The Music Box Theater presents Keep It Brassy 3. A three-piece horn section is being added to this show that features great sounds from artists such as Chicago, Bruno Mars, and the Temptations, performed by Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough, Cay Taylor, Kristina Sullivan, and Luke Wrobel. 2623 Colquitt. Ongoing. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Theatre Under The Stars presents the singular sensation that is A Chorus Line, which opened on Broadway in 1975 and became an instant classic. This incisive portrait of the life of the Broadway dancer received nine Tony Awards as well as the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance and compellingly authentic drama, A Chorus Line is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Through Sept. 22. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.
Main Street Theater presents Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahue and directed by Rebecca Greene Udden. Shannon Emerick presents and performs this unique play, a very honest, resilient, sometimes sad, often hopeful and joyful look at life, living with depression, and the lengths we will go for those we love, The lights are on during the performance and the audience will be asked to participate in short interactions as a way the storyteller relives pieces of her life relating to her mother’s suicide and her own depression. Ultimately, though, the play offers us the chance to look at every brilliant thing worth living for, every brilliant thing about the world. Through Oct. 5.
Main Street Theater also presents Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem, directed by Rebecca Greene Udden. If there is nothing but facts and matter, what is consciousness? This is what scientists have deemed “the hard problem” in Stoppard’s brilliant and most recent play. Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a prominent brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow while delving into examination of the hard problem at the think tank: Is the day coming when the computer and the MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Through Oct. 6. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-3622.
A.D. Players presents The Hiding Place, a world premiere adaptation by A.S. Peterson of the book of the same title by Corrie ten Boom with Elizabeth and John Sherrill. It’s World War II. Darkness has fallen over Europe as the Nazis spread hatred, fear, and war across the globe. But on a quiet city corner in the Netherlands, one woman fights against the darkness, deciding to hide Jews and ultimately face the consequences when they are discovered. The Hiding Place is her story of how faith, hope, and love ultimately triumphed over unthinkable evil in this inspiring, true story. Through Oct. 12. 5420 Westheimer. Tickets: ADPlayers.org or 713-526-2721.
The Alley Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, a whimsical tale of romantic comedy and tragedy. Set in Texas, this beloved fable of hard-won joy, promise of renewal, wrath, redemption and lost and then found love is seen through the imaginative eyes of a Houstonian child. Suitable for ages 12 and up.Rob Melrose directs. Through Oct. 13.615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents brings back one of their most popular guests artists, Denise Fennell, in her uproarious one-nun show, Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales. In this newest class, Sister puts the backbone in back-to-school with a host of lessons about starting anew as well as celebrating the church’s approved tales of ghosts and goblins and a Catholic-appropriate Halloween costume contest. Through Oct. 13.
Stages also present Salt, Root, and Roe by Tim Price. On the coast of Wales, 80-year-old twins Anest and Iola are determined to live out their twilight years on their own terms, even agreeing to face death together. But Anest’s daughter Menna returns home to inspire the sisters to face life instead. A poetic masterwork about the nature of change, the comfort of home and the eternal bond of love, Salt, Root, and Roe stars Houston favorite, Sally Edmundson and is developed through a co-production with Upstream Theater in St. Louis. Oct. 4 through 20. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Ensemble Theatre presents ’da Kink in my Hair by Trey Anthony. Set in a Brooklyn hair salon, the play gives voice to black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, mixing laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration, the unapologetically intense stories of each woman are woven together in this powerful piece. Sept. 20 through Oct. 14. 3535 Main Street. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.