It’s 2020 and Houston theater is more dynamic than ever, with something for everyone: comedy, drama, musicals, new works, and more. Take the time to venture out to a new venue or support your favorite establishment.
Broadway at the Hobby Center presents Hello, Dolly! Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, it is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” The Los Angeles Times says, “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.” This gorgeous new production pays tribute to the legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion. You’ll fall in love with the antics of Dolly Levi as she plays Matchmaker while possibly searching for her next meal ticket. Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker. Through Jan. 12. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. Tickets: TheHobbyCenter.org or 713-315-2525.
The Music Box Theater presents 2019 Year in Review, looking back over the year with a montage of some of their best and audience favorites. Through Feb. 1. 2623 Colquitt. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Main Street Theater presents the Prague Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet. One man. Seventeen characters. Ninety minutes. Guy Roberts presents unique insights into the mind of Shakespeare’s greatest and most famous creation in this tour-de-force performance. Using only Shakespeare’s words, the audience experiences the world of the play through Hamlet’s eyes, seeing and hearing the scenes and moments that the character himself experiences in the play. Adapted, directed and performed by Guy Roberts. Jan. 9–19. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
Shabach Enterprise presents Fade to Black Reading Series 2020. Returning for its fifth year, this limited engagement reading series is Houston’s first and only short play festival to showcase new works of black playwrights. Within the span of eight years, over 90 plays have already been produced, utilizing the talents of our culturally diverse theatre community of actors and directors. Jan. 10–12. Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main St. Tickets: MATCHouston.org or 713-521-4533
The Alley presents the Fifth Annual Alley All. The new festival features new plays from some of the most exciting voices in contemporary theatre. Presentations and readings include Enlightened by Theresa Rebeck; Survivors: An Alamo Play by Katie Bender; High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest by Vichet Chum; Nutshell by C. Denby Swanson; Pictures From Home by Sharp White; The Aves by Jiehae Park; and Early Draft Preview by Arthur M. Jolly. Workshop performances are free and open to the public. Packages are available for parties and special presentations. Jan. 16–26.
The Alley also presents Octavio Solis’s Quixote Nuevo, directed by Austin, Texas-based RJ Sanchez and starring Sesame Street’s Emilio Delgado. The play is an inspiring reimagining of Cervantes’s Don Quixote set in a fictional modern-day Texas border town, where Quixote and his sidekick embark on an adventure in search of long lost love. Infused with imagination, Tejano music, and true Texas soul, it shows the challenges of living in this modern world all the while in pursuit of a lost dream. Jan. 17 through Feb. 9. 615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
Society for the Performing Arts presents STOMP: Celebrating 25 Years in NYC. STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, utterly unique, and an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. Year after year audiences keeps coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, go! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” See what the noise is all about. Four shows only, Jan. 23–25. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Tickets: SPAHouston.org.
A.D. Players presents Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. It’s 1967 in San Francisco, California. Johanna is surprising her parents with a visit home, and a fiancé. Making that first introduction to the parents is never easy, and even less so when the whirlwind romance is set against the backdrop of the ’60s and involves a young mixed-race couple. Both families are forced to reckon with their ideas and prejudices in the face of pending nuptials. This new and timely adaptation of the 1967 movie that starred Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy still rings true today and allows us to hold a mirror up to ourselves with humor and insight. Jan. 31 through Feb. 16. Tickets: ADPlayers.org or 713-526-2721.