History Test

REVIEW: Camp David Tries to Make Peace With the Past to Mixed Results

Even with a stellar cast, the Alley's production falls into the traps of reexamining history.

02/21/2020 By Doni Wilson

A show for all

HGO's Aida Brings a Silky Spectacle to Houston

Verdi's classic love story remains a great entry point into the world of opera.

02/04/2020 By Michael Clark

Love and Tragedy

Aida Returns to HGO Stage in Modernized Take on Verdi Classic

Tenor Russell Thomas talks the challenges of playing Radames, the opera's warrior romantic lead.

01/30/2020 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

Musical Misogyny

Review: HGO’s La Favorite Tries to Overcome a Classic Operatic Problem

With beautiful musicianship, detailed sets, and intricate costume, HGO’s "La Favorite" tries to overcome the show's inherent sexism.

01/27/2020 By Michael Clark

A Love Triangle for the (Modern) Ages

Houston Grand Opera's La Favorite Brings a Favorite Performer Back to the Bayou City

World-renowned mezzo Jamie Barton takes on the title role in the Houston premiere of Donizetti's rarely-performed opera.

01/25/2020 By Holly Beretto

The Year in Review

12 Outstanding Houston Arts Events of 2019

A look back at the shows, performances, and creations that rocked our world this year.

12/31/2019 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

Review

This Story of a Jealous King is Not to Be Missed

The North American premiere of Saul at HGO reveals a wonderfully reimagined work.

10/29/2019 By Michael Clark

sad, sad, tears of a clown

Review: Rigoletto Makes Art Out of #MeToo

Outstanding performances make the opera's depraved characters almost tolerable.

10/22/2019 By Michael Clark

Welcome to America

The Alley’s Vietgone Will Stay With You For a Long Time

It's a subversive immigrant tale that challenges lazy assumptions and narratives.

10/10/2019 By Doni Wilson

Review

The Winter's Tale Gets A Twangy Texas Update

The Alley puts a delightful local twist on a lesser-known Shakespeare play.

09/20/2019 By Doni Wilson

[Exit, Pursued by Bear]

There Are No Victims in The Winter's Tale

The Alley production features powerful women, bears, and the King Ranch.

09/13/2019 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

murder

Review: Melrose Has Us On Board with Murder on the Orient Express

The Alley's new artistic leader directs a wonderful Christie whodunit.

07/26/2019 By Doni Wilson

Review

The Three Musketeers Will Make You Want to Cheer

A spunky retelling of the classic novel is great summer fun.

06/06/2019 By Doni Wilson

Typecast

Playing a Couple While Being a Couple in the Alley's Constellations

Husband and wife Chris Hutchison and Elizabeth Bunch discuss their extremely meta roles and the theater's post Greg Boyd era.

05/31/2019 By Steven Foster

Review

The Phoenix Delivers a Sublime New Experience

HGO's world premiere might scramble to cover a lot of historical ground, but we enjoyed every minute.

05/01/2019 By Hannah Che

Premiere

The Curtain Rises on The Phoenix at HGO

A "gloriously bizarre" opera within an opera premieres this week in Houston.

04/25/2019 By Holly Beretto

Review

Can You Make Don Giovanni Feel Relevant? HGO Just Did.

"At least in this retelling, the voices that speak loudest are the voices of the women."

04/23/2019 By Hannah Che

Crazy Ladies

A Stellar Cast Saves the Warmed-Over Plot of Crimes of the Heart

In the '80s, the play felt like a revelation. Not so anymore.

04/18/2019 By Doni Wilson

sisters will sister

What Makes Crimes of the Heart So Compelling? The Women.

“These women have been through terrible things, and they’re hard to talk to about. But this is also a funny play in many ways. They laugh through the tragedy.”

04/12/2019 By Holly Beretto

Review

The Humans Feels Almost Too Real

Stephen Karam's Tony-winning play pinpoints one family's anxieties living in contemporary America.

03/07/2019 By Doni Wilson