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Places! March 26-April 1, 2015

It's our weekly list of performing arts events opening on local stages. This week is big on comedy and dance. Plus, the rundown of last-chance shows.



published Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Welcome to our weekly mega-list of performing arts happenings on TheaterJones! It covers a Thursday-to-Wednesday cycle, and rounds up our picks for the best theater, classical music, opera, dance, comedy, spoken word/poetry and performing arts on film that are opening on North Texas stages and in movie theaters. Of all the local print or digital publications, it's the only weekly list of best bets that covers the range of performing arts—and only performing arts.

This week: The area's biggest comedy event is back, there are great choices in dance, and the great Betty Buckley performs music from her recent album Ghostlight.

This list doesn't have everything happening in this week's cycle, but we've hit the highlights. For more listings, click the red calendar button at the top right of the page, and then you'll see a search function, where you can search for events by presenting company, venue, title, description, date range and more options.

Note: Theater productions that have opened in a previous cycle and are in the middle of the run are not in the list below, but you can find them in the listings (see paragraph above). When a show is in its final weekend, we'll mention it in the "Last Chance" section of Places!

Get out and support the arts!

 

THE BIG 12

Thursday, March 26 through Wednesday, April 1

Photo: Courtesy
TJ and Dave headline the Dallas Comedy Festival

 

1. Dallas Comedy Festival

Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum

The Dallas Comedy House is officially moving to a new space in Deep Ellum, but that won't happen until after this sixth annual event, which features five nights of stand-up, sketch comedy and improv, from local and regional acts. This year don't miss the mime improv troupe Zoom! (yes, mime), and the headliners TJ and Dave, one of whom you know from the popular Sonic commercials. Look for complete coverage of the festival on TheaterJones throughout the week. | March 24-28

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

 

2. Diavolo

Presented by TITAS at Dallas City Performance Hall

The dance troupe Diavolo, known for using large architectural set pieces as part of its dance, returns to North Texas in a performance presented by TITAS at Dallas City Performance Hall | 8 p.m. March 27 and 28

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

Photo: Victory Tischler-Blue
Betty Buckley

 

3. Betty Buckley: Ghostlight

McDavid Studio, next to Bass Hall in Fort Worth

Fort Worth's Tony-winning Broadway star performs songs from her outstanding 2014 album Ghostlight, which was produced by T. Bone Burnett. | 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28

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

 

4. Focal Pointe

Chamberlain Ballet at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts

This is major: The Chamberlain Ballet presents a gala performance featuring national ballet and dance stars Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, Meredith Strathmeyer and Colby Foss at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | 7 p.m. March 28

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

 

5. Meadows Spring Dance Concert

Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts at Bob Hope Theatre

SMU's Meadows Dance performs two premieres, one from resident artist and Tony nominee John Selya, called Darkside, and another from Joshua Peugh with the Hi Betty Cha-Cha, plus Danny Buraczeski’s acclaimed 1999 piece Ezekiel’s Wheel. | March 25-29

» Our interview with Tony nominee and choreographer John Selya

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

 

6. Virginia Luque

Allegro Guitar Society at Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion and University Park United Methodist Church

Spanish guitarist Virginia Luque performs flamenco and other Spanish music, presented by Allegro Guitar Series at Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion in Fort Worth and Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas | 7:30 p.m., March 26 (Fort Worth) and 8 p.m. March 27 (Dallas)

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

 

7. Symphonie Fantastique

Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Meyerson Symphony Center

The Dallas Symphony brings in pianist Daniil Trifonov to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1; and then presents Berlioz's massive Symphonie Fantastique at the Meyerson Symphony Center | 7:30 p.m. March 26-28, and 2:30 p.m. March 29

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

 

8. Mark Adamo

The Cliburn Foundation at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The opera composer of Little Women and Lysistrata performs in an intimate conversation and concert for the Cliburn's composers series. Perhaps he'll preview something from his forthcoming Becoming Santa Claus, which the Dallas Opera premieres in December | 2 p.m. Sautrday, March 28

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

 

9. Hotel California

MBS Productions at the Stone Cottage at Addison Theatre Center

MBS Production premiers Bretton B. Holmes comedy about two Muslim extremists who awaken to find themselves in a hotel room across from Disneyland. | March 26-April 19

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

Photo: Courtesy
DeMarre McGill performs with Fine Arts Chamber Players

 

10. A Funnyraiser: An Evening of Jokes and Jazz

AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House

Presented by Dallas Chapter of the Links, this event features comedian Tommy Davidson and jazz vocalist Bobbi Humphrey at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28

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

 

11. Haydn's Creation

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Fort Worth

Fort Worth Symphony performs Haydn's piece inspired by the book of Genesis, featuring the TCU Concert Chorale | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26

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

 

