Places! Aug. 21-27, 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 20, 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: Upstart Productions gets cocky; Stage West goes to therapy; and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra gets ready for its upcoming season with a festival of Brahms and Dvořák at Bass Performance Hall.

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: Jeremy Sawatzky
Joshua Roman will be a guest in Fort Worth Symphony's Great Performances Festival


1. Upstart Productions is back on the scene and inaugurates the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project with the first non-NYC production of Eric Dufault's Year of the Rooster, Aug. 22-Sept. 6 at the Studio Theatre in the Wyly Theatre. The play, which deals with cockfighting, features a character that's a prize-winning rooster named Odysseus Rex, played by Joey Folsom. David Denson directs.

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

» Read our story on the Elevator Project, which is a major initiative for AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Dallas Arts District, the city and arts lovers


2. Circle Theatre opens the regional premiere of Bruce Graham's Stella & Lou, the sixth work by Graham that Circle has done in the past 11 years. The others were Something Intangible (2010), Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree (2008), According to Goldman (2007), Moon Over the Brewery (2004) and Desperate Affection (2003). Stella & Lou is a romantic comedy that deals with a middle-aged man and a woman, played by John S. Davies and Lisa Fairchild. Robin Armstrong directs. Previews begin Aug. 21, opens Aug. 23 and runs through Sept. 20

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


3. Stage West closes its season with Christopher Durang's 1981 satirical farce Beyond Therapy, one of Durgan's finest works. One year later, Stage West will do another, but much more recent and also brilliant Durang comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, so keep that in mind when you're in therapy this time around. Previews Aug. 21-22, opens Aug 23 and runs through Sept. 28. Jim Covault directs.

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


4. The Fort Worth Symphony's annual Great Performances Festival features the music of Brahms and Dvořák, with guest violinist Augustin Hadelich and cellist Joshua Roman. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22-24 at Bass Performance Hall

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


5. 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. This event was staged in New York last weekend.

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

» Read our preview story about the various new works events happening in August

» Our review of the New York performance



Photo: Plano Children\'s Theatre
Plano Children's Theatre presents The Odyssey

There's a benefit for Matt Tomlanovich, who was hospitalized earlier this year with an MRSA infection, called Helping Hands and Hyena Haikus, 8 p.m. Aug. 20-22 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park

» Read more about that here


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

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


Theatre Coppell opens its season with Ira Levin's Dr. Cook's Garden, Aug. 22-Sept. 7

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


Plano Children's Theatre presents a new adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey, Aug. 22-30

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



These events open or happen Monday-Wednesday


Audacity Theatre Lab presents its first Audacity Solo Salon, three solo works-in-progress, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. This installment features works by Van Quattro, Steven Young and ElizaBeth Bontley.

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

» Read our preview story about the various new works events happening in August


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.)


In case you missed it in Dallas, The Phantom of the Opera tour stops next at Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall, Aug. 27-Sept. 7

» Go here for tickets




These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Matthew Murphy
The Phantom of the Opera tour stop at AT&T Performing Arts Center


Disney's Tarzan at Artisan Center Theater, Hurst

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


Driving Miss Daisy, presented by Mesquite Community Theatre at Mesquite Arts Center

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


Into the Woods in Repertory Company Theatre in Richardson

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


Is He Dead? from Granbury Theatre Company at Granbury Opera House

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


The Nerd at Theatre Arlington

» Our review


The Phantom of the Opera tour at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House

