The Maids 

Mildred's Umbrella

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Opening this weekend, Jean Genet's 1947 play tells the story of two servants who act out elaborate fantasies about killing their boss. Loosely based on the infamous Papin sisters who murdered their employer and her daughter in France in 1933, don't miss the killer performances by Patricia Duran and Courtney Lomelo. July 28–Aug 13. $15-25. Mildred’s Umbrella, 1824 Spring St. 832-463-0409.

Meghan Trainor

July 29; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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The popstar darling will be all about that bass this weekend, as the billboard chart topper takes the stage this Friday in The Woodlands. From $145. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 844-854-1450.

Tamarie for President (Greatest Hits, Vol 2) 

Catastrophic Theatre

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Jack-of-all-theater-trades Tamarie Cooper—who acts, writes, directs and choreographs—is back again with her 19th annual musical comedy. The new show focuses on ageism, body image, death, love, politics and sex. Thru Aug 6. $50. MATCH, 3400 Main St. 715-524-6706.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick A** Wit of Molly Ivins

Main Street Theater

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This 2010 play by Margaret and Allison Engel brings to life the career of syndicated columnist Molly Ivins, spotlighting her trademark cheerful boldness in the face of controversy during her days as a Texas journalist and political commentator. Thru Aug 14$10–15. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. 713-524-6706.

Shear Madness

Stages Repertory Theatre

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Holding the record for longest-running play in the U.S., this 1980 work asks the audience to investigate the murder of a pianist who lived above a hair salon. And thanks to popular demand, its run at Stages has been extended thru Sept 18. $12–50. 3201 Allen Pkwy. 713-527-0123.

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