Top 6 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: December 2019

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Top 6 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: December 2019

  • The Catastrophic Theatre presents Baby Screams Miracle at MATCH | Through Sunday, December 15 – A harrowing storm tears through a town, striking the home of a small, religious family. Into the mix comes an estranged daughter, flying trampolines, and the search for meaning, as the family clings to prayer and forgiveness in an attempt to understand the chaos around them. Written by Clare Barron, this is an example of Catastrophic Theatre doing what it does best. Tickets for all shows are pay-what-you-can, ranging from $5 to $75; $40 is the suggested price. Showtimes vary.
  • FemFest Houston: Voices of Israel at the Kaplan Theatre at the Evelyn R. Rubenstein Jewish Community Center | Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 – Mildred’s Umbrella teams up with the Consul General of Israel to the Southwest for this weekend of staged readings by female Israeli playwrights. O God examines what would happen if God walked into a therapist’s office; Maternity is an examination of the thousands of babies that disappeared from refugee camps in Israel in the 1950s; and Versace is the story of love between criminals living in a witness protection program. Tickets are $15. Showtimes vary.
  • Escape to Margaritaville at Smart Financial Centre | Sunday, December 8 – Beat the winter blues with this bouncy musical that features the music of Jimmy Buffett. The story of a singer-turned-bartender on a Caribbean island and a host of characters he meets, the musical is a reminder about how life is often all about the way you approach it. Tickets start at $49, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale network. 2pm and 7:30pm.
  • Metropolitan Opera National Council Houston Competition at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music | Saturday, December 14 | FREE – If you’ve wondered what it takes to be an opera singer—or if you just love the art form—then make sure you grab a seat at this competition. More than 40 young singers will compete for more than $7,500 in prize money, as well as the chance to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. It’s a chance to hear singers who might be the stars of tomorrow. Audiences can stop by for an aria or two, or listen in all day long. 10am to 4pm.
  • Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Saturday, December 14 through Sunday, December 22 – This madcap comedy finds Dixie Longate following up her hit, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, and sharing life lessons she’s learned from experience. Note: this show contains adult content. Tickets range from $58 to $70, but limited discounted tickets start at $45. Showtimes vary.
  • Kuumba at MATCH | New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31 – Dance Afrikana presents this celebration of African dance styles and stories. “Kuumba” is a Kiswahili word meaning “creativity,” which is one of the seven principles celebrated during Kwaanza. Tickets are $15. 5pm.

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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.