By Randall Jobe
You’ll need to hurry, but worthy viewing is Classical Theatre Company’s production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, written by George Bernard Shaw (who knows something about wordsmithing) and directed by Julia Traber. The story tells of a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Kitty Warren, a former prostitute and current brothel madam who becomes acquainted with her grown daughter, Vivie, for the very first time. Vivie, a graduate of Cambridge University, is horrified by her mother’s profession; the audience sees how this realization changes the two women’s dynamic. Through October 22. Tickets: ClassicalTheatre.org, 713-063-9665.
Also time-sensitive is Dixie’s Tupperware Party. For a second year, Dixie Longate brings her unique show in which Houstonians are subjected to an actual Tupperware sales pitch. But with proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank, it’s hard to complain. Dixie’s wit and personality make this a great date night or an outing with friends. Through October 22. Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall. Tickets: TheHobbyCenter.org.
Balls, a world premiere by Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery, lands at Stages Repertory Theatre. It’s 1973 and Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face off in “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. Balls embraces the high-intensity physical groove of the match and features a carnival-like atmosphere. Through October 29. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com, 713-527-0123.
Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company presents Charise Castro Smith’s horror comedy, Feathers and Teeth. The story is about a factory town in the late 1970s and a teenager, Chris, and her father’s fiancée, Carol. Their relationship makes for a tense atmosphere that gets even more stressful when Chris’s dad, Arthur, hits a mysterious creature. A series of events spins frighteningly out of control. October 16 through November 11. Spring Street Studios. Tickets: MildredsUmbrella.com, 832-463-8409.
Music Box Theater brings Emmy Award winner Ernie Manouse from Houston Public Media on board with regulars Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough and Luke Wrobel in Three-Part Harmony: The Rise and Fall of an American Cover Band, a musical satire on the art of documentary filmmaking. Manouse interviews three disbanded singers as they relive their glory days as arguably “the best cover band of all time”. Features renditions of the music of Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Simon and Garfunkel and many more. October 28 through December 1. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 12 and 26, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com, 713-522-7722.
In an exciting collaboration, Obsidian Theater brings the wildly popular production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to Rich’s Nightclub. Starring Blake Jackson returning as Hedwig (winner of the Houston Press Theatre Award Best Newcomer), the musical tells the tale of a botched sex change that spurs a rock and roll band. Monologues and rock sounds fuel this 90-minute whirlwind that takes the audience on Hedwig’s journey to find herself. November 2 through 18. Rich’s Nightclub, 2401 San Jacinto, with theatre-style seating and a full bar. Parking is free. Tickets: RichsNightclub.com/events. Information and group sales: 832-494-0001.
Another humorist, David Sedaris appears in his latest stage piece, Theft by Finding Diaries. Through his social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers, addressing the human condition with sardonic wit. Theatregoers are familiar with Santaland Diaries, his popular take on a Macy’s Christmas elf. One performance only, November 6. Presented by Society for the Performing Arts at Jones Hall. Tickets: SPAHouston.org, 713-277-4772.