<em>Mr. Burns, a post-electric play</em>&nbsp;at Stage West

Places! Aug. 6-12, 2015

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

published Thursday, August 6, 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: Stage West welcomes a Simpsons apocalypse (much more pleasant than a zombie apocalypse); very short plays return to Kitchen Dog Theater (and in an interim space before the other interim space); Indian dance is on at City Performance Hall; Casa reels in a Big Fish; and there are six new plays by local writers. Also, we have a ticket giveaway for one of the top 12 events below (you'll see it in red).

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, August 6 through Wednesday, August 12 

Photo: Jarvis Jacobs
The Arathi Dance Festival


1. Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Stage West, Fort Worth

Stage West does the area premiere of Anne Washburn's acclaimed play, set in the immediate aftermath of the apocalypse (and then 75 years later). Just like in prehistoric times, the humans find ways to tell stories, and in this case, the best stories the people who remain know are from The Simpsons. There better be donuts. | Previews Aug. 6 and 7, opens Aug. 8 and runs through Sept. 13

» Read our interview with playwright Anne Washburn

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


2. Dallas One-Minute Play Festival

Kitchen Dog Theater and The One Minute Play Festival | Southern Methodist University, Owen Fine Arts Center, Greer Garson Theatre

Kitchen Dog Theater presents the second Dallas One-Minute Play Festival, an event that Dominic D'Andrea runs in cities across the country. If you caught 1MPF last year, you know it's pretty amazing. More than 50 local and North Texas-connected playwrights have written plays that last no more than 60 seconds, and they're performed in several blocks over the course of one evening. Kitchen Dog Theater is in flux right now, having left the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and is in the process of making a home at the Green Zone in the Design District. So these performances are at Southern Methodist University's Greer Garson Theatre.

This year’s festival features commissioned work by Jenny Ledel, Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, John M. Flores, Angela Wilson, Isabella Russell Ides, Jeff Swearingen, Jonathan Norton, Bruce R. Coleman, Brad McEntire, Jason Spinos Johnson, Jared Strange, Cody Lucas, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Tom Sime, Matt Lyle, Nico Martini, Joshua Kumler, Robin Armstrong, Jim Kuenzer, Samantha Rios, Jake Minton, John Michael Colgin, Gretchen Smith, Janielle N. Kastner, Steven Young & more! They are directed by Christie Vela, Jeremy Schwartz, Justin Locklear, Raphael Parry, Ryan Lescalleet and vickie washington. | 8 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Aug. 8-10

» Our interview with Dominic D'Andrea in 2014, before the first Dallas One Minute Play Festival (and look for an upcoming video interview about the 2015 event)

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


3. Arathi Dance Fest 2015

Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation | Dallas City Performance Hall

The Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation presents Arathi Dance Fest, featuring performances by Indian classical dance companies on Friday and Saturday nights, and workshops on Saturday morning. See schedule below: | Aug. 7-8

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7: Indique Dance Company, Madhu Natraj & Natya STEM Dance Company 
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8: Master classes by Padmini Ravi (Pradhan Dance Studio), Nycole Ray (Dallas Black Dance Theatre) and Delilah Buitron (flamenco) 
  • 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8: Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon and ICHF Workshop Students, Nirupama and Rajendra of the Abhinava Dance Company

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


Photo: Courtesy
Neo Camerata


4. Neo Camerata

Neo Camerata | The Common Desk, Deep Ellum

Neo Camerata is a chamber music group that Mark Landson of Open Classical DFW formed in the mid-2000s, and then it went on hiatus. Now it's back, and just returning from a national tour in which they played onstage with punk band Say Anything (they also did some on-the-side gigs). To welcome them back, there's a pay-what-you-can performance at the Common Desk in Deep Ellum, co-hosted by TheaterJones. We'll have cocktails, snacks and tickets to giveaway, including to Dallas Comedy House, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Dallas Chamber Music, Deep Vellum, and a grand prize of tickets to Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax at the Winspear Opera House in September. Stop by and say hello! | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6

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


5. Big Fish

Casa Mañana Apprentice Program | Casa Mañana Theatre

Casa Mañana's Apprentice Program (meaning older teenagers) present the regional premiere of this musical by Andrew Lippa and John August, based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel and the 2003 Tim Burton film. Noah Putterman directs. | Aug. 7-9

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

Photo: Karen Almond
The (out)Siders Project from Cry Havoc Theatre


6. Plays of Question

Tackett & Pyke | Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park

Kasey Tackett and Miller Pyke raised more than $3,000 through crowdfunding to present two one-act plays they've each written, Said and Done and Bed Frames, respectively, and are billing them as "Plays of Question" under the banner of Tackett & Pyke. You might remember that Said and Done was also performed by Denton's Sundown Collaborative Theatre in 2014. | Aug. 6-15

