Kenneisha Thompson and Cameron Cobb (both in foreground) in Meridith Friedman\'s <em>The Firestorm</em> at Kitchen Dog Theater

Places! May 21-27, 2015

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

published Wednesday, May 20, 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 Dallas Symphony's Soluna Festival closes; there are exciting world and regional premieres at Kitchen Dog Theater, African American Repertory Theater and Second Thought Theatre; choreographer Paul Mejia is back on the scene; and a current SNL star is in town.

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 21 through Wednesday, May 27


Photo: Karen Almond
Drew Wall and Jenny Ledel in Belleville at Second Thought Theatre


1. Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Various venues

Presented by Dallas Symphony, it's the final weekend of the inaugural Soluna Festival. This weekend's events are below. | Through May 24

  • The Dallas Symphony presents Mahler's Symphony No. 3, conducted by Jaap van Zweden at the Meyerson Symphony Center | 7:30 p.m. May 21-23
  • Tango Fiesta!, with Michael Guttman and members of the Dallas Symphony at Sammons Park at the Winspear Opera House | 10 p.m. May 22
  • The Dallas Opera presents Music and Masterpieces, a recital featuring baritone Craig Verm, who was last seen here in Everest, at Dallas Museum of Art | 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23
  • Francisco Moreno gives a performance/installation of WCD (Washington Crossing the Delaware) at 325 S. Second Ave., Dallas | 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23
  • Soluna closes with a Salute to the Armed Forces, featuring video of Laster's Destination, in Five Movements, and the DSO playing patriotic music, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, at Winspear Opera House (moved from Klyde Warren Park because of weather) | 8:30 p.m. May 24

» Our special section, which has reviews, schedules and more


2. The Firestorm

Kitchen Dog Theater | McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas

Kitchen Dog Theater opens its 17th annual New Works Festival with the first produciton in a three-city National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Meridith Friedman's play about a politician in an interracial marriage. The festival also brings staged readings of new work and the annual PUP Fest | May 22-June 27

» Our interview with playwright Meridith Friedman

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


3. Radio Golf

African American Repertory Theater | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre's Studio Theatre

The first season (and we hope not only) of AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project closes as Dallas' African American Repertory Theater gives the North Texas premiere of August Wilson's final play in his Century Cycle, set in the 1990s. It's in the sixth floor Studio at the Wyly Theatre. | May 21-June 7

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


Photo: Marty Sohl
Paul Mejia's Romeo and Juliet


4. Spring Repertoire

Mejia Ballet International | Texas Hall at University of Texas at Arlington

Mejia Ballet International, led by Paul Mejia, former Fort Worth Dallas Ballet and Metropolitan Classical Ballet artistic director and protégé of Balanchine, presents its first public, local concert since the organization was founded a few years ago. The program includes Mejia's Brahms Waltzes, Romeo and Juliet, Silvia Variations and For Five. | 8 p.m. May 23 and 2:30 p.m. May 24

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

Photo: CMI
Violinist Jinjoo Cho closes out Chamber Music International's 2014-15 season


5. Belleville

Second Thought Theatre | Bryant Hall at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas

Second Thought Theatre presents Amy Herzog's 2011 play. Lee Trull directs and the play, about a young American couple that has moved to Paris, where secrets come out, stars Drew Wall and Jenny Ledel. | May 22-June 13

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


6. Chamber Music International Concert 6

Chamber Music International | Dallas City Performance Hall and St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson

The Chamber Music International season closes with Jinjoo Cho and and Hyun Soo Kim performing Dvořák’s Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No.2 in G Major, Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat Major and Franz Waxman's Carmen Fantasie| May 22-23

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


7. A Memorial Day of Dance

Collin County Ballet Theatre | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

Collin County Ballet Theatre presents Memorial Day of Dance, featuring Epiphany DanceArts, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, and Iuliia Ilina and Eugene Barnes and more. | 2:30 p.m. May 25

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


8. Artist Series 10: Altius Quartet

Open Classical DFW | Allgood Cafe (Dallas), The Vault (Frisco), Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge (Fort Worth) and Times Ten Cellars (Dallas)

Open Classical DFW presents the Altius Quartet, which took second place at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2014, playing music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Kevin Puts, plus orchestral arrangements of pop tunes, including Aha's "Take on Me." The venues are Allgood Cafe (May 27), The Vault (May 29), Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge (May 30) and Times Ten Cellars (May 31) | May 27-31

