Theatre

An all-female version of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor

Falstaff. Seduction. Cuckolds. Young Love. Schemes. So many schemes...

Cone Man Running Productions in Association with Queensbury Theatre is proud to present a
Boiling Point Players Productions

An all-female version of
William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor

The greedy Falstaff aims to seduce two wealthy married women in the hopes of getting his hands on their fortunes. However, numerous townspeople are quick to interfere by means of lust, jealousy and revenge. With plots abounding, this comedy ventures into the timeless themes of scheming and young love.

When:
Mar 8, 2018
Cost:
$15-20
Time:
8:30 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
$15-20
Friday Time & Price:
$15-20
Saturday Time & Price:
$15-20
Sunday Time & Price:
$15-20
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Love/Sick by John Cariani

Firecracker Productions presents the Houston premiere of Love/Sick


Kelsey McMillan (Belleville, Becky Shaw) returns to Firecracker Productions to direct the Houston premiere of LOVE/SICK starring Darin Montemayor, Nolan LeGault, Samantha Walker, Eddie Edge, Paige Thomas, and Nick Pinelli!



John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this play explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.



“Entertaining and fun. A satisfyingly dark look at this thing we call love."

—BroadwayWorld.com


LOVE/SICK runs Fridays and Saturdays, March 2-17 from 8-10pm at Obsidian Theatre. Tickets are available at FirecrackerProductions.org


When:
Mar 2, 2018 to Mar 17, 2018
Cost:
$10-20
Time:
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
$10-20
Saturday Time & Price:
$10-20
Location:
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The Insurance Man Cometh: Interactive dinner theatre production of Old West Melodrama Friday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 24


Old West Melodrama is preparing to bring a crowd-favorite back to the stage Puffabelly’s Depot Restaurant in Old Town Spring.

 

In the company’s original play, audience members will meet hero Dashing Dan and heroine Purity Pureheart, a young couple trying to scratch out a living running a hotel in Gopher Gulch.

 

When Purity inherits $500 from her deceased father, villains Ponzie Makeoff and Dee Lylah happen to come into town with a huge insurance scam. The townspeople’s only hope lies in Purity’s mother Lavender Bouquet, who must convince Rook, an aged ex-con and former hitman, to come out of retirement and foil the duo’s plans. 

 

“It’s up to the mother-daughter duo to turn the tables on the villains,” producer Jeannine Cole said. “And you can watch all the action and suspense from your table, over dinner. Will Purity lose her inheritance? Will Lavender renew her love with her old flame, Rook? Come join us and find out.”

 

The play was written by Old West Melodrama’s late founder, Joe Cole, with his daughter Jennifer Adams.

 

The show opens on Friday, Feb. 9 and performances continue Friday and Saturday evenings through Saturday, Saturday, Feb. 24.

 

The play will be held at Puffabelly’s Depot Restaurant, 100 Main St. in Spring, with dinner and a pre-show starting at 7 p.m. Purchasing dinner is required to attend the show. The melodrama begins at 8 p.m.

 

The dinner theatre is an interactive experience – and popcorn throwing and audience participation are encouraged.

 

Old West Melodrama, stationed at 100 Main Street in Old Town Spring, is the only

performing group in the greater Houston area that offers melodramas and murder mystery

dinner shows year round. The troupe, founded by Joe Cole, is comprised of experienced actors and performers who enjoy interacting with the audience. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 713-364-9190, emailreservations@oldwestmelodrama.com or visit www.oldwestmelodrama.com.

When:
Feb 9, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Cost:
prices vary
Time:
7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7:00 Prices Vary
Saturday Time & Price:
7:00 Prices Vary
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Open Carry: It's Loaded Staged Reading

Staged Reading of Next Iteration Theater's new devised work

Open Carry: It's loaded 
(working title)

is a brand new, early
draft script of a devised work that Next Iteration Core Ensemble began a year
ago. With director, dianne k. webb, NICE worked intensively over the summer at
the MATCH, then put the newly devised material into the hands of our writer,
Rhett Martinez, and our composer, Garrick Gonzales. They spun their magic
before it came back to the core company to further evolve until now.  

We are ready to bring it
to a live audience as a staged reading so you, too, can engage with us
as we further develop the spectacle. 

