The Catastrophic Theatre presents the Houston premiere of Booty Candy. Based on Robert O’Hara’s semi-autobiographical and wildly subversive comedy about a young gay man, Sutter, on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms
The Alley Theatre presents the captivatingly titled Quack by Eliza Clark. Developed during 2018 Alley All-New Festival, Irving Baer is America’s doctor. His daytime health and wellness show is watched by millions of women. When enterprising young blogger River Thumbolt publishes an article implicating Dr. Baer in a national health crisis, America begins to turn on him. But Dr. Baer adores being adored. With his career suddenly hanging in the balance, his marriage on the rocks, and his carefully maintained public personae in peril, one thing becomes clear: If Irving Baer is going to fall from grace, he’s bringing River Thumbolt with him. Quack is a play about what happens when good people forget their best intentions. Suitable for ages 18 and up. Through March 19.
The Alley also presents The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Brandon Weinbrenner. Hopeful, heartbreaking and at times “blisteringly funny” (The New York Times), The Humans takes place on Thanksgiving as three generations of the Blake family gather at the youngest daughter and her new boyfriend’s new apartment in Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown. As darkness falls outside and around the pre-war duplex, tensions rise and secrets are divulged. The hopes and fears of each generation, and the American middle
4th Wall Theatre Company presents Gina Gionfriddo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning finalist Rapture, Blister, Burn, which could not be more relevant today. After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Award-winning years later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs — the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century ideals. “…Intensely smart, immensely funny with sharp-witted dialogue about the particularities of women’s experience…” proclaims The New York Times. Through March 23. 1824 Spring Street, Studio 101. Tickets: Vendini.com.
The Music Box Theater salutes Broadway in Best of Broadway. The talented resident cast promises to provide non-stop entertainment while performing songs from Tony
Stages Repertory Theatre presents the smash hit musical that has devoured the hearts of
The Trojan War Project is the epic undertaking by Main Street Theater to present three productions: Shakespeare, Euripides and Homer’s unique perspectives of The Trojan War. For centuries, the triumphs and the struggles of Helen, Achilles, Hecuba, Ulysses, and the heroes and heroines of the Bronze Age have inspired, shocked and warned of the horrors of war and the consequences of destructive human behavior. Troilus and Cressida and Hecuba and The Trojan Woman play in repertory. This collaboration with Prague Shakespeare Company is co-directed by Guy Roberts and Rebecca Greene Udden with music composed by Patrick Neil Doyle. March 22 through April 20. 2540 Times Boulevard. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company present The Hunchback of Seville by Charise Castro Smith. Set at the turn of the century, after Christopher Columbus’ return from the New World, Hunchback is a re-telling of Spanish history and the evils of colonialism. As Queen Isabella is dying, her brilliant and disfigured adopted sister, Maxima Terrible Segunda, is called from her forced seclusion to run the country Maxima then works her way through politics, religion
Queensbury Theatre presents Side Show. Based on the true story of Violet and Daisy Hilton during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit