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Shakespeare in the Bar performs <em>A Midsummer Night\'s Dream </em>this week (this photo is from their <em>Love\'s Labour\'s Lost</em>)

Places! June 25-July 1, 2015

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



published Thursday, June 25, 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: Theatre Three goes Kountry, Contempoary Theatre of Dallas finds a Ladybug, and Lorca's Blood Wedding is told through ballet and flamenco on an outdoor stage in Fort Worth.

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!

 

THE BIG 12

Thursday, June 25 through Wednesday, July1

Photo: Lois Leftwich
The Kountry Girls at Theatre Three

 

1. The Kountry Girls

Theatre Three, Dallas

From what we know of co-writer Sonny Franks and his musicianship, this should be a foot-stomping good time. The folk musical, having its world premiere at Theatre Three this week, was written by Ken Murchison, Andrew Clendenen and Sonny Franks, The Kountry Girls  follows the age-old custom of taking traditional folk songs and modifying the arrangements and lyrics. American Country Music evolved from rural folk songs where this art form was enjoyed in its most basic and spontaneous form. These humble roots are the spirit of The Kountry Girls. The timeless themes of economic hardship, enduring love, redemption and family struggles are the fabric of this sweet story told through adapted folk music. | Previews June 25-28, opens June 29 and runs through July 19

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

 

2. Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas revives Dallasite Mary Rohde Scudday's comedy Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home, which premiered in Dallas several decades ago. Directed by Emily Scott Banks, the cast includes Kaitlin Moon-Jones, Cheryl Denson, Cindee Mayfield Dobbs and John Ruegsegger | June 26-July 19

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

 

3. Love, Loss and What I Wore

AT&T Performing Arts Center Off-Broadway on Flora Series | Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

AT&T Performing Arts Center's first season in the Off-Broadway on Flora Series closes with the tour of this play by Nora and Delia Ephron, with a cast that includes Eve Plumb (best known as Jan Brady) and Concetta Tomei. | June 25-27

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

Photo: Perry Langenstein
Ballet Concerto performs Ouroboros in the Summer Dance Concert

 

4. Summer Dance Concert

Ballet Concerto |Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth

Ballet Concerto's Summer Dance Concert features a revival of the classic Les Sylphides, and the world premieres of Elise Lavallee's Ouroboros and Luis Montero's The Wedding, which is based on Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding. Bring wine and cheese and bug spray and enjoy the show. | June 25-28

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

 

5. The Dutchman / Guilty or Not Here I Come

RatRace Productions | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

RatRace Productions debuts with a pair of Amiri Baraka's 1964 Obie-winning play Dutchman, along with a one-act by company founder and artistic director Rockne Ragsdale called Guilty or Not Here I Come at the Bank of American Theater at the Eisemann Center. | June 25-28

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

 

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare in the Bar | The Wild Detectives and Community Beer Company, Dallas

The fourth "barely rehearsed" Shakespeare in the Bar production is A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's free, although the first show on June 29 at the Wild Detectives is sold out. They've added another performance, on Monday, July 6 at Community Beer Company in the Design District. | June 29 and July 6

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

 

7. Big Sexy Weekend of Improv

Alternative Comedy Theater | Margo Jones Theatre and Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

The Alternative Comedy Theater's Big Sexy Weekend of Improv features improv troupes from Texas and Oklahoma, and happens at the Margo Jones Theatre and Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas | June 26-27

» Our preview story, which includes a schedule of performances

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

Photo: RatRace Productions
Guilty or Not Here I Come

 

8. The Male Jazz Vocalist

Cabaret Series at Fair Park | The Women's Museum, Fair Park

Victor Cager and Damon Clark perform in the final Cabaret Series at Fair Park performance of the season | 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30

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

 

9. Dogfight

Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine

Ohlook Performing Arts begins its late-night series with series with the fantastic Pasek and Paul musical Dogfight, which was also done, in an acclaimed production, at WaterTower Theatre last year. Performances are 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. | June 26-July 11

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

 

10. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Kids Who Care Musical Theatre | Scott Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Kids Who Care does the loveable musical based on Charles Schulz's comics. | June 25-28

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

 