12. DeMarre McGill and Friends

Fine Arts Chamber Players at Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium

Fine Arts Chamber Players presents an afternoon of flute-centric chamber works, featuring the Dallas Symphony's Principal Flute DeMarre McGill, at Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art | 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28

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

 

 

MORE PERFORMANCES OPENING March 26-April 1

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Photo: Chuck Marcelo
Fun House Theatre and Film presents Laughter in the Stars

 

It Happened One Night

The Core Theatre in Richardson presents an adapation of the Frank Capra movie | March 26-April 18

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

 

Laughter in the Stars

Fun House Theatre and Film revives Jeff Swearingen's take on The Little Prince at Plano Children's Theater | March 26-April 5

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

 

Orindary Days

Our Productions Theatre opens its season with the new musical Ordinary Days; it previews at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville March 26-29, and then runs at the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Center April 10-19 (look for more on this in Places with the April 10 edition) | March 26-April 19

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

 

A View From the Bridge

London's Young Vic Theatre's production of the Arthur Miller classic screens in the National Theatre Live series at Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | March 26 and April 1

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

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Photo: Eric Younkin
Becky's New Car at Theatre Arlington

 

Becky's New Car

Theatre Arlington presents Steven Dietz's comedy | March 27-April 12

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

 

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Art Centre of Plano presents the Rajiv Joseph play | March 27-April 4

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

 

Dance TCU Spring Performance

Erma Lowe Hall Studio Theater at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | March 27-29

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

 

Dancing Beyond Borders (North)

Dallas Black Dance Theatre performs at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | 7:30 p.m. March 27

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

 

A Feminine Ending

Denton Community Theatre presents the Sarah Treem play at Point Bank Black Box Theatre, Denton | March 27-29

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

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

 

Four Funny Females

McKinney Performing Arts Center | 7:30 p.m. March 28

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

 

One Day Only 24

Rover Dramawerks in Plano does its biannual 24-hour play festival | March 28

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

 

Superheroes!

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents music from Superhero movies at Mesquite Arts Center | 7 p.m. March 28

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

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 29


Audacity Solo Lab

Audacity Theatre Lab presents its third Audacity Solo Salon, featuring solo works in progress, this time with John S. Davies, Lindsey Hayward and Kevin Fuld at the Margo Jones Theatre | 7:30 p.m. March 29

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

 

Dances with Dvořák

New Philharmonic of Irving presents music by Antonin Dvořák  at Irving Arts Center | 3:30 p.m. March 29

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

 

The Passion According to St. Matthew

Presented by Denton Bach Society at Murchison Performing Arts Center at University of North Texas | 3 p.m. March 29

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

 

Take the Blues Train: With Blue Lou

Presented by Lone Star Wind Orchestra at Meyerson Symphony Center | 7:30 p.m. March 29

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

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 31

 

Titus Andronicus

A screening of the production from London's Globe Theater from 2006, at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | 7 p.m. March 31

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

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

 

Bass and Drums

Sammons Center for the Arts, Dallas | 7 p.m. April 1

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

 

 

ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS AND OPEN MICS

 

Open Classical

Bring an instrument and particpate in this weekly classical music open mic at Buzzbrews Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16

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

 

ROAD TRIP!
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.

 

Murder for Two

Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City presents the off-Broadway hit musical Murder for Two | March 25-April 12

» More info here

 

 

LAST CHANCE 

These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Karen Almond
Medea closes at Dallas Theater Center

 

Driving Miss Sadie

DVA Productions at Fort Worth Community Arts Center | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

Hearts Like Fists

Outcry Theatre at Margo Jones Theatre | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

La bohème

Dallas Opera at Winspear Opera House | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

L.I.P. Service at The Firehouse Theatre, Farmer's Branch | Closes Saturday

» Our review

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

 

Medea and The School for Wives

Dallas Theater Center at Kalita Humphreys Theater | Closes Sunday

» Our review of Medea

» Our review of The School for Wives

 

Murder at the Howard Johnson's

Presented by Jackson's Dance and Theatre Company in Plano | Closes Saturday

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

 

Nobody's Perfect

Pocket Sandwich Theatre | Closes Sunday

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

 

Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes

Garland Civic Theatre at Granville Arts Center | Closes Sunday

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

 


