<em>Romeo and Juliet</em>&nbsp;at Dallas Theater Center

Places! Feb. 4-10, 2016

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

published Wednesday, February 3, 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: Dallas Theater Center does a contemporary R&J, the groundbreaking Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan comes to Dallas for the first time, and Jubilee Theatre takes on August Wilson's Seven Guitars.

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!




 THU FEB 4  thru  WED FEB 10 



 1  Romeo and Juliet

Dallas Theater Center | Kalita Humphreys Theater

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Willy Shakes' death, so expect even more Bard than usual, and there ain't nothing wrong with that. This Dallas Theater Center production, directed by Joel Ferrell—the first Shakespeare at DTC not directed by Kevin Moriarty since the Wyly Theatre opened with Midsummer in 2009puts the tale of star-crossed lovers in a contemporary setting. | Previews through Thursday, Feb. 4; opens Friday, Feb. 5 and runs through Feb. 28

» More info in our listing


 2  Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

TITAS | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House

TITAS presents the Dallas debut of Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan, an important company in that it was the first contemporary dance group in China, and the first professional dance company in Taiwan when it began in the 1970s. The group performs Rice, a 70-minute piece inspired by the farmers and nature in one of Taiwan's rice paddies. | 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

» Read our interview with founder Hwai-win Lin


 3  17th International Theatre Festival

Teatro Dallas and Dallas Children's Theater | Rosewood Center for Family Arts and Teatro Dallas

Teatro Dallas presents the 17th International Theater Festival at Rosewood Center for the Performing Arts and Teatro Dallas, this year the event is dedicated to Mexico. All evening performances are at Rosewood; and the Saturday matinee is at Teatro Dallas. See a sechedule below. | Feb. 4-6

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4: Pizzicato by Dallas’ Danielle Georgiou Dance Group 
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5: Laboratorio de la Máscara and Idiotas Teatro of Mexico present Caracol y Colibrí (Snail and Hummingbird) by Sabrina Berman 
  • 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6: Parting Memories a wordless piece performed by Violeta Luna
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6: Otro Día de Fiesta (Another Day Partying) by Marco Petrz, performed by Grupo Teatral Tehuantepec of Mexico.

» Read our interview with Alicia Martinez Alvarez of Laboratorio de la Máscara and Violeta Luna


Photo: Buddy Myers
Seven Guitars at Jubilee Theatre


 4  Seven Guitars

Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth

Jubilee Theatre presents August Wilson's play, the 1940s entry into his visionary Century Cycle, directed by William Earl Ray, who is also the new Jubilee artistic director. | Previews through Thursday, Feb. 4, opens Friday, Feb. 4 and continues through Feb. 28

» More info in our listing


 5  Her Stories

Soul Rep Theatre Company | South Dallas Cultural Center

Soul Rep Theatre Company presents Her Stories, adapted from Virginia Hamilton's book of new versions of slave folktales and myths, at South Dallas Cultural Center. Directed by Anyika McMillan-Herod. | Feb. 5-7

» More info in our listing


 6  Joshua Bell, violin

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Bass Performance Hall

The Fort Worth Symphony Gala features violinist Joshua Bell at Bass Performance Hall; it's a good week for celebrating considering the agreement that has been made between the Symphony Association and the Musicians Union. The musicians won't get pay cuts, at least not through the end of July 2016. Yay! | 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6


 7  Shostakovich 7

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center

The Dallas Symphony performs Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 with pianist David Fray at the Meyerson Symphony Center, originally scheduled with Jaap van Zweden on the podium. But due to a family emergency in Holland, the concert will be led by DSO Assistant Conductor Karina Canellakis at the podium. | Feb. 4-7

» More info in our listing


Photo: Mat Hennek
The Faure Quartett


 8  Fauré Quartett

Dallas Chamber Music Society | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium

Dallas Chamber Music Society presents the Faure Quartett, performing Mahler's Klavierquartettsatz in A Major and Fauré's Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15, at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Feb. 8

» More info in our listing


 9  Joshua Romans and Andrius Zlabys

The Cliburn | Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Cellist Joshua Romans and pianist Andrius Zlabys perform for the Cliburn at the Kimbell Art Museum. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4


 10  Apollo's Flight

Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Kristin Colaneri | Latino Cultural Center, Dallas

It's an interesting-looking multimedia event featuring live musicians, projections and dance from Contemporary Ballet Dallas. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5


Photo: Courtesy
Apollo's Flight


 11  Heavy Rotation: A Rebirth of Song and Movement

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre | LIFE in Deep Ellum

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre presents Heavy Rotation: A Rebirth of Song and Movement at LIFE in Deep Ellum. The description: Like radio DJs spinning tracks, dance artists spin themes of life—relationships, politics, the desire for progress, the quest for life's meaning, and the desire to be heard, understoodin heavy rotation. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7

» More info in our listing


 12  tick, tick...BOOM

Onstage in Bedford | Trinity Arts Theater, Bedford

Onstage in Bedford presents Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...Boom!, which was the unfinished musical that the Rent composer left upon his untimely death. Directed by Lon Barrera. | Feb. 5-28

» More info in our listing








Brick Road Theatre presents the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical at Courtyard Theatre, Plano. | Feb. 4-6

» Our review





Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Presented by Sherman Community Players. | Feb. 5-21

» More info in our listing


Cotton Patch Gospel

Presented by Repertory Company Theatre, Richardson. | Feb. 5-14

» More info in our listing


Driving Miss Daisy

Presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre. | Feb. 5-14

» More info in our listing


Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Presented by Theatre Coppell. | Feb. 5-21

» More info in our listing


Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.