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


7. The (out)Siders Project

Cry Havoc Theatre | Latino Cultural Center

Cry Havoc Theatre debuts with this play, which is inspired by S.E. Hinton's classic novel and set in present-day Dallas, following a teenager involved with a gang. What starts as a strategic decision to join his brothers and their friends turns into more than he could imagine. The production incorporates physical theater and multimedia and is locally written and produced, and leverages a full cast and crew of local high school students. The (out)Siders Project was recently awarded one of the six Special Project Grants by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Conceived by Mara Richards Bim (Dallas Theater Center) and Shelby-Allison Hibbs (Echo Theatre), the creative team also includes John Flores (Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas Theater Center), Scott Guenther (WaterTower Theatre, Uptown Players), and Dean Wray (PrismCo). | Aug. 6-8.

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


8. The Grand Slam

House Party Theatre | Various locations

House Party is the newish group started by SMU students/alum, performing plays in homes and alternative spaces. For this event, there will be three new plays by local writers, with each play performed at a different location on different nights, and then all three performed together in yet another location. Schedule below. | Aug. 8-17

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8: No Guts by Sammy Rios, directed by Kristen Kelso, music by Rat Rios to follow. At 4314 Elm St. Dallas
  • 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10: On Staying Indoors by  Haley Nelson, directed by Chris McCreary, music by Braden Joseph Socia and Kristen Kelso to follow. At The Basement Gallery 115 S. Beckley Ave. Dallas
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15: HPT#2 by Oliver Garfield, directed by Taylor Harris, music by Joshua Kumler to follow. At AR Warehouse 2203 Obenchain St., Dallas
  • 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17: The Grand Slam, all three plays with a party to follow, music by Surprising Flavor, Spenser Liszt & His Disciples, Rat Rios. At Ash Studios 3203 Ash Lane, Dallas

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


9. A Midsummer Night's Dream

NT Live and Amphibian Stage Productions | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The National Theatre of London's production of the Shakespeare play, directed by Julie Taymor, is screened by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (see video trailer above). TICKET GIVEAWAY: Email with TAYMOR MIDSUMMER in the subject line, and put your name, phone number and best email contact in the body of email, and you'll be in a drawing for two tickets to this. Also indicate which showing you'd like to see, Wednesday or Thursday, Aug. 12 or 13 | 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 and Thursday, Aug. 13

» More info


10. Mama Won't Fly

Theatre Arlington

Theatre Arlington's season closes the comedy by the popular playwriting trio of Jones, Hope and Wooten, about a woman trying to get her mother from Alabama to California for a wedding, but of course, as the title says, Mama Won't Fly. Directed by Natalie Gaupp. | Aug. 7-22

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

Photo: Eric Younkin
Mama Won't Fly at Theatre Arlington


11. Down That Road

Front Line Cabaret | Applied Arts Studio, Dallas

Veteran performer Catherine Johnson performs a cabaret that will include the return of her Texas twang character Tammy Spraynet, presented by Front Line Cabaret. James McQuillen is musical director. | 8 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8

» More info


12. The Producers

Plano Children's Theatre

Andy Baldwin directs teenagers doing the Mel Brooks musical The Producers. The thought of this makes us giddy, with a little Bialystock, Bloom, Ulla, Roger DeBris, etc. The "Springtime for Hitler" number should be an extra hoot. | Aug. 7-15

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







Darren Carter

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Aug. 6-8

» More info


Tommy Davidson

Arlington Improv | Aug. 6-9

» More info


Felipe Esparza

Addison Improv | Aug. 6-9

» More info


Michael Malone

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Aug. 6-8

» More info





Big River

Denton Community Theatre's new season opens with Roger Miller's musical of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at the Campus Theatre | Aug. 7-16

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


Cheerio, Y'all

Presented by McKinney Repertory Theatre at McKinney Performing Arts Center | Aug. 7-16

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


She Loves Me

The delightful musical, presented by Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne | Aug. 7-Sept. 5

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


Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Aug. 7

» More info




Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson hosts a sometimes-weekly musical theater open mic event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie. This week, look for performances by Lauren Neaves, Vanessa Kenney, Clinton Andrew Gilbert, Dominic Pecikonis, Mikey Sylvester!! | 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10

» 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: Mike Morgan
Catch Me If You Can at Uptown Players


Catch Me If You Can

Presented by Uptown Players in Dallas | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Come Blow Your Horn

Presented by Rover Dramawerks in Plano | Closes Saturday

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



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

» Our review


Jerry Springer the Opera

Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts Center, Grapevine | Closes Saturday

» Our review



Presented by Second Thought Theatre at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | Closes Saturday

