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Places! Sept. 24-30, 2015

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

published Thursday, September 24, 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: It's a great week in the Dallas Arts District. Five of our top 12 events happen there, and others are nearby in Deep Ellum and Trinity Groves. And of course, you can also find great arts to-dos in Fort Worth, Richardson, Lewisville, Grapevine and elsewhere around the 'Plex.

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 24 through Wednesday, September 30

Photo: Scott Wayne McDaniel
Dry Land from Upstart Productions



1. Matilda the Musical

AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series | Winspear Opera House, Dallas

Roald Dahl's beloved story about a precocious book-loving girl gets an acclaimed musical treatment with music and lyrics by wacky British-born Australian comedian Tim Minchin and a book by Dennis Kelly. It racked up the Olivier Awards in London, and won a few Tonys on Broadway, where it was bested in the big category by Kinky Boots. | Sept. 23-Oct. 4

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

» Our interview with Bryce Ryness, who plays Miss Trunchbull in the tour


2. The Droll (Or, a Stage Play About the End of Theatre)

Undermain Theatre, Dallas

Undermain Theatre introduced playwright Meg Miroshnik to North Texas last season with her Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, and that worked out so well they're premiering her new work, which is a language-twisting fantasy about, well, the subtitle says it all. You can read more about it in our interview with the playwright (link below). | Previews through Friday, Sept. 25; opens Saturday, Sept. 26 and runs through Oct. 17

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

» Our interview with playwright Meg Miroshnik



Photo: Undermain Theatre
The Droll at Undermain Theatre


3. Murder for Two

AT&T Performing Arts Center Off-Broadway on Flora Series | Dallas City Performance Hall

The second season of ATTPAC's bad-ass Off-Broadway on Flora season kicks off with Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair's two-person musical that spoofs the murder mystery genre, and where one actor plays multiple suspects and the other actor is the cop. | Sept. 24-26

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

» Read our interview with lyricist/librettist Kellen Blair

» Our review of Murder for Two

» Read about the Off-Broadway on Flora series


4. The Mountaintop

Dallas Theater Center | Wyly Theatre, Sixth Floor Studio Theatre

Katori Hall's play in which she imagines the night of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, as he and a hotel worker strike up a friendship in the Lorraine motel in Memphis, gets its Dallas premiere (it had an area premiere last year at Jubilee Theatre), in a production directed by Akín Babatundé. Hassan El-Amin plays MLK and the terrific SMU student Tiana Johnson plays the maid. | Sept. 24 through Nov. 15

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


Photo: Karen Almond
The Mountaintop at Dallas Theater Center


5. Pinchas Zukerman

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

Violinist Pinchas Zukerman headlines the Dallas Symphony's annual gala. You can still get tickets for the performance only, in which he'll perform Beethoven's Violin Concerto. The DSO will also perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 with Jaap van Zweden conducting. | 8:45 p.m., Sept. 26

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

Photo: Cheryl Mazak
Violinist Pinchas Zukerman


6. Dry Land

Upstart Productions | Upstart Natatorium, Trinity Groves

While Upstart Productions has had several leadership changes in its seven years, it probably has the best artistic track record of any local theater that's younger than 10 years old. Seriously, except for that one time, they haven't staged a dud. Many of them were plain-out great. So we have high hopes for this, the area premiere of Ruby Rae Spiegel's play about girls on a high school swim team who have to confront adult issues when one of them becomes pregnant. It's also the first of four—count'em FOURproductions opening in the next month at FOUR different warehouses in Trinity Groves (the others are this and this and this). Look for an upcoming story about them on TheaterJones. Sarah Lacy Hamilton directs. | Sept. 25-Oct. 10

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


7. Swan Lake

Russian Grand Ballet | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

The Russian Grand Ballet tours with Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, one of the great full-length ballets. A rotating roster of up-and-coming dancers play the lead roles. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept 24

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


8. Macbeth

Shakespeare Dallas Complete Works Series | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, Hamon Hall, Dallas

Hard to believe Shakespeare Dallas is in its fourth of five seasons producing semi-staged readings of all 37 plays plus some extras. The season, for which most shows are back in Hamon Hall, begins with the Scottish play. Also coming up this season: Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure and a selection of Narrative Poems from the plays. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28

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


9. Falsettos

Runway Theatre, Grapevine

Runway Theatre in Grapevine closed the last season with William Finn's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, but before Finn co-wrote that work, which no doubt was a big help to his bank account, he wrote the terrific Falsettos which debuted in 1992. The musical, which consists of two parts, deals with a man, his ex-wife, his male lover and his son, plus a psychiatrist. It's a bold choice for a community theater. Lon Barrera directs. | Sept. 25-Oct. 18

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


10. Fiddler on the Roof

Casa Mañana | Casa Mañana Theatre, Fort Worth

Photo: Courtesy
Violinist Chee-Yun Kim

Casa Mañana opens its new season with one of the great musicals of the 20th century, Fiddler on the Roof. Bruce Winant plays Tevye. Directed and choreographed by Tee Scatuorchio. | Sept. 26-Oct. 4

