Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: February 6 to 12, 2023

Cellists play their instruments among a full orchestra
The Symphony takes on Mahler and more in "Songs of the Earth" this weekend | Photo courtesy of Houston Symphony

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, February 6 to Sunday, February 12, 2023.

Looking for ways to keep the theater calendar straight? We have you covered with this weekly roundup series tracking openings at theaters and performing arts institutions across the city of Houston.

Dig deeper for more ongoing performances happening on stages across Houston by checking out the 365 Houston Calendar.

Here’s our list of must-see openings:

Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: February 6 to 12, 2023

  • Mighty Acorn Productions presents Almost, Maine at MATCH | Wednesday, February 8 to Sunday, February 12 – It’s winter in Almost, Maine, and the townspeople are falling in and out of love. The New York Times praised the play’s “shrewd writing” in these nine interlocking vignettes. $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Eddie Goes to Poetry City at MATCH | Friday, February 10 | Ongoing – Eddie imagines that Poetry City must be paradise. But when he gets there, he finds himself disoriented in a place that “melts language.” This production runs through Saturday, March 4. Tickets are pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Songs of the Earth Festival at Jones Hall | Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 12 – Mahler’s The Song of the Earth is a fusion of ancient Chinese poetry and music. Grammy Award–winning mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke and tenor Clay Hilley join Houston Symphony music director Juraj Valčuha and the orchestra for this incredible offering. The concert opens with Qigang Chen’s Itinerary of an Illusion. $29 and up. Times vary.
  • Stages presents Cullud Wattah at the Gordy | Friday, February 10 | Ongoing – This multi-generational saga unfolds against the backdrop of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The New York Times called it “haunting and eye-opening.” It follows a family’s quest for justice, going up against powerful entities, and how that quest could be its undoing. This production runs through Friday, March 31. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Human, Story, Being at the Evelyn R. Rubenstein Jewish Community Center | Saturday, February 11 – Part of the Maurice Amado Foundation Music Residency and Concert, this evening of stories and spoken word is performed by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble and literary artist Regie Gibson. Expect an exploration across multiple genres, including Ottoman Jewish cantigas, American blues, 19th-century Ladino tales, and modern English spoken word. $20 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Permanent Collection at Main Street Theater | Saturday, February 11 | Ongoing – Who controls art? Who decides what should be seen? Those are just two of the questions raised in this play that finds an African American businessman, newly named head of a renowned art collection, at odds with the collection’s director of education over his proposal to change the collection by adding eight pieces of art. This production runs through Sunday, March 5. $44 and up. Showtimes vary.

Final Performances This Week

This weekend sees the final shows for Houston Grand Opera’s Werther on Friday; 4th Wall Theatre’s The Sound Inside on Saturday; and Sunday brings the last curtain for Alley Theatre’s Cambodian Rock Band and the razzle dazzle of TUTS’ Chicago.

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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.