By Randall Jobe
CatastrophicTheatre presents the world premiere of Leap and the Net Will Appear. Written by two-time Obie Award-winning playwright and director Craig Lucas and directed by Chana Porter, the story tells of Maggie, who was raised to be a good girl, but Maggie has a secret: The wants to be a lion. Original and funny and with wildly eccentric family members and unpredictable lovers, Maggie’s journey is at turns uproariously funny and probingly melancholic. Through March 4 at Midtown Arts and Theater Center. All performances, pay-what-you-wish. Tickets: matchhouston.org.
Memphis, the Tony-winning musical examining the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and the black club singer who is ready for her big break. Tony-award winning book by Joe DiPetro with music by Bon Jovi founding member, David Bryan. Through March 4. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. Tickets: Tuts. com/tickets or 713-558-8887.
Main Street Theater presents Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus. Featuring ten explorers, four boats, one Grand Canyon, the story tells of the history of an 1869 expedition in which a one-armed captain and a crew of loyal, zealous volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Oh, and all the explorers are played by women. Through March 11. Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. 2540 Times Boulevard. Tickets: 713-524-6706.
A.D. Players presents C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert. Actor Max McLean portrays the famous Christian author, Lewis in the show the Washington Post calls “Hugely moving!” Through March 18. George Theatre, 5420 Westheimer Road. Tickets: adplayers.org or 713-526-2721.
Alley Theatre presents Satchmo at The Waldorf, based on the story of great jazz artist, Louis Armstrong. It’s March 1971 backstage at the Empire Room of New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Armstrong sits in his dressing room trying to pull himself together and reminiscing before doing one final show, because as long as the audience comes and applauds, the show must go on. Through March 18. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 500 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents local favorite, actress Sally Edmundson returning in the highly acclaimed one-woman tour-de-force, Ann, based on the explosive life of former Texas Governor Ann Richards. Written by Emmy award-winner Holland Taylor, Ann is a no-holds-barred look at the indomitable woman whose complex and captivation ways changed Texas politics. Through April 8. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Cirque Du Soleil presents Corteo. Get carried away with life. March 8 through 11. Toyota Center. Tickets: CirqueDuSoleil.com/corteo.
BBVA Compass Broadway presents the traveling extravaganza, Riverdance—The 20th Anniversary World Tour, for something different and in celebration of two decades of dance. Directed by John McColgan and composed by Bill Cohelan. March 9 through 11. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby Street, Suite 200. Tickets: TheHobbyCenter.org.
Theatre Under the Stars brings a new musical, Bright Star, with book, music and story by popular comedian Steve Martin and lyrics and story by the incomparable Edie Brickell. Inspired by real events, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the America South in the 1920s and ’40s. When a young soldier just home from World War II meets literary editor Alice Murphy, he awakens longings for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past; what she finds has the power to transform both their lives. An uplifting theatrical experience that holds audiences tight in its grip. Directed by Walter Bobbie. March 13 through 25. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby Street. Tickets: TUTS. com/tickets or 713-558-8887.