<em>The Color Purple </em>at Jubilee Theatre

Places! July 30-Aug. 5, 2015

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

published Thursday, July 30, 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: Jubilee Theatre closes its season with The Color Purple, Theatre Three opens its with The Glass Menagerie, the Dallas Comedy House goes musical, there are several new theater companies, including the awesomely named Proper Hijinx. And in Denton, watch a talking mouth. Just the mouth. Talking furiously.

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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, July 30 through Wednesday, Aug. 5

Photo: Lois Leftwich
The Glass Menagerie at Theatre Three


1. The Color Purple

Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth

Jubilee Theatre's season closes with the locally produced, professional regional premiere of The Color Purple, based on the Alice Walker novel, which was of course a very popular 1985 Stephen Spielberg movie. The story follows the life of Celie, a black girl who is forced to marry and have children too early, through her life on the farm, leaving an abusive husband and making friends and figuring out life in the South in the first half of the 20th century. The show features music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, with a book by Marsha Norman. Directed by Akín Babatundé, this production stars Ebony Marshall Oliver as Celie; and the run is reportedly very close to sold out, so get your tickets asap. | July 31-Aug. 23

Photo: Courtesy
Choreographer Dee Caspary

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


2. The Glass Menagerie

Theatre Three, Dallas

The 2015-16 season at Theatre Three is going to be important, as it's the first full season without Jac Alder. He did select most of the shows, though, and while one of the plays originally on the season, Inherit the Wind, was dropped because of rights issues, it was replaced by this Tennessee Williams masterpiece. Both plays have a major Margo Jones connection: The original Broadway production of Glass was co-directed by Margo; and Inherit became the best-known play that she premiered in her important Dallas theater in Fair Park. T3's production is one of four this season directed by Acting Artistic Director Bruce R. Coleman; and the cast features Connie Coit as Amanda, Blake Blair as Tom, Allison Pistorius as Laura and Sterling Gafford as Jim. | Previews through Aug. 2, opens Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 23

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


3. Collaboration

Justin Giles' SoulEscape | Majestic Theatre, Dallas

Justin Giles begins a month of dance intensives, and kicks it off on Monday with a performance at the Majestic Theatre, featuring some major DFW dance groups: Bruce Wood Dance Project, Rhythmic Souls, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and newish outfit Pedestrian Dance Movement, plus renowned choreographer Dee Caspary. | 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3

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


4. Serial's Sarah Koenig

AT&T Performing Arts Center #Thinkspeak Series | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House

Sarah Koenig, a former producer on This American Life, ended up with the most popular podcast in history with the crime series Serial, and she talks about it in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's #Thinkspeak Series at the Winspear Opera House. Expect her to say something about the upcoming second season of Serial. But not too much. | 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3

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


5. Then and Now

SceneShop | Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth

Fort Worth's mobile showcase of original short plays and monologues celebrates 20 years with this showcase at Arts Fifth Avenue, which includes eight works (three of them encores from the group's history), plus music by local musicians before each performance, and during intermission | 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 and 9

» Our interview with SceneShop co-founder and artistic director Steven Alan McGaw

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


Photo: Tiffani Morgan
Proper Hijinx debuts with Two Rooms

6. Two Rooms

Proper Hijinx Productions | Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Basement Space

Lee Blessing's terrific drama about a couple held captive in Beirut introduces the basement space at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas; and it's produced by a new company that has one of the best names we've seen in awhile: Proper Hijinx.

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


7. Avenue Q

Lakeside Community Theatre, The Colony

Lakeside Community Theatre in The Colony presents the Tony-winning naughty puppet musical Avenue Q, which of course is so much more than a naughty puppet musical. It's about figuring out life in your 20s. Hate to break it to ya, kids, but that quest never ends. | July 31-Aug. 29

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


8. Law & Order: The SVUsical

Dallas Comedy House

Dallas Comedy House maven Amanda Austin, herself an improv pro, directs this original improv musical spoof thingy. It features regular DCH performers Lauren Davis, Paulos Feerow, Sean McEwan, Susie Falcone, Christian Hughes and Grant Redmond. Performed 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays | July 31-Aug. 29

» More info here


9. Bryan Callen

Addison Improv

The stand-up comedian, who you've seen guest-starring in tons of TV shows (he was "jackrabbit sex" guy on that Sex and the City episode with Charlotte and Harry's wedding) comes to the Addison Improv | July 31-Aug. 2

» More info


10. Look Up

Kids Who Care | Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Scott Theatre