Staged readings have
always been a critical part of the evolution of new theatre, giving the
writers, actors, and director critical insight from you, our audience. 

We are thrilled to be
bringing you our first devised work. 

Join us for this quirky,
absurdist romp into the world of OPEN CARRY: It's Loaded.

www.nextiterationtheater.com


When:
Feb 9, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Cost:
Pay What You Can tickets
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
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Tooth and Tail: A Staged Reading and Playwright Discussion

Part fairy-tale, part rescue mission, part love story, and all adventure!

Adding to an already exciting season, Mildred’s Umbrella (MU) is excited to share a new fantasy from local playwright and University of Houston student Elizabeth A.M. Keel. Keel is an emerging female playwright whose work has been performed at METDance, Bootown, The Landing Theatre, Nova Arts, and Cone Man Running in addition to MU in Houston, as well as Squeaky Bicycle, and Fresh Produce’d in New York. 

TOOTH & TAIL follows in the footsteps of Keel’s previous works with a keen eye to embracing the slightly impossible. “I am a longtime fan of both magical realism and stageworks which challenge the audience's imagination and requires them to be more than passive participants,” says Keel, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Theatre Studies at the University of Houston. Jam-packed with princesses, dragons, pirates and more, TOOTH & TAIL is part fairy-tale, part rescue mission, part love story, and all adventure. 

TOOTH & TAIL was developed and workshopped through the support of Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company, and their ongoing commitment to the empowerment of female theatre artists and their stories. The audience is encouraged to stay after the performance for a discussion with the playwright, director, and cast. 

TOOTH & TAIL plays for one night only, Monday, January 8, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios, in the heart of the Washington Avenue Arts District. Entry is by donation and will support MU’s efforts to promote the works of women in the performing arts. For more information, call 832-463-0409 or e-mail info@mildredsumbrella.com.

TOOTH & TAIL BY ELIZABETH A.M. KEEL 
Directed by: Rob Kimbro
Featuring: Sara Becker, Shelby Blocker, Brittny Bush, Jason Duga, Patricia Duran, Heidi Hinkel, Eleanor Kimbro, Gabriel Regojo, and Skyler Sinclair
Where: STUDIO 101 – 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007
When: January 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, donations encouraged. All donations support Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company. 

When:
Jan 8, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Monday Time & Price:
Free, donations encouraged. All donations support Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company.
Location:
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Well by Lisa Kron

What makes us well?

Step into the mind of Tony-award-winning playwright Lisa Kron with this thoughtful and funny examination of how our relationships with our community, family, and friends are reflected in our health. 

Told as a memory play by Lisa, the onstage playwright, about her mother Ann, the play combines ideas of social activism, mind over body, and experiments in theatrical form. As Lisa recounts her childhood in Lansing, Michigan, and beyond to answer the question “What makes us WELL?” her planned “multicharacter theatrical exploration of issues of health and illness both in the individual and in a community” spins hilariously out of control.

Emerging director Bree Bridger is excited to take on the piece, "Finding wellness in our lives and our community is more complicated than a self-help book, an online op-ed, or an inspirational hashtag can cover,” she said. “This is no ‘well-made play’; like life, it loses its place, comes together only to fall apart again, and has a broad scope. As the carefully crafted narrative unravels, we find what it takes to get a group of different people in any setting to improve their mutual wellbeing. We look forward to transforming Studio 101 into the lovely Kron home, and sweeping our cast and audience into the play's dysfunction all around them."

WELL was developed by commission at Dixon Place and co-presented with the Public Theater in New York. The workshop production received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Lucille Lortel Foundation as part of New York Now, the Public’s annual play reading festival. 
 
WELL runs January 18 through February 3, 2018, in Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios, in the heart of the Washington Avenue Arts District. Tickets are on sale now at www.mildredsumbrella.com. For more information, call 832-463-0409 or e-mail info@mildredsumbrella.com.

