Houston's Theater Scene a Very Stuffed Stocking

This year's holiday play offerings.

During the telling, Stevens roams the stage, cavorts up the aisles, lectures the audience from down front or sinks into the armchair to read verbatim from a large gilt-edged tome, as if relating a cozy bedtime story. Wherever he is, he brings us smack inside the story and shakes us alive.

Cast members in Panto Mother Goose get a chance to chew the scenery.
Bruce Bennett
Cast members in Panto Mother Goose get a chance to chew the scenery.

Location Info


Stages Repertory Theatre

3201 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: River Oaks

The Music Box Theater

2623 Colquitt
Houston, TX 77098

Category: Theaters

Region: Lower Shepherd-Kirby

Queensbury Theatre

12802 Queensbury
Houston, TX 77024

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: Outer Loop - NW


Panto Mother Goose

Through January 6. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. 713-527-0220. $25-$41.

The White Christmas Album: A Beatles Holiday

Through December 29 at Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt. 713-522-7722. $25-$35.

A Christmas Carol

Through December 24 at Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury. 713-467-4497. $12-$15.

While there's much to recommend in the Alley Theatre production with its stage wizardry and large cast, there's always room for an unadulterated version of Dickens's magnificent classic. John Stevens's adaptation at Country Playhouse, directed smartly by Bonnie Hewett and abetted by atmospheric sound design by Rod Harty, is like opening the smallest present under the tree and finding, within, the entire world. That makes for a very merry Christmas.

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