Places! Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

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

published Thursday, August 27, 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 marks the end of the summer arts season, and it's dominated by what has to be one of the most anticipated musicals of the year: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Uptown Players. Also on the list: Fort Worth Symphony opens its season with a Classical Masters Festival, Brick Road Theatre debuts with a new version of a Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt musical that is NOT The Fantasticks, and a spoof of The Bride of Frankenstein at Pocket Sandwich Theatre. Also, it's a big week for variety shows, spoken word/poetry and performance art.

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 27 through Wednesday, September 2

Photo: Courtesy
Steven Lin
Photo: Courtesy
David Coucheron
Photo: Courtesy
Gustavo Miranda-Bernales






1. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Uptown Players | Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas

Since John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's masterpiece of a glam-rock musical premiered off-Broadway in 1998 (lift up your hand if you saw it), there have been three productions of it in North Texas, including at Kitchen Dog Theater. (The other two groups have revived it several times in Dallas and Fort Worth.) But this Uptown revival will be the first one since the show debuted on Broadway in 2014 and earned a Tony Award for star Neil Patrick Harris (following in his heels have been Andrew Rannells, John Cameron Mitchell, Michael C. Hall, Darren Criss and Taye Diggs). Judging from Uptown Players' tremendous success, both critically and commercially, with musicals in the past two seasons, it will be the one not to miss. In fact, rumor has it that it's nearly sold out. Kyle Igneczi stars as the title character, an "internationally ignored rock star" who begins life as a boy in communist Berlin and ends up in a Kansas trailer park after losing a little piece of himself, and on a search for his other half. The piece was developed by Mitchell and Trask in drag clubs, and was inspired by Plato's Symposium, which is best explained in the song "The Origin of Love." Grace Neeley plays Yitzhak, his sidekick in the rock band they front, called the Angry Inch. Jeremy Dumont, whose choreography has been admired for years on local stages, makes his Dallas directing debut. If you've only seen the 2001 movie version, prepare thyself for something a little different, notably that some of the auxilliary characters you see in the movie, such as Phyllis Stein, Tommy Gnosis, Hedwig's parents and sugar daddy Luther, are only talked about in the stage version. It's a rock concert, after all. Expect lots of improv and local references. Basically, it's gonna rock your face off. A clip from "The Origin of Love" in the movie, in which Mitchell reprised the role he created, is below. One spoiler: Uptown's revival features the newer version of the song "Sugar Daddy" from the current Broadway revival, which is not as countrified as in the original. (Sad panda.) | Aug. 28-Sept. 13

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



2. Classical Masters Festival

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

As far as we're concerned, the Fall Arts Season officially begins when the Fort Worth Symphony presents its annual composer-centric festival. That happens this weekend, with the "Classical Masters Festival," which features works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn on each of the three nights. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts all three, and each features a different guest soloist. Two of them, Steven Lin and Gustavo Miranda-Bernales, were competitors in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The other is violinist David Coucheron. See the line-up for each concert below. | 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 28-30



Steven Lin, Piano

  • Mozart | Overture to The Magic Flute
  • Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15
  • Haydn | Symphony No. 92, "Oxford"



David Coucheron, Violin

  • Haydn | Overture to L'isola disabitata
  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 5, K. 219, "Turkish"
  • Beethoven | Symphony No. 2



Gustavo Miranda-Bernales, Piano

  • Beethoven | Leonore Overture No. 3
  • Haydn | Piano Concerto No. 11
  • Mozart | Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter"

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


Photo: Brick Road Theatre
Photo: Brick Road Theatre
Photo: Brick Road Theatre
Photo: Brick Road Theatre



3. I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!

Brick Road Theatre | Courtyard Theatre, Plano

This one came out of nowhere, and given the talent involved, it can't be ignored. Brick Road Theatre, started by Noelle Chesney, debuts with this newer version of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's 1965 musical I Do! I Do!, which is based on Jan de Hartog's Tony-winning 1951 play The Fourposter, which follows one couple over 50 years, with every scene set in their bedroom. The original Broadway production starred Robert Preston and Weatherford native Mary Martin. This newly adapted version, with four "I Do's," adds three more couples (all four pictured above) and divides up the songs among them. Linda Leonard directs. | Aug. 28-30

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


4. Bride of Frankenstein: The Musical

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

Pocket Sandwich knows how to spoof, so we're looking forward to its take on one of the great horror movies, the James Whale-directed The Bride of Frankenstein. Popcorn kernels will be thrown like crazy, and you know they're gonna aim for the wig. Written and directed by Rodney Dobbs with music by Mary Medrick. | Aug. 28-Sept. 26

