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Places! May 28-June 3

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

published Thursday, May 28, 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 there are some major dance happenings from Texas Ballet Theater and TITAS, Austin's Rude Mechs finally comes to Dallas, and there's some old time British hijinks.

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 28 through Wednesday, June 3

Photo: Robert Hart/TheaterJones
Alexander and Heather Kotelenets rehearse Jonathan Watkins' Crash for Texas Ballet Theater


1. Artistic Director's Choice

Texas Ballet Theater | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Texas Ballet Theater closes its season with a program that repeats two-thirds of the program seen in Dallas in April, with Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort and Balanchine's Rubies. The third ballet on the program is the world premiere of British choreographer Jonathan Watkins' Crash, which he has created here with the company. If features a new score by Dallas composer Ryan Cockerham and costumes by Kari Perkins, who has costumed seven Richard Linklater films, including Dazed & Confused and Boyhood. Perkins and Cockerham also have dance on their résumés. | May 29-31

» Read our feature on Jonathan Watkins and Crash

» Read our review of TBT's Mixed Rep program in April in Dallas, which included Petite Mort and Rubies

» Read Mark Lowry's story on Watkins in the Star-Telegram

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


2. Stop Hitting Yourself

Rude Mechs in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora Series | Wyly Theatre

Austin's Rude Mechs brings its 2013 show Stop Hitting Yourself, which deals with late-stage capitalism and has a queso fountain, to the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre as part of the Off-Broadway on Flora Series | May 28-30

» Our interview with Rude Mechs co-founders Kirk Lynn and Shawn Sides

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

Photo: Luke Isley
Ballet West will perform Mercurial Landscape


3. Ballet West

TITAS | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House

The TITAS season closes with Utah's Ballet West, best known as the ballet company featured for the two seasons of the CW's Breaking Pointe | May 29-30

» Our interview with Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute

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


4. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Casa Mañana, Fort Worth

Casa Mañana stages the musical about Lubbock native and rock 'n' roll legend Buddy Holly. Lubbock-born actor Andy Christopher plays plays Holly. Casey Hushion directs. | May 30-June 7

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


5. Sunset Baby

Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth

Jubilee Theatre begins previews of this Dominique Morriseau play about a former revolutionary trying to make amends with his estranged daughter. North Texas audiences were introduced to Morriseau's work when African American Repertory Theatre staged Detroit '67 last year. vickie washington directs. | Previews May 29-31; opens June 5 and runs through June 28

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


6. On Broadway

Dallas Symphony Pops | Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

The Dallas Symphony's Pops Season closes with On Broadway, featuring vocalist Sylvia McNair, at the Meyerson Symphony Center. There'll be selections from Gershwin, Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Meredith Willson. | May 29-31

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


7. Old Time Music Hall

Theatre Britain | Cox Building Playhouse, Plano

Theatre Britain brings back its hit hodgepodge of entertainment, including songs, skits and more. This is the British version of Vaudeville. | May 29-June 21

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


8. elledanceworks 18

elledanceworks | John Anthony Theatre at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus, Plano

The contemporary dance company presents its 18th celebration of new work, including pieces by Ronelle Eddings, Tiffany Arnold, Michele Hanlon, Melissa Bjork and others. | May 29-30

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


9. The Farnsworth Invention

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas | Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theater

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents Aaron Sorkin's award-winning play about legal troubles with the guy who invented the television, which would go on to become kinda big. | May 29-June 13

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


10. True West / Speed-the-Plow

Fun House Theatre and Film | Plano Children's Theatre

Fun House Theatre and Film presents Sam Shepard's True West and David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, in rotating rep and with youth actors, at Plano Children's Theatre | May 28-June 6

» Our interview with brothers Josh and Jeremy LeBlanc, who play the brothers in True West

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


Photo: Mohammad Dezfuli


11. Dream Cafe

MBS Productions | Stone Cottage, Addison

MBS Productions presents Alejandro de la Costa's Dream Cafe, about a gay man searching for his soulmate, at the Stone Cottage, Addison | May 28-June 21

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


12. The Hard Problem

National Theatre Live, presented by Amphibian Stage Productions | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Amphibian Stage Productions presents the National Theatre Live screening of the latest Tom Stoppard play | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3

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






Photo: AMC
Comedian Brian Posehn


Jamie Kennedy

Is at the Addison Improv | May 29-31

» More info


Brian Posehn

The comedian, known for TV and film work, is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | May 29-30

» More info


Jason Russell

The comedian plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | May 29-30

» More info


Joe Torry

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv | May 28-31

» More info


Open Classical Mic Fort Worth

Bring your instrument and sheet music and play or sing something at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge | 8 p.m. May 28

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


You Can't Take It With You

Andi Allen directs the Kaufman/Hart classic for The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch | May 28-June 14 |

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





Altius Quartet

Open Classical DFW presents the Dallas-formed, now Colorado-based quartet, in three locations in Frisco, Fort Worth and Dallas | May 29-31

Remaining concerts are:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, May 29: House Concert with wine and dinner at LaViola Manor, 6029 Connely Drive, Frisco
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30: Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth
  • 6 p.m. Sunday, May 31: Intimate Dinner Concert at Times Ten Cellars, 6324 Prospect Ave., Dallas

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

» Our review of the Wednesday concert in Deep Ellum


Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon

James McLure's companion plays, presented by Runway Theatre, Grapevine | May 29-June 14

