<em>I\'m Gonna Pray for You So Hard</em> at Kitchen Dog Theater

Places! Feb. 11-17, 2016

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

published Friday, February 12, 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: Eric Bogosian performs from his 100 monologues at the Wyly Theatre, with a different line-up at each of the four shows, Undermain Theatre takes on a mammoth American play, Kitchen Dog Theater prays hard, the BalletBoyz make their Dallas debut, and you can see two classic films with live orchestral accompaniment.

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 400 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!




 THU FEB 11  thru  WED FEB 17 

Photo: Susan Johann
Eric Bogosian


 1  Long Day's Journey Into Night

Undermain Theatre, Dallas

There has not been a local professional production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night since 1998, when Dallas Theater Center gave it an airy staging in the cavernous Arts District Theater. In fact, aside from Circle Theatre's terrific A Moon for the Misbegotten in the mid-2000s, I can't remember a local professional production of any O'Neill play in the past 20 years (although universities have done Ah! Wilderness, a now defunct group of young bucks did The Hairy Ape and a visiting dance company did a dance version of The Emperor Jones. Oh, and Ochre House did what is still my favorite show there, Morphing, a modern remix of Long Day's Journey). See this one, people. Long Day's Journey is—along with Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Raisin in the Sun, Our Town, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Joe Turner's Come and Goneamong the very best of American drama. Bruce DuBose and Joanna Schellenberg play James and Mary Tyrone, and Shelby Davenport and Josh Blann play the sons. Katherine Owens directs. | Previews through Feb. 12, opens Saturday, Feb. 13 and runs through March 6

» Our interview with director Katherine Owens

» More info in our listing


 2  Bitter Honey: The Best of 100 (Monologues)

AT&T Performing Arts Center Off-Broadway on Flora | Wyly Theatre

If you're a true theater lover and have any night off this weekend, there's no way you're missing this. Right? RIGHT? Come on, people, writer and actor Eric Bogosian is one the theater greats of the past quarter-century. He hasn't performed a show outside of New York since 9/11, but he's breaking that streak to perform some of his 100 monologues, written as solo pieces or in his plays over the years. He does this at four performances over three nights in the Off-Broadway on Flora series at the Wyly Theatre. He'll do a different set of them at each performance, and at the 10 p.m. Saturday show, he'll do some bluer material. Which, for him, has to be something. | 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11 and 12; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

» Our interview with Eric Bogosian

» More info in our listing

Photo: Elliott Franks


 3  I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard

Kitchen Dog Theater | The Green Zone, Dallas

Winner of the best play title of 2014 (an award we just made up), Halley Feiffer's dark comedy is about a fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut … and things unravel from there. This is even more funny when you know that Halley's father is Jules Feiffer, a cartoonist, author, screenwriter (Carnal Knowledge, Popeye) and playwright whose best-known play is Little Murders (1967). Lee Trull directs and Jenny Ledel and Barry Nash star. | Feb. 12-March 12

» Our interview with Trull about developing a theatrical shorthand with actors Jenny Ledel and Barry Nash

» More info in our listing


 4  Balletboyz

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

TITAS presents the Dallas premiere of the UK's BalletBoyz, an all-male dance troupe taking on some of the great contemporary choreographers. This performance features Christopher Wheeldon's Mesmerics and Alexander Whitley's The Murmuring| 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

» Our interview with co-founder Billy Trevitt

» More info in our listing


 5  Isaac's Eye

Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

Keep an eye on playwright Lucas Hnath, one of America's rising theater stars. Amphibian Stage Productions introduced DFW to him with their 2013 production of Death Tax, and now they open the 2016 season with his comedy about Isaac Newton, Isaac's Eye (this play was seen in Dallas in 2014 from Outcry Theatre). It's directed by Mary Catherine Burke and stars Michael Linden, Greg Holt, Patrick Bynane, and Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore. And expect more Hnath plays to be seen locally in the coming season and years. | Feb. 11-March 6

