Houston weather may be cold but Houston theatre is heating up! Corny, I know but very true!
There are plenty of performances happening throughout the city, but here are just some of what The Hive Society is looking forward to seeing in the next few weeks!
March 12 – March 22 2015
From Houston Ballet’s website:
“From the rapid precision of George Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina to the poignant story telling of Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat to the pure bravado and demanding technicality of Harald Lander’s Etudes, this is dance at its best. Houston Ballet’s Spring Repertory program serves up three of the world’s most respected choreographers and three distinct flavors of dance. There’s something for every palate – sweet, savory and spicy – and a production for every taste. It all adds up to one very satisfying menu by three masters of modern ballet.”
The human body is truly astounding and there’s no better reminder of that than seeing the artists of the Houston Ballet move and dance as the personification of magnificence. Since ballet continues to pop up in modern music (see Sia’s music videos and Sergei Polunin‘s interpretation of “Take me to Church” by Hozier) these performances are sure to be a crowd favorite.
For more information and tickets to Modern Masters click here.
The Blackest Shore by Mark Schultz
February 13 – March 7 2015
From Catastrophic Theatre’s website:
“Stuart, 16, is making a movie: graphic violence, extreme sex, the walking dead. Of course it’s also a love story. And it’s all true. In fact it’s more horribly true than anyone, even Stuart, can rightly comprehend. When Stuart begins to display increasingly troubling behavior, our sympathies are torn between a son and a father – both crippled by self-loathing– and each of the lives they touch, as they try to negotiate the impossible circumstances of a mysterious, horrific episode from Stuart’s youth.”
Some of the most innovative, thought-provoking theatre in Houston is being produced here; I’ve never seen a bad show here and this world premiere is already pulling in a great reviews. There tag line, “we will destroy you…” is not a joke and very well deserved.
For more information and tickets to The Blackest Shore click here.
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
February 4 – February 22 2015
From Alley Theatre’s website:
“‘All the world’s a stage’ in this masterpiece about romance and mistaken identity. Elizabeth Bunch, Chris Hutchinson and Todd Waite lead the company in one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. As You Like It traces the separate and intertwining journeys of Rosalind and Orlando, who have each been banished from their home and family. Independently, they each set out with a faithful friend and loyal servant and make their way through the Forest of Arden. Lovers discover lovers, fathers find daughters, brothers reclaim brothers, people are transformed and evil is converted in this delightful story of love.”
Just because their season is currently at the University of Houston while the downtown location is under construction, doesn’t mean the Alley Theatre has slowed down. The is production is laugh out loud humorous in one of The Bard’s best tales!
For more information and tickets to As You Like It click here.
Mother of George (featured film) by Andrew Dosunmu
One Night Only – Saturday Feb 21st 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
From 14 Pews’ website:
“MOTHER OF GEORGE is a poetic and moving second feature by Andrew Dosunmu (RESTLESS CITY), starring Danai Gurira (Michonne from AMC’s The Walking Dead, THE VISITOR). Featuring stunning work by acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS), the film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The story follows Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child – a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family.”
If you’re living in Houston and never seen a film or play at 14 Pews then you are missing out on a treasure of the city. An intimate space and unique selections of films and plays alike.
For more information and tickets to Mother of George click here.
March 20 – March 22 2015
From Houston Symphony’s website:
“When Verdi’s Requiem was first performed in 1874, it was monumental and groundbreaking because it combined the dramatic qualities of an opera with traditional religious music. Hear feelings of loss and sorrow in the hair-raising “Dies irae” theme as well as joyful praises, angelic voices and sublime melodies throughout this powerful performance by the Symphony, soloist and Chorus.”
If you think you don’t enjoy classical music, it’s because you’ve never had a chance to appreciate such artistry live. Break outside your comfort zone!
For more information and tickets to Verdi’s Requiem click here.
STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE
Girls Night: The Musical by Louise Roche
February 11 – March 22 2015
From Stages’ website:
“This touching and hilarious ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of five friends as they re-live the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out … and you’ll recognize a bit of yourself in each one of them! Girls Night has been described as ‘Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia’ (Applause Magazine), and audience members can’t help but laugh, cry, and dance in the aisles to hits like ‘Lady Marmalade,’ ‘It’s Raining Men,’ ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman,’ ‘I Will Survive,’ ‘We are Family’ and many more!”
This is a first for Houston as a regional premiere, sure to delight!
For more information and tickets to Girls Night click here.
OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS
La tragédie de Carmen by George Bizet
March 20 – March 29 2015
From Opera in the Height’s website:
“The tragic tale of the ultimate femme fatale, the naive soldier she seduces and his rival, the glamorous toreador. Carmen is one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, and with good reason. The music is spicy, seductive, and so hummable! And Carmen herself is fascinating and magnetic to every man in spite of (or because of?) the fact that she is completely bored by most of them. Ironically, in her first aria she explains herself to all the men and the audience with brutal honesty, yet we still find her mysterious!”
I adore this venue– what once was a church, is now a gorgeous, intimate space for some of the city’s finest voices to shine.
For more information and tickets to Carmen click here.