Top 16 Theater & Arts Performances in Houston: February 2022

"Hamilton" kicks off a month-long run at Hobby Center in February | Photo: Joan Marcus; courtesy of Hobby Center

Catch virtual and live performances all month long with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions happening in February 2022.

This month, one of the biggest shows in Broadway begins its month-long run in Houston, Rothko Chapel hosts a special world premiere composition, Houston Symphony turns the clock back to the era of classic rock, and tons more musicals, plays, dance, and music can be found at theaters across the city.

Check out our highlights for the city’s performing arts events this month:

Top 16 Performing Arts Events in Houston: February 2022

  • 4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Lifespan of a Fact at Spring Street Studios | Ends Saturday, February 5 – A young magazine intern is assigned to fact-check the story a big-time writer crafted about the suicide of a teenager. It’s the kind of story that could save a flailing magazine. What he finds is that the story might not be as it seems. This witty play offers a searing look at what facts really are and how storytelling works. $17 and up. Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm.
  • Dance Nation at Rec Room | Ends Saturday, February 5 – Rec Room Arts offers the Houston premiere of this 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, which the Pulitzer committee called “refreshingly unorthodox.” It’s the story of pre-teen competitive dancers who plot world domination at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. $20 and up. Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Classic Rock: The Sound of a Generation at Jones Hall | Friday, February 4 to Sunday, February 6 | Virtual Option – The songs of the Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Styx and more get a symphonic makeover in this pops concert that includes selections like “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” “Black Water,” and “Come Sail Away.” A must for nostalgia lovers. Saturday’s performance will also be livestreamed. $29 and up. Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2:30pm.
  • High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest at Alley Theatre | Ends Sunday, February 13 | Virtual Option – This coming-of-age story set in Texas shines a spotlight on the high-stakes world of high school theater competitions. Reeling from an unprecedented loss, a group of students tries to get their groove back—but can their friendships survive along the way? A thoroughly Texas story with a big Texas heart. $30 and up. Dates and times vary.
The Magic Flute comes to Wortham Center this month | Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera
  • Houston Grand Opera presents The Magic Flute at Wortham Center | Friday, February 4 to Sunday, February 13 – Mozart’s masterpiece sees Prince Tamino and the bird catcher, Papageno, on a quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. With instantly recognizable music, and a production augmented by film projections, this should be a feast for the eyes as well as the soul. $25 and up. Dates and times vary.
  • Stages presents MacGyver: The Musical at the Gordy | Friday, February 4 to Friday, March 4 – The classic TV show comes alive on stage with a whole new twist—someone from the audience will play MacGyver each night. The setting: East Berlin, 1989. The mission: accompanied by a punk rock band, a pocketknife and your own wits, save humanity. $25 and up. Dates and times vary.
  • Mother of the Maid at Main Street Theater | Saturday, February 5 to Sunday, February 27 – This riveting play is a retelling of the story of Joan of Arc from the perspective of her mother. Isabelle Arc watches her daughter, compelled by the voice of St. Catherine, take up arms to lead France into battle. A story of love and faith, it’s a searing look at how we face our fears and find our strength. $42 and up. Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays 3pm.
  • Beautiful Mornin’ to Enchanted Evening: Richard Rodgers in the ’40s at Ovations | Monday, February 7 to Monday, February 28 – Songs theater-lovers know by heart take center stage, spotlighting one of the country’s greatest composers. Paul Hope Cabaret brings a night of classics to the River Oaks night club. $15 and up. Mondays at 7:30pm.
  • TUTS presents South Pacific at Hobby Center | Tuesday, February 8 to Sunday, February 20 – This enduring Rodgers & Hammerstein musical proves its continued timeliness, telling the story of a group of U.S. servicemen and women on a tropical South Pacific island, who find they cannot escape the prejudices they didn’t know they had. Against the backdrop of World War II, they and the island’s residents find romance, danger and heartbreak, all set to some of musical theater’s most beloved songs. Starts at $40, but you may find cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on the online resale network. Dates and times vary.
  • The Lawsons at Ensemble Theatre | Thursday, February 10 to Thursday, March 10 – This world premiere play with music tells the story of Bill and Audrey Lawson. Their love story is a Houston story, taking place against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and the unfolding of their dream to start a church that would change the face of the city’s Third Ward. $44 and up. Dates and times vary.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings the critically acclaimed “Revelations” to the stage at Jones Hall | Photo: Christopher Duggan; courtesy of AAADT
  • Society for the Performing Arts presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Jones Hall | Friday, February 18 & Saturday, February 19 – One of the country’s pre-eminent dance companies comes to Houston, showcasing its signature style with energy and grace. The company that forever changed American dance will present its masterpiece, “Revelations.” $40 and up. Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm.
  • Open Dance Project presents Wonka! at MATCH | Friday, February 18 to Saturday, February 26 – Imagine the classic Roald Dahl story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory told with a multi-generational cast of dancers and aerialists. That should give you an idea of what to expect in this family-friendly romp that’s sure to delight young and old. $25; $15 for students and ages 12 and under. Fridays 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays 1pm and 4pm.
  • A Steady Rain at MATCH | Friday, February 18 to Saturday, March 5 – The show that opened Dirt Dogs Theatre’s inaugural season is back, with a new score by Hescher. The drama is the story of two Chicago cops, best friends since kindergarten, who find their friendship put to the test following a domestic violence call. $25. Dates and times vary.
  • Koresh Dance Company at Kaplan Theatre | Saturday, February 19 – Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh blends ballet, modern dance and jazz to create interpretations that leave audiences across the world dazzled. This evening’s production, which takes place at the Evelyn R. Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, will open with a performance by dancers from the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. $30. 8pm.
  • DaCamera presents Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) at Rothko Chapel | Sunday, February 20 – This world premiere composition by composer Tyshawn Sorey commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Rothko Chapel. Sorey’s composition was inspired by Morton Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel,” which premiered at the chapel in 1972. Sorey will conduct his work, which features the Houston Chamber Choir, Kim Kashkashian on viola, Steven Schick on percussion and Sarah Rothenberg on celesta. $30. 3pm.
  • Broadway Across America presents Hamilton at Hobby Center | Tuesday, February 22 to Sunday, March 20 – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit returns, bringing with it a fresh take on the story of the Founding Fathers. With a score that blends rap, hip-hop, soul and musical theatre standards, this story of Alexander Hamilton is one of an immigrant’s struggle to make it in a new land. A show with energy, power and a multiracial cast, it’s an experience not to be missed. $69 and up, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats on the online resale market. Dates and times vary.
Willy Wonka is revived in Open Dance Project’s latest production | Photo: Lynn Lane; courtesy of Open Dance Project

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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 Eater.com'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.