WELL BY LISA KRON (JANUARY 18-FEBRUARY 4, 2018)
Directed by: Bree Bridger
Where: STUDIO 101 – 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007
When: January 18-20, January 25-27, and February 1-3 at 8 pm
Matinee on January 28 at 3 p.m. 
Pay-What-You-Can night on January 29 at 8 p.m.
Cost: Regular admission: $25; Students, Seniors & Arts Industry: $15; Group rate: $15/ticket

When:
Jan 18, 2018 to Feb 4, 2018
Cost:
Regular admission: $25; Students, Seniors & Arts Industry: $15; Group rate: $15/ticket
Time:
8:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
January 29 at 8 p.m., Pay-What-You-Can
Thursday Time & Price:
January 18-February 3 at 8 p.m., $15-$25
Friday Time & Price:
January 18-February 3 at 8 p.m., $15-$25
Saturday Time & Price:
January 18-February 3 at 8 p.m., $15-$25
Sunday Time & Price:
Matinee on January 28 at 3 p.m.
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Traci and Tony's Unusual New Year's Eve

You’re invited to a New Year’s Eve party for anyone who’s ever been disappointed by New Year’s Eve.

Writer/performer Traci Lavois Thiebaud and composer Anthony Barilla have teamed up with a band of seasoned musicians to create a miniature rock opera based on Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 performance at the MTV New Year’s Eve Ball. Traci and Tony’s Unusual New Year’s Eve is equal parts rock concert, theatrical happening, and New Year’s Eve Party. Seven nights only at Rec Room: dancing shoes recommended.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:
https://www.artful.ly/store/events/13894

Thursday, December 21 - Saturday, December 23
Doors at 9:00
Show at 9:15

Thursday, December 28- Saturday, December 30
Doors at 9:00
Show at 9:15

NYE Sunday, December 31 (two shows!)
Doors: 9:00
Show: 9:15
Doors: 11:00
Show: 11:15

ABOUT THE SOURCE MATERIAL
Thirty-five years ago, Cyndi Lauper was in the middle of a tour supporting her breakout album “She’s So Unusual” when she took the stage at the Ritz in New York City for the MTV New Year’s Eve Ball. MTV was only two years old, and its veejays stumbled through awkward commercial breaks and forced banter. Guest appearances included Bette Midler and Pee-wee Herman. 

You can watch the whole set here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZNnzuz-jUM

Thiebaud scripted the text of Traci and Tony's Unusual New Year's Eve drawing directly from the transcript of this televised special, and together Barilla and Thiebaud breath new, unusual life into the characters and songs of MTV's 1983.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Anthony Barilla has been creating music for Houston theater for nearly two decades. His past experience with rock operas includes musical direction for the world premieres of Daniel Johnston’s Speeding Motorcycle (Infernal Bridegroom Productions) and Bluefinger (Catastrophic Theatre.) 

Traci Lavois Thiebaud is a multi-media artist, performer, and writer. Earlier this year she co-created Red House, an immersive theater, dance and music experience. She currently pilots a solo noise poetry act, produces creative content with Dinolion and teaches improv comedy at BETA Theater. 

They will be joined this New Year’s Eve by actors Charlie Scott and Walt Zipprian, Suchu Dance’s Jennifer Wood, and band members Cathy Power, Chris Bakos, Kevin Blessington, and Erin Rodgers.

When:
Dec 21, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Cost:
$20 general, $15 student
Time:
9:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
9 pm, $20 general, $15 student
Friday Time & Price:
9 pm, $20 general, $15 student
Saturday Time & Price:
9 pm, $20 general, $15 student
Sunday Time & Price:
9 pm. 11 pm,9 pm, $20 general, $15 student (NYE only)
Location:
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KiKi Maroon’s HO HO HO-liday Varie-TEASE Show

Burlesque! Standup Comedy! Showgirls! Live Music!

Burlesque! Standup Comedy! Showgirls! Live Music! Looking for a new way to celebrate the season? KiKi Maroon’s Burly Q Lounge is back with a very special HO HO HO-liday Varie-TEASE show! Classy and sexy, dirty and funny; this prohibition era, vaudevillian variety show will transport you to the naughty speakeasy your grandparents never told you about! Tickets for this sizzling show are only $25. Shows often sell out, so purchase yours early or risk missing out! December’s show will feature reindeer showgirls, naughty Christmas carols, Krampus cuties, standup comedy, body paint by RCC Creations, pictures with Santa, and so much more!

