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Places! Jan. 21-27, 2016

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

published Friday, January 22, 2016

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: Jackie Burns and Anthony Rapp have an If/Then situation at the Winspear Opera House, Three Three strikes Oil, WaterTower kills the pig, TITAS introduces Bodytraffic to Dallas, and playwright Octavio Solis reads from his own work. And much more!

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 about 500 listings in our database, with more to be added soon.

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!




 THU JAN 21  thru  WED JAN 27 



 1  If/Then

AT&T Performing Arts center | Winspear Opera House

This might be a record for shortest amount of time between a new musical closing on Broadway and the national tour appearing in Dallas. The contemporary musical If/Then, with music by Tom Kitt and book/lyrics by Brian Yorkey (the creators of Next to Normal), ran on Broadway from March 2014 to March 2015, and here it is in Dallas, about 10 months after it closed. On the Great White Way it starred Idina Menzel, and the tour stars people with one degree of separation from her: Jackie Burns, who has also played Elphaba in Wicked, and Anthony Rapp, who co-starred with Menzel in the original cast of Rent. We're curious to see how local audiences react to a touring show sans spectacle or flying effects, about contemporary living in New York. | Jan. 27-31

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Jackie Burns


 2  Bodytraffic

TITAS | Winspear Opera House

LA's Bodytraffic hasn't been around long, but has been buzzed about in the dance world, in demand on international stages. TITAS brings the group for its North Texas debut, The work by choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, Richard Siegal and Stijn Celis promises to be surprising, refreshing and unforgettable. See video preview above. | 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22

» More info in our listing

» Read our Q&A with Bodytraffic co-founder Tina Finkelman Berkett


 3  Oil

Theatre Three, Dallas

For the second time this season, Theatre Three goes a new play set in Texas in the 1980s. The last one, Fix Me Jesus, was set in a Neiman Marcus dressing area. But the world premiere of Neil Tucker's Oil happens at the home of a prominent Houston oil family, and yes, there's drama going on. Directed by Marty Van Kleeck, the cast features Jenna Anderson, John S. Davies, Patricia E. Hill, Gregory Hullett, and Gene Raye Price. | Previews Jan. 21-24, opens Jan. 25 and runs through Feb. 14

» More info in our listing


Photo: Stephanie Drenka
Oil at Theatre Three



 4  The Lord of the Flies

WaterTower Theatre, Addison

William Golding's 1954 work Lord of the Flies is probably one of the best known novels of the 20th century because it was on every reading list in middle or high school. A group of boys crash on a remote island and have to form their alliances, and things don't go as well what you're used to with Survivor. A quick reminder: "Kill the pig!" Can't wait to see what director Kelsey Leigh Ervi does with Nigel Williams' adaptation of the book. | Previews Jan. 22-24, opens Jan. 25 and runs through Feb. 14

» More info in our listing

» Win tickets in our giveaway

» Look for a feature on director Kelsey Leigh Ervi coming on TheaterJones


Photo: Kelsey Leigh Ervi
The Lord of the Flies at WaterTower Theatre



 5  The New Moon

Lyric Stage | Irvling Arts Center

You'll probably never see a professional production of this 1927 operetta with music by Sigmund Romberg (music) and book/lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab. Unless you see this concert staging from Lyric Stage, with a 35-piece orchestra led by Jay Dias. It's worth it to hear what early musicals used to sound like, before the orchestras started being reduced down to practically nothing. Directed by Andy Baldwin, the cast features Christopher J. Deaton, Kristen Lassiter, Daron Cockerell, Sonny Franks and James Williams. | 8 p.m. Jan. 21-23; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24

» More info in our listing


 6  Street Antiphons

Voices of Change | SMU, Caruth Auditorium

Voices of Change is one of the area's most important music ensembles, and this concert exhibits why. We get the premiere of Street Antiphons, a work by Houston composer Pierre Jalbert, which was commissioned Voices of Change in collaboration with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Da Camera of Houston, and SOLI Chamber Ensemble. Also on the program are works you don't hear from other groups: Jacques Ibert's Five Pieces for Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon; Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello; Tilmann Dehnhard's Wake up! for Piccolo and Alarm Clock (yes, alarm clock is an instrument!); and William Bolcom's Ghost Rags for Solo Piano. | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24

