<em>Death is a Bad Habit!</em>&nbsp;at Pegasus Theatre

Places! Dec. 31, 2015-Jan. 6, 2016

It's our weekly list of performing arts events opening on local stages. Includes New Year's Eve suggestions for the arts crowd.

published Wednesday, December 30, 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: New Year's Eve, reportedly a day when folks like to party, and there are several performing arts options for you to have some entertainment with the party favors and champagne. Most of it is theater or in comedy clubs, but there are also several classical music options. And then there are a number of performing arts happenings this weekend, to get your 2016 started off right.

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. There are currently more than 500 listings in our database!

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, December 31 through Wednesday, January 6


 1  Death is a Bad Habit!

Pegasus Theatre | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

Kurt Kleinmann's Living Black and White plays at Pegasus Theatre are one of DFW theater's most hallowed traditions, and it's thrilling to have the first new script in several years. Death is a Bad Habit! brings back lovable characters Harry, Nigel Grouse, and Lt. Foster, and in case you couldn't guess from the title, nuns! For the uninitiated, the Black and White plays are presented as if an old black-and-white movie, with the sets, costumes and even the actors' makeup on face and hands all in shades of gray. The New Year's Eve performance features cake, champagne and party after the performance. | Dec. 31-Jan. 24

» More info in our listing

» Look for a feature about Pegasus Theatre coming on TheaterJones


 2  Shen Yun

Shen Yun Performing Arts | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House

The Chinese touring spectacle, which presents 5,000 years of Chinese history through dance and theater, has become a popular ticket. The visuals look stunning (see video above). It runs for 10 performances at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House. | Jan. 1-10

» More info in our listing

Photo: Linda Harrison
Max and Kim Swarner in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!


 3  Close Encounters of the Dirk Kind

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

Pocket Sandwich Theatre rings in the new year with a new popcorn-tossing spoof by Rodney Dobbs, following the adventures of hard-boiled detective Dirk Spatula. Special New Year's Eve performance includes party with champagne and party favors. | Dec. 31-Feb. 13

» More info in our listing


 4  DSO New Year's Eve | Cirque de la Symphonie

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center

The great thing about the Dallas Symphony's New Year's Eve concert—aside from the fact that conductor Karina Canellakis and mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor lead the DSO on works by Elgar, Mendelssohn and more—is that you'll be out hours before the countdown madness begins, so you can scoot home, or join some other party. And for the first shows of 2016, the DSO brings Canellakis back to the podium, as aerialists, contortionists and other circus artists do their magic while the DSO plays works by Bizet, Shostakovich, Offenbach and others. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31; and Cirque is 7:30 p.m. Jan 2 and 3

» More info in our listing for DSO NYE

» More info in our listing for Cirque de la Symphonie


 5  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!

Theatre Three | Theatre Too!, Dallas

Theatre Three's annual production of the Jimmy Roberts/Joe DiPietro revuesical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! returns to Theatre Too!, the basement space of Theatre Three. This year's cast features real-life spouses Max and Kim Swarner, plus B.J. Cleveland and Amy Mills Jackson. New Year's Eve party follows on Thursday. | Dec. 31-Feb. 28

» More info in our listing

Photo: Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Sexy Laundry at Stage West


 6  Sexy Laundry

Stage West, Fort Worth

The WaterTower Theatre/Stage West co-production of this Michelle Riml comedy, featuring Wendy Welch and Bob Hess as a married couple over a certain age, moves to its Fort Worth leg. On New Year's Eve, drinks, food and champagne follows. | Dec. 31-Jan. 31

» More info in our listing


 7  FWSO New Year's Eve | Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

Fort Worth Symphony | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Photo: Greenberg Artists
Vocalist Dee Daniels performs on New Year's Eve with the Fort Worth Symphony

What we said above about DSO's New Year's concert? Same thing with the Fort Worth Symphony: The Dec. 31 concert, featuring conductor Bob Bernhardt and vocalist Dee Daniels on songs by Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and more, is at 7:30 and will be over in time for you to find other ways to ring in the New Year. Then, on Jan. 2, the FWSO plays music from new and classic Pokémon video games. | 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2

» More info in our listing for FWSO NYE

» More info in our listing for Pokémon


 8  The Tumbleweed Roundup

Artisan Center Theater, Hurst

For 2016, Artisan Center Theater has a new second stage series. That's in addition to its mainstage series, in which the shows run non-stop, and the children's stage. The first show in the second stage is The Tumbleweed Roundup, a country and western revue that pays tribute to Arlington's late, great Johnnie High, master of family-friendly, opry-style entertainment (he discovered a young LeAnn Rimes in the mid-'90s). The show opens Jan. 7, but there are two New Year's Eve performances (the early one is sold out). | Dec. 31-Jan. 30

