The Music Box Theater presents Keep It Brassy 3, featuring songs by Chicago, Bruno Mars, and the Temptations. 2623 Colquitt. Ongoing. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Main Street Theater presents Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahue, and directed by Rebecca Greene Udden. Shannon Emerick presents and performs this unique play, an honest, resilient, sometimes sad, yet hopeful and joyful look at life, and the lengths we will go for those we love. The lights are on during the performance and the audience will be asked to participate as the storyteller relives pieces of her life relating to her mother’s suicide and her own depression. Through Oct. 5.
Main Street Theater also presents Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem, directed by Rebecca Greene Udden. If there are nothing but facts and matter, what is consciousness? This is what scientists have deemed “the hard problem.” Through Oct. 6. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-3622.
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. During World War II, one woman fights against the darkness, deciding to hide Jews and ultimately face the consequences when they are discovered. The Hiding Place is the true story of how faith, hope and love ultimately triumphed over unthinkable evil. Through Oct. 12. 5420 Westheimer. Tickets: ADPlayers.org or 713-526-2721.
The Alley Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, a whimsical tale of romance comedy and tragedy. Set in Texas, this beloved fable of hard-won joy, promise of renewal, wrath, redemption and lost and then found love is seen through the imaginative eyes of a Houstonian child. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Rob Melrose directs. Through Oct. 13. 615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
Ensemble Theatre presents School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play. The hive is buzzing at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school as Pauline, the reigning Queen Bee, has her sights set on the Miss Universe Pageant. Her glory is threatened by the arrival of Ericka, a new student undeniable beauty and talent, who captures the attention of pageant recruiter, and Pauline’s hive-minded friends. This biting musical explores the universal similarities of teenage girls across the globe who vie for a coveted social position among peers. Through October 13. 3535 Main St. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents 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, celebrating the church’s approved tales of ghosts and goblins and a Catholic-appropriate Halloween costume contest. Through Oct. 13.
Stages also presents Houston favorite, Sally Edmundson in Salt, Root and Roe by Tim Price. On the coast of Wales, 80 year-old twins Anest and Iola are determined to live out their twilight years on their own terms, even agreeing to face death together. But Anest’s daughter Menna returns home to inspire the sisters to face life instead. Oct. 4 through 20. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
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. Through Oct. 14. 3535 Main St. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.
Obsidian Theater presents The Feast. Matta and Anna’s relationship is going swimmingly until the sewers under their apartment open up and begin to speak. The plumber is angry, Matt’s paintings are getting stranger, and a storm is gathering. An eerie comedy about what is real, what is not, and who knows. Through Oct. 26.
Performing in repertory is Empanada Loca. Now living deep in Manhattan under an abandoned subway tunnel with the Mole people, a very hungry Delores recounts her four years selling weed with her boyfriend, her return to Washington Heights after thirteen years in prison, her fortuitous reunion with an old stoner friend who lets her give massages for cash in the basement under his empanada shop, and the bloodbath that sent her fleeing underground. Through Oct. 27. MATCH, 3535 Main St. Tickets: MATCHouston.org or 713-521-4533. 4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Glass Menagerie. Director Philip Lehl directs Kim Tobin-Lehl in this Tennessee Williams’ classic, a memory play that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. Matriarch Amanda Wingfield dreams of her days as a Southern debutante while worrying about the future of her aimless son, Tom and unmarried daughter, Laura. When a gentleman caller arrives for dinner, it’s unclear if his presence will change things for the better or shatter their fragile illusions. Oct. 11 through Nov. 2. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St. Suite 101. Tickets: 4thWallTheatre.com or 832-767-4991.