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

Photo: Courtesy
Jay Pharaoh


9. Jay Pharoah

The Arlington Improv

One of the funniest current cast members on SNL, Pharoah brings his tour to the Arlington Improv | 8 and 10:30 p.m. May 22; 7 and 9:30 p.m. May 23; 7:30 May 24

» More info


10. National Tap Dance Day Celebration

Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth

Arts Fifth Avenue celebrates National Tap Dance Day with local performers, including Taps N Tunes, Joe Rogers Jazz Trio, Gracey Tune (sister of Tommy Tune) and more. Free. | 7 p.m. May 25

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


11. Antony and Cleopatra

Stratford Festival HD | Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano

Catch this production of Shakespeare's play from Canada's Stratford Festival, featuring Yanna McIntosh as Cleopatra and Geraint Wyn Davies as Mark Antony, screened at both of the Angelika Film Centers | 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27

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


12. Pulse of the Planet: Percussion Music from Around the World

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

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra closes its season with this celebration of percussion music, featuring the Lone Star Percussion Ensemble | 5:30 p.m. May 24

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


Photo: Jon Hess
Altius Quartet







Mike Baldwin

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Dallas (May 21-22) and at Hyena's Fort Worth (May 23) | May 21-23

» More info


Dirty Dishes

North Texas Actor's Collaborative Theatre debuts with a comedy by local writer Amanda Brooke Edwards at the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre | May 21-June 14

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


Bret Ernst

At the Addison Improv | May 21-24

» More info


Natasha Leggero

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Fort Worth (May 21-22) and at Hyena's Dallas (May 23) | May 21-23

» More info


Larry and Linda Petty

Presented in the Sammons Cabaret series at Sammons Center for the Arts | 8 p.m. May 21

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


Mary Had a Little Lamb Family Concert

Presented by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, 6:30 p.m. May 21 at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake; and 3 p.m. May 24 at Arborlawn UMC in Fort Worth | May 21 and 24

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





Always a Bridesmaid

The comedy by Jones/Hope/Wooten, presented by Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas | May 22-June 20

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


The Music Man

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst | May 22-July 3

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


Shrek the Musical

Presented by Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne | May 22-June 20

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





Planet Earth

The Metropolitan Winds presents Planet Earth at Dallas City Performance Hall; and the performance also features the Women's Chorus of Dallas | May 23

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



Stand-up comic Alex Reymundo performs at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie | 9 p.m. May 23

» More info


Songs of Love, Lamentation and Life

The Plano Civic Chorus closes its season with music, poetry and tributes to American presidents and leaders; plus a new work by composer-in-residence Debra Scroggins, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Plano; and 4 p.m. Sunday at Dallas City Performance Hall | 7:30 p.m. May 23 and 4 p.m. May 24

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





Stockton Helbing Trio

DeSoto's Uptown Downtown Music Series presents the Stockton Helbing Trio (jazz) at the Corner Theater in DeSoto | 3 p.m. May 24

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





The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

Robert Dubac's long-touring one-man show is presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at McDavid Studio, next to Bass Hall | May 27-31

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





The Aviary/Free Range

Join a group of playwrights, writers and actors read and talk about their latest work at the Gingerman in Lakewood, Dallas | 10 p.m. Mondays

» 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, in locations in Dallas, Frisco and Fort Worth | See schedule below:

  • 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Buzzbrews Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas
  • 8 p.m. first Monday of the month at Cedars Woodfire Grill, Frisco
  • 8 p.m. second and fourth Thursday at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, Fort Worth 

» 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 drivable. 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.


Read and Repeat

Ryan Cockerham, a Dallas-based composer who has composed music for the world premiere of Jonathan Watkins' ballet Crash performed by Texas Ballet Theater next weekend, also programs a new music program called Fuse Project at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. This weeks' program features music that will be paired with real-time video art that responds to both rhythm and harmony and creates an integrated audiovisual experience for the audience. The music includes works by Terry Riley Olson III, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22

» More info



These productions will close this weekend


Photo: Leah Layman
I and You at Circle Theatre


And Then There Were None

Presented by Rotunda Theatre at First United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas | Closes Saturday

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


A Debt That Led to Home

Presented by The Core Theatre, Richardson | Closes Saturday

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



Presented by One Thirty Productions at Bath House Cultural Center | Closes Saturday

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


I and You

The area premiere of Lauren Gunderson's Steinberg-winning play at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Noises Off

