By Randall Jobe
Theatre Suburbia presents Murderous Crossroad, an interactive comic Agatha-Christie style interactive mystery by David Landau. The year is 1923 and the unsuspecting audience members are passengers on board the HMS Victoria as it crosses the English Channel. It turns out the English Channel isn’t the only thing being crossed. Through August 24. 4106 Way Out West Drive. Tickets: TheatreSuburbia.org or 713-682-3525.The Alley Theatre presents the classic thriller, Murder on the Orient Express. This plot-twist masterpiece has captivated mystery lovers from television, radio, and film, and now audiences have the chance to experience this lush mystery live onstage. The classic thriller features renowned detective Hercule Poirot and a cast of characters sure to have the audience guessing just who did it. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Through August 25. 615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
The Music Box Theater presents Feelin’ Groovy 5, a new production of favorite tunes and greatest hits from the
Stages Repertory Theatre presents The Doyle and Debbie Show. After failed marriages and tabloid scandals, Doyle Mayfield recruits a new singing partner, also his third Debbie, in an attempt to regain his former stardom. Through September 8.
Stages Repertory Theatre also presents brings back one of their most popular guests artists, Denise Fennell, in her uproarious one-nun show, Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales. In this newest class, Sister puts the backbone in back-to-school with a host of lessons about starting anew as well as celebrating the Church’s approved tales of ghosts and goblins and a Catholic-appropriate Halloween costume contest. Through October 13. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Dirt Dogs Theatre presents White Guys on the Bus, written by Bruce Graham and directed by Ron Jones, in which urban race relations and topics that many tend to sweep under the rug are brought to life and light. Ray befriends Shatique on his regular bus rides that travel to the state penitentiary. August 23 through September 7. Midtown Arts Center (MATCH), 3400 Main Street. Tickets: 713-527-4533.
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Theatre Under The Stars presents the singular sensation that is A Chorus Line, which opened on Broadway in 1975 and became an instant classic. This incisive portrait of the life of the Broadway dancer received nine Tony Awards as well as the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance and compellingly authentic drama, A Chorus Line is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. September 10 through 22. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.
A.D. Players presents The Hiding Place, a world premiere adaptation by A.S. Peterson of the book of the same title by Corrie ten Boom with Elizabeth and John Sherrill. It’s World War II. Darkness has fallen over Europe as the Nazis spread hatred, fear, and war across the globe. But on a quiet city corner in the Netherlands, one woman fights against the darkness, deciding to hide Jews and ultimately face the consequences when they are discovered. The Hiding Place is her story of how faith, hope, and love ultimately triumphed over unthinkable evil in this inspiring, true story. September 13 through October 12. 5420 Westheimer. Tickets: ADPlayers.org or 713-526-2721.
Main Street Theater presents Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem, directed by Rebecca Greene Udden. If there is nothing but facts and matter, what is consciousness? This is what scientists have deemed “the hard problem” in Stoppard’s brilliant and most recent play. Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a prominent brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow while delving into
Main Street Theater also presents Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahue and directed by Rebecca Greene Udden. Shannon Emerick presents and performs this unique play, a very honest, resilient, sometimes sad, often hopeful and joyful look at life, living with depression, and the lengths we e will go for those we love, The lights are on during the performance and the audience will be asked to participate in short interactions as a way the storyteller relives pieces of her life relating to her mother’s suicide and her own depression. Ultimately, though, the play offers us the chance to look at every brilliant thing worth living for, every brilliant thing about the world. September 18 through October 5. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-3622.
Ensemble Theatre presents ’da Kink in my Hair by Trey Anthony. Set in a Brooklyn hair salon, the play gives voice to black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, mixing laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration, the unapologetically intense stories of each woman are woven together in this powerful piece. September 20 through October 14. 3535 Main Street. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.