4th Wall Theatre Company presents Gina Gionfriddo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning finalist Rapture, Blister, Burn which could not be more relevant today. After grad school Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. A number of years later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs — the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th century ideals. “Intensely smart, immensely funny with sharp-witted dialogue about the particularities of women’s experience….” proclaims The New York Times. Through March 23. 1824 Spring Street, Studio 101. Tickets: Vendini.com.
The Alley Theatrepresents The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Brandon Weinbrenner. Hopeful, heartbreaking and at times “blisteringly funny” (The New York Times), The Humans takes place on Thanksgiving as three generations of the Blake family gather at the youngest daughter and her new boyfriend’s new apartment in Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown. As darkness falls outside and around the pre-war duplex, tensions rise and secrets are divulged. The hopes and fears of each generation, and the American middle class, are revealed in this Tony Award-winning Best Play.
Suitable for ages 18 and up. Through March 24.615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
The Music Box Theater salutes Broadway in Best of Broadway. The talented resident cast promises to provide non-stop entertainment while performing songs from Tony award winning musicals from across the decades. This troupe’s music-filled and hilarious cabaret features such favorites as the classic “Luck Be A Lady Tonight” from Guys and Dolls, “Memories” from Cats, “Age of Aquarius” from Hair, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables and many more. For the seventh year in a row, the talented singers and formidable band members have created a new show entirely dedicated to Broadway. Through April 20. 2623 Colquitt Avenue. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents the smash hit musical that has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years: Little Shop of Horrors. A nerdy flower shop clerk named Seymour stumbles across a new breed of plant that he affectionately names after his secret crush, Audrey. The exotic bloom offers the promise of fame and fortune, but Seymour soon discovers that the mysterious “Audrey II” also has a taste for blood, ominous origins and an insatiable appetite for power! Directed and choreographed by Mitchell Greco, with musical direction by Steven Jones. Through April 28. 3201 Allen Parkway. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
The Ensemble Theatre presents the regional premiere of Joyce Sylvester’s Freeda Peeples. The Bible says all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, there is none righteous not even one (Romans 3:32). Therefore, the church is the perfect place for spiritual growth. Freeda Peeples deals with the relationships between the deacon, trustees, and the new pastor and how no one is who they really seem to be. This comedy/drama will have you rolling in the aisles. March 16 through April 14.
3535 Main Street. Tickets: EnsembleTheatre.com or 713-520-0055.
The Trojan War Projectis the epic undertaking by Main Street Theater to present three productions: Shakespeare, Euripides and Homer’s unique perspectives of The Trojan War. For centuries, the triumphs and the struggles of Helen, Achilles, Hecuba, Ulysses, and the heroes and heroines of the Bronze Age have inspired, shocked and warned of the horrors of war and the consequences of destructive human behavior. Troilus and Cressida and Hecuba and The Trojan Woman play in repertory. This collaboration with Prague Shakespeare Company is co-directed by Guy Roberts and Rebecca Greene Udden with music composed by Patrick Neil Doyle. March 22 through April 20. 2540 Times Boulevard. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company presents The Hunchback of Sevilleby Charise Castro Smith.Set at the turn of the century, after Christopher Columbus’ return from the New World, the play is a re-telling of Spanish history and the evils of colonialism. As Queen Isabella is dying, her brilliant and disfigured adopted sister, Maxima Terrible Segunda, is called from her forced seclusion to run the country Maxima then works her way through politics, religion and prejudice to save her country without sacrificing herself in the process. March 28 through April 6. Alley Theatre Neuhaus Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: Artful.ly/store/events/15510.
Queensbury Theatre presents Side Show. Based on the true story of Violet and Daisy Hilton during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks. With the implementation of the twin’s relationship with Harry Houdini and of a proposed separation surgery, the new book fleshes out characters and situations that endow the songs with more sophistication and truth.March 28 through April 14. 12777 Queensbury Place. Tickets: QueensburyTheatre.org or 713-467-4497.
A.D. Players celebrates founder Jeanette Cliff George with the Black Box Legacy Series.
A prolific playwright, Mrs. George left a powerful legacy in the hundreds of scripts she wrote. This week allows the privilege of sharing some favorites. The George stage converts to a black box theater to honor special shows in this limited engagement. April 4 through 14, 2019. 5420 Westheimer Road. Tickets: The George.org or 713-526-2721.