THEATER, STORYTELLING, COMEDY
April 21–May 8: Lost Nation Theater presents Hairspray. Musical by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan — based on the 1988 John Waters film. Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. Lost Nation Theater, City Hall Arts Center, Main St., Montpelier. $30 Fri. and Sat. evenings; $25 Thurs. and matinees; $15 April 21 and April 23 Sat. matinee. 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org
April 22 and 24: Hansel and Gretel. Presented by Bald Mountain Theater. April 22: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Valley Players Theater, Rt. 100, Waitsfield. April 24: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Plainfield Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. Adults $12; $8 children under 16. baldmountaintheater.org
April 22: Bueno Comedy Showcase. This month features the standup of: Michael Kingsbury, Danny Killea, Bryan Muenzer, Hunter Congleton, David Klein, and Josh Star. 8:30 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. $6. 479-0896. firstname.lastname@example.org. espressobueno.com.
April 24: Social Issues Play Series: Shot in Baghdad. A young Iraqi-American actor is hired by a company making a film about a tragic incident which occurred in Baghdad. A winner in Chandler’s 2015 competition for new plays on current social issues written by Vermont playwrights. Talkback follows. 7 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. $10 advance; $12 day of show; students $5. 728-6464.
April 28: Bread and Puppet Theater. The Underneath the Above Show #1 (inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe). Free bread and aioli and Bread and Puppet Cheap Art sale follow the show. Brassband and/or fiddleband beforehand. 6 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, Taplin Auditorium, 64 State St., Montpelier. $10–20 sliding scale; no one is turned away due to lack of funds. 525-3031. breadandpuppet.org
May 7: FEMCOM. Standup comedy by women for women (and enlightened men). 8:30 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free; donations accepted. 479-0896. email@example.com
April 23: Auditions for Jeffrey. Auditions for Paul Rudnick’s Obie-award-winning 1992 play Jeffrey, directed by Richard Waterhouse, are being held at Chandler Music Hall. To complete the 8-person cast, Mr. Waterhouse is seeking men in their 20s–50s. Performances will be July 23 and during Vermont Pride Theater’s sixth annual summer pride festival. 1:30–4 p.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. 646-656-0879. firstname.lastname@example.org