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Byline: Alyssa Foley

The funniest summer class is at Stages Repertory Theatre this year. Anyone who enrolls in “Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes a Vacation” with Denise Fennell is sure to learn how to laugh at themselves. In a part-scripted, part-improv show, a religious sister teaches the Catechism or principles of the Roman...

It’s a bold move to produce “Oleanna” in the age of the #MeToo movement, but The Landing Theatre Company demonstrates that this 26-year-old play could have been written in 2018. Before the show started, I knew how the story ends. The show tells the story of a female college student accusing her male professor of sexual...

Good music never dies, and at the “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at Stages Repertory Theatre, the music never ends either. “Ring of Fire” is the story of the country-music icon’s life set to his own songs in a type of musical biography. It doesn’t feel like the average musical theater, it’s more like a...

Odd jobs make good stories. That’s the basis for comical play “Buyer & Cellar,” which recently just hit the Houston scene. Alex More (Doug Atkins) is a struggling actor in Los Angeles who takes an odd job staffing the basement mall of superstar artist and diva Barbra Streisand. And now he has quite a story to tell. In...

The A.D. Players is bringing the 1974 Broadway play “God’s Favorite” to Houston. The play provides a biblical answer to the question: why do bad things happen to good people? “God’s Favorite” is loosely based on the biblical book of Job. His story flies in the face of the idea that God always rewards good deeds and punishes...

Music is magic, especially when it is playing to a Harry Potter film. The Houston Symphony is performing the musical score for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” this weekend. The cultural phenomenon waltzed its way into Jones Hall with wands in hand. Potterheads applauded not only at the conclusion of a...

A happily engaged pair walks into a bakery to order a wedding cake, however, the baker refuses to serve the same-sex couple. This has been the unfolding drama in the Colorado cake case that the Supreme Court narrowly ruled on last week. It’s also the basis of the on-stage drama of the Alley Theatre’s production of...

When artists strike lightning, sometimes they strike only once. In the past 50 years, many now obscure musicians created a single song that’s still a pop-culture staple. I bet most artists don’t imagine their tunes being played by a full orchestra decades later, but that’s just what the Houston Symphony did in their...

Forget love at first sight, “Daddy Long Legs” is a romance that starts with the first letter. Main Street Theater’s regional premiere of the two-actor musical is as heart-warming as a Hallmark Channel movie. It’s based on a classic novel by Jean Webster that would fit snugly on a bookshelf between “Little Women”...

Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. It’s not the beginning of a punchline, it’s the start of an evening of laughter and ideas for the future over drinks. In “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” comedian turned playwright (sic) Steve Martin shows us what might have happened if these two giants of the 20th century walked into...