Top 12 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: July 2019

Murder for Two | Photo courtesy of Stages Repertory 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: July 2019

  • Broken Bones Bathtub at a Secret Montrose Location | Through Sunday, July 7 – Dinolion presents this immersive, award-winning, one-woman show with Siobhan O’Laughlin. After a bike accident, a woman is forced to ask for help, and the show’s small audience becomes part of her story, listening and sharing their own experiences as they assist the cast-clad protagonist with taking a bath. Visitors should note: the performance venue is a private home, which has pets. Those with allergies are advised to take their medication before going; those with serious allergies might want to skip it. Tickets are $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Disney’s Aladdin at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Through Sunday, July 14 – The beloved Disney animated (and now also live action, in a nifty bit of timing) feature comes to life on stage in this production. The story of the peasant boy Aladdin who happens upon a magic lamp and its genie is filled with humor and a whole new world of adventure. Perfect for the whole family, the musical is as much about finding out who you are as it is about having wishes granted. Tickets start at $50. Showtimes vary.
  • Murder for Two at Stages Repertory Theatre | Through Sunday, July 28 – Presented by Stages Repertory Theater Company, this madcap musical murder mystery features a two-person cast. One of them plays the inspector on the trail of a killer; the other portrays all 13 suspects. Both play piano in what’s apt to be a humor-filled riff on the tradition crime genre. The New York Observer called it “a hilarious musical whodunit.” Tickets start at $25, but limited discounted premium seats are available at $23 for select shows. Showtimes vary.
  • You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at MATCH | Through Sunday, July 28 – Main Street Theater’s Theater for Youth presents this full musical based on the classic comic strip. Join the entire Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, Snoopy and, of course, Charlie Brown – in a series of vignettes that highlight the highs and lows of Charles Schulz’s iconic characters. The family-friendly show is the perfect way to kick off summer entertainment. Tickets start at $18. Showtimes vary.
  • Josephine Tonight at the Ensemble Theatre | Through Sunday, July 28 – This regional premiere musical biography is the story of the early life of the actress and singing sensation Josephine Baker. Focusing on the talented Josephine and the encouragement of her laundress mother who pushes her to success, it’s a show about following your dreams without forgetting who you are. Tickets start at $36. Showtimes vary.
  • Speeding Motorcycle at the MATCH | Through Sunday, August 4 – Catastrophic Theatre brings back the popular rock opera it premiered in 2006. Based entirely on the songs of legendary outsider musician Daniel Johnson, who’s garnered a following among celebrities and general music lovers alike, it’s the haunting tale of Joe the Boxer, in love with a woman engaged to an undertaker. After her marriage, Joe realized the only way to be with her is to die, knowing that she will prepare his body for burial. The show’s premiere was a hit, and Catastrophic is bringing it back to share the joy and pain of Johnson’s music with a whole new audience. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Frenzied Phony at The MATCH | Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7 – Refine Arts presents this dance comedy. It’s the story of Ann Andrews, a woman living in the 1940s, who realize it’s hard to make a living on stage as a woman – so she auditions as a man. What could go wrong? Tickets are $22. Showtimes vary.
  • Private Lives at Main Street Theater | Sunday, July 14 through Sunday, August 11 – Noel Coward’s classic comedy about Elyot and Amanda, once married to each other now divorced, who cross paths with each other while on their honeymoon with new spouses lights up Main Street’s stage this summer. Expect wit and stinging barbs as chaos ensues for this quartet of characters. Tickets start at $36. Showtimes vary.
  • Seussical the Musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Tuesday, July 16 through Sunday, July 21 | FREE – TUTS presents this musical mash-up featuring many beloved Dr. Seuss characters. Audiences will travel from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGarkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The family-friendly show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 8:15pm.
  • Woyzeck at The Rec Room | Wednesday, July 17 through Saturday, August 3 – The Downtown arts organization wraps its 2018 to 2019 season with a fresh take on the 19th-century tragedy. Originally the story of a soldier who stabs his girlfriend in a fit of jealousy, this world-premiere adaption sets the piece in a modern-day suburban setting, unearthing themes about how technology has shaped our lives, how we are more connected –and more isolated—than ever before, and how we know who we are. Tickets start at $15. Showtimes vary.
  • Museum of Dysfunction XI at Studio 101 |Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 27 – Mildred’s Umbrella presents the latest installment of its popular annual series that spotlights new works. The 20 short plays that were selected allow audiences to see unique stories each week of the festival. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • A Topsy-Turvy Mikado at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 28 – The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston present this new take on the classic operetta. A play-within-a-play, it’s the story of one of the final rehearsals before a Victorian England opera company’s opening night. Featuring all the classic songs G&S fans know and love, it’s a comic romp that gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on an opera. Tickets start at $33.35. 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.