Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: September 4 to 10, 2023

Three ballerinas pose while on a blue-lit stage
The Houston Ballet opens a run of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' this week | Courtesy of Houston Ballet

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, September 4 to Sunday, September 10, 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: September 4 to 10, 2023

  • DiverseWorks presents D.R.E.A.M = A Way to Afram at MATCH | Wednesday, September 6 to Saturday, September 9 – This immersive performance and installation features the work of Houston’s Li(sa E.) Harris in collaboration with Alisha B. Wormsley. Using sound, movement and visuals, this experience explores how the universe reveals safe spaces for Black beings to exist in their bodies. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • AD Players presents Forever Plaid at the George Theater | Wednesday, September 6 | Ongoing – The Plaids are on their way to a gig when they’re hit by a bus and killed instantly. What happens when they return from the afterlife for one final show? The answer lies in this beloved musical filled with barbershop harmonies and enchanting melodies. This production runs through Sunday, October 1. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Classical Theatre Company presents Medea at the DeLuxe Theater | Thursday, September 7 | Ongoing – Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy is the story of Medea and her hero husband Jason. When Jason tires of their marriage, Medea vows revenge on him and his new bride. Her actions will leave audiences’ heads spinning. $30. Showtimes vary.
  • Bryan Anderson in Concert at the Rice University’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall | Friday, September 8 | FREE – The organist and Rice University alum, who won First Prize at the 2023 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, performs a guest recital at the Shepherd School of Music. See why The Classical Voice of North Carolina called his playing “simply first class.” 7:30pm.
  • Cloud Tectonics at MATCH | Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10 – This is the story of Celestina, a woman who exists beyond the bounds of time, who serendipitously meets an unlikely friend, Aníbal, during a once-in-a-lifetime storm in Los Angeles. Amidst environmental and political turmoil, they come to love each other in the safety of Aníbal’s home. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Wortham Center | Friday, September 8 | Ongoing – Based on the classic Shakespeare rom-com, this is the story of a love potion gone awry. It’s one of choreographer John Neumeier’s most famous ballets, with a score that combines selections from Mendelssohn and Ligeti, along with traditional organ music. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • The Greatest Play in the History of the World at Spring Street Studios | Friday, September 8 | Ongoing – A love story set in space, this play starring Kacie Adams asks profound questions with deep sincerity while balancing the human quest for meaningful connections. It’s also about shoes. $20. 8pm.
  • 9 to 5: The Musical at Crighton Theater | Friday, September 8 | Ongoing – The Conroe theater hosts this show, based on the hit ’80s movie about a group of secretaries trying to advance in the workplace, forming friendship and a revenge pact along the way. Running across three weeks, the show features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, written by Patricia Resnick. $30. Showtimes vary.

Final Performances This Week

Sunday, September 10 marks your final day to catch Jagged Little Pill at Wortham Center, as well as Art Factory’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

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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.