Presented by Lakeside Community Theatre, The Colony | Closes Saturday

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


Sense and Sensibility

Presented by Dallas Theater Center at Kalita Humphreys Theater | Closes Sunday

» Our review


To Kill a Mockingbird

Presented by Granbury Theatre Company at Granbury Opera House | Closes Sunday

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


Urinetown the Musical

Presented by Theatre Arlington | Sunday

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Austin's Rude Mechanicals bring Stop Hitting Yourself at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre | May 28-30
  2. 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
  3. MBS Productions presents Dream Cafe at the Stone Cottage, Addison | May 28-June 21
  4. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents the classic You Can't Take It WIth You | May 28-June 14
  5. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention at the Irving Arts Center | May 29-June 13
  6. Theatre Britain presents Old Time Music Hall at the Cox Building Playhouse, Plano | May 29-June 21
  7. Jubilee Theatre presents Dominique Morriseau's Sunset Baby | May 29-June 28
  8. The second annual Dallas Solo Fest, presented by Audacity Theatre Lab, is at the Margo Jones Theatre | June 4-14
  9. Stage West presents Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike | June 4-July 12
  10. Echo Theatre presents Madeleine George's Precious Little at the Bath House Cultural Center | June 4-20
  11. Hip Pocket Theatre's 39th season opens with Johnny Simons' The Enchanted Lake | June 5-28
  12. WaterTower Theatre presents local writer Vicki Caroline Cheatwood's Manicures & Monuments | June 5-28
  13. Fort Worth's Trinity Shakespeare Festival kicks up with King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost at Texas Christian University | June 9-28
  14. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Music Hall at Fair Park | June 9-21
  15. The Lyric Stage season closes with a full-orchestra revival of South Pacific at the Irving Arts Center | June 12-21
  16. Shakespeare Dallas begins with Romeo and Juliet and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre at Tenison Park | June 17-July 25
  17. Circle Theatre in Fort Worth presents Bill C. Davis' Mass Appeal | June 18-July 18
  18. Theatre of North Texas, in Dallas, debuts with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | June 19-28
  19. Casa Mañana in Fort Worth presents Les Misérables | June 19-28
  20. Uptown Players presents The Nance at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas | June 19-July 5
  21. Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | June 19-21



  1. TITAS presents Ballet West at Winspear Opera House | May 29-30
  2. elledanceworks presents its Season 18 Finale at John Anthony Theatre at Collin College, Plano | May 29-30
  3. Texas Ballet Theater presents Artistic Director's Choice at Bass Performance Hall | May 29-31
  4. 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
  5. Art Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake at Truett Hall on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth | June 6
  6. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Le Train Bleu at Dallas Museum of Art | June 13
  7. Dallas Flamenco Festival presents Fiesta Flamenca 3 at the Ochre House Theater in Exposition Park | June 13-14
  8. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Five Year Celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 19-20
  9. Ballet Concerto's Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth | June 25-28
  10. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents the 12th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 10-24
  11. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  12. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernadez comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16
  13. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19



  1. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Season closes with On Broadway at the Meyerson Symphony Center | May 29-31
  2. The PianoTexas International Academy & Festival is back at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | June 5-21
  3. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Concerts in the Garden has its 25th season at Fort Worth Botanic Garden | June 5-July 5
  4. The Lev Aronson Cello Festival returns at Southern Methodist University | June 6-10
  5. The Dallas Symphony's organ recital series presents Paul Jacobs at the Meyerson Symphony Center | June 6
  6. The Turtle Creek Chorale presents Turtle-y 80s at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 12-14
  7. The Van Cliburn Foundation's first Junior Piano Competition happens at TCU's Ed Landreth Auditorium | June 21-28
  8. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | July 2-11
  9. Dallas Winds presents A Star-Spangled Spectacular at the Meyerson Symphony Center | July 4
  10. Fine Arts Chamber Players' Basically Beethoven Festival returns to Dallas City Performance Hall | July 5-26
  11. The Fort Worth Symphony season opens with the Classical Masters Festival at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 28-30



  1. Comedian Baron Vaughn, and star of the new Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie, performs at Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth | June 5-6
  2. Comic Jim Jefferies comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | June 6
  3. Dave Coulier comes to Hyena's Comedy Nightclub Dallas | June 11
  4. Kathy Griffin plays the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Jund 25
  5. The TruTV Impractical Jokers visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | June 27
  6. Bob Newhart comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | July 10
  7. Hyena's Comedy Nightclub in Plano opens | July 16
  8. Kevin Hart is at American Airlines Center | Aug. 14
  9. "Weird" Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Aug. 21
  10. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  11. 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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