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Places! July 17-23, 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 17, 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: Four more shows open in the Festival of Independent Theatres; reality TV stars do Ballroom with a Twist at the Music Hall at Fair Park; and MBS Productions plays with The Straight Guy.

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.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 17 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

 

THE WEEKEND TOP FIVE

Photo: Lowell Sargeant
The Dairies of Adam and Eve, performed by WingSpan Theatre Company at the Festival of Independent Theatres

 

1. The second weekend of the Festival of Independent Theatres introduces new shows from WingSpan Theatre Company, McClarey Players, Sibling Revelry and One Thirty Productions. Shows are an hour or less, and run in two-show performance blocks. Below is more about the second set of shows, and the blocks in which they are performed. There's also a schedule pasted below.

 

WingSpan Theatre Company: Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam & Eve edited and adapted by Susan Sargent – This classic tale, as told by American institution Mark Twain, gets a modern twist from WingSpan’s Susan Sargeant, while still perfectly retaining all of Twain’s trademark wit and wisdom. 

  • Week 2: 8 p.m. Friday, July 18; 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19
  • Week 3: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24; 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26
  • Week 4: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1; 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2

The McClarey Players: Food for Thought by Cliff McClelland – Charles Darwin and the Mating Habits of the Galapagos Marine Iguana, The Abyss and the Waffle, and Cake make up this charming trio of plays about a few of history’s most memorable meals.

  • Week 2: 8 p.m. Friday, July 18; 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19; 5 p.m. Sunday, July 20
  • Week 3: 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27
  • Week 4: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2

Sibling Revelry: Sleepwalker Man Walk Through Wall by John Leos – A series of short sequences set in the world between reality and dreams, this avant-garde, devised movement piece by Dallas native John Leos follows several characters from distinct realities whose worlds begin to overlap, suddenly blurring the line between who is awake and who is asleep.

  • Week 2: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19; 5 p.m. Sunday, July 20
  • Week 3: 8 p.m. Friday, July 25; 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26; 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27
  • Week 4: 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2

One Thirty Productions: Our Breakfast by Ben Schroth – A sentimental peek into the lives of three women in a coffee shop, Our Breakfast is a unique and poignant character study that challenges the assumptions we make about the lives of other people.

  • Week 2: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19; 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20
  • Week 3: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27
  • Week 4: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31; 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2

 

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

» Our review of the first four shows that opened

 

2. 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

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

» Our interview with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

 

3. The 10th season for MBS Productions closes with the new Alejandro de la Costa and J. Kyle Harris comedy The Straight Guy at the Stone Cottage Theatre in Addison, July 17-Aug. 10

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

 

 4. Onstage in Bedford does Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, July 18-Aug. 3

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

 

 5. Garland Summer Musicals does Thoroughly Modern Millie, July 18-27

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

 

ALSO OPENING THIS WEEKEND

 

Theatre Coppell presents Annie, July 18-27

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

 

IN THE COMING WEEK

Photo: Junior Players
Junior Players' The Comedy of Errors

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

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

 

Menopause the Musical returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson July 23-Aug. 24

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

 

LAST CHANCE!

These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Leah Layman
Hope & Gravity at Circle Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof, presented by Mesquite Community Theatre at Eastfield College

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

 

Hope & Gravity at Circle Theatre

» Our review

» Our interview with playwright Michael Hollinger

 

Lizzie Borden, the Musical at Grapevine's Ohlook Performing Arts Center 

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

 

Much Ado About Nothing and Tartuffe at Shakespeare Dallas

» Our review of Much Ado About Nothing

» Our review of Tartuffe

 

Old Times, presented by DragStrip Courage at Arts Fifth Avenue

» Our review

 

Steel Magnolias at Plaza Theatre Company

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

 

These Two Couples Went to Italy... at Rover Dramawerks

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

 

Thoroughly Modern Millie, presented by Prism Theatrics at Will Rogers Auditorium

» Our review

 

Three Musketeers: All Swash and No Buckle at Theatre Arlington

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

 

