<em>The Clothesline Muse</em> at TeCo Theatrical Productions

Places! April 2-8, 2015

It's our weekly list of performing arts events opening on local stages. This week catch dance, magic and Japanese performance art. Plus, the rundown of last-chance shows.

published Wednesday, April 1, 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 has an intriguing mix of magic, dance and Japanese performance art. It kicks off with the latest entry from Cara Mía Theatre Company, performing Octavio Solis' play Lydia in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project.

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!



Thursday, April 2 through Wednesday, April 8


Photo: TZOM Films
Cara Mia Theatre presents Lydia


1. Lydia

Cara Mía Theatre Company at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre, Sixth Floor Studio, Dallas

Cara Mía Theatre Company's entry into the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project is this play by former Dallasite Octavio Solis. Set in the 1970s on the Texas border, the Flores family welcomes Lydia, an undocumented maid, into their El Paso home to care for their daughter Ceci, who was tragically disabled in a car accident on the eve of her quinceañera. Lydia and the girl bond, and dark secrets are revealed. Directed by David Lozano. Solis will be in attendance on opening night. | April 4-May 9

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


2. Wading Home: An Opera of New Orleans

Presented by Black Academy of Arts & Letters at Dallas City Performance Hall

Author and Fort Worth Symphony violinist Rosalyn Story wrote a novel called Wading Home, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Composer Mary Alice Rich has made an opera of it, and this production features baritone Donnie Ray Albert. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2

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


3. John Giordano Tribute Concert

The Cliburn Foundation at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

The Cliburn Foundation presents a tribute to the former Fort Worth Symphony music director, and longtime jury chairman of the Cliburn’s big competition, featuring seven Cliburn winners: Haochen Zhang, Joyce Yang, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Jon Nakamatsu, Simone Pedroni, Andre-Michel Schub and Vladimir Viardo, at Bass Performance Hall. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7

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



4. Jiro, Digital Painting

Ei Arakawa at Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art premieres a newly commissioned musical called Jiro, Digital Painting, by New York–based performance artist Ei Arakawa, together with writer Dan Poston and composer David Zuckerman, inspired by the exhibition Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga. Arakawa’s work takes shape as choreographed gatherings, along the lines of Happenings, in which the artist interacts with and reinterprets particular art objects or art historical moments. Arakawa’s performances rely on both an openness to collaboration and audience participation. He aligns his work with the performative legacies of Japanese experimental art, such as Gutai, Jikken Kobo, and Fluxus, which he explores anew through his interpretive practice. The hour-long performance features Kim Hoang, Eliel Jones and Fabian Leyva-Barragan. You won't know what to expect, but take a look at the above video, of Arakawa's The Tanks at the Tate Modern in London. Should be interesting. | 6 p.m. April 8

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


Photo: The Illusionists
Dallas Summer Musicals presents The Illusionists


5. The Illusionists — Witness the Impossible

Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall at Fair Park

The magic and spectacle show had a recent hit run on Broadway, and comes to Dallas on its first national tour. According to the news release, the show is "full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder. The seven performers are: the Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin; the Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry; the Trickster, Jeff Hobson; the Escapologist, Andrew Basso; the Inventor, Kevin James; the Warrior, Aaron Crow; and the Futurist, Adam Trent. | April 7-19

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


6. The Clothesline Muse

TeCo Theatrical Productions and Meadows School of the Arts at Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Oak Cliff

This presentation from the National Performance Network, brought here in a collaboration between TeCo and SMU, is a multi-disciplinary devised theater performance that combines the talents and knowledge of three artists to create an evening of live dance, jazz music, spoken work, video, and interactive art. It was co-created by and stars Grammy-nominted jazz artist Nnenna Freelon. The Places photo on the TheaterJones home page is from this production. | 7:30 p.m. April 2-3; 3 p.m. April 4

» Our interview with Nnenna Freelon

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

Photo: Beckles Dancing Company
Beckles Dancing Company performs 20M&M this weekend


7. 20M&M

Beckles Dancing Company at South Dallas Cultural Center

Beckles celebrates its 20th anniversary with a duet created two decades ago by founder Andre R. George, with dancers Layla Brent and Jared Brown. It will also include Claret Tango, a new work created for longtime company members Tina Mullone and Lela Bell Wesley. There will also be a world premiere of Magical and full premiere of Ryke & Pauline. The dance Yor will be performed by soloist and BDC alum Stacey Lotten. Guests will include Trois Dames, director Solomon Espie, Momentum Dance Company from Irving and Artistic Director, Jacquelyn Ralls Forcher. | 8 p.m. April 3 and 4