Kids Who Care presents its latest original musical, and if you've ever experienced these works, collaboratively created by grown-ups and kids, you know how magical they can be. This one explores the overuse of selfies, emoticons, and other new lifestyle trends that have arrived in this modern world of technology. The cast is made up of young artists from Fort Worth, joined with more than 50 children that have traveled from Italy, Australia, China, Germany, and Toluca and Guadalajara, Mexico to study with the artistic staff at Kids Who Care. | July 30-Aug. 2

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

Photo: Kids Who Care
Kids Who Care debuts Look Up


11. Sonic Horizons

Applause Music Festival | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Violist Travis Baird and pianist Liudmila Georgievskaya perform an afternoon of contemporary viola and piano works by living composers, including works by Joel Hoffman. Guys, if you're always griping about the lack of living composers being performed in North Texas (hello, mirror!), then check this out. Plus, it's free. | 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1

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


12. Take Ten: Ten-Minute Play Festival

Denton Community Theatre | Point Bank Black Box Theatre

Denton Community Theatre presents a collection of short plays (some of them a little longer than 10 minutes), but unlike most of these collections, which are of new works, this consists of short plays by well-known writers, including Samuel Beckett's Not I, which is only a mouth talking. Seriously, you'll only see a performer's mouth speaking. It's pretty interesting. See a list of plays below. And below that is a video from a 1973 performance of Not I, starring the great Billie Whitelaw, and an introduction by her. (If you can find the fantastic 2001 box set Beckett on Film, Julianne Moore does this in that series.) | July 31-Aug. 2

  • Death Knocks by Woody Allen
  • Reverse Transcription by Tony Kushner
  • Your Mother’s Butt by Alan Ball
  • The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From by Christopher Durang
  • Not I by Samuel Beckett
  • The Tarantino Variation by Seth Kramer
  • A Bowl of Soup by Eric Lane

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







TK Kirkland

Plays the Arlington Improv | July 31-Aug. 2

» More info


April Macie

The comedian plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | July 30-Aug. 1

» More info


Michael Malone

Plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | July 30-Aug. 1

» More info


Music for Portrait of Infanta Margarita in Blue Dress

Orchestra of New Spain presents "Music for Portrait of Infanta Margarita in Blue Dress" at the Meadows Museum at SMU | July 30

» More info




Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine | July 31-Aug. 16

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


One Day in a Love War

Overtake Productions presents this original play about a crumbling marriage in Dallas, at the Addison Theatre Centre's Studio Theatre | July 31-Aug. 2

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



Catch this documentary about the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on KERA/Channel 13. It features lots of backstage footage from the event, which Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko won. Also, there's a short bit with a roundtable with critics covering the event; you'll see an appearance by TheaterJones' chief classical music and opera critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs | 8 p.m. July 31

» More info here




Verse & Rhythm

B. Randall and Priscilla Rice host this monthly spoken word showcase at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. This month's event features the Fort Worth Slam Team. | 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1

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





Mama's Party

This week, Amy Stevenson's musical theater showcase and open mic features the talents of Texas Christian University students who are in Uptown Players' current production of Catch Me If You Can, including star Anthony Fortino, at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie | 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3

» More info


Tallgrass Gothic

Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine presents Melanie Marnich's play | Aug. 3-13

» 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




These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Raul Mosley
The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote at Amphibian Stage Productions


Festival of Independent Theatres

The 17th annual event closes at the Bath House Cultural Center | Closes Sunday

» Our special section, which has interviews with each of the eight companies, plus reviews of all nine shows, including a late-night FIT underground event.


Jerry Springer: The Opera

The area premiere of the Olivier-winning musical, presented in the late-night series at Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapeivne | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Little Women the Musical

Presented by Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne | Closes Saturday

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


Little Women the Musical

Presented by Theatre Coppell | Closes Sunday

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


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Presented by Junior Players at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre at Tenison Park | Closes Sunday

» Our review



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

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


Once Upon a Mattress

Presented by Rockwall Community Playhouse | Closes Sunday

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


The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote

The world premiere of Brenda Withers' adaptation of Don Quixote de la Mancha at Amphibian Stage Productions | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with director Matthew Earnest


The Producers

Presented by Greater Lewisville Community Theatre | Closes Sunday

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


Tree Pop (Seen Unseen & the Real Unreal)

Lake Simons' latest creation, at Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Wraith

