., July
19-27, 6pm
.
Speakeasy, 412 Congress,
512/476-8017. $20-185.
www.4thwall.events
.
OngOing
SHAKESPEARE AT WINEDALE
It’s the 44th season
of UT-instigated Bardic thespianism out there in the
gorgeous Hill Country, with
The Taming of the Shrew
,
The Merry Wives of Windsor
, and
Troilus and Cressida
.
Through Aug. 10. Winedale Historical Center, Off FM
2714, Round Top, 512/471-4726.
www.utexas.edu
.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Edmond Rostand
’s classic
romance of 1640 Paris, adapted by
Anthony Burgess
,
is directed here by
Jeff Hinkle
for City Theatre.
Through Aug. 10. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm
.
City
Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870. $10-25.
ww.citytheatreaustin.org
.
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
The
7 Towers
Theatre
company sets Shakespeare’s dark comedy
in 1918 France, amid the brutalities of World War
I. Directed by
Christina Gutierrez
.
Through Aug. 3.
Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm
.
Dougherty Arts Center,
1110 Barton Springs Rd., 951/237-6210. $20
($15, students, seniors; $10, military and veterans).
www.7towerstheatre.com
.
PORT AUTHORITY
Hyde Park Theatre
’s
Ken Webster
returns to the darkly comedic scriptwork of
Conor
McPherson
(
St. Nicholas
and
The Good Thief
), and the
acclaimed actor/director’s bringing
Tom Green
and
Nate Jackson
along with him in this story of a young
man falling for his female roommate, a middle-aged
alcoholic in a great job he can’t handle, and a widow-
er who receives a mysterious package.
Through Aug.
9. Thu.-Sat., 8pm
.
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd,
512/479-7529. $20-22 (with discounts for students,
seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance; pay what
you wish, Thursdays).
www.hydeparktheatre.org
.
THE WHO’S TOMMY
Pete Townshend
’s classic
musical, of course, in which “Tommy falls down the
rabbit hole into a rock-n-roll landscape where the
‘deaf, dumb, and blind kid’ encounters Uncle Ernie
the Mad Hatter, his mother the White Queen, Cousin
Kevin the Cheshire Cat, the Acid Red Queen, and his
doctors Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum.” Directed by
Dave Steakley
. You know the drill: Touch me, feel,
me, reserve your tickets.
Through Aug. 24. Wed.-Sat.,
7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm
.
Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey,
512/476-0541. $25-75.
www.zachtheatre.org
.
AUDiTiOns
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Penfold Theatre
is casting
this critically acclaimed musical that they first
performed, yes, five years ago. Actors
will be compensated. See website for
details.
Mon., July 28, 6:30-8:30pm.
Servant Church, 1605 E. 38th &
1/2
.
www.penfoldtheatre.org/
getinvolved/auditions_L5Y
.
QUESO BLANCO
Paradox
Players
is casting this Lone
Star satire, set in the near
future in the Second Republic
of Texas, in which liberals are
“runnin’ like rabbits.” Seeking:
men of all ages; women, ages
25-35. Contact director
Gary
Payne
for details.
Mon., Aug. 4,
7pm
.
First Unitarian Universalist
Church, 4700 Grover, 512/799-5872.
L I S T I N G S
Comedy
in THe ClUBs
CAP CITY COMEDY CLUB
8120 Research #100,
512/467-2333.
www.capcitycomedy.com
.
Donnell Rawlings
Now this here’s a big
ticket, what with the popular Rawlings
set to devastate the crowd with humor
after they’ve already been laid to comedic
wastes by the likes of opener
Brian Gaar
.
July 30-Aug. 2. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat.,
8 & 10:30pm
.
$10-17.
Tommy Johnagin
Johnagin’s had his own half-hour
special on Comedy Central and knocked ’em out in
Montreal and at the South Beach Comedy Festival,
so you know his copious road-warrioring and supe-
rior brand of autobiographical humor’s paid off.
Bonus:
Chip Chantry
opens.
July 24-26. Thu.-Fri.,
8pm; Sat., 8 & 10:30pm
.