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


Photo: Robert Hart/TheaterJones
Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley


5. Hopped Up on Goofballs Cabaret

New York Goofs | Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

North Texas' premier practitioners of pratfalls and pranks, or the art of clown, Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley, begin a new event, featuring local performers doing magic, clown, music, comedy and more. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1

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


6. Spillway Sonata

Sound Culture | Riverside Arts District and Shipping & Receiving, Fort Worth

Performance artist Tammy Melody Gomez heads this free butoh-inspired performance that pays homage to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. Performers include Linnae Nicolle Underwood and Tuumea Omodada Oxum, with spoken word by Hassan Multi Conteh | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28 and 29 in the parking lot next to 2814 Race St.; and noon Sunday, Aug. 30 at Shipping & Receiving

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


7. Gustavo Romero

UNT College of Music | Voertman Hall, University of North Texas, Denton

Internationally renowned College of Music faculty member Gustavo Romero opens the College of Music’s fall season with a series of free concerts featuring works for piano by Schubert juxtaposed with the music of Second Viennese School composers. | 8 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Monday, Aug. 27, 29 and 31

» More info


8. Verse & Rhythm

Oak Cliff Cultural Center

B. Randall and Priscilla Rice host this monthly poetry event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. This week it's the kick-off of season four, and features DJ KG. It's open to poets, musicians, dancers, comedians and performers to share your talents in open mike. | 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29

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

Photo: Courtesy
Aida Rodriguez


9. Poetry with a Purpose

Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth

Jubilee Theatre follows its successful season-ending production of The Color Purple with an evening of local poetry and spoken word poetry, in a benefit for Moncrief Cancer Institute at UT Southwestern. Performers include Christopher Piper, JuNene K., Chimberly Byrom, Kevin Arthur, Amir and Lyn Lyric. | 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31

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


10. Aida Rodriguez

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth

This comic was a top ten finalist on Season 8 of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and has also been seen on Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out, Parental Discretion and NuVo TV’s Stand Up and Deliver (Season 1 & 2). She hosted The Wedding Zinger along with Felipe Esparza, a comedy roast special for the NuVo Network, as she is also one of the unique voices on the network’s talking heads-style show Latino 101 alongside Edward James Olmos. | 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27-29.

» More info


11. One Day Only 25!

Rover Dramawerks, Plano

Rover Dramawerks does its 25th One Day Only event. For the unfamilar: beginning 24 hours before the performance (8 p.m. Friday), selected playwrights are given specs for a short play, and they write it, cast it and directors rehearse and design it in one day. The performances of the plays begin on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 29. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29

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


12. Girls Gone Weird

Girls Gone Weird | Stage West Studio Theatre

Sherry Etzel and Lana K. Hoover bring sketch comedy, music and more to Stage West's Studio Theatre. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29

» More info







Lyndon: The Story of a Great American

Laurence Luckinbill presents his one-man show Lyndon: The Story of a Great American at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie | Aug. 27

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


Corey Holcomb 

Addison Improv | Aug. 27-30

» More info


Angel Salazar

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Aug. 27-30

» More info






Arlington Improv | Aug. 28-30

» More info


On Golden Pond

Presented by Granbury Theatre Company | Granbury Opera House

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


The Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015

On Great Performances | 8 p.m. KERA/Channel 13

» More info





10th Organ Anniversary Celebration Concert

Organist Bradley Welch performs a recital in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the installation of the Quimby Pipe Organ, Op. 61 at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church | 5 p.m. Sunday, August 30

» More info





Sarah Colonna

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Sept. 1

» More info





Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical

Dallas Theater Center presents the world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical, featuring music by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, book by Robert Horn, directed by Gary Griffin. It starring American Idol's Justin Guarini and Broadway's Rose Hemingway is at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre. Look for more on Moonshine in an upcoming Places! | Previews begin Sept. 2 and continue through Sept. 17; opens Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 11

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



Fort Worth Poetry Slams Open Mike

Host Michael Guinn leads this weekly open mike; 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. Tuesdays through Dec. 22

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


Glitterbomb Denton

A weekly queer variety show that offers the "very best drag, burlesque, queerlesque, sideshow, magic, and musical talent Denton has to offer," at Mable Peabody's Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair, Denton | 9:30 p.m. Thursdays

» 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: Brooke Viegut
Streamers from L.I.P. Service


