2-for-1 Critics Special

REVIEW: The Alley’s New Shorts Squeeze Huge Life Questions into 20-Minute Virtual Shows

"Man. Kind." and "For Steve Wozniak, on His 67th Birthday," which are available as part of the theater company’s free digital season, are viewable through July 4.

04/13/2021 By Doni Wilson

Buttons is Back, Ya'll

REVIEW: Stages Riffs on Tradition with Innovative One-Man Panto

We couldn't be more grateful to see the company's lockdown rendition of "Sleeping Beauty" after this insane year.

12/17/2020 By Doni Wilson

Christmas-ing with you

REVIEW: A.D. Players's Merry Christmas, Darling Leaves Us "On Top of the World"

The in-person and virtual concert features Chicago starlet Heidi Kettenring singing the songs of Karen Carpenter.

12/15/2020 By Doni Wilson

No Bah Humbugs Here

REVIEW: Alley Captures the Meaning of Christmas in Virtual A Christmas Carol

The paired-down adaptation of Dickens's tale, available for free through Dec 27, casts off the trappings of productions past to focus on what really matters.

12/09/2020 By Rebekah Kibodeaux

Documentary Theater

REVIEW: Dirt Dogs' Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Brings Achingly Familiar Stories to the Forefront

This digital reworking of Anna Deavere Smith’s famous play offers an equal measure of heavy heartache and heightened hope as characters describe the turmoil at the center of a racial reckoning.

11/18/2020 By Kaitlyn Miller

A Spin Cycle of Fun

REVIEW: Stages’s Honky Tonk Laundry Will Wash Your Cares Away

With its big, Lynn Anderson hair and perfect amount of fringe, this jukebox musical full of country favorites has the kind of joyous spirit we so desperately need these days.

11/12/2020 By Doni Wilson

Those Who Dare

Joel Sandel Steals the One-Man Show in Main Street Theater's RFK

The virtual production following the later years of Robert F. Kennedy is available to stream through October 25.

10/16/2020 By Doni Wilson

Comedy Gold

Tamarie Cooper’s 2020: Quarantine Edition! Brings Comic Relief to the Coronavirus Culture

Catastrophic Theatre’s annual summer variety show has been virtually reimagined for the Covid era.

08/31/2020 By Doni Wilson

Pay-to-Pee

REVIEW: Art Factory's Trumpified Take on Urinetown Aims for the Bowl with Varied Success

The production embraces the show's tongue-in-cheek satire, but doesn't quite land every joke.

02/22/2020 By Ian Everett

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

Review

Main Street Theater’s Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue Is a Lyric Homage Confronting the High Price of War

The play is the first in a trilogy being staged across over the next few weeks.

02/12/2020 By Doni Wilson

Life In Absurdity

4th Wall Theatre's The Realistic Joneses Tackles Real-Life Issues Through an Absurdist Lens

The slice-of-life drama by Will Eno takes its audience up close and personal with existential questions about love and loss.

01/20/2020 By Doni Wilson

To Be, or Not to Be

Main Street Theater's One-Man Hamlet Knows His Lines. All of Them.

This Hamlet does it all.

01/13/2020 By Doni Wilson

Smiling's My Favorite!

Elf: The Musical Brings Christmas Cheer at TUTS

This festive musical delivers the holiday goodies.

12/16/2019 By Doni Wilson

Theatrical Sensibilities

Main Street Theater’s The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley Is an Engaging Holiday Production

Ring in the holidays, Jane Austen-style.

11/27/2019 By Doni Wilson

Panto-tastic

Enter the Magical Realm of Fun and Farce at Stage’s Panto: Hansel and Gretel

A British tradition plays beautifully.

11/25/2019 By Doni Wilson

Review

Collected Stories Explores the Boundaries of Friendship and Art

The 4th Wall Theatre's production will get in your head.

05/21/2019 By Doni Wilson

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

ding ding

Rec Room’s The Royale Has All the Right Moves

A knockout physical performance, weighed down by only a few quibbles.

04/11/2019 By Doni Wilson

Year in Review

What We Loved About Houston Theater in 2018

One theater critic reflects on another standout year across the city's stages.

12/27/2018 By Doni Wilson