<em>Love\'s Labour\'s Lost</em>&nbsp;at Trinity Shakespeare Festival

Places! June 11-17

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

published Thursday, June 11, 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 it's the official opening of SUMMER SHAKESPEARE SEASON (you have to say it like the voice on a local auto dealership commercial touting "Summer Blowout Sale!"). The proof: Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Fort Worth kicks up with King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost. (Look for Shakespeare Dallas opening next week, and the next Shakespeare in the Bar is around the corner). Also this week, Lyric Stage should have another stunner with its fifth full-orchestra, original-orchestrations revival of a major R&H show, South Pacific in this case. And there's some cool off-the-beaten-path dance this week, plus the Oak Cliff Film Festival, Sam Shepard in an art gallery and more.

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, June 11 through Wednesday, June 17 

Photo: Steven Jones
South Pacific at Lyric Stage


1. King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost

Trinity Shakespeare Festival | Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

What time is it? It's Shakespeare time! While the Bard has no shortage of productions in North Texas throughout the year, summer means it's high season for North Texas' two Shakes-dedicated companies. First up is what has become the most solidly reliable producer of his work, Fort Worth's Trinity Shakespeare Festival. T.J. Walsh directs King Lear, starring David Coffee—who's more known for comic roles—in the lead. That production begins Thursday, June 11. Then it's the delightful Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Joel Ferrell. The acting company this year includes such local talents as Chamblee Ferguson, Montgomery Sutton, Lydia Mackay, Blake Hackler and Chris Hury. The shows run in rotating repertory at the Hays and Buschman theaters at Texas Christian University. The photo on the cover of Places! is of LLL. | June 11-28

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


2. South Pacific

Lyric Stage | Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Performance Hall

Lyric Stage season closes the 2014-15 season with its fifth full-orchestra revival of the Big Five Rodgers and Hammerstein shows. Lyric's first fully staged, full-orchestra production, back in 2007, was R&H's Carousel. And that kicked this whole series off. They've followed with glorious productions of The King and I, The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! South Pacific features Robert Russell Bennett's original orchestrations and a 40-piece orchestra. Christopher Sanders plays Emile De Becque, Janelle Lutz is Nellie Forbush, Anthony Fortino is Lt. Cable and Sally Soldo is Bloody Mary. Len Pfluger directs, and the great Jay Dias conducts. | June 12-21

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


3. Oak Cliff Film Festival

Texas Theatre | Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theatre Center and other venues in North Oak Cliff

The fourth annual Oak Cliff Film Festival features four days of very independent films, mostly at the Texas Theatre but also at other locations in Oak Cliff. One film with performing arts connections to check out is Entertainment, the latest from Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker about Turkington's comedy persona Neil Hamburger, which screens Friday night. Also, TheaterJones is co-sponsoring the Filmmakers Happy Hour 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 12 at the Turner House. Stop by for cocktails, croquet, snacks and ticket giveaways. | June 11-14

Photo: Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Le Train Bleu

» Our feature on the festival, with film suggestions 

» Our interview with Gregg Turkington, aka Neil Hamburger, about the film Entertainment


4. Le Train Bleu

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet | Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents a recreation of Le Train Bleu, a ballet that was choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The piece is a study on the wealthy youth of the 1920’s. | 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13

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


5. Fiesta Flamenca 3

Flamenco DNA and Estudio Flamenco Dallas | Ochre House, Dallas

Flamenco DNA and Estudio Flamenco Dallas co-present the third annual Fiesta Flamenca, which features acclaimed guest Cantaor on Guitar, José Cortés Fernández, and choreography by Antonio and Delilah Arrebola. Also featured are the student body of Flamenco DNA and a special Sunday matinee performance with the Flamenkitos of Estudio Flamenco Dallas. | 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14

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


6. West Side Story

Garland Summer Musicals | Granville Arts Center, Garland

Garland Summer Musicals' season begins with the Bernstein/Laurents/Sondheim masterpiece, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, with all that glorious Jerome Robbins choreography. Max Swarner is Tony, Maranda Harrison is Maria; Buff Shurr directs. | June 12-21

