Houston’s theater scene is always growing and changing, and the productions planned for this spring and early summer are no exception. City premieres, old favorites and national tours stopping by for a while are all featured this spring. Whether you want something fun, musical, serious, thought-provoking, or anything in between, there’s something for everyone in theater this season.
Country Playhouse: Below the Belt
12802 Queensland Lane
Prices: $22 for adults, $19 for seniors and students with ID, $12 for children under 10
Showtimes: March 23-April 7; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on April 1, Thursday performance at 7:30 p.m. on April 5.
“Below the Belt” by Richard Dobbitt features three characters, all stuck in the drudgery of the corporate workplace, and their struggles to make their way up the company ladder from peon to president. Each thinks that the only way to make it in his industry is to back-stab the others. But what is lurking just outside their world of treachery, and how will it affect all of their chances at promotion? Find out at one of the many performances taking place through April 1 at the Country Playhouse.
Theatre Under The Stars: La Cage Aux Folles
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Houston, TX 77002
Showtimes: April 24-May 6; Sundays and Tuesdays to Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
This national tour, featuring George Harrison and brought to Houston by TUTS, tells the story of a young man who brings his fiancee and her parents home to meet his family – his two fathers, who run a scandalous nightclub in Saint Tropez. When the press catch on to the fact that the fiancee and her father – a famously conservative politician – are in the back rooms of a nightclub full of drag queens, everyone has to get over their predispositions to get out of this family meeting in one piece.
Stages Repertory Theatre: The Unexpected Man
3401 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019
Prices: $19-33 for adults; discounts available for seniors and students with ID
Showtimes: April 18-May 13; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
Translated by Christopher Hampton, this very early Yasmina Reza play focuses on a man and a woman riding a train together, and the fragility of life and the strength of love. Dazzling internal monologues feature prominently in this show, which is rarely performed. This staging by Stages Repertory Theatre represents the first time this play has been performed in the Houston area in many years – don’t miss out on what could be the chance of a lifetime.
Alley Theatre: The Seafarer
615 Texas Ave.
Houston Texas 77002
Showtimes: April 6-April 29; Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
One cold, dark Christmas Eve, Sharky returns to Dublin to take care of his older brother who has recently gone blind. Ivan and Nicky, his old drinking buddies, come to keep them company and play cards throughout the night, until a stranger from their past arrives in the night. What will happen on this cold holiday evening? Only time will tell.
The Houston Cecilia: Leonard Bernstein’s MASS
St. Philip Presbyterian Church
4807 San Felipe
Houston, TX 77056
Prices: $20 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID
Showtimes: Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
This Houston premiere is a collaboration of many smaller, but still talented, groups of Houston performers. Leonard Bernstein (most commonly known for his work on West Side Story) interprets the traditional Catholic Mass in a way never seen before. His interpretation will make everyone – performers and audience alike – think about the way they approach faith. The Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir has pulled VOX – The Rob Seible Singers, the HSPVA Treble Choir, REVOLVE Dance Company, and famed baritone Brian Shircliffe for this never-before-seen-in-Houston production.
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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.