It's-the-Most-Wonderful-Time-of-the-Year Edition

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Nov. 15–17

From holiday plays to food truck festivals, it's all happening.

11/15/2019 By Holly Beretto

Review

The Doyle and Debbie Show Shakes it Up at Stages

Put on your cowboy boots and two-step your way to the theater, where you will never think of country music in quite the same way again.

07/19/2019 By Doni Wilson

Review

Stanton Welch's Marie Earns the Audience's Sympathy

Houston Ballet finds unexpected triumph in Marie Antoinette's less-than-blameless life story.

06/17/2019 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

Review

The Merry Widow Is The Rom-Com Ballet You Didn't Know You Needed

The Houston Ballet balances humor and technical prowess for an irresistible production.

06/03/2019 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

New Hanna

The Merry Widow Returns to Houston Ballet with a New Face

Jessica Collado makes her debut in the title role.

05/29/2019 By Holly Beretto

Review

Sex with Strangers Will Make You Fall in Love

The brainy-yet-sexy dance is one of the best things this writer has seen in 2019.

05/28/2019 By Doni Wilson

Tiny Dancer

Ben Stevenson’s Comedic Romp Coppélia Returns After a Decade

Houston Ballet’s artistic director emeritus gives us a laugh-out-loud ballet.

05/22/2019 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

Review

At Stages, Murder for Two Successfully Traffics in Multiple Personalities

This campy whodunit succeeds in making fun of the whodunit genre itself.

04/29/2019 By Doni Wilson

Review

Houston Ballet Does Jerome Robbins Right

A trio of outstanding one-acts properly celebrates the centennial of the acclaimed choreographer's birthday.

03/08/2019 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

Review

Stanton Welch Goes Greek with Sylvia

The Houston Ballet world premiere expands on an overlooked classic to create a beautiful collage of music, costume, and choreography.

02/22/2019 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

cheeky

NSFW Struggles to Find Satire at Stages

Loaded with commentary on class, gender, and sexuality, Lucy Kirkwood’s 2012 play might not make sense in 2019.

02/19/2019 By Doni Wilson

NSFW

This Play Is Not Safe for Work

Lucy Kirkwood's rollicking pan of the media industry, millennial experience, and more opens this week at Stages.

02/14/2019 By Holly Beretto

3-in-1

Stages Bets on Three Times the Holiday Fun

We break down Stages' jam-packed schedule.

11/21/2018 By Holly Beretto

The Poetry of Life

Review: Swimming While Drowning Dives into Coming-of-Age Angst

Stages' look at LGBTQ homelessness asks timely questions, even if it comes up short on answers.

10/08/2018 By Doni Wilson

Wings

Review: Swan Lake Soars into Jones Hall

Houston Ballet's season closer channels the Tchaikovsky classic to dazzle and delight.

06/25/2018 By Doni Wilson

Resilience

Houston Ballet Puts a Cap on Its Hurricane Exile with Play

As it closes out its year away from the Wortham, the downtown company performs a mixed repertory program devoted to resilience.

06/06/2018 By Holly Beretto

Pink Flamingo

Review: Fun, Fun, Fun at Stages' The Great American Trailer Park Musical

"Just because a place might be low-rent doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of high drama."

05/07/2018 By Doni Wilson

All in the Family

Review: The Revisionist Offers a Timely Confrontation With Family and Memory

A co-production between Stages and the ERJCC, Jesse Eisenberg's 2013 play arrives at the perfect moment.

04/13/2018 By Doni Wilson

Double the Sugar

What's the Big Deal About The Nutcracker?

One writer makes his first adult journey to the holiday staple. Spoiler alert: Nobody vomited.

12/15/2017 By Morgan Kinney

The New West

Review: Liberty Valance Revives the Tired Western Genre for an Unexpected Stage Success

A new production breathes life into played-out tropes.

05/30/2017 By Scott Vogel