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


11. Evita

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre, Lewisville

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre opens its season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's second-best musical Evita (the first is Jesus Christ Superstar, natch), with Rebecca Paige as Eva Perón and Martin Antonio Guerra-West as Juan Perón. Keith Warren is Che and Bill Sizemore directs. Live music, too. | Sept. 25-Oct. 18

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


12. Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Plano Symphony Orchestra | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

The opening concert for Plano Symphony Orchestra's season features violinist Chee-Yun Kim and an all-Tchaikovsky program: Marche Slave in B-flat minor, Violin Concerto in D Major, Capriccio Italien in A Major and 1812 Overture in E-flat Major (Choral Version). Hector Guzmán conducts. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

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






Photo: Manuel Hartan
The Beaux' Stratagem from National Theatre Live


The Beaux' Stratagem

The National Theatre of London's NT Live Series screens its production of the George Farquhar comedy at both the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. | 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30

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

» See our ticket giveaway for the Sept. 30  showing here, which also includes a giveaway for Othello


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

Presented by Mesquite Community Theatre at the Mesquite Arts Center | Sept. 24-Oct. 10

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


Heather McDonald

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Sept. 24-25

» More info


Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live

A one-man comedy based on the John Gray book comes to the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Jan. 24-26

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


Romeo and Juliet

San Francisco Ballet's production of the Prokofiev ballet based on Shakespeare's play can be seen at several area movie theaters | Sept. 24

» Find a theater near you here


Jimmy Shubert

Addison Improv | Sept. 24-27

Photo: Courtesy
The stars of the Comedy Get Down tour

» More info





Cocoa Brown

Arlington Improv | Sept. 25-27

» More info


Comedy Get Down

Featuring Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy is at American Airlines Center, Dallas | Sept. 25

» More info


Fefu and Her Friends

Sally Nystuen Vahle directs the Maria Irene Fornes play at the University of North Texas in Denton | Sept. 24-Oct. 4

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



Denton Community Theatre begins its studio series season at the PointBank Black Box Theatre in Denton with Peter Weiss' play, which has the full title of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade.  | Sept. 25-27

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





Heather McDonald

Photo: Courtesy
DeMarre McGill

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Sept. 26

» More info


Doc Severinsen

The Fort Worth Symphony presents trumpeter Doc Severinsen at Bass Performance Hall | Sept. 26

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


Verse & Rhythm

The monthly poetry showcase and open mike, hosted by B. Randall and Priscilla Rice at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. | 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

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


Jenny Zigrino

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Sept. 26

» More info




DeMarre McGill and Steven Harlos

McGill, Principal Flute for Dallas Symphony; and pianist Steven Harlos perform in the DeSoto Uptown Downtown Series at the Corner Theatre, DeSoto. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27

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


Petrus Trio

The Blue Candlelight Music Series kicks off its seven-concert season, with all performances happening in the home of Richard and Enika Schulze in Dallas, with the trio of pianist Baya Kakouberi, violinist Gary Levinson and cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi, performing works by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Shostakovich and Shchedrin. | 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27

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





Royal Shakespeare Company's Live from Stratford-on-Avon Series screens its production of one of the Bard's great tragedies, with Hugh Quarshie stars in the title role of Othello. It's at both Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano, but at the Plano location, TheaterJones critic M. Lance Lusk will intro the screening, and we'll have some tickets to other events to give away. | 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29

» See our ticket giveaway for Othello here, which also includes a giveaway for The Beaux' Stratagem

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


A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine

Theatre TCU opens its season with the nutty musical comedy. | Sept. 29-Oct. 4

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






Michael Connolly directs the Scottish Play for Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. | Sept. 30-Oct. 4

» 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


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



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.


{254} Dance-Fest

Head down to Waco as Out on a Limb Dance Company and Waco Cultural Arts Fest presents the annual festival | Sept. 24-27

» More info




These productions will close this weekend

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


The Adventures of Flo and Greg

Presented by Echo Theatre at the Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas. The playwright, Briana Pozner, will be in attendance on Thursday, Sept. 24. This show was the winner of Echo's second Big Shout Out Play Contest, and it's excellent. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Always a Bridesmaid

Presented by Ennis Public Theatre | Closes Sunday

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


Brighton Beach Memoirs

Presented by the Firehouse Theatre, Farmer's Branch | Closes Sunday

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


Bride of Frankenstein: The Musical

Presented by Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas | Closes Sunday

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


Catholic School Girls

Presented by Contemporary Theatre of Dallas | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Drowsy Chaperone

