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Giveaway: Richard II
Win tickets to the Royal Shakespeare Company's production, starring David Tennant, at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano.

published Monday, May 5, 2014
Photo: Kwame Lestrade
David Tennant as Richard II

Dallas — For today's giveaway, we have several pairs of tickets to the next screening in the Royal Shakespeare Company Live series at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. It's Richard II, starring David Tennant. These showings are at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano.

The screenings are 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano.

To be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets, email with TENNANT RICHARD II in the subject line. Include your name and number. Also, include which location you'd like to attend.

Your two choices are:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Angelika Film Center Dallas
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Angelika Film Center Plano

Tickets are normally $20.

You have until 11:30 p.m. Monday, May 5 to enter. We'll notify the winners Tuesday morning.

TheaterJones staffers and contributors, and their family members, are ineligible to play.

Here's a video diary for the production of Richard II:

TeCo to Hold LGBT Play Competition
TeCo Theatrical Productions in Oak Cliff calls for submissions to its first Play Pride LGBT Festival in September. There's a prize!

published Friday, May 2, 2014
Photo: Mark Lowry
From left: TeCo's Emma Rodgers, Frank Randy Eppes and Teresa Coleman Wash at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Oak CliffTeCo Theatrical Productions, which produces at the lovely Bishop Arts Theater Center in Oak Cliff, will hold its first LGBT New Play Competition in September. This will be much like the group's long-running New Play Competition every February, except that the plays will have gay-themed material. The playwrights do not have to be LGBT.

The idea for the Play Pride LGBT Festival, which will run Sept. 4-14, began when Emma Rodgers was reading play submissions and liked one, but thought it too risque for the New Play Competition, which has a family-friendly bent. That play, Three Guys in a Bed, by Randy Frank Eppes, is already in the festival. TeCo is calling for submissions for five more plays, each with a running time of no more than 20 minutes, and with no more than 4 cast members required. Each playwright selected will pick an LGBT-themed charity, and the winner's charity will receive $1,000.

Each of the plays receives a full production; all six shows are presented at each performance.

"We're in a very diverse community and it's very important that we serve that community," said TeCo artistic director Teresa Coleman Wash at a press conference on Wednesday.

The submissions will be open to Texas playwrights, unlike the New Play Competition, which is only open to Dallas-Fort Worth writers. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014.

Look for more information about the submission process to be posted on the TeCo website soon.

Giveaway: The Lyons 
Win tickets to the area premiere of Nicky Silver's dramedy at Uptown Players on opening weekend. Deadline extended!

published Thursday, May 1, 2014
Photo: Mike Morgan
The Lyons at Uptown Players

Dallas — For today's giveaway, we have tickets for the area premiere of Nicky Silver's The Lyons, presented by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas. The show opens Friday, May 2 and runs through May 18. These tickets would be the Friday or Saturday performances on opening weekend, May 2 and 3. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

Here's a description of the play: The Lyons, a dark family comedy about a New York City clan with nothing but bitterness and damage to bind them, completed its Broadway run in 2012. The play opens in the hospital room where the Lyons family patriarch, Ben, will soon be expiring from cancer. The end has been coming for months, but Ben and his wife Rita haven’t told their adult kids, partly because they didn’t want to burden them and partly because they’re emotionally stunted and as self-absorbed as your average Kardashian. Lisa, a single mom and a bit of a daddy’s girl with a history of relationship drama gets to absorb the blow first, because their son Curtis, a gay writer who is full of dark secrets, is running late, per usual. Rita, whose briskly efficient manner masks a deep-seated, implacable hatred for the man she’s been yoked to for 40 years, will deliver the news between criticisms of Lisa’s wardrobe and inquiries about the right look for the living room she intends to redecorate as soon as Ben has kicked it.

To be entered to win tickets, email with UPTOWN LYONS in the subject line. In the email, include your name, address, phone number and best email contact. Also, let us know if you'd like to attend on Friday or Saturday, May 2 or 3.

The deadline to enter is 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, but we'll start picking winners as soon as they come in, and notify them right away.

TheaterJones staffers and contributors, and their families, are ineligible to play.

Brian J. Smith Nabs Tony Nod
The Dallas native, who has appeared at WaterTower Theatre and Collin Theatre, scores a Featured Actor in a Play nomination for The Glass Menagerie.

published Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brian J. Smith, a Dallas native who graduated from Allen High School and appeared on local stages, including A Clockwork Orange at Quad C Theatre (now Collin Theatre Center) and The Laramie Project at WaterTower Theatre, has received a Tony nomination for his featured role as the Gentleman Caller in the acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie on Broadway.