» More info in our listing


 9  Backdoor Comedy Club New Year's Eve

Backdoor Comedy Club, Dallas

The Backdoor is the place for local stand-up comedians, and at the two NYE shows, at 8 and 10:30 p.m., you'll laugh to Paul Varghese and Linda Stogner; and enjoy champagne and party favors after the 10:30 show. | 8 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31

» More info in our listing


 10  Loni Love | Jay Phillips

Addison Improv

Arlington Improv

Comedians Loni Love and Jay Phillips are at the local Improvisation Comedy Clubs, Addison and Arlington, respectively. There are two performances for each on New Year's Eve (with corresponding parties), and each also has shows through the weekend. | Dec. 31-Jan. 3

» More info in our listing for Loni Love

» More info in our listing for Jay Phillips

Photo: Robert Hart/TheaterJones
The women behind Backdoor Comedy Club: Linda Stogner and Jan Norton


 11  Bach Favorites on New Year's Eve

Dallas Bach Society | Church of the Incarnation, Dallas

Join the Dallas Bach Orchestra and Chorus to ring in the New Year with favorite works of J. S. Bach, featuring the Suite No. 2 for Flute and Strings with flutist Tamara Meredith and Cantata 44 Ich armer Mensch with tenor soloist Timur Bekbosunov. NYE reception follows. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31

» More info in our listing


 12  Kevin Farley | Dustin Ybarra & Anthony Perez | Steve McGrew | Todd Larson & CJ Starr

Hyena's Comedy Night Clubs in Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth 

These comedians are your headliners at the three DFW Hyena's Comedy Night Clubs this weekend. On New Year's Eve, it's Farley in Dallas, Ybarra & Perez in Plano and McGrew in Fort Worth. Then, for Jan. 1 and 2, it's Ybarra in Dallas, McGrew in Plano and Todd Larson and CJ Starr in Fort Worth.

» More info on Dallas

» More info on Plano

» More info on Fort Worth






Dallas Comedy House

Expect lots of improv craziness, with two New Year's Eve shows. Obviously the late one is the one to catch, if you want to celebrate the new year with people wackier than you. | 7:30 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31

» More info in our listing


The Games Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays

The Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne has a New Year's Eve party with a performance of this Ken Ludwig comedy. | Dec. 31-Jan. 23

» More info in our listing


Murder at the Merryweather Mansion

Repertory Company Theatre in Richardson does New Year's Eve with a murder mystery, followed by party. | 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31

» More info here





The Frozen Kingdom

Plano Metropolitan Ballet presents The Frozen Kingdom, a ballet inspired by the movie Frozen, at the Courtyard Theatre, Plano. Public performances are 7 p.m. Jan. 1; and 3 and 7 p.m. Jan. 16 (with special Girl Scout performances in between). | Jan. 1-16

» More info in our listing





Say What? An Improv Extravaganza

Art Centre Theatre in Plano presents an event with food, drink and improv. | 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3

» More info here




New to Places! Because Mark Lowry doesn't review a number of shows for either TheaterJones or the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, each week he'll mention something that he has seen (and possibly reviewed) that he highly recommends to you.


Peter Pan 360

Yes, we know you're thinking "not Peter Pan again!" And if this was the popular 1950s musical, which we've seen way too many times, we'd agree. But this production is not only visually cool, but has some terrific comic touches and very theatrical moments. It's a touring production of J.M. Barrie's original play Peter Pan, under a big top with spectacular flying and visual effects, in the Dallas Arts District. | Closes Sunday

» Mark Lowry's review in the Star-Telegram

» Our interview with Jessie Sherman, who plays Tinker Bell





Backdoor Comedy Open Mike

The Backdoor Comedy Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Dallas has weekly open mike stand-up. | 8:30 p.m. Thursdays

» 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 periodic musical theater open-mike event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie. This week on Jan. 4: Featuring Jason Robert Villarreal, Clinton Gilbert, Peter DiCesare and Curtis Hill with music director Adam C. Wright. | 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4

» More info


Liz Mikel's Entertainer's Showcase

Dallas Theater Center company member Liz Mikel leads a jazz, R&B and show tune open mike every Monday at the Balcony Club, above the Lakewood Theater in East Dallas. | 9:30 p.m. Mondays

» 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. | 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Buzzbrews Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue, Dallas.

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


Open Mic Nite at Central

The Dallas Public Library Central Branch presents an open mic for musicians, poets and other performers. At the J. Erik Jonsson Library in downtown Dallas. | 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

» More info




These productions will close this weekend


Peter Pan 360

The six-week sit-down of this touring production of J.M. Barrie's play Peter Pan, in a very cool tent with spectacular flying and visual effects, comes to end. In the Dallas Arts District. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with Jessie Sherman, who plays Tinker Bell



The Lone Star Circus presents its annual holiday show at Dallas Children's Theater. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our feature on Lone Star Circus



