Nouveau 47 Theatre presents <em>Metamorphosis II</em> at the Festival of Independent Theatres

Places! July 10-16, 2014

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

published Thursday, July 10, 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 is a big one, with the Festival of Independent Theatres beginning. It's even bigger in Fort Worth, with four of the major theaters there opening shows, with regional premieres at Amphibian Stage Productions and Stage West, a world premiere at Hip Pocket Theatre, and a favorite musical at Jubilee Theatre. Also notice a "nose" theme going on. Also in Cowtown: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's Modern Dance Festival at the Modern.

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: Churchmouse Productions
Churchmouse Productions presents The Watch at the Festival of Independent Theatres


1. The 16th Festival of Independent Theatres, featuring eight local theater companies, is July 11-Aug. 2 at the Bath House Cultural Center. Most of the shows are new works written (or adapted) by local writers. Four of the shows open this weekend (July 11-12) and the other four open July 18-19. Shows are an hour or less, and run in two-show performance blocks. Here's more about the four opening this weekend, with this week's showtimes. For complete schedule, see the schedule pasted below or in the slideshow.

» To see the complete listing of shows with their descriptions, go here

Prism Co.: Playtime 
by Jeffrey Colangelo – A joyous and heartfelt adventure, from SCDallas’ Jeffrey Colangelo, which follows one lovable clown as he leaves the comfort of home, falls in love, and ultimately gets caught up in an epic battle to save the world’s happiness.

  • Week 1: 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 ♦ 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12  ♦ 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13
  • Week 2: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19
  • Week 3: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26
  • Week 4: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31

Nouveau 47: Metamorphosis II by Jim Kuenzer – In this sequel for the ages, Franz Kafka’s Gregor Samsa gets his greatest wish: He is returned to his human form, only this time; it’s his environment that’s changed. Facing a reality obsessed with pop-culture and social media, Gregor is once again faced with the choice to engage with the world around him or to retreat into darkness.

  • Week 1: 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 ♦ 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12 ♦ 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13
  • Week 3: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 ♦ 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27
  • Week 4: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1

Echo Theatre: mania/gift by Shelby-Allison Hibbs – A theatrical poem told with a multi-media aesthetic, mania/gift is a lyrical and enthralling journey into the heart of one woman’s struggle with mental illness.

  • Week 1: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12 ♦ 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13
  • Week 2: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 17 ♦ 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20
  • Week 3: 8 p.m. Friday, July 25
  • Week 4: 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2


Churchmouse Productions: The Watch by Trace Crawford –The Watch revolves around two Pinter-esque career criminals stationed in a hotel room. Constantly looking out the window, they have been forced to watch for something, having no idea what, until ultimately, a taught existential crisis reveals itself.

  • Week 1: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12 ♦ 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13
  • Week 2: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 17
  • Week 3: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 ♦ 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27
  • Week 4: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1


We will have the same info for the other four shows in next week's Places!, but the titles and companies are: 

  • One Thirty ProductionsOur Breakfast by Ben Schroth
  • The McClarey PlayersFood for Thought by Cliff McClelland
  • Sibling RevelrySleepwalker Man Walk Through Wall by John Leos
  • WingSpan Theatre Company: Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam & Eve edited and adapted by Susan Sargeant


Photo: John Moore
Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons and John Dyer's Rose Nose Rhapsody

(and now back to the week's top 5)


2. Stage West does the area premiere of Tom Stoppard's translation of French writer Gerald Sibleyras' 2003 play Heroes, about three WWI vets in a 1959 retirement home, sitting around gossiping. Count on more than that. Previews are July 10-11, opens July 12 and runs through Aug. 10

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


3. Amphibian Stage Productions does the regional premiere of Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert's The Nosemaker’s Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon, which kinda says all you need to know. Yep, it's a comedy. July 10-Aug. 10

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


4. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons' and John Dyer's Rose Nose Rhapsody, a clown and mime piece that deals with the end of the world. You know, small stuff. July 11-Aug. 3

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


5. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents the 11th annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, July 11-25 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in which there will be site-specific performance, dance films (including one about Pina Bausch) and a Choreographer's Exchange featuring Bill Evans Dance Company on the final week, July 24-25

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



Photo: Beth Schwartz
Unicorn Clearance performs in the Big Sexy Weekend of Improv


Jubilee Theatre's season-closing performance of Little Shop of Horrors began previews last weekend (and was in last week's Places!), but officially opens on Friday, July 11, running through Aug. 3

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


The Alternative Comedy Theater and Audacity Theatre Lab present the Big Sexy Weekend of Improv at the Margo Jones Theatre, with performances by various improv groups, July 10-12

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


The Firehouse Theatre does Hello, Dolly! at the Plaza Arts Center in Carrollton, July 10-27

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

Drag Strip Courage presents Harold Pinter's Old Times at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, July 11-20

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

Grapevine's Ohlook Performing Arts Center does the area premiere of Lizzie Borden, the Musical, as its late night show (11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays) July 11-20

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

Artisan Center Theater in Hurst presents Disney's Tarzan, July 11-Aug. 23

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

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre does Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles, July 11-Aug. 3

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

Theatre Arlington does a youth production of Three Musketeers: All Swash and No Buckle, July 11-20

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


The opening of Christhelmet, Matt Posey's latest original creation at the Ochre House, has been moved to Saturday, July 12. It runs through July 26 (it was featured in last week's Places!)