This was Smith's third show on Broadway, after Come Back, Little Sheba (2008) and The Columnist (2012). This revival of Menagerie, directed by John Tiffany, originated at American Repertory Theatre, and featured Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger. The show received seven noms, including Best Revival of a Play.

Smith also received a Drama Desk nomination for The Glass MenagerieHis TV credits include the Syfy series Stargate Universe.

In other local-related Tony news, the musical After Midnight, which features Dallas native and former Dallas Theater Center Resident Company member Cedric Neal, is nominated for Best New Musical. It received seven nominations total. Other connections: Richardson native Tim O'Heir is nominated for his sound design of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; former local stage favorite Brian Gonzales is featured in Aladdin, which received five nominations; Alysha Deslorieux, a 2008 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, is featured in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which was nominated for Best Musical; Michael Jenkins of Dallas Summer Musicals was an investor in The Bridges of Madison County, which didn't get a Best Musical nomination but received four noms; and Beowulf Borritt, who has designed sets for several Dallas Theater Center productions, was nominated for his scenic design of the play Act One.


Below is a complete list of 2014 Tony nominations:


Best Play


Act One

Author:  James Lapine

Producers:  Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Adam Siegel, Hattie K. Jutagir


All The Way

Author:  Robert Schenkkan

Producers:  Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Will Trice, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival,

American Repertory Theater


Casa Valentina

Author:  Harvey Fierstein

Producers:  Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo, The Shubert Organization


Mothers and Sons

Author:  Terrence McNally

Producers:  Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Paula Wagner & Debbie Bisno, Barbara Freitag & Loraine Alterman Boyle, Hunter Arnold, Paul Boskind, Ken Davenport, Lams Productions, Mark Lee & Ed Filipowski, Roberta Pereira/Brunish-Trinchero, Sanford Robertson, Tom Smedes & Peter Stern, Jack Thomas/Susan Dietz


Outside Mullingar

Author:  John Patrick Shanley

Producers:  Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove


Best Musical


After Midnight

Producers:  Scott Sanders Productions, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Furman, Candy Spelling, Starry Night Entertainment, Hal Newman, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Robert K. Kraft, Catherine and Fred Adler, Robert Appel, Jeffrey Bolton, Scott M. Delman, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sandy Block, Carol Fineman, Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Stephen & Ruth Hendel, Tom Kirdahy



Producers:  Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Producers:  Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard A. Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Lawrence S. Toppall, Fakston Productions/Mary Solomon, William Court Cohen, John Gore, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish & Trinchero, Jeremiah J. Harris


A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Producers:  Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, 50 Church Street Productions, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Catherine & Fred Adler, Rhoda Herrick, Kathleen K. Johnson, Megan Savage, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Ron Simons, True Love Productions, Jamie deRoy, Four Ladies & One Gent, John Arthur Pinckard, Greg Nobile, Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Exeter Capital/Ted Snowdon, Ryan Hugh Mackey, Cricket-CTM Media/Mano-Horn Productions, Dennis Grimaldi/Margot Astrachan, Hello Entertainment/Jamie Bendell, Michael T. Cohen/Joe Sirola, Joseph & Carson Gleberman/William Megevick, Green State Productions, The Hartford Stage, The Old Globe


Best Revival of a Play


The Cripple of Inishmaan

Producers:  Michael Grandage Company, Arielle Tepper Madover, L.T.D. Productions, Stacey Mindich, Starry Night Entertainment, Scott M. Delman, Martin McCallum, Stephanie P. McClelland, Zeilinger Productions, The Shubert Organization


The Glass Menagerie

Producers:  Jeffrey Richards, John N. Hart Jr.,  Jerry Frankel, Lou Spisto/Lucky VIII, INFINITY Stages, Scott M. Delman, Jam Theatricals, Mauro Taylor, Rebecca Gold, Michael Palitz, Charles E. Stone, Will Trice, GFour Productions, American Repertory Theater


A Raisin in the Sun

Producers:  Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Eli Bush, Jon B. Platt, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Ruth Hendel, Sonia Friedman/Tulchin Bartner, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson


Twelfth Night

Producers:  Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Glass Half Full Productions/Just for Laughs Theatricals, 1001 Nights Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jane Bergère, Paula Marie Black, Rupert Gavin, Stephanie P. McClelland, Shakespeare's Globe Centre USA, Max Cooper, Tanya Link Productions, Shakespeare Road, Shakespeare's Globe


