<em>The Dumb Waiter</em>&nbsp;at Kitchen Dog Theater

Places! Sept. 10-16, 2015

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

published Thursday, September 10, 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: Kitchen Dog kicks off 25 years with Pinter and a new (temporary) home, the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Black Dance Theatre II remix Debussy, Echo Theatre has a superhero shout-out and WaterTower Theatre invites everyone to its Community Cast Party.

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 10 through Wednesday, September 16

Adam Schoenberg, the composer-in-residence with the Fort Worth Symphony this season



1. The Dumb Waiter

Kitchen Dog Theater | The Green Zone in the Design District, Dallas

There are many reasons to tout Kitchen Dog Theater's 2015-16 season opener. For one, it's the 25th season. Two, it happens in a temporary home, after the K-Dogs have had to leave their longstanding home of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Uptown (a new MAC is being built in the Cedars, but KDT won't go there, either). And three, how often do you see this classic Harold Pinter play performed? Four, five and six: Director Tim Johnson and actors Christopher Carlos and Michael Federico. | Sept. 11-Oct. 10

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


2. Remix: Afternoon of a Faun

Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Black Dance Theatre II | Dallas City Performance Hall

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra does Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and other works, including Hindemith's Kammermusik No. 1, Dalbavie's Melodia and a Divertissement from Ibert. | Sept. 11-12

Photo: Pam Myers-Morgan
The Adventures of Flo and Greg at Echo Theatre

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


3. Mozart and Rachmaninoff

Fort Worth Symphony | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Symphony symphonic season begins with Mozart's Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, plus American Symphony by composer-in-residence Adam Schoenberg. Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier are the guest pianists. | Sept. 11-13

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


4. The Adventures of Flo and Greg

Echo Theatre | Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

Echo Theatre's season begins with the winner of its latest Big Shout-Out contest, Briana Pozner's The Adventures of Flo and Greg, a story about two unlikely people meeting. | Sept. 10-26

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


5. Music from the Casa de Alba

Orchestra of New Spain | Southern Methodist University, Owen Fine Arts Center, Caruth Auditorium, Dallas

The Orchestra of New Spain season kicks off with music to celebrate the Meadows Museum exhibit Treasures from the House of Alba, performed at Caruth Auditorium. | Sept. 15

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


Photo: Mark Trew
How the Other Half Loves at Theatre Britain



6. How the Other Half Loves

Theatre Britain | Cox Building Playhouse

Theatre Britain presents Alan Ayckourn's jolly funny How the Other Half Loves. Directed by by Sue Birch, the cast features Bryan Brooks, Robin Clayton, Michael McNiel, Mary-Margaret Pyeatt, Robert San Juan and Sky Williams. | Sept. 11-Oct. 4

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


7. Hello, Dolly!

Theatre Arlington

Theatre Arlington begins its 43rd season with a Jerry Herman musical that it has never produced before, surprisingly. Persis Ann Forster stars as Dolly Levi, and Branson White directs. | Sept. 11-Oct. 4

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


Photo: Eric Younkin
Hello, Dolly! at Theatre Arlington


8. Community Cast Party

WaterTower Theatre, Addison

WaterTower Theatre's annual shindig is becoming a big deal; you should definitely make it out there. There'll be raffles, booze and performances, including Kathryn Taylor Rose's reprise of her funny one-woman cabaret Love Me, Tinder.

» More info here



9. Second Annual PlayPride LGBT Festival

TeCo Theatrical Productions | Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Oak Cliff

TeCo Theatrical Productions presents the second annual PlayPride LGBT Festival at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, featuring six short plays by local writers, on LGBT themes. The plays are listed below: | Sept. 11-20

  • Christmas Wish by Christopher Soden 
  • Accept, Except by Carol M. Rice 
  • Beulah Land by Reginald Hanna 
  • Dissonance by Paul Engle 
  • My Gay Husband by Paula Sanders Samad 
  • Until When Until Then by Sam Young & Arnold Shelby

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


10. CMI 2015-16 Concert #1

Chamber Music International | St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson and Dallas City Performance Hall

The Chamber Music International Season begins with concerts featuring pianist Joyce Yang, Saturday night at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church and Sunday matinee at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 12-13

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


11. Superstar Memoirs

Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

The 'Phibs present a staged reading of pieces from celebrity autobiographies, including the Hoff, Mily Cyrus and more. | Sept. 10-13

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


12. Ballet Fête: Tristan and Isolde

Collin County Ballet Theatre | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts

Collin County Ballet Theatre kicks off its year with Alun Jones' ballet set to music from Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde, which includes a pas de deux set to music by Joe Cocker. Huh? Yes. Huh? Yes ... yes. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13

