Top Performing Arts & Live Theater Shows in Houston: August 2023

'Ain't Too Proud – The Life & Times of the Temptations' brings a Broadway tribute to Motown in August | Courtesy of Broadway at the Hobby Center

Catch some of the city’s most exciting upcoming performances, happening all month long, with our roundup of live theater and performing arts productions in August 2023.

Houston’s eclectic and electric arts scene is on full display this month. There’s plenty to find on stage, proving that arts lovers in our city have an abundance of riches.

We’ve gathered some of the best performing arts and theater events taking place in Houston this month, which you can check out below.

Top Performing Arts & Theater Shows in Houston: August 2023

Mariachi Mariposas join other groups for the 4th Annual Mariachi Festival | Courtesy of Mariachi Mariposas

Opening This Month

  • Dance Source Houston presents Mind the Gap XXV at MATCH | Tuesday, August 1 – Dance Source Houston kicks off its 19th season with this performance, featuring the works of local dancemakers, encompassing a variety of styles including aerial, contemporary, modern, and Sri Lankan. $15 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors at Art Factory | Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 13 – The classic Bram Stoker tale gets a hilarious spoof twist in this first-ever Houston production, ahead of its New York premiere in October. Enter into Dracula’s castle with gluten-free real estate broker Jonathan Harker, who finds his life turned upside down against the one and only monster. $30. Times vary.
  • Dixie’s Tupperware Party at the Grand 1894 Opera House | Saturday, August 5 – Dixie Longate is a fast-talking Alabama redhead and she offers a hilarious array of alternate uses for the famed plasticware. Expect funny tales, audience participation and a little bit of sass. $22.50 and up. 3pm and 8pm.
  • Transcending Borders: The Ramayana Project at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, August 5 – This world premiere, cross-cultural production tells the epic of Ramayana through music and dance traditions of the South and Southeast Asian cultures that celebrate the epic poem and its themes. $25. 7pm.
  • Broadway Across America presents Ain’t Too Proud at Hobby Center | Tuesday, August 8 to Sunday, August 13 – This jukebox musical tells the story of the multiple hit–making band The Temptations, from their origins in Detroit through their stratospheric rise as music superstars. Known for hits like “Just My Imagination” and “My Girl,” the show takes audiences on a nostalgic ride through the group’s catalog of music, telling a story of brotherhood, family and loyalty during a time of civil unrest in our country. Native Houstonian Brittny Smith is in the cast as Mary Wilson. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • The Garden Theatre presents Bonnie & Clyde at MATCH | Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 20 – This cult-favorite musical tells the stories of notorious bank robbers and lovers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who became folk heroes to many—and a nightmare for law enforcement—during the Great Depression. Their antics captivated a nation, as they evaded the law across multiple states. $26.50 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Indian Performing Arts Sanskriti presents Incredible India: Rudrakshya at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, August 12 | FREE – This all-male dance ensemble is known for their perfected movements, rhythmic components and sculpturesque poses as they perform traditional classical dances from the Indian state of Odisha. This night also marks two special milestones of Miller’s centennial along with the 75th anniversary of India’s founding. 8:30pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents 4th Annual Mariachi Festival at Wortham Center | Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20 – Celebrate the creativity and enduring legacy of Mariachi music and Hispanic culture as this popular festival brings some of the biggest names in the genre to Houston, including Mariachi Mariposas and Mariachi 7 Leguas. $30 and up. 7pm.
  • TUTS presents Jagged Little Pill at Hobby Center | Tuesday, August 29 | Ongoing – Backed by the songs of Alanis Morrisette, this story of a perfectly imperfect American family explores the themes of love, heartache and strength, even as it tackles deeper issues of drug use and sexual violence. The New York Times called the show one that “stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway.” Houston native Liesie Kelly joins the ensemble. This production runs through Sunday, September 10. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
‘Tamarie’s Totally True Revue (Plus Lies, Too)’ closes in early August | Courtesy of Catastrophic Theatre

Closing This Month

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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.