<em>Fiddler on the Roof</em> at Lyric Stage

Places! Sept. 4-10, 2014

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

published Thursday, September 4, 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: Lyric Stage's season opens with a full-orchestra revival of a masterpiece; both the Fort Worth and Dallas symphonies kick off their season with pops shows; and TeCo Theatrical Production celebrates new plays on LGBT themes.

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: TeCo Theatrical Productions
The playwrights of TeCo Theatrical Productions' PlayPride LGBT Festival


1. Lyric Stage opens its 2014-15 season, its 22nd, with a revival of Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein and Sheldon Harnick's masterpiece Fiddler on the Roof, featuring a 34-piece orchestra and original orchestrations rediscovered by music director Jay Dias. Len Pfluger directs. It runs Sept. 5-15 at Carpenter Hall in the Irving Arts Center

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


Photo: Robert Hart/TheaterJones
Chadi El-Khoury

2. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance does its Fall Series, called "Beautiful Knuckleheads," Sept. 4-6 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theatre. The evening features new works by Joshua L. Peugh, Mike Esperanza and Chadi El-Khoury.

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

» Read our interview with choreographer Mike Esperanza

» Read our interview with choreographer Chadi El-Khoury


3. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents its first PlayPride LGBT Festival, Sept. 4-14 at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff. TeCo's New Play Festival, in February, has been a great outlet for local writers for years, but now they add a fall festival with LGBT themes. The six short plays will be seen at each performance, and the audience votes on a favorite. The winner gets $1,000 donated to a charity of his choice.

The plays and writers are:

Three Guys in a Bed by Randy Frank Eppes (playing for Turtle Creek Chorale)

The story of a gay couple who pick up a guy to come home with them for a night of sexual pleasure. The morning after reveals the reality of who is actually in their bed and the discovery, disagreement and discussion.


Mama’s Boy by Antay Bilgutay (playing for AIDS Interfaith Network)

Jerone has had a fight with his cosmetician boyfriend Carson, and when Carson drops by Jerone's apartment to talk, he discovers the underlying fears that caused the fight.


Water by Christopher Soden (playing for Soulforce)

Evan knocks on the door of a stranger to ask for a glass of water in the Texas heat.


Foreplay by Lon Rogers (playing for Resource Center Dallas)

A gay teenager visits a prostitute for surprising reasons.


Pot Liquor by Buster Spiller (playing for Living Faith Covenant Church and Abounding Prosperity, Inc.)

When Jeffrey and his partner Montre come to live with his religious grandmother, issues of death and dying, fluid sexuality, and unconditional love are front and center.


Trapped: A Confessional Tale by Bill Richard (playing for Turtle Creek Chorale)

The awkward exchange of a priest and penitent in a church confessional leads to one of them feeling trapped.


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


4. The Fort Worth Symphony season officially begins with a Pops offering, Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure, Sept. 5-7 at Bass Performance Hall. Conducted by Andres Franco, the concert features music by the film composer known for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and much more.

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


5. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Season opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas. The program, conducted by Jeff Tyzik, features tango, waltz and cha-cha music plus several dancers onstage. Selections include Bernstein's Overture to West Side Story, Bizet's "Bohemian Dance" from Carmen and a tune from Dirty Dancing, 1950s rock 'n' roll, Offenbach, Saint-Saëns and more.

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



Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
Danny Sapani as Jason and Helen McCrory as Medea in the National Theatre of London's Medea


The National Theatre of London's production of Medea, starring Helen McCrory in a new adaptation of Euripides by Ben Power, screens in the NT Live series at the Angelika Film Center Dallas and Plano. It screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 and Tuesday, Sept. 9, and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10.

» See more info here


Frisco Community Theater presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sept. 5-21

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

The spoof Silver Screen Slayer is at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Sept. 5-27

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

» Read our review from when this show played at the Margo Jones Theatre in June

Onstage in Bedford presents the musical Next to Normal, Sept. 5-28

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


Granbury Theatre Company does the musical version of Legally Blonde at the Granbury Opera House

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


The celebration of the Meyerson Symphony Center's 25th anniversary kicks off with an event on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Meyerson in the Dallas Arts District. It's 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and features performances from DSO, J.J. Pearce High School Marching Band, Avant Chamber Ballet and more. Plus food trucks! There are also events happening Sept. 8-11

» Find out more 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.)

Photo: Rude Mechs
The Rude Mechs' The Method Gun


Austin's Rude Mechs, one of the most acclaimed theater outfits in Texas—or in the country, really—brings the finished version of its original work The Method Gun to its hometown, playing the Oscar Brockett Theatre at the University of Texas, Sept. 10-14. The show premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2010 and has been touring the world ever since.

