Theater & Shows in Central East Austin


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  • "Fat Pig: A Really Heavy Comedy"
    "What does it mean to be alive in the world today?" Since 2011, this is the question that Theatre en Bloc has explored through thought-provoking experimental works that have garnered multiple awards and nominations. Those works range from re-mounted classics to original pieces, such as Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, but all are intended to reflect the values of artistry, engagement, and innovation. All of this culminates into one hope?that great art inspires great communities.
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    1165 Angelina St.
    Austin, TX US
  • Penfold Theatre Company
    Penfold Theatre Company takes offense to the notion that the best theater comes from New York. In every successful season, the Round Rock stock of actors and artists give the Great White Way a run for its money with inspired productions. Hatched in the summer of 2007?after an 18-hour road trip led its founders to the dramatic potential of the hills of north Travis and Williamson Counties?Penfold quickly blossomed into a community jewel and a critics? darling. Winner of the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical Production for the third year in a row, the troupe embarks on a new season filled with comedy, drama, and music?all while breeding new stocks of young thespians in their Penfold Players acting classes and summer camps.
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    2211-A Hidalgo
    Austin, TX US
  • Esther's Follies
    Although Esther's Follies' variety show of music, magic, and comedy recalls the vaudevillian entertainment of yesteryear (albeit with a more acerbic modern bent), the nostalgia goes beyond just the performances. The longstanding venue and comedy troupe was named after Esther Williams, the Golden Age starlet whose career as a professional swimmer led to numerous iconic MGM films. Posters for several of these pictures are plastered throughout the space, and an undersea mural bustling with brightly-hued coral, kaleidoscopic marine life, and even a Loch Ness monster further contributes to Esther's otherworldly, aquatic theme. The magical environment, along with the shows themselves, have wowed audiences and Austin Chronicle critics alike. On the production end, Esther's Follies busts guts in record speed with satirical quips on current events; relevant parodies; and high-stepping, fast-paced comedy sketches. Resident magician Ray Anderson keeps things light with levitation illusions known to dazzle crowds. As the Follies cast ignites into choral skewerings of front-page newsmakers, audiences will laugh so hard that giggles come out their noses.
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    525 E 6th St.
    Austin, TX US
  • The Stage On Sixth
    After-work drinks are served at The Stage On Sixth, a laid-back spot for the casual drinker. The patio seating at The Stage On Sixth is perfect for those warm summer days. If space is what you're looking for, The Stage On Sixth has plenty of room for larger parties. For music and dancing, The Stage On Sixth also features live bands and an open floor. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the bar can get noisy. Canine companions are invited to tag along to The Stage On Sixth as well. If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit The Stage On Sixth during the slower weekday hours. Wear what you like when you dine at The Stage On Sixth — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. The Stage On Sixth patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the E 6th St location. The Stage On Sixth accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
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    508 E 6th St
    Austin, TX US
  • Texas Performing Arts
    Black Grace fuses contemporary dance with Pacific and Maori styles?forging a new form of movement at once tribal, thundering, energetic, and suffused with raw spirit. Having toured their homeland to sell-out crowds, the dance troupe has also wowed dance fanatics at many of the world's top dance festivals, including the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Mexico?s Cervantino Festival, and the Aichi World Expo. During their Austin performance, Black Grace will perform a three-part program of the best selections from their repertoire. The show begins with Minoi, a fusion of Samoan and western contemporary dance, followed by excerpts from Surface, a full-length piece centered around Samoan tattooing, before closing with choreographer Neil Ieremia's latest full-length opus, Gathering Clouds.
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    2300 Robert Dedman Drive
    Austin, TX US
  • The Dinner Detective
    The Dinner Detective eschews campy costumes and plots for an exciting evening of food-accompanied mystery and paranoia, where actors hide among the diners, playing innocent and making everyone a potential suspect. To solve the crime, guests freely interrogate one another, chivvying out clues about the murderer and determining who has a bloodthirsty look in their eyes. Between dramatic deaths and simulated police involvement, guests dig into four-course meals, washed down with bottomless iced tea and drinks from the cash bar. The diner who comes closest to solving the mystery through their snooping goes home with a prize basket to show off to their friends or split with the murderer as per their shadowy conspiracy.
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    300 E 4th St
    Austin, TX US

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