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





Khayal Sangeet

Presented by the Indian Classical Music Circle at Allen Civic Auditorium | 7 p.m. May 30

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


Peter and the Wolf

Presented by Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Meyerson Symphony Center | 11 a.m. May 30

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


Verse & Rhythm

The monthly poetry event, hosted by B. Randall and Priscilla Rice, at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center | 7-9 p.m. May 30

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



Open Classical Gala

Open Classical DFW has its first gala, featuring dinner, performances by Altius and Cezanne Quartets, and more, at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University | 7 p.m. June 1

» More info





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


Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson hosts a sometimes weekly musical theater open mic event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie

» More info


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




These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Lois Leftwich
The Liar at Theatre Three


The Boys Next Door

Tom Griffin's play, presented by Onstage in Bedford at the Trinity Arts Theater, Bedford | Closes Sunday

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



A RadioVizion production of the Kurt Kleinmann play, by Pegasus Theatre at the Bath House Cultural Center | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Liar

The David Ives' comedy based on the Pierre Corneille classic, presented by Theatre Three | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Little Foxes

Lillian Hellman's play, presented by Richardson Theatre Centre | Closes Sunday

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


The Male Intellect: an oxymoron?

Presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at McDavid Studio, next to Bass Performance Hall | Closes Sunday

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


Man of La Mancha

Presented by Artes de la Rosa at the Rose Marine Theater, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Mercy Killers

Presented by Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with Michael Milligan



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. The second annual Dallas Solo Fest, presented by Audacity Theatre Lab, is at the Margo Jones Theatre | June 4-14
  2. Stage West presents Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike | June 4-July 12
  3. Echo Theatre presents Madeleine George's Precious Little at the Bath House Cultural Center | June 4-20
  4. Hip Pocket Theatre's 39th season opens with Johnny Simons' The Enchanted Lake | June 5-28
  5. WaterTower Theatre presents local writer Vicki Caroline Cheatwood's Manicures & Monuments | June 5-28
  6. Jackson's Theatre & Dance Company in Richardson presents Terminal Cafe | June 5-27
  7. Fort Worth's Trinity Shakespeare Festival kicks up with King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost at Texas Christian University | June 9-28
  8. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Music Hall at Fair Park | June 9-21
  9. House Party Theatre presents True West at a space east of Deep Ellum | June 12-15
  10. The Lyric Stage season closes with a full-orchestra revival of South Pacific at the Irving Arts Center | June 12-21
  11. Garland Summer Musicals' season begins with West Side Story at the Granville Arts Center | June 12-21
  12. 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
  13. Circle Theatre in Fort Worth presents Bill C. Davis' Mass Appeal | June 18-July 18
  14. The Core Theatre in Richardson presents Portal to the Keep | June 18-July 11
  15. Theatre of North Texas, in Dallas, debuts with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | June 19-28
  16. Casa Mañana in Fort Worth presents Les Misérables | June 19-28
  17. Uptown Players presents The Nance at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas | June 19-July 5
  18. Dallas Children's Theater brings back The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley | June 19-July 12
  19. Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | June 19-21
  20. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the tour of Dirty Dancing at the Music Hall at Fair Park | June 23-July 5
  21. RatRace Productions presents Dutchman and Guilty or Not Here I Come at the Eisemann Center | June 25-28
  22. The Theatre Three season closes with the new musical The Kountry Girls | June 25-July 19
  23. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine begins its late night series with Dogfight | June 26-July 11
  24. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas revives Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home | June 26-July 19
  25. Shakespeare in the Bar does A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff | June 29
  26. Amphibian Stage Productions presents the world premiere of The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote | July 9-Aug. 2



  1. 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
  2. Art Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake at Truett Hall on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth | June 6
  3. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Le Train Bleu at Dallas Museum of Art | June 13
  4. Dallas Flamenco Festival presents Fiesta Flamenca 3 at the Ochre House Theater in Exposition Park | June 13-14
  5. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Five Year Celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 19-20
  6. Ballet Concerto's Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth | June 25-28
  7. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents the 12th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 10-24
  8. The third A Gathering, an AIDS benefit performance presented by TITAS and featuring local dance, theater and music groups, returns to the Winspear Opera House | Aug. 28
  9. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  10. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernadez comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16
  11. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19



  1. The PianoTexas International Academy & Festival is back at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | June 5-21
  2. The Dallas Symphony presents music dedicated to Star-Crossed Lovers at Meyerson Symphony Center | June 5
  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 Dallas Symphony presents the music of John Williams at Meyerson Symphony Center | June 20
  8. The Van Cliburn Foundation's first Junior Piano Competition happens at TCU's Ed Landreth Auditorium | June 21-28
  9. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | July 2-11
  10. Dallas Winds presents A Star-Spangled Spectacular at the Meyerson Symphony Center | July 4
  11. Fine Arts Chamber Players' Basically Beethoven Festival returns to Dallas City Performance Hall | July 5-26
  12. 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. The Oak Cliff Film Festival is at the Texas Theatre and other venues | June 19-22
  5. Kathy Griffin plays the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | June 25
  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. The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is at the Angelika Film Center | July 10-17
  9. Hyena's Comedy Nightclub in Plano opens | July 16
  10. Kevin Hart is at American Airlines Center | Aug. 14
  11. "Weird" Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Aug. 21
  12. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  13. 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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