Queensbury Theatre presents the World Premiere of For Tonight. When their parents die of a mysterious illness in their small Welsh village, surviving siblings Thomas, Hayden and Nettie are forced to fend for themselves. Inspired by the Romani who once shared their home, Haydon heads off to Liverpool, guitar in hand, to find what he’s missing. There he meets a Romani woman, Mirela, who speaks to his wandering soul. This enchanting story, inspired by the author’s great-great-great grandfather’s journals, is magically recounted by a band of Romani musicians. It challenges prejudices, family relationships, and what it means to embrace the unknown. Through a riveting indie-rock/folk score, For Tonight explores the indelible power of home. Through March 3.
12777 Queensbury Place. Tickets: QueensburyTheatre.org or 713-467-4497.
Stages Repertory Theatrepresents a satirical look at the cutthroat media world in Lucy Kirkwood’s NSDW (Not Suitable For Work). Money, sex and Photoshop! After Sam loses his job at Doghouse, a men’s magazine where the men always behave badly, he interviews at Electra, a glossy women’s magazine where the women objectify each other. It’s a world where jobs are scarce, beauty standards are savage and personal integrity is a luxury. Through March 3.3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Theatre Under The Starscontinues its 50th anniversary season with the ultimate feel-good show, the hit musical Mamma Mia! With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, book by Catherine Johnson and originally conceived by Judy Craymer, this fun-filled production features ABBA’S timeless songs propelling an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they visited 20 years ago. Through March 3. 800 Bagby Street. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.
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 award winning musicals from across the decades. This troupe’s music-filled and hilarious cabaret features such favorites as the classic “Luck Be A Lady Tonight” from Guys and Dolls, “Memories” from Cats, “Age of Aquarius” from Hair, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables and many more. For the seventh year in a row, the talented singers and formidable band members have created a new show entirely dedicated to Broadway. Through April 20. 2623 Colquitt Avenue. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
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. A number of 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. February 28 through March 23.1824 Spring Street, Studio 101. Tickets: Vendini.com.
The Alley Theatrepresents 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 class, are revealed in this Tony Award winning Best Play.
Suitable for ages 18 and up. March 1 through 24.615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.