» More info in our listing


 6  The Goat

Dallas Chamber Symphony | Dallas City Performance Hall

Of all the programming Dallas Chamber Symphony does, their silent film series is our favorite. For this concert, they've commissioned film composer John Kull (Avatar, The Hunger Games) to write an original score for Buster Keaton's 1921 classic The Goat. At the concert, you'll see the film and hear the new score, conducted by Richard McKay. | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16

» More info in our listing

Photo: Metro Pictures
Buster Keaton in The Goat


 7  Iphigenia en Tracia, a Zarzuela

Orchestra of New Spain | Dallas City Performance Hall

The Orchestra of New Spain is a great example of a local arts group doing something no other group is attempting. Niche, people. For this program they present José de Nebra's 1747 zarzuela, a tragi-comic opera set in the ancient city of Troy, presented with all the panoply and splendor, dance and humor it would have enjoyed in Madrid's newly rebuilt Corral de la Cruz. The production features Mexican sopranos Carla Lopez Speziale and Eugenia Ramirez, and Dallas vocalists Anna Fredericka Popova and Leslie Hochman. Spanish choreographer Jaime Puente does the period dances and the stage direction is by Gustavo Tambascio. Performed in English and Spanish. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14

» More info in our listing


 8  West Side Story x 2

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Pops | Meyerson Symphony Center

Fort Worth Symphony Pops | Bass Performance Hall

In an interesting confluence of programming, both the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies have pops programs dedicated to one of the most important musicals of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story, which is inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In Dallas, you'll see the 1961 film version (a remastered print) screened in its entirety as the DSO plays Bernstein's score (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 Sunday); Jayce Ogren conducts. In Fort Worth, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts a program that ends with Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; before that the FWSO plays Ginastera's Estancia and Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 5, "Egyptian" with guest pianist Javier Perianes. | Feb. 12-14

» More info in our listing for Dallas Symphony

» More info in our listing for Fort Worth Symphony


 9  Trick Boxing: Swingin' in the Ring

Sossy Mechanics | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

Sossy Mechanics is a terrific Minneapolis-based dance and physical theater group that makes a splash with swing dance and puppets in the Trick Boxing: Swingin' in the Ring. If you saw Trick Boxing at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in 2014, know that this new incarnation has changed a bit. Good time, guaranteed. | Feb. 11-14

» Read our interview with Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan, the duo behind Sossy Mechanics 

» More info in our listing




 10  Love, Loss & What I Wore

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss & What I Wore, an ode to women and fashion. This production, directed by Michael Serrecchia, is inspired by the large-scale installations of artist Christo, who has wrapped fabric around the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont Neuf in Paris and created the arch installation in Central Park. See video above. | Feb. 12-March 6

» More info in our listing


 11  Stolen Shakespeare Festival: Battle of the Sexes

Stolen Shakespeare Guild | Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre

Stolen Shakespeare Guild has done some interesting pairings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in its annual Stolen Shakespeare Festival. This year, in the 400th anniversary of Willy Shakes' death, they couple one of his more controversial plays, The Taming of the Shrew, with John Fletcher's The Tamer Tamed, which Fletcher wrote as a "reply" to Shrew. In Fletcher's play, Katherine dies and Petrucchio takes a new wife, Maria, who does things differently from Kate. Also in the festival is a children's show, Billy Kid's Romeo and Juliet (10:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays). | Taming of the Shrew is in the first weekend, Feb. 12-14, and Tamer opens Feb. 19; then they both run in rep through Feb. 28

» More info in our listing


Photo: Walter Betts
The Taming of the Shrew at Stolen Shakespeare Guild



 12  The Echo Room Presents: Her Song

Echo Theatre | Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

This show has become a new tradition that we can't get enough of. It's a cabaret-style show with songs of the 1920s and 1930s that feature music and/or lyrics by women, such as Dorothy Fields, Blanche Merrill, Clara Smith, Kay Swift and others. You can get cabaret seating, too, and chef Doug Brown has created cocktails and food for the event available at the cash bar. This year musical director Scott Eckert has written a new book, and his arrangements are performed by the Matt Tolentino Quintet. | Feb. 12-27

