Top 8 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: January 2018

The Color Purple | Photo courtesy of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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

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Top 8 Plays & Arts Performances: January 2018

  • An Iliad at Main Street Theater | Through Sunday, January 14 – A collaboration with Prague Shakespeare Company, this modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic tale of the Trojan War is an epic of love, valor, destruction, chaos, and the human condition. Tickets range between $36 to $45. Thursday to Saturday 7:30pm.
  • The Color Purple at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Tuesday, January 9 to Sunday, January 14 – This tour-de-force based on Alice Walker’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel took home the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. An epic story about a woman’s journey to love, the lavish new production incorporates jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues tones. Tickets start at $35, but you can likely find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. Showtimes vary.
  • The Best of Enemies at A.D. Players | Wednesday, January 10 to Sunday, February  4 – A Ku Klux Klan member and a civil rights activist begin as enemies and turn into unlikely friends in this play based on real-life events in 1970s North Carolina. Tickets range from $20 to $70, but you may be able to find limited comp tickets (you only pay the ticketing fee) and discounted premium ticketsShowtimes vary.
  • Peter and the Wolf at the Houston Zoo | Sunday, January 14 – River Oaks Chamber Orchestra teams up with Horse Head Theatre Company to bring to life this new take on Prokofiev’s classic setting of the folktale. A family-friendly performance, it provides an excellent introduction to classical music and the arts. Included with Houston Zoo admission. 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.
  • Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre | Sunday, January 14 to Saturday, February 10 – One of Houston’s most-anticipated events, this month-long celebration of all things dance brings a variety of styles to the Evelyn R. Rubenstein Jewish Community Center stage. Now in its 38th year, Dance Month features Broadway Jazz: From Jack Cole to Bob Fosse (Sunday, January 14), Houston Choreographers X6 with special guest Houston Ballet Academy (Saturday, January 27) and a host of workshops and classes. Times vary by date.
  • Chanticleer at Stude Concert Hall at Rice University | Thursday, January 18 – Chamber Music Houston presents this all-male vocal group whose soaring harmonies and exquisite programming have brought them worldwide accolades. In a concert of songs that explore the themes of war and peace, selections range from Renaissance melodies to modern compositions. Tickets range between $25 to $100. 7:30pm.
  • The Disappearance of Eartha Kitt at The MATCH | Thursday, January 18 to Sunday, January 28 – Singer and actress Eartha Kitt was blacklisted for her outspoken stance on the Vietnam War. This production, based on the entertainer’s life, explores what happened during the 10 years she was shut out of her field for her views. Tickets are $20. Showtimes vary
  • Well at Studio 101 | Thursday, January 18 to Saturday, February 3 – Lisa Kron’s memory play about her mother Ann explores the question of what makes us well. Touching on social activism and mind over body, events spin hilariously out of control as it examines the ideas of health and illness. Tickets are $25. 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'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.