By Randall Jobe
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. Extended through April 22. 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.
For something different, Next Iteration Theater Company presents Atacama by Augusto Amador to kick off its 3rd Annual Intercultural Play Reading Series. Thirty years after the dirty war waged by General Pinochet in Chile, two strangers search the Atacama Desert for under the sands of the Atacama. Thursday, April 5, 8 p.m. The series continues with Aditi Kapil’s Shiv, a fantastical journey to liberation from one’s past, one’s present and of the destruction that makes rebirth possible. Friday, April 6, 8 p.m. The series ends Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m. with Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum, a kaleidoscope of life-changing revelations in this surprisingly comic story of two unforgettably courageous women. All performances at MATCH, 3400 Main Street. Tickets: NextIterationTheater.com or 713-521-4533.
Rescheduled after Hurricane Harvey created havoc and caused a cancellation, the Alley Theatre presents the world premiere of Cleo. The whole world was watching when Liz met Dick. Set during the filming of the disastrous 1963 movie, Cleopatra, this is the story of the scandalous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Their relationship brought condemnation from the Vatican and the U.S. Congress. And it opened up the age of paparazzi and tabloid celebrity, assuring that the names “Taylor and Burton” would always be associated with the greatest sex scandal in ancient history. Acclaimed director and actor Bob Balaban directs this new play by Texas-based Pulitzer Prize winner, Lawrence Crawford. For mature audiences. April 6 through 29. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ActOUT performance, April 19, when ticket price includes pre-party with complimentary food, drink and door prizes. 500 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
Stages Repertory Theatre, in conjunction with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, presents The Revisionist by Jesse Eisenberg. When young Jewish writer David arrives with a case of writer’s block, he is greeted warmly by his 75 year-old cousin, Maria. Fueled by desire to reconnect with her American relations, she welcomes him into her home, but as their relationship develops, details about her post-war past challenges each of them to redefine what it means to be family. April 10 through 22. Jewish Community Center, 5601 Braeswood. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Obsidian Theater presents Cabaret, directed by Houston notable actor/director Paul Hope. Cabaret explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the energizing Third Reich. Memorable musical numbers include “Willkommen”, “Cabaret” and “Don’t Tell Mama”. April 12 through May 5. Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m. Industry Night, Monday, April 30. 3522 White Oak Drive. Tickets: ObsidianTheater.org or 832-889-7837.
Music Box Theatre wants to take you back to the 1950s with its high-energy production of Shake, Rattle and Roll. This nostalgic blend of ’50s music stars ensemble members Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough, Cay Taylor and Luke Wrobel, with special guest John Gremillion. April 28 through June 10. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. May 20 and June 10 Sunday matinees, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: 713-522-7722.