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Places! Oct. 8-14, 2015

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



published Thursday, October 8, 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: Film, music and dance come together as the Dallas VideoFest goes Metropolis; Dark Circles Contemporary Dance begins its season; Hyena's Comedy Night Club has a new location in town; there are exciting theater openings at Jubilee Theatre, Uptown Players, The Drama Club, WingSpan Theatre Company and L.I.P. Service. Those are a few things in the Big 12, but scroll through this whole thing, because there's some interesting-looking events throughout the list.

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.

NEW: Our listings have been seriously beefed up. There are currently about 800 items listed for every theater, dance, classical music and opera organization and event that we know about in the coming season and through the end of 2016; plus comedy, circus arts, poetry/spoken word, cabaret, variety, burlesque, and performing arts on film, with more events being added. Check our calendar section out, it's a great resource to find something you want to see, or didn't know you wanted to see. If your group/event is not listed, let us know at listings@theaterjones.com. Send all the info (address, website, phone, ticket range, description, names of creators, dates, times and a photo, poster art or logo). We list professional, semi-pro, community and university groups (sorry, not high school—there's simply too many).

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!

 

 

THE BIG 12

Thursday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 14

Photo: Mike Morgan
Harbor at Uptown Players

 

1. Metropolis

Dallas Video Festival, Dallas Chamber Symphony and SMU Meadows School of the Arts | Dallas City Performance Hall

Photo: Robert Hart/TheaterJones
Richard McKay of Dallas Chamber Symphony

One of the coolest arts events on the fall: The Dallas VideoFest officially opens its 28th festival with a screening of the Fritz Lang 1927 silent dystopian classic Metropolis, in the 1984 cutting by Giorgio Moroder, who released his version with songs by Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant and other. This won't have that (whew!), but instead an original score by Austin composer Brian Satterwhite, and played live by 12 musicians from the Dallas Chamber Symphony, conducted by Richard McKay. But wait! There's more. Southern Methodist University dance faculty member Christopher Dolder, who danced with Martha Graham Dance Company, has created a dance to go with it, performed by Meadows Dance Ensemble. It'll all happen on the same stage at Dallas City Performance Hall. We're stoked. The Dallas Video Fest also has events on Monday, Oct. 12 at Texas Theater in Oak Cliff; with another single screening on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the South Dallas Cultural Center before landing the rest of the week, Oct. 15-18 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. You can see a complete schedule here. | Metropolis is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

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

» Look for our interview with Christopher Dolder coming soon on TheaterJones, and we'll also have a special section covering the Dallas VideoFest.

 

2. Faust

The Drama Club | Bryant Hall at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas

Married theater super couple Lydia Mackay and Jeffrey Schmidt founded The Drama Club years ago, and promptly gave us three interesting productions, heavy on mask, all at the Festival of Independent Theatres. Four years after its last production, The Muse, they're back with Faust, freely adapted from Goethe and Marlowe by Schmidt and Michael Federico. Cameron Cobb plays the title character, who's a Big Pharma dude, and Mackay is the devil. Schmidt directs. | Previews Thursday, Oct. 8; opens Friday, Oct. 9 and runs through Oct. 24

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

» Our interview with Michael Federico

 

3. Fall Series: Aimless Young Man

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance USA | Texas Christian University, Erma Lowe Hall Studio Theatre, Fort Worth

Joshua L. Peugh's Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, one of the most exciting new dance companies on the scene in the past five years, opens its season with this fall concert featuring the premieres of Peugh's Aimless Young Man and It's a Boy,  plus revivals of his Slump, which was seen this summer at the renowned Jacob's Pillow. | 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

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

» Our feature on this performance

 

Photo: Courtesy Jacob\'s Pillow
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance's Slump

