Top 23 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: February 2020

Jersey Boys | Photo courtesy of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Top 23 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: February 2020

  • Broadway Across America presents The Band’s Visit at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Through 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, the beautifully offbeat story is based on the 2007 film of the same name. 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.
  • 4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Realistic Joneses at Studio 101 | Through Saturday, February 8 – The company opens the new 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.
  • La Favorite at the Wortham Theater Center | Through Sunday, February 9 – Houston Grand Opera stages its first-ever production of this Donizetti opera, featuring Houston Grand Opera Studio alumna Jamie Barton in the role of Léonor, a noblewoman caught in a love triangle between a king and a warrior. Tickets start at $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Quixote Nuevo at The Alley Theatre | 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.
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at The George Theater | Through Sunday, February 16 – A.D. Players presents this stage adaptation of the classic movie that tells the story of Joanna, a young white woman who surprises her parents by cutting her vacation short and turning up at their posh San Francisco home … with her fiance, an African-American man. Set in the 1960s, the play explores interracial relationships and hidden prejudices, as well as how love rises above all. Tickets range from $25 to $75, but limited premium $60 seats are discounted to $30 for select showsShowtimes vary.
  • The Green Book at The Ensemble Theatre | 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 historical—and contemporary—issues. Tickets range from $43 to $50. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages Repertory Theatre presents The Fantasticks at The Gordy | Through Sunday, March 22 – Stages Repertory Theatre inaugurates their brand-new stage 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.
  • A Little Day Music: Beethoven for All at the Wortham Theater Center | Wednesday, February 5 | FREE – DaCamera offers this lunchtime concert in the lobby of the Wortham Center with a selection of works by the famed composer, part of a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The two piano sonatas show why his work is among the most enduring of the canon and provides both novices and classical music lovers alike with an uplifting break to the workday, and the chance to hear two up-and-coming artists, pianists Frances Lee and DaCamera Young Artist Chelsea DeSouza. Noon.
  • Water by the Spoonful at The Gordy | Friday, February 7 through Sunday, February 23 – Stages Repertory Theatre presents this second play in the trio of pieces by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes. It tells the story of an Iraq War veteran named Elliot in the grips of addiction who attempts to connect with his mother, also a former heroin addict, in an examination of the fragility of life and the awesome power of forgiveness. Tickets start at $25; for $75 guests can purchase a ticket pass to see all three plays in the trilogy, including Elliot, A Solider’s Fugue at Main Street Theater and The Happiest Song Plays List staged by Mildred’s Umbrella at Main Street Theater. Showtimes vary.
  • 154 Sonnets by William Shakespeare at Spring Street Studios | Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 – Boiling Point Players offers this two-night extravaganza, featuring an all-female cast performing every single one of the Bard’s sonnets. They start with Sonnet 1 on the first evening of the show, running all the way through Sonnet 154, which closes the series. Tickets are $20 for one night; $30 for both. 8pm both nights.
  • dué at Queensbury Theatre | Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 – Houston Contemporary Dance presents this intimate evening of works by Hanna Brictson, Joe Celej, Enzo Celli, Alia Kache, Joshua Manuclich, Nicholas Ranauro, and a guest appearance from Hope Stone Dance. Tickets are $25. 8pm both evenings.
  • Jersey Boys at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9 – The smash Broadway hit returns, with infectious music, telling the story of the formation of 1960s rock and roll sensations, The Four Seasons. The jukebox musical incorporates some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Tickets start at $35, but you may find cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale market. Showtimes vary.
  • Meet Me in Paris at the University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall | Saturday, February 8 – This Axiom Quartet concert takes audiences on a journey to Paris through the ages, with works by Ravel, Stravinsky, and Tansman, exploring everything from Impressionist style to the City of Lights’ bohemian influences. This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $25. 5pm.
  • Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue at Main Street Theater | Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 1 – The first play in Quiara Alegría Hudes trilogy introduces audiences to Elliot, an Iraq War veteran and heroin addict. Military service runs deep in his family, through his father, grandfather, and mother, but with all his family has holding them together, they’ll still have to learn to communicate their most secret and soulful thoughts. Tickets start at $40; for $75 guests can purchase a ticket pass to see all three plays in the trilogy, including Water by the Spoonful at Stages Repertory Company and The Happiest Song Plays List staged by Mildred’s Umbrella at Main Street Theater. Showtimes vary.
  • Pass Over at The Rec Room | Saturday, February 8 through Saturday, February 29 – In this Houston premiere that’s a mash-up of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga, two young black men talk about their dreams for a life that may or may not come. The Hollywood Reporter called it a “powerfully imaginative drama,” and its Chicago showing at the famed Steppenwolf Theatre was filmed by Spike Lee. Tickets are $40. 7:30pm each night.
  • Peer Gynt at the DeLuxe Theater | Wednesday, February 12 through Monday, March 2 – Classical Theatre Company continues its season with this Henrik Ibsen classic, the story of a man who wanders from his Norwegian farm town to North Africa across several decades. Written in verse and with a production augmented by puppetry, this examination of a work by modern theater’s founding father is a must for those who love theater history and great storytelling. Tickets are $25; $20 for ages 65 and up; $10 for students and theater industry professionals with ID; but limited discounted $15 tickets are available for most shows. Showtimes vary.
  • Camp David at the Alley Theatre | Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 through Sunday, March 15 – Based on the true story of a summit between President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, this drama by Lawrence Wright illuminates the very human elements behind the process of peace. What sacrifices are made? How do we answer for our actions? And how does hope survive? Tickets start at $47. Showtimes vary.
  • Fefu and Her Friends at MATCH | Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 through Sunday, March 8 – Catastrophic offers this avant-garde classic about a group of eight friends in the 1930s gathering in the home of their eccentric friend, Fefu. Among the cast are some of Houston’s most incredible actors, including Brittany Bush, Courtney Lomelo, Lisa Villegas, and Amy Bruce. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • The Dead Eye Boy at MATCH | Friday, February 21 through Saturday, March 7 – Dirt Dog Players offers the Houston premiere of Angus MacLachlan’s play about a troubled boy, hard-core addiction, and manipulation. It follows the life of Soren, the boy in question, as he’s pulled between his mother and her ex-con boyfriend, who each see different stories mirrored in the kid’s life and choices. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Third Annual Women Rock Benefit Concert at Rudyard’s British Pub | Saturday, February 22 – This annual fundraiser for Mildred’s Umbrella features acts such as Lazer Kittenz, Quinn the Brain, Julia, Branagan, and Mydolls. In addition to the music from female-fronted bands and solo artists, there’s a silent auction and food and drink for purchase from Rudyard’s new menu. Proceeds from the night benefit Houston’s only theater company dedicated to featuring and furthering the work of women artists. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6pm.
  • Yeltsin in Texas at Opera in the Heights | Saturday, February 22 and Friday, February 28 – Part of Opera in the Heights’ New Works Festival, this production by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire is the story of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s visit to the Lone Star State in 1989. Following a tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, he visits a Houston supermarket, an event that will change him forever. Sung in English and paying homage to 1980s sounds, this unlikely true story demonstrates how opera is still alive and well with new voices and ideas. Tickets range from $29 to $89. Discounts are available for seniors ages 65 and up. 7:30pm both evenings.
  • The Sleeping Beauty at the Wortham Theater Center | Thursday, February 27 through Sunday, March 8 – The Houston Ballet presents this lavish Ben Stevenson production, an adaption of the classic fairy tale. Considered to be one of ballet’s pinnacle stories, the production features Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, along with exquisite dancing and eye-popping costumes and scenery. This one is truly a feast for the senses. Tickets start at $25, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. Showtimes vary.
  • Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Jones Hall | Saturday, February 29 – The Houston Symphony presents this family-friendly concert, gearing up for opening day of baseball season. Featuring an orchestra-backed narration of the poem Casey at the Bat, plus a sing-a-long in the seventh-inning stretch, it’s an opportunity for kids to get a feel for classical music. Kiddos will also love the instrument petting zoo and craft station, which take place before the concerts. Tickets start at $23.50, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale market. 10am and 11:30am.

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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.