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


7. David Gaschen: In Person

Front Line Productions | Kitchen Café, Dallas

Photo: Courtesy
David Gaschen

Gaschen was the youngest actor to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and he'll perform songs from the Great American Songbook for the cabaret outfit Front Line Productions, music directed by James McQuillen. | 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17

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


8. True West

House Party Theatre | That That Gallery, Dallas

The newish outfit known as House Party Theatre—they do most of their shows in private homes, you seepresents Sam Shepard's True West at That That Gallery, just east of Deep Ellum in Dallas | June 12-15

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


9. Vagabond

Pedestrian Dance Movement | Bishop Lynch High School Auditorium, Dallas

The newish dance group Pedestrian Dance Movement performs a new show, called Vagabond. It follows the stories of four characters, through movement, as they venture off in search of finding themselves. The photos and videos on their website look promising. See video of a previous PDM performance below. | 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13 and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14

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



10. Bach Suites and Two Feet Beats

Rhythmic Souls and Open Classical DFW | Kessler Theater, Oak Cliff

Violinist Mark Landson (of Open Classical DFW) and tap dancer Katelynn Harris (of Rhythmic Souls) have been performing an interesting response to works of Bach lately—he bows it and she responds with tap. It's quite fascinating. They perform their next incarnation of the show at the Kessler Theater at 7:30 p.m., followed by concerts at 8:30 p.m. with Wesley Geiger and the Texas Gentlemen; and at 9:30 p.m. Rahim Quasi celebrates the release of his third album, Ghost Hunting, backed by a band that includes Open Classical pianist Thiago Nascimento, Landson and Kelly Test.

» More info


11. Turtle-y '80s

Turtle Creek Chorale | Dallas City Performance Hall

The Turtle Creek Chorale season closes with "Turtle-y 80s," a concert of choral arrangements of songs from 1980s films, musicals and television. Expect day-glo and Footloose. | 7:30 p.m. June 12-13, 2:30 p.m. June 14

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


12. CASA Benefit

Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium

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. CASA supports volunteers who are advocates in court for children in foster care. | 2:30 p.m. June 14

» More info here








Presented by Allen's Community Theatre in Allen | June 12-28

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


Dave Coulier

Yes, that one. At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | June 11

» More info


Dean Edwards

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | June 11

» More info


Dallas Solo Fest Weekend 2

The second weekend of the Dallas Solo Fest kicks in at Margo Jones Theatre | Through June 14

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





Robert Hawkins

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | June 12-13

» More info


Dean Edwards

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | June 12-13

» More info


PianoTexas Festival

The PianoTexas Festival, this year dedicated to the music of Chopin, continues at Texas Christian University | Through June 12

» Read our review of the June 6 concert with Eugen Indjic, which has a schedule of upcoming events.


Shrek the Musical

Presented by Grand Prairie Arts Council | June 12-21

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





New Works Festival

Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival continues with readings of plays by high school playwrights, in the annual PUP Fest, co-presented with Junior Players. | 1 and 4 p.m. June 13

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


I Am Cuba: Marea

Cara Mia Theatre Company's series of readings of plays by Cuban writers closes with Alejandro Morales' play Marea, at the Dallas Public Library Hampton-Illinois Branch in Oak Cliff. | 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13

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





Pandora's Box Poetry Showcase

The monthly meeting of readings and open mic at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park | 8 p.m. June 15

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




Asian Movie Madness: The Front Line

Places! is sponsored by Well Go USA Entertainment, which does a series at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. See trailer below. | 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 16

» More info




Shakespeare Dallas

At Shakespeare Dallas, previews of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) begin. It opens June 19. The other summer production, Romeo and Juliet, begins previews June 24 and opens June 30. The shows run in rotating repertory at Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheatre at Tenison Park in East Dallas through July 25, with nightly performances except on Mondays. Look for more on this in next week's Places! | June 17-July 25