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




The Metropolitan Opera's Live at the Met HD Encore series re-broadcasts The Enchanted Island at various movie theaters in town, 7 p.m. July 16

» Our review of the original screening from 2012 is here

» Find theaters where it's showing here



These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Mike Morgan
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Theatre Three


The Addams Family the Musical at Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine

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

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Theatre Three, Dallas

» Our review

» Our feature on the production


Mimir Chamber Music Festival at Texas Christian University

» Our review of the July 3 performance


Shrek the Musical at Artisan Center Theater

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

Stuart Little at Dallas Children's Theater

» Our review



a look ahead at 50 performances opening/happening in the subsequent weeks/months

  1. The 10th season for MBS Productions closes with the comedy The Straight Guy at the Stone Cottage Theatre in Addison, July 17-Aug. 10
  2. Theatre Coppell presents Annie, July 18-27
  3. Onstage in Bedford does Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, July 18-Aug. 3
  4. Garland Summer Musicals does Thoroughly Modern Millie, July 18-27
  5. Ballroom with a Twist, featuring Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke from Dancing With the Stars, as well as finalists from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, has performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 19 at the Music Hall at Fair Park
  6. Junior Players does its annual follow-up to the Shakespeare Dallas season with The Comedy of Errors, July 22-27 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Tenison Park
  7. Menopause the Musical returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson July 23-Aug. 24
  8. The 2014 season for Uptown Players closes with the area premiere of The Boy from Oz, July 25-Aug. 10
  9. The world premiere of Broken: The Musical is July 25-Aug. 17 at the Lone Star Room in Gilley's in Dallas
  10. WaterTower Theatre has the area premiere of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Dogfight, July 25-Aug. 17
  11. Artes de la Rosa brings back Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure, July 25-Aug. 10
  12. Runway Theatre in Grapevine does The Great American Trailer Park Musical, July 25-Aug. 17
  13. The season for Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas closes with Maury Yeston's Phantom, July 25-Aug. 9
  14. The Epic Theatre in Colleyville presents Godspell, July 25-28
  15. Casa Manana's Apprentice Program presents Jekyll & Hyde, July 26-28
  16. The Best Movie Fest Ever, at Cinemark West Plano, features three back-to-back film musicals: Hello, Dolly!Moulin Rouge and Oklahoma!, Saturday, July 26 (11:15 a.m., 2:20 and 5 p.m.) and Tuesday, July 29 (1 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.). This event is co-hosted by TheaterJones
  17. Rover Dramawerks in Plano does Norman Krasna's Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?, July 31-Aug. 23
  18. Soul Rep Theatre Company brings back its New Play Festival, running July 31-Aug. 3 at the Margo Jones Theatre
  19. Stolen Shakespeare Company presents the musical Gypsy, Aug. 1-17 at the Sanders Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  20. Richardson Theatre Centre presents Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Aug. 1-17
  21. Fun House Theatre and Film presents the original, critic-skewering comedy Stiff, Aug. 1-9 at Plano Children's Theatre
  22. Garland Civic Theatre's 2014-15 season opens with The Wiz, Aug. 1-23 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland
  23. Denton Community Theatre presents Murray Schisgal's Twice Around the Park in the Point Bank Black Box Theatre, Aug. 1-3
  24. The tour of The Phantom of the Opera comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House for the first time, Aug. 6-24
  25. Theatre Three opens its 2014-15 season with the premiere of Ronnie Claire Edward's Candy Barr's Last Dance, Aug. 7-31
  26. Theatre Arlington closes its season with Larry Shue's The Nerd, Aug. 8-24
  27. WaterTower Theatre stages Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton's Full Gallop in the Studio Theatre at Addison Theatre Centre, Aug. 9-31
  28. Sundown Collaborative Theatre opens its seventh season with its third short works festival, We've Done It Again: A Mixtape, Aug. 11-17 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park
  29. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons' Nekkid With the Cats: A Wisepecker Connundrum, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  30. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does A.R. Gurney's Sweet Sue, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  31. Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne presents the revue Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Aug. 15-Sept. 13
  32. Stage West closes its season with Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Aug. 21-Sept. 28
  33. Circle Theatre opens Bruce Graham's Stella & Lou, Aug. 21-Sept. 20
  34. The Fort Worth Symphony's annual Great Performances Festival features the music of Brahms and Dvorak, Aug. 22-24 at Bass Performance Hall
  35. DVA Productions presents the original revue It's a Man's World, Aug. 22-31 at the Sanders Theater at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  36. Plano Children's Theater presents The Odyssey, Aug. 22-30
  37. The inaugural Dallas DanceFest happens Aug. 29-31 at City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District
  38. The tour of the Gershwin revue Nice Work If You Can Get It comes to Dallas Summer Musicals Sept. 2-14; and then to Bass Hall Sept. 16-21
  39. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora series begins with the tour of Buyer and Cellar, starring Plano native Michael Urie at Dallas City Performance Hall, Sept. 3-6
  40. Lyric Stage opens its 2014-15 season with a full-orchestra revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Sept. 5-15 at the Irving Arts Center
  41. Onstage in Bedford presents the musical Next to Normal, Sept. 5-28
  42. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Seasons opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  43. Dallas Theater Center's 2014-15 season opens with The Rocky Horror Show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre, Sept. 11-Oct. 19
  44. Our Productions Theatre Company does God of Carnage, Sept. 11-20 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville
  45. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Sept. 11-27
  46. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13
  47. Theatre Britain does Ray Cooney's Out of Order at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, Sept. 12-28
  48. Theatre Arlington opens its season with the area premiere of Ed Dixon's Whodunnit, the Musical, Sept. 12-Oct. 5
  49. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents its fall program, Sept. 12-13 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  50. Artes de la Rosa presents Andy de la Tour's Viva! at Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater, Sept. 13-Oct. 5

» 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.f Thanks For Reading

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