Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: March 20 to 26, 2023

A conductor and orchestra perform in front of a vivid, colorful screen depicting a beachside scene
"Our Planet" brings the Emmy-winning Netflix series to Jones Hall on Wednesday | Photo: Hanout Photography; courtesy of Performing Arts Houston

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, March 20 to Sunday, March 26, 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: March 20 to 26, 2023

  • ROCO Connections: Here, There & Nowhere at Asia Society Texas Center | Wednesday, March 22 – ROCO Violin virtuoso Min-Jeong Koh has curated a meaningful program of works featuring Asian composers that tell the story of his and his sister—pianist Bo Yon Koh—immigrating from their native Korea. $45; $15 for students. 7pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Our Planet: Live in Concert at Jones Hall | Wednesday, March 22 – The breathtaking Netflix documentary gets an entirely new treatment, accompanied by a live orchestra in an event that showcases the beauty and wonder of our natural world. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund. $29 and up. 7:30pm.
  • DaCamera presents Ensemble Intercontemporain in Concert at Stude Hall | Thursday, March 23 – The ensemble, which most recently was awarded the 2022 Polar Music Prize, arrives to Rice University for their Texas debut ahead of the group’s later appearance at Carnegie Hall. $37.50 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents STOMP at Jones Hall | Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 26 – Unrelenting energy is the hallmark of this wildly popular percussion ensemble, making a stop in Houston to delight audiences with their precision playing, imaginative presentation and sheer joy of performing. $39 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Gente de Teatro presents Plagio (Cheaters) at MATCH | Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 26 – The theater company celebrates its 28th anniversary with a Spanish-language performance about a novelist whose success story is placed in jeopardy when an unknown woman shows up at his door. $28; Sunday performance is $18. Times vary.
  • A Spanish Night to Remember at MATCH | Friday, March 24 – This special gala and night of performances celebrates Spanish culture with flamenco performances and music, plus a paella dinner reception beforehand. Proceeds help support the redM organization, which works to fight human and sex trafficking. $65 for the performance; $120 for the gala reception and performances; $150 VIP. 7pm.
  • Homenaje a la Mujer: A Tribute to Alice Valdez at MECA TBH Center | Friday, March 24 – A female-led cast of Mariachi MECA alumni and MECA Ballet Folklórico dancers present a wonderful tribute to Executive Director and Founder Alice Valdez, who has worked tirelessly to help the marginalized and underrepresented youth for more than forty years. $20. 7:30pm.
  • Berklee Indian Ensemble at Wortham Center | Friday, March 24 – Following up a recent Grammy nomination for their debut album, Shuruaat, the ensemble brings its genre-bending sound to the Theater District stage. $18 and up. 8pm.
  • Clyde’s at Ensemble Theatre | Friday, March 24 | Ongoing – For the formerly incarcerated employees who work at Clyde’s, the truck stop is a place for them to find purpose. Can they rebuild their lives and dreams of more when a callous owner tries to keep them under her thumb? This production runs through Sunday, April 16. $34 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • 4th Wall Theatre Co. presents Sanctuary City at Spring Street Studios | Friday, March 24 | Ongoing – Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Martyne Majok explores the lives of two undocumented friends, trying to find a place for themselves and each other in a world filled with uncertainty. This production runs through Saturday, April 15. $32 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • The Odyssey at Alley Theatre | Friday, March 24 | Ongoing – This new take on the epic story of Odysseus rings with Caribbean rhythms. Look for an adventure that includes rivals attempting to take Odysseus’ thrown, a trip to hell, stormy seas and more. This production runs through Sunday, April 16. $51 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Genji at Asia Society Texas Center | Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25 – Created in partnership with the Houston Ballet, this world premiere from Nao Kusuzaki is a retelling of the novel The Tale of Genji, an exploration of love, power and social class. $55. 7:30pm.
  • DaCamera presents Stop, Look & Listen! at the Menil Collection | Saturday, March 25 | FREE – The free concert series returns to the Menil, offering a performance by the DaCamera Young Artists as they respond to the latest exhibition, The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps. 3pm to 4pm.
  • Nakatani Gong Orchestra in Concert at the Orange Show | Saturday, March 25 – Avant-garde percussionist, composer and artist Tatsuya Nakatani brings the Nakatani Gong Orchestra to the Gulfgate art headquarters. $20. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Opera in the Heights presents Rigoletto at Lambert Hall | Saturday, March 25 | Ongoing – When court jester Rigoletto learns his daughter has been seduced by his master, his desire for revenge embroils all in a tragic melodrama with Verdi’s epic score as the backdrop. This production runs through Sunday, April 2. $42.50 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Latin American Philharmonic presents Romance at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, March 25 | FREE – Bursting with the rhythms of tango, danzón, cha-cha, ranchera, Bachata and more, this evening concert and dance program helps user in Miller Outdoor’s 100th season. 8pm.
  • Mercury presents Tchaikovsky’s Serenade at Wortham Center | Saturday, March 25 – The chamber orchestra performs two pieces in the Theater District; Strauss’ Metamorphosis for 23 Solo Strings and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. $10 and up. 8pm.
  • Ars Lyrica presents Clori, Tirsi e Fileno at Hobby Center | Sunday, March 26 – This work from Handel gets the Ars Lyrica treatment in the Theater District, offering spectacular arias that later found their way into the composer’s Italian operas. $25 and up. 4pm.
  • World Ballet Series presents Cinderella at Wortham Center | Sunday, March 26 – A multinational cast of 40 professional ballet dancers gather to bring one of the most celebrated fairy tales to life, on the Wortham Center stage. $67 and up. 6pm.

Final Performances This Week

The Alley Theatre’s Cowboy Bob rides off into the sunset on Sunday, March 26.

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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.