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Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: August 28 to September 3, 2023

An ensemble cast strikes a pose around a central character in 'Jagged Little Pill'
'Jagged Little Pill' opens at Hobby Center this week | Courtesy of Theatre Under the Stars

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, August 28 to Sunday, September 3, 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: August 28 to September 3, 2023

  • 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.
  • 2023 Houston Fringe Festival at MATCH | Friday, September 1 – With a theme of “Anything Goes,” this year’s Fringe Festival welcomes returning Fringe artists and first-time participants for an array of performances from contemporary dance and original music to spoken word and comedy. Look for pieces from Houston Contemporary Dance Company, Cai Circus, Margo Stutts Toombs and more. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive at the Gordy | Friday, September 1 | Ongoing – This feminist farce explores power, misogyny and how women both support and undermine each other. When the president makes an off-color statement including a certain four-letter word, all hell breaks loose. The women on his staff and in his family roll into action to contain the fallout, even as events spool out of their control. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • An Evening with Omari Dillard at Hobby Center | Saturday, September 2 – One of the country’s most-decorated violinists comes to Houston for a concert that includes soul and R&B classics. Classically trained with a contemporary style, Dillard has performed across the U.S. and Europe. $49.50 and up. 7pm.
  • Third Annual Texas Latino/a/x Contemporary Dance Festival at MATCH | Saturday, September 2 – This one-night showcase celebrates Latinx choreographers from around the Lone Star State, bringing emerging and established artists to Houston in the largest convening of dance makers of the Latinx diaspora in the Mid-America region. Performers and choreographers include Mariafernanda Baron, Dorianne Castillo, M. Gabriela Estrada, Fernando Ibarra Rocha and more. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • Mercury presents Mozart by Moonlight at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, September 2 | FREE – The chamber orchestra performs some of Mozart’s most-loved works including “Serenata notturna” and “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” which is one of classical music’s all-time favorites. This concert is perfect for all ages and all levels of classical music lovers. 8pm.
  • Galveston Symphony Orchestra presents A John Williams Celebration at the Grand 1984 Opera House | Sunday, September 3 – Hear the composer’s iconic melodies in this concert, which opens the orchestra’s 2023-2024 season. The selections include pieces from Williams’ enduring film scores, including work from Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter. $10 and up. 4pm.

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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.

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