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Four Weddings and an Elvis | Jan. 7-30
  2. Junior Players presents Fame the Musical at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan 7-10
  3. Cry Havoc Theatre Company presents Shut Up and Listen at the Margo Jones Theatre | Jan. 7-16
  4. Artisan Center Theater in Hurst has Forever Plaid | Jan. 8-20
  5. Julie Johnson stars in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at Granbury Opera House | Jan. 8-31
  6. The tour of Motown the Musical comes to Bass Hall | Jan. 13-17
  7. Second Thought Theatre's 2016 season opens with Martyr in Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | Jan. 13-Feb. 6
  8. Uptown Players and the Turtle Creek Chorale presents a concert version of Elton John's Aida at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan. 15-17
  9. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents 33 Variations at Irving Arts Center | Jan. 15-30
  10. Theatre Arlington does Light Up the Sky | Jan. 15-31
  11. Denton Community Theatre presents The Lion in Winter at the Campus Theatre, Denton | Jan. 15-24
  12. Garland Civic Theatre presents The Man with Bogart's Face at the Granville Arts Center | Jan. 21-Feb. 13
  13. Lyric Stage presents a concert reading of The New Moon at Irving Arts Center | Jan. 21-24
  14. Theatre Three presents Neil Tucker's Oil! | Jan. 21-Feb. 14
  15. Audacity Theatre Lab presents The Night of the Tarantubears at the Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park | Jan. 21-31
  16. WaterTower Theatre in Addison presents Lord of the Flies | Jan. 22-Feb. 14
  17. Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents Nevermore | Jan. 22-Feb. 7
  18. The tour of the musical If/Then opens at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | Jan. 27-31
  19. Dallas Theater Center does Romeo and Juliet at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | Jan. 27-Feb. 28
  20. The Ochre House presents A Brother's Harvest | Jan. 27-Feb. 20
  21. Circle Theatre's 2016 opens with Clever Little Lies | Jan. 28-March 5
  22. Proper Hijinx Productions presents Eric Coble's The Dead Guy at the Addison Centre Theatre's Studio Theatre | Jan. 28-Feb. 7
  23. MBS Productions presents Slave Letters at the Stone Cottage in Addison | Jan. 28-Feb. 14
  24. The Firehouse Theatre season opens with Steel Magnolias | Jan. 28-Feb. 7
  25. Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth does August Wilson's Seven Guitars | Jan. 29-Feb. 28



  1. The second annual Rhythm in Fusion Festival, featuring tap dance workshops and performances, comes to the Wyly Theatre | Jan. 15-18
  2. Ballet Frontier of Texas does a program called Director's Choice, featuring Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, at the Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | 8 p.m. Jan. 16
  3. TITAS presents BodyTraffic at the Winspear Opera House | Jan. 22
  4. Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined at Bass Performance Hall | Jan. 27
  5. TITAS presents Cloudgate Dance Theater of Taiwan at the Winspear Opera House | Feb. 5
  6. Sossy Mechanics' Trick Boxing: Swingin' in the Ring is at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Feb. 11-14
  7. TITAS presents BalletBoyz at the Winspear Opera House | Feb. 13
  8. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Cultural Awareness 2016 at the Wyly Theatre | Feb. 19-21
  9. Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary Tour comes to the Allen Event Center | Feb. 19-21
  10. Texas Ballet Theater presents Classic Combinations at Bass Performance Hall | Feb. 26-28



  1. The Dallas Symphony presents Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 at Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 7-10
  2. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Beethoven's Eroica at Bass Performance Hall | Jan. 8-10
  3. The Dallas Winds presents "Band Geek Pride" at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 12
  4. The Dallas Symphony presents Vaughan Williams' Fantasia at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 14-16
  5. The Plano Symphony presents "Made in America" at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Jan. 16
  6. The Dallas Symphony presents Gershwin's Greatest Hits at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 22-24
  7. The Fort Worth Symphony presents "A Night at the Oscars" at Bass Performance Hall | Jan. 22-24
  8. Fine Arts Chamber Players presents works by Vaughn Williams, Debussy at Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium | Jan. 23
  9. Voices of Change presents Street Antiphons at SMU's Caruth Auditorium, Dallas | Jan. 24
  10. The Dallas Opera's Titus Art Song Series presents Jake Heggie and Frederica von Stade at the Winspear Opera House | Jan 31



  1. Carlos Mencia is at the Addison Improv | Jan. 7-10
  2. Lavell Crawford comes to Majestic Theatre | Jan. 9
  3. Affion Crockett is at the Addison Improv | Jan. 14-17
  4. Damon Williams comes to Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Jan. 15-16
  5. Rodney Carrington comes to the Majestic Theatre | Jan. 16
  6. Special K is at the Arlington Improv | Jan. 21-24
  7. Patton Oswalt comes to the Majestic Theatre | Jan. 22
  8. Kathleen Madigan comes to the Majestic Theatre | Jan. 23
  9. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy come to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Jan. 23
  10. Royal Comedy Tour: Sommore, Earthquake, Gary Owen, Tony Rock and Tommy Davidson is at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Feb. 13


» 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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