Best Theater and Performing Arts in Houston: October 2022

Tony-Winning Musical ‘Hadestown’ Comes to H-Town in October | Photo: T.Charles Erickson; courtesy of Hobby Center

Catch virtual and live performances throughout the month with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions taking place in October 2022.

This month, the 2022-23 seasons kick off for Houston Grand Opera, Performing Arts Houston, DaCamera, and 4th Wall Theater, while you still have some time to catch several exciting and acclaimed works from other arts companies in Houston.

Check out more of our highlights for performing arts events across the city this month:

Top 19 Performing Arts Events in Houston: October 2022

Closing this month

  • Lend me a soprano at the Alley Theater | Ongoing | Until Sunday October 9 – In this world premiere by Ken Ludwig, the director of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is ready to welcome a preeminent soprano to town for a single performance of Carmen. The soprano arrives late, her husband is jealous, and it’s up to the assistant director to figure out how the show can go on. Ludwig based the series on his own hit lend me a tenor. $26 and up. Hours vary.
  • Disaster theater presents Happy Days at MATCH | Ongoing | Until Saturday 15 October – Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy explores the story of a woman buried, literally, waist-deep in the earth. As the play progresses, she is more and more consumed by the earth, but shoulders, firm in her belief that each new day will be happy. Tickets are chargeable. Hours vary.
  • Southern love and malaise at the Ensemble Theater | Ongoing | Until Sunday October 16 – When a matriarch dies, her heirs must deal with the crisis and family drama they leave behind. In a production that incorporates contemporary music, the show offers a story of passion, jealousy and love. $41 and up. Hours vary.
  • mind problem at the Main Street Theater | Ongoing | Until Sunday October 16 – Rice Village Theater opens the 2022-23 season with this regional premiere, the story of a gifted black actress on the verge of having everything she dreams of, but what principles will she have to sacrifice to get it ? $44 and up. Hours vary.
  • AD Players presents Miss Maude at the George Theater | Ongoing | Until Sunday 23 October – There’s a lot of buzz surrounding this pre-Broadway play based on the real-life friendship between a Life magazine photographer and midwife from South Carolina. $25 and up. Hours vary.

Opening this month

DeQuina Moore (right) portrays Houston’s Lauren Anderson (left) in ‘Plumshuga’ in October | Courtesy of Steps

  • Broadway Across America Presents Hadesville at Hobby Center | From Tuesday 4 October to Sunday 9 October – He dazzled Broadway audiences and won eight Tony Awards. Now the musical Variety called “spellbinding” hits the Houston scene, weaving together the Greek myths of lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife Persephone. Get ready for a wild ride of passion, hope and triumph of the human spirit. $50 and up. Hours vary.
  • Internships present Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson at the Gordy | From Friday 7 October to Sunday 13 November – With a story that is both perfectly Houston and absolutely universal, Plumshuga explores the life and legacy of Lauren Anderson, the first black woman to be named lead artist for a major American dance company. The world premiere blends spoken word, dance, music and theater for a look at Anderson’s life and an exploration of what it means to follow his dreams. $30 and up. Hours vary.
  • Mercury Chamber Orchestra presents philosophy of love at the Wortham Center | Saturday October 8 | Virtual option – This opening concert pays homage to the deepest emotion of all: love. In a program created by internationally acclaimed conductor John Axelrod, a native of Houston, this evocative performance features the music of Mahler, Leonard Bernstein, Haydn and many more. $10 or more; $20 for a virtual ticket (available until Sunday, October 16). 7:30 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman takes on Beethoven with the Houston Symphony in October | Courtesy of Itzhak Perlman

  • 4th Wall Theater Co. presents The thin place at Spring Street Studios | From Thursday 13 October to Saturday 5 November “Linda can commune with the dead and she can make you hear them, if you believe in it. Opening of the 2022-23 season of 4th Wall, this touching piece that explores the boundaries between life and death, and how they shape reality. $32 and up. Hours vary.
  • DaCamera presents Gil Shaham in concert at the Wortham Center | friday october 14 – The globally acclaimed violinist makes his DaCamera debut at this opening night gala concert. See why the New York Times called Shaham “a player of deeply intense sincerity”. $42.50 and up. 7 p.m.
  • Seascape at the Alley Theater | From Friday 14 October to Sunday 13 November – Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winner explores marriage and what it means to be human in this story of a couple who walks on the beach, only to meet another couple who rises from the ocean. $51 and up. Hours vary.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Mariachi Herencia of Mexico in concert at Jones Hall | Sunday October 16 – The Chicago-based, Latin Grammy-nominated band takes the stage, with a program that pays homage to the golden age of Mexican music. Lupita Infante, granddaughter of Mexican music icon Pedro Infante, joins them on stage. $29 and up. 6:30 p.m.
The Houston Grand Opera opens its season with “La traviata” in October | Photo courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

  • The Houston Symphony Orchestra Presents Itzhak Perlman plays Beethoven at Jones Hall | From Thursday 20 October to Sunday 23 October | Virtual option – The virtuoso violinist plays one of the masterpieces of music, Beethoven’s violin concerto. A true superstar, Perlman is probably best known for his game on the Schindler’s list theme. But for more than 50 years he has brought exquisite technique and glorious interpretations to the classical canon. This concert should prove to be a must for fans and those curious about classical music. $29 and up. Hours vary; note that there is no concert on Friday.
  • Dirt Dogs Theater presents Coyote on a fence at MATCH | From Friday 21 October to Saturday 5 November – What’s good? What is evil? And how do we show justice and mercy? This Bruce Graham play explores all that and more in a searing story based on a Texas death row inmate. Set in a prison, two inmates await their final fates and their stories challenge beliefs and ask what it means to be human. $30 and up. Hours vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents La Traviata at the Wortham Center | From Friday 21 October to Sunday 6 November – One of the most moving operas in the canon is the story of the courtesan Violetta who falls in love with the noble Alfredo. Jealousy, classism and tragedy unfold against Verdi’s incredible music. $25 and up. Hours vary.
  • Dance of Asian America presents Asia in the world at Miller Outdoor Theater | Saturday October 22 | FREE | Virtual option – This family-friendly showcase explores a myriad of Asian dance styles, with exquisite costumes and haunting music that weave together the traditions of countries across the Asian continent. 7:30 p.m.
  • TUTS presents The secrets of my success at the leisure center | From Tuesday 25 October to Sunday 6 November – Based on the popular Michael J. Fox film of the same name, this all-new TUTS-focused musical is the story of what success looks like and what you’ll go through to keep it. $40 and up. Hours vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents The Wreckers at the Wortham Center | From Friday 28 October to Friday 11 November – Continuing its commitment to showcasing new work and giving new looks to favourites, HGO brings the first-ever fully staged production of this 1906 opera by Dame Ethel Smyth. It is the story of a coastal community where shipwrecks are frequent and looting is commonplace. But what happens when someone starts warning ships of what’s to come? $25 and up. Hours vary.
  • ROCO presents A musical trick or treat at the Heritage Society | Saturday October 29 – This family night begins with a welcome reception and then allows guests to tour historic homes in downtown Sam Houston Park where ROCO musicians will provide musical selections. Part historical tour, part chamber concert, it’s all fun. $45; $20 for 17 and under. 4:30 p.m.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 things to do in Houstonhis work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Texas Arts + Culture, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Monthly Galveston and Houston Wife. She is also a regular contributor to Eater.com’s Houston site. She received her BA in Mass Communication with a minor in Professional Writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her Masters in Communication 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. A native of Rhode Island, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Churchpublished by Bright Sky Press.

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