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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/16/2014 FREUD'S LAST SESSION
Alley Theatre
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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Alley Theatre
Neuhaus Stage:Mark St. Germain.
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The Ensemble Theatre
George W. Hawkins Mainstage:Jeff Stetson; dir: Shirley Marks Whitmore.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/16/2014 THE KING AND I
Trinity School of Midland
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the magic and beauty of the original are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theMusic by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/16/2014 GHOST THE MUSICAL
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Set in modern day New York City, Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.
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The Catastrophic Theatre
Miki Johnson; dir: Jason Nodler.
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A. D. Players
MainStage:Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/16/2014 A SOLDIER'S PLAY
Beaumont Community Players
In a Louisiana army camp in 1944 Capt. Taylor, the white C.O., has a problem. He commands a black company whose sergeant has been murdered. He is worried the murderer may be a white officer or the local Klan. A black captain, Richard Davenport, is assigned to investigate. Taylor tries to discourage him because he feels the assignment of a black investigator means the case is to be swept under the rug. Capt. Davenport perseveres and, as he probes deeper, he finds the black soldiers are as corrupted with hatred as the whites. Each one had a motive for the killing. Davenport solves the case and the truth is even more shocking than the murder itself.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/16/2014 FOOL
Alley Theatre
In Theresa Rebeck's new comedy, Fool, two kings get together and place a wager on their fools - a jester competition, and the funniest one gets to keep his head. Two evil minions have a lot to say about this, but not as much as the kitchen wench. And what's the queen been up to all night? A dramatical comical farcical tragical play about power, love, laughter, and death, set in a medieval kitchen. Fool is the fifth play by Theresa Rebeck to be produced by the Alley, starting with the hugely successful Bad Dates in 2005, which Arts Houston called "dazzling." In 2007 the Alley produced The Scene, called "tightly written, sharply observed, and all too true . . . first-rate social satire" by the Houston Chronicle. The "cunningly crafted suspense comedy" (Houston Chronicle) Mauritius followed in 2009. The Alley Theatre's most recent production of Rebeck's work was the "juicy black comedy" (Variety) What We're Up Against in 2012. In the past two seasons, Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck's comedies, Seminar and Dead Accounts opened on Broadway. Seminar received rave reviews including: "the funniest show on Broadway" (WOR), "surprising and witty" (Wall Street Journal), "enormously entertaining" (Variety) and "one of Rebeck's best works" (Associated Press). USA Today called Dead Accounts "Rebeck's most robustly entertaining Broadway entry to date, with dialogue that crackles and purrs." Rebeck's writing is described by the NY Daily News as showing "smarts, topicality and zingy dialogue" and the Houston Press writes "Rebeck's dialogue is deliciously rich with wry observations about the current human condition." In addition to writing and producing for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue, she is the creator of the NBC drama SMASH and one of its executive producers. Her play, The Scene, which the Alley produced in 2007, has been turned into a feature film titled Seducing Charlie Barker in 2010. She was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek in 2011.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/16/2014 PETER PAN
The Berry Center
Generations have embraced this effervescent fantasy of childhood! While on an adventure in his far-flung island home, the boy-who-never-grows-up must protect three children from the devilishly refined pirate, Captain Hook.
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