Photo: Matthew Sprizzo Artists
Soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme will perform with the Dallas Symphony for Gershwin's Greatest Hits

» More info in our listing


 7  Gershwin's Greatest Hits

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center

Jeff Tyzik conducts the Dallas Symphony Pops on selections by George Gershwin, including Lullaby, Cuban Overture, Rialto Ripples and selections from Funny Face and Porgy and Bess. For vocals, the guests are soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, bass-baritone Kevin Deas and the University of Texas at Arlington A Cappella Choir, directed by Karen Kenaston-French | 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 23; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24

» More info in our listing


 8  Saturday Nights, Sunday Mornings

The Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre

Demille Cole Heard stars as great soul singer Al Green in this bio-musical directed by Curtis King, and presented at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters' Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre. | Jan. 22-23

» More info in our listing


 9  Patton Oswald | Kathleen Madigan

Majestic Theatre, Dallas

Not together, but awesome nights of comedy at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas. Politically outspoken actor and comic Patton Oswald is on Friday, and veteran standup Madigan is on Saturday. | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 22-23

» Read our interview with Kathleen Madigan


 10  Texas Bound I: Human Foibles & Hijinks

Arts & Letters Live | Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium

The Dallas Museum of Art's Arts & Letters Live series has its first Texas Bound program of the year, in which actors and writers read short stories by Texas writers. And this one is a great lineup: Playwright Octavio Solis reads his own story Last Gallantry of a Badass, Austin novelist and screenwriter Owen Egerton reads his story The Martyrs of Mountain Peak, local actor Chris Hury reads Elk by Rick Bass, and film actor G. W. Bailey reads Waffle by Owen Egerton. | 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25

» More info


 11  The Night of the Tarantubears

Audacity Theatre Lab | Margo Jones Theatre, Dallas

The play is by Brad McEntire for his outfit Audacity Theatre Lab, and really all you need to know is the title: The Night of the Tarantubears. Horror plus comedy equals camp that McEntire does so well. Co-written with Jeff Hernandez. | Jan. 21-31

» More info in our listing


Photo: Brad McEntire
The Night of the Tarantubears from Audacity Theatre Lab

 12  Music Inspired by Vermeer Suite

Fine Arts Chamber Players | Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium

Fine Arts Chamber Players brings a rarely performed Ralph Vaughan Williams work from 1903, Quintet in C minor for violin, viola, cello, and double bass, performed by Dallas Symphony musicians Andrew Schast, violin; Pamela Askew, viola; Theodore Harvey, cello; Brian Perry, bass; and Steven Harlos, piano. The program also includes Debussy's Sonata in G minor for violin and piano and Rossini's Duetto in D Major for cello and bass. And it's free! | 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23

» More info in our listing







Lisa Landry

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Jan. 21-23

» More info

Photo: Louis Ramey
Comedian Louis Ramey


Jessimae Peluso

The comedian is at Addison Improv. | Jan. 21-24

» More info


Louis Ramey

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Jan. 21-23

» More info


Special K

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. | Jan. 21-24

» More info


Jay Whitecotton

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21

» More info





Dan Cummins

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Jan. 22-23

» More info


The Man with Bogart's Face

Garland Civic Theatre presents Andrew J. Fenady's comedy The Man with Bogart's Face at the Granville Arts Center. | Jan. 22-Feb. 13

» More info in our listing



Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents Nevermore, a play by Julian Wiles that uses stories by and the life of Edgar Allan Poe for inspiration. Directed by Adam Adolfo. | Jan. 22-Feb. 7

» More info in our listing


A Night at the Oscars

The Fort Worth Symphony presents "A Night at the Oscars" at Bass Performance Hall; but keep watching the news, because it's possible that the FWSO musicians could strike. | Jan. 22-24

» More info in our listing


Marcin Parys

The pianist plays with Lewisville Lake Symphony at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Flower Mound. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22

» More info in our listing





Butch Lord's Comedy Showcase

This month's event is themed "the laughter awakens" ... so may the farce be with you. It's at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano | 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24

» More info


Curious George: The Golden Meatball

A touring children's production at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson. | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24

» More info in our listing




Photo: Courtesy
Bernie Siben performs in Denise Lee's Cabaret Series at Fair Park


Bernie Siben: Self-Indulgence

Siben, who has worked as an actor and cabaret performer all over the country, performs in Denise Lee's Cabaret Series at the Women's Museum in Fair Park. The show is called “Self-Indulgence.” He'll accompany himself and perform music by Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Schwartz, Kander and Ebb and others. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26

» More info in our listing





Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined at Bass Performance Hall. This show came to Bass Hall in 2015, too; you can read our interview with Travis Wall from a year ago here. | Jan. 27

» More info in our listing




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.



