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THEATER, STORYTELLING & COMEDY

May 22–23: Green Mountain Comedy Festival: Bueno Comedy Showcase. As a part of this year’s Green Mountain Comedy Festival, the café will be hosting two back-to-back comedy showcases featuring comedians from all around Vermont. 8:30 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. $6. 479-0896. espressobueno.com.

May 23: The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation. Bread and Puppet Theater hosts a rousing evening of brass band music and radical puppet performance. This darkly comedic puppet play by Peter Schumann is a musical memorial for the already extinct Western Civilization. 7 p.m. Barre Labor Hall, 46 Granite St., Barre. General $15; students/senior/low income $10. breadandpuppet.org/tour-schedule.

May 23: Rodeo Gals Stage Reading. Presented by Moxie Productions. Written by Jeanne Beckwith; music by F. Brett Cox. This cowboy play features local actors. 7 p.m. The Waterbury Center Grange Hall, 317 Howard Ave., Waterbury Center. Free. 244-4168. moxie@pshift.com.

May 29: Spielpalast Cabaret. A scandalous and subversive performance, including political satire, burlesque dancing, gender bending and elaborate avant-garde nonsense spectacles. 8 p.m. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. 322-1685. $30. meg.hammond@goddard.edu. goddard.edu.

May 30: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. Adult content. 7–9 p.m. Charlie-O’s World Famous, 70 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-6820.

May 30: Jimmy Higgins: A Life in the Labor Movement. Actor-teacher Harlan Baker brings to life a fabled American worker in his original one-man show. Q&A session follows. 7:30 p.m. Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St., Barre. Adults $15; seniors and students $12. 479-5600. info@oldlaborhall.org.

June 4–21: Always Patsy Cline. Presented by Lost Nation Theater. Part concert, part play, Always Patsy Cline reveals her story and songs — complete with down-home humor, true emotion and maybe a little audience participation. Thurs,. 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. $30 Fri. and Sat. evenings; $25 Thurs. and matinees; $15 preview Thurs., June 4 and Sat. matinee, June 6. Students and seniors 65+ receive $5 discount. Youth 11 and under $10. Family pass (2 adults/2 youths) $65. 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org.