» Find more information here



These productions will close this weekend

Photo: David Denson
Year of the Rooster at Upstart Productions


Dr. Cook's Garden at Theatre Coppell

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

Nekkid with the Cats: A Wisepecker Conundrum at Hip Pocket Theatre

» Our review

Wait Until Dark at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

» Our review

Year of the Rooster, presented by Upstart Productions at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre, in the Sixth Floor Studio

» Our review



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

  1. Dallas Theater Center's 2014-15 season opens with The Rocky Horror Show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre. Previews begin Sept. 11, opens Sept. 19 and runs through Oct. 19
  2. Echo Theatre's season opens with Melissa James Gibson's [sic], Sept. 11-27 at the Bath House Cultural Center
  3. Garland Civic Theatre presents Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death at the Granville Arts Center, Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  4. Our Productions Theatre Company does God of Carnage, Sept. 11-20 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville
  5. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Sept. 11-27
  6. Jim Caruso's Cast Party returns to the Kitchen Cafe in Addison, Sept. 11 and 12
  7. Uptown Player's Fourth Annual Pride Performing Arts Festival, headlined by Dan Savage, is Sept. 12-20 at Kalita Humphreys Theater
  8. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13
  9. Theatre Britain does Ray Cooney's Out of Order at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, Sept. 12-28
  10. Theatre Arlington opens its season with the area premiere of Ed Dixon's Whodunnit, the Musical, Sept. 12-Oct. 5
  11. Tarrant Actors Regional Theater opens its second season with The Crucible, Sept. 12-28 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  12. Fort Worth Symphony does Beethoven's Triple Concerto, with pianist Katia Skanavi, Sept. 12-14 at Bass Hall
  13. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents its fall program Lovett and More, Sept. 13-14 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  14. WaterTower Theatre presents a Community Cast Party on Sept. 13 at the Addison Theatre Centre
  15. Comedian Aziz Ansari is at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Sept. 13
  16. 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
  17. The Dallas Opera presents a recital with Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, Sept. 14 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Undermain Theatre's season opens with the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist's Tomorrow Come Today, Sept. 16-Oct. 11
  22. Catch the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, featuring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, on area movie screens, 7 p.m. Sept. 16
  23. Shakespeare Dallas' fall show is Antony and Cleopatra, Sept. 17-Oct. 12 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Dallas and Addison Circle Park
  24. 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
  25. The Oddball Comedy Fest with Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron and others is a Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Sept. 19
  26. The Dallas Children's Theater opens its season with the musical Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, Sept. 19-Oct. 26
  27. The Kitchen Dog Theater season opens with Thinner Than Water at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Sept. 19-Oct. 27
  28. Hip Pocket Theatre adapts the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sept. 19-Oct. 12
  29. Dallas Symphony performs the Mahler 9 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Sept. 19-21
  30. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth season opens, featuring Amernet String Quartet, Sept. 20 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  31. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica, now an all-day festival in the Dallas Arts District, Sept. 20
  32. Casa Mañana opens its season with The Sound of Music, Sept. 20-28
  33. Dallas Symphony presents Hilary Hahn on a concert of Beethoven, Haydn and Bach-Webern, Sept. 25-28 at the Meyerson Symphony Center
  34. Theatre Three presents Doug Wright, Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green's Hands on a Hardbody, Sept. 25-Oct. 19
  35. The Piano Guys are at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, Sept. 25
  36. The Dallas Symphony presents violinist Hilary Hahn, Sept. 25-28 at the Meyerson Symphony Center
  37. Jubilee Theatre's season opens with Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size, Sept. 26-Oct. 26
  38. TITAS presents Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 27
  39. The annual Day in the District, a celebration of the arts in Fort Worth's Cultural District, is all day Sept. 27
  40. The Van Cliburn Foundation's Cliburn Concerts begins Sept. 30 with 2013 VCIPC Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana, Sept. 30 at Bass Hall
  41. The So You Think You Can Dance tour comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie on Oct. 3
  42. DragStrip Courage does Macbird at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, Oct. 3-11
  43. Fun House Theatre and Film opens Mortgage, a spoof of Rent, Oct. 3-12 at Plano Children's Theatre
  44. 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!
  45. WingSpan Theatre Company's fall show is Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play, Oct. 9-25 at the Bath House Cultural Center
  46. WaterTower Theatre's season opens with the area premiere of Frank Wildhorn's Bonnie & Clyde, Oct. 10-Nov. 2
  47. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth performs site-specific work at the Kimbell Art Museum, Oct. 10-12
  48. Stage West's season opens with Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, Oct. 16-Nov. 16
  49. Texas Ballet Theater's season opens with The Sleeping Beauty, featuring music from the Fort Worth Symphony, Oct. 17-19
  50. Jim Gaffigan comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Oct. 22

» 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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