Best Revival of a Musical


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Producers:  David Binder, Jayne Baron Sherman, Barbara Whitman, Latitude Link, Patrick Catullo, Raise the Roof, Paula Marie Black, Colin Callender, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Martian Entertainment, Stacey Mindich, Eric Schnall, The Shubert Organization


Les Misérables

Producer:  Cameron Mackintosh



Producers:  Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Sydney Beers, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, Mary Jo and Ted Shen


Best Book of a Musical


Chad Beguelin

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Douglas McGrath

Bullets Over Broadway

Woody Allen

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Robert L. Freedman


Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre


Music: Alan Menken

Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin

The Bridges of Madison County

Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Music: Steven Lutvak

Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak


Music: Tom Kitt

Lyrics: Brian Yorkey


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night

Bryan Cranston, All The Way

Chris O'Dowd, Of Mice and Men

Mark Rylance, Richard III

Tony Shalhoub, Act One


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons

LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun

Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables

Andy Karl, Rocky

Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin

Sutton Foster, Violet

Idina Menzel, If/Then

Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Kelli O'Hara, The Bridges of Madison County


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney, Casa Valentina

Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night

Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night

Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night

Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie

Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun

Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun

Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Cabaret

Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway

Joshua Henry, Violet

James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin

Jarrod Spector, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Linda Emond, Cabaret

Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Anika Larsen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Adriane Lenox, After Midnight

Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder


Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Act One

Bob Crowley, The Glass Menagerie

Es Devlin, Machinal

Christopher Oram, The Cripple of Inishmaan


Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Christopher Barreca, Rocky

Julian Crouch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Santo Loquasto, Bullets Over Broadway


Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Act One

Michael Krass, Machinal

Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina

Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night


Best Costume Design of a Musical

Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway

Arianne Phillips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Isabel Toledo, After Midnight


Best Lighting Design of a Play

Paule Constable, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Jane Cox, Machinal

Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie

Japhy Weideman, Of Mice and Men


Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Christopher Akerlind, Rocky

Howell Binkley, After Midnight

Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County


Best Sound Design of a Play

Alex Baranowski, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Dan Moses Schreier, Act One

Matt Tierney, Machinal


Best Sound Design of a Musical

Peter Hylenski, After Midnight

Tim O'Heir, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Mick Potter, Les Misérables

Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


Best Direction of a Play

Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night

Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun

John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie


Best Direction of a Musical

Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Leigh Silverman, Violet

Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder


Best Choreography

Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, Rocky

Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin

Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway


Best Orchestrations

Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Steve Sidwell, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder


Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories


Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Jane Greenwood


Regional Theatre Award

Signature Theatre, New York, N.Y.


Isabelle Stevenson Award

Rosie O’Donnell


Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Joseph P. Benincasa

Joan Marcus

Charlotte Wilcox

Undermain Hits 30
Undermain Theatre celebrates its big 3-0 with a Masquerade Gala on April 28 at Life in Deep Ellum.

published Friday, April 25, 2014
Photo: Michael Warner
Outside Undermain Theatre in Deep Ellum

DallasUndermain Theatre celebrates 30 years with a gala on Monday, April 28 at Life in Deep Ellum. It'll be a Masquerade Gala (so wear a mask), and will also honor longtime Dallas Morning News theater critic Lawson Taitte, who retired at the end of 2013.


Here's more from the Undermain news release:

Undermain Theatre Artistic Director Katherine Owens is thrilled to host friends, neighbors, and supporters, as they celebrate 30 years of thought-provoking, envelope-pushing and culturally intriguing live theatre in Deep Ellum.

The Go Beneath the Surface Masquerade Gala will mark Undermain’s 30th season and the closing of its 100th production. To celebrate these milestones, Undermain will honor theatre critic extraordinaire Lawson Taitte, commemorating his retirement from the Dallas Morning News where he championed live theatre in Dallas-Fort Worth and deemed Undermain “Dallas’ cutting-edge theatrical flag bearer for more than two decades.”

The Gala will be held on Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. The venue, Life in Deep Ellum, is located at 2803 Taylor Street, Dallas, TX 75226. The evening will consist of a VIP Cocktail Reception, Dinner and Signature Cocktails, Live Music and Dancing and a unique Silent Auction.  Appetizers and desserts have been donated by several Deep Ellum eateries.

Through its time producing new theater in Dallas, Undermain has been hailed as “an unsung American treasure” by Backstage Magazine and praised for “seeding the ground for a writer-friendly town” by American Theatre Magazine.

