<em>Streamers</em>, presented by L.I.P. Service

Places! Aug. 13-19, 2015

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

published Thursday, August 13, 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 is dominated by interesting plays from the area's small-budget theaters. Remember to support the little guys, too, because we don't have a theater scene without them. A few examples: Hip Pocket Theatre does a puppet play based on a 1953 movie; L.I.P. Service revives an important David Rabe drama; Fun House Theatre & Film goes old School; and there's a can't-miss musical parody of a very quotable Oscar-winning movie.

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, Aug. 13 through Wednesday, Aug. 19

Photo: Chuck Marcelo
A School Bus Named Desire at Fun House Theatre & Film


1. Lili

Hip Pocket Theatre | Silver Creek Amphitheatre, Fort Worth

Hip Pocket Theatre welcomes two voices from its past with James Maynard's puppet adaptation of the 1953 film Lili, which starred Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer and Zsa Zsa Gabor. This adaptation, directed by John Murphy, follows the film's story about a girl who becomes part of a puppet act and forms a bond with a reclusive puppeteer. | Aug. 14-Sept. 6

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


Photo: Robert Bourdage
Lili at Hip Pocket Theatre


2. The Naughty Bits

Pegasus Theatre | Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

The title should tell you that this one is not for the young'uns. Pegasus Theatre, phasing out its Churchmouse Productions, presents this evening of improv and comedy sketches, featuring the cast of Leslie Patrick, Ben Schroth, Erin Singleton, Chad Cline, Todd Upchurch, Greg Silva and Jim Kuenzer. | Aug. 13-29

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


3. A School Bus Named Desire

Fun House Theatre & Film | Plano Children's Theatre

A youth parody of a play that's considered one of American drama's finest, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire? Before you naysay it, consider that Jeff Swearingen has adapted two other mammoth American plays—David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross as Daffodil Girls and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as Yes Virginia Woolf, There is a Santa Clausfor youth, and they were brilliant. School Bus is set in a kindergarten classroom where imaginative play and the real goings on blend to tell the tale of kindergarteners Blanche, Stella and Stanley. When Blanche arrives at Elysian Elementary School, Stella, Stanley and a host of other students in the class find themselves thrust into Blanche’s world of fragile distorted reality which is soon brought to ruin by class bad boy, Stanley. Remember, you can depend on the kindness of strangers, just don't take candy from them. | Aug 14-22

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


Photo: Phillip Allen
The Naughty Bits at Pegasus Theatre


4. Streamers

L.I.P. Service | Firehouse Theatre, Farmer's Branch

The second production of L.I.P. Service's season is a revival of David Rabe's 1976 drama about four soldiers, including one who confides that he is gay, that are about to be shipped to Vietnam for the war. This play is part of Rabe's Vietnam Plays, which also includes The Orphan, Sticks and Bones and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. Seth Johnston directs. The photo on the cover is from Streamers. | Aug. 13-29

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


5. Silence! The Musical

Ohlook Performing Arts Center, Grapevine

Ohlook Performing Arts closes its summer late-night series with this musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs, by Hunter Bell and Jon and Al Kaplan. The show has had three off-Broadway runs, and this marks its North Texas premiere. The song titles alone are filled with profanities, including "Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket." Ohlook is BYOB, so be sure and bring a nice chianti. Leave the fava beans at home, though. | Aug. 14-29

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


Photo: Scott Kirkham
God of Carnage presented by Our Productions Theatre Co. Dallas


6. God of Carnage

Our Productions Theatre Company | Addison Theatre Centre, Studio Theatre

Our Productions Theatre Co. Dallas revives its 2014 production of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at the Addison Theatre Centre's Studio Theatre. Directed by Mark Mullino, this time the cast features Brad Baker, Stephanie Riggs, Bob Reed and Christine Phelan. | Aug. 13-29

Photo: Arden Myrin
Arden Myrin

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

» Our review of the group's 2014 production, which had two different actors


7. Taylor Williamson

Dallas Comedy House

This comedian was the runner up on the eighth season of America's Got Talent and a runner-up on Last Comic Standing. He does four shows at the Dallas Comedy House this weekend; the 8 p.m. show on Friday is ages 13 and up and the others are 18 and older. | 8 & 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15

