Top 10 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: January 2020

The Band’s Visit | Photo courtesy of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Top 10 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: January 2020

  • Broadway Across America presents Hello, Dolly at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Tuesday, January 7 through Sunday, January 12 – The classic musical about a matchmaker who just might need some matchmaking herself returns on tour after a smash Broadway revival. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a must-see event,” this beloved musical endures over the decades. Tickets start at $45, but you may find cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale market. Showtimes vary.
  • Hamlet at Main Street Theater | Thursday, January 9 through Sunday, January 19 – Guy Roberts of the Prague Shakespeare Company offers this one-man performance, taking a deep dive into the prince of Denmark’s emotions and actions across the famed tumultuous tale. Tickets start at $40. Showtimes vary.
  • Free/Flow at MATCH | Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12 – Musiqa, NobleMotion Dance, and Kinetic team up for this extraordinary celebration of music and dance. An odyssey of contemporary sound and movement, this program offers one of the largest performance ensembles ever to take the stage at MATCH. Tickets start at $10. Showtimes vary.
  • 4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Realistic Joneses at Studio 101 | Friday,  January 17 through Saturday, February 8 – The company opens the decade with this play about two suburban couples named Jones, who find their relationships intertwining in strange ways, revealing secrets they don’t quite know how to handle. Tickets start at $32. Showtimes vary.
  • Quixote Nuevo at The Alley Theatre | Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 9 – This reimagining of Don Quixote is set in a Texas border town and finds the hero embarking on a quest for love against a backdrop of Tejano music and Texas soul. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.
  • Free Diamonds at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Thursday, January 23 | FREE – This innovative performance, choreographed by Donna Crump, explores the stories of unsung African-American heroes throughout history. 6:30pm.
  • The Green Book at The Ensemble Theatre | Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, February 23 – Inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” this play explores what happens when an African-American family, preparing for an important visitor, has a white, Jewish Holocaust survivor turn up at their door. An exploration of how anti-Semitism and racism cannot be ignored, this show sheds light on historic—and contemporary—issues. Tickets start at $26. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages Repertory Theatre presents The Fantasticks at The Gordy | Friday, January 24 through Sunday, March 15 – Stages Repertory Theatre inaugurates their brand-new theater with this classic musical. The longest-running musical ever, it’s a charming story about young love, meddling parents, and how to endure through adversity. The show’s been given a refresh for a contemporary audience, and should prove irresistible to anyone who believes in the power of love. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Broadway Across America presents The Band’s Visit at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Tuesday, January 28 to Sunday, February 2 – The Tony-Award winning musical about an Egyptian police band that ends up in the wrong town comes to Houston. A show about the enduring power of music and love to unite us, this musical, based on the 2007 film of the same name, is a beautifully offbeat story that truly beats to its own drum. Not to mention, the show won ten Tony Awards in 2018. Tickets start at $35, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale market. Showtimes vary.
  • River Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents Age of Aquarius at Rienzi |Thursday,  January 30 – ROCO takes its audience on a spirited journey through music of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ’90s—the 1770s, 1780s and 1790s, that is. With the ensemble’s irrepressible energy and enthusiasm for classical music, this should prove a welcoming show for genre newbies and aficionados alike. Tickets are $45 and include a pre-show reception of light bites and an optional tour of Rienzi. 6pm.

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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.