The Book of Mormon
“Hello! What a lovely city you have here! Have you heard about the most amazing musical? It’s about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and we guarantee that it will change your life. What, you’ve never seen it before? Well, it takes place in a magical place called Uganda and is filled with singing, dancing, and dirty jokes! We’ll just leave it here for a couple of weeks for you to view!”
Sep 3–15. Tue–Thu at 7:30; Fri at 8; Sat at 2 & 8; Sun at 2 & 7:30. $45–150. Sarofim Hall, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2400. thehobbycenter.org
The Real Thing
One of the best plays from Tom Stoppard’s middle period, this 1982 masterpiece examines the colliding personal and professional lives of a quartet of theatrical veterans. Stoppard keeps the audience in a constant state of (pleasant) confusion over whether they’re watching a play or a play-within-a-play.
Sep 5–29. Thu at 7:30; Fri & Sat at 8; Sun at 3. $20–36. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd. 713-524-6706. mainstreettheater.com
Houston Symphony Opening Night w/ Renée Fleming
To kick off their centennial season, the Houston Symphony invites back “the people’s diva” Renée Fleming, who recently received the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest honor for an individual artist, from President Obama. Fleming will perform arias from classic operas, Broadway favorites, and songs from her 2010 crossover rock album Dark Hope.
Sep 7 at 7:30. $29–195. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
An Evening in Italy
2013 has been declared the “Year of Italian Culture” by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has been sponsoring cultural events around the world. In partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Houston, Dominic Walsh will present two original compositions—I Napoletani, based on Neapolitan folk music, and Bello, set to music from Italian operas. Featuring dancers from the Sarasota Ballet.
Sep 6 at 8. Free tickets for covered seating available at box office on day of performance between 10:30 and 1. Open seating on hill. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 281-373-3386. dwdt.org
In this acclaimed new film, a German businessman arrives in the Bayou City to persuade a local oil and gas executive to become the head of a German car company. Unable to make contact with the executive, the headhunter sinks deeper into jetlag and alcoholism, gradually losing touch with reality. Directed by Bastian Günther and filmed on location in Houston, the film recently won the Special Jury Prize at the Boston Independent Film Festival.
Sep 6–8. Fri & Sat at 7; Susn at 5. $9; students & seniors $7. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org