Texas Ballet Theater\'s <em>Swan Lake</em>, photographed at dress rehearsal

Places! May 29-June 4, 2014

Here are some of the performing arts events opening on local stages this week. Plus, the list of last-chance shows.

published Thursday, May 29, 2014

Every week in Places!, TheaterJones rounds up the weekend and coming week for theater, music, opera, dance and comedy performances that are opening/happening on North Texas stages.

This week: Texas Ballet Theater does Swan Lake, with LIVE MUSIC!; Cara Mía Theatre goes on an amazing journey; and Killer Joe sets up shop in Arts Fifth Avenue

Click on the slideshow icon in the floating menu at bottom left of your screen, and you'll see photos from some of these productions and events.





Photo: Leslie Boren
Killer Joe, performed by L.I.P. Service


1. The Texas Ballet Theater closes its season with Swan Lake, featuring live accompaniment from the Fort Worth Symphony; the first time TBT has had live music since 2008, May 30-June 1 at Bass Performance Hall

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Our preview story


2. Cara Mía Theatre Company presents Jose Cruz Gonzalez' The Magic Rainforest: An Amazon Journey, May 30-June 8 at the Latino Cultural Center

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Our interview with co-director David Lozano


3. James Wesley's Art and Science, presented by Uptown Players at Frank's Place in the Kalita Humphreys Theater, May 30-June 15

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Our interview with playwright James Wesley


4. L.I.P. Service does Tracy Letts' Killer Joe at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, May 29-June 7

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


5. The Stolen Shakespeare Guild does Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years in the basement space of Fort Worth Community Arts Center, May 30-June 7

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



Photo: MBS Productions
John XII at MBS Productions


MBS Productions revives Mark-Brian Sonna's John XII at the Stone Cottage on the Addison Theatre Centre campus, May 29-June 28

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents Neil Simon's Laughter of the 23rd Floor, May 30-June 15

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas does Ken Ludwig's Shakespeare in Hollywood, May 30-June 14 at the Irving Arts Center

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


The third Method and Madness Playwriting Festival happens at the Point Bank Black Box Theater in Denton, featuring staged readings of works by local writers, workshops and more

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Kitchen Dog Theater begins the staged readings of its 2014 New Works Festival at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. The readings on Saturday, May 31 are:

  • 1 p.m. The Thrush and the Woodpecker by Steve Yockey
  • 4 p.m. A Perfect Robot by Sarah Saltwick

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Our review of the centerpiece of the festival, Matt Lyle's Barbecue Apocalypse

Casa Mañana closes its season with Always...Patsy Cline, May 31-June 8

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more 


Dancers Against Cancer is a benefit featuring performances by imPULSE Dance Project, Dallas Neo Classical Ballet, Avant Chamber Ballet, Gaudium Dance Movement, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and surprise guests. 7 p.m. June 1 at the Scott Theatre in Fort Worth

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Jersey Boys comes to Bass Hall


Photo: Steve J. Sherman
Andre Watts

Pianist Andre Watts performs in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Recital Series, June 2 at the Winspear Opera House

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


The tour of Jersey Boys finally hits Fort Worth, June 3-15 at Bass Performance Hall

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


The tour of Mamma Mia! returns to Dallas Summer Musicals, June 3-15

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Catch the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry IV, Part 1, screened at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano, 7 p.m. June 3 and 2 p.m. June 9

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Hear Betty Buckley's Song Interpretation students perform Story Songs IV, 7:30 p.m. June 3 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Karen Almond
Charlotte's Web at Dallas Children\'s Theater


Agnes of God from 3 Cords Theatre at the Plaza Arts Center in Carrollton

» Our review

Charlotte's Web at Dallas Children's Theater

» Our review

Nunsense at Theatre Arlington

» Our review



a look ahead at 35 performances opening/happening in the subsequent 2 or 3 weeks

  1. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet performs Scheherazade, with guests performances by Collin County Ballet Theatre and Danielle Georgiou Dance Group; June 6 at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano and June 7 at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff
  2. Denton Community Theater does The Dixie Swim Club, June 6-15
  3. Sherman Community Players takes on Chicago, June 6-22
  4. Fort Worth's Hip Pocket Theatre opens its 38th season with Johnny Simons' Pinocchio Commedia, June 6-30
  5. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents Michael Frayn's Noises Off, June 6-26
  6. WaterTower Theatre does the area premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, June 6-29
  7. The Dallas Symphony does Hollywood Hits, June 6-8 at the Meyerson Symphony Center
  8. DVA Productions presents 84 Charing Cross Road at the Sanders Theater at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, June 6-15
  9. Richardson Theatre Centre does Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful, June 6-22
  10. Artisan Center Theater presents Shrek the Musical, June 7-12
  11. Amphibian Stage Productions does a staged reading of Isreal Horovitz's Lebensraum, June 8-9
  12. Public performances begin in the annual PianoTexas festival at Texas Christian University, June 10-28
  13. Fort Worth's Trinity Shakespeare Festival opens its sixth season with The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest, June 10-30
  14. The annual PianoTexas Academy and Festival has public performances June 10-29 at Texas Christian University
  15. Shakespeare Dallas' 41st season opens with Moliere's Tartuffe and follows with Much Ado About Nothing, June 11-19
  16. Bruce Wood Dance Project, now without its nameseake, performs the new work Touch and revives Home at Dallas City Performance Hall, June 12-13
  17. Jubilee Theatre adds on a one-weekend performance of Fly Black Boy by local playwright Jordan Cooper, June 12-15
  18. The Garland Summer Musicals season opens with Peter Pan at the Patty Granville Arts Center, June 13-22
  19. Uptown Players presents the American premiere of the musical Soho Cinders, June 13-22 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater
  20. Camp Death Productions presents the original comedy Silver Screen Slayer at the Margo Jones Theater, June 13-22
  21. Dallas Children's Theater presents Stuart Little, June 13-July 13 at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts
  22. Lyric Stage presents Maury Yeston's Titanic with a full orchestra, June 13-22 at the Irving Arts Center's Carpenter Hall
  23. The Grand Prairie Arts Council presents Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly! at he Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie, June 13-22
  24. Mesquite Community Theatre does the classic Arsenic and Old Lace, June 13-28 at the Mesquite Arts Center
  25. Shen Wei Dance Arts closes the season for TITAS, June 19 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, June 19
  26. Theatre Three closes its season with the area premiere of Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, June 19-July 13
  27. Circle Theatre in Fort Worth does Michael Hollinger's Hope & Gravity, June 19-July 19
  28. Turtle Creek Chorale closes its season with a concert of Divas Gone...But Not Forgotten, at Dallas City Performance Hall, June 20-22
  29. Fun House Theatre and Film riffs on the "junior" editions of musicals with the parody Jeff Swearingen's Game of Thrones, Jr. at the Plano Children's Theatre, June 20-28
  30. The great Eddie Izzard does three nights at the Majestic Theatre, June 24-26
  31. Ballet Concerto's annual Summer Dance Concert is June 26-29 at Trinity Park Pavilion in Fort Worth
  32. Rover Dramaworks presents Paul Rusconi's These Two Couples Went to Italy... at its space in Plano, June 26-July 19
  33. Dallas Theater Center opens the first professional, locally produced production of Les Miserables, June 27-Aug. 10 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Wyly Theatre
  34. Denton Community Theatre presents Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, June 27-June 6
  35. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival runs July 3-11 at Texas Christian University

» For complete listings of what's happening on North Texas stages, click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page. Once there, you can click the red "Search the Calendar" box, and search for listings by dates, performance type, the presenting company, titles or descriptions. Thanks For Reading

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