The 8 best San Antonio theater performances to see this spring
If there was a flower for every upcoming performance in San Antonio, then spring theater in the Alamo City would be a colorful bouquet. We at CultureMap take a look at the eight best performances you won't want to miss.
An Evening with Heroes: The Alamo Under Siege
Historical drama comes to the Alamo just in time for the 180th anniversary of the famous battle. During an intense recreation, visitors will witness the tension felt among the heroic Texans at the Alamo the evening before the final battle.
For the best in local theater, check out Chato's Bridge, written by San Antonio college professor Mono Aguilar. The story follows Chale and Simon as they deal with tragedy and vengeance in San Antonio's West Side. While the characters and setting are distinctly Chicano, the play's themes are universal and can be found in everything from Hamlet to Kiss of the Spider Woman. Catch this fully produced version of Chato's Bridge at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
The Jungle Book
March 17 through 20
The Magik Theatre and Charline McCombs Empire Theatre are once again partnering to present a special spring break production for the kids. The masters of children's theater are bringing Rudyard Kipling's beloved characters to life in this unique play. Follow Mowgli as he tries to find his place among the jungle and his own people.
Reasons to Be Pretty
March 18 through April 10
The hilarious play by Neil LaBute shines a spotlight on the physical insecurities we all feel as we navigate the explosive mines of modern-day relationships. Catch this amazing local rendition by the actors of The Playhouse at the Cellar Theater.
Following on the heels of St. Patrick's Day, Celtic Nights is bringing a slice of Irish history to Texas. Held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the San Antonio stop is a musical and theatrical retelling of the Easter Rising of 1916, a landmark event in Ireland's quest for independence.
"The show brings together storylines from Ireland's history book, but in a way that engages the audience's mind, heart, and spirit. They might be laughing one minute, pondering the next, maybe wiping away a tear or two," said producer Michael Durkan in a release.
Mark Twain Tonight!
Hal Holbrook has been portraying Mark Twain since the 1950s — in fact, the one-man Mark Twain Tonight! is the longest-running show in U.S. theater. With a bank of 12 hours of Twain's speeches, stories, and quotes in his memory, Holbrook can enthrall everyone with his amusing and astute observations. Holbrook just turned 91 on February 17. Put this performance at Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium at the top of your bucket list.
In the Heights
April 1 through 10
Vincent Hardy, director of the Watson Fine Arts Theatre at St. Philip's College, brings the best musicals to university theater. In the Heights is this year's production, a vibrant musical based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.
The musical, which has garnered multiple awards, details the stories of several residents in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. A blend of rap, blues, and salsa music perfectly illustrates the hopes, dreams, and struggles of the characters.
April 8 through May 8
In this Tony Award-winning musical, a mixed-race couple seeks to overcome the prejudice of midcentury Tennessee. "Memphis is a boy-meets-girl story of love and rock 'n' roll," said marketing director Prsicilla Correa. "The musical is set in the 1950s during a time in which nightclubs and radio stations where throbbing with blues and the birth of rock 'n' roll." This rendition at the Woodlawn Theatre is directed by local performer and singer Rebecca Trinidad.
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