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Places! May 7-13, 2015

It's our weekly list of performing arts events opening on local stages. Plus, the rundown of last-chance shows.

published Thursday, May 7, 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 and/or digital publications out there, it's the only weekly list of best bets that covers the range of performing arts—and only performing arts.

This week: The DSO's Soluna Festival kicks into high gear, Amphibian Stage Production is all about Mercy Killers, Theatre Three is a Liar, there's poetry at Teatro Dallas and the Fort Worth Opera Festival closes, but not before offering samples of new work in development via its Frontiers program.

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, May 7 through Wednesday, May 13

Photo: Amernet String Quartet
Amernet String Quartet


1. Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, etc. | Various Venues

The Dallas Symphony's Soluna Festival is in full swing. Below are this week's events and venues. | Through May 24

  • 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7: Opening of Alex Prager Exhibit at Goss-Michael Foundation in Uptown, which includes her film installation A Face in the Crowd. The exhibit runs through May 25
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7: Big Thought's La Rondalla Guitar Ensemble performs mariachi, folk and jazz classics in the lobby of the Latino Cultural Center
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7: The Musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform ¡Oaxaca!, with music students from Oaxaca, Mexico, at Latino Cultural Center
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7: The Amernet String Quartet and musicians from DSO perform masterworks by Rachmaninoff, Korngold and Enescu at Dallas City Performance Hall
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8-9: DSO presents ReMix: Hollywood Exile, with artist-in-residence Conrad Tao performing Rozsa's Spellbound Concerto and the world premiere of a Pipilotti Rist world premiere, at Dallas City Performance Hall
  • 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 9: Francisco Moreno's Washington Crossing the Delaware exhibition opening at 325 S. Second Ave.
  • 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9: Conrad Tao performs music by Copland and Bartók at Dallas City Performance Hall
  • 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10: SMU's Meadows Symphony Orchestra performs work by Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff and Xi Wang at Meyerson Symphony Center.
  • 6 p.m. Sunday, May 10: The Amernet String Quartet and musicians from DSO perform Britten's Phantasy Quartet at the Dallas Contemporary.

» Our complete calendar in our Soluna Special Section

» Our feature about the event


2. Mercy Killers

Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

Fort Worth's Amphibian Stage Productions presents Michael Milligan in his one-man play about a blue-collar conservative man faced with a healthcare crisis when his wife is diagnosed with cancer. | May 7-31

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

» Our interview with Michael Milligan


3. The Liar / The Lady With All the Answers

Theatre Three, Dallas

Theatre Three presents David Ives' comedy The Liar, adapted from the Pierre Corneille play, on the mainstage; and brings One Thirty Productions' staging of David Rambo's play about Ann Landers to Theatre Too! | The Liar Previews through May 10, opens Monday May 11 and runs through May 31; Lady runs May 8-June 14

» Our listing for The Liar, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Our listing for The Lady With All the Answers, with times, ticket info, map and more


Photo: Leticia Alaniz
Poetry Dances at Teatro Dallas

4. Poetry Dances

Teatro Dallas

Teatro Dallas presents Poetry Dances, a multimedia performance celebrating the poetry of Nicolás Guillén, Nazario Chacón and Rosario Castellanos | May 9-June 7

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


5. Fort Worth Opera Festival: Frontiers

Fort Worth Opera | Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Opera presents its fourth installment of Frontiers, which presents snippets of work by new operas in development. This year's works are below. | 6-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 7-8

  • And Jill Came Tumbling After, written by composer Charles Halka and librettist John Grimmett, was inspired by the idea of hikkomori – a phenomenon which describes adolescents and adults (particularly Japanese men) who isolate themselves in their rooms for years at a time, usually as a result of feelings of failure or shame.
  • Based on Vikram Seth’s best-selling novel-in-verse, The Golden Gate is composed by Conrad Cummings. Five twenty-somethings experience love, life and loss in the magical and innocent San Francisco of the early 1980’s. Couples come apart and form, families are created, and friendships are severed.
  • Composer Frank Ferko and librettist Sally Gall present their opera, The Hill – a consolatory work for an era when youth is cut off in its prime - dealing with the issues of love, grief, and death.
  • La Reina, by composer Jorge Sosa and librettist Laura Sosa, delves into the life of a drug trafficker from Mexico, Regina Malverde. Seen mostly through flashback sequences, the life and choices of Regina are revealed as she contemplates “death with dignity.
  • In A Song for Susan Smith, composed by Zach Redler and librettist Mark Campbell retell the true story of Susan Smith; a woman who went on television in 1994 to plea for the return of her two sons whom she claimed had been abducted by an African-American man. Nine days later, she revealed a dark secret.
  • Composer and librettist Scott Wheeler wrote Sorrows of Frederick – the story centers around a king and how his admiration of Voltaire can quickly turn to contempt.
  • Exploring the realm of love and a commitment to religion – specifically a devotion to Buddhism, composer P.Q. Phan presents The Tale of Lady Thị Kinh.
  • When Adonis Calls, written by composer Clint Borzoni and librettist John de los Santos, chronicles the tumultuous correspondence between an established writer and an eager young admirer.

