Noble Motion Dance will perform at the second Dallas DanceFest

Places! Sept. 3-9, 2015

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

published Friday, September 4, 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: The Dallas DanceFest returns for the second year at Dallas City Performance Hall, and that's not all that's going on in the Dallas Arts District. At the Wyly Theatre, Dallas Theater Center is still in previews of Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical (there's an opening event Sept. 12, so look for more on it in next week's Places!); Texas Ballet Theater and Dallas Symphony do Ben Stevenson's Dracula (with music by Liszt) at the Winspear Opera House; and the Dallas Symphony Pops has a tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes. Plus, Lyric goes Into the Woods, Ochre House and the Flamenco Festival of Dallas explore Luis Buñuel, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas likes Catholic School Girls and there's a new play festival to kick off Soul Rep Theatre Company's new season, its first one at the South Dallas Cultural Center.

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, September 3 through Wednesday, September 9

Photo: Amitava Sarkar
METdance of Houston performs at the Dallas DanceFest


1. Dallas DanceFest

Dance Council of North Texas | Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District

The Dance Council of North Texas has an exciting, eclectic mix of performers for the second annual Dallas DanceFest, from folklórico to hip-hop to Indian classical dance to tap to ballet and modern. There are performances on Friday and Saturday nights, and more performers with the Dance Council honors on Sunday afternoon. It's a great weekend to be a dance lover in Dallas. | Sept. 4-6

» Our special section on Dallas DanceFest, which has info on performers, a feature about the festival, and will have reviews from the weekend. It also includes profiles of the following performers/choreographers:

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


Photo: Michael C. Foster
Into the Woods at Lyric Stage


2. Into the Woods

Lyric Stage | Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Performance Hall

Since Lyric Stage has been going all-out with the full-orchestra revivals of classic musicals, which began with R&H's Carousel in 2007, we've been waiting for this day: A Sondheim musical with full orchestra. Harry Parker of Texas Christian University makes his Lyric directing debut, musical director Jay Dias conducts the 30-piece orchestra, and the cast includes Andy Baldwin, Mary Gilbreath Grim, Catherine Carpenter Cox, Kyle Montgomery, Mary McElree, Christopher Deaton and Anthony Fortino. Um, does this mean the five better Sondheim musicals are on the list for feature seasons? Here's hoping, and in this order, please: Sunday in the Park With GeorgeA Little Night Music (which Lyric has done, but not with large orchestra), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (which Lyric has done as a concert version), Follies and Company. The latter doesn't require a large orchestra, but still. (Note, that's just the editor's wishful thinking; Lyric has not made it so...yet.) | Sept. 3-13

Photo: Mali Lazell
Curtis Stigers sings Frank Sinatra with Dallas Symphony

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


3. The Sinatra Century

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Pops | Meyerson Symphony Center in the Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Symphony Pops season opens with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik conducting a tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes, featuring vocalist and saxophonist Curtis Stigers, who's got some amazing blue eyes of his own (see photo at right). | Sept. 4-6

» Our interview with DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik

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


4. Dracula

Texas Ballet Theater | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District

Ben Stevenson's full-length ballet based on the Bram Stoker novel (and really inspired by the Bela Lugosi film) makes its Dallas debut, running two weekends and with the Dallas Symphony performing. | Sept. 4-13

» Our feature on TBT doing Drac in Dallas for the first time, and its first collaboration with Dallas Symphony, with an interview with Paul Adams, who plays Drac for many of the performances.

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


5. Ninth Annual New Play Festival

Soul Rep Theatre Company | South Dallas Cultural Center

Have we mentioned how much we love that Soul Rep Theatre Company returned to the scene last year, after a decade-long absence? They begin their second full season since returning with their Ninth New Play Festival, and this year, they're in a new home at the terrific South Dallas Cultural Center. The short plays are Teach by Camika Spencer, Him/Her by Mary Hill Spigner, Drums of My So Black Me by Chris Herod, Scenes from the Monarch by Anyika McMillan-Herod, plus 100 Percent by Max Sedacca, which is written, directed and performed by Booker T. students. | Sept. 9-13

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


6. Buñuel Descending

Flamenco Festival of Dallas and Ochre House | Ochre House in Exposition Park in Fair Park

Can't wait for this one: The Ochre House and the Flamenco Festival of Dallas present a dance-theater piece about the relationship between filmmaker Luis Buñuel, artist Salvador Dalí and poet/playwright Federico García Lorca. Written by Matthew Posey with choreography by Antonio Arrebola and Delilah Muse. | Sept. 9-12

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


Photo: Anyika McMillan-Herod
The play 100 Percent is performed at Soul Rep Theatre Company's ninth annual New Play Festival


7. Catholic School Girls

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

Susan Sargeant directs this comedy about the title characters navigating friendship, parental and peer pressure and, natch, boys. The cast includes Catherine DuBord, Anastasia Muñoz, Barrett Nash and Marilyn Setu. | Sept. 4-27

Photo: Courtesy
Jonathan Frakes

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


8. Sci-Fi Spectacular

Fort Worth Symphony Pops | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Fort Worth Symphony Pops season begins with music from your favorite sci-films and TV shows, including Star Wars and Star Trek. And get this: The narrator is Jonathan Frakes, who was Captain Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Jack Everly conducts, and the symphony is joined by soprano Kristen Plumley and TCU Symphonic Pops Choir. | Sept. 4-6

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


9. Cotton Patch Gospel

Theatre Three | Theatre Too! in the Theatre Three basement, Dallas

Theatre Three presents Cotton Patch Gospel, which tells the story of Jesus and Matthew with folksy, bluegrass and gospel music, in Theatre Too! B.J. Cleveland directs, and the cast includes Joey Folsom, Willy Welch, Justin Duncan, Sonny Franks, Johnny Lee, Julie Mayer and Abigail Palmgren. | Sept. 3-Oct. 4

