The 2018-19 seasons in Houston theaters promises to be full of exciting productions, innovative presentations and classic favorites. Many theaters are offering great pricing on multiple shows, often with multiple options in choosing the productions that have the most appeal to individual audience members. Your support of the major houses, and especially the smaller homegrown houses, is crucial to a continuation of relevant theatrical experiences. The Houston theatre scene continues to grow and rivals many major cities. You can do your part by supporting the art of live theatre.
Final weekend: The Alley Theatre presents Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau. In 2008 at the start of the Great Recession, and in the break room of one of Detroit’s last auto stamping plants, a makeshift family of co-workers swap stories, shares dreams and takes pride in their work. When faced with the life-altering choices they must face if the factory closes, dynamics shift and each is pushed to the limits of survival. Loyalties are tested and boundaries are crossed in this “deeply American play” (The New York Times). Suitable for high school-age audiences and older. Through October 7. 615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
The Music Box Theater presents Keep it Brassy 2, adding horns to its usual four-piece band headed by musical director Glenn Sharp and featuring the resident cast of talented performers Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough, Cay Taylor, Kristina Sullivan and Luke Wrobel. The production features a variety of musical genres with lots of well-crafted tunes and a little comedy thrown in for good measure. Through October 13. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. 2623 Colquitt. Tickets: 713-522-7722.
Main Street Theater presents The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson. This beautiful play tells the tale of how Shakespeare’s First Folio came into existence thanks to the loyalty and love of his dear friends, particularly John Heminges and Henry Cordell, actors in Shakespeare’s company. They are determined to preserve the true versions of plays and compile the works that shaped their lives. Their families join in what is a truly a labor of love, stopping at nothing to make it happen. Through October 21. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: 713-524-6706.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodriguez.
Angelo and Mila are fifteen and homeless. Angelo is a dreamer and Milo is a streetwise hustler, but when they become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens, they build a fragile bond that inspires them to reach for understanding and self-acceptance. Rodriguez’s poetic coming-of-age story celebrates the healing power of hope and the beautiful mystery of being a teenager. October 3 through 21. 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
The Alley Theatre also kicks off its 2018-19 season by bringing to the stage Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s comedy classic of unrequited love, gender-bending hijinks and quick wit. Directed by Jonathan Mascone, this hilarious tale finds Viola assuming the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino, placing her at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night gives audiences one of Shakespeare’s most dynamic heroines matching wits with a host of captivating characters. Suitable for audiences high school-aged and older. October 5 through November 28. 615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
Theatre Under The Stars continues its 50th season with The Wiz. Based on the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, this reinvention of the classic tale features a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. A Tony-Award winner for Best Musical, The Wiz is a super-soul and energetic experience with a delightful twist on all of your favorite characters: Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witches and more. October 23 through November 4. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby Street. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-