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Join the hottest LGBTQ theatre event in town! ActOUT is in its 17th season with a variety of events and productions that will once again have Houston’s LGBTQ community talking. Guests enjoy fabulous pre-performance mixers with music, socializing, complimentary cocktails and appetizers. The place to see and be seen, ActOUT is sure to be a great night on the town.

This pre-curtain event starts at 6:00 PM and is FREE with your ticket to the Thursday night performances listed below. Each production begins at 7:30 p.m. To buy ActOUT tickets, required for this event,  purchase online or call Guest Services at 713.220.5700, then enter 1. For more information, please e-mail tinab@alleytheatre.org or call 713.315.3399.

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Lend Me A Soprano

World Premiere Comedy 

Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A SOPRANO

Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
Hubbard Theatre

ActOUT: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Ken Ludwig, America’s preeminent comic playwright and author of recent Alley hits The Three Musketeers and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, debuts his latest play, Lend Me A Soprano, to kick off the season. The play is set in 1934, when the clever and combustible Lucille Wiley, Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is ready to welcome world-class soprano Elena Firenzi for her one-night-only starring role in Carmen. Alas, Elena arrives late, her impassioned husband Pasquale has a fit of jealousy, and it remains to be seen whether Mrs. Wiley’s mousy but determined assistant Jo can save the day. Based on Ludwig’s hit comedy, Lend Me A Tenor, the roles are reversed, and the ladies take the lead in this madcap screwball comedy guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

 
WHAT-A-CHRISTMAS!

An adult holiday comedy 

Meet Margot, a Scrooge who's flippin' burgers, flingin' fries, and seein' spirits! 

WHAT-A-CHRISTMAS! 

By Isaac Gómez
Directed by KJ Sanchez
Neuhaus Theatre

ACTOUT: Thursday, December 8, 2022*

Meet Margot, a 30-something Tejana who works at a beloved whata-sized Texas burger joint. The Christmas Eve overnight shift is her personal tradition — even if that means spending the holiday dealing with grumpy drive-thru customers and an equally grumpy robotic Santa. But when her dead best friend Jackie Marley drops by to warn her of impending late-night visits by spirits, Margot has no choice but to roll with the punches and confront the very Scrooge she’s become. It’s a Christmas Eve like none other in this brand-new holiday show filled with humor and heart set right here in Htown by Texan playwright Isaac Gómez.

 

 

Cambodian Rock Band

Electric, Darkly Funny, History Revealing
Alley Theatre IN ASSOCIATION WITH BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE
PRESENTS THE SIGNATURE THEATRE PRODUCTION OF

Cambodian Rock Band 

BY LAUREN YEE
FEATURING SONGS BY DENGUE FEVER
DIRECTED BY CHAY YEW
Hubbard Theatre

ActOUT: Thursday, February 2, 2023

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Lauren Yee brings us an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.

 

 

Cowboy Bob

Loosely Based on a Prolific Texas Bank Robber, Peggy Jo

COWBOY BOB

Created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips & Annie Tippe
Music & Lyrics by Jeanna Phillips
Book & Additional Lyrics by Molly Beach Murphy
Additional Music by Alex Thrailkill
Directed by Annie Tippe
By special arrangement with Sally Cade Holmes and David Denson (Red Tail Entertainment)
Hubbard Theatre

ActOUT: Thursday, March 16, 2023

You wouldn’t look twice at Peggy Jo. She's a good daughter, always tips, plays by the rules - but when she dons a fake beard, sunglasses, and ten-gallon hat, she becomes “Cowboy Bob”- the slickest bank robber Texas has ever known. And she may just be the life-affirming inspiration one waitress in a Dallas Chili’s badly needs to buck routine and take control of her own life. Equal parts Riot Grrrl rage and Texas twang, this world premiere musical loosely based on actual events - and co-authored by Galveston’s own Molly Beach Murphy - invites audiences to join the heist, take life by the reins, and let it ride.

 

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY

A Comedy-Mystery

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY

By Katie Forgette 
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner 
Hubbard Theatre

ActOUT: Thursday, April 27, 2023

The wit of Oscar Wilde meets the cunning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this comic twist on a classic sleuthing caper, Wilde’s muse, actress Lillie Langtry (a.k.a the Jersey Lily) presents Holmes with what seems like an open and shut case. But with his superior powers of deductive reasoning, Sherlock wastes no time in exposing a much more sinister conspiracy. Meanwhile, Oscar Wilde is in the throes of writing his acclaimed Importance of Being Earnest and Holmes might inspire some of the play. In a fast-paced ride full of surprises and disguises, Holmes and Watson must do whatever it takes to help their friends…while facing their greatest foe.

 

 

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS

Comedy Classic

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS 

Translated, Adapted, and Directed by Rob Melrose 
From the original play in Italian by Carlo Goldoni 
Directed by Rob Melrose
Hubbard Theatre 

ActOUT: Thursday, June 22, 2023

Identities are mistaken, engagements are broken, and lovers are reunited in this world premiere adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece. Set in Venice, mayhem erupts when the wily—and chronically hungry—servant Truffaldino hatches a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. Directed by Rob Melrose, this physical comedy classic will have you laughing at and loving our hapless hero.