Undermain Theatre was founded in 1984 by a group of artists who transformed a warehouse basement under Main Street in Dallas into a unique performance space and began producing new and experimental plays.  Under the guidance of Artistic Director Katherine Owens, the company’s reputation grew in Dallas’ artistic community and beyond.  The San Diego Union Tribune called Undermain “one of the best small theaters in America.”  Soon Undermain was home to many world and regional premieres of new work and its acting company, anchored by Executive Producer Bruce DuBose (winner of D Magazine’s “Best Actor” award), became leading figures in the Dallas theatre community. The 30th Anniversary Gala will celebrate their wonderful and storied legacy and at the same time will welcome a bright theatrical future.

Individual tickets for the Gala begin at $75. Table sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To purchase tickets, please call 214-747-1424. More information is available at


Andy Baldwin Launches Speakeasy Project
The local actor and director invites you to the kickoff for crowdfunding campaign launch, April 28 at Quixotic World in Deep Ellum.

published Friday, April 25, 2014

Photo: Courtesy
Andy Baldwin

DallasAndy Baldwin, local actor and director, is launching a new immersive theatrical experience that will debut in June at the Margo Jones Theatre, with hopes of finding a more permanent space in the future. A "speakeasy experience," it will include actors and musicians and the audience participating in a show with a loose narrative, with drinks and dancing.

"I don't want people to come in and feel like they have to sit and watch a show for two hours and be quiet," he says.

He'll shed more light on the idea when he unveils the plans in a kickoff event to launch his crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter Launch Party is 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 28 at the Quixotic World in Deep Ellum.

Here's more from his news release:

The prohibition experience has been spreading throughout the country. In San Francisco, The Boxcar Theatre opened their "Speakeasy" with drinks and gambling. In Miami, a restaurant and lounge called "Prohibition" presents diners with a Chicago vibe. And in New York, the underground movement has been spreading for years.

It's time to bring this exciting movement to Dallas. Andy Baldwin, a veteran of the Dallas stage and one of the area's top comedians, is riding the hot trends of the prohibition era, craft cocktails and immersive theatre scene with "The Sophistication of the Old Fashioned". Audience members may find themselves drinking craft cocktails, dancing to the music of live jazz musicians, or even being dragged into the show.

On Monday Evening, April 28, 2014, Andy Baldwin and company will celebrate the launch of their crowd-funding campaign through in order to mount a weekend run of the immersive, speak-easy, Vaudeville experience. Those in attendance will enjoy live music, dancing, and performances of original pieces from the experience, all while drinking prohibition-style cocktails from a cash bar.

The festivities will be held at Deep Ellum's The Quixotic World with a $10 suggested donation at the door. All who donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win door prizes at the end of the evening.

  • What: Kickstarter Launch Party
  • Where: The Quixotic World
  • 2824 Main Street
  • Dallas, TX 75226
  • When: Monday, April 28th
  • Doors Open: 6:30

You can RSVP to Baldwin at, or call 817-707-7196.

Giveaway: Cosi fan tutte
Win tickets to The Metropolitan Opera's production of the Mozart opera, screened at the Cinemark Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville.

published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
Cosi fan tutte at Metropolitan Opera


For today's giveaway, we have several pairs of tickets to the next screening in the Metropolitan Opera's Live at the Met HD series. It's Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, directed by Lesley Koenig and conducted by James Levine; featuring Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo, and Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid Despina. Maurizio Muraro is the cynical Don Alfonso.

These tickets are for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the Cinemark Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville.

To be entered for a chance to win a pair, email with MET MOZART COSI in the subject line. Include your name, address, number and best email contact. 

You have until 11:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 to enter, but we'll start notifying the winners asap as the entries come in, and get your tickets in the mail asap.

TheaterJones staffers and contributors, and their family members, are ineligible to play.

Celebrate 450 Years of Shakespeare
To commemorate the Bard's big 4-5-0, Shakespeare Dallas has a party in the Design District on Friday, and we have ticket giveaways!

published Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dallas — Today, April 23, 2014, is William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, and Shakespeare Dallas is celebrating it with a party on Friday, April 25, in the Design District. The Bard's Birthday Bash will have live and silent auctions, casino games, drinks, munchies and birthday cake. Tickets are $30 each, but you can win a pair of tickets here on TheaterJones. Below this news release, which has more info about the event, are instructions for the giveaway:


As Shakespeare Dallas celebrates the 450th birthday of the Bard, it’s important to keep in mind, the golden age is before us, not behind us. The 2014 Bard’s Birthday Bash, held at 129 Leslie (that's the name of this event space; the address is 129 Leslie St.) on April 25 at 7 p.m., will incorporate entertainment such as live and silent auctions and casino games. And of course, no birthday party would be complete without libations, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and birthday cake! The unique Design District venue will offer complimentary valet.