4. Harbor

Uptown Players | Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas

Uptown Players has had an incredible 2015 season, artistically and at the box office. They close it with a quieter play, the regional premiere of Chad Beguelin's comedy set in Sag Harbor. It concerns a married couple, Kevin and Ted, whose lives are disrupted when Kevin's sister and her teenage daughter show up unexpectedly at the Sag Harbor home he shares with his husband, Ted. You might know the name Beguelin from the musicals for which he has written the books, music and/or lyrics: Disney's Aladdin, The Wedding Singer and Elf. Coy Covington directs, and the production stars Kevin Moore, Chad Peterson, Cara Serber and Fun House star Kennedy Waterman. | Oct. 9-25

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

 

Photo: Buddy Myers
Denise Lee in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill at Jubilee Theatre

 

5. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth

Jubilee Theatre opens its 35th season with Denise Lee in her third time to play the role of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. She previously did it at WaterTower Theatre and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Sharon Benge directs. | The show has already been in previews; it opens Oct. 9 and runs through Oct. 25

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

» Mark Lowry's story on Jubilee Theatre and changes heading into its 35th season in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which includes a timeline of the group's history

Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi
Violinist Benjamin Beilman

» Mark Lowry's interview with Denise Lee about her third time in this role, in the Star-Telegram

 

6. Dear Liar!

WingSpan Theatre Company | Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

WingSpan Theatre Company presents Jerome Kilty's 1959 play Dear Liar!, which deals with correspondence between playwright George Bernard Shaw and his muse, Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Directed by Susan Sargeant, Alan Pollard and Lisa Fairchild star. | Previews Thursday, Oct. 8; opens Friday, Oct. 9 and runs through Oct. 24

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

» Our interview with actress Lisa Fairchild

 

7. Brahms Symphony No. 1

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

Jaap van Zweden conducts Brahms' Symphony No. 1 for the Dallas Symphony, and the concert opens with Sibelius' Violin Concerto No. 1, played by the Benjamin Beilman (a last-minute change for the previously announced Midori). | Oct. 8-11

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

 

8. The Whale

L.I.P. Service | The Firehouse Theatre, Farmer's Branch

Samuel D. Hunter is a name you'll be hearing more around her. In December, the Dallas Theater Center has the world premiere of his play Clarkston. But now, Jason Leyva's L.I.P. Service closes its 2015 season with his 2012 play The Whale, about a 600-pound man. Levya plays that role. | Oct. 8-24

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

» Our interview with Jason Leyva

 

9. Dustin Ybarra

Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Plano

Hyena's Comedy Night Club has long had clubs in Fort Worth and then Dallas, and this weekend, the third location in Plano finally opens. To celebrate, the featured comic is Dustin Ybarra, known for roles on TV's The Goldbergs, Californication and Live from Gotham. | Oct. 8-9

» More info here

Photo: Dustin Ybarra
Dustin Ybarra

 

10. The Improvised Horror Movie

Dallas Comedy House, Deep Ellum

Here's the blurb from Dallas Comedy House: "Do you know what you did last summer? Are you scared of The Faculty at your school? Is your next vacation at a Cabin In The Woods?" Get the idea? The great improvisers at DCH present a never before seen horror film, improvised live on stage, based on the audience's suggestion. Complete with all the stereotypical horror movie characters and tropes. | 10 p.m. Saturdays in October (10, 17, 24 and 31), plus Friday Oct. 30

» More info here

 

11. Songs for a New Century

Front Line Cabaret | The Kitchen Café, Dallas

Front Line Cabaret showcases songs from 21st century musicals, featuring music by William Finn, Jason Robert Brown, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond, Scott Frankel, Deborah Abramson, Adam Gwon and others. Performers will include Abi Abel, Kristen Bond, Megan Demsky, Jay Gardner, Maranda Harrison, Shelley Kenneavy, Jennifer Kuenzer, Sarah Powell, Diana Sheehan, Haley Sicking and Lori Yeary. Music direction by James McQuillen. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14

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

 

12. Heartland

Turtle Creek Chorale | Dallas City Performance Hall

Turtle Creek Choral opens its season with a concert of American folk, jazz and spirituals, joined by the Partners in Harmony, on the music of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary and many more. Accompanied by Lone Star Wind Symphony. | 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10

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

 

 

