Top 12 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: October 2018

'Da Kink in My Hair at The Ensemble Theatre

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

Top 12 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: October 2018

  • Exit Strategy at The Rec Room | Through Saturday, October 13 – From the writer of last year’s dynamic Sender comes this play about a Chicago public school slated to close at the end of the school year, creating tensions in an already volcanic neighborhood. Timely and insightful, this critically acclaimed play examines the roles of public schools versus charter schools. Tickets are $30. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.
  • ‘Da Kink in my Hair at the Ensemble Theatre | Through Sunday, October 14 – This regional premiere is set in a Caribbean hair salon owned by a West Indian stylist living in Toronto. Told with drumming, singing, and dance, it explores the stories of eight Black women and their triumphs and struggles. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.
  • Curse of the Starving Class at the MATCH | Through Sunday, October 21 – Catastrophic Theatre’s season opens with this Sam Shepherd classic about the Tate family, desperately fighting to stay alive amid crushing debt and family disagreements. By turns harrowing, hilarious and surreal, it’s an affecting portrait of what it means to be the working poor. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • The Book of Will at Main Street Theater | Through Sunday, October 21 – Following Shakespeare’s death, his plays were published in inaccurate and clumsy editions. A group of his friends get together to preserve the Bard’s legacy and create the First Folio. This marks the regional premiere of Main Street favorite Lauren Gunderson’s critically acclaimed play. Tickets start at $42. Showtimes vary.
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes at Chelsea Market | Wednesday, October 3 through Sunday, October 21 – Classical Theatre Company’s John Johnson and Andrew Love reprise their roles as the famed detective and his assistant Dr. Watson in this play that adapts several Arthur Conan Doyle short stories into one play. The company’s 2014 to 2015 production of The Speckled Band: An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes was a hit, so expect this to be a popular show on the October calendar. Tickets start at $25, but limited discounted $15 tickets are available for some shows. Showtimes vary.
  • The Importance of Eating Earnest at Studio 101 | Thursday, October 4 through Saturday, October 20 – Cone Man Running Productions offers this send-up of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest. Only, in this case, in addition to the daily struggles faced by the self-absorbed British upper crust, they must also cope with a house boy who happens to be a zombie. Tickets are $25, but limited discounted $12.50 tickets are available to select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Swimming While Drowning at Stages Repertory Theatre | Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 21 – This coming of age story explores the lives of Angelo and Mila, two homeless 15-year-olds who become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens. A story of love and acceptance, it’s also the universal tale of the beauty, agony, and mystery of being a teenager. Recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets start at $25, but limited discounted $19 tickets are available for select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Twelfth Night at the Alley Theatre | Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 28 – Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of unrequited love takes the stage, resonate with quick wit and gender-bending hijinks. The story of the shipwrecked Viola who assumes the disguise of a page boy and who quickly finds herself in a love triangle, the show promises humor and pathos. Tickets start at $28. Showtimes vary.
  • Origin Stories at Rice University’s Duncan Recital Hall | Saturday, October 6 – Musiqua presents this program exploring the mingling of North American cultures. In addition to four musical works, the concert also features a reading of a new work by acclaimed Houston poet Sarah Cortez. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. 7pm.
  • Within These Walls: Between Two Caves and The Visit at 1520 Rutland Street | Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, November 4 – Landing Theatre Commissioned this couple of plays for a specific setting at a house in the Heights. Between Two Caves is a comedy about modern conspiracy theory. The Visit is an intense drama about family treasures. Tickets are $25. Showtimes vary.
  • The Flying Dutchman at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts | Friday, October 19 through Friday, November 2 – Houston Grand Opera opens its 2018 to 2019 season with Wagner’s haunting tale of a Dutchman who comes ashore every seven years seeking the true love that will break the curse that’s condemned him to wander the seas for all eternity. Tickets start at $20. Showtimes vary.
  • The Wiz at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Tuesday, October 23 through Sunday, November 4 – TUTS brings to life this beloved retelling of the Wizard of Oz. With hits like “Ease on Down the Road” and “A Brand New Day,” this energetic and family-friendly show is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Tickets start at $30, but you may find cheaper, better, or hard-to-find seats on TicketNetwork’s resale website. 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.