» Our review


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Be

Presented by Runway Theatre, Grapevine | Closes Sunday

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


Ruthless! The Musical

Presented by Ennis Public Theatre | Closes Sunday

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


Then and Now

Presented by SceneShop at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth | Closes Saturday

» Read our interview with co-founder Steven Alan McGaw

» Read Mark Lowry's review in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Two Rooms

Presented by Proper Hijinx Productions in the basement space at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Our Productions Theatre Co. Dallas presents God of Carnage at the Addison Theatre Centre's Studio Theatre | Aug. 13-29
  2. L.I.P. Service opens David Rabe's Streamers at the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch | Aug. 13-29
  3. The Core Theatre in Richardson presents Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942 | Aug. 13-Sept. 5
  4. Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | Aug. 14-30
  5. ICT Theatre on the Edge presents Widows and Children First at the Ruddy Seppy Rehearsal Studio, Irving | Aug. 14-22
  6. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine presents Silence! The Musical | Aug. 14-29
  7. Onstage in Bedford does The House of Blues Leaves | Aug. 14-30
  8. Hip Pocket Theatre presents James Maynard's Lili | Aug. 14-Sept. 6
  9. Fun House Theatre & Film does Jeff Swearingen's A School Bus Named Desire at Plano Children's Theatre | Aug 14-22
  10. Circle Theatre presents John Strand's Lovers and Executioners | Aug. 20-Sept. 19
  11. unMasqued brings its show Wasteland to the Studio Theatre at Stage West | Aug. 20-23
  12. African American Repertory Theatre presents A Soldier's Play at K.D. Studio Theatre | Aug. 21-Sept. 6
  13. 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
  14. Uptown Players presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Kalita Humpheys Theater | Aug. 28-Sept. 13
  15. Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents the spoof Bride of Frankenstein: The Musical | Aug. 28-Sept. 26
  16. 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
  17. Lyric Stage's season opens with Into the Woods at the Irving Arts Center | Sept. 3-13
  18. Theatre Three presents Cotton Patch Gospel in Theatre Too! | Opens Sept. 3 for an open-ended run
  19. Garland Civic Theatre presents Spider's Web at the Granville Arts Center | Sept. 4-26
  20. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents Catholic School Girls | Sept. 4-27
  21. Soul Rep Theatre Company presents the ninth New Play Festival at South Dallas Cultural Center | Sept. 9-13
  22. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents the second annual PlayPride LGBT Festival at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center | Sept. 10-20
  23. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Brighton Beach Memoirs | Sept. 10-27
  24. Theatre Britain presents How the Other Half Loves at the Cox Building Playhouse | Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  25. Theatre Three presents Fix Me, Jesus | Sept. 17-Oct. 11



  1. Big Rig Dance Collective presents Dance Co-Op Performance at Arts Fifth Avenue | Aug. 14
  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. Mejia Ballet International presents Fall Repertoire at University of Texas at Arlington's Texas Hall | Sept. 12-13
  6. Blue Candlelight Music presents Avant Chamber Ballet at the Corner Theatre, DeSoto | Sept. 13
  7. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez 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
  9. The Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Sept 24
  10. The Dark Circles Contemporary Dance season opens with Fall Series at TCU's Erma Lowe Hall Studio | Oct. 9-11
  11. Texas Ballet Theater does Ben Stevenson's Dracula at Bass Performance Hall, featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Oct. 16-18
  12. LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents Le Ballet du Dracula at the MCL Grand Theatre in Lewisville | Oct. 16-17
  13. TITAS presents Kyle Abraham at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 29-30
  14. TITAS presents Akram Khan Company at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 6-7
  15. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Let's Tango! at Bass Performance Hall | Nov. 6-8



  1. The Fort Worth Symphony season opens with the Classical Masters Festival at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 28-30
  2. The Dallas Symphony's Pops season opens with The Sinatra Century at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 4-6
  3. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Sci-Fi Spectacular at Bass Hall | Sept. 4-6
  4. 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
  5. The Dallas Winds season kicks off with Empire of Sound: A Celebration of Rome at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 15
  6. The Cliburn Foundation presents Made in Fort Worth: Local Composers at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sept. 19
  7. Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Atrium String Quartet at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Oct. 3
  8. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra season opens with guest pianist Gabriela Martinez at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Richardson
  9. Dallas Chamber Music opens the season with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 5
  10. The Dallas Opera presents the world premiere of Great Scott at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | Oct. 30-Nov. 15



  1. Pegasus Theatre presents the improv event The Naughty Bits at the Bath House Cultural Center | Aug. 13-29
  2. Oral Fixation presents "Best of Season Four" at Dallas Museum of Art | Aug. 14
  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 
  9. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival featuring Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer comes to Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas | Oct. 18
  10. Lewis Black comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 17


» 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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