Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/17/2016

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Cone Man Running Productions
The World Premiere of THE RIGHT KIND OF PEOPLE by Michael Weems In his short dating life, Tim's never gotten a written invitation to a blind date. He's never been on a picnic to the outdoors; never met someone who refused to own any kind of electronic device; or who would eagerly watch a hockey game with him. Tim's never been in love. Tim's never met a girl like Eva. With practically nothing in common, Tim and Eva tip toe into an unexpected relationship – aided by their mutual desire to find the right person and avoiding the less than helpful advice Tim’s roommate Ronnie. As their undeniable differences start to mount, the luster starts to fade on both Tim and Eva, and the couple is left wondering if they will be able to learn the art of sacrifice before it’s too late? CAST: Tim - Conor Farrell Eva - Cassandra Austen Ronnie - Steve Brown Directed by Christine Weems Sunday, January 10 at 8PM Monday, January 11 at 8PM Wednesday, January 13 at 8PM Sunday, January 17 at 8PM Monday, January 18 at 8PM Wednesday, January 20 at 8PM
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Boiling Point Players
“A New Dawn” cabaret, presents four original works by Houston playwright, Bryan Maynard, and intermingling song performances, improv and a sneak peak of BPP’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Founder of Cone Man Running Productions, Christine Weems, featuring an all-female cast.
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Cone Man Running Productions
The Regional Premiere of THE ARMAGEDDON DANCE PARTY By David L. Williams Directed by Sam Martinez John and Michelle, a lovely young couple, are faced with a problem: The TV news just told them Armageddon is here. Talk about ruining a Friday night! But John and Michelle turn lemons into lemonade by throwing an end of the world party. With dancing!! When the friends and friends of friends packed into the apartment learn the end is nigh, the party takes a turn. Guests list everything they won't miss about the world, fights ensue, people ask to be killed, others grants their requests, lovers couple and uncouple for Armageddon sex, and talk of Revelation and great music fill the air. Like any good party. CAST: Michelle - Stacy Carraro John - Jonathan Moonen Tom - Austin Heps Trixie - Mary Mink Clea - Kacie Adams Charlie - Robert Durante Janis - Megan Nix Monty - Mynor Eddie Rodriguez Erika May - Rebecca Goldstein
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Queensbury Theatre
Opening January 7th to make your New Year fun is The 39 Steps, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “wrong man” espionage thriller, transferred from screen to stage as a farce with uproarious results. Ripe with allusion to other Hitchcock titles, it’s a movie lover’s laugh anthology, tweaking the high-tension genre with wit, energy, and affection. As in the film, Richard Hannay, falsely accused and hounded from one end of Britain to the other, fights to expose a Nazi plot on the eve of World War II. With homage to Texas’s own Greater Tuna, this version of The 39 Steps features just three actors as 150 different characters, all chasing or abetting our hero Hannay. It’s a madcap romp through gripping melodrama. Directed by George Brock, the production spins its serious story with comedic equipoise and stagecraft. The 39 Steps runs from January 7 – 24, Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Tickets are $30 – 48.
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Main Street Theater
David Ives; dir: Guy Roberts.
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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, one of the most romantic stories ever written, is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It's an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping, expressive balladry of classic Broadway. The Daily News hails it as "one of Broadway's best scores in the last decade." With a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Marcia Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) and direction by Tony-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is "an evening you will cherish long after the show’s over!" (NPR)
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Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company
Directed by Ron Jones and starring the celestial Celeste Roberts, Becky's New Car is a disarmingly thoughtful drama about the nature of love, fidelity and second chances...hidden inside a hilarious screwball comedy. Just the right mix of pathos and whimsy to shake off those post-holiday blues! The play follows Becky Foster, a middle aged woman stuck in a rut at her middle mangement job until one night when a grieving millionaire happens into the car dealership where she works and offers her a chance at a wild ride into a new life. In the words of Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Becky’s journey makes us think about our own ‘why’.
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A. D. Players
Neil Simon.
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Main Street Theater
book: Katherine Paterson, Stephanie Tolan; music: Steve Liebman; dir: Troy Scheid.
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The Ensemble Theatre
August Wilson; dir: Eileen J. Morris.
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