By Randall Jobe
Music Box Theater brings Emmy Award winner Ernie Manouse from Houston Public Media on board with regulars Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough and Luke Wrobel in Three-Part Harmony: The Rise and Fall of an American Cover Band, a musical satire on the art of documentary filmmaking. Manouse interviews three disbanded singers as they relive their glory days as arguably “the best cover band of all time.” Features renditions of the music of Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Simon and Garfunkel and many more. Through December 1. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Theatre Suburbia presents Norm Foster’s delightful holiday romp, A Snow White Christmas, a new story on the timeless fairy tale for the entire family. Fridays and Saturdays through December 2, 8:30 p.m. 4106 Way Out West, Suite N, 77092. Tickets: TheatreSuburbia.org or 713-682-3525.
Catastrophic Theatre presents Eugene Ionesco’s classic comedy play, Rhinoceros, a comedy about the absurdity and danger of conformity and the fact that people are still the funniest animals. Through December 10. Match Arts Center 3400 Main Street, Suite 285. Tickets: MatchHouston.org/events/rhinoceros or 712-522-2722.
Main Street Theatre kicks off the season with Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, continuing the story two years after the novel ends and continuing the story. This time the nerdy middle sister, Mary, is the unlikely heroine. Through December 17. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: 713-524-6706.
Offering a “new Christmas tradition,” Stages Repertory Theatre presents A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas. In it, the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart find that the songs of Christmas have far more power than they had imagined. Through December 26. Also At Stages, the 10th anniversary production of Panto Cinderella plays November 29 through December 31. With book by Kate Hawley, music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin and directed by Josh Morrison, Cinderella, her fairy godmother, her handsome prince and her hideous and hilarious stepsisters spread holiday cheer, laughter and a few welcomed “boos” in this familiar tale. This show is recommended for all ages. 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101. Tickets: 713-527-0123.
The Alley Theatre returns with Houston’s seasonal favorite, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. In this reimaging of Charles Dickens’ original A Christmas Carol, there are still ghosts of Christmas past, present and future that visit Ebenezer Scrooge and take him on an eye opening journey on Christmas Eve. The story is one of redemption and the spirit of the holiday season, suggested for general audiences ages six and up. Through December 30. The Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Theatre. 601 Texas Avenue. Tickets: 713-220-5700.
Another offbeat holiday treat finds 4th Wall Theatre Company in, sadly, its final production before the theatre closes) performing Reckless. Written by Craig Lucas and directed by Philip Liehl, it is a hilarious journey from terror to insanity to love and acceptance of another. 1824 Spring Street, Studio 101. November 30 through December 14. Tickets: 4thWallTheatreCo.com or 832-786-1849.
A.D. Players presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in which a family of exquisitely ill-behaved children is cast by a desperate director in a church Christmas pageant like no other. December 1 through 23. For the kids, the theater presents Rock Nativity, a Christmas musical celebrating the mystery of the manger, the madness of King Herod and the birth of the Messiah. December 6 through 23. 5420 Westheimer Rd. Tickets: ADPlayers.org or 713-526-2721.
Ovations hosts Caring Cabaret Finds a Home featuring Patti Barnes, Deborah Boily, Terry Jones, Glynda McGinnis, Roger Woest and others. One night only, Saturday, December 2. $25+ benefits Tony’s Place, a drop-in center for LGBT youth. 2536 Times Blvd. Tickets: EventBrite.com.