Lydia Mackay in <em>Candy Barr\'s Last Dance</em> at Theatre Three

Places! Aug. 7-13, 2014

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

published Wednesday, August 6, 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: Theatre Three has the premiere of some delicious Candy; Dianas Sheehan and Vreeland are at WaterTower; and the new Phantom of the Opera tour has its AT&T Performing Arts Center debut, as another Phantom closes.

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: Taylor Staniforth
White Russian will be performed in Sundown Collaborative Theatre's We've Done It Again: A Mixtape


1. Theatre Three opens its 2014-15 season with the world premiere of Ronnie Claire Edwards' Candy Barr's Last Dance. The play is set at the funeral of the famous Dallas stripper Candy Barr, who had dalliances with major players in the 1950s and '60s, as her former stripper friends gather to remember when. Previews are Aug. 7-10, with opening night on Aug. 11. It runs through Aug. 31. Photo on the cover by Jeffrey Schmidt.

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

Photo: Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Diana Sheehan as Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop at WaterTower Theatre

» Look for an interview with Ronnie Claire Edwards coming on TheaterJones


2. WaterTower Theatre stages Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton's Full Gallop in the Studio Theatre at Addison Theatre Centre. The play, about Harper's Bazaar and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, stars Diana Sheehan. Previews Aug. 9-10, opens Aug. 11 and runs through Aug. 31

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


3. The tour of The Phantom of the Opera comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House for the first time, and it's an all-new production. Don't worry, the chandelier trick is still there. It has preview performances on Aug. 6 and 7, with official opening on Aug. 8, running through Aug. 24

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

» Our interview with Seth Sklar-Heyn, assistant director of Phantom, who talks about the changes and his history with the show (and others)


4. Sundown Collaborative Theatre opens its seventh season with its third short works festival, We've Done It Again: A Mixtape. It runs Aug. 11-13 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, and Aug. 16-17 at the Greenspace Arts Collective in Denton.

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

» Read our story about the many local collections of new plays and theatrical works happening in August. Mixtape is included there, and has a breakdown of the shows and authors.


5. Theatre Arlington closes its season with Larry Shue's The Nerd, Aug. 8-24

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





The Core Theatre in Richardson presents Rewinda compilation of some of the funniest sketches from the theater's last five years. Includes live music.

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


Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine does the musical Peter Pan, Aug. 8-17

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


The Indian Cultural Heritage Project presents The Music Within and Prophet, a music and dance performance, 4 p.m.Aug. 10 at Dallas City Performance Hall

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



New to Places! Each week we'll highlight at least one performance in a city outside of Dallas-Fort Worth that's still reasonably driveable. Because this is Texas, that means five hours or less, one way. (So, look for recommendations in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.)


The City Theatre Company in Austin does Urinetown the Musical, which is in the opinion of this website's editor, the funniest and best musical of the 21st century. So far.

» Find out more info here



These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Mike Morgan
The Boy from Oz at Uptown Players


The Boy from Oz, presented by Uptown Players at Kalita Humphreys Theater

» Our review

» Our interview with Alex Ross, who plays the title role


Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure, presented by Artes de la Rosa at Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater

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

Photo: Buddy Myers
Heroes at Stage West


Heroes at Stage West, Fort Worth

» Our review


The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon at Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

» Our review


Phantom, presented by MainStage Irving-Las Colinas at the Irving Arts Center

» Our review


SceneShop: J.O.B. at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth

» Our review


Seussical the Musical at Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne

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


Stiff at Fun House Theatre and Film, at Plano Children's Theatre

 » Our review

The Straight Guy at MBS Productions, at the Stone Cottage on the Addison Theatre Centre campus

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


The Three Musketeers at CrossOver Arts Theatre Company at the Corner Theatre in DeSoto

