Broadway at the Hobby Center presents Rent. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened off Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. A reimagining of Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear in this timeless celebration of friendship reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters: love. Through August 11. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street. Tickets: TheHobbyCenter.org or 800-982-2787.
Main Street Theater presents Noel Coward’s Private Lives, one of the most sophisticated and entertaining comedies ever written. Elyot and Amanda, one married and now divorced, meet again while honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel and discover the old flame still burns hotly. Through August 11.
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 scientist 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 examination of the hard problem at the think tank: Is the day coming when the computer and the MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? September 14 through October 6. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-3622.
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 ’60’s and ’70s, Presented by the resident cast of excellent performers. Through August 31. 2623 Colquitt. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
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. August 21 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.
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.