Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/23/2014

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CLEAN/THROUGH
The Catastrophic Theatre
2/7-3/1/2014
Miki Johnson; dir: Jason Nodler.
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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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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/23/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
The Kinkaid School
2/28-3/2/2014
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. G2K? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theMusic by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer; Adapted by Tom Briggs
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/23/2014 A SOLDIER'S PLAY
Beaumont Community Players
2/21-3/8/2014
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 2/23/2014 MACBETH
Main Street Theater
2/27-3/9/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/23/2014 THE WIZARD OF OZ
The Hobby Center
3/4-3/16/2014
"We're off to see…" the most magical adventure of them all. Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/23/2014 FOOL
Alley Theatre
2/21-3/16/2014
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 2/23/2014 PETER PAN
The Berry Center
2/21-3/16/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/23/2014 THE WIZARD OF OZ
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts [Sarofim Hall]
3/4-3/16/2014
Andrew Lloyd Webber's reworked stage musical The Wizard of Oz is set to launch a North American tour in fall of 2013. After its run at the Ed Mirvish theatre in Toronto this December, The Wizard of Oz will take its entire cast across Canada and into the United States, hitting cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles. Andrew Lloyd Webbera€™s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team of the revival of The Sound of Music. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/23/2014 THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
Stage Door Inc.
2/28-3/23/2014
This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until the Watchdog focuses his television cameras on the institution
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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Main Street Theater
2/26-4/5/2014
MainStage:Willie Reale; lyrics: Willie Reale; music: Robert Reale; dir: Andrew Ruthven.
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