Top 19 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: November 2018

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Top 19 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: November 2018

  • The Flying Dutchman at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts | 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.
  • Within These Walls: Between Two Caves and The Visit at 1520 Rutland Street | 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 Wiz at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | 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.
  • La Boheme at the Wortham Theater Center | Through Sunday, November 11 – Houston Grand Opera presents this beloved story of a group of artists living in Paris. An epic love story set against Puccini’s sublime score, this tragic, hopeful romantic story is one of the most cherished in the opera canon. Tickets start at $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Back to the ’80s at Music Box Theatre | Through Saturday, December 1 – Take one part mystery and who done it, blend with one part 1980s monster musical hits and you get this epic stage event. Packed with the music you know and love from Queen, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Neil Diamond and more, it’s a blast from the past that sure to be one of the most fun things on stage in Houston this month. Tickets start at $31, but limited discounted $15.50 tickets are available to select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Macbeth Muet at Main Street Theater | Thursday, November 1 through Sunday, November 11 – Main Street brings Canada’s acclaimed La Fille Du Latier company to Houston for this presentation of Shakespeare’s classic. Performed entirely without words, it’s a two-person show that sees the ultimate power couple is transformed through their dark and fateful choices in this hilarious, high-speed romp of object theatre, dance, and pure madness. Tickets start at $32. Showtimes vary.
  • Honey, I’m Home at Cherryhurst House | Sunday, November 4 – Hope Stone Dane presents this site-specific dance installation where the action unfolds across Sunday tea, giving the audience a peek into the lives of a family, imperfections and all. Tickets are $25. Noon, 2pm, and 4pm.
  • The Phantom of the Opera at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Wednesday, November 7 through Sunday, November 18 – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece returns to the stage in a glistening new production. The story of an opera house haunted by a malevolent killer and the soprano he falls in love with, the story has dazzled millions around the globe since its premiere in 1986. Filled with haunting and lyrical melodies, it’s a sweeping epic of intrigue, love, and restoration. Tickets start at $50, but you may find cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. Showtimes vary.
  • The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) at Stages Repertory Theatre | Wednesday, November 7 through Sunday, December 23 – What happens when exactly none of the acts slated to perform in the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church? Find out when Stages presents this big-hearted, slapstick story of colliding holiday traditions. Tickets start at $25, but limited discounted $17.50 tickets are available for select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Così Fan Tutte at Lambert Hall | Friday, November 9 through Saturday, November 17 – Opera in the Heights presents Mozart’s effervescent masterpiece that tells the story Ferrando and Guglielmo and the madcap misadventures that take place when they attempt to prove to an aging philosopher just how faithful their fiancées are. Tickets start at $40.50. Showtimes vary.
  • Christmas is Comin’ Uptown at the Ensemble Theatre | Saturday, November 10 through Thursday, December 29 – The holiday classic A Christmas Carol gets jazzed up in this rollicking, colorful adaptation where Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose on a tenement house and a church, before some groovy ghosts show up to get him to reconsider. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.
  • When We Take Flight at MATCH | Thursday, November 15 to Saturday, November 17 – MET Dance offers this presentation that features works by award-winning choreographers Kyle Abraham, Bridget L. Moore, and Sean Carmon, as well as a world premiere by Joshua Manculich. Tickets are $20. 7:30pm nightly.
  • A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at the Alley Theatre | Friday, November 16 through Sunday, December 30 – The holiday favorite returns to the stage, with James Black reprising his role as the miserly Scrooge, who finds himself changed one magical Christmas Eve. Tickets start at $26. Showtimes vary.
  • First Suburb at MATCH | Friday, November 16 through Sunday, December 9 – Catastrophic Theatre continues its season with this world premiere about five preteens on the brink of adolescence, who lives are upended by a shocking and violent act. Written by Catastrophic favorite Chana Porter, it’s a look at the underside of an insular planned community in the 1990s. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Queen of Hearts at The Church of St. John the Divine | Saturday, November 17 – ROCO offers this all-female-composer program, including Solitaire, a world-premiere commission by Heather Schmidt for violin solo. Also on the program: Louise Farrenc’s Symphone No. 3, Ruth Gipps’ Seascape, and Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms. Tickets are $35. 5pm.
  • Panto Star Force at Stages Repertory Theatre | Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, December 30 – In this comic blast of intergalactic hilarity, a force of zany space rebels bands together to fight the powerful Emperor Snorkelfish and Dark Tater, who want to take over the galaxy. Tickets start at $25, but limited discounted $19.50 tickets are available for select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Miss Bennet – Christmas at Pemberley at Main Street Theater | Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 23 – Miss Bennet charmed Houston when Main Street presented it last year. Don’t miss out on this delightful sequel to Pride and Prejudice, filled with witty wordplay and romance. The story focuses on nerdy middle sister Mary, and her quest for independence and, very possibly, love. Tickets start at $36. Showtimes vary.
  • The Nutcracker at the Wortham Theatre Center | Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 29 – The holiday favorite returns, presented by the Houston Ballet. This timeless classic tells the story of Clara and her magical adventures in the Kingdom of Sweets, set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. VIP tickets, which include treats and drinks before the show and during intermission, start at $60. Showtimes vary.
  • Pride and Prejudice at Studio 101 | Thursday, November 29 through Saturday, December 22 – 4th Wall Theatre Company presents this raucous adaptation of the Jane Austen classic. Elizabeth Bennet is under increasing pressure to make a suitable marriage, but she wants her independence. Enter the dashing Mr. Darcy. Called “blissful mirth” by the Berkshire Eagle, it should be an audience favorite. Tickets start at $17. 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.