Top 9 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: September 2017 (Updated)

Mayerling | Photo courtesy of the Houston Ballet

Take in a show that you can’t miss with 9 performances that are sure to get your September started on the right foot.

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From the tale of a 6’3” rabbit that only one person can see to a play that explores how identity and religion coexist in society, there are plenty of performances to choose from this month.

This list has been updated to reflect changes to performance calendars after Hurricane Harvey.

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Top 9 Plays & Arts Performances: September 2017

  • 10th Annual Houston Fringe Festival (HFF) at the MATCH | Thursday, September 7 to Sunday, September 10 – FrenetiCore celebrates the 10th anniversary of this much-loved festival, featuring the best in independent performing arts. Performers from across the country (and Angola) will be showcasing their unique styles and staging. Tickets are $10 for individual performances; $40 for a five-show pass; $90 for a 10-show pass.
  • Disgraced at Studio 101 | Thursday, September 7 through Saturday, September 30 – 4th Wall Theatre Company is closing its doors in December, but they’ve got two plays left to tackle before they do. You don’t want to miss this intellectual, widely praised play by Ayad Akhtar that explores how identity and religion coexist in society. Tickets are $32 for general admission; $17 for students; $26 for seniors; limited comped (you only pay the ticketing fee) and $16 tickets are available for most shows.
  • Next to Normal at Chelsea Market Theatre | Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 – Bayou Theatre Company presents this musical about love, loss, and hope. It’s the story of Diana Goodman, smart, sexy, the kind of gal who has it all – except she’s battling bipolar disorder and the delusions she suffers are threatening her sense of self and family. Tickets are $20. 
  • Harvey at A.D. Players Theater | Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, October 1 – It’s hard to miss seeing a 6’3” rabbit named Harvey (no relation to Houston’s own unwelcome visitor in August). But it seems the only person who does see the fantastic creature is Elwood P. Dowd. So, of course, he’s the crazy one. This classic comedy is the story of what wonders abound when you open yourself to them. Tickets range between $20 to $70; limited discounted $15 tickets are available
  • Keep it Brassy at Music Box Theatre | Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, October 21 – Motown, Broadway, funk and big band classics are all on the program for this cabaret, featuring Music Box Theater’s excellent cast – backed by G Sharp and MBT 3. Tickets are $29 for general seating; $39 for reserved.
  • The Dover Quartet at Stude Concert Hall | Tuesday, September 19 – Chamber Music Houston launches its 2017 to 2018 season with this young ensemble that’s been hailed as a sensation since sweeping the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The evening guarantees energy and passionate playing. Tickets range between $25 to $100. 
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Obsidian Theater | Thursday, September 21 through Saturday, October 14 – Winner of the Houston Press’ 2017 Theatre Award for Best Musical, Obsidian Theater and SRO Productions are a dynamic pairing performing excellent work. They turn their original eye to this Rupert Holmes musical, an interactive murder mystery that won five Tony Awards on Broadway. Tickets are $37.50; $27.50 for students; but limited discounted $18.75 tickets are available for most shows
  • Mayerling at the Hobby Center | Friday, September 22 through Sunday, October 1 – Due to Hurricane Harvey, all performances at Wortham Theater have been canceled through Sunday, October 15, leaving Houston Ballet unable to perform the opening two programs at the company’s home venue. However, Houston Ballet reports that the performances of fall programming have been rescheduled for the Hobby Center. The Houston Ballet continues its 48th season with this story, based on the 1889 murder-suicide of the sole heir to the Austo-Hungarian Empire, Crown Price Rudolf and his 17-year-old mistress. Tickets start at $25. Thursday to Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm.
  • Impulsos at Ovations | Saturday, September 23 – The Houston Flamenco Collective presents this evening of evocative dance and music in an intimate lounge setting. Explore this cultural touchstone of Spain and see why audiences the world over have been captivated by Flamenco’s incomparable style. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the doors. 

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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.