By Randall Jobe
Bayou City Theatre Company presents Kill Move Paradise, an interactive theatrical experience set in Purgatory. Four black men prematurely ripped from Earth by police brutality are imbued with strict instructions from God and must share their stories in order to ascend into Heaven. It is an innovative theatrical love letter for those innocent lives unjustly slain. Through July 14. Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m. Chelsea Market Theatre, 4617 Montrose Boulevard. Tickets: BayouCityTheatre.org or 832-513-3626.
Obsidian Theater presents The Last 5 Years, in special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Kelsey McMillan, it’s an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Through July 14. Thursday through Sunday, 8 p.m. Sunday matinee, 3 p.m. 3522 White Oak Drive. Tickets: ObsidianTheater.org or 832-889-7637.
The Alley Theatre presents Holmes and Watkins by Jeffrey Hatcher. Three years after the death of beloved detective Sherlock Holmes off Reichenbach Falls, Dr. John H. Watson receives a telegram that suggests his old friend may still be alive. The mysterious wire was sent from a doctor who states that three patients in his asylum’s care each claim to be the late Sherlock Holmes. Watson embarks on a journey to disprove these claims. From the author of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club and the award winning film Mr. Holmes. Through July 22. Tuesday through Thursday, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. 500 Texas Avenue. AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
Stages’ The Great Trailer Park Musical, one of the most requested (and repeated!) musicals in Stages’ history, continues celebrating the theater’s 40th anniversary season. There is a new tenant at Armadillo Acres, and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. The doublewide divas of this fine housing establishment have survived everything from kidnapping to no-good men to bad perms. But when Pippi, a “stripper-on-the-run” comes between agoraphobic housewife Jeanine and her tollbooth collector husband, a storm begins to brew that will shake these manufactured homes to their foundations! Through July 22. Wednesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Stages also presents Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, directed by Katie Barton with music Direction by Ben Hope. The iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes to life in this unique musical about struggle and success, love and faith, rowdiness and redemption and home and family. It features more than two dozen classis hits including “I Walk The Line”, “A Boy Named Sue”, “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring of Fire.” It’s a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ musical portrait of The Man in Black. July 11 through September 2. 3201Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
A.D. Players presents Neil Simon’s God’s Favorite. The jokes and tests of faith fly fast and furious in this contemporary morality tale of business tycoon Joe Benjamin, a modern-day “Job” with troubles aplenty thanks to the Almighty. Joe and his family live a comfortable life on Long Island until they receive a visit from Sidney Lipton who claims to be a Messenger of God. July 12 through August 5, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. A.D. Players’ The George Theater, 5420 Westheimer Road. Tickets: 713-526 2721 or boxoffice@ADPlayers.org.
Main Street Theater presents Doug Atkins in Jonathan Tolins’s Buyer & Cellar. A struggling actor in Los Angeles, Alex More has a story to tell. He takes a day job
working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar (a-hem, Barbra Streisand!). One day the lady herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their connection ever make it upstairs in the real world? An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the love-hate relationship between gay men and divas, and the oddest of odd jobs. July 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m. previews. July 14 through August 12 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. 2540 Times Boulevard.
Queensbury Theatre presents Shakin’ the Blue Flamingo, written by Gwen Flager and directed by Claire Hart-Palumbo. Five former sorority sisters, who once ran naked across a golf course, ate a lot of greasy fries chicken, survived multiple sorority scandals and somehow graduated from college, reunite to plan the first LGBT prom for local high school students in the Deep South. Should be easy, right? Thirty years of life since college has not dulled the jealousy and unrequited love of a few of the women. As prom night arrives plans unravel, infidelities are revealed and these friends learn that there is always more than one secret. Let the laughter begin! July 13 through 22. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. 12777 Queensbury Lane. Tickets: QueensburyTheatre.org.
University of Houston School of Theatre presents Houston Shakespeare Festival.
Since 1975, HSF has brought together local and nationally acclaimed artists to deliver free performances of the Bard’s greatest (and occasionally lesser known) plays. This year, the festival presents quite the difference in tone with arguably literature’s greatest tragedy, Hamlet, and one of Shakespeare’s broadest, yet timeless comedies, The Comedy of Errors, featuring not one but two sets of identical twins for the height in hysterical hijinks. July 27 through August 5. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. Tickets: Free; available for pickup at box office behind theatre, 10:30 a.m. ’til 1 p.m. day of performance, while they last. Maximum four tickets per person (over 16) for covered seating.