Daniel Frank and Cooper Wiseman in Scissors, part of Sundown Collaborative Theatre\'s <em>We All Make Mistakes (A Drunk Mixtape): Short Works Festival</em>

Places! Aug. 20-26, 2015

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

published Wednesday, August 19, 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: Circle Theatre gets physical with Lovers and Executioners, the new seasons for African American Repertory Theater and Ballet Frontier of Texas begin, Sundown gets drunk, there's poetry in Fort Worth and The Tribe is up to something that sounds strange and wonderful. Also, chocolate, cupcakes and box o' wine.

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 20 through Wednesday, August 26

Photo: Leah Spillman
Lovers and Executioners at Circle Theatre


1. Lovers and Executioners

Circle Theatre, Fort Worth

Things that make us excited about this entry in Circle's 2015 season: The John Strand play is farcical and physical, it's a battle of the sexes, and has 17th century costumes. These are all things at which director/costumer/fight choreographer Robin Armstrong excels. Plus, we haven't seen a Strand play here since Circle produced his Lincolnesque in the mid-2000s. Armstrong's cast includes Eric Dobbins, Amber Marie Flores, Suzanna Catherine Fox, Marianne Galloway, Chad Gowen Spear, Shane Strawbridge and Richard Stubblefield. | Previews Aug. 20, 21 and at the 3 p.m. matinee on Aug. 22; opens 8 p.m. Aug. 22 and runs through Sept. 19

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


2. A Soldier's Play

African American Repertory Theater | K.D. Studio Theatre, Dallas

The eighth season for African American Repertory Theater kicks off with Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play (1982), set in 1944 in Louisiana Army barracks, where a sergeant's murder brings out some scary truths. Willie Minor, who directed AART's productions of Joe Turner's Come and Gone and The Whipping Man, directs. The terrific cast includes Hassan El-Amin, Christopher Dontrell Piper, Christian Taylor, Lynn Andrews, Jordan DragonKing, Jared Wilson, Brandon McKnight, Brandon Christle, John Hays, JR Bradford Jr., Jake Bowman and Bryson Marshall. | Aug. 21-Sept. 6

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


Photo: Buddy Myers
A Soldier's Play at African American Repertory Theater



3. We All Make Mistakes (A Drunk Mixtape): Short Works Festival 

Sundown Collaborative Theatre | The Greenspace Arts Collective, Denton

Also kicking off its eighth season is Sundown Collaborative Theatre, which brings another edition in its "Mixtape" series. This one, called We All Make Mistakes (A Drunk Mixtape): Short Works Festival features 12 short (some very short) plays and entertainments. The titles and authors are listed below. | Aug. 21-28

Photo: Chung-Lin Tseng
Company member Anastacia Snyder of Ballet Frontier of Texas
  • Chivalry in Flux by Drew Maggs
  • Clockworks and Consciousness by Jenna Davis Jones
  • Curtains by Cesar Velasco
  • Disillusioned by Bethany Burnside
  • Duet by Mandy Rausch
  • Internal Clock by Liesl Ehmke 
  • Marren and the Three-Legged Moose by Kelsey Johnson
  • Our Child by Franky Gonzales
  • Scissors by Collin Miller (the photo on the cover is from Scissors)
  • Sleepwalkers by Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell
  • Tag by Laura King
  • Veggie Lass by Tashina Richardson

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


4. Straight to the Heart with Tchaikovsky

Ballet Frontier of Texas | Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Scott Theatre, Fort Worth

The Ballet Frontier of Texas season opens sooner than usual, with a one-night showcase of works by Chung-Lin Tseng (Last Cup of Water and Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 1), Roy Tobias (Straight to the Heart) and Jay Kim (Enraptured). | 7:30 p.m., Aug. 22

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


5. Wasteland

unMasqued Theatre | Stage West's Studio Theatre, Fort Worth

The traveling collective unMasqued Theatre begins its regional tour of Susan Felder's Vietnam War play Wasteland at the Studio Theatre at Stage West. Directed by Dallas' Jeffrey Schmidt. | Aug. 20-23

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

» Our interview with unMasqued Theatre's Ty Fanning and Drew Feldman


6. The Transformation Project

Junior Players | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre

Junior Players, which focuses mostly on theater, delves into dance with this show created by the young performers, dealing with teen issues such as body image, bullying and more. | 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22

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

» Read Shelby-Allison Hibbs' column about The Transformation Project


7. Alice Wetterlund

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas

You might have seen her as Carla in HBO's Silicon Valley, and she's returning to her stand-up roots with a tour that brings her to Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas this week. Below, check out a video of her performing stand-up in 2012. | Aug. 20-22

» More info



8. Fort Worth Poetry Slams Season Kick-Off

Fort Worth Poetry Slams | The Dock Bookshop, Fort Worth

A new season for Fort Worth Poetry Slam kicks off at the Dock Bookstore. Hosted by Michael Guinn, they'll continue every Tuesday through Dec. 22, and participants earn points to see who makes it to Cowtown's award-winning national slam team. You can also just go to watch and listen. | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25

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


9. Dallas, Etc.

The Tribe | Yellow Rose Art House, Dallas

We're digging on the newish collective known as The Tribe, a group of youngish (and mostly SMU-affiliated) artists who love to collaborate and focus on the artist and the process. This event is described thusly: "The Big D, blazing hot highways, ice cold cocktails, booze and booty dancing. ...a snapshot of three months of an ongoing listening project. Join us for an immersive theatrical experience devised by a group of artists exploring who we are now and the community we might become. A play, a conversation, a dance party." Featuring Abigail Birkett, Katherine Bourne, Ruben Carrazana, Abel Flores, Zac Hammer, Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso, Jerick Johnson, Dylan Key, Catie McLain, and Alexandra Werle. Produced in collaboration with Mill River Arts.

