Top 8 plays & arts performances this month: August 2016

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Take in a show that you can’t miss with 8 performances that are sure to get your August started on the right foot.

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From a free multicultural show straight out of Harlem in Houston to a sattirical presidential election from the world of Catastrophic Theatre, there are plenty of performances to choose from this month.

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Top 8 Must-See Plays & Arts Performances this Month in Houston: August 2016

  • Tamarie for President at the MATCH | Through Saturday, August 6 – The irrepressible Tamarie Cooper is back. This time, she’s running for president and you can join her campaign. Catastrophic Theatre’s presentation promises a wild romp through the satire, wit, and sheer goofiness of Tamarie Cooper’s world. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.  Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays 8pm.
  • The Maids at 101 Studio 101 | Through Saturday, August 13 – Mildred’s Umbrella presents this dark and surreal tale of two servants who engage in elaborate role-playing – all centered around killing their mistress. Tickets range between $15 to $25. Thursday to Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Spider’s Web at The Alley Theatre | Through Sunday, August 14 – Clarissais  Henry Halisham Brown’s second wife is a storyteller extraordinaire. Then, there’s a murder in her house. How will her storytelling help (or hurt) the new Mrs. Brown? Tickets range between $21 to $44, not including ticket fees. Times vary daily.
  • RFK: A Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy and Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-A** Wit of Molly Ivins at Main Street Theater | Through Sunday, August 14 – Running in repertory, these two bio-plays feature one-man and one-woman performances, telling with humor and depth the stories of two liberal icons. Expect dashes of humor and shades of today’s times. Tickets range between $36 to $39, not including ticket fees. Thursday to Sunday 7:30pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Gambrels of the Sky at Landing Theatre Company | Thursday, August 4 through  Saturday, August 20 – Eve had left Adam after the banishment from Eden in this urban, biblical fairy tale that shows how the original sinner looks to shape her own story.  Tickets range between $10 to $100, not including ticket fees. Times vary daily.
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Wednesday, August 17 | FREE – Presented by H-E-B, this bold, energetic company is known for its groundbreaking artistry. Expect a free show that’s multicultural, multidimensional, and amazing from the lawn of Miller Outdoor Theatre in the heart of Hermann Park. 8:15pm.
  • The Mystical Arts of Tibet Sacred Music and Dance at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, August 20 – Drepung Loseling monks share their culture through music and motion. They’ll play traditional instruments, showcase intricate chants, and show you how their songs and movements are designed to kindle healing. Tickets are $15 for members; $25 for nonmembers. 7pm.
  • 23rd Annual Theater District Open House in Downtown Houston | Sunday, August 28 | FREE – Live performances, family fun, behind-the-scenes tours and more await at this beloved event celebrating the diversity of the arts in Downtown. Learn about upcoming shows and see why our arts scene is one of the best in the country. Noon to 4pm.
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Holly Beretto
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'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.