While it may not feel like a new season outside, September marks a new season for many theater and performing arts organizations in Houston.
It's time to book up your cultural calendars and get in the know about fall theater happenings with the TodayTix Fall Season Kickoff: two weeks of exclusive prices to the hottest shows from September-December, all on the TodayTix app. Kickoff prices are only available September 4-18.
Here are the top five Houston theater and opera companies spotted offering deals in the TodayTix Fall Season Kickoff:
1. Alley Theatre
Skeleton Crew is a "deeply American play" that's set in 2008 — the start of the Great Recession — in the breakroom of one of Detroit's last auto stamping plants. A makeshift family of co-workers swaps stories and shares dreams, but dynamics shift when they are confronted with the life-altering choices they must face if the factory closes. See it for $39 (22 percent off). Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's hilarious tale of unrequited love, crackles with quick wit and gender-bending hijinks, and you can see it for 34 percent off ($26). Non-planners can still score $20 day-of rush tickets to these shows and the rest of the Alley's full season by checking TodayTix.
2. Houston Grand Opera
The Flying Dutchman, Wagner's ghostly folk tale, and La Boheme, Puccini's Parisian romance, are both 10 percent off, with the former costing $41 and the latter $54. But be quick if you're feeling the bohemian vibe — tickets to La Boheme are extremely limited.
3. 4th Wall Theatre Co.
Kicking off 4th Wall's season is Jesus Hopped the A Train, the story of Angel Cruz, a young bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the murder of a leader of a religious cult. For the holidays, eight actors bring Jane Austen's most famous literary classic to life in Kate Hamill's rollicking Pride and Prejudice. Both Houston premieres are 50 percent off, with tickets at $16.
4. Stages Repertory Theatre
Emilio Rodriquez's poetic coming-of-age story Swimming While Drowning celebrates the healing power of hope and the beautiful mystery of being a teenager. See it for only $19 (40 percent off), while The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is an even greater savings at 50 percent off (or $18). Come to Panto Star Force ready to laugh, cheer, and boo in true panto style, with plenty of toe-tapping music and intergalactic fun for the whole family (tickets are $24, or 18 percent off). Those looking for a decidedly adult holiday show should see Who's Holiday!, wherein now-40-year-old Cindy Lou Who regales the audience with the bizarre journey her life has taken since that fateful night in Whoville, when a certain Grinch tried to steal Christmas (tickets are 12 percent off, at $40).
5. Main Street Theatre
The entire family will be tapping along with Mr. Popper and his "performing" feathered friends in Mr. Popper's Penguins, with tickets at $16, or a 20 percent savings. A different sort of performance troupe is at the center of The Book of Will (60 percent off, at $15), where loyal actors and friends of Shakespeare try to faithfully assemble his First Folio after his death. Continuing with the Shakespeare theme, Macbeth Muet performs the classic entirely without words — get tickets for $12, or a 65 percent savings. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is set two years after Pride and Prejudice and continues the story, this time with nerdy middle sister Mary as the unlikely heroine. Tickets are $16 (20 percent off), as they are for Curious George: The Golden Meatball, a delightful musical for all ages.