Theater LaB is known as Houston’s master theater of the small musical, and proves this again with See Rock City and Other Destinations, an episodic, song-filled stage production about people looking to find themselves in the world. Adam Mathias and Brad Alexander’s musical follows several characters on their ways to different cultural monuments, and though they start out looking for a place on the map, their true destinations lie within their own hearts (shades of Dorothy and her red shoes).
The opening number features a guy headed to Rock City, a place he knows about from billboards. On his way there he meets a waitress who waylays his plans. There’s a bit about a runaway bride who meets up with a Niagara Falls guide, two teens who ditch school for a day at Coney Island, where they get a decidedly nonacademic education, and a woman who takes her grandfather to the Alamo, where she decides to declare her own independence. All this comes to us from some of Houston’s most accomplished musical theater actors, including Jimmy Phillips and Jessica Janes.
8 p.m. April 4 and 26, Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m April 22 and 29. Through April 29. 1706 Alamo. For information, call 713-868-7516 or visit www.theaterlabhouston.com. $25 to $35.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 22, 5 p.m.; Thu., April 26, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 29, 5 p.m. Starts: April 6. Continues through April 29, 2012