Top 9 plays & arts performances this month: July 2016

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Straight Outta OZ | Photo courtesy of the artist

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From an adults-only comedy with nods to nun films to an adaptation of Oz about a small-town boy looking to make it big in the Emerald City, there are plenty of performances to choose from this month.

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Top 9 Must-See Plays & Arts Performances this Month in Houston: July 2016

  • The Divine Sister at Chelsea Market | Through Sunday, July 3 – Celebration Theatre Houston serves up this irreverent, adults-only comedy that finds a mother superior – played by an actor in drag – determined to build a new school for postulants. With nods to classic nun films, this is laugh-out-loud funny. Tickets are $30, not including ticket fees. Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Little Women: The Musical at A.D. Players | Through Sunday, July 10 – This family-friendly adaption of the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel follows the adventures of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as Jo navigates the world of writing and selling a story based on their lives in New England during the Civil War. Tickets range between $20 to $40, not including ticket fees. Times vary daily.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall | Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 – Hear John Williams’ epic score played live by the Houston Symphony as the classic adventure flick is shown above the stage. It’s a movie-going experience that’s unlike any other. Tickets range between $30 to $99, not including ticket fees. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm.
  • Wicked at The Hobby Center | Wednesday, July 6 through Sunday, August 14 – Experience the story of Glinda and the wicked witch of the West when the musical Wicked comes to the stage of The Hobby Center this summer. Tickets start at $40, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. Times vary daily.
  • The Show Might Go On at Obsidian Art Space | Thursday, July 7 through Saturday, July 16 – The always innovative Cone Man Running Productions offers this summer thriller, telling the story of a group of unhappy actors, disgruntled stage hands, an overbearing director, and a theater critic, all trapped together in a theater during a thunderstorm. What could go wrong? Tickets are $18, not including ticket fees. Saturdays 8pm; Sunday 2pm.
  • Witches. Riches. Opera. A Night of One Acts at The MATCH | Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 – Operativo Houston, the Bayou City’s new music group, presents an evening of passion and witchcraft, with Donizetti’s Rita, and Acteon, selections from Charpentier and J.S. Bach. Expect all the fiery emotions of opera with great touches of humor. Tickets are $17, not including ticket fees. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm.
  • Million Dollar Quartet at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Tuesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 17 | FREE – Theatre Under the Stars presents this hit musical based on the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first – and only – time. Expect great rock and roll music and a good time. 8:15pm daily.
  • Shear Madness at Stages Repertory Theatre | Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, August 21 – This fast-paced, improvisational mystery about the murder of a renowned pianist who lived above Houston’s hottest beauty salon blends whodunit with hilarity. Tickets start at $21, not including ticket fees. Times vary daily.
  • Straight Outta OZ at Warehouse Live | Wednesday, July 20 – Todrick Hall puts his indelible stamp on the Wizard of Oz story. The Broadway actor, viral YouTube personality, and MTV star weaves together a tale of a small-town Texas hopeful looking to make it big in the Emerald City. This new musical promises to be a great family summer show. Tickets range between $32.50 to $100, not including ticket fees. Doors at 6:30pm.
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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to Eater.com's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.