» More info in our listing

» Read our review from the original 2014 production, and look for a new review of this year's show coming up







Dean Edwards

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Feb. 11-13

» More info


Pablo Francisco

At the Addison Improv. | Feb. 11-14

» More info



At the Arlington Improv. | Feb. 11 and 13

» More info


Shane Mauss

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Feb. 11-13

» More info


Jerry Rocha

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Feb. 11-14

» More info in our listing


A Tribute to Chet Atkins: John Knowles and Martin Taylor

The Allegro Guitar Series presents a Tribute to Chet Atkins at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11) and University Park United Methodist Church, Dallas (8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12) | Feb. 11-12

» More info in our listing




Photo: Courtesy
Julie Johnson as Patsy Cline


Barefoot in the Park

Artisan Center Theater continues its new Second Stage series with this Neil Simon classic. | Feb. 12-March 12

» More info in our listing


A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

The great Julie Johnson reprises her role as Patsy Cline, which she just did at Granbury Opera House. Now it comes to the Irving Arts Center for two weeks, presented by Lyric Stage. | Feb. 12-21

» Our interview with Julie Johnson when the show was at the Granbury Opera House

» More info in our listing


Dallas Burlesque Festival

The 8th Annual Dallas Burlesque Festival is at House of Blues, Dallas. | Feb. 12-13

» More info


Dangerous Obsession

Theatre Britain opens its 2016 season with N.J. Crisp's psychological thriller at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano. | Feb. 12-28

» More info in our listing


Deliver Us!

Christian ballet company Ballet Magnificat of Jackson, Miss., performs this ballet based on the Dreamworks film The Prince of Egypt at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Scott Theatre. This performance is a benefit for Ballet Concerto. The co-founder and executive director is Keith Thibodeaux, aka Richard Keith, who was Little Ricky in the iconic TV show I Love Lucy. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12

» Read Mark Lowry's interview with Thibodeaux in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

» More info in our listing


dont u luv me?

Dallas Children's Theater revives resident playwright Linda Daugherty's don't u luv me?, a play for teens about dating violence in the online era. | Feb. 12-21

» More info in our listing


Faculty Dance Concert

UNT's annual Faculty Dance Concert at University of North Texas, Denton. | Feb. 12-14

» More info in our listing


Ray Lipowski

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. | Feb. 12

» More info

Photo: Chuck Marcelo
Sticks and Bones at Fun House Theatre and Film


Master Class

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre does the Terrence McNally play with Maria Callas giving a master class to three students. | Feb. 12-28  

» More info in our listing


Mortified Live

The popular podcast Mortified, in which people read from their childhood diaries, presents a live show at the Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum. It's sold out, but look for it to return in May. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13

» More info in our listing

» Our story about the show


Stay Carl Stay

Theatre Rapscallions debuts with this comedy by Peter Tolan, at the Richardson Theatre Centre. | Feb. 12-20

» More info in our listing


Sticks and Bones

Fun House Theatre & Film presents David Rabe's Tony-winning play Sticks and Bones, a political piece set in the Vietnam War-era, and kicking off Fun House's season of political works. Once again we'll point out that, yes, while these plays are performed by youth actors, you've never seen youth theater like this. Performed in the black box at Plano Children's Theatre. Jeff Swearingen directs. | Feb. 12-21

» More info in our listing


You Can't Take It With You

Presented by Rockwall Community Playhouse. | Feb. 12-28

» More info in our listing





Chamber Music International Concert 4

Chamber Music International performs Mozart's Duo in B-flat for Violin and Viola, K 424; Schumann's Carnaval for Solo Piano, Op. 9; and Brahms' Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, Op. 34, at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson. | Feb. 13

» More info in our listing


Ben Moore

The Cliburn presents composer Ben Moore at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, who will play and talk about his work. | 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

» Read our interview with Ben Moore

» More info in our listing


Romance is in the Air

A program of romantic music from the Irving Symphony Orchestra, featuring violinist Motoi Takeda, at the Irving Arts Center. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

» More info in our listing


Royal Comedy Tour: Sommore, Earthquake, Gary Owen, Tony Rock and Tommy Davidson

At Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

» More info




Songs for Lovers

Schola Cantorum of Texas presents romantic music, at the Kimbell Art Museum. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14

» More info in our listing





Jane Eyre

The National Theatre of London's devised performance of the Charlotte Bronte tale, screened in the NT Live series by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17

» 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.