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


10. Venus & Mars

DVA Productions | Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre

DVA Productions presents the original musical about men and women, featuring the great voices of Sheran Goodspeed Keyton and Robert Rouse. | Sept. 4-13

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


11. The Beebo Brinker Chronicles

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

Late nights at Pocket Sandwich, this campy, quirky, sexy tale of desires and unfulfilled dreams, inspired by lesbian pulp fiction, returns. |. 4-26

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


12. Frank Warren's PostSecret Live!

Performing Arts Fort Worth | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

PostSecret Live! is a multimedia event by Frank Warren, founder of Based on his TED talk, Frank uncovers our common story from the 1,000,000+ artful secrets that have been mailed to his home on postcards, anonymously. See postcards that were banned from six bestselling PostSecret books. Hear the inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets. Listen to some of Frank's secrets or share your own. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8

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



Photo: George Wada
Catholic School Girls







Kier Spates

Arlington Improv | Sept. 3-6

» More info





Nathan Anderson and Matt Golightly

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Sept. 4-5

» More info



Addison Improv | Sept. 4-6

» More info


Hot Flashes

An original show about menopause, presented by Jackson's Theatre & Dance Company, Richardson | Sept. 4-19

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


Eric "Smooth-E" Schwartz

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Sept. 4-5

» More info

Photo: SMU
Composer Xi Wang is the guest at the first TheaterJones Live discussion, a collaboration with the Dallas Public Library


The Secret Garden

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst | Sept. 4-Oct. 10

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


Spider's Web

Garland Civic Theatre presents Spider's Web at the Granville Arts Center | Sept. 4-26

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


Ten Little Indians

The Agatha Christie mystery presented by Richardson Theatre Centre | Sept. 4-20

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




Kris Gardner and Friends

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Sept. 6

» More info




It's Labor Day, so don't labor. Unless you're an artist. They never stop working.





TheaterJones Live!

TheaterJones and the Dallas Public Library kick off a season-long panel discussion series on classical music and opera themes, moderated by our chief classical music and opera critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs. This first even features composer Xi Wang of SMU Meadows School of the Arts, and the topic will be on living composers. At the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas, 1515 Young St., Fourth Floor Shirley Philipson Pollock Performance Space | 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8

» Read more about this series here





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


Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson hosts a sometimes weekly musical theater open mic event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie

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


Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942

Presented by The Core Theatre, Richardson | Closes Saturday

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



Presented by Hip Pocket Theatre, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review


She Loves Me

Presented by Plaza Theatre, Cleburne | Closes Saturday

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


A Soldier's Play

Presented by African American Repertory Theater at the K.D. Studio Theatre, Dallas | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Echo Theatre's season begins with The Adventures of Flo and Greg at the Bath House Cultural Center | Sept. 10-26
  2. 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 | Currently in previews; opens Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 11
  3. 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
  4. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents the second annual PlayPride LGBT Festival at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center | Sept. 10-20
  5. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Brighton Beach Memoirs | Sept. 10-27
  6. Theatre Britain presents How the Other Half Loves at the Cox Building Playhouse | Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  7. Theatre Arlington presents Hello, Dolly! | Sept. 11-Oct. 4
  8. Theatre Three presents Fix Me, Jesus | Sept. 17-Oct. 11
  9. Dallas Theater Center presents The Mountaintop in the Wyly Theatre's Studio Theatre | Sept. 17-Nov. 15
  10. A tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Bass Hall in Fort Worth | Sept. 18-20
  11. Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth presents Killer Shrews | Sept. 18-Oct. 11
  12. Shakespeare Dallas presents King Lear at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Tenison Park and Addison Circle Park | Sept. 16-11
  13. Dallas Children's Theater's season opens with Fancy Nancy the Musical | Sept. 18-Oct. 25
  14. Undermain Theatre presents The Droll | Sept. 22-Oct. 17
  15. Matilda the Musical comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series at the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 23-Oct. 4
  16. The second Off-Broadway on Flora season opens with Murder for Two at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 24-26
  17. Griot Productions presents Pot Liquor at the Bishop Arts Theatre Centre | Sept. 24-27
  18. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents Evita | Sept. 25-Oct. 18
  19. Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents William Finn's Falsettos | Sept. 25-Oct. 18
  20. Casa Mañana in Fort Worth presents Fiddler on the Roof | Sept. 26-Oct. 4



  1. Blue Candlelight Music presents Avant Chamber Ballet at the Corner Theatre, DeSoto | Sept. 13
  2. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16
  3. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19
  4. The Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Sept 24
  5. The Dark Circles Contemporary Dance season opens with Fall Series at TCU's Erma Lowe Hall Studio | Oct. 9-11
  6. The So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Tour comes to Verizon Theatre | Oct. 13
  7. Texas Ballet Theater does Ben Stevenson's Dracula at Bass Performance Hall, featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Oct. 16-18
  8. LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents Le Ballet du Dracula at the MCL Grand Theatre in Lewisville | Oct. 16-17
  9. TITAS presents Kyle Abraham at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 29-30
  10. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Horror Series at Sammons Center for the Arts | Oct. 30



  1. 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
  2. The Fort Worth Symphony symphonic season begins with Mozart and Rachmaninoff, plus a piece by composer-in-residence Adam Schoenberg | Sept. 11-13
  3. The Chamber Music International Season begins with concerts at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church and Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 12-13
  4. The Dallas Winds season kicks off with Empire of Sound: A Celebration of Rome at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 15
  5. The Orchestra of New Spain season kicks off with Treasures from the House of Alba at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | 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 Fort Worth Opera presents a bi-lingual children's opera The Barber of Seville in Texas at the Rose



  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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