» Our review

Who Was That Lady I Saw You With? at Rover Dramawerks

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


The Wiz at Garland Civic Theatre

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



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

  1. The inaugural Dallas DanceFest happens Aug. 29-31 at City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District
  2. African American Repertory Theater opens its seventh season with Gee's Bend, Aug. 29-Sept. 14 at the K.D. Studio Theater in Dallas
  3. Artisan Center Theater revives Smoke on the Mountain, Aug. 29-Oct. 4
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents its first PlayPride LGBT Festival, Sept. 4-14 at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff
  7. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance does its Fall Series, Sept. 4-6 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theatre
  8. 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
  9. Frisco Community Theater presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sept. 5-21
  10. The spoof Silver Screen Slayer is at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Sept. 5-27
  11. Fort Worth Symphony presents Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure, Sept. 5-7 at Bass Performance Hall
  12. Onstage in Bedford presents the musical Next to Normal, Sept. 5-28
  13. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Seasons opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  14. 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
  15. Echo Theatre's season opens with Melissa James Gibson's [sic], Sept. 11-27 at the Bath House Cultural Center
  16. Garland Civic Theatre presents Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death at the Granville Arts Center, Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  17. Our Productions Theatre Company does God of Carnage, Sept. 11-20 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville
  18. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Sept. 11-27
  19. Jim Caruso's Cast Party returns to the Kitchen Cafe in Addison, Sept. 11 and 12
  20. Uptown Player's Fourth Annual Pride Performing Arts Festival, headlined by Dan Savage, is Sept. 12-20 at Kalita Humphreys Theater
  21. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13
  22. Theatre Britain does Ray Cooney's Out of Order at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, Sept. 12-28
  23. Theatre Arlington opens its season with the area premiere of Ed Dixon's Whodunnit, the Musical, Sept. 12-Oct. 5
  24. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents its fall program, Sept. 12-13 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  25. Tarrant Actors Regional Theater opens its second season with The Crucible, Sept. 12-28 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  26. Fort Worth Symphony does Beethoven's Triple Concerto, with pianist Katia Skanavi, Sept. 12-14 at Bass Hall
  27. WaterTower Theatre presents a Community Cast Party on Sept. 13 at the Addison Theatre Centre
  28. Comedian Aziz Ansari is at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Sept. 13
  29. The Dallas Opera presents a recital with Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, Sept. 14 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson
  30. Dallas Chamber Symphony's season kicks off with Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring pianist Alex McDonald, at Dallas City Performance Hall, Sept. 16
  31. Undermain Theatre's season opens with the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist's Tomorrow Come Today, Sept. 16-Oct. 11
  32. Catch the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, featuring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, on area movie screens, 7 p.m. Sept. 16
  33. Shakespeare Dallas' fall show is Antony and Cleopatra, Sept. 17-Oct. 12 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Dallas and Addison Circle Park
  34. 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
  35. The Oddball Comedy Fest with Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron and others is a Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Sept. 19
  36. The Dallas Children's Theater opens its season with the musical Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, Sept. 19-Oct. 26
  37. The Kitchen Dog Theater season opens with Thinner Than Water at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Sept. 19-Oct. 27
  38. Hip Pocket Theatre adapts the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sept. 19-Oct. 12
  39. Dallas Symphony performs the Mahler 9 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Sept. 19-21
  40. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica, now an all-day festival in the Dallas Arts District, Sept. 20
  41. Casa Mañana opens its season with The Sound of Music, Sept. 20-28
  42. Dallas Symphony presents Hilary Hahn on a concert of Beethoven, Haydn and Bach-Webern, Sept. 25-28 at the Meyerson Symphony Center
  43. Theatre Three presents Doug Wright, Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green's Hands on a Hardbody, Sept. 25-Oct. 19
  44. Jubilee Theatre's season opens with Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size, Sept. 26-Oct. 26
  45. TITAS presents Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 27
  46. The annual Day in the District, a celebration of the arts in Fort Worth's Cultural District, is all day Sept. 27
  47. The Van Cliburn Foundation's Cliburn Concerts begins Sept. 30 with 2013 VCIPC Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana, Sept. 30 at Bass Hall
  48. The So You Think You Can Dance tour comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie on Oct. 3
  49. The second annual Fall for the Arts happens all day Oct. 4 in Klyde Warren Park. TheaterJones is one of the sponsors, come by and say hi at our booth!
  50. WaterTower Theatre's season opens with the area premiere of Frank Wildhorn's Bonnie & Clyde, Oct. 10-Nov. 2

» 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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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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