Margaret Downing is the editor-in-chief who oversees the Houston Press newsroom and its online publication. She frequently writes on a wide range of subjects.
14 hours ago | Stage
In Freeda Peoples about to open at The Ensemble Theatre, playwright Joyce Sylvester (Women in the Pit) explores the relationships between the members of the congregation and their new pastor — discovering along the way that no one is exactly ...
23 hours ago | Stage
In a special, one-time event, Alley Theatre has opened its doors to the suddenly homeless Mildred's Umbrella for the latter's presentation of The Hunchback of Seville, a less than reverent retelling of 16th Century Spanish history involving a dyin...
2 days ago | Dance
It's another whirlwind weekend for the Houston Ballet packing the mixed rep program Premieres complete with a world premiere piece into five performances and right after the company did the story length ballet Sylvia and the Jerome Robbins t...
2 days ago | Stage
Mr. Coalhouse Walker Jr. and Ezekiel Andrew have a history. When Ragtime opens at the Hobby Center courtesy of Theatre Under the Stars it will be the fourth time Andrew plays the pivotal character in the musical set in early 20th Century Ame...
9 days ago | Current Events
We're in the 21st Century but every year we're all re-enactors - willing or not — trapped in an premise embraced during World War I. This particular philosophy: that Daylight Savings Time is good for us. Most of you bleary-eyed readers are probabl...
12 days ago | Health
In February, a bill arrived at our house. It was from some doctor we’d never heard of, who, the bill said, “assisted” in some relatively minor surgery my husband had in early November, more than three months before. Turns out, the bill had already...