Top 8 plays & arts performances this month: January 2017

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The Book of Mormon | Photo courtesy of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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

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From an absurd missionary tale from the mind’s behind Comedy Central’s South Park to a beer-fueled; jazz-filled ’20s throwback at a brewery, 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: January 2017

  • The Book of Mormon at the Hobby Center | Tuesday, January 3 to Sunday, January 15 – Fans of South Park will love this skewering of missionary life – shot through with genuine touches of warmth and wild humor. Tickets start at $50, not including ticket fees, limited discounted advance tickets are available starting at $42. Showtimes vary.   
  • The Designated Mourner at The MATCH | Thursday, January 5 to Sunday, January 15 – Catastrophic Theatre offers this production of Wallace Shawn’s masterwork about a respected poet caught up in political upheaval. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Beer and Brass at St. Arnold Brewery | Thursday, January 5 – The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra adds fun and flare to this concert, featuring 1920s jazz settings and – what else? – German beer hall favorites to go with the concert’s setting. Tickets are $35 and include finger foods and unlimited root beer. 6pm.
  • Sell Your Body Show at the Rec Room | Saturday, January 14 – Sketch comedy, burlesque, performance art, and a whole range of other styles hit the stage in this original evening of entertainment that only the Rec Room could collect. Tickets are $5 online; $10 at the door. 9pm.
  • American Skies at the Wortham Center | Saturday, January 14 – Mercury delivers a stunning chamber concert with lush onscreen drama as the stirring music reflecting man’s inevitable reach onward is paired with visions of the New York skyline. Tickets start at $19, not including ticket fees. 8pm.
  • The Johns at Studio 101 | Thursday, January 19 to Saturday, February 4 – Mildred’s Umbrella continues its commitment to producing plays that look at women’s issues with this striking story of what happens when a prominent Houston family is caught up in sex trafficking. Intended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $25. Thursdays to Saturdays 8pm.
  • Dry Powder at the Alley Theatre | Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 12 – This new play examines the fallout after a private equity firm announces layoffs and its tone-deaf chief throws an extravagant party. Can the firm salvage its image and keep a business afloat? Tickets start at $30, not including ticket fees. Showtimes vary.
  • Small Jokes about Monsters at the Docks | Sunday, January 29 to Saturday, February 18 – Landing Theatre Company presents this story of family secrets following the death of its patriarch. Intended for mature audiences. Tickets are pay-what-you-can; $25 is suggested. Showtimes vary.
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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.