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


8. Concert 5

Chamber Music International at Dallas City Performance Hall

Chamber Music International brings back pianist Joyce Yang and violinist Augustin Hadelich, plus other musicians. The concert features Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne after Themes by G. Pergolesi. Yang performs Ginastera’s Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2, followed by Hadelich’s version of Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 3 in D Minor. The concert will conclude with the spectacular collaboration of Franck’s Sonata in A Major. | 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4

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


9. Folklórico Festival

Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company and Ballet Folklórico of Texas at Latino Cultural Center

In conjunction with Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company of Dallas and the internationally recognized Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico of Texas, the Latino Cultural Center presents a free folklórico festival, featuring all forms of ballet folklórico popular in Mexico and Texas. | April 2-4

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


10. 24-Hour Musical: Spring Awakening

SMU Program Council and SMU Student Theatre at Greer Garson Theatre in the Owens Fine Art Center at Southern Methodist University

This is an interesting idea: The terrific Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening is presented in the first 24-Hour Musical from Southern Methodist University’s Program Council along with SMU Student Theatre (SMUST). The idea is that beginning Friday afternoon, the show will be cast, rehearsed, teched and then performed, all within 24 hours. | The performance is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3

» More info here


11. MainStreet Festival

Presented by MainStreet Musicals/Dallas at Uptown Theater, Grand Prairie

MainStreet Musicals is a New York-based event that brings readings of new works to cities around the country, and the first one in North Texas is hosted by the City of Grand Prairie. This event features three new works in a concert-staged workshop production format that were selected by theatre and film greats John Lithgow and Michael Mayer. The schedule is below. | 8 p.m. April 6-8

  • 8 p.m. Monday, April 6 – Merton at the Movies, book by Donald Brenner and music and lyrics by Doug Katsaros
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 – The Gig, music, book, and lyrics by Doug Cohen
  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 – How Green Was My Valley, music by Roger Ames Book and lyrics by Elizabeth Bassine

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


12. Dixie's Tupperware Party

Performing Arts Fort Worth at McDavid Studio, Fort Worth

Dixie Longate is back in Cowtown with her popular show and Tupperware party. Expect lew jokes, actual product selling (she's really a Tupperware salesperson) and audiences filled with girls-night-out crowds. | April 8-May 3

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




Photo: Karen Almond
Dallas Theater Center presents the rolling world premiere of Colossal





The Dallas Theater Center presents the third leg in the rolling world premiere of Andrew Hinderaker's play that combines football and dance, and is choreographed by Joshua L. Peugh of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre. It's in previews this week, so we'll have more about it in next week's Places! The rolling world premiere has already played at the Olney Theatre Center (Maryland) and Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis), and will continue at Southern Rep (Louisiana). | Previews April 2-9, opens April 10 and runs through May 3

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


Love's Labour's Won

The Royal Shakespeare Festival performs the play that later became Much Ado About Nothing, screened at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | April 2 & 8

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





Born Yesterday

The classic comedy presented by Sherman Community Players. | April 3-19

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



A tour of the much-loved Kander/Ebb musical, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall. | 7:30 p.m. April 3; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 4

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


Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope

Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth revives this 1972 musical revue, which was nominated for a Best Musical Tony. | Previews April 3-9; opens April 10 and runs through May 3

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


Junie B. Jones

The musical version of Barbara Parks' beloved story is done by Artie's Playhouse at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst. | April 3-25

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



A spoof of James Bond films, by Dennis Millegan, at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas. | April 3-16

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


Mama Are There Any Good Men Left?

Mark Hunter's play, featuring Cocoa Brown and Jackie Christie (of Basketball Wives) gets a tour stop at the Naomi Bruton Theatre at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Dallas. | April 2-5

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


The Promise

The large-scale passion play opens for a full season at the Texas Amphitheatre in Glen Rose. | April 3-Nov. 7

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


Sarah Colonna

The actress and comedian, known for stints on Chelsea Lately and her book Has Anyone Seen My Pants, performs at the Addison Improv this weekend. | April 2-4

» Get tickets here


10-Minute Play Winners

Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents winners in its inaugural 10-Minute Play Contest, plus a bonus play! The works are listed below. | April 3-18

  • The Maltese Walter by John Minigan (1st place winner)
  • Timmy Perlmutter Goes Flying by Paul Lewis (2nd place winner)
  • The Cut by Patrick Cleary (tied for 3rd place)
  • How Nice of You to Ask by Rich Rubin (tied for 3rd place)
  • The Couch by Carol M. Rice (bonus play)

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






McKinney Repertory Theatre presents a staged reading of this original play (a runner-up in its New Play Contest) about two Londoners who switch apartments with New Yorkers just before 9/11 | 7 p.m. April 4

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


Ustad Nishat Khan

The Indian Classical Music Circle presents a concert with the well-known sitarist at Allen Civic Auditorium at Allen Public Library | 7 p.m. April 4

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




It's Easter, silly, nothing is opening.




