By Randall Jobe
The Alley Theatrepresents the final performances of Crimes of the Heart,Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Circle Awards winner. The author’s first play brings you to the Mississippi home of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks. This brings middle sister Meg back to town from Los Angeles, where she is unsuccessfully pursuing a music career. And poor Lenny, everyone has forgotten her birthday! Warmhearted, irreverent and imaginative, Crimes of the Heart teems with humanity as the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future. Renowned director Theresa Rebeck returns to the Alley to direct. Suitable for high school-aged audiences and older. Through May 5.
The Alley also presents Constellationsby Nick Payne. One couple. Infinite possibilities. Science and romance collide in this spellbinding play that imagines when boy meets girl. And when boy meets girl again. And again. Defying the boundaries of the world we think we know, Constellations delves into the universal truth of finding and losing love and questions the difference between choice and destiny. Directed by Leslie Swackhamer. May 3 through June 2.615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
Houston’s premiere music cabaret venue,The Music Boxpresents Songs of the Silver Screen with the incredibly talented ensemble of Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough, and Luke Wrobel. The new production is a hilarious send-up of iconic movie moments and music from the history of the American cinema. Songs include “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “Everybody’s Talkin’” from Urban Cowboy and “Shallows” from the most recent A Star is Born, among others. Through June 15. 2623 Colquitt Street.
Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents Murder for Two, a new musical comedy.Everyone is suspect in this hilarious murder mystery with a twist. One actor plays the investigator, the other plays all 13 suspects, and both play the piano throughout! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and murder mystery, this whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Directed and choreographed by Mitchell Greco, with music directed by Steven Jones. Through June 16.3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Main Street Theater presents Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking. Ginny and Greg are in love and despite the awkward moment of unexplained flowers and chocolates oddly filling her flat, Greg proposes as Ginny is heading off for the day to see her parents…or so she say. Greg has managed to find the address and arrives first to surprise her and ask her father for her hand. The problem is, these are not. In fact, Ginny’s parents! Regardless, Sheila and Philip, the “parents” invite Greg into their house, each thinking he is someone else. The unraveling of this hilarious mess is extremely well constructed and earned Ayckbourn a congratulatory telegram from Noel Coward! May 4 through May 26.2540 Times Boulevard. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
The Ensemble Theatre presents the regional premiereof Pipeline.Nya, an inner city high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities at his upstate private school where he is threatened with being expelled. Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? May 5 through June 2. 3535 Main Street. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.
Broadway at the Hobby Center presents the acclaimed new production of Miss Saigon. From the creators of Les Miserables, this is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character named The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring a stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, a soaring Broadway score, this is a theatrical event you will never forget. May 7 through May 12. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts,
800 Bagby Street. Tickets: 713-315-2400.
A.D. Playersbrings to the stage The God Committee, a play by Mark St. Germain, promising a dash of medicine, money and morality. The moment arrives: a heart is available for transplant and is in transit to the St. Patrick’s Hospital. There is a list of available prospects, but who gets the heart? Told in real time, The God Committee gives us an exciting peek into the deliberation process of the heart transplant selection committee and how our own prejudices and experiences impact our view of the world, with unbelievable consequences. May 17 through June 2.The George Theatre
5420 Westheimer Road. Tickets:firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-526-2721.
Theatre Southwestpresents Stupid F##king Bird, a sort of adaptation of Chekov’s The Seagull. This wonderfully fresh, raw, no-holds barred play challenges the notion of what theatre was, is and can be. It doesn’t matter if you know Chekov or not, SFB is a roller coaster of emotions from hysterical laughter, absolute anger, romantic lust, devastating sorrow and everything in between. Directed by Eric Dunlap. May 24 through June 15. 8944 Clarkcrest. Tickets: email@example.com or 713-661-9505.
Theatre Under The Starspresents Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. This award-winning musical is an anthology comprising music from shows that were either directed or choreographed by the legendary, Tony award-winning Robbins. The shows represented include favorites such as The King and I, Peter Pan, West Side Story, Gypsy and more. Robbins won his fifth Tony for direction. May 28 through June 9.Hobby Center, 801 Bagby Street. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.