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Small performing arts theater season set to challenge thoughts, focusing on important social issues

Houston local and community theaters’ 2022-2023 season lineup continues to be an influential factor in helping understand the rich diversity that makes up our own communities.


4th Wall Theatre presents "Between Riverside and Crazy", June 4, 2022


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As we continue to highlight Houston theater, we turn our focus to the smaller, local and community theatres to provide a preview of what they have coming up this summer and in their next season.

With a long list of great theatres to feature, 4th Wall Theater is one longtime Houston theatre group that will present its final week of the playing of Between Riverside and Crazy this Saturday, a stage performance that promises a lot of fun.

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company seeks to challenge audiences and theatre artists by creating and performing bold, innovative, and new theatrical works in their season, while also bringing young writers from across the country present plays to help stop gun violence.

Then there’s Miller Outdoor Theatre’s Juneteenth: The Journey to Freedom. This performance will be filled with dramatic visuals, live music, narrations, and dance — telling the story of African Americans from 1865 to today and their journey to the celebration of freedom.

Many more theaters and performing arts reviews, to include the Express Children’s Theatre, also make for great performing arts conversation in this episode, as we take recommendations from our listeners on what shows impact them most.


Doni Wilson

  • Houston Chronicle Theatre Critic
  • Professor of English at Houston Baptist University

Philip Lehl

  • 4th Wall Theater Company Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Jennifer Decker

  • Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company, Founder and Artistic Director

Cissy Segall Davis

  • Managing Director at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Tim Fried-Fiorid

  • Express Children’s Theatre, Executive Director

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