Fall Performing Arts: 8 of the hottest tickets in town

Oct 10-Oct 13

Ballet San Antonio brings the penultimate version of Cinderella, choreographed by acclaimed artistic director Ben Stevenson (he transformed Houston Ballet into one of the country’s finest companies and made his name with Cinderella) and set to Sergei Prokofiev’s romantic score, to downtown. The production puts forth some truly ugly, slapsticky stepsisters, enchanting fairies (and godmother, of course) and one of ballet’s great pas de deux between Cinderella and her Prince. $35.45-$83.45, 7:30pm Thu-Fri, 2 and 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E Market, (210) 404-9641, balletsanantonio.org.

Oct 11-Nov 09

'Willy Wonka'
The Magik Theatre revives its successful take on Roald Dahl’s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While we’re partial to the creepy film version starring Gene Wilder as Wonka, we’ll take Magik’s charming stage rendition of Charlie’s magical visit to the Wonka cocoa heaven, complete with oompa-loompas and delightful brats Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee. Opening night will have a special chance for audience members to find their own golden tickets, good for a variety of prizes. $20 (Oct 11 performance only), $9 (seniors, military, educators) $10, 9:45 and 11am Tue-Fri, 7pm Fri, 2pm Sat, Magik Theatre, 420 S Alamo, (210) 227-2751, magiktheatre.org.


Oct 12-Nov 02

'Evil Dead the Musical'
The perfect date night for those couples who continually argue about whether to watch Les Miz or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This touring musical adaption of the camp classics combine elements of all three original Evil Dead flicks, with lantern-jawed hero Ash singing his way through demon humor, severed limbs and lots and lots of blood. Seriously, Evil Dead’s claim to fame is being “the only musical in the world with a splatter zone.” $20 (students and military) $26 (seniors and SATCO members) $33, 7:30pm Oct 12, 19, 8pm Oct 18, 25, 31, Nov 1, 2, 10:30pm Oct 26, Cameo Theatre, 112 E Commerce, (210) 212-5454, cameocenter.com. Through Nov 2.


Oct 22-Oct 27

'Peter and the Starcatcher'
Last year’s debut of Peter and the Starcatcher raked in five Tony awards and was compared to “the best bedtime stories” in a review by The New York Times. The family-friendly, Victorian/steam-punk-inspired musical is based on a children’s novel by Dave Barry (the syndicated humorist) that details Peter Pan’s pre-Wendy history. Like its protagonist, the production creates magic out of simple stages and weaves an adventurous tale that takes its orphan hero from the sea to the jungle. $37.75-$91.60, 7:30pm Tue-Thu, 8pm Fri, 2 and 8pm Sat, 1 and 6:30pm Sun, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-5700, majesticempire.com.


Nov 01-Nov 17


Local playwright David Davalos’ Wittenberg is set in the titular German town’s university, home to the very real Martin Luther, Christopher Marlowe’s fictional soul-selling Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare’s angsty student-prince Hamlet. Faustus and Luther launch a side-splitting battle for Hamlet’s philosophical allegiance. It ends where Hamlet begins, making it a must-see for Bard lovers. Its New York debut prompted The New York Times to proclaim “Hilarity, thy name is ‘Wittenberg.’” $10 (children) $15 (students) $20 (seniors, military) $25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2:30pm Sun, Cellar Theater, San Pedro Playhouse, 800 W Ashby, (210) 733-7258, theplayhousesa.org.

Nov 08-Nov 24

'The Taming of the Shrew'
Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew ends in an obedience contest amongst three wives. The winner’s “success” comes about because her husband starves her of food and sleep. Hilarious, right? Nevertheless, the titular shrew Kate launches so many witty barbs toward her equally-sharp husband Petruchio that many forgive the woman-hatin’ vibe. With celebrated local theater vet Roy Bumgarner as Petruchio. A Classic Theatre production. $10 (students) $20 (seniors, military, SATCO) $25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 1400 S Alamo, (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org.

Nov 10

'Pure Grass'
Whether you’re a Walt Whitman fan or a hapless student looking for a way to digest Leaves of Grass that doesn’t require reading it, Pure Grass will probably delight you. Described as an “oral interpretation,” professor and actor Bruce Noll’s performance is a sort of remix of Whitman’s classic collection, excerpting verses from famous poems like “Songs of Myself” and “America,” and driving home the poet’s themes of nature and sensual pleasure. The joint production between Gemini Ink, Arts San Antonio and the San Antonio Public Library will benefit those three organizations’ community outreach. $20 suggested donation, 2pm, Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad, artssa.org.

Nov 16

'Temptation of the Muses'
Combining the elegance and grace of traditional Asian art with the invention and energy of contemporary modern dance, the celebrated Nai-Ni Chen company has toured the world with their unique programs. With all the cross-cultural infusions, you might never guess the company and director/choreographer Nai-Ni Chen (formerly of Taiwan) are based in Ft. Lee, N.J. In Temptation of the Muses, the dancers don’t just dance to contemporary classical music played by the celebrated Ahn Trio, they get up close and personal with the musicians, who play on the same stage as the dancers swirl around. $35, 8pm, Jo Long Theatre, 226 N Hackberry, thecarver.org.