Our Houston Theatre Christmas Wish List
'Twas the night before Christmas, and through the Houston area people were shopping, cursing their error. Why did they wait for the last few minutes to buy so many holiday presents? Cozy, at home, two theater enthusiasts discussed theatrical amusements. There were funny shows, and sad ones. Some had music and joviality, while others encouraged civic responsibility. But, sadly, the list of dream shows to see just grew and grew. Wouldn't it be great if Houston produced just a few? They may have been done, but not since we started seeing everything. Oh, Santa and producers, please make true our Christmas dreams.
Below are the Top 10 shows (in alphabetical order), we'd love to see come to life on Houston stages:
THE ACCIDENTAL BLONDE - Leslye Headland, writer of BACHELORETTE and ASSISTANCE, is working on a cycle of plays known as the Seven Deadly Sins Cycle. BACHELORETTE focuses on gluttony, ASSISTANCE focuses on greed, and THE ACCIDENTAL BLONDE is her take on envy. With a keen eye for social commentary and a devastatingly sharp wit, we are excited about seeing her tackle jealousy by following the lives of two estranged friends, Lucy and Veronica.
ANGELS IN AMERICA: A GAY FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES - When looking at the development of American theatre, this two-part masterpiece by Tony Kushner is highly regarded for many reasons. We've seen the HBO miniseries adaptation, we've read the both MILLENNIUM APPROACHES and PERESTROIKA, but we've never seen them on stage. The notably epic plays together equal about seven hours of theatre, dealing with homosexuality, AIDS, love, heartbreak, politics, and transformation.
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE - Martin McDonagh first landed on the scene with this beautifully violent, in-your-face, and thought-provoking dark comedy. Debuting in 1996, produced by the Alley Theatre in 1999 and by Theatre Southwest in 2009, and set in Galway County, Ireland, it tells the story of the dysfunctional relationship between a 40-year-old spinster, Maureen, and her overbearingly selfish and manipulative 70-year-old mother. However, when Pato, a middle-aged construction worker, visits the house, Maureen is attracted to what she sees as her last chance at a normal life, and she pursues it. The entire play is set in the shabby, dimly lit kitchen of the house, adding an element of claustrophobia and unease to the tense and taut plot.
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION - Annie Baker is one of America's most beloved new playwrights. In Houston there have been successful mountings of her plays BODY AWARENESS and THE ALIENS. Now, we definitely feel it's time to bring the play that started it all to Houston stages. This play, set in an artsy small town, brings together an unlikely collection of strangers who sign up for an "Adult Creative Drama" class. Over the course of the summer, the silly games played in class generate some real-life drama.
DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS - This drama, crafted by Carlos Murillo, had its World Premiere in 2007's Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. The plot centers around a teenage boy's fictional internet identity. It all spins out of control when the game he plays becomes overwhelmed by real emotion because the virtual and real world collide. The Denver Post calls it a "shocking, revelatory look at how the internet blurs reality and virtual reality."
DRACULA, THE MUSICAL - Frank Wildhorn has made a career of adapting fascinating novels into the musical medium. In 2004, DRACULA, THE MUSICAL, featuring lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, made it to Broadway, and the critics were not very kind. Despite this, its revised and re-orchestrated production in Graz in 2007 was met with rave reviews. As fans of Frank Wildhorn and of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, we have always longed to see this show produced on the stage. Our wish almost came true as the title was part of The Masquerade Theater's 2012-2013 Blockbuster Season, which sadly never came to fruition.