MORE PERFORMANCES OPENING OCTOBER 8-14

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Photo: Mark Lowry
Terrence McNally in a rehearsal room at the Dallas Opera Rehearsal Hall

 

Big Love

Charles Mee's take on the oldest extant play, The Suppliant Women, presented by University of Texas at Dallas and directed by Shelby-Allison Hibbs. | Oct. 8-10

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

 

Ben Creed

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Oct. 8-10

» More info

 

A Conversation with Terrence McNally

The Tony-winning playwright and Texas native, who's in town working on his latest opera with composer Jake Heggie, Great Scott, speaks at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff, presented by the Dramatist's Fund and TeCo Theatrical Productions. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

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

 

The Heidi Chronicles

Wendy Wasserstein's play, directed by Gail Cronauer at Collin Theatre Center at Collin County College, Plano. | Oct. 8-18

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

 

I Believe in the Spirit Within

The fall program from Arlington Master Chorale at Trinity United Methodist Church, Arlington. | 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9

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

 

Brandon T. Jackson

Arlington Improv | Oct. 8-11

» More info

 

Steve "Mudflap" McGrew

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Oct. 8-10

» More info

 

Poetry Smash

A new season of this spoken word series, hosted by B. Randall, kicks up at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Dallas. | 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

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

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Photo: Sarah Beal Photography
8&1 and Vissi Dance Theater present Lines

 

The Addams Family

Presented by Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne. | Oct. 9-Nov. 14

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

 

Belles: The Reunion

Mark Dunn's comedy, presented by McKinney Repertory Theatre at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. | Oct. 9-17

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

 

Blithe Spirit

Stolen Shakespeare Guild's season begins with Noel Coward's classic at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre. | Oct. 9-25

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

 

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Presented by ArtCentre Theatre of Plano. | Oct. 9-17

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

 

Fortune Feimster

She's at the Addison Improv | Oct. 9-11

» More info

 

Frisco Players Improv

This group's monthly family friendly night of improv, at the Frisco Discovery Center Theatre. | 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

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

 

German Baroque Chamber Music and the Stylus Phantasticus

The Denton Bach Society presents music by Buxtehude, Muffat, Reincken and others at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denton. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

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

 

Photo: T-Rexx
Comedian T-Rexx performs at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters

Lines

8&1 Dance Company and Vissi Dance Theater present Lines, which will "show how a choreographer’s voice is uniquely personal, yet communication and declaration can parallel artistically at times," at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano. | 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

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

 

Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney

The Fort Worth Symphony Pops features guest conductor Martin Herman and vocalist Tony Kishman in this tribute to Sir Paul McCartney and his songs, from the Beatles, Wings and his solo career. | 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, 2 p.m. Oct. 11

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

 

Night of the Living Dead

Lakeside Community Theatre in The Colony does an adaptation of the classic George Romero horror flick. | Oct. 9-31

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

 

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

The woman-powered version of the classic Neil Simon comedy opens Sherman Community Players' season. | Oct. 9-25

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

 

Rabbit Hole

Theatre Coppell presents David Lindsay-Abaire's award-winning drama. | Oct. 9-25

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

 

Nathan Ryland

The pianist if featured in the chamber series of the Lewisville Lake Symphony at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flower Mound. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

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

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Granbury Theatre Company takes on the mammoth Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler work at the Granbury Opera House. | Oct. 9-Nov. 8

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

 

Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2015 

Featuring guest artist Darrell Jones, at Texas Woman's University in Denton. There's a dance jam on Thursday night, followed by workshops and classes. | Oct. 8-10

» More info here

 

T-Rexx

The comic opens the Black Academy of Arts & Letters' Comedy at the Muse series in its 2015-16 season, at the Clarence Cafe Muse Theatre in the TBAAL section of the Dallas Convention Center. | Oct. 9-10

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

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Photo: Johan Persson
Bebe Cave and Helen Mirren in The Audience

 

All Tchaikovsky Fest

The Irving Symphony Orchestra season begins with an all Tchaikovsky program, featuring Russian pianist Elena Baksht on his Piano Concerto No. 1, at the Irving Arts Center's Carpenter Hall. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

