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Rec Room Arts


This upstart company burst onto the Houston scene in 2015, completely upending the city’s theatergoing experience. Want to text about the show while you’re at it? No problem. Show up in your cargo shorts and Vans? Come on in.

The company presents an array of theatrical experiences, although in recent years, its segued into presenting contemporary, small-cast plays by emerging authors.

Its founders are actors, teachers and entrepreneurs Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Matt Hume, who share a like-minded sensibility that theater shouldn’t be stuffy and uptight.

Since its inception, The Rec Room has become a much-loved theater company, and its lobby before and after performances can feel like a combination reunion of the city’s actors and a party they’re happy to have you attend.

From drama to comedy to a beautiful, intimate production of the opera Hansel and Gretel, The Rec Room’s come-as-you-are spirit delivers on its promise to make performance art accessible to all.

Holly Beretto

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