Places! Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 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 27, 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: Since it's Labor Day weekend there isn't much opening, but there is a MAJOR arts happening: the inaugural Dallas DanceFest. Next week there are some tours opening at Dallas Summer Musicals and the AT&T Performing Arts Center that you'll want to check out.

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: Brittany Nicole
Rhythmic Souls will perform at the Dallas DanceFest

1. The inaugural Dallas DanceFest happens Aug. 29-31 at City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. There are showcases on Friday and Saturday night, and on Sunday afternoon, it's the Dance Council Honors plus more performances.

On Friday (8 p.m.), see performances by Indique Dance Company, Dallas Ballet Company, Ewert & Company, Rhythmic Souls, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Texas Ballet Theater, Southern Methodist University Meadows Dance Ensemble and Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Companies performing Saturday (8 p.m.) are Chamberlain Performing Arts, Chado Danse, Houston METdance, Avant Chamber Ballet, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Rep I and II companies, Tarrant County College Movers Unlimited, Mejia Ballet International, Bruce Wood Dance Project

The Dance Council Honors are Sunday at 2 p.m., honoring Nita Braun, Ann Briggs-Cutaia and Joe Cutaia, Buster Cooper, Dylis Croman, Suzie Jary and Beth Wortley, with performances by Ballet Ensemble of Texas, Bruce Wood Dance Project and 2014 Dance Council Scholarship Recipients.

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

» Here's a ticket giveaway for the Friday night showcase

» You can read DanceFest-related stories at these links:


Photo: Joan Marcus
From the Broadway production of Nice Work If You Can Get It

2. 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. Urie, who is best known as Marc in the TV show Ugly Betty, originated this role off-Broadway in this solo show by Jonathan Tolins (Twilight of the Golds) about a man who gets a job cleaning out Barbra Streisand's basement.

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

» Keep watching TheaterJones for an interview with Michael Urie


3. The national tour of the Gershwin revue Nice Work If You Can Get begins in Dallas, via Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park, Sept. 2-14; and then to Bass Hall Sept. 16-21. With a book by Joe DiPietro (Memphis; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), it uses songs by George and Ira Gershwin (including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”) to tell a new story about a group of outrageous characters that gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. Of course things don't go as planned when bootlegger Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger, arrives and melts his heart.

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

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

» Keep watching TheaterJones for an interview with playwright and book writer Joe DiPietro


4. African American Repertory Theater opens its seventh season with the area premiere of Gee's Bend by Elizabeth Gregory Wilder. The award-winning play explores the turbulent history of African-Americans in the Deep South via the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there. Previews Aug. 28, opens Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 14 at the K.D. Studio Theatre in Dallas. Emily Scott Banks directs.

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


5. Artisan Center Theater in Hurst revives the Southern gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain, Aug. 29-Oct. 4

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




Amphibian Stage Productions shows the National Theatre Live NT Live screening of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3

» See more info here

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.)


If you loved the Dallas One-Minute Play Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater a few weeks ago—and if you saw it, there's no way you didn't love it—and wanna see how it works in another city, then drive to Austin where the 1MPF's Dominic D'Andrea is at it again. The first Austin One-Minute Play Festival, Aug. 28-30, is produced in collaboration with Scriptworks and Salvage Vanguard Theatre.

» Find out more here



These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Kurt Kleinmann
None of the Above at Churchmouse Productions


Arizona from Cambalache Teatro en Español, performed at a private house in Carrollton

» Our review


Candy Barr's Last Dance at Theatre Three

» Our interview with playwright Ronnie Claire Edwards


Full Gallop at WaterTower Theatre

» Our review


Herbbits, Wizards & Borks, Oh My! at Pocket Sandwich Theatre

» Our review


It's a Man's World from DVA Productions at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theatre