Avenue Q

Oklahoma City Rep presents the naughty puppet musical, using the puppets created for Theatre Three, and featuring Dallas' Denise Lee reprising her role as Gary Coleman. 

» 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





Photo: Karen Almond
Lord of the Flies at WaterTower Theatre


The Bridges of Madison County

The national tour of the musical adaptation of the 1990s novel, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Marsha Norman, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall at Fair Park. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with book writer Marsha Norman


Close Encounters of the Dirk Kind

A spoof at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Cotton Patch Gospel

Presented by Repertory Company Theatre in Richardson. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Crimes of the Heart

Presented by Allen's Community Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Driving Miss Daisy

The Alfred Uhry drama presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre. | Through Feb. 14

» More info in our listing


Lord of the Flies

Nigel Williams' adaptation of the William Golding novel at WaterTower Theatre, Addison. | Closes Saturday

» Our review

» Our interview with director Kelsey Leigh Ervi


The Man with Bogart's Face

Presented by Garland Civic Theatre at the Granville Arts Center. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing



Neil Tucker's drama about a Houston oil family in 1987, presented by Theatre Three. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Slave Letters

An original work of readings from actual letters by slaves, conceived by Mark-Brian Sonna for MBS Productions at the Stone Cottage in Addison. | Closes Sunday

» Our review







  1. Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents Joe Dickinson's Triangles | Feb. 19-March 19
  2. African American Repertory Theater presents Court-Martial at Fort Devens at K.D. Studio Theatre, Dallas | Feb. 19-March 6
  3. Cara Mía Theatre Company presents Teatro en Fuga: A Festival of New Works at the Latino Cultural Center | Feb. 20-March 5
  4. WaterTower Theatre presents the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at the Addison Theatre Centre | Feb. 25-March 6
  5. The Blue Man Group comes to Bass Hall | Feb. 19-21
  6. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents In for #TheCount: One-Act Play Festival at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center | Feb. 25-March 6
  7. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Steven Dietz's Rocket Man | Feb. 25-March 19
  8. Casa Mañana presents Rent | Feb. 27-March 6
  9. The Dallas Theater Center presents All the Way at the Wyly Theatre | March 3-27
  10. Artes de la Rosa presents Big Fish at the Rose Marine Theater | March 4-20



  1. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Cultural Awareness 2016 at the Wyly Theatre | Feb. 19-21
  2. Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary Tour comes to the Allen Event Center | Feb. 19-21
  3. Texas Ballet Theater presents Classic Combinations at Bass Performance Hall | Feb. 26-28
  4. The 12th Weekend Festival of Black Dance is at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Feb. 26-27
  5. Texas Ballet Theater presents Classic Combinations at Bass Performance Hall | Feb. 26-28



  1. The Cliburn does a festival of American composers at the Kimbell Art Museum | Feb. 18-20
  2. The Arlington, Garland and Las Colinas symphonies present pianist Sara Daneshpour | Feb. 18-20
  3. The Soundings at the Nasher series presents flutist Marina Piccinini and pianist Andreas Haefliger at the Nasher Sculpture Center | Feb. 19
  4. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Nationalism Beyond the Nation at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | Feb. 20
  5. Texas Camerata presents "Feste Italien" at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth | Feb. 21
  6. Dallas Winds presents Trombonapalooza at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Feb 23



  1. Jay Pharaoh comes to the Arlington Improv | Feb. 19-21
  2. Kyle Kinane opens Amphibian Stage Productions' new comedy series | Feb. 23
  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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