Casa Mañana Children's Theatre presents School House Rock Live, Jr. | Feb. 5-21 

» More info in our listing





Back to Back: The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John

The Richardson Symphony performs a pops concert of Elton John and Billy Joel music at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6

» More info here





St. Olaf Choir

The renowned choir makes an appearance at the Meyerson Symphony Center. | 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8

» More info in our listing





The Echo Room Presents: Her Song

Echo Theatre revives its terrific production of classic American songs written by women, at the Bath House Cultural Center. | Previews Feb. 10-11, opens Feb. 12 and runs through Feb. 28

» More info in our listing


Long Day's Journey Into Night

Undermain Theatre presents the Eugene O'Neill classic, directed by Katherine Owens. Because it previews in this cycle and opens in next week's, look for more in the next Places! | Previews Feb. 10-12, opens Feb. 13 and runs through March 6

» More info in our listing


Steuart Pincombe

Open Classical DFW presents the Baroque cellist at the Allgood Cafe in Deep Ellum. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10

» More info in our listing




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.


Fixing Timon of Athens

An original look at one of Shakespeare's lesser plays, presented by the Rude Mechs at the Off Center in Austin. | Feb. 4-26

» 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






The Dead Guy

Presented by Proper Hijinx at the Addison Theatre Center Studio Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing



Presented by Second Thought Theatre in Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing



Presented by Runway Theatre, Grapevine. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Steel Magnolias

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

» More info in our listing







  1. Echo Theatre revives Her Song at the Bath House Cultural Center | Feb. 10-27
  2. Undermain Theatre does O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night | Feb. 10-March 6
  3. Eric Bogosian performs Bitter Honey: The Best of 100 (Monologues) at the Wyly Theatre | Feb. 11-13
  4. Amphibian Stage Productions presents Isaac's Eye | Feb. 11-March 6
  5. Kitchen Dog Theater does Halley Feiffer's I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard at the Green Zone, Dallas | Feb. 11-March 12
  6. Theatre Britain presents N.J. Crisp's Dangerous Obsession at the Cox Building Playhouse | Feb. 12-28
  7. Dallas Children's Theater presents Linda Daugherty's don't u luv me? | Feb. 12-21
  8. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss & What I Wore | Feb. 12-March 6
  9. Stolen Shakespeare Festival presents The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre. | Feb. 12-28
  10. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents Master Class | Feb. 12-28
  11. Fun House Theatre & Film presents David Rabe's Sticks and Bones at Plano Children's Theatre | Feb. 12-21
  12. Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents Triangles | Feb. 19-March 19
  13. African American Repertory Theater presents Court-Martial at Fort Devens at K.D. Studio Theatre, Dallas | Feb. 19-March 6
  14. Cara Mía Theatre Company presents Teatro en Fuga: A Festival of New Works at the Latino Cultural Center | Feb. 20-March 5
  15. WaterTower Theatre presents the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at the Addison Theatre Centre | Feb. 25-March 6



  1. Sossy Mechanics' Trick Boxing: Swingin' in the Ring is at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Feb. 11-14
  2. TITAS presents BalletBoyz at the Winspear Opera House | Feb. 13
  3. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Cultural Awareness 2016 at the Wyly Theatre | Feb. 19-21
  4. Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary Tour comes to the Allen Event Center | Feb. 19-21
  5. Texas Ballet Theater presents Classic Combinations at Bass Performance Hall | Feb. 26-28



  1. The Allegro Guitar Series presents a Tribute to Chet Atkins at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth and University Park United Methodist Church, Dallas | Feb. 11-12
  2. The Dallas Symphony Pops screens the film of West Side Story and plays Bernstein's score at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Feb. 12-14
  3. The Fort Worth Symphony Pops performs West Side Story Symphonic Dances at Bass Performance Hall | Feb. 12-14
  4. The Cliburn presents composer Ben Moore at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Feb. 13
  5. Chamber Music International performs at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson | Feb. 13



  1. The 8th Annual Dallas Burlesque Festival is at House of Blues, Dallas | Feb. 12-13
  2. Royal Comedy Tour: Sommore, Earthquake, Gary Owen, Tony Rock and Tommy Davidson is at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Feb. 13
  3. Rob Little performs at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | Feb. 25-27
  4. Deon Cole comes to the Addison Improv | Feb. 26-28
  5. The Sklar Brothers come to all three area Hyena's Comedy Night Clubs | March 10-12


» 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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