Stages Repertory Theatre presents Water by the Spoonful, the second installment of Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy. An Iraq war veteran and former addict find solace in an online chat room as he struggles to reconnect with his mother-herself a former heroin addict. Through Feb. 23. Stages also present 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. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Main Street Theater presents Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue. Elliot Ortiz is a young soldier, like his pop and his Abuelo before him. But despite the things they share — their love of music, of each other and their experiences of war — even when they desperately need to communicate, they just can’t seem to make it work. Houston audiences have the rare opportunity to follow Quiara Alegria Hudes’ The Elliot Trilogy, playing concurrently. Part One, Elliot plays at Main Street; Part Two, Water by the Spoonful, plays at Stages Repertory Theatre. The final installment, The Happiest Song Plays Last, has a staged reading at Main Street the last week of March. Through March 1. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
Theatre Under the Stars presents Once on an Island. This winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical is the sweeping universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Through March 1. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. 800 Bagby St. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.
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 the old friends, they to define who they are and what it means to be women 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.
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. Through April 18. 2623 Colquitt St. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Dirt Dogs Theatre Company presents Angus MacLaughlin’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. Feb. 21 through March 7. Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH). 3400 Main St. Tickets: MATCHouston.org or 713-521-4533. Society for the Performing Arts presents The Peking Acrobats. For the last 32 years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined Chinese acrobatics, pushing the limits of human possibility and defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion and control. (Regarding the coronavirus: Members of this troupe have been touring in North America since late November 2019. None have returned to China during that time and none from Wuhan, nor have they been in contact with anyone in that region.) Two performances, Feb. 22. Cullen Theatre at Wortham Center, 615 Louisiana St. Tickets: SPAHouston.org or 713-227-4772.