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







Cactus Flower

Presented by Rover Dramawerks, Plano | Sept. 10-Oct. 3

» More info


Christopher Reid

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Sept. 10-12

» More info





Brighton Beach Memoirs

The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents the Neil Simon play, directed by Jason Leyva. | Sept. 11-27

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


Erik Griffin

Addison Improv | Sept. 11-13

» More info


Carl Labove

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Sept. 11-12

» More info


Brendan Walsh

Arlington Improv | Sept. 11-13

» More info




Uptown Downtown Series

Blue Candlelight Music and the DeSoto Arts Commission begin two months of Sunday performances, of classical music, jazz and, to kick things off, dance. Avant Chamber Ballet performs the first one on Sept. 13. The series runs through Oct. 25 at the Corner Theatre, DeSoto | 3 p.m. Sept. 13

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





Empire of Sound: A Celebration of Rome

The Dallas Winds season kicks off with the tone poems of Ottorino Respighi at the Meyerson Symphony Center | 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15

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


Hilda and Mae

Echo Theatre's Echo Reads season kicks off with this play by Susan Liberman, a finalist in the 2015 Big Shout-Out Contest, at the Bath House Cultural Center | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

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





Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez 

The renowned trupe comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16

» More info





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: Robert Hart/TheaterJones
Kyle Igneczi in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Uptown Players


Buñuel Descending

Presented by the Ochre House and the Dallas Flamenco Festival | Closes Saturday

» Our review



Ben Stevenson's ballet of the Bram Stoker tale makes its Dallas debut, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our feature about the production


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Uptown Players presents the brilliant John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask glam-rock musical. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Into the Woods

Presented by Lyric Stage, with a 30-piece orchestra, directed by Harry Parker. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Anne Washburn's quirky play, presented by Stage West | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with playwright Anne Washburn


9th Annual New Play Festival

Presented by Soul Rep Theatre Company at the South Dallas Cultural Center | Closes Sunday

» Our feature about the festival and Soul Rep's new season


Venus and Mars

Presented by DVA Productions at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre | Closes Sunday

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



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, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre | Currently in previews; opens Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 11
  2. Theatre Three presents Fix Me, Jesus | Sept. 17-Oct. 11
  3. Dallas Theater Center presents The Mountaintop in the Wyly Theatre's Studio Theatre | Sept. 17-Nov. 15
  4. A tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Bass Hall in Fort Worth | Sept. 18-20
  5. Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth presents Killer Shrews | Sept. 18-Oct. 11
  6. Shakespeare Dallas presents King Lear at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Tenison Park and Addison Circle Park | Sept. 16-11
  7. Dallas Children's Theater's season opens with Fancy Nancy the Musical | Sept. 18-Oct. 25
  8. Undermain Theatre presents The Droll (Or, a Stage Play About the End of Theatre) | Sept. 22-Oct. 17
  9. Matilda the Musical comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series at the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 23-Oct. 4
  10. The second Off-Broadway on Flora season opens with Murder for Two at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 24-26
  11. Griot Productions presents Pot Liquor at the Bishop Arts Theatre Centre | Sept. 24-27
  12. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents Evita | Sept. 25-Oct. 18
  13. Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents William Finn's Falsettos | Sept. 25-Oct. 18
  14. Casa Mañana in Fort Worth presents Fiddler on the Roof | Sept. 26-Oct. 4
  15. WaterTower Theatre presents the world premiere of Donald Fowler's musical Creep | Oct. 2-25



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



  1. The Cliburn Foundation presents Made in Fort Worth: Local Composers at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sept. 19
  2. Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Atrium String Quartet at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Oct. 3
  3. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra season opens with guest pianist Gabriela Martinez at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Richardson
  4. Dallas Chamber Music opens the season with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 5
  5. The Fort Worth Opera presents a bi-lingual children's opera The Barber of Seville in Texas at the Rose Marine Theater, Fort Worth | Oct. 16-18
  6. 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. Arsenio Hall comes to the Addison Improv | Sept. 18-19
  2. Adam Ray plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Sept. 17-19
  3. Nerdist guru Chris Hardwick comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 18 
  4. Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano opens with Lisa Landry | Sept. 24-25
  5. The Dallas Video Festival is at Angelika Film Center, with events at Dallas City Performance Hall and South Dallas Cultural Center | Oct. 13-18
  6. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival featuring Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer comes to Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas | Oct. 18
  7. The Last Comic Standing Tour comes to Verizon Theatre | Nov. 14
  8. Lewis Black comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 17
  9. 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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It's our weekly list of performing arts events opening on local stages. Plus, the rundown of last-chance shows.
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