» Our review


Menopause the Musical at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson

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


None of the Above from Churchmouse Productions at the Bath House Cultural Center

» Our review


The Odyssey at Plano Children's Theatre

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


Rewind at the Core Theatre in Richardson

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


The Rocky Horror Show at Lakeside Community Theatre in The Colony

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



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

  1. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents its first PlayPride LGBT Festival, Sept. 4-14 at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff
  2. The National Theatre of London's production of Medea, starring Helen McCrory in a new adaptation by Ben Power, screens in the NT Live series at the Angelika Film Center Dallas and Plano
  3. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance does its Fall Series, Sept. 4-6 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theatre
  4. 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
  5. Frisco Community Theater presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sept. 5-21
  6. The spoof Silver Screen Slayer is at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Sept. 5-27
  7. Fort Worth Symphony presents Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure, Sept. 5-7 at Bass Performance Hall
  8. Onstage in Bedford presents the musical Next to Normal, Sept. 5-28
  9. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Seasons opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  10. 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
  11. Echo Theatre's season opens with Melissa James Gibson's [sic], Sept. 11-27 at the Bath House Cultural Center
  12. Garland Civic Theatre presents Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death at the Granville Arts Center, Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  13. Our Productions Theatre Company does God of Carnage, Sept. 11-20 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville
  14. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Sept. 11-27
  15. Jim Caruso's Cast Party returns to the Kitchen Cafe in Addison, Sept. 11 and 12
  16. Uptown Player's Fourth Annual Pride Performing Arts Festival, headlined by Dan Savage, is Sept. 12-20 at Kalita Humphreys Theater
  17. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13
  18. Theatre Britain does Ray Cooney's Out of Order at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, Sept. 12-28
  19. Theatre Arlington opens its season with the area premiere of Ed Dixon's Whodunnit, the Musical, Sept. 12-Oct. 5
  20. Tarrant Actors Regional Theater opens its second season with The Crucible, Sept. 12-28 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  21. Fort Worth Symphony does Beethoven's Triple Concerto, with pianist Katia Skanavi, Sept. 12-14 at Bass Hall
  22. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents its fall program Lovett and More, Sept. 13-14 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  23. WaterTower Theatre presents a Community Cast Party on Sept. 13 at the Addison Theatre Centre
  24. Comedian Aziz Ansari is at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Sept. 13
  25. The Dallas Symphony Gala, featuring Ithak Perlman, is Sept. 13 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The concert will also be live simulcast at Klyde Warren Park for free
  26. The Dallas Opera presents a recital with Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, Sept. 14 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson
  27. The Texas Camerata season opens Sept. 14-15 with soprano Ava Pine, Sept. 14 at First Presbyterian Chuch in Fort Worth and Sept. 15 at Church of the Incarnation, Dallas
  28. Oral Fixation season four kicks off with Best of Season 3, Sept. 15 at the Wyly Theatre Studio Theatre; and Sept. 16 at WaterTower Theatre in Addison
  29. 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
  30. Undermain Theatre's season opens with the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist's Tomorrow Come Today, Sept. 16-Oct. 11
  31. Catch the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, featuring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, on area movie screens, 7 p.m. Sept. 16
  32. Shakespeare Dallas' fall show is Antony and Cleopatra, Sept. 17-Oct. 12 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Dallas and Addison Circle Park
  33. 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
  34. The Oddball Comedy Fest with Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron and others is a Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Sept. 19
  35. The Dallas Children's Theater opens its season with the musical Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, Sept. 19-Oct. 26
  36. The Kitchen Dog Theater season opens with Thinner Than Water at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Sept. 19-Oct. 27
  37. Hip Pocket Theatre adapts the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sept. 19-Oct. 12
  38. Dallas Symphony performs the Mahler 9 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Sept. 19-21
  39. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth season opens, featuring Amernet String Quartet, Sept. 20 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  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. The Dallas Symphony presents violinist Hilary Hahn, Sept. 25-28 at the Meyerson Symphony Center
  45. Jubilee Theatre's season opens with Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size, Sept. 26-Oct. 26
  46. TITAS presents Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 27
  47. The annual Day in the District, a celebration of the arts in Fort Worth's Cultural District, is all day Sept. 27
  48. The Van Cliburn Foundation's Cliburn Concerts begins Sept. 30 with 2013 VCIPC Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana, Sept. 30 at Bass Hall
  49. The So You Think You Can Dance tour comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie on Oct. 3
  50. 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!

» 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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