The world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's insightful, quiet play about exploration and self-discovery, set in and around a CostCo store near the Washington-Idaho border, is worth a visit to the Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre, where the Dallas Theater Center gives it a thoughtful production. Can't wait to see the response to its companion piece, Lewiston, which runs at Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut in April. | Clarkston runs through Jan. 31

» Mark Lowry's review in the Star-Telegram

» David Novinski's review on TheaterJones




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.


Of Mice and Men

The Austin Opera presents Carlisle Floyd's opera of the Steinbeck novella, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 28; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31

» More info






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 sometimes-weekly musical theater open-mike event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie

» 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






Death is a Bad Habit!

A new Living Black and White play by Kurt Kleinmann, presented by Pegasus Theatre at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our feature on Pegasus Theatre


The Game's Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays

Ken Ludwig's holiday fun with Sherlock Holmes, presented by Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


The Lion in Winter

James Goldman's play presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre, Denton. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing







  1. Dallas Theater Center does Romeo and Juliet at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | Jan. 27-Feb. 28
  2. The Ochre House presents A Brother's Harvest | Jan. 27-Feb. 20
  3. Circle Theatre's 2016 opens with Clever Little Lies | Jan. 28-March 5
  4. Proper Hijinx Productions presents Eric Coble's The Dead Guy at the Addison Centre Theatre's Studio Theatre | Jan. 28-Feb. 7
  5. MBS Productions presents Slave Letters at the Stone Cottage in Addison | Jan. 28-Feb. 14
  6. The Firehouse Theatre season opens with Steel Magnolias | Jan. 28-Feb. 7
  7. Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth does August Wilson's Seven Guitars | Jan. 29-Feb. 28
  8. Dallas Children's Theater presents A Year With Frog and Toad | Jan. 29-Feb. 28
  9. Sou Rep Theatre Company presents Her Stories at South Dallas Cultural Center | Feb. 1-7
  10. The tour of The Bridges of Madison County is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park | Feb. 2-14
  11. Teatro Dallas presents the 17th International Theater Festival at Rosewood Center for the Performing Arts | Feb. 4-6
  12. Brick Road Theatre presents Company at Courtyard Theatre, Plano | Feb. 4-6



  1. Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents Apollo's Flight at Latino Cultural Center | Feb. 4-5
  2. TITAS presents Cloudgate Dance Theater of Taiwan at the Winspear Opera House | Feb. 5
  3. Muscle Memory Dance Theatre presents Heavy Rotation: A Rebirth of Song and Movement at LIFE in Deep Ellum | Feb. 6-7
  4. Sossy Mechanics' Trick Boxing: Swingin' in the Ring is at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Feb. 11-14
  5. TITAS presents BalletBoyz at the Winspear Opera House | Feb. 13
  6. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Cultural Awareness 2016 at the Wyly Theatre | Feb. 19-21
  7. Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary Tour comes to the Allen Event Center | Feb. 19-21
  8. Texas Ballet Theater presents Classic Combinations at Bass Performance Hall | Feb. 26-28



  1. The Dallas Symphony presents Mozart No. 39 and The Magic Flute overture | Jan. 29-31
  2. The Dallas Bach Society presents a house concert featuring viola da gamba | Jan. 29-30
  3. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Viva Italia at Bass Hall | Jan. 29-30
  4. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents the Montrose Trio at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Jan. 30
  5. The Lone Star Wind Orchestra presents "Music, Mind, Body & Soul" at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Jan. 31
  6. The Dallas Opera's Titus Art Song Series presents Jake Heggie and Frederica von Stade at the Winspear Opera House | Jan. 31



  1. Moz Jobrani is at the Addison Improv | Jan. 28-30
  2. Benji Brown is at the Arlington Improv | Jan. 28-31
  3. Mo'Nique is at the Addison Improv | Feb. 5-6
  4. The 8th Annual Dallas Burlesque Festival is at House of Blues, Dallas | Feb. 12-13
  5. 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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