Top 8 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: July 2018

Love Never Dies | Photo courtesy of Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Top 8 Plays & Arts Performances: July 2018

  • Great American Trailer Park Musical at Stages | Through Sunday, July 22 – This romp through Armadillo Acres is the summer’s answer to the gloom and doom of the daily news cycle. Stellar performances by Susan Koozin, Holland Vavra, and the rest of the cast spotlight the story of how Pippi, a stripper on the run, wreaks havoc on the place, including getting in the middle of the marriage of an agoraphobic housewife and her toll-collector husband. Come expecting to laugh. Tickets start at $30, but limited standard tickets (normally $42) are discounted to $21 for select showsShowtimes vary.
  • Holmes and Watson at the Alley Theatre | Through Sunday, July 22 – Three years after the death of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson receives a telegram suggesting his friend and famous sleuth might still be alive. The shock sends Watson on a journey to find out the truth. Tickets start at $26. Showtimes vary.
  • Sistas: The Musical at the Ensemble Theatre | Through Sunday, July 29 – When a group of family members come together after the death of their matriarch, this energetic and poignant musical tells the story of what we keep from our past and how we turn to face the future. Packed with songs from greats like Billie Holiday and Beyoncé, this multi-generational show is a memorable tale of female empowerment. Tickets start at $31. Showtimes vary.
  • God’s Favorite at The George Theater | Friday, July 13 through Sunday, August 5 – A.D. Players presents Neil Simon’s classic comedy morality tale about Joe Benjamin, who stands in for the biblical Job, with mounting troubles and tests of faith and endurance. All it takes to upend the business tycoon’s comfortable Long Island life is a visit from Sidney Lipton, who claims to be a messenger from God. What could go wrong? Tickets start at $15, but limited premium $50 seats are discounted to $25 for select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Buyer & Cellar at Main Street Theater | Saturday, July 14 through Sunday, August 12 – A struggling actor takes on a day job working in the home of Barbara Streisand. One day, the superstar herself descends to his basement enclave and he thinks the two have really bonded over the encounter. But, then again, maybe not. This outrageous comedy explores the love/hate relationship between certain gay men and divas against the backdrop of this strangest of jobs. Tickets start at $36. Showtimes vary.
  • Love Never Dies at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Tuesday, July 17 to Sunday,  July 22 – Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster Phantom of the Opera will love the dazzling sets and top-tier voices in the touring cast of this sequel, which finds the elusive Phantom and his music soaring amidst the freak shows and thrill rides of Coney Island in 1907. But he’s never stopped his obsession with protégée Christine Daaé. Tickets start at $35, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-find seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. Showtimes vary.
  • Oleanna at 14 Pews | Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, August 11 – The Landing Theatre presents David Mamet’s play about what happens when a college professor discusses a paper with one of his female students and is later accused of sexual harassment. This searing look at campus politics, #MeToo overtones, and “political correctness” is as timely as it is engrossing. Tickets start at $15. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Shakespeare Festival presents Hamlet and A Comedy of Errors at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, July 27 through Sunday, August 5 | FREE – The Houston Shakespeare Festival presents the two plays in repertory, one the story of the brooding prince of Denmark, summoned back from his studies at university to discover his world turned upside down, the other a wild tale of mistaken identity about two sets of twins, separated at birth, who cause mayhem in the port city of Ephesus. 8:15pm nightly.

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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.