Avenue Q

Presented by Lakeside Community Theatre, The Colony | Closes Saturday

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


The Chocolate War

Presented by Plano Children's Theatre | Closes Saturday

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


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Presented by Stolen Shakespeare Guild at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Presented by Repertory Company Theatre, Richardson | Closes Sunday

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


The House of Blue Leaves

Presented by Onstage in Bedford at the Trinity Arts Theater, Bedford | Closes Sunday

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


Law and Order: The SVUsical

Presented by Dallas Comedy House | Closes Saturday

» Our review


The Naughty Bits

Presented by Pegasus Theatre at Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Peter Pan: The Panto

Presented by Allen's Community Theatre, Allen | Closes Sunday

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


Silence! The Musical

Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts Center, Grapevine | Closes Saturday

» Read Mark Lowry's report about the summer shows at Ohlook, including American Idiot, Dogfight, Jerry Springer: The Opera and Silence! The Musical



Presented by L.I.P. Service at the Firehouse Theatre, Farmer's Branch | Closes Saturday

» Our review


We All Make Mistakes: A Drunken Mixtape

Presented by Sundown Collaborative Theatre at the Greenspace Arts Collective, Denton | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events



  1. 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
  2. Lyric Stage's season opens with Into the Woods at the Irving Arts Center | Sept. 3-13
  3. Theatre Three presents Cotton Patch Gospel in Theatre Too! | Opens Sept. 3 for an open-ended run
  4. Garland Civic Theatre presents Spider's Web at the Granville Arts Center | Sept. 4-26
  5. DVA Productions presents the original musical Venus & Mars at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre
  6. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents Catholic School Girls | Sept. 4-27
  7. Soul Rep Theatre Company presents the ninth New Play Festival at South Dallas Cultural Center | Sept. 9-13
  8. 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
  9. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents the second annual PlayPride LGBT Festival at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center | Sept. 10-20
  10. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Brighton Beach Memoirs | Sept. 10-27
  11. Theatre Britain presents How the Other Half Loves at the Cox Building Playhouse | Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  12. Theatre Arlington presents Hello, Dolly! | Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  13. Theatre Three presents Fix Me, Jesus | Sept. 17-Oct. 11
  14. Dallas Theater Center presents The Mountaintop in the Wyly Theatre's Studio Theatre | Sept. 17-Nov. 15
  15. A tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Bass Hall in Fort Worth | Sept. 18-20
  16. Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth presents Killer Shrews | Sept. 18-Oct. 11
  17. Shakespeare Dallas presents King Lear at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Tenison Park and Addison Circle Park | Sept. 16-11
  18. Dallas Children's Theater's season opens with Fancy Nancy the Musical | Sept. 18-Oct. 25
  19. Undermain Theatre presents The Droll | Sept. 22-Oct. 17
  20. Matilda the Musical comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series at the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 23-Oct. 4
  21. The second Off-Broadway on Flora season opens with Murder for Two at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 24-26
  22. Griot Productions presents Pot Liquor at the Bishop Arts Theatre Centre | Sept. 24-27
  23. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents Evita | Sept. 25-Oct. 18
  24. Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents William Finn's Falsettos | Sept. 25-Oct. 18
  25. Casa Mañana in Fort Worth presents Fiddler on the Roof | Sept. 26-Oct. 4



  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. The So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Tour comes to Verizon Theatre | Oct. 13
  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 Dallas Symphony's Pops season opens with The Sinatra Century at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 4-6
  2. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Sci-Fi Spectacular at Bass Hall | Sept. 4-6
  3. 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
  4. The Dallas Winds season kicks off with Empire of Sound: A Celebration of Rome at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 15
  5. The Cliburn Foundation presents Made in Fort Worth: Local Composers at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sept. 19
  6. Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Atrium String Quartet at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Oct. 3
  7. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra season opens with guest pianist Gabriela Martinez at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Richardson
  8. Dallas Chamber Music opens the season with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 5
  9. 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. Christopher Reid plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Sept. 10-12
  2. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  3. Arsenio Hall comes to the Addison Improv | Sept. 18-19
  4. Adam Ray plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Sept. 17-19
  5. Nerdist guru Chris Hardwick comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 18 
  6. Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano opens with Lisa Landry | Sept. 24-25
  7. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival featuring Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer comes to Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas | Oct. 18
  8. The Last Comic Standing Tour comes to Verizon Theatre | Nov. 14
  9. Lewis Black comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 17
  10. Lavell Crawford comes to Majestic Theatre | Jan. 9


» 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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