After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder and ultimately reach each other. Winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this "funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama" (The New York Times) can be enjoyed at Houston's Theatre Southwest.
Around the World in 80 Days is a classic story, but you've never experienced it quite like this. Courtesy of the A.D. Players, this production features just five actors playing 39 different characters as they traverse four separate continents, dodging stampeding elephants, typhoons and runaway trains. The intricate stage production brings Jules Verne's famous adventure to life in a brand new way, following the fearless explorer Phileas Fogg as he agrees to an outrageous and seemingly impossible bet: He must travel around the world in 80 days in a hot-air balloon or lose every penny of his fortune. See why this story has captured the imagination of audiences for over a century with this exciting, silly and thoroughly enjoyable rollercoaster ride of fun.
In Alan Ball's hilarious comedy Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, five identically clad bridesmaids find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the wedding reception below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond -- none of them really like the bride! -- in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the female spirit. Enjoy this production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Stageworks Theatre in Houston.
Stephen King considers The Haunting of Hill House one of the top three horror novels ever written. He isn't alone in his (terrified) admiration: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, even the notoriously picky Dorothy Parker, all praised Shirley Jackson's novella as the quintessential haunted house story, never to be out-done or out-spooked. Now after two film versions, The Haunting of Hill House has been adapted for the stage and comes to Purple Box Theater in Friendswood. Hoping to find "proof" of the supernatural, Dr. Montague rents Hill House, an abandoned mansion with a creepy reputation, and invites a select number of guests to join him there. Quickly, however, their stay goes horrifically awry.
On his second night of incarceration, Angel Cruz is transferred to a special lockdown wing of protective custody. His only source of human contact is a lone inmate -- Lucius Jenkins, a.k.a. "the Black Plague" -- a sociopathic serial killer who pauses from his workouts only to chain smoke and to "save" Angel. Lucius Jenkins has found God. Now Angel's life and the course of his trial will be changed forever. Catch this powerful drama in Studio 101 in Houston, performed by the 4th Wall Theatre Company.
Abbey finds most everyone insufferable. Marylin is relentlessly upbeat, breaths in air and breaths out Fairy Dust. Now they're roommates at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. Surely, they can share a room, but as luck would have it, they both want the same bed for themselves. What ends will these two go to meet their goal? The Odd Couple meets The Golden Girls as the show builds from belly laughs to something much more substantial and satisfying. See the Houston premiere of the rip-roaring comedy Ripcord by David Lindsay-Abaire at Theatre Suburbia.
Inspired by the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, Violet's astounded critics and audiences alike in two separate decades. As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward ax blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved, she's traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle - the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. On the way, she meets a young, African-American soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical "imperfections." Catch this Tony-nominated musical at Queensbury Theatre in Houston.
With humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, The World Goes 'Round is a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. From Cabaret to Chicago, this nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including "Mr. Cellophane," "Maybe This Time," "Cabaret" and "New York, New York," seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre at Playhouse 1960.