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


Photo: Chung-Lin Tseng
A Midsummer Night's Dream at Ballet Frontier

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ballet Frontier of Texas | Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Scott Theatre

Ballet Frontier of Texas closes its season with Chung-Lin Tseng's version of the ballet take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10

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

Photo: Courtesy
Demarre McGill


7. DeMarre McGill

Uptown Downtown Series | Corner Theatre, DeSoto

The Dallas Symphony's Principle Flute player DeMarre McGill performs in a recital in DeSoto with pianist Baya Kakouberi | 3 p.m. Sunday, May 10

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


8. Margaret Cho

Addison Improv

Her Fierceness returns for five shows this weekend at the Addison Improv | May 8-10

» More info here


9. Charles Barr Memorial Concert

Fine Arts Chamber Players | Dallas Museum of Art

Fine Arts Chamber Players present the 8th annual Charles Barr Memorial Concert, with award-winning youth violinist Claire Wells, at Horchow Auditorium in the Dallas Museum of Art | 3 p.m. May 9

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


10. Lindsay Garritson

Symphony Arlington, Garland Symphony and Las Colinas Symphony | Arlington Music Hall, Granville Arts Center and Irving Arts Center

Pianist Lindsay Garritson, who was a contestant in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition who many thought would advance (but sadly didn't) plays a program of Wanger, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky with Symphony Arlington (7:30 p.m. May 7), Garland Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m. May 8) and Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m. May 9) | May 7-9

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


11. Songs & Dances with Frank Ticheli

Lone Star Wind Orchestra | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra closes its season with guest composer Frank Ticheli, who will have four works presented, plus works by Tchaikovsky and Claude T. Smith | 2:30 p.m. Sunday May 10

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


12. I'm Still Here: Elaine Page

Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano

See a 50th anniversary concert with the British musical theater great, from Royal Albert Hall | 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13

» More info here







All the King's Women

By Luigi Jannuzzi, presented by Duncanville Community Theatre | May 7-16

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


Home & Garden II

Presented by Orchestra of New Spain in a private residence in Dallas | 6:30 p.m. May 7

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


Nikki Glaser

Hyena's Comedy Nightclub, Dallas | May 7-9

» Our info here


Karlous Miller

Arlington Improv | May 7-10

» More info here


Chris Reid

Hyena's Comedy Nightclub, Fort Worth | May 7-9

» More info here



Photo: Teatro Flor Candela
Teatro Flor Candela presents I Love


A Debt That Led to Home

An original work by James Hansen Prince at the Core Theatre, Richardson | May 8-23

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


Deep River: An Evening of Spirituals

Featuring Highway Sigadi and Chelsi Clark, presented by The Black Academy of Arts & Letters at the Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8-9

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


The Golden Age

By Thomas Misuraca, presented by McKinney Repertory Theatre | May 9-17

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



Presented by Creative Arts Theatre & School, Arlington | May 8-17

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


I Love

Teatro Flor Candela presents a work about Mother Teresa, written by Carmela Lamberti and David Lemus, at Casa Studio Flor Candela in Oak Cliff | 7:30 p.m. May 8 and 9

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


Star-Spangled Spectacular

Frisco Youth Symphony at Liberty High School, Frisco | 7 p.m. May 8

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


The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Presented by Artie's Playhouse at Artisan Center Theater, Hurst | May 8-23

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





Classically Jazzed

Open Classical DFW at Runway Theatre, Grapevine | xxx

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


Season Finale

The Richardson Symphony's Season Finale Concert is at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, featuring the Beethoven 9 | 8 p.m. May 9

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




Mother's Day Concert

The Women's Chorus of Dallas at Texas Discovery Gardens, Fair Park | 2 p.m. May 10

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




Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson's gathering of musical theater types, this week featuring cast members from Theatre Arlington's Urinetown | 7:30 p.m. May 11

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





Symphony Spectacular

Lone Star Youth Orchestra | Irving Arts Center

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





The Open Stage

Circus Freaks does a weekly open showcase of circus feats and other category-defying acts, from stand-up in costume to hula hooping opera singers to stripping poets at Celebration Event Center and Ballroom in Plano | 7 p.m. Mondays 

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


Open Classical

Bring an instrument (including your voice) and participate in this weekly classical music open mic at Buzzbrews Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue, in Dallas (along with other open mics in Frisco and Fort Worth) | 8 p.m. Tuesdays

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




These productions will close this weekend


Photo: Karen Almond
All My Sons at WaterTower Theatre


All My Sons

Arthur Miller's classic, presented by WaterTower Theatre, Addison | Closes Sunday

