Bremner Duthie performs in the Dallas Solo Fest

Places! June 4-10, 2015

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

published Thursday, June 4, 2015


Places! is brought to you by Well Go USA Entertainment’s Asian Movie Madness at Alamo Drafthouse featuring the film The Front Line on June 16, 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 leads off with the second annual Dallas Solo Fest and the question WHY AREN'T YOU PEOPLE SUPPORTING ART LIKE THIS? (Sorry, little rant.) We also have a major production of a 20-year-old play by a Dallas writer; the opening of the 39th season for one of North Texas' most unique outfits, Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth; celebrations of the piano and the cello; and see if you can spot an Oklahoma trend in this list (it helps if you read the profile of Brigham Mosley too).

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!

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Thursday, June 4 through Wednesday, June 10


Photo: Erik Carter
Brigham Mosley's Mo[u]rnin' After opens the Dallas Solo Fest at the Margo Jones Theatre

1. Dallas Solo Fest

Audacity Theatre Lab | Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park, Dallas

The second annual Dallas Solo Fest, presented by Audacity Theatre Lab, is at the Margo Jones Theatre. It features eight performances, four by locals and four by out-of-staters over two weeks. TheaterJones has a special section covering the festival, where you'll find interviews with the performers, schedules, reviews and more. Below is a quick rundown of the shows, with a link to the listing for each performance.

Oh, and Margo Jones Theatre is BYOB, and on Friday, June 5, TheaterJones is hosting a party before first curtain, between shows, and after. Say hello and have a special cocktail, courtesy of us. | June 4-14

A complete list of show synopses and schedules is here. Below, click on the play title to see more info about each; and click on the performer name to see an interview for the ones we have published so far.


2. Manicures & Monuments

WaterTower Theatre, Addison

WaterTower Theatre presents Dallas writer Vicki Caroline Cheatwood's Oklahoma-set comedy Manicures & Monuments. Why this is important: While local playwrights have always gotten produced by local theaters, having one of the major professional theaters do it is huge. Even better news: It has been happening more often in recent years, and the trend looks to continue. | Previews are June 5-7, opening night is June 8, and it runs through June 28

» Our interview with playwright Cheatwood, director Susan Sargeant and actors Pam Dougherty and Mikaela Krantz

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


3. The Enchanted Lake

Hip Pocket Theatre | Silver Creek Amphitheatre, Fort Worth

Hip Pocket Theatre's 39th season opens with Johnny Simons' The Enchanted Lake, which features original music by Darren Kobetich and some beloved characters and actors from Hip Pocket's history, including Michael Joe Goggans as Catfish Charlie, Peggy Bott Kirby as Ma Nature, Carmen Scott as Sylvie, Julie Ballew as Angel Puss, Jimmy Joe as Old Momo and Brian Cook as Young Momo. Expect musings on death and what's beyond. If you have never had the Hip Pocket experience before, take some time to check it out. | June 5-28

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


Photo: Robert Bourdage
The Enchanted Lake at Hip Pocket Theatre


4. Precious Little

Echo Theatre | Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

Echo Theatre presents Madeleine George's play  Precious Little at the Bath House Cultural Center, directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi and starring Sherry Jo Ward as a fortysomething lesbian linguist who finds out that the baby in her womb might have a genetic abnormality. | June 5-20

» Our interview with performer Sherry Jo Ward

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


5. Baron Vaughn

Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

Comedian Baron Vaughn, and star of the new Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie, performs at Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth. | June 5-6

» Our interview with Vaughn

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

Photo: Courtesy
Pianist Eugen Indjic performs in the PianoTexas Festival at TCU


6. PianoTexas International Academy & Festival

PianoTexas Institute | PepsiCo Recital Hall, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

PianoTexas' annual festival brings recitals by top-name pianists and young artists. This year is all about the works of Chopin. The list of Distringuished Artists is below. | June 5-20

  • 7:30pm Friday, June 5: Opening Concert in memory of Jose Feghali
  • 7:30pm Saturday June 6: Eugen Indjic
  • 7:30pm Friday June 12: Piotr Paleczny
  • 7:30pm Saturday June 13: Dina Yoffe
  • 7:30pm Friday June 19: Arie Vardi
  • 7:30pm Saturday June 20: Dang Thai Son

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


7. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Stage West, Fort Worth

Stage West presents Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a wickedly clever comedy of Chekhovian proportions. | Previews June 4-5, opens June 6 and runs through July 12

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


8. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Dallas Summer Musicals | Music Hall at Fair Park

