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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/17/2013 CTHULHU: A PUPPET PLAY
The Ornery Theatre
2/14-2/18/2013
The Ornery Theatre will present an original work, Cthulhu: A Puppet Play, at local art space 14 Pews from February 14-18th. Cthulhu: A Puppet Play is based on the cosmology created by the master of horror, H.P. Lovecraft (author of seminal classics The Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror , and The Dreams in the Witch House). Borrowing from Lovecraft's themes and characters, Cthulhu: A Puppet Play uses puppets, film, and an original score to capture the feeling of impending doom intrinsic to Lovecraft's works and place it in a modern setting. Cthulhu: A Puppet Play was conceived and written by Mike and Kelly Switzer of the Ornery Theatre. This production is made possible by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance, as well as the generous support of Kickstarter funders from across the globe. The Ornery Theatre was founded by Mike Switzer and is committed to producing work, both new and classic, that would not otherwise be seen on Houston stages. The Ornery Theatre has previously produced the original puppet play Bedtime Stories (Producer's Pick at the 2011 Houston Fringe Festival), Rough for Theatre I and II by Samuel Beckett, and The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice. Mike's wife and artistic partner, Kelly Switzer, is an Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Houston-Downtown and a local scenic and costume designer. Each puppet was handcrafted by Ms. Switzer. This production has attracted a wide swath of Houston's most talented artists. Stephanie Saint Sanchez, of the award-winning La Chicana Laundry Pictures, is the director of film. George Heathco composed and will perform an original score that utilizes the Morse Code translation of "Cthulhu is coming" as a thematic base. Local actors, dancers, musicians, and puppeteers involved with the production include: Matthew Carter, Paul Locklear, Kira Vincent, Chris Kemmerer, London Alexander, Luke Hubley, Shanon Adams, Ashley Horn, and Daniel Adame. Cthulhu: A Puppet Play will run on February 14, 15, 16, and 18 at 8:00pm at 14 Pews. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students with an ID. The production is not suitable for children under 13. For information contact theornerytheatre@gmail.com or visit http://cthulhuapuppetplay.wordpress.com/ or facebook.com/TheOrneryTheatre.
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KNOCK ME A KISS
The Ensemble Theatre
1/26-2/24/2013
George Hawkins Mainstage: - Charles Smith; dir: Chuck Smith.
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TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (AMERICAN VERSION)
Standing Room Only Productions
2/21-2/24/2013
TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (American Version) Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics Don Black and Richard Maltby, Jr. TELL ME ON A SUNDAY is Act I of Andrew Lloyd Webber?S SONG & DANCE. It is a one-woman-musical about love. Emma, a young British woman, moves to New York City in search of adventure and romance. Her story is told through introspective musical monologues and her letters home to England. A tour de force for the performer, the Broadway production opened in 1985 winning Bernadette Peters a Tony Award for her portrayal of Emma. Melissa Manchester starred in the national tour that followed.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black & Richard Maltby, Jr.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/17/2013 TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (AMERICAN VERSION)
Standing Room Only Productions
2/21-2/24/2013
TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (American Version) Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics Don Black and Richard Maltby, Jr. TELL ME ON A SUNDAY is Act I of Andrew Lloyd Webber?S SONG & DANCE. It is a one-woman-musical about love. Emma, a young British woman, moves to New York City in search of adventure and romance. Her story is told through introspective musical monologues and her letters home to England. A tour de force for the performer, the Broadway production opened in 1985 winning Bernadette Peters a Tony Award for her portrayal of Emma. Melissa Manchester starred in the national tour that followed.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black & Richard Maltby, Jr.
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Memorial High School
2/21-3/2/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/17/2013 SOUTH PACIFIC
Memorial High School
2/21-3/2/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/17/2013 MAN OF LA MANCHA
The Hobby Center
2/26-3/10/2013
Windmills beware as the whimsical, fabled Don Quixote once again aims for The Impossible Dream in his quest to become a legend in his own mind. Drama ensues as our hero, Don Quixote, embarks on a noble quest to win the favor of his lovely muse, Aldonza. Beloved on Broadway to the tune of five revivals and five Tony Awards, this "play within a play" is an actor's dream of expression, moving audiences to laugh, lust, and love along with the classic, larger-than-life characters.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/17/2013 THE FIRST CHURCH OF TEXACO
A.D. Players Theater
2/17-3/17/2013
This campy, fun-filled romantic comedy is all about losing a fortune, finding a treasure, and winning an Emmy on the highway of life.
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THE FIRST CHURCH OF TEXACO
A. D. Players
2/13-3/17/2013
Grace Theater: - Andrew William Librizzi.
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