An original play by Chris Rodenbaugh at Fun House Theatre & Film | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Stage West does the play Mr. Burns, a post-electric play | Aug. 6-Sept. 13
  2. Tackett & Pyke presents two one-act plays, Bed Frames and Said and Done at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park | Aug. 6-15
  3. Cry Havoc Theatre presents The (out)Siders Project at Latino Cultural Center, Dallas | Aug. 6-8
  4. Casa Mañana's Apprentice Program presents Big Fish | Aug. 7-9
  5. Denton Community Theatre's new season opens with Big River at the Campus Theatre | Aug. 7-16
  6. Plano Children's Theatre presents The Producers | Aug. 7-15
  7. Theatre Arlington's season closes with Mama Won't Fly | Aug. 7-22
  8. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine presents Silence! The Musical | Aug. 7-23
  9. Roots for Youth African Children's Theater presents I'm No Fool at Institute for Cultural Arts in Oak Cliff | Aug. 7-9
  10. Kitchen Dog Theater presents the second Dallas One-Minute Play Festival at Southern Methodist University's Greer Garson Theatre | Aug. 8-10
  11. House Party Theatre presents The Grand Slam, three orginal plays in four Dallas venues | Aug. 8-17
  12. Our Productions Theatre Co. Dallas presents God of Carnage at the Addison Theatre Centre's Studio Theatre | Aug. 13-29
  13. L.I.P. Service opens David Rabe's Streamers at the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch | Aug. 13-29
  14. The Core Theatre in Richardson presents Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942 | Aug. 13-Sept. 5
  15. Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | Aug. 14-30
  16. Onstage in Bedford does The House of Blues Leaves | Aug. 14-30
  17. Hip Pocket Theatre presents James Maynard's Lili | Aug. 14-Sept. 6
  18. Fun House Theatre & Film does Jeff Swearingen's A School Bus Named Desire at Plano Children's Theatre | Aug 14-22
  19. Circle Theatre presents John Strand's Lovers and Executioners | Aug. 20-Sept. 19
  20. unMasqued brings its show Wasteland to the Studio Theatre at Stage West | Aug. 20-23
  21. Sundown Collaborative Theater's eighth season begins with We All Make Mistakes (A Drunk Mixtape): Short Works Festival at the Greenspace Arts Collective in Denton | Aug. 21-28
  22. Uptown Players presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Kalita Humpheys Theater | Aug. 28-Sept. 13
  23. Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents the spoof Bride of Frankenstein: The Musical | Aug. 28-Sept. 26
  24. Dallas Theater Center presents the world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical, starring Justin Guarini, is at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre | Sept. 2-Oct. 11
  25. Lyric Stage's season opens with Into the Woods at the Irving Arts Center | Sept. 3-13



  1. The Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation presents Arathi Dance Fest 2015 at Dallas City Performance Hall | Aug. 7-8
  2. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  3. 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
  4. The Ochre House and Flamenco Festival of Dallas presents Buñuel Descending at the Ochre House | Sept. 9-12
  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
  7. The Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Sept 24
  8. The Dark Circles Contemporary Dance season opens with Fall Series at TCU's Erma Lowe Hall Studio | Oct. 9-11
  9. Texas Ballet Theater does Ben Stevenson's Dracula at Bass Performance Hall, featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Oct. 16-18
  10. TITAS presents Kyle Abraham at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 29-30



  1. Neo Camerata performs a free concert at the Common Desk in Deep Ellum | Aug. 6
  2. The Fort Worth Symphony season opens with the Classical Masters Festival at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 28-30
  3. The Dallas Symphony's Pops season opens with The Sinatra Century at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 4-6
  4. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Sci-Fi Spectacular at Bass Hall | Sept. 4-6
  5. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra does Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and other works at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 11-12
  6. The Dallas Winds season kicks off with Empire of Sound: A Celebration of Rome at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 15
  7. The Cliburn Foundation presents Made in Fort Worth: Local Composers at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sept. 19
  8. Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Atrium String Quartet at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Oct. 3
  9. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra season opens with guest pianist Gabriela Martinez at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Richardson
  10. Dallas Chamber Music opens the season with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 5



  1. Wendy Williams comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Aug. 7
  2. Pegasus Theatre presents the improv event The Naughty Bits at the Bath House Cultural Center | Aug. 13-29
  3. Arden Myrin comes to Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Aug. 13-15
  4. Kevin Hart is at American Airlines Center | Aug. 14
  5. Sheryl Underwood is at the Arlington Improv | Aug. 14-15
  6. "Weird" Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Aug. 21
  7. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  8. 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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