Top 11 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: August 2018

The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip! | Photo courtesy of Catastrophic Theatre

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Shows are listed in chronological order and are not ranked numerically from most to least recommended.

Top 11 Plays & Arts Performances: August 2018

  • God’s Favorite at The George Theater | Through Sunday, August 5 – A.D. Players presents Neil Simon’s classic comedy is a 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 m essenger from God. What could go wrong? Tickets start at $15, but limited premium $50 seats are discounted to $25 for select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Hamlet and A Comedy of Errors at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Wednesday, August 1 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.
  • Oleanna at 14 Pews | Through Wednesday, 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. Tickets start at $15, but limited premium seats are discounted to $17.50Showtimes vary.
  • Buyer & Cellar at Main Street Theater | Through Thursday, 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 a certain type of gay men and divas against the backdrop of this strangest of jobs. Tickets start at $36. Showtimes vary.
  • Tamarie Cooper: Field Trip at the MATCH | Through Thursday, August 12 – Back for its 21st installment, Tamarie Cooper’s annual summer musical takes audiences on a wild trip through the actress’ existential crisis. Expect epic craziness, song, and dance. No permission slip required. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, starting at . Showtimes vary.
  • Ring of Fire at Stages Repertory Theatre | Through Sunday, September 2 – The music of Johnny Cash comes alive in this biographic musical. Walking through some of the Man in Black’s greatest hits, the show resonates with warmth and pathos. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Into the Woods at MATCH | Saturday, August 4 to Saturday, August 11 – Operativo presents the Stephen Sondheim musical that takes familiar fairy tales and gives them new meaning, as a witch, a baker and his wife, Cinderella, a boy named Jack, and other characters familiar and not journey through the woods in search of their desires. Tickets start at $17. 7:30pm nightly.
  • The Mousetrap at the Alley Theatre | Friday, August 10 through Sunday, September 2 – The Agatha Christie classic is one of the longest-running shows in the world. In this beloved British mystery, a group of strangers find themselves trapped in boarding house during a snowstorm – with a murderer among them. Tickets start at $26. Showtimes vary.
  • Mind the Gap at MATCH | Tuesday, August 14 | Dance Source Houston presents its first Mind the Gap performance of the 2018 to 2019 season. The program features the work of Houston choreographers and is part of an initiative designed to provide artistic support and development to artists. Tickets are $15. 7:30pm.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, August 17 | FREE – This Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble brings its harmonies and energies to Hermann Park, singing a traditional music called isicathamiya, developed in the mines of South Africa. 8:15pm.
  • Viva Las Vegas at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts | Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2 – The Houston Symphony presents the hits of Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley in this high-energy tribute concert. Tickets start at $29. Showtimes vary.

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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.