Dallas Summer Musicals presents the tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Music Hall at Fair Park, where it plays for two weeks before heading to Fort Worth's Bass Hall for another week | June 9-21

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

Photo: Carol Rosegg
The tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella opens at Dallas Summer Musicals


9. Lev Aronson Legacy Festival

Lev Aronson Legacy | Southern Methodist University, Dallas

The Lev Aronson Cello Festival returns at Southern Methodist University, in O'Donnell Hall in the Owen Fine Arts Center. There are workshops and events in the day, and concerts at 7 p.m. each night. Below is a list of concerts: | June 6-10

  • Saturday, June 6 Opening Gala Concert: “Homage to Pablo Casals” Amit Peled, Cellist, Spencer Myer, Piano
  • Sunday, June 7 Chris Adkins Recital Concert features Bach d minor Solo Cello Suite.
  • Monday, June 8 Tom Landschoot – Recital Concert features music by Beethoven, Bruch and Franck.
  • Tuesday, June 9 Recital - Brian Thornton, Cello, Emanuel Borok, violin, Spencer Myer, piano Performing music by Brahms, Piatti and Herbert.
  • Wednesday, June 10 Open Classical presents “Just Add Cello!” Collaborations between Lev Aronson Festival cellists and local vocalists, composers and dancers, curated by the innovative Open Classical.

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


10. Mona Golabek

Dallas Holocaust Center | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre

The concert pianist and author of The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music Love, and Survival, puts on a one-woman piano concert and theatrical performance, which tells the story of her mother’s survival experience during the Holocaust. | 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10

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


11. Concerts in the Garden

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra celebrates 25 years of Concerts in the Garden, with concerts on Thursdays-Sundays, and several special events for the July 4 holiday. | June 5-July 5

» See a listing of concerts here


12. Paul Jacobs

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Organ Recital Series | Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

The Dallas Symphony's organ recital series presents Paul Jacobs at the Meyerson Symphony Center on the Fisk Opus 100. | June 6

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







Rob Little

Performs at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | June 4-7

» More info


Gary Owen

Plays the Addison Improv | June 4-7

» More info


Suite Surrender

The comedy by Michael McKeever presented by Rover Dramawerks, Plano | June 4-27

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


Guy Torry

Performing at the Arlington Improv | June 4-7

» More info


Paul Varghese

The local comic plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | June 4-7

» More info





Enchanted April

Matthew Barber's adaptation of the Elizabeth von Armim novel, presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre | June 5-14

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


Ghost the Musical

The first locally produced staging of the musical based on the hit film Ghost, presented by Granbury Theatre Company at the Granbury Opera House | June 5-July 5

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


Les Misérables

Presented by Sherman Community Players at the Finley Theater in Sherman | June 5-28

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


Pump Boys and Dinettes

Presented by Theatre of the Square in Weatherford | June 5-21

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


Star-Crossed Lovers

The Dallas Symphony presents music dedicated to Star-Crossed Lovers at Meyerson Symphony Center | June 5

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


Terminal Cafe

Jackson's Theatre & Dance Company in Richardson presents Jon Tuttle's play | June 5-27

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





Jim Jefferies

Comic Jim Jefferies comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | 8 p.m. June 6

» More info


Le Train Bleu Preview

Next weekend, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet will recreate the Nijinska Ballet at the Dallas Museum of Art (look for more in Places next week), but you can catch a free preview and talk at the Dallas Public Library's J. Erik Jonsson Central Library on the fourth floor | 3 p.m. June 6 

» Our listing


New Works Festival Readings

Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival, its final one in the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, features play readings every Saturday through June 20. This week's readings are:

  • Advent by Dallas playwright Montgomery Sutton, 1 p.m. June 6
  • The Black Slot by Warren Hoffman, 4 p.m. June 6

» Our review of The Firestorm, the centerpiece production

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


Swan Lake

Art Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake at Truett Hall on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth. Starring Andrey Pridhodko as the Prince.  | 5 p.m. June 6

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


Vitruvian Salsa Festival

The Dance Council of North Texas presents its second annual Vitruvian Salsa Festival, every Saturday in June and July in Vitruvian Park, Addison, featuring bands and dancing | June 6-July 25

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


Photo: Courtesy
Willy Welch will perform at Stage West\'s Community Mic Night




Community Mic Night

Stage West's quarterly Storytellers Night has changed into this event, which features storytelling, music and more. Performers this time include Phyllis Cicero, Desiree Fultz, Justin Flowers, Stan Graner, Willy Welch and poet Brian Patrick McCarthy | 7 p.m. June 8 (dinner service begins at 6 p.m.)

