By Randall Jobe
The Holidays are upon us and several Houston theatres are willing to put the
Scrooge among us in the best of spirits with a variety of options.
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. Through December 1. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Main Street Theatre kicks off the season with Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly, a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, continuing the story two years after the novel ends and continuing the story. This time the nerdy middle sister, Mary, is the unlikely heroine. Through December 17. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: 713-524-6706.
Offering a “new Christmas tradition,” Stages Repertory Theatre presents A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas. In it, the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart find that the songs of Christmas have far more power than they had imagined. Through December 26. 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101. Tickets: 713-527-0123.
In an exciting collaboration, Obsidian Theatre brings the wildly popular production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for its final weekend at Rich’s Nightclub. Starring Blake Jackson returning as Hedwig (winner of the Houston Press Theatre Award as 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 16 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.
Catastrophic Theatre presents Eugene Ionesco’s classic comedy play, Rhinoceros, a comedy about the absurdity and danger of conformity and the fact that people are still the funniest animals. November 17 through December 10. Match Arts Center 3400 Main Street, Suite 285. Pay what you wish, Friday, November 17. Tickets: MatchHouston.org/events/rhinoceros or 712-522-2722.
Theatre Suburbia presents Norm Foster’s delightful holiday romp, A Snow White Christmas, a new story on the timeless fairy tale for the entire family. Through December 2. Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Sundays, November 19 and 26, 3 p.m. 4106 Way Out West, Suite N, 77092. Tickets: TheatreSuburbia.org or 713-682-3525.
Celebrating its reopening after the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, The Alley Theatre returns with Houston’s seasonal favorite, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. In this reimaging of Charles Dickens’ original A Christmas Carol, there are still ghosts of Christmas past, present and future who visit Ebenezer Scrooge and take him on an eye-opening journey on Christmas Eve. The story is one of redemption and the spirit of the holiday season, suggested for general audiences ages six and up. November 24 through December 30. The Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Theatre. 601 Texas Avenue.
Another offbeat holiday treat finds 4th Wall Theatre Company (in what, sadly will be its final production before the theatre closes) performing Reckless. Written by Craig Lucas and directed by Philip Liehl, it is a hilarious journey from terror to insanity to love and acceptance of another. 1824 Spring Street, Studio 101. November 30 through December 14. Tickets: 4thWallTheatreCo.com or 832-786-1849.
A.D. Players presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in which a family of exquisitely ill-behaved children is cast by a desperate director in a church Christmas pageant like no other. December 1 through 23. For the kids, the theater presents Rock Nativity, a Christmas musical celebrating the mystery of the manger, the madness of King Herod and the birth of the Messiah. December 6 through 23. 5420 Westheimer Rd. Tickets: ADPlayers.org or 713-526-2721.
Ovations hosts Caring Cabaret Finds a Home featuring Patti Barnes, Deborah Boily, Terry Jones, Glynda McGinnis, Roger Woest and others. One night only, Saturday, December 2. $25+ benefits Tony’s Place, a drop in center for LGBT youth. 2536 Times Blvd. Tickets: eventbrite.com.