COMING UP

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

  1. The 2014 season for Uptown Players closes with the area premiere of The Boy from Oz, July 25-Aug. 10
  2. The world premiere of Broken: The Musical is July 25-Aug. 17 at the Lone Star Room in Gilley's in Dallas
  3. WaterTower Theatre has the area premiere of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Dogfight, July 25-Aug. 17
  4. Artes de la Rosa brings back Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure, July 25-Aug. 10
  5. Runway Theatre in Grapevine does The Great American Trailer Park Musical, July 25-Aug. 17
  6. The Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson's The Immortal Tour returns to the American Airlines Center, July 25-26
  7. The season for Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas closes with Maury Yeston's Phantom, July 25-Aug. 9
  8. The Epic Theatre in Colleyville presents Godspell, July 25-28
  9. Casa Mañana's Apprentice Program presents Jekyll & Hyde, July 26-28
  10. The Best Movie Fest Ever, at Cinemark West Plano, shows three back-to-back film musicals: Moulin Rouge,Oklahoma! and Hello, Dolly!, July 26 and July 29
  11. Rover Dramawerks in Plano does Norman Krasna's Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?, July 31-Aug. 23
  12. CrossOver Arts presents a youth production of Three Musketeers, July 31-Aug. 9 at the Corner Theatre in DeSoto
  13. Soul Rep Theatre Company brings back its New Play Festival, running July 31-Aug. 3 at the Margo Jones Theatre
  14. Stolen Shakespeare Company presents the musical Gypsy, Aug. 1-17 at the Sanders Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  15. Fun House Theatre and Film presents the original, critic-skewering comedy Stiff, Aug. 1-9 at Plano Children's Theatre
  16. Garland Civic Theatre's 2014-15 season opens with The Wiz, Aug. 1-23 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland
  17. Denton Community Theatre presents Murray Schisgal's Twice Around the Park in the Point Bank Black Box Theatre, Aug. 1-3
  18. Richardson Theatre Centre presents Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Aug. 1-17
  19. SceneShop's annual summer series of scenes and monologues is called J.O.B., Aug. 2-9 at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth
  20. 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
  21. Theatre Three opens its 2014-15 season with the premiere of Ronnie Claire Edward's Candy Barr's Last Dance, Aug. 7-31
  22. Theatre Arlington closes its season with Larry Shue's The Nerd, Aug. 8-24
  23. WaterTower Theatre stages Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton's Full Gallop in the Studio Theatre at Addison Theatre Centre, Aug. 9-31
  24. The Indian Cultural Heritage Project presents The Music Within and Prophet, Aug. 10 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  25. 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
  26. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons' Nekkid With the Cats: A Wisepecker Connundrum, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  27. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does Wait Until Dark, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  28. The One-Minute Play Festival and Kitchen Dog Theater presents the first Dallas One-Minute Play Festival, Aug. 16-18 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary
  29. Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne presents the revue Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Aug. 15-Sept. 13
  30. The Stars of American Ballet returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, 3 p.m. Aug. 17
  31. Stage West closes its season with Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Aug. 21-Sept. 28
  32. Circle Theatre opens Bruce Graham's Stella & Lou, Aug. 21-Sept. 20
  33. African American Repertory Theater presents Gee's Bend, Aug. 21-Sept. 9 at the K.D. Studio Theatre
  34. The Fort Worth Symphony's annual Great Performances Festival features the music of Brahms and Dvořák, 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. Fort Worth Symphony presents Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure, Sept. 5-7 at Bass Performance Hall
  42. Onstage in Bedford presents the musical Next to Normal, Sept. 5-28
  43. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Seasons opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  44. 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
  45. Our Productions Theatre Company does God of Carnage, Sept. 11-20 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville
  46. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Sept. 11-27
  47. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13
  48. Theatre Britain does Ray Cooney's Out of Order at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, Sept. 12-28
  49. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents its fall program, Sept. 12-13 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  50. The Dallas Opera presents a recital with Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, Sept. 14 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson

» 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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