» More info


8. Best of Season Four

Oral Fixation | Dallas Museum of Art

Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) will be moving into a new location for its upcoming fifth season, in Dallas City Performance Hall, but not before it gives us highlights from last season with "Best of Season Four" at Dallas Museum of Art. These stories come from Monica Berry, John Mathew, Julia Cotton, Robert Schmidt, Trish Batson, Rhoni Golden and Melissa Smrekar. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15

» More info


9. Arden Myrin

Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Dallas

You've seen her on Chelsea Lately, MADtv and Fresh Off the Boat, and now the comedian is finishing her stand-up tour here, at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Aug. 13-15

» More info


10. Widows and Children First

ICT Theatre on the Edge | Rudy Seppy Rehearsal Studio, Irving

You might know this Harvey Fierstein title as the third act of his Tony-winning Torch Song Trilogy. Presented by ICT Theatre on the Edge, it's directed by Dennis Canright, who played Arnold Beckoff more than 10 years ago at Fort Worth's now-defunct Sage & Silo Theatre. | Aug. 14-22

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



11. The Merchant of Venice

Royal Shakespeare Company | Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano

The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Shakespeare's most controversial play, directed by Polly Findley, can be seen on the big screen at both area Angelika Film Centers, screened in the Live From Stratford-Upon-Avon series. See video feature above. | 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25

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


12. The House of Blue Leaves

Onstage in Bedford | Trinity Arts Theatre, Bedford

This wacky play from 1966 is an early one from John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation), and it's still one of his funniest. And we're not just saying that because a certain website's editor once played the psychotic teen Ronnie, who has a great monologue about his plans to bomb a visit from the Pope. Plus, this play has characters named Bunny and Bananas. Mike Hathaway directs. | Aug. 14-30

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







Dance Co-Op

Big Rig Dance Collective presents Dance Co-Op at Arts Fifth Avenue, a free, open-to-the-public event featuring workshops, classes and performances. Instructors include Sarah Newton, Erin Reck and Joshua Peugh. Performances are listed below: | Aug. 13-14

  • 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13: Dance Jam
  • 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14: Performance

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


Steve Hirst

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Aug. 13-15

» More info


Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942

The Core Theatre in Richardson revives an original show from last year, rewritten, called Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942 | Previews Aug. 13, opens Aug. 14 and runs through Sept. 5

» Read our review of the earlier version of this show from December 2014

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


West Side Story

Presented by Rockwall Summer Musicals at Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center | Aug. 13-16

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




Photo: Walter Betts
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Stolen Shakespeare Guild


Bruce Bruce

At the Addison Improv | Aug. 14-16

» More info


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents David Yazbek's musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | Aug. 14-30

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


Kevin Hart

The comedian and movie star brings his What Now? tour to American Airlines Center, Dallas | Aug. 14

» More info


I'm No Fool

Roots for Youth African Children's Theater presents this play based on a Nigerian folk tale, featuring drumming and dialogue in English and Yoruba, performed at the Act of Change Inc. Institute of Cultural Arts in South Dallas. | Aug. 14-16

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


Sheryl Underwood

At the Arlington Improv | Aug. 14-16

» More info





Grease Sing-along

Movie theaters across the Metroplex will present a sing-along version of the 1978 movie Grease, with props available. Theaters include AMC Mesquite 30, Village on the Parkway 9, Addison, AMC Northpark, Cinemark 17 Dallas, Hulen Movie Tavern, Alliance Town Center (Fort Worth) and more. | 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 and Wednesday, Aug. 19

» Find a theater near you here 



The Grand Slam

House Party Theatre brings together the three plays (No Guts by Sammy Rios, On Staying Indoors by Haley Nelson and HPT#2 by Oliver Garfield) it has performed in separate spaces for one evening of theater, at Ash Studios in Fair Park. There will also be music by Surprising Flavor, Spenser Liszt & His Disciples, Rat Rios. | 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17

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




Photo: Robert Hubert-Smith
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Everyman



Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in Carol Duffy's adaptation of one of the English language's oldest extant plays, from the National Theatre of London in the NT Live series, screened by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19

» 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



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.