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Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, girls night out, or bachelorette party night at The Burly Q Lounge! We'll set up feather boas, confetti, and candy so everyone know's that it's your special day. Just get your tickets and fill out this form to have a special section reserved just for your party! 


http://www.kikimaroon.com/burly-q-lounge-reservations.html


When:
Dec 9, 2017
Doors at 7 | Show at 8 Seating is first come, first serve. If you are celebrating an event or bringing a large party, fill out the form linked below. For no additional cost, we will reserve a seats for your party, complete with feather boas, confetti, candy, and more! We just love celebrating with you!  http://www.kikimaroon.com/burly-q-lounge-reservations.html
Cost:
$25
Time:
7:30 pm
Location:
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Burly Q Lounge: Houston Burlesque Varie-TEASE Show

Burlesque! Standup Comedy! Live Music! Showgirls!

Burlesque! Standup Comedy! Live Music! Showgirls! The Burly Q Lounge is a vaudevillian Varie-TEASE show, unlike any other. 

Join us as we transform Warehouse Live Houston into the naughty speakeasy your grandparents never told you about! We bring you hours of sexy comedy featuring local and touring burlesque beauties, standup comics, musicians, showgirls, games, circus tricks, and so much more! 

Full line up and dates available at BurlyQLounge.com 


The November 18th show will feature Lola LeStrange (Austin burlesque), Y. E. Torres (Houston burlesque), Chris Amerson (Houston sideshow), Nick T'Vegan (Houston burlesque), Sami Sparkles (Houston burlesque), Chase Hamblin (touring musician), Andy Huggins (Houston comedy legend), hosted by Darius Vallier, and featuring The Burly Q Lounge Showgirls! 


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Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, girls night out, or bachelorette party night at The Burly Q Lounge! We'll set up feather boas, confetti, and candy so everyone know's that it's your special day. Just get your tickets and fill out this form to have a special section reserved just for your party! 


http://www.kikimaroon.com/burly-q-lounge-reservations.html


When:
Nov 18, 2017
Doors at 7 | Show at 8 Seating is first come, first serve. If you are celebrating an event or bringing a large party, fill out the form linked below. For no additional cost, we will reserve a seats for your party, complete with feather boas, confetti, candy, and more! We just love celebrating with you!  http://www.kikimaroon.com/buy-tickets.html
Cost:
$25
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
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Acting Black

Racism Demystified | Written and Performed by American theatre legend Carlyle Brown

Part spoken word, part stand-up comedy, part “TED Talk,” Carlyle Brown’s newest one-man show riffs on the
roots of American racism and its consequences for all of us – exploring the appropriation of the African
American narrative and tracing its origin, from a single individual on a specific night in Louisville, Kentucky in
1828, to racial conflicts we still endure to this day.

Twin Cities audiences raved: “Acting Black is a generous, provocative work that has the potential to be a
chance-making kind of performance.” This is the first production of Brown’s new play outside of Minnesota.

Writer, performer, and Artistic Director Carlyle Brown’s career began over 30 years ago at the Penumbra
Theatre Company in the Twin Cities, where his now famed play THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS
RICHARD III premiered in 1987 – later produced at Houston’s Ensemble Theatre in 2000. His extensive canon
of plays has been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres around the country. He has received
commissions from Arena Stage, Houston Grand Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Goodman Theatre,
and Alabama Shakespeare Festival to name a few. He is the recipient of many playwriting fellowships,
including ones from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome
Foundation, and Theatre Communications Group. Brown was most recently awarded the 2018 William Inge
Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award. He is the 2006 winner of the Black Theatre
Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement and Artistic Excellence, a 2008
Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010 recipient of the Otto Rene’ Castillo Award for Political Theatre, and 2010 United
States Artists Fellow. 

When:
Mar 13, 2018 to Mar 14, 2018
Tickets for Carlyle Brown’s ACTING BLACK are now on sale and start at $25. Discounted tickets are available for any student, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for $15. Group discounts are also available. Tickets can be ordered online (matchouston.org) or by phone (713.521.4533). 
Cost:
$25 -$35
Time:
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Tuesday Time & Price:
8:00 PM
Wednesday Time & Price:
8:00 PM
Location:
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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