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

 

The Audience

Helen Mirren stars in Peter Morgan's play about Queen Elizabeth, in a filmed stage production from the West End, and screened in the NT Live series by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10; and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14

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

 

Literary Café

The Irving Black Arts Council opens its season with a spoken word competition, hosted by Brenda Randall, at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center. | 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

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

 

Notes of Hope

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents a benefit concert for breast cancer survivors at the Mesquite Arts Center. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

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

 

Southern Fried Circus Fest 2015

Local circus outfit Moxie Mischief finishes a week of workshops and more with a performance at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson. 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

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

 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hate

Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents an original work for children on Friday and Saturday mornings, at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theatre. | Oct. 10-24

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

 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11


CMI 15-16 Concert 2

The Chamber Music International season continues in a program that features Orion Weiss, piano; Jonathan Crow, violin; Cho-Liang Lin,vViolin; Andrew Wan, violin; Eric Nowlin, viola; and Brian Manker, cello, on works by Ravel, Debussy and Chausson at Dallas City Performance Hall. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

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

 

DeSoto Uptown Downtown Music Series

This music series, co-presented with Blue Candlelight Music Series, presents the Czech Virtuoso duo of Felix Slováček, Jr., clarinet, and Viacheslav Grokhovski, Jr., piano, at the Corner Theatre in DeSoto. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

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

 

Fly Guy & Other Stories

Theatreworks USA brings its touring children's revue, a mix of seven children's books, to the Eisemann Center in Richardson. The stories are Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl by Tedd Arnold, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig by Kate McMullan, Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores by James Howe, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, Lilly’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes, and Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

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

 

Giselle

Catch the Bolshoi Ballet's production of the classic Giselle, screened at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | 11:55 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

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

 

The Pulse of Poetry

Art song outfit Voces Intimae's season opens with a concert featuring bass Matt Treviño and pianist Nyle Matsuoka at Collora Pianos Recital Hall, Dallas. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

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

 

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare Dallas continues its fourth season of Complete Works, which is staged readings of all the plays (plus some poems and music), with this bloody tragedy, at Hamon Hall in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12

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

 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12


Let's Dance

The opening concert of Schola Cantorum of Texas' season, Monday at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Fort Worth; and Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Grapevine. | 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12 and 13

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

 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Photo: Fox
The top 10 of So You Think You Can Dance Season 12

 

So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Tour

The So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Tour comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie; it features the top 10 from the Team Stage (Gaby Diaz, Edson Juarez, Jim Nowakowski, Hailee Payne and Derek Piquette); and Team Street (Megan “Megz” Alfonso, Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge, Virgil Gadson, Jessica “JJ” Rabone and Jana “Jaja” Vankova). | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

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

 

Voices of Celebration

This concert, kicking off the Women's Chorus of Dallas' 2015-16 season, features music in English and Spanish, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

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

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

 

Seven

Texas Woman's University in Denton presents this work, in which seven female playwrights tell stories about major changes in their home countries of Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Cambodia, at the Redbud Theatre on the campus. | Oct. 14-18

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

 

 

ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS AND OPEN MICS

 

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 Dodie's Live on Main Street, 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

 

 

ROAD TRIP!
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.

 

One Man, Two Guvnors

The Alley Theatre in Houston kicks off its season with the award-winning comedy by Richard Bean, based on Carlo Goldoni's Servent of Two Masters, and featuring songs by Grant Olding, at the Hubbard Theatre. | Through Nov. 1

» More info

 

LAST CHANCE 

These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Scott Wayne McDaniel
Dry Land at Upstart Productions

 

Cats

Presented by Plano Children's Theatre | Closes Saturday

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

 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

Presented by Mesquite Community Theatre at the Mesquite Arts Center | Closes Saturday

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

 

Dry Land

Ruby Rae Speigel's drama about friendship and pregnancy in high school, presented by Upstart Productions in the Upstart Natatorium, which is in a warehouse in Trinity Groves | Closes Saturday/Sunday

