Houston’s Theater District Takes Center Stage
By Randy Mallory
“All the world’s a stage,” William Shakespeare penned, “and all the men and women merely players.” If that’s true, then one weekend last fall I cast myself in one heck of a role. My objective? To learn as much as I could about
With major resident groups in all four disciplines—opera, ballet, music, and theater—
Act One: Touts to TUTS
Act Two: Symphonic Spring
Act Two opened three blocks away at the venerable Jones Hall, where I had a ticket to hear the Houston Symphony perform works by classical-music icon Aaron Copland. From my red-velvet, orchestra-section seat, I got a close view of the Houston Symphony’s performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, followed by his signature Fanfare for the Common Man.
Act Three: Operatic Ball
En route to Act Three the next day, I passed sightseers in a horse-drawn carriage clip-clopping down
Act Four: Arsenic and Old Laughs
I had a couple of hours before my final show at the Alley Theatre, so I followed other theater-goers around the corner to Birraporetti’s, a self-proclaimed “Great Italian Restaurant … and heck of an Irish Bar!” So as not to rewrite the script, I enjoyed a classic lasagna with a Guinness stout … all to the musical backdrop of a jazz flutist.
A On August 24, 2008, from noon until 5 p.m., the Houston Theater District’s four main venues—the Alley Theatre, Wortham Center, Jones Hall, and Hobby Center—will fill with 15,000 or so theater-goers for the 15th annual Open House. The family-oriented event offers previews of the 2008-2009 season, as well as special deals on season subscriptions, behind-the-scenes tours, and the chance to meet performers. For details, contact the Houston Downtown Alliance, 713/658-8938; http://www.houstontheaterdistrict.org/.
From the August 2008 issue.