Roads are closed, school is canceled and everybody is getting ready for another day -- and night -- of freezing weather. Theaters, museums and local production companies are doing the same thing. Some are opting to staying open, some are not. So far, we've confirmed that Stark Naked Theatre's performance of Faith Healer is opening today as scheduled.
In Faith Healer, being staged on alternate nights with The Good Thief, the issue of how a life can be told from different perspectives is at the fore. Philip Lehl plays Frank Hardy; his wife, Kim Tobin, plays Frank's wife, Grace; and John Tyson, who was with the Alley Theatre Company for 14 years as an actor and sometime director, is Frank's manager, Teddy. Tyson, who is directing both plays, says wryly: "It's a lot of Irish."
Faith Healer opens at 8 p.m. Friday, January 24. Regular curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. The Good Thief opens at 8 p.m. January 29. Regular curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. February 14 and 15. 1824 Spring. For information, call 832-866-6514 or visit starknakedtheatre.com. Pay-what-you-can to $20.
The University of Houston's going ahead with today's scheduled performance of The Barber of Seville, which is being played in repertory with The Consul. For the first time in more than 20 years, the University of Houston Moores Opera Center is presenting The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. "While it might not seem a radical programming choice, actually, for us we just haven't had the right people at any one time and we do now -- so we're doing it," explained Buck Ross, director of the center. "It's not only the fast patter, but it's also extremely florid music," Ross said. "There's a lot of ornamentation, a lot of very high singing for both the tenor and the soprano, and we need somebody that had that kind of skill." Adding to that is the right person for the comic buffa role of Bartolo. "It's the kind of thing that students don't normally have the chops for." But UH has Cesar Toruella, who's from Puerto Rico, and who has the comic acting ability and exactly the right voice for it, Ross said.
See The Barber of Seville at 7:30 p.m. January 24 and 27 and 2 p.m. January 26. See The Consul at 7:30 p.m. January 23, 25 and 26. University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-743-3313 or visit uh.edu. $12 to $20.
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Also on the University of Houston campus is the Blaffer Art Museum which has released the following statement:
Blaffer Art Museum is closed to the public today (January 24, 2014) due to in climate weather and the recommendations of the University of Houston. We will reopen tomorrow at 10 a.m. and encourage you to come visit the exhibitions that just opened last week! For more information on upcoming exhibitions and programs visit blafferartmuseum.org.
We'll update this post as we confirm more information.
Margaret Downing contributed to this post.