Partygoers can test their luck at the blackjack tables, or simply sip on some spirits as they raise a glass to Shakespeare. A variety of items ranging from restaurant gift cards to spa packages to a trip for two and more will be a part of the live and silent auctions, with all proceeds benefitting Shakespeare Dallas.

And, for the first time, a selected amount of VIP Experience packages will be available for parties of five. These packages will include an opportunity to meet Shakespeare in the Park performers, a private performance, complimentary food and beverage, an exclusive VIP area and more.

“What do you give to someone on his 450th birthday?” asked Raphael Parry, Executive and Artistic Director of Shakespeare Dallas. “We chose to honor his words and messages by continuing to support his work. The annual Bard’s Bash is Shakespeare Dallas’ largest annual fundraiser, but it’s also more than that. It’s a gathering for people who appreciate Shakespeare’s lasting legacy and want to celebrate many more years of his influence in North Texas.”


To win tickets: Email and put SHAKESPEARE 450 in the subject line. In the body, include your name, address, phone number and best email contact. You have until 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 to submit an email. We'll notify the winner on Thursday morning.

Also, keep watching TheaterJones for giveaways to the summer productions at Shakespeare Dallas, Moliere's Tartuffe and the Bard's Much Ado About Nothing.

Giveaway: Spunk
Win tickets to WaterTower Theatre's acclaimed production of George C. Wolfe's play Spunk.

published Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Addison — For today's giveaway, we have tickets for WaterTower Theatre's current, acclaimed production of George C. Wolfe's Spunk, based on stories by Zora Neale Hurston. Here's our review.

The production runs through May 4, and we have tickets for Wednesday, April 23 or Thursday, April 24. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m.

To be entered to win tickets, email with SPUNK WATERTOWER in the subject line. In the email, include your name, address, phone number and best email contact. Also, let us know if you'd like to attend on Wednesday or Thursday.

If you're striving for Wednesday tickets, we'll pick the first few that come in today (deadline is 1 p.m. today); and for Thursday, you have until 11:30 p.m. tonight (April 23) to enter, and we'll notify winners Thursday morning.

TheaterJones staffers and contributors, and their families, are ineligible to play.

Jim Caruso's Cast Party Coming to Dallas
The former Dallasite will bring his New York cabaret to the Kitchen Cafe in North Dallas.

published Monday, April 21, 2014
Photo: Courtesy
Jim Caruso

DallasJim Caruso, the former Dallas resident and actor (credits include Theatre Three) who has long led the cabaret event Cast Party in New York, is bringing the show to Big D. Jim Caruso's Cast Party is set for May 22 and 23 at the Kitchen Café in North Dallas.


Here's more from the news release, followed by ticket information:

Kitchen Café Dallas is proud to present the Dallas debut of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party on Thursday and Friday, May 22 and 23 from 7:30–10:30pm. Called an “extreme open mic” by ABC-TV, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular event that has been bringing Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in NYC everyMonday for the past ten years.  

The hilarious impromptu evening has also been celebrating local talent in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Austin, and on the high seas. Now, Caruso and Stritch are brin ging the fun to Dallas, their old stomping grounds, for the first time! The buoyant, sharp and charming Jim Caruso guides the entire affair like a bubbly cruise director, musical genius Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, and the audience is invited to participate in the festivities!  Performers wishing to take part in the musical fun should bring sheet music (in the correct key) for an upbeat song. Jim Caruso started his show business career in Dallas, singing in clubs and working at Theatre Three and Dallas Repertory Theater.  

Now a New Yorker, he performs in concert, hosts many events, and recently made his Broadway debut singing and dancing alongside Liza Minnelli in Liza’s At The Palace. Billy Stritch is originally from Sugarland, Texas, and has become a jazz/cabaret star with his sold-out solo shows in the US and abroad, as well as with Liza Minnelli, Charles Aznavour, Marilyn Maye, Linda Lavin, and many others. Kitchen Café Dallas is fast becoming a unique and exemplary nightspot featuring the hottest entertainers. 

The Kitchen Café offers a variety of homemade cuisine ranging from pot roast to Mediterranean Tapas to signature salad entrees. Wine and spirits are available.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party

Kitchen Café Dallas, 17370 Preston Road, #415, Dallas

Thursday & Friday, May 22 & 23 7:30 – 10:30pm

Tickets - $25

For Reservations, call 972-818-3400 (Ask for Tony or Lisa)

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