» Our review

» Our feature on the wealth of plays happening in the warehouses in Trinity Groves


Dula

A world premiere musical about Civil War character Tom Dooley, presented by Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine | Closes Sunday

» Our review (coming soon on TheaterJones)

 

The Dumb Waiter

Harold Pinter's play, presented by Kitchen Dog Theater at the Green Zone in the Dallas Design District | Closes Saturday

» Our review

» Our interview with director Tim Johnson about the play and Kitchen Dog Theater's temporary new home

 

Fix Me, Jesus

Helen Sneed's comedy presented by Theatre Three | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

God, A Comedy in One Act

The Woody Allen comedy, presented by Fun House Theatre and Film at Plano Children's Theater, directed by Matt Lyle. | Closes Saturday

» Our review

 

Killer Shrews

Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons' play based on the 1959 B-movie. | Closes Sunday

» Mark Lowry's review in the Star-Telegram

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

 

King Lear

Presented by Shakespeare Dallas, directed by Raphael Parry and featuring Fred Curchack in the title role at Addison Circle Park. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical

A world premiere musical by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Robert Horn, presented by Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our feature about the making of Moonshine

 

The Secret Garden

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst. | Closes Saturday

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

 

The Theory of Relativity

Presented by University of Texas at Arlington | Closes Sunday

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

 

True West

Presented by Jackson's Theatre & Dance, Richardson | Closes Sunday

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

 

Weston Union

Presented by Lunatic Theatre Company at the Richardson Theatre Centre | Closes Sunday

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

 


COMING UP

Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


THEATER

  1. Teatro Dallas presents The Wake at the Cedar Crest Mansion in Oak Cliff | Oct. 15-Nov. 1
  2. The Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano screen the National Theatre of London's Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch | Oct. 15 and 21
  3. MBS Productions opens its season with Theatre of Death at the Stone Cottage, Addison | Oct. 15-Nov. 8
  4. The Outside the Box Play Festival runs at the Addison Theatre Center's Studio Theatre | Oct. 15-18
  5. Garland Civic Theatre presents Mrs. California | Oct. 16-Nov. 7
  6. Drag Strip Courage presents The Americanization of Macbeth at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth | Oct. 16-24
  7. Dallas Children's Theater presents The Ghosts of Sleep Hollow | Oct. 16-30
  8. The Midtown Men comes to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Oct. 17
  9. SMU Meadows School of the Arts does Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan & Lemon | Oct. 21-24
  10. Jaston Williams stars in Maid Marian in a Stolen Car at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Oct. 22-25
  11. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Toward Zero | Oct. 22-Nov. 14
  12. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents The Face of Emmett Till at the Bishop Arts Theatre Centre | Oct. 22-Nov. 1
  13. Circle Theatre presents Other Desert Cities | Oct. 24-Nov. 21
  14. The tour of Kinky Boots comes to Bass Performance Hall | Oct. 27-Nov. 1
  15. 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
  16. Amphibian Stage Productions presents Freud's Last Session | Oct. 29-Nov. 22
  17. Erykah Badu stars in a new one-woman show, called Erykah Badu, at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Oct. 29-Oct. 31
  18. Dead White Zombies presents DP92 at the Icehouse in Trinity Groves | Oct. 29-Nov. 22
  19. Lyric Stage presents Grand Hotel at the Irving Arts Center | Oct. 30-Nov. 8
  20. Sundown Collaborative Theatre presents Brad McEntire's Prodoville at Denton's Point Bank Black Box Theatre and Dallas' Margo Jones Theatre | Oct. 30-Nov. 22
  21. PrismCo presents Persephone at a warehouse in Trinity Groves | Oct. 31-Nov. 15
  22. The Ochre House presents Kevin Grammer's Blink | Oct. 31-Nov. 21
  23. Theatre Three revives Inge's Picnic | Nov. 5-22
  24. The new Dallas Summer Musicals season opens with the tour of The Sound of Music at the Music Hall at Fair Park | Nov. 6-22
  25. Casa Mañana presents On Golden Pond | Nov. 7-15