» 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




These productions will close this weekend


Photo: Karen Almond
Belleville closes at Second Thought Theatre



Amy Herzog's play, presented by Second Thought Theatre at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Dallas Solo Fest

Presented by Audacity Theatre Lab at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

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


Dirty Dishes

Presented by North Texas Actor's Collaborative Theatre at the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre | Closes Sunday

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


Enchanted April

Presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre, Denton | Closes Sunday

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


The Farnsworth Invention

Presented by Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas at the Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theater | Closes Saturday

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


The Lady with All the Answers

Presented by One Thirty Productions at Theatre Too! at Theatre Three, Dallas | Closes Sunday

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


Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon

Presented by Runway Theatre, Grapevine | Closes Sunday

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


You Can't Take It With You

Presented by the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch | Closes Sunday

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



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. 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
  2. Circle Theatre in Fort Worth presents Bill C. Davis' Mass Appeal | June 18-July 18
  3. Theatre of North Texas, in Dallas, debuts with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | June 19-28
  4. Casa Mañana in Fort Worth presents Les Misérables | June 19-28
  5. Uptown Players presents The Nance at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas | June 19-July 5
  6. Dallas Children's Theater brings back The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley | June 19-July 12
  7. Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | June 19-21
  8. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the tour of Dirty Dancing at the Music Hall at Fair Park | June 23-July 5
  9. RatRace Productions presents Dutchman and Guilty or Not Here I Come at the Eisemann Center | June 25-28
  10. The Theatre Three season closes with the new musical The Kountry Girls | June 25-July 19
  11. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora series presents Love, Loss & What I Wore at the Wyly Theatre | June 25-27
  12. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine begins its late night series with Dogfight | June 26-July 11
  13. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas revives Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home | June 26-July 19
  14. The Core Theatre in Richardson presents Portal to the Keep | June 26-July 18
  15. Shakespeare in the Bar does A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff | June 29
  16. The tour of Pippin comes to Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park | July 7-19
  17. Amphibian Stage Productions presents the world premiere of The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote | July 9-Aug. 2
  18. The annual Festival of Independent Theatres is one, featuring eight productions, many from companies new to FIT, at the Bath House Cultural Center | July 10-Aug. 1
  19. Uptown Players presents the musical Catch Me If You Can at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | July 24-Aug. 9
  20. Jubilee Theatre's season closes with The Color Purple | July 31-Aug. 23



  1. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Five Year Celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 19-20
  2. Ballet Concerto's Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth | June 25-28
  3. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents the 12th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 10-24
  4. 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
  5. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  6. 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
  7. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernadez comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16
  8. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19



  1. Ensemble75 performs music by Berg, Schonberg and others at Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas | 7 p.m. June 19
  2. The Dallas Symphony presents the music of John Williams at Meyerson Symphony Center | June 20
  3. The Van Cliburn Foundation's first Junior Piano Competition happens at TCU's Ed Landreth Auditorium | June 21-28
  4. The North Texas Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 21
  5. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | July 2-11
  6. Dallas Winds presents A Star-Spangled Spectacular at the Meyerson Symphony Center | July 4
  7. Fine Arts Chamber Players' Basically Beethoven Festival returns to Dallas City Performance Hall | July 5-26
  8. Filarmónica Joven de Colombia opens the Classical Criterion Season for AT&T Performing Arts Center at the Winspear Opera House | July 9
  9. The Fort Worth Symphony season opens with the Classical Masters Festival at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 28-30



  1. Kathy Griffin plays the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | June 25
  2. The TruTV Impractical Jokers visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | June 27
  3. Bob Newhart comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | July 10
  4. The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is at the Angelika Film Center | July 10-17
  5. Hyena's Comedy Nightclub in Plano opens | July 16
  6. Kevin Hart is at American Airlines Center | Aug. 14
  7. "Weird" Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Aug. 21
  8. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  9. 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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