Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 CABARET
Beaumont Community Players
1/17-2/1/2014
The scene is a nightclub in Berlin as the 1920's are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. On the train to Berlin we find Cliff, a young American writer, and Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff's luggage at the German border. History is in the process of being made. We find Cliff on the train again, now leaving Berlin alone. He writes about Sally and the people of Berlin leading up to the Third Reich. It has been a tumultuous and heartbreaking era. Musical numbers include It Couldn't Please Me More, Willkommen, Cabaret, Don't Tell Mama and Two Ladies.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 THE PASSENGER
Houston Grand Opera
1/18-2/2/2014
Memory can comfort, torment-even terrify-but it is always with us. As Faulkner wrote, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." The horrors of the Second World War, still raw today, were fresh in 1959 when Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz wrote a play titled The Passenger from Cabin 45 for Polish radio. The play became the basis of the opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg in 1967. En route to a new post with her husband, a German diplomat, Lisa is unnerved by the sight of a woman-another passenger-who eerily resembles Martha, one of the inmates Lisa tormented when she was an SS overseer at Auschwitz. The action of the drama takes us from the stylish gentility of a luxury liner's deck to the squalor of a death camp where cruelty, despair, and unspeakable courage are evident in equal measure. This American premiere will be one of the most important musical events of the year.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 WE WILL ROCK YOU
The Hobby Center
1/22-2/2/2014
From London's West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton comes to Houston for a limited engagement! We Will Rock You features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen. Now in its 11th year in London and seen by a staggering 15 million people worldwide, this hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon boasts a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes that you just can't resist singing along to, such as "Another One Bites The Dust," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Are The Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, of course, "We Will Rock You." It's the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other, so don't miss the party!
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 OTHER DESERT CITIES
Alley Theatre
1/10-2/2/2014
A riveting new play by Pulitzer Prize nominee and creator of TV's hit drama Brothers & Sisters, Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities was named the Outstanding Play by the Outer Critics Circle and called "the best new play on Broadway" by The New York Times. After a six-year absence, Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her parents, brother and aunt. The warm desert air turns chilly when news of her upcoming memoir threatens to revive the most painful chapter of the family's history. The New York Daily News calls this dysfunctional family drama "a winner funny and fierce, invigorating and intelligent."
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Stage Door Inc.
1/10-2/2/2014
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 A RAISIN IN THE SUN
The Garza Main Stage
1/10-2/2/2014
For a struggling black family in 1950's Chicago, the anticipation of a windfall insurance check rekindles dreams long deferred. But dreams can slip away. This emotionally-charged but tender drama examines the hardships that accompany the pursuit of the American Dream.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 WE WILL ROCK YOU
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
1/21-2/2/2014
In its 11th smash year in London, with productions having occurred all over the world -Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Canada, and Austria to name a few- WE WILL ROCK YOU, featuring the music of QUEEN, comes to North America for its first National Tour, beginning in the fall of 2013. Seen by more than 15 million people worldwide, WE WILL ROCK YOU is a guitar-thrashing, leather clad musical based on over two dozen QUEEN songs with a script and direction by Ben Elton, music supervision by QUEEN, Roger Taylor and Brian May, and produced by Phil Mcintyre Entertainment, Tribeca Theatrical Productions and Queen Theatrical Productions.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 RIGOLETTO
Houston Grand Opera
1/24-2/9/2014
Rigoletto, jester to the Duke of Mantua, is both reviled and respected for his razor-sharp, bitter wit. His only joy is his daughter, Gilda, whom he has hidden from his amoral employer's court. But Rigoletto cannot protect her from falling in love. When the Duke poses as a young student and adds Gilda to his long list of conquests, the jester swears revenge. Passion drives him to plot the Duke's murder but, naive and blinded by love, Gilda spoils her father's scheme with heart- wrenching results.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 PRIVATE LIVES
Playhouse 1960
1/24-2/15/2014
Private Lives is a 1930 comedy of manners in three acts by Noel Coward. It focuses on a divorced couple who discover that they are honeymooning with their new spouses in neighbouring rooms at the same hotel.
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THE GIVER
Main Street Theater
1/22-2/15/2014
Theater for Youth:adapt: Eric Coble; dir: Troy Scheid.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 INTO THE WOODS
Main Street Theater
1/11-2/16/2014
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved musical re-imagined for a small cast and intimate stage. The story follows a Baker and his wife's wish to have a child, Cinderella's wish to attend the King's Festival, and Jack's wish that his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's spell, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. In 1988, Into the Woods won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 FENCES
Pearl Theater
1/31-2/16/2014
Pearland Theatre Guild proudly announces the opening of Fences written by August Wilson and directed by Cheryl D. Loudd on January 31, 2014 and running through February 16, 2014. Set in 1957, Fences is the heartbreaking story of a man and his last chance at bat. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is the story of Troy Maxon who by all rights should have been an American baseball legend. When his rapid rise through the Negro leagues hit the ceiling of racial prejudice, Troy was forced to let go of his dream for major league success. Now his son has won the attention of college football recruiters - an opportunity to achieve the dream his father could not. Can Troy quiet his own demons enough to support his son or will he strike out once more? Director Cheryl Loudd states, "I am excited about directing Pearland Theatre Guild's production of "Fences". August Wilson is such a great playwright who has written such gripping work, and "Fences" is no exception. I'm so glad we can expose our Houston/Pearland patrons to Mr. Wilson's work during Black History Month. This is a story about how life experiences can plant seeds early on, and the effects that can be passed down for generations through our loved ones. Our challenge is to learn the lessons through these experiences, both good and bad." Performance Dates and Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm Sunday Matinees Feb. 9 and Feb 16, at 3pm Buy One; Get One Free Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30pm
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/26/2014 FREUD'S LAST SESSION
Alley Theatre
1/24-2/23/2014
Freud's Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites a little-known professor C.S. Lewis (who later wrote the children's classic The Chronicles of Narnia), to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex, and the meaning of life. "The humor is plentiful" (The New York Times) in this "thrilling" (Variety) tete-a-tete.
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FREUD?S LAST SESSION
Alley Theatre
1/24-2/23/2014
Neuhaus Stage:Mark St. Germain.
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THE MEETING
The Ensemble Theatre
1/25-2/23/2014
George W. Hawkins Mainstage:Jeff Stetson; dir: Shirley Marks Whitmore.
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THE DIARY OF Anne Frank
A. D. Players
1/29-3/2/2014
MainStage:Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett.
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