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





King Lear

This production from Trinity Shakespeare Festival has its first preview at Texas Christian University, with David Coffee starring; it opens June 11 and runs in rotating repertory with Love's Labour's Lost. Look for more on the Trinity Shakes shows in next week's Places! | Through June 28

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





Love's Labour's Lost

This production from Trinity Shakespeare Festival has its first preview at Texas Christian University; it opens June 12 and runs in rotating repertory with King Lear. Look for more on the Trinity Shakes shows in next week's Places! | Through June 28

» 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


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



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.


Oklahoma City Theater

We have three hot shows opening for you in OKC this weekend. Check it:




These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Buddy Myers
Radio Golf closes at African American Repertory Theater


Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Presented by Casa Mañana, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Radio Golf

Presented by African American Repertory Theater as the final show in the first season of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project at the Wyly Theatre | Closes Sunday

» Our review


True West / Speed-the-Plow

The Sam Shepard and David Mamet plays presented in rotating repertory by Fun House Theatre & Film at Plano Children's Theatre | Closes Saturday

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

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Fort Worth's Trinity Shakespeare Festival kicks up with King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost at Texas Christian University | June 11-28
  2. House Party Theatre presents True West at That That Gallery, Dallas | June 12-15
  3. The Lyric Stage season closes with a full-orchestra revival of South Pacific at the Irving Arts Center | June 12-21
  4. Garland Summer Musicals' season begins with West Side Story at the Granville Arts Center | June 12-21
  5. 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
  6. Circle Theatre in Fort Worth presents Bill C. Davis' Mass Appeal | June 18-July 18
  7. The Core Theatre in Richardson presents Portal to the Keep | June 18-July 11
  8. Theatre of North Texas, in Dallas, debuts with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | June 19-28
  9. Casa Mañana in Fort Worth presents Les Misérables | June 19-28
  10. Uptown Players presents The Nance at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas | June 19-July 5
  11. Dallas Children's Theater brings back The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley | June 19-July 12
  12. Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | June 19-21
  13. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the tour of Dirty Dancing at the Music Hall at Fair Park | June 23-July 5
  14. RatRace Productions presents Dutchman and Guilty or Not Here I Come at the Eisemann Center | June 25-28
  15. The Theatre Three season closes with the new musical The Kountry Girls | June 25-July 19
  16. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora series presents Love, Loss & What I Wore at the Wyly Theatre | June 25-27
  17. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine begins its late night series with Dogfight | June 26-July 11
  18. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas revives Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home | June 26-July 19
  19. Shakespeare in the Bar does A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff | June 29
  20. 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. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Le Train Bleu at Dallas Museum of Art | June 13
  2. Dallas Flamenco Festival presents Fiesta Flamenca 3 at the Ochre House Theater in Exposition Park | June 13-14
  3. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Five Year Celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 19-20
  4. Ballet Concerto's Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth | June 25-28
  5. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents the 12th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 10-24
  6. 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
  7. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  8. Texas Ballet Theater's season opens with Ben Stevenson's Dracula at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, featuring Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Sept. 4-6
  9. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernadez comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16
  10. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19



  1. The Turtle Creek Chorale presents "Turtle-y 80s" at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 12-14
  2. Musicians of the Dallas Symphony will perform a free benefit concert to raise money for Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | 2:30 p.m. June 14
  3. Ensemble75 performs music by Berg, Schonberg and others at Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas | 7 p.m. June 19
  4. The Dallas Symphony presents the music of John Williams at Meyerson Symphony Center | June 20
  5. The Van Cliburn Foundation's first Junior Piano Competition happens at TCU's Ed Landreth Auditorium | June 21-28
  6. The North Texas Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 21
  7. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | July 2-11
  8. Dallas Winds presents A Star-Spangled Spectacular at the Meyerson Symphony Center | July 4
  9. Fine Arts Chamber Players' Basically Beethoven Festival returns to Dallas City Performance Hall | July 5-26
  10. Filarmónica Joven de Colombia opens the Classical Criterion Season for AT&T Performing Arts Center at the Winspear Opera House | July 9
  11. The Fort Worth Symphony season opens with the Classical Masters Festival at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 28-30



  1. Dave Coulier comes to Hyena's Comedy Nightclub Dallas | June 11
  2. The Oak Cliff Film Festival is at the Texas Theatre and other venues | June 11-14
  3. Kathy Griffin plays the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | June 25
  4. The TruTV Impractical Jokers visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | June 27
  5. Bob Newhart comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | July 10
  6. The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is at the Angelika Film Center | July 10-17
  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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