Guys and Dolls

TheatreTCU presents the beloved musical at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Scott Theatre | April 8-12

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


King John

A screening from the production at Canada's Stratford Festival at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | 2 p.m. April 8

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





Open Classical

Bring an instrument and participate 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



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.


Austin's Fusebox Festival

The Austin festival features a variety of performances in theater, dance and music, plus conversations about ideas and innovation. | Through April 12 at various venues in Austin

» Visit the Fusebox website




These productions will close this weekend


Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Rajiv Joseph's play at the Art Centre of Plano. | Closes Saturday

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


Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper

A new musical take on the classic story, presented by Casa Mañana Children's Theatre, Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


A Flea in Her Ear

Presented by Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas at the Irving Arts Center. | Closes Sunday

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


The Hot Mikado

Presented by Theatre Three, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The King and I

Dallas Summer Musicals' production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. | Closes Sunday

» Our interview with director Glenn Casale

» Our review


Laughter in the Stars

Fun House Theatre and Film revives Jeff Swearingen's new take on The Little Prince. | Closes Saturday

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


The Murder Room

Presented by Ennis Public Theatre. | Closes Saturday

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


Steel Magnolias

Presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. | Closes Sunday

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


The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Presented by Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts at Dallas Children's Theater. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


13 the Musical

Jason Robert Brown's musical, presented by Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine. | Closes Sunday

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



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Soul Rep Theatre Company presents The Shine Plays at Margo Jones Theatre | April 9-19
  2. South Dallas Cultural Center presents Cristal Channelle Truscott's play The Burnin' | April 9-11
  3. PrismCo does one if its first original movement theater works, Prism, at a warehouse in Trinity Groves, Dallas | April 9-26
  4. Stage West does John Logan's Red | April 9-May 10
  5. The University of Dallas presents Bernstein's Candide | April 9-19
  6. The University of Texas at Dallas presents A Little Night Music | April 9-12
  7. The rolling world premiere of the football/dance play Colossal is at Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre | Currently in previews, opens April 10 and runs through May 3
  8. The Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Thornton Wilder's Our Town at Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theater | April 10-26
  9. Our Productions Theatre Co. presents the new musical Ordinary Days at WaterTower Theatre's Studio Theatre | April 10-19
  10. WingSpan Theatre Company presents a reading of Cynthia Salzman Mondell's Shoe Confessions at the Bath House Cultural Center | April 10-11
  11. Dallas Children's Theater presents Balloonacy | April 10-19
  12. Amphibian Stage Productions presents a reading of Allison Gregory's Not Medea | April 12-13
  13. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Into the Woods | April 16-May 3
  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. Rawlins Gilliland's latest solo show is Detention Hall: 70 Years of Poor Conduct at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff | 7pm April 18
  19. Janelle Meraz Hooper's one-man play Geronimo: Life on the Reservation is performed at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth | 8pm April 18
  20. Echo Theatre does a staged reading of Erin Courtney's Honey Drop at the Bath House Cultural Center | 7:30pm April 21
  21. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents the comedy 18 Holes | April 23-May 16
  22. Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark, with full orchestra, presented by Lyric Stage at Irving Arts Center | April 24-May 3
  23. The Egg Salesman, a new work by Matt Posey at the Ochre House | April 25-May 16
  24. Lauren Gunderson's I and You at Circle Theatre, Fort Worth | April 30-May 23



  1. Dallas Black Dance Theatre II's Spring Fiesta is at Dallas City Performance Hall | April 10-11
  2. 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
  3. The Bolshoi Ballet's performance of Ivan the Terrible can be seen at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | April 16 & 22
  4. Masterworks, featuring Jiri Kylian's Petit Mort, is 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



  1. The Dallas Symphony presents Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with pianist Garrick Ohlsson at the Meyerson Symphony Center | April 9-12
  2. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Cirque de la Symphonie at Bass Performance Hall | April 10-12
  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



  1. Corey Holcomb is at the Arlington Improv | April 9-12
  2. 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
  3. Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally bring a comedy show to the Majestic Theatre | April 16
  4. NPR's A Way With Words comes to the Majestic Theatre | April 23
  5. Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce and Adele Givens perform at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | May 1
  6. D.L. Hughley comes to the Addison Improv | May 1-3
  7. Garrison Keillor comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | May 4
  8. Margaret Cho plays the Addison Improv | May 8-10
  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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