Presented by Plano Children's Theatre | Closes Sunday

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


On Golden Pond

Presented by Granbury Theatre Company | Closes Sunday

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


Spider's Web

Presented by Garland Civic Theatre | Closes Saturday

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



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events



  1. Stage West's season opens with Bad Jews | Oct. 1-Nov. 3
  2. WaterTower Theatre presents the world premiere of Donald Fowler's musical Creep | Oct. 2-25
  3. Fun House Theatre and Film in Plano presents Woody Allen's God, A Comedy in One Act | Oct. 2-10
  4. Jubilee Theatre's season opens with Denise Lee in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill | Oct. 2-25
  5. Onstage in Bedford presents Company | Oct. 2-25
  6. Ohlook Performing Arts Center in Grapevine presents the world premiere of Dula | Oct. 2-11
  7. House Party Theatre presents #basic at a space in Trinity Groves | Oct. 2-19
  8. Cara Mía Theatre Company's season opens with blu at Latino Cultural Center | Oct. 3-18
  9. WingSpan Theatre Company presents Dear Liar! at the Bath House Cultural Center | Oct. 8-24
  10. The Drama Club presents a new adaptation of Faust at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | Oct. 8-24
  11. L.I.P. Service presents Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale at the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch | Oct. 8-24
  12. Uptown Players' season closes with Chad Beguelin's Harbor at Kalita Humphreys Theater | Oct. 9-25
  13. Stolen Shakespeare Guild's season begins with Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth | Oct. 9-25
  14. Theatre Coppell presents Rabbit Hole | Oct. 9-25
  15. Teatro Dallas presents The Wake at the Cedar Crest Mansion in Oak Cliff | Oct. 15-Nov. 1
  16. The Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano screen the National Theatre of London's Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch | Oct. 15 and 21
  17. The Outside the Box Play Festival runs at the Addison Theatre Center's Studio Theatre | Oct. 15-18
  18. Jaston Williams stars in Maid Marian in a Stolen Car at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Oct. 22-25
  19. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Toward Zero | Oct. 22-Nov. 14
  20. MBS Productions opens its season with Theatre of Death at the Stone Cottage, Addison | Oct. 15-Nov. 8
  21. The tour of Kinky Boots comes to Bass Performance Hall | Oct. 27-Nov. 1
  22. The AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora Series presents A Divine Evening with Charles Busch at the Wyly Theatre | Oct. 29-31
  23. Amphibian Stage Productions presents Freud's Last Session | Oct. 29-Nov. 22
  24. Dead White Zombies presents DP92 at the Icehouse in Trinity Groves | Oct. 29-Nov. 22
  25. Lyric Stage presents Grand Hotel at the Irving Arts Center | Oct. 30-Nov. 8



  1. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents DanceAfrica! at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 2-3
  2. Epiphany DanceArts presents Diamonds at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Oct. 2-3
  3. The Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2015 is at Texas Woman's University in Denton | Oct. 8-10
  4. The Dark Circles Contemporary Dance season opens with Fall Series at TCU's Erma Lowe Hall Studio | Oct. 9-11
  5. The Bolshoi Ballet's Giselle can be seen at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | Oct. 11 and 13
  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
  11. TITAS presents Akram Khan Company at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 6-7
  12. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Director's Choice | Nov. 6-8
  13. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Let's Tango, featuring dancers, at Bass Performance Hall | Nov. 6-8
  14. Bruce Wood Dance Project performs at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 13-14
  15. The Bolshoi Ballet's Jewels can be seen at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | Nov. 15 and 17



  1. The Allegro Guitar Series season begins with guitarist Irina Kulikova at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth and University Park United Methodist Church, Dallas | Oct. 1-2
  2. The Dallas Symphony presents Ravel's Piano Concerto with Helene Grimaud at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Oct. 1-4
  3. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Ravel's Bolero at Bass Performance Hall | Oct. 2-4
  4. Open Classical DFW presents Bach Suites and Two Feet Beats at the Corner Theatre, DeSoto | Oct. 4
  5. Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Atrium String Quartet at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Oct. 3
  6. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra season opens with guest pianist Gabriela Martinez at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Oct. 3
  7. Dallas Chamber Music opens the season with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 5
  8. The Cliburn presents pianist Marc-André Hamlin at Bass Performance Hall | Oct. 6
  9. The Dallas Symphony presents Brahms Symphony No. 1 at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Oct. 8-11
  10. The Turtle Creek Chorale season begins with Heartland at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 9-10
  11. The Irving Symphony season begins with an all Tchaikovsky program at the Irving Arts Center | Oct. 10
  12. Voces Intimae presents The Pulse of Poetry | Oct. 11
  13. 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
  14. The Tenors comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Oct. 20
  15. The Dallas Bach Society presents soprano Ava Pine in a house concert | Oct. 22-23



  1. Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano opens with Jamie Lee | Oct. 8-9
  2. Fortune Feimster is at the Addison Improv | Oct. 9-11
  3. The Dallas Video Festival is at Angelika Film Center, with events at Dallas City Performance Hall and South Dallas Cultural Center | Oct. 13-18
  4. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival featuring Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer comes to Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas | Oct. 18
  5. The Lone Star Film Festival runs at various venues in Sundance Square, Fort Worth | Nov. 5-8
  6. The Last Comic Standing Tour comes to Verizon Theatre | Nov. 14
  7. Lewis Black comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 17
  8. 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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