Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Main Street Theater
4/16-5/23/2014
adapt: David Wood; dir: Troy Scheid.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014 DREAMGIRLS
Beaumont Community Players
5/9-5/24/2014
Dreamgirls is a musical based on the show business aspirations and successes of acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles and James Brown. A young female singing trio from Chicago get their big break at an amateur competition and begin singing backup vocals for James "Thunder" Early. However, things begin to spin out of control when their agent, Curtis Taylor, Jr., makes Deena and not Effie, the star of what will become known as "The Dreams."
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014 IN JULIET'S GARDEN (BY: JUDY ELLIOT MCDONALD) AND OPHELIA'S ROPE & FRIENDS IMPROV
Studio 101, Spring Street Studios
5/22-5/30/2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014: 8pm -- Opening Night Saturday, May 24, 2014: 8pm Monday, May 26, 2014: 8pm -- Industry Night Wednesday, May 28, 2014: 8pm -- Date Night Friday, May 30,2014: 8pm -- Closing Night Act 1: In Juliet's Garden To be, or not to be" at the play...definitely TO BE! Come see Boiling Point Players inaugural production of In Juliet's Garden, a play for Shakespeare fans and newbies alike! In the Judy Elliot McDonald play, In Juliet's Garden, Juliet Capulet invites four other Shakespearean heroines-Desdemona, Katharina, Ophelia and Portia-to a special lunch to lobby William Shakespeare to change important elements in their respective plots. Unable-or unwilling-to attend, Shakespeare sends his literary agent and editor, Jacqueline de Boys, in his place. Tensions boil as each lady eloquently pleads her case to Jacqueline. With Shakespeare's precious plots on the line, who will triumph. Cast: Lori King Brown, Katy Burns, Autumn Clack, Melanie Martin, Ruth McCleskey, Regina Ohashi, Renata Smith Act 2: Ophelia's Rope & Friends Improv Houston Improv troupes will use audience suggestions to create spontaneous--and often hilarious--once in a lifetime stories!
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014Kathleen Clark) AND Variety Show in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM (BY: KATHLEEN CLARK) AND VARIETY SHOW
Studio 101, Spring Street Studios
5/23-5/31/2014
Friday, May 23, 2014: 8pm -- Opening Night Sunday, May 25, 2014: 3pm -- Crybaby Show Tuesday, May 27, 2014: 8pm -- Industry Night Thursday, May 29, 2014: 8pm -- Ladies' Night Saturday, May 31, 2014: 8pm -- Closing Night Act 1: Secrets of a Soccer Mom Three soccer moms, Alison, Lynn, and Nancy, take the field for a fun, mother-son soccer game. They intend to let the children win. However, as the game unfolds, it transforms from friendly to competitive, with the title of "Good Mother" at stake. The often funny exploration of motherhood and its challenges is central to this story about friendship, love and sacrifice. Cast: Autumn Clack, Melanie Martin, Ruth McCleskey Act 2: Variety Show This act will feature the female sketch duo Medial Phonies, the comedic talents of Amy Pope and the musical skills of the Boiling Point Players.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014 HEARTBREAK HOUSE
Main Street Theater
5/3-6/1/2014
September, 1914. The topsy-turvy household of Captain Shotover and his daughter Hesione Hushabye entertains weekend guests: Ellie Dunn, her father, and her fiance. Unfortunately, Ellie's fiance is a scoundrel, her father is a bumbling prig, and she's actually in love with Hesione's husband Hector. This bold mix of farce and tragedy lampoons British society as it blithely ignores the catastrophe looming on the horizon that will become the War to End All Wars. "With the world seemingly on endless edge these days, and with plenty of Americans feeling disengaged from the circus of our cultural and political discourse, Shaw's bracing analysis of a civilization in decline seems more valuable than ever," wrote Charles Isherwood in 2006 of the Roundabout Theater Company's production. And being Shaw, of course sprinkled atop that bracing analysis is wit and humor - and sparkling Shavian language.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014War Horse in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> WAR HORSE
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts [Sarofim Hall]
5/27-6/1/2014
The winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, WAR HORSE will embark on a national tour in June 2012, bringing the hit play to 30 U.S. cities during the 2012-2013 season. WAR HORSE has been seen by almost 2 million people worldwide and is currently playing at New Yorki¿½s Lincoln Center Theater, in Londoni¿½s West End, and at Torontoi¿½s Princess of Wales Theatre. Future productions of WAR HORSE are planned for Australia, Berlin and South Africa, as well as a UK Tour. The tour of WAR HORSE, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, will be directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tonyi¿½ Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Michael Morpurgoi¿½s novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielbergi¿½s feature film of the same name, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014 ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN
Pearl Theater
5/16-6/1/2014
Pearl Theater will end its 2013/2014 season with a bang by bringing to life Robert Fulghum's bestselling, "All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten". What started out as an essay, turned best seller, turned stage adaptation, All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten remains popular because of its witty and undeniably charming look into 'everyman'. Utilizing a multi-generational cast to weave the funny, insightful and heartwarming tales, director Robyn LeGris hopes to provide audiences with many 'Aha' moments as they recognize times and people in their own life. "I love that we were able to cast both young and young at heart in this production, having a wide range of ages really adds to the authenticity of the stories." If you have read Robert Fulghum's books, you will recognize many of the delightful characters such as: a shy little boy who insists on playing the "pig" in his class production of Cinderella; a man whose dream of flying carries him high over Los Angeles … in a lawn chair buoyed by surplus weather balloons; a "mother of the bride" who's staged a perfect wedding-until the bowling ball of fate rolls down the aisle; and a modern-day Greek philosopher who finds the meaning of life in a piece of broken mirror from World War II. If you have not read his books, you can be assured that these stories celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age. Performance dates and Times: May 16 - June 1 , 2014 • Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm • Sunday Matinees at 3pm (No Show May 18) • Buy One, Get One Free Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014 VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Alley Theatre
5/23-6/15/2014
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the irresistible new comedy by Christopher Durang, won both the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award, and is currently a smash-hit on Broadway. Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago and became a famous movie star! When Masha returns unannounced with her 20-something boy toy, Spike, so begins an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, regret, and generally hilarious racket. By the end of their impromptu family reunion, this lovable bunch won't ever be the same!
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014 THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM
The Garza Main Stage
5/23-6/15/2014
In this comic romp, two impoverished gentlemen seek to improve their fortunes by marrying wealthy women. Surprisingly, they find love! Deceitful lovers, highway robbers, a medical quack and a drunken buffoon round out the cast in this bawdy circus.
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