» Our feature story

» Our review


Betty's Summer Vacation

Presented by Collin Theatre Center, Plano | Closes Sunday

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


Carrie: The Musical

Presented by Garland Civic Theatre at Granville Arts Center | Closes Saturday

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


Far Away

Caryl Churchill's play, presented by Sundown Collaborative Theatre in a private home | Closes Sunday

» Our listing (look for review coming on TheaterJones)


Fort Worth Opera Festival

Fort Worth Opera | Closes Sunday

» Our preview of Hamlet

» Our review of Hamlet

» Our review of La traviata

» Our review of Dog Dogs



Presented in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series at Winspear Opera House | Closes Sunday

» Our interview with star Dan DeLuca

» Our review



John Logan's play about Mark Rothko, presented by Stage West, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild

Presented by Contemporary Theatre of Dallas | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Wedding Singer

Music Theatre of Denton at Campus Theatre | Closes Sunday

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


The Wizard of Oz

Presented by Casa Mañana Children's Theater, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

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



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Artes de la Rosa presents Man of La Mancha at Rose Marine Theater, Fort Worth | May 15-31
  2. Pegasus Theatre presents Kurt Kleinmann's Deadline! at the Bath House Cultural Center | May 15-24
  3. Second Thought Theatre presents Amy Herzog's Belleville at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | May 20-June 13
  4. African American Repertory Theater presents August Wilson's Radio Golf in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project at the Wyly Theatre | May 21-June 7
  5. Kitchen Dog Theater presents Meridith Friedman's The Firestorm at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary as the centerpiece of its New Works Festival | May 22-June 27
  6. Robert Dubac's The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? is presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at McDavid Studio | May 27-31
  7. Austin's Rude Mechanicals bring Stop Hitting Yourself at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre | May 28-30
  8. Fun House Theatre and Film presents Shepard's True West and Mamet's Speed-the-Plow at Plano Children's Theatre | May 28-June 6
  9. MBS Productions presents Dream Cafe at the Stone Cottage, Addison | May 28-June 21
  10. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents the classic You Can't Take It WIth You | May 28-June 14
  11. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention at the Irving Arts Center | May 29-June 13
  12. Theatre Britain presents Old Time Music Hall | May 29-June 21
  13. Jubilee Theatre presents Dominique Morriseau's Sunset Baby | May 29-June 28
  14. The second annual Dallas Solo Fest, presented by Audacity Theatre Lab, is at the Margo Jones Theatre | June 4-14
  15. Stage West presents Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike | June 4-July 12
  16. Hip Pocket Theatre's season opens with Johnny Simons' The Enchanted Lake | June 5-28



  1. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Spring Celebration at the Wyly Theatre | May 15-17
  2. TITAS presents its annual Command Performance Gala at the Winspear Opera House | May 16
  3. Mejia Ballet International presents Spring Repertoire at Texas Hall at the University of Texas at Arlington | May 23-24
  4. TITAS presents Ballet West at Winspear Opera House | May 29-30
  5. elledanceworks presents its Season 18 Finale at John Anthony Theatre at Collin College | May 29-30
  6. Texas Ballet Theater presents Artistic Director's Choice at Bass Performance Hall | May 29-31
  7. The Dance Council of North Texas presents its second annual Vitruvian Salsa Festival, every Saturday in June and July in Vitruvian Park, Addison | June 6-July 25
  8. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Le Train Bleu at Dallas Museum of Art | June 13
  9. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Five Year Celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 19-20
  10. Ballet Concerto's Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth | June 25-28
  11. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  12. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19



  1. Pianist Barry Douglas plays the Rach 2 with Fort Worth Symphony at Bass Hall | May 15-17
  2. Orpheus Chamber Singers' season closes with Music from the Silver Screen at Dallas City Performance Hall | May 17
  3. Soundings: New Music at the Nasher presents Music on the Brink of War at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas | May 20
  4. The Chamber Music International season closes at Dallas City Performance Hall | May 22
  5. The Cliburn Foundation's first Junior Piano Competition happens at TCU's Ed Landreth Auditorium | June 21-28



  1. Dustin Diamond comes to Hyena's Dallas | May 14-16
  2. The Dallas Comedy House has its Grand Opening at its new home on Main Street in Deep Ellum | May 15-16
  3. Radiolab's Jad Abumrad kicks off AT&T Performing Arts Center's #Thinkspeak series, at Dallas City Performance Hall | May 15
  4. Comedian Baron Vaughn, and star of the new Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie, performs at Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth | June 5-6
  5. Comic Jim Jefferies comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | June 6
  6. The TruTV Impractical Jokers visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | June 27
  7. Bob Newhart comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | July 10
  8. Hyena's Comedy Nightclub in Plano opens | July 16
  9. Kevin Hart is at American Airlines Center | Aug. 14
  10. "Weird" Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Aug. 21
  11. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  12. Nerdist guru Chris Hardwick comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 18


» 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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