Thursday, February 14, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 93



'Rent,' 'My Fair Lady' on stage

By Becky Proctor
Daily Cougar Staff

With Valentine's Day's arrival, do not fret over what kind of chocolate or flowers to buy. Break from the norm and have a memorable day of love. There are many alternatives to the usual Valentine's Day routine.

For example, you could go see a play. There is an assortment of notable stage productions playing this week.

Of Mice and Men is featured at the Alley Theatre. The production is a remake of the best-selling John Steinbeck novel set in the rural 1930s in California. The story examines an unusual but true friendship. For tickets, call (713) 228-8421.

Theatre Under The Stars is showing the classic musical My Fair Lady this week. The team of Alan Jay Lerner (lyricist) and Frederick Loewe (music) composed this Broadway classic.

My Fair Lady is a funny story about the transformation of a lowly flower girl into a princess. With witty dialogue and glorious music, the musical is a treasure for the entire family. TUTS can be reached at (713) 558-2600.

For science lovers, Beakman Live! will be playing at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater on Saturday. It is a wacky science show drawn from the television program Beakman's World.

In the show, Beakman will make a bat disappear and break the sound barrier before your eyes. For more information on admission and tickets, call (713) 237-1439.

If you're traveling to the island this weekend, stop by Galveston's Opera House. The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston will be showing Rent on Friday and Saturday. The musical centers on an aspiring filmmaker and an HIV-positive songwriter determined to find fame.

Based on the Giacomo Puccini opera La Bohéme, Rent includes clever lyrics and daring themes, such as homophobia and AIDS.

The Opera House is located at 2020 Post Office St. in Galveston. For directions and more information, contact the box office at (800) 821-1894.

Houston's own Playhouse 1960 at 6814 Grant St. is showing a remake of the famous All My Sons. Penned by esteemed playwright Arthur Miller, the story deconstructs the American dream as it follows a man who is shadowed by an unthinkable and unpunished crime that tears his family apart when revealed.

For more information or tickets to this memorable play, call (281) 587-8937.

A spectacular show, Cirque du Soliel Dralion, is showing at the George R. Brown Convention Center. 

You have until Sunday to witness Chinese acrobatics, African dancers and Italian comedy with the new-age sound of Enya. Call the Convention Center at (713) 853-8000 for more information.

Too tired to go to dinner after a play? Well, visit Caruso's Dinner Theatre. Caruso's has a romantic atmosphere and serves fine cuisine while you see a talented crew perform a play.

Little Shop of Horrors is playing throughout the month. The show is admirable and the food is delicious. A show and dinner will cost you at least $35 per person, depending on show times.

For more information and reservations, call (713) 780-4900.

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