Theater, classical music and dance listings: Dec. 15-21

December 14, 2016 GMT


Into the Woods: Stephen Sondheim’s musical riffing on fairy tales. Presented by Theatre Under The Stars. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; 800 Bagby; $39-$116; 713-558-8887, tuts.com.

Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare’s comedy. Presented by 4th Wall Theatre Company. 7:30 Thursdays- Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24; $29-$49, students $15; Studio 101, 1824 Spring St.; 832-786-1849, 4thwalltheatreco.com.

The Santaland Diaries: David Sedaris’ darkly humorous story about working as an elf, told on stage. Presented by the Alley Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 31; $35-$40; 615 Texas; 713-220-5700, alleytheatre.org.


Panto Wonderful Wizard: A new “Wizard of Oz”-inspired play by Rutherford Cravens. Presented by Stages Repertory Theatre. 10 a.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 31; $21-$50; 3201 Allen Parkway; 713-527-0123, stagestheatre.com.

Go Yell It on the Mountain: Two churches clash during Christmastime. Presented by Obsidian Theater. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 23; $15-$30; 3522 White Oak Drive; 832-889-7837, obsidiantheater.org.

Wolf Hall Part: Part two of play based on Hilary Mantel’s novel. Presented by Main Street Theater. Rice Village location, 2540 Times Blvd.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; $39-$45; 713-524-6706, mainstreettheater.com.

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens’ classic tale returns. Presented by the Alley Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Dec. 29; $44-$80; 615 Texas; 713-220-5700, alleytheatre.org.

The First Noel: Heartwarming play with musical and hip-hop numbers. Presented by the Ensemble Theatre. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 29; $42-$61; Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main; 713-520-0055, ensemblehouston.com.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular: Musical celebrating women and family. Presented by Stages Repertory Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31; $21-$74; 3201 Allen Parkway; 713-527-0123, stagestheatre.com.

Oliver!: Dickens’ classic tale about a scrappy orphan boy. Presented by Stageworks Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday; $26, students $15; 10760 Grant; 281-587-6100, stageworkshouston.org.



Handel’s Messiah: Stephen Stubbs directs. Presented by the Houston Symphony. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana; $29-$85; 713-224-4240, houstonsymphony.org.

Baroque Pearls: Sing along to Handel’s “Messiah.” Presented by Houston Masterworks Chorus. 7 p.m. Monday; $11-$21; Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway; 713-529-8900, houstonmasterworks.org.


The Nutcracker: Houston Ballet performs Stanton Welch’s over-the-top new production, with multiple casts rotating in the leading roles. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Tuesdays-Wednesdays; additional performances through Dec. 27; Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas; $55-$175 (prices vary by performance); 713-227-2787, houstonballet.org.