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


10. The Chocolate War

Plano Children's Theatre

Plano Children's Theatre presents the Joseph Robinette adaptation of the controversial Robert Cormier young adult novel about the perils of non-conformity in high school. Directed by Becca Johnson-Spinos. | Aug. 21-29

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


11. Cupcake and Franzia

Dallas Comedy House

These are both improv groups who make regular appearances at Dallas Comedy House, but we just like the idea of pairing the two names. Sweets and box o' wine. Sweet. Cupcake performs with The Rift in the 10 p.m. block on Saturday, and Franzia is with Manick in the 11 p.m. block. And of course there's great improv and comedy at DCH all weekend. | 10 and 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22

» More info


12. Summer Blockbusters

Metropolitan Winds | Dallas City Performance Hall

The Metropolitan Winds performs wind band transcriptions of music from film scores, including selections from: Jurassic Park (John Williams), The Rocketeer (James Horner), How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell), The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein) and Cutthroat Island (John Debney).

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

» More info







Rick Gutierrez

Performs at the Addison Improv | Aug. 20-23

» More info


Greg Warren

Plays the Arlington Improv | Aug. 20-23

» More info


Billy D. Washington

Performs at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Aug. 20-22

» More info





Comedy Oxygen

Thiago X. Nascimento is behind this comedy/music event featuring performances by local comedians, musicians and other performers at Aldeez Event Center in Richardson | 8 p.m. Aug. 21

» More info



The musical version of the John Waters film about segregation in Baltimore in the 1960s, presented by Repertory Company Theatre, Richardson | Aug. 21-30

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


Late Nights

The Dallas Museum of Art presents its periodic "Late Nights," which features music, performances, films and more. Don't miss a performance by Dallas actress Liz Mikel, who'll perform music from the 1960s at 8 p.m., including songs by Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. Admission is free. | 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, Aug. 21

» More info


'til Midnight at the Nasher

The Nasher Sculpture Centre presents a late night event, with music and film, and free admission. | 6 p.m.-midnight Aug. 21

» More info


"Weird" Al Yankovic

The genius parodist brings his Mandatory Tour to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21

» More info





Vaudeville Night at Labyrinth

Come for a night of music, comedy and performances at Labyrinth Walk Coffeehouse at First Unitarian Universalist Church Oak Cliff | 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22

» More info





The Merchant of Venice

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. And before the screening at the Plano location, TheaterJones' Shakespeare critic Lance Lusk will give a brief introduction, and maybe have some tickets to give out. |  7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25

» 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


Chrono Cops: Elite Time Patrol

Presented by Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas | Closes Sunday

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


The Color Purple

Presented by Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Glass Menagerie

Presented by Theatre Three | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Mark Lowry's feature on Theatre Three and Bruce Coleman for the Dallas Voice


God of Carnage

Presented by Our Productions Theatre Company - Dallas at Addison Theatre Centre Studio Theatre | Closes Sunday

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


I'm Always on My Mind

Presented by Uppermost Entertainment at Theatre 166, Carrollton | Closes Saturday

» Our review

» Our feature on Uppermost Entertainment


Mama Won't Fly

The Jones-Hope-Wooten plays closes the Theatre Arlington season | Closes Sunday

» Our review


A School Bus Named Desire

Fun House Theatre and Film does an original youth parody of A Streetcar Named Desire at Plano Children's Theatre | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Widows and Children First

Also known as Act III of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, presented by ICT Theatre on the Edge at Ruddy Seppy Rehearsal Studio, Irving | Closes Saturday

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


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



  1. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  2. 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
  3. The Ochre House and Flamenco Festival of Dallas presents Buñuel Descending at the Ochre House | Sept. 9-12
  4. Mejia Ballet International presents Fall Repertoire at University of Texas at Arlington's Texas Hall | Sept. 12-13
  5. Blue Candlelight Music presents Avant Chamber Ballet at the Corner Theatre, DeSoto | Sept. 13
  6. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16
  7. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19
  8. The Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Sept 24
  9. The Dark Circles Contemporary Dance season opens with Fall Series at TCU's Erma Lowe Hall Studio | Oct. 9-11
  10. Texas Ballet Theater does Ben Stevenson's Dracula at Bass Performance Hall, featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Oct. 16-18
  11. LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents Le Ballet du Dracula at the MCL Grand Theatre in Lewisville | Oct. 16-17
  12. TITAS presents Kyle Abraham at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 29-30
  13. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Horror Series at Sammons Center for the Arts | Oct. 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. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  2. Nerdist guru Chris Hardwick comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 18 
  3. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival featuring Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer comes to Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas | Oct. 18
  4. 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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