 

DANCE

  1. Texas Ballet Theater does Ben Stevenson's Dracula at Bass Performance Hall, featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Oct. 16-18
  2. LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents Le Ballet du Dracula at the MCL Grand Theatre in Lewisville | Oct. 16-17
  3. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents the film Black Swan, preceded by a performance, at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff | Oct. 24
  4. TITAS presents Kyle Abraham at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 29-30
  5. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Horror Series at Sammons Center for the Arts | Oct. 30
  6. TITAS presents Akram Khan Company at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 6-7
  7. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Director's Choice | Nov. 6-8
  8. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Let's Tango, featuring dancers, at Bass Performance Hall | Nov. 6-8
  9. SMU's Meadows Dance Ensemble performs its fall concert | Nov. 11-15
  10. Bruce Wood Dance Project continues its 5Years celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 13-14
  11. The New York Baroque Dance Company performs with Dallas Bach Society at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Nov. 14
  12. The Bolshoi Ballet's Jewels can be seen at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | Nov. 15 and 17
  13. Avant Chamber Ballet performs Nutcracker: Short and Suite at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake | Nov. 19
  14. DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group) revives The Show About Men in the underground space at Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas | Nov. 19-22
  15. The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker comes to SMU's McFarlin Auditorium | Nov. 20-22

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC AND OPERA

  1. Jaap van Zweden conducts Bruckner's Symphony No. 5 for Dallas Symphony at Meyerson Symphony Center | Oct. 15-18
  2. The Orchestra of New Spain presents Facade, set to the poetry of Edith Sitwell at the Hilton Dallas Park Cities | Oct. 15
  3. Pianist Jan Jiracek kicks off Symphony Arlington's season at the Arlington Music Hall, with repeat performances at Garland Symphony at Las Colinas Symphony | Oct. 15-17
  4. 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
  5. Sounds Modern presents Modern Subjects, Classic Forms at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Oct. 17
  6. Orpheus Chamber Singers presents Masterworks Ancient and Modern at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 18
  7. Blue Candlelight Music Series presents Vadym Kholodenko at a private house in Dallas | Oct. 18
  8. The Tenors comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Oct. 20
  9. The Dallas Bach Society presents soprano Ava Pine in a house concert | Oct. 22-23
  10. The Nasher Sculpture Series' Soundings season begins with Yellow Barn's Music Haul | Oct. 22
  11. The Cliburn presents Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera at the Kimbell Art Museum | Oct. 22
  12. Soprano Ava Pine sings lieder for two house concerts by Dallas Bach Society | Oct. 23-24
  13. The Voices of Change season begins with Rapido! at Caruth Auditorium at Southern Methodist University | Oct. 25
  14. The Lone Star Wind Symphony season begins with "Heroes and Villains" at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Oct. 25
  15. 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

 

COMEDY, SPOKEN WORD, FILM FESTIVALS, ETC.

  1. Illusionist Ivan Amodel brings Intimate Illusions to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Oct. 16-17
  2. Improv troupe The Laugh Supper performs at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas | Oct. 16
  3. Dan Cummins is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Dallas | Oct. 17-18
  4. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival featuring Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer comes to Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas | Oct. 18
  5. Jose Sarduy is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Dallas | Oct. 22-24
  6. Paul Rodgriguez and the Latin Kings of Comedy comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Oct. 29
  7. Sarah Colonna is all three Hyena's Comedy Night Clubs, in Fort Worth, Dallas and Plano | Oct. 29-31
  8. The Lone Star Film Festival runs at various venues in Sundance Square, Fort Worth | Nov. 5-8
  9. The Last Comic Standing Tour comes to Verizon Theatre | Nov. 14
  10. Lewis Black comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 17
  11. The Last Comic Standing Tour comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Nov. 21
  12. Cocoa Brown comes to Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Dec. 11-12
  13. Lavell Crawford comes to Majestic Theatre | Jan. 9

 

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