By Randall Jobe
Main Street Theater presents Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking. Ginny and Greg are in love and despite the awkward moment of unexplained flowers and chocolates oddly filling her flat, Greg proposes as Ginny is heading off for the day to see her parents…or so she say. Greg has managed to find the address and arrives first to surprise her and ask her father for her hand. The problem is, these are not. In fact, Ginny’s parents! Regardless, Sheila and Philip, the “parents” invite Greg into their house, each thinking he is someone else. The unraveling of this hilarious mess is extremely well constructed and earned Ayckbourn a congratulatory telegram from Noel Coward. Through May 26.2540 Times Boulevard. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
The Alley Theatrepresents Constellationsby Nick Payne. One couple. Infinite possibilities. Science and romance collide in this spellbinding play that imagines when boy meets girl. And when boy meets girl again. And again. Defying the boundaries of the world we think we know, Constellations delves into the universal truth of finding and losing love and questions the difference between choice and destiny. Directed by Leslie Swackhamer. Through June 2.
The Ensemble Theatre presents the regional premiere of Pipeline. Nya, an
The Music Box, Houston’s premiere music cabaret venue, presents Songs of the Silver Screen with the incredibly talented ensemble of Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough, and Luke Wrobel. The new production is a hilarious send-up of iconic movie moments and music from the history of the American cinema. Songs include “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “Everybody’s Talkin’” from Urban Cowboy and “Shallows” from the most recent A Star is Born, among others. Through June 15. 2623 Colquitt Street. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents Murder for Two, a new musical comedy. Everyone is suspect in this hilarious murder mystery with a twist. One actor plays the investigator, the other plays all 13 suspects, and both play the piano throughout! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and murder mystery, this whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Directed and choreographed by Mitchell Greco, with music directed by Steven Jones. Through June 16.
Stages also presents Sex with Strangers, a sly comedy about lust. Love and personal identity in the tell-all internet age. Snowbound at a remote writer’s retreat, Olivia struggles to find inspiration after her first novel was a flop. She receives an unexpected visit from Ethan, an admirer and online “sexcapade” blogger who offers to promote her book to his massive digital fan base. However, their instant attraction turns to uncertainty as Olivia begins to question whether Ethan is her true love or just a hot brand with a hotter body. May 22 through June 9, 2019. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
4th Wall Theatre Company closes its season with the Houston premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’s critically acclaimed Collected Stories which takes an intimate look at the lives of a pair of writers, focusing on their friendship, ambitions, conflicts, rivalries, and betrayals. Ruth Steiner is an established scribe from New York’s Greenwich Village. Famous for her short stories, she wants to share her knowledge with the new generation of young and hungry authors. But, when Lisa Morrison arrives, Ruth may have gotten more than she bargained for in this intense and often funny play about art and the creative process. May 16 through June 8. 1824 Spring Street. Tickets: 4thWallTheatreCo.com or 832-767-4991.
A.D. Playersbrings to the stage The God Committee, a play by Mark St. Germain, promising a dash of medicine, money and morality. The moment arrives: a heart is available for transplant and is in transit to the St. Patrick’s Hospital. There is a list of available prospects, but who gets the heart? Told in real time, The God Committee gives us an exciting peek into the deliberation process of the heart transplant selection committee and how our own prejudices and experiences impact our view of the world, with unbelievable consequences. May 17 through June 2.The George Theatre
5420 Westheimer Road. Tickets:boxoffice@ADPlayers.org or 713-526-2721.
Theatre Southwestpresents Stupid F##king Bird, a sort of adaptation of Chekov’s The Seagull. This wonderfully fresh, raw, no-holds barred play challenges the notion of what theatre was, is and can be. It doesn’t matter if you know Chekov or not, SFB is a rollercoaster of emotions from hysterical laughter, absolute anger, romantic lust, devastating sorrow, and everything in between. Directed by Eric Dunlap. May 24 through June 15. 8944 Clarkcrest. Tickets: tickets@TheatreSouthwest.org or 713-661-9505. Theatre Under The Starspresents Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. This award-winning musical is an anthology comprising music from shows that were either directed or choreographed by the legendary, Tony award-winning Robbins. The shows represented include favorites such as The King and I, Peter Pan, WestSide Story, Gypsy and more. Robbins won his fifth Tony for direction. May 28 through June 9.Hobby Center, 801 Bagby Street. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.