Fall Arts Guide 2017

The Show Must Go On: 6 Must-See Performances This Fall

4th Wall Theatre Company's penultimate performance, a Pride and Prejudice sequel, and other original shows are the highlights of this fall's theater scene.

By Morgan Kinney August 21, 2017 Published in the September 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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The Tony-nominated, Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced comes to 4th Wall Theater Company.


4th Wall Theatre Company at Studio 101

It’s the most American story: Amir Kapoor, a U.S.-born Muslim and striving lawyer, must reconcile his religion with his place in an Islamophobic society. The Tony-nominated, Pulitzer-winning 2012 play explores the fraught identity politics of the moment through a tense Upper East Side dinner party about to boil over. Thru Sept. 30

The Secret Garden

Theatre Under the Stars at Hobby Center

Set for a Broadway revival, this classic musical from 1991 (script and lyrics by Marsha Norma, music by Lucy Simon) stops in Houston to tell the story of a young orphan who breathes life into her adoptive uncle’s life and garden, as well as her family. Oct. 10–22

The Love for Three Oranges

UH Moores Opera Center

Back by popular demand, Sergei Prokofiev’s farcical marriage story from 1919 follows a young prince resigned to scour the Earth for three oranges in order to find love. The opera will be sung in English with English surtitles, so every punchline in this circus spectacular is sure to land. Oct. 20–23

Describe the Night

Alley Theatre

Written by Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph, this complex, century-spanning epic makes its world premiere to tell an all-too-timely story featuring, among other things, a Putin-esque political figure attacking truth and shredding the press. Sept. 15–Oct. 15

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Et tu, Brute?

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Julius Caesar

Houston Grand Opera at Wortham Theater Center

Relive the story of Caesar’s ancient Egyptian exploits, reimagined by James Robinson as a film being produced in a Golden Age Hollywood backlot. The opera remains true to its original 18th-century Handel composition, laid over an Art Deco set with lavish costumes that would make Gatsby proud. Oct. 27–Nov. 10

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Main Street Theater

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, eventually, there’s a sequel to everything. But this comic Pride and Prejudice follow-up ditches Elizabeth in favor of the mousy middle sister, Mary, as its romantic focus. Will the Bennet sister with “neither genius nor taste” find a match? Nov. 11–Dec. 17

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