Theatre Under The Stars continues its 50th season with The Wiz. Based on the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, this reinvention of the classic tale features a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. A Tony-Award winner for Best Musical, The Wiz is a super-soul and energetic experience with a delightful twist on all of your favorite characters: Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witches and more. Through November 4. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby Street. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887 (TUTS).
The Alley Theatre kicks off its 2018-19 season with Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s comedy classic of unrequited love, gender-bending hijinks and quick wit. Directed by Jonathan Mascone, this hilarious tale finds Viola assuming the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino, placing her at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night gives audiences one of Shakespeare’s most dynamic heroines matching wits with a host of captivating characters. Suitable for audiences high school-aged and older. Through November 28. 615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
The Music Box Theater presents Back to the ’80s. The talented ensemble of Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough, Cay Taylor, Kristina Sullivan and Luke Wrobel dazzle with a musical and comedic tribute to the 1980s. Energetic and engaging, it’s a perfect date night for any couple or as a group outing. Through December 1. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday (November 4 and 25), 2 p.m. 2623 Colquitt. Tickets/reservations: 713-522-7722.
Mildred’s Umbrella and Classical Theatre Company present a staged reading of Cicely Hamilton’s Diana of Dobson’s. Young Diana unexpectedly comes into a large sum of money and decides to take on a life of luxury at a Swiss resort. During her escapades, Diana mingles with the aristocratic set, none of which have a clue about her financial situation. The play throws into sharp relief the effect money and the perception of it, have on people’s expectations and estimation of others. November 5. 4617 Montrose Boulevard, Suite 100. Free with donations welcomed. Tickets: 832-463-0409.
Stages Repertory Theatre kicks off the holiday season with The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). It’s the annual holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything! There is just one minor problem: None of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived. Now it’s up to three quick-witted church members to perform the entire pageant all by themselves. It’s an irreverent, yet heart-warming romp through tradition with festive slapstick fun! November 7 through December 23. 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Alley Theatre presents A Landing on the Bayou, a multi-media artist’s performance exploring Houston’s diverse, rich and political drag scene in the years between the Stonewall Riots and the beginning of the AIDS epidemic (1969-1985). Drawing from audio recordings and interviews the artists conducted with a wide range of community members including Hot Chocolate, Tasha Kohl, Ray Hill and Mary Hooper, the piece celebrates the legendary and amateur drag performances who together in the LGBTQ rights movement and held the community together during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis raising funds through their unbounded generosity and raising spirits through their luminous performances. This limited engagement is free to the public. November 8 through 9. 4th Floor Texas Room, 615 Texas Avenue. Tickets/reservations: AlleyTheatre.org.
Main Street Theater presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet is set two years after the novel ends and continues the story, this time with nerdy middle sister Mary as the unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as the dutiful sister in the midst of everyone else’s romantic escapades . When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match and possibly love.
November 23 through December 23. 2540 Times Boulevard. Tickets: 713-524-6706.