The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

Houston's Studio 101 presents the Tennessee Williams play at  Spring Street Studios | Through Aug. 22

» More info



These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Joan Marcus
Motown the Musical


Beauty and the Beast

Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine | Closes Sunday

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


The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: Macbeth!

Presented by MBS Productions at the Stone Cottage at the Addison Theatre Centre | Closes Sunday

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


Big River

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

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


Cheerio, Y'all

Presented by McKinney Repertory Theatre at the McKinney Performing Arts Center | Closes Sunday

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


The Drowsy Chaperone

Presented by Granbury Theatre Company at the Granbury Opera House | Closes Sunday

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


Into the Woods

Presented by Garland Civic Theatre at the Granville Arts Center, Garland | Closes Saturday

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


Motown the Musical

Presented in the Broadway Series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with Nathaniel Cullors, who is one of three actors playing Michael Jackson on this tour

Noises Off

Presented by Mesquite Commnunity Theatre at the Mesquite Arts Center | Closes Sunday

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


Plays of Question

Presented by Tackett & Pyke, featuring Pyke's Bed Frames and Tackett's Said and Done, at the Margo Jones Theatre | Closes Saturday

» Our review


The Producers

Presented by Plano Children's Theatre | Closes Saturday

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


Sweet Charity

Presented by WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with actress Whitney Hennen, who plays Charity Hope Valentine


Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Circle Theatre presents John Strand's Lovers and Executioners | Aug. 20-Sept. 19
  2. unMasqued brings its show Wasteland to the Studio Theatre at Stage West | Aug. 20-23
  3. African American Repertory Theatre presents A Soldier's Play at K.D. Studio Theatre | Aug. 21-Sept. 6
  4. 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
  5. Laurence Luckinbill presents his one-man show Lyndon: The Story of a Great American at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie | Aug. 27
  6. Uptown Players presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Kalita Humpheys Theater | Aug. 28-Sept. 13
  7. Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents the spoof Bride of Frankenstein: The Musical | Aug. 28-Sept. 26
  8. Brick Road Theatre debuts with I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!, a reworking of I Do! I Do!, at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano | Aug. 28-30
  9. 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
  10. Lyric Stage's season opens with Into the Woods at the Irving Arts Center | Sept. 3-13
  11. Theatre Three presents Cotton Patch Gospel in Theatre Too! | Opens Sept. 3 for an open-ended run
  12. Garland Civic Theatre presents Spider's Web at the Granville Arts Center | Sept. 4-26
  13. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents Catholic School Girls | Sept. 4-27
  14. Soul Rep Theatre Company presents the ninth New Play Festival at South Dallas Cultural Center | Sept. 9-13
  15. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents the second annual PlayPride LGBT Festival at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center | Sept. 10-20
  16. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Brighton Beach Memoirs | Sept. 10-27
  17. Theatre Britain presents How the Other Half Loves at the Cox Building Playhouse | Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  18. Theatre Three presents Fix Me, Jesus | Sept. 17-Oct. 11
  19. Dallas Theater Center presents The Mountaintop in the Wyly Theatre's Studio Theatre | Sept. 17-Nov. 15
  20. Kitchen Dog Theater opens its 25th season in a new location with The Dumb Waiter at the Green Zone in the Design District | Sept. 18-Oct. 17
  21. Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth presents Killer Shrews | Sept. 18-Oct. 11
  22. Shakespeare Dallas presents King Lear at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Tenison Park and Addison Circle Park | Sept. 16-11
  23. Dallas Children's Theater's season opens with Fancy Nancy the Musical | Sept. 18-Oct. 25
  24. Undermain Theatre presents The Droll | Sept. 22-Oct. 17
  25. Matilda the Musical comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series at the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 23-Oct. 4



  1. Ballet Frontier presents Straight to the Heart with Tchaikovsky at the Scott Theatre, Fort Worth | Aug. 22
  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. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Horror Series at Sammons Center for the Arts | Oct. 30
  15. TITAS presents Akram Khan Company at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 6-7



  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. "Weird" Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Aug. 21
  2. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  3. Nerdist guru Chris Hardwick comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 18 
  4. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival featuring Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer comes to Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas | Oct. 18
  5. 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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