The city of Houston, ever the artistic force to reckon with, has some wildly entertaining plays on stage right now. New faces on stage and so many area premieres!

Here’s where you’ll find The Hive this Fall!

 

STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE

De Kus (The Kiss)
By Ger Thijs, Translated by Paul Evans
October 12 – October 30 2016

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Wednesdays & Thursdays 7:30pm
Fridays 8:00pm
Saturdays 2:30pm & 8:00pm
Sundays 2:30pm

U.S. PREMIERE

A co-production with Upstream Theatre

“In The Kiss, two troubled souls cross paths: an apprehensive housewife facing a difficult diagnosis and a disillusioned comedian grappling with despair. This chance encounter leads them to reflect on their lives as they have been, as they might have been, and as they might yet be.”

Recommended for mature audiences.

DIRECTED BY Stages Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin

ENSEMBLE THEATER

Sassy Mamas
Regional Premiere
PG-13/ Romantic Comedy/ Some Adult Situations

By Celeste Bedford Walker
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews: September 17, 18, and 21
OpeningT Night: September 22, 2016
Runs: September 22 – October 16

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“NAACP Image Award-winning playwright Celeste Bedford Walker brings a delicate touch to her depiction of women of a certain age in her romantic comedy, Sassy Mamas. A story about three women—yes, “cougars”—who confidently pursue younger men. These three friends, women of substance and life achievement, each finding herself in a uniquely single situation and decidedly takes a proactive approach to love. The younger men they’ve set their sights on come with their own unique situations that only add to the humor and antics!”

THE LANDING THEATRE COMPANY

THIS IS MODERN ART

REGIONAL PREMIERE
By Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval
Directed by Stephen M. Miranda
October 27 – November 19, 2016

Previews: October, 27 – October 29, 2016

Opening October 30, 2016

Commissioned by Steppenwolf and developed at The Kennedy Center’s New Voices/New Visions.

THIS IS MODERN ART gives us a glimpse into the anonymous lives of graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.

“Based on true events, the LOH crew is willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, these Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when the crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong?”

Intended For General Audiences.

CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

The Bear and The Proposal

by Anton Chekov

October 5 through October 23, 2016

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“Classical Theatre Company returns to the Russian Master Anton Chekhov with two of his one-act plays: The Bear and The Proposal. These two pieces are representative of Chekhov’s vaudevillian comedies, short and packed with comic bits. While the humor in The Bear and The Proposal is broader and more farcical than in his better known works, his commentary on the Russian social structures of the time are no less satirical and biting. “Chekhov is the king of the awkward comedy. You can think of him as the Ricky Gervais of his time,” says CTC Executive Artistic Director John Johnston. “He boldly lampooned those around him with his plays during a tumultuous time in Russia, letting the consequences fall where they may.” Both plays examine love among the landed aristocracy of Czarist Russia and will leave the audiences in stitches.”

MAIN STREET THEATRE

Wolf Hall
Based on the Novels by Hilary Mantel
Adapted for the Stage by Mike Poulton
Regional Premiere
Directed by Rebecca Greene Udden

Part I: Wolf Hall

Performances
October 22 – December 18, 2016

Part II: Bring Up the Bodies
Performances
October 29 – December 18, 2016

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays – 7:30pm
Sundays – 3:00pm

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“This dramatic event features two exceptional plays set in the court of Henry VIII and adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels. In Part I (Wolf Hall), the court of Henry VIII is in utter upheaval as the King rages over his lack of a male heir. The shrewd and ambitious Thomas Cromwell inserts himself into the political scene to help the king pursue his passion for Anne Boleyn and secure an annulment from Katherine of Aragon. Part II (Bring Up the Bodies) charts Anne’s downfall, the rise of Jane Seymour, and Cromwell’s alliances with his greatest enemies. Featuring a cast of 25, Parts I and II will run in repertory.”

OBSIDIAN THEATER

The Motherfucker with the Hat

Thursday Friday Saturday until Oct. 15 at 8PM

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Mofo with the Hat follows “Jackie, a former drug dealer, has just been released from prison and is living with his high school sweetheart, Veronica. Jackie is enrolled in the AA program and is drug free with the help of his sponsor, Ralph D. When Jackie comes home having finally snagged a job, he and his libido are ready to celebrate. But, when Veronica jumps into the shower to get ready, Jackie notices a hat sitting in the room that isn’t his. He accuses Veronica of having an affair and, though she vehemently denies it, the inexplicably present hat causes a huge rift between them. Jackie’s discovery puts into motion a series of further discoveries that unravel the fabric of love and trust that weaves a community together: lovers are split up, infidelity seems contagious, and sobriety is threatened. As his relationships to those he loved and trusted most dissolve before his eyes, Jackie has to decide whether he is truly ready to give up his vices in order to move into a brighter future.”

MILDRED’S UMBRELLA THEATRE COMPANY

Dry Land
by Ruby Rae Spiegel
Directed by Julia Traber

October 20 – November 5, 2016, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm
Matinee Sunday, October 30 at 3:00pm
Pay What You Can Monday, October 31 at 8:00pm

“Amy and Ester are an unlikely pair – Amy is brash and blunt while Ester is the more unassuming of the two – who are forced together in trying to solve the problem of Amy’s unplanned pregnancy. The result is an honest, unflinching and often hilarious portrayal of teenage distress that has won accolades from critics and audiences alike. Upon its 2014 premiere, the New York Times called the play “tender, caustic, funny and harrowing, often all at the same time.” And for her efforts, Spiegel was named a 2014 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize, which annually honors outstanding new plays written by women.”

“Stepping in to direct the play is Julia Traber, a freelance director who has taught at UH and Rice and is a resident artist with Classical Theatre. ‘People may have a misconception that DRY LAND is simply a play about abortion, which is understandable given the topicality of the issue following the recent Supreme Court ruling and political debate concerning women’s reproductive rights in Texas,’ Traber says. ‘But the play is much more about the challenge of navigating relationships while struggling to find one’s true identity. Simply put, it’s a story about the complexities of friendship and how messy adolescence can be for young women.’”

ALLEY THEATRE

Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
OCTOBER 7 THROUGH NOVEMBER 5
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

DIRECTED BY GREGORY BOYD

SUITABLE FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES AGES 12 AND UP.

HUBBARD THEATRE

“In the Bard’s most popular and enchanting comedy, the woods outside Athens are a busy place as four young lovers and a troupe of actors find themselves in the middle of a dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies.”

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FIRECRACKERS PRODUCTIONS

BECKY SHAW
By: Gina Gionfriddo

OCTOBER 7-22, 2016
Directed by: Kelsey McMillan

“In Gina Gionfriddo’s BECKY SHAW, a newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: wife’s best friend, meet husband’s sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. The play premiered at the Humana Festival in 2008 and opened Off-Broadway in 2008. The play was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.”