$10-17.
COLDTOWNE THEATER
4803-B Airport,
512/814-8696.
www.coldtownetheater.com
.
This Week in Coldness:
Check out what’s going
on in this down-the-road-from-that-burger-joint hot-
bed of comedy:
The U.S.A.
and
The Ladies
Two
troupes turn your shitty-day stories into improv
gold.
Thu., 8:30pm. $5
.
Eye on Austin Improv: A
‘Got Your Back’ Evening News Report
With Cody
Dearing and KC Harvey-Taylor.
Thu., 10pm. $5
.
Movie Riot
Fri., 7pm. $5
.
Bad Boys
, featuring good
improv by boys who are, well,
other than polite
, let’s
say.
Fri., 8:30pm. $5
.
Live at ColdTowne
is
stand-
up
comedy.
Fri., 10pm
.
Late Night Down
The talk-
show über-stud Rex Knightly abandons ship!
Sat.,
8:30pm. $7-10
.
The Frank Mills
and their smart,
character-driven improv, with the sketchers of
Midnight Society
.
Sat., 10pm. $7
.
Comedy Bazaar
You buy this?
Sat., 11pm. Pay what you wish
.
Aaaaand don’t forget the rest o’ the week, with
Oh,
Science!
on Sundays and
Miller and Purselley
on
Wednesdays and – yes, check the website!
ESTHER’S FOLLIES
525 E. Sixth, 512/320-0198.
www.esthersfollies.com
.
New Summer Shows
Musical comedy skits,
magic, and
a political satirical revue
with the
bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through
the stagefront window! So many rollicking send-
ups in this month’s fresh lineup. Hillary is dodging
questions about Benghazi and steering toward the
White House, with Bill riding shotgun in “On the
Road Again”; and the FLOTUS takes the spotlight
in “Michelle’s Turn.” Bonus: the large-scale won-
ders and arch antics of magician
Ray Anderson
,
now featuring his “Eclipse” and “Modern Art”
illusions. Reservations recommended.
Thu., 8pm;
Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm
.
$24-29.
THE HIDEOUT THEATRE
617 Congress,
512/476-0473.
www.hideouttheatre.com
.
It’s Hideoutrageous!
Here’s your one-stop
Downtown emporium of laughter, art,
and sweet coffee drinks (and now:
wine cocktails). And, look:
The
Threefer
Three
improv troupes,
yes.
Thu., 8pm. $5
.
Free Fringe
Just about
anything
goes, here,
because yes.
Thu., 10pm. Free
.
You Think You’re So Smart
Droppin’ fierce knowledge on
all manner of current shit.
Fri.,
7:30pm. $5
.
The Big Bash
Some
of the best performers in town
– an improv dream team – invite
you to this party on the stage.
Fri., 8pm. $15
.
Pgraph Presents
Parallelogramophonograph shares
the stage with the
Known Wizards
.
Fri.,
10pm. $10
.
Maestro RAW
Students in
combat! Maybe not
exactly
like Fukasaku’s
Battle
Royale
, OK?
Sat., 6pm. $10
.
International Improv
Experience
More than 20 partner theatres
around
the world
issue improv challenges to these Austin
improvisers.
Sat., 8pm. $12
.
Maestro
A whole
stageful of wild imps, battling for victory.
Always
recommended, especially if it’s your first time see-
ing live improv.
Sat., 10pm. $12
.
The Weekender
with the
Delightfuls
headlining.
Sun., 8pm. $5
.
INSTITUTION THEATER
3708 Woodbury,
512/895-9580.
www.theinstitutiontheater.com
.
It’s … Institutional!
Say Something Funny
Stand-up comedy showcase, hosted by iScream
Sandwich!
Thu., July 24, 8pm. $5
.
Weirdsville
In
which the sensational
Will Cleveland
and his
improv cabal pay freaky homage to Art Bell and
other radioactive fans of the paranormal.
Fridays,
8pm. Through July 25. $12
.
Breaking Beckett
It ain’t
comedy
, friend; this improv is dark and
absurd and oddly personal, performed by
Marc
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