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‘Tea & Sympathy’ in Houston

How far have we come since 1953?












Tea and Sympathy is the provocative 1953 drama that took Broadway by storm with over seven hundred performances. Robert Anderson’s Tea and Sympathy still reverberates in our national dialogue. The need for acceptance in the face of deep-rooted prejudice is as necessary now as it was sixty years ago.

Inside a New England boy’s school dormitory, Tom’s classmates taunt him for his sensitive and seemingly unmanly nature. Tom’s attempts to compensate for his lack of masculinity capture the attention of Laura, the headmaster’s wife. Despite her husband’s objections, Laura comes to Tom’s aid with more than tea and sympathy, and an unlikely romance ensues.

“The play’s story raises many questions: Why do these prejudices exist? What do people really fear about someone who is different from them? How far have we come as a society?” says Dan J. Gordon, artistic director.

David Rainey of the Alley Theatre Company directs. For this production, the Back Porch Players partner with youth organizations and LGBT advocacy groups.

What: Tea & Sympathy presented by the Back Porch Players
When: August 1–18
Days & Times:
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd.
Tickets: All performances are $30.
Groups of 10+/educators/students/seniors $25.
Students with ID and theater-industry professionals can purchase half-price rush tickets thirty minutes before curtain (subject to availability).
Tickets are available by calling the Main Street Theater box office at 713/524-6706 or order online at




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