11. Congo Street: The Musical

Black Acadedmy of Arts & Letters | Naomi Bruton Theatre, Dallas

TBAAL's season closes with this original musical, based on a street in South Dallas, performed by a youth company | 8 p.m. June 26, 1 and 4 p.m. June 27

» More info here

 

12. A Midsummer's Magical Mystery Musical

Artisan Center Theater, Hurst

Joe Sturgeon has created a musical mash-up of Shakespeare and the Beatles, and it premieres at Artisan Center Theater. | June 26-July 11

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

 

 

MORE PERFORMANCES OPENING JUNE 24-JULY 1

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 26

 

Almost, Maine

Presented by Onstage in Bedford at Trinity Arts Theater | June 26-July 12

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

 

Portal to the Keep

The Core Theatre in Richardson presents Portal to the Keep | June 26-July 18

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

 

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare Dallas at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Tenison Park, Dallas (see more about this and the other SD production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] in last week's Places! | June 26-July 25

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

 

Upstage & Downstage

A revue celebrating Denton Community Theatre's 20 years | Campus Theatre, Denton

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

 

 

ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS AND OPEN MICS

 

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

 

 

ROAD TRIP!
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.

Texas Shakespeare Festival

The annual festival of four shows and one children's show begins this week at Kilgore College in Kilgore, in East Texas. This year's shows are A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Larry Shue's The Nerd and the musical Man of La Mancha. | June 25-July 26

 

 

LAST CHANCE 

These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Amy Peterson
Love's Labour's Lost at Trinity Shakespeare Festival

 

The Enchanted Lake

Presented by Hip Pocket Theatre, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

The Firestorm

Presented by Kitchen Dog Theater at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and the final full production at The MAC, by the way | Closes Saturday

» Our review

 

Les Misérables

Presented by Sherman Community Playhouse | Closes Sunday

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

 

Manicures & Monuments

Vicki Caroline Cheatwood's play, presented by WaterTower Theatre | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Presented by Theatre of North Texas at the Firehouse Theatre, Farmer's Branch | Closes Sunday

» Our review of the Dallas leg of the tour

 

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

National tour, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall | Closes Sunday

» Our review of the Dallas leg of the tour

 

Suite Surrender

Presented by Rover Dramawerks | Closes Saturday

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

 

Terminal Cafe

Presented by Jackson's Dance and Theatre Company, Richardson | Closes Saturday

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

 

The Ties That Bind

Presented by DVA Productions at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | Closes Sunday

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

 

Trinity Shakespeare Festival

Featuring King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost at Texas Christian University | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 


COMING UP

Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


THEATER

  1. Chrono Cops: Elite Time Patrol opens at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas | July 2 through Aug. 22
  2. The tour of Pippin comes to Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park | July 7-19
  3. Amphibian Stage Productions presents the world premiere of The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote | July 9-Aug. 2
  4. The annual Festival of Independent Theatres features eight productions, many from companies new to FIT, at the Bath House Cultural Center | July 10-Aug. 1
  5. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons' Tree Pop | July 10-Aug. 2
  6. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents The Producers | July 10-Aug. 2
  7. The Stolen Shakespeare Guild does R&H's Oklahoma! at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre | July 10-26
  8. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine presents American Idiot | July 10-26
  9. Uptown Players presents the musical Catch Me If You Can at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | July 24-Aug. 9
  10. Drag Strip Courage does Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth | July 10-19
  11. Jubilee Theatre's season closes with The Color Purple | July 31-Aug. 23

 

DANCE

  1. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents the 12th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 10-24
  2. 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
  3. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  4. 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
  5. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16
  6. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC AND OPERA

  1. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | July 2-11
  2. Dallas Winds presents A Star-Spangled Spectacular at the Meyerson Symphony Center | July 4
  3. Fine Arts Chamber Players' Basically Beethoven Festival returns to Dallas City Performance Hall | July 5-26
  4. Filarmónica Joven de Colombia opens the Classical Criterion Season for AT&T Performing Arts Center at the Winspear Opera House | July 9
  5. The Fort Worth Symphony season opens with the Classical Masters Festival at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 28-30

 

COMEDY, SPOKEN WORD, FILM FESTIVALS, ETC.

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