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. Through Jan. 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. Through Feb. 9. 615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Realistic Joneses, directed by Jennifer Dean and featuring Vaishnavi Sharma, Kim Tobin-Lehl, and Philip Lehl. The Broadway smash hit of an “inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we might share.” This ethereal masterpiece follows two suburban couples that have even more in common than their identical homes. As their relationships begin to intertwine, the Joneses must decide between idyllic fantasy and imperfect reality. Through February 18. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St. Tickets: 4thWallTheatreCo.com or 832-767-4991.
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.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents The Fantasticks. Follow your imagination with a whimsical tale of young lovers, meddling parents, and a bond that matures in adversity. The longest-running musical in world history has been refreshed for the new century and is the perfect valentine for the theatre and the eternal power of love. Celebrate the love of theatre itself with this timeless gem for the inauguration of The Gordy, a 66,850 square foot three-theater campus, located at 800 Rosine Street directly across the street from Stages’ current home. Jan. 24 through March 15. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Main Street Theater presents The Diary of Anne Frank, the haunting true story of two families forced to flee from the world in an attic with World War II ringing around them, and the courageous people who risked their own lives to protect the very existence of those families. Jan. 26 through Feb. 16. A discussion with the Anti-Defamation League and Interfaith Ministries follows the January 26 performance. Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main St. Tickets: MATCHouston.org or 713-524-6706.
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.
Main Street Theater presents Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegria Hudes. Elliot Ortiz is a young soldier, like his pop and his Abuelo before him. But despite the things they share — their love of music, of each other and their experiences of war — even when they desperately need to communicate, they just can’t seem to make it work. This powerful portrait of a Puerto Rican military family is a breathtaking symphony of music, memories, and the things that mark our bodies and our souls. Houston audiences have the rare opportunity to follow Hudes’ The Elliot Trilogy, playing concurrently. Part One, Elliot plays at Main Street; Part Two, Water by the Spoonful, plays at Stages Repertory Theatre. The final installment, The Happiest Song Plays Last, has a staged reading at Main Street the last week of March. Feb. 8 through March 1. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.