Top 10 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: October 2017

Describe the Night | Photo courtesy of Alley Theatre

Take in a show that you can’t miss with 10 performances that are sure to get your October started on the right foot.

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From the true tale of the 1973 coed tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome that became known as “The Battle of the Sexes” to a very “meta” play that follows a creative team that launched a critically acclaimed but financially unsuccessful play, there are plenty of performances to choose from this month.

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Top 10 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: October 2017

  • Alley Theatre presents Describe the Night at the University of Houston Quintero Theatre | Through Sunday, October 15 – Displaced by Hurricane Harvey, the Alley Theatre moved this show to the UH campus. Check out the world premiere that tells the story of men and women, spies, conspiracy theories, and the ever onward passage of time. $65. Showtimes vary.
  • Sassy Mamas at the Ensemble Theatre | Through Sunday, October 22 – If you missed this tender comedy last season, you’ve got another chance to see it. The story of three “cougars” and the younger men they love will have you smiling and re-thinking how love changes everything. Tickets range between $42 to $61. Showtimes vary.
  • An Evening at The Talk House at The MATCH | Thursday, October 5 through Saturday, October 21 – Catastrophic Theatre opens its 2017 to 2018 season with this darkly comic play by Wallace Shawn. The creative team that launched a critically acclaimed but financially unsuccessful play gathers at a favorite watering hole to reflect on their life choices. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, but there is a $35 suggested donation. Showtimes vary.
  • Superhero Soundtrack at Jones Hall | Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 8  The Houston Symphony lends its signature style to some of the most memorable superhero movie soundtracks in this concert that’s sure to appeal to lovers of classical music and novices alike. Tickets range between $26 to $145. Showtimes vary.
  • MET Dance Season Kickoff at Discovery Green | Saturday, October 7 | No Cover – Celebrate the start of the 2017 to 2018 arts season with this opening concert by one of Houston’s most loved dance companies. Marking its 22nd year, the ensemble delivers an evening of outstanding choreography and styles. 8pm
  • The Secret Garden at the Hobby Center | Tuesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 22 – Opening TUTS 2017-18 season is an updated version of this charming, family-friendly musical that won three Tony Awards after its 1991 premiere. Based on the beloved children’s book, it’s the story of the orphan Mary Lennox sent to live with her haunted, distant uncle Archibald Craven – and the healing power of love and gardens. Tickets range between $30 to $108, but discounted premium seats are available for select showsShowtimes vary.
  • Balls at Stages Repertory Theatre | Wednesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 29  In 1973 Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs faced off at the Astrodome in a tennis match that became known as “The Battle of the Sexes.” The sporting event quickly took on a life of its own, shining a spotlight on everything from sexism, chauvinism, gay rights, racial equality, celebrity, women in sports, and a host of other cultural touchstones. This is a co-production with One Year Lease Theater Company. Tickets start at $25, but limited discounted $18 tickets are available for select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Feathers and Teeth at Studio 101 | Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, November 4 – Mildred’s Umbrella presents this bloody, dark comedy set in a factory town in the 1970s. The horror story is about when happens when a man hits a mysterious creature on the way home from work, and the series of events it unleashes. Tickets are $25; $15 for students and seniors. Showtimes vary.
  • Sender at The Rec Room | Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, November 11 – What happens when a millennial who fakes his own death, is eulogized and mourned – and then comes back from the dead? Find out in this smart comedy that’s a commentary on social media, societal connections, and how we gain acceptance. Parents, please note: this play contains nudity and profanity that is suited for mature audiences only. Tickets are $25; $35 on opening night.
  • Bollywood Blast: The Bollywood Bachelor at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Sunday, October 29 | No Cover  The Society for Indian Performing Arts presents this joyride around India, telling the story of a bachelor in search of the perfect wife. 7pm.

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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'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.