Houston’s Best Theatrical and Artistic Performances in October 2021


Houston Grand Opera’s ‘Carmen’ Hits The Stage This Month | Photo: Lynn Lane; courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera

Catch virtual and live performances throughout the month with our roundup of theatrical and artistic productions online and in person in October 2021.

Theater, opera and the performing arts are in full swing this month, with so many of the city’s arts institutions back up and running with some exciting productions you can’t miss if you’ve missed the stage.

Check out our highlights from the city’s artistic events this month:

Top 12 Arts Events in Houston: October 2021

  • The Houston Ballet presents Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance at the Wortham Theater Center | Until Sunday October 3 – Houston’s premier dance company is back on its original stage at the Wortham Center with an epic opening show that features a collection of solos, ensemble pieces, and pas de deux designed to showcase the talents of the whole ballet company. Tickets start at $ 25. Times vary.
  • Respect: a musical journey of women at the Ensemble Theater | Until Sunday October 17 – Combining songs from the 1960s with personal stories about love, loss, relationships and more, this powerful celebration of women offers insight and an uplifting message. Tickets start at $ 41. Times vary.
  • Steps present Crochet Tale at Gordy | From Friday October 1 to Sunday October 17 – This family play turns the story you think you know about Peter Pan upside down, telling the story from Captain Hook’s perspective, and he’s determined to set the record straight. Tickets start at $ 25. Times vary.
  • Sweat to the aisle theater | From Friday October 1 to Sunday October 24 – A lasting friendship between factory workers is strained amid layoffs and picket lines, and three women come face to face as they struggle to overcome challenges. Tickets start at $ 41. Times vary.
  • Darwin to Malibu at the Main Street Theater | From Saturday October 2 to Sunday October 24 – This comedy on God and Science finds Charles Darwin relaxing on a beach in Malibu, more than a hundred years after his death. His rest in peace is disturbed by the arrival of his friend Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford. Tickets start at $ 36. from Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m.
  • TUTS presents Rock of ages at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | From Tuesday October 5 to Sunday October 17 – This big-hearted musical featuring big, powerful ballads from long-haired bands from the 1980s is the story of an aspiring rock star who longs for her big break. It’s tough enough, but things really start to go wrong when the developers show up with plans to flatten the venue they hope to propel it to stardom. Tickets start at $ 40. Times vary.
  • Never Again: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at the DeLuxe Theater | From Wednesday October 6 to Sunday October 17 – The Classical Theater Company returns to in-person performances with this play, a mix of several tales from the literary master and suspense, which should prove perfect for Poe enthusiasts and theater-goers alike. Tickets start at $ 25. Times vary.
  • AD Players presents Dear Jack, dear Louise at the George Theater | From Wednesday October 6 to Monday October 25 – This Houston premiere is the story of U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, who begins writing to aspiring actress Louise Rabiner during World War II. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig has taken his family history to create a heartwarming story of wartime courtship. Tickets start at $ 36. Times vary.
  • ROCO presents Mixed messages at the post office | saturday 9 october – Celebrating World Post Day, this concert honors the art of lettering and letter writing, including selections by Elvis Costello Letters from Juliet and in collaboration with Houston Contemporary Dance. Tickets start at $ 45. 8 p.m.
  • 4th Wall Theater presents A dollhouse part 2 at Studio 101 | From Thursday October 14 to Saturday November 6 – This Tony-nominated piece continues where the classic A doll’s house left out and audiences will find her commentaries on gender roles, love and responsibility just as sharp and insightful as in Ibsen’s groundbreaking original story. Tickets start at $ 17. from Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents Carmen at the Wortham Center | From Friday October 22 to Sunday November 7 – One of the most enduring operas of all time, that of Bizet Carmen is the story of an obsessive love and jealousy that will eventually destroy him. Tickets start at $ 20. Times vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Berlioz Fantastic symphony at Jones Hall | Friday October 29 at Halloween, Sunday October 31 | Virtual option – The story of an artist’s obsession with a beautiful woman, this epic symphony is a wild ride of emotion and music – and an evil witch’s Sabbath. Watch it in person or Saturday’s performance via livestream. Tickets start at $ 29; $ 20 for the Saturday live broadcast. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 2.30 p.m.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 things to do in Houston, his work has been published in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston woman. She also contributes regularly to the Houston site of Eater.com. She received her BA in Mass Communication with a minor in Professional Writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her MA in Communication Studies with a major in Journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. Originally from Rhode Island, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as a cornerstone: fifty years of worship at the Saint-Michel-Archange Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.


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