Plays are often overlooked as a means of entertainment. This is unfortunate, as a well-performed theatrical production can enlighten and inspire in many different ways. Houston has one of the most active arts communities in the United States and its many universities schedule productions throughout the year. Here are some of the top college productions to see in Houston this year:

Blood Wedding
Quintero Theatre
133 Wortham
Houston, TX 77204
(713) 743-5548

Dates: Oct. 25-30 and Nov. 1-3, 2013

Brought to you by the University of Houston Department of Theatre and Dance, “Blood Wedding” is a Spanish tragedy written by Federico Garcia Lorca. The play is about life, making choices and dealing with the results of those choices. Originally written in 1932, “Blood Wedding” has been performed countless times in several languages. It is often cited for its references to nature and its life lessons on topics such as deception and fate.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Wortham Theater
500 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 487-7000

Dates: Nov. 22-24, 2013

A lightened-up comedy for the season, this production by the University of Houston is bound to leave you laughing out loud and cheering for more. The play is about a group of rowdy, out-of-control children who visit a church for the first time to get some free snacks, only to find themselves cast in a Christmas play. They are the last kids you would expect to appear in a play relating to Christmas and the irony sets the stage for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” It’s a memorable and humorous production about the Christmas story told in a less conventional fashion.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Founder’s Court
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-4882

Dates: Nov. 6-9, 2013

The classic play by WIlliam Shakespeare comes to life on stage at Rice University’s Founder’s Court. The classic play about the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. The members of Rice University’s Theatre Department will keep guests entertained all the way to the last curtain call as they mesmerize the audience with their skill and comedic timing. It is a comedy production not to miss.

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Emerging Choreographers
Quintero Theatre
133 Wortham
Houston, TX 77204
(713) 743-5548

Dates: Dec. 6-7, 2013

If you like live performances but want to see something different, then “Emerging Choreographers” is the production for you. Instead of performing a well-known play or dance, the students of the University of Houston’s Theatre and Dance Department put on their own type of show. The students created this entertainment production and are responsible for its choreography, lighting, production, etc. They will take the stage and enlighten audiences with their creative talents in a full production of new, original material.

Our Country’s Good
Quintero Theatre
133 Wortham
Houston, TX 77204
(713) 743-5548 

Dates: Feb. 21-28 and March 1-2, 2013

A play originally written by Timberlake Wertenbakerm, “Our Country’s Good” is set in the nation of Australia back in the days when it was still a British penal colony. This is a play about a play, and it features a marine lieutenant who decides to put on a show commemorating the English king’s birthday. He relies on a little help from the British prisoners in what is now modern-day Sydney and he casts them in various roles. It’s an entertaining production that takes theatre guests back to an historical era that most have forgotten.

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