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



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

  1. Rockwall Summer Musicals presents Cole Porter's Anything Goes, Aug. 14-17
  2. Churchmouse Productions presents None of the Above at the Bath House Cultural Center, Aug. 14-30
  3. Isis and the Star Dancers presents Yaa Halla Y'all, its annual convention and performances dedicated to Middle Eastern dance and music, Aug. 14-17 at the Grapevine Convention Center
  4. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons' Nekkid With the Cats: A Wisepecker Connundrum, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  5. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does Wait Until Dark, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  6. Texas Family Musicals presents the premiere of The Cab Calloway Story, Aug. 15-17 at Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie
  7. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre does Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore, Aug. 15-24
  8. The One-Minute Play Festival and Kitchen Dog Theater co-present the first Dallas One-Minute Play Festival, Aug. 16-18 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary
  9. Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne presents the revue Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Aug. 15-Sept. 13
  10. The Stars of American Ballet returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, 3 p.m. Aug. 17
  11. Chamber Music International presents harpists Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell at the Briggs Estate in Dallas, 2 p.m. Aug. 17
  12. Stage West closes its season with Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Aug. 21-Sept. 28
  13. Circle Theatre opens Bruce Graham's Stella & Lou, Aug. 21-Sept. 20
  14. African American Repertory Theater presents Gee's Bend, Aug. 21-Sept. 7 at the K.D. Studio Theatre
  15. The Fort Worth Symphony's annual Great Performances Festival features the music of Brahms and Dvořák, Aug. 22-24 at Bass Performance Hall
  16. Upstart Productions inaugurates the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project with Year of the Rooster, Aug. 22-Sept. 6 at the Studio Theatre in the Wyly Theatre
  17. 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
  18. Theatre Coppell opens its season with Ira Levin's Dr. Cook's Garden, Aug. 22-Sept. 7
  19. Plano Children's Theater presents The Odyssey, Aug. 22-30
  20. 7th Stage Productions presents the fourth Stage Black, a festival of new plays, Aug. 22-24 at the Clarence Muse Cafe Theater in the Black Academy of Arts & Letters
  21. The inaugural Dallas DanceFest happens Aug. 29-31 at City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District
  22. Artisan Center Theater revives Smoke on the Mountain, Aug. 29-Oct. 4
  23. 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
  24. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents its first PlayPride LGBT Festival, Sept. 4-14 at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff
  25. 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
  26. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance does its Fall Series, Sept. 4-6 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theatre
  27. 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
  28. The spoof Silver Screen Slayer is at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Sept. 5-27
  29. Fort Worth Symphony presents Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure, Sept. 5-7 at Bass Performance Hall
  30. Onstage in Bedford presents the musical Next to Normal, Sept. 5-28
  31. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Seasons opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  32. 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
  33. Echo Theatre's season opens with Melissa James Gibson's [sic], Sept. 11-27 at the Bath House Cultural Center
  34. Our Productions Theatre Company does God of Carnage, Sept. 11-20 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville
  35. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Sept. 11-27
  36. Uptown Player's Fourth Annual Pride Performing Arts Festival, headlined by Dan Savage, is Sept. 12-20 at Kalita Humphreys Theater
  37. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13
  38. Theatre Britain does Ray Cooney's Out of Order at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, Sept. 12-28
  39. Theatre Arlington opens its season with the area premiere of Ed Dixon's Whodunnit, the Musical, Sept. 12-Oct. 5
  40. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents its fall program, Sept. 12-13 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  41. Tarrant Actors Regional Theater opens its second season with The Crucible, Sept. 12-28 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  42. Artes de la Rosa presents Andy de la Tour's Viva! at Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater, Sept. 13-Oct. 5
  43. The Dallas Opera presents a recital with Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, Sept. 14 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson
  44. Undermain Theatre's season opens with the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist's Tomorrow Come Today, Sept. 16-Oct. 11
  45. The Dallas Children's Theater opens its season with the musical Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, Sept. 19-Oct. 26
  46. TITAS presents Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House
  47. The comedy duo of Tim and Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) come to town, with guest John C. Reilly as Dr. Steve Brule, Sept. 18 at the Majestic Theatre
  48. The Kitchen Dog Theater season opens with Thinner Than Water at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Sept. 19-Oct. 27
  49. Hip Pocket Theatre adapts the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sept. 19-Oct. 12
  50. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica, now an all-day festival in the Dallas Arts District, Sept. 20

» 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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