COMING UP

Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


THEATER

  1. The rolling world premiere of the football/dance play Colossal is at Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre | April 2-May 3
  2. TeCo Theatrical Productions and SMU Meadows School of the Arts present The Clothesline Muse at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff | April 2-5
  3. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope at Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth | April 3-May 3
  4. Cara Mía Theatre Company presents Octavio Solis' Lydia as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project | April 4-May 9
  5. The tour of the Broadway magic show The Illusionists comes to Dallas Summer Musicals | April 7-19
  6. Dixie's Tupperware Party returns to McDavid Studio in Fort Worth on the Performing Arts Fort Worth season | April 8-May 3
  7. Soul Rep Theatre Company presents The Shine Plays at Margo Jones Theatre | April 9-19
  8. South Dallas Cultural Center presents Cristal Channelle Truscott's play The Burnin' | April 9-11
  9. PrismCo does one if its first original movement theater works, Prism, at a warehouse in Trinity Groves, Dallas | April 9-26
  10. Stage West does John Logan's Red | April 9-May 10
  11. Soul Rep Theatre Company does The Shine Plays, three works by Ted Shine, at the Margo Jones Theatre | April 9-19
  12. The Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Thornton Wilder's Our Town at Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theater | April 10-26
  13. Dallas Children's Theater presents Balloonacy | April 10-19
  14. Garland Civic Theatre presents Carrie the Musical at the Granville Arts Center | April 17-May 9
  15. WaterTower Theatre presents Arthur Miller's All My Sons | April 17-May 10
  16. Garland Civic Theatre does Carrie: The Musical at the Granville Arts Center | April 17-May 9
  17. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents Paul Zindel's The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild | April 17-May 10
  18. Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark, with full orchestra, presented by Lyric Stage at Irving Arts Center | April 24-May 3
  19. The Egg Salesman, a new work by Matt Posey at the Ochre House | April 25-May 16
  20. Lauren Gunderson's I and You at Circle Theatre, Fort Worth | April 30-May 23

 

DANCE

  1. Folklórico Festival at Latino Cultural Center | April 2-4
  2. 20MM (twenty years of madness and music) from Beckles Dancing Company at South Dallas Cultural Center | April 3-4
  3. Dance Planet 19 presented by Dance Council of North Texas at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas | April 11-12
  4. Masterworks, presented by Texas Ballet Theater at Dallas City Performance hall | April 17-19
  5. The Plano Metropolitan Ballet's Plano Dance Festival is at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano | April 20
  6. St. Petersburg Russian State Ballet performs Swan Lake at the Winspear Opera House | April 21-22
  7. Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklórico presents A Tribute To Our Founder at the Winspear Opera House | April 23
  8. LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents Paquita and Other Works at MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville | April 24-25
  9. Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents its Spring Concert at the Latino Cultural Center | April 24-25
  10. Parsons Dance Company, presented by TITAS at Winspear Opera House | April 25

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC AND OPERA

  1. A new opera by Mary Alice Rich, Wading Home: A Story of New Orleans, is at Dallas City Performance Hall | April 2
  2. Cliburn Concerts presents a tribute to John Giordano at Bass Performance Hall | April 7
  3. The Dallas Opera presents Tchaikovsky's Iolanta at the Winspear Opera House | April 10-18
  4. Turtle Creek Chorale presents "Beatles, Britten and Bond" at Dallas City Performance Hall | April 23-25
  5. Soundings: New Music at the Nasher presents Music from Yellow Barn: In Return for My Song at Nasher Sculpture Center | April 24
  6. The Fort Worth Opera Festival, featuring Dog DaysLa traviata and Hamlet at Bass Performance Hall and Fort Worth Community Arts Center | April 24-May 10
  7. Dallas Chamber Symphony's Sight of Sound International Film Festival is at Dallas City Performance Hall | April 28
  8. Voices of Change presents Serenades and Sonatas for Forty Years at Southern Methodist University's Caruth Auditorium | May 3
  9. The Dallas Symphony presents the first Soluna International Music and Arts Festival at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas City Performance Hall and other venues in the Dallas Arts District | May 4-24
  10. The Cliburn Foundation's first Junior Piano Competition happens at TCU's Ed Landreth Auditorium | June 21-28

 

COMEDY, ETC.

  1. Sarah Colonna is at the Addison Improv | April 2-4
  2. Corey Holcomb is at the Arlington Improv | April 9-12
  3. Poet Billy Collins and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann appear in the Dallas Museum of Art's Arts & Letters Live at Winspear Opera House | April 11
  4. Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally bring a comedy show to the Majestic Theatre | April 16
  5. NPR's A Way With Words comes to the Majestic Theatre | April 23
  6. Heather McDonald comes to Hyena's Dallas | April 24-25
  7. D.L. Hughley comes to the Addison Improv | May 1-3
  8. Garrison Keillor comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | May 4
  9. Dustin Diamond comes to Hyena's Dallas | May 14-16
  10. Radiolab's Jad Abumrad kicks off AT&T Performing Arts Center's #Thinkspeak series, at Dallas City Performance Hall | May 15

 

» 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. For instance, type "Shakespeare" into the description field, click SEARCH and you'll find a host of performances (theater, dance, music, etc.) by, adapted from or about the Bard. Thanks For Reading





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