Dirt Dogs Theatre Company presents Angus MacLachlan’s The Dead Eye Boy. Shirley Diane sees her teenage son, Soren, as a painful reminder of her past. Her ex-con boyfriend, Billy, sees Soren as a reflection of his own childhood. As Billy tries to help the troubled boy, the dysfunction of hardcore addiction and manipulation blur the lines of control and love. Through March 7. Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH). 3400 Main St. Tickets: MATCHouston.org or 713-521-4533.
The Catastrophic Theatre presents Fefu and Her Friends, a signature work of feminists’ theatre by María Irene Fornés, a giant of the avant-garde. Set in the 1930s, a group of eight women gathers at the country home of their brilliant and eccentric friend, Fefu. As multiple conflicts unfold among old friends, they define who they are and what it means to be a woman in a patriarchal society. Through March 8. Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main St. Tickets: MATCHouston.org or 713-521-4533.
The Alley Theatre presents Lawrence Wright’s Camp David, a behind the scenes look at 13 days in 1978 when Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, with the powerful help of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, hammered out a Middle East peace agreement that inspired the entire world. Suitable for ages 14 and up. Through March 15. The Alley Theatre also presents 1984. A modern retelling of George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, brings us the story of Winston Smith and a stark vision of a world in which the freedom of action, word and thought are controlled by Big Brother. How far are we from realizing Orwell’s nightmare? Are we already there? As the story of Winston’s fight for individual identity unfolds, the vision grows increasingly terrifying as the world it depicts grows uncomfortably familiar. Suited for 18 and Up. March 6–29. 615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents The Fantasticks. Follow your imagination with a whimsical tale of young lovers, meddling parents, and a bond that matures in adversity. The longest-running musical in world history has been refreshed for the new century and is the perfect valentine for the theatre and the eternal power of love. Through March 15. Stages also present Roger Bean’s Honky Tonk Laundry. The creator of The Marvelous Wonderettes brings us a brand new boot-scootin’ musical! After inheriting the Wishy-Washy Washeteria from her aunt, Lana Mae hires Katie to help run the business, but the two soon join forces to convert their good ol’ laundromat into the town’s hottest honky-tonk. This hilarious musical is packed with a country song list that spans decades of classic and contemporary hits from “I Fall to Pieces” and “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” to “Take it Back” and “Wide Open Spaces”. March 6 through April 19. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
The Music Box Theater presents Broadway at the Box 2020, an all-new edition of some of the best of Broadway, audience favorites, and their usual brand of zany humor with selections from such classics as Mame, West Side Story, The Book of Mormon, Godspell, Hello, Dolly! and Wicked. Through April 18. 2623 Colquitt St. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722. Ensemble Theatre presents preeminent playwright, screenwriter, and New York University professor Richard Wesley’s Autumn. It tells the story of Franklin Langley, a veteran big-city mayor who is in line to become the first black governor of his state. He suddenly finds his place in history threatened when his party decides to throw its nomination behind a dynamic young politician who is also Black and just so happens to be the mayor’s protégé. This political drama explores the conflicts that arise when aspirations collide across a generation divide marked by sharply different political agendas. March 19 through April 12. 3535 Main St. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.