Matthew Worth and Daniela Mack are Jack and Jackie in <em>JFK</em>&nbsp;at Fort Worth Opera

Places! April 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, April 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: There's a major world premiere at Fort Worth Opera, an amazing dance theater import from Canada, area premieres for Second Thought Theatre and Sundown Collaborative Theatre, and for PrismCo, theater and dance meet Mixed Martial Arts. And check it, tiny Ohlook has a new musical that's currently on Broadway. Whuh? Also, because David Lozano and Lee Trull's Deferred Action at Dallas Theater Center is in previews through April 28, we'll have more on it in next week's Places!

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 APRIL 21  thru  WED APRIL 27 

Photo: Courtesy Fargo-Moorehead Opera
Buried Alive will be presented in the Fort Worth Opera Festival


 1  Fort Worth Opera Festival 2016: JFK | Buried Alive + Embedded

Fort Worth Opera | Bass Performance Hall and Scott Theatre

Photo: Nine Photography
Matthew Worth and Daniela Mack are Jack and Jackie in JFK at Fort Worth Opera

The Fort Worth Opera Festival is back, and this year the lead opera is one that's getting tons of national press, for good reason. It's JFK, by the team of Dave T. Little and Ross Vavrek (the guys behind Dog Days, seen last year at FWO). The work takes place on Nov. 21, 1963, which Jack and Jackie spent at the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth, before that fateful trip to Dallas. Famous paintings incite dream sequences that shed light on the president's history and legacy. Also opening this weekend is a double bill of two newer one-acts, Embedded and Buried Alive, both based on Edgar Allan Poe stories. Embedded by Patrick Soluri and Deborah Brevoort, a bit of which was presented in the first year of FWO's Frontiers in 2013, which showcases snippets of new works. You can see our video interview with Soluri, from that year, here. The festival also includes The Barber of Seville and Frontiers, which will have more about in next week's Places! | April 23-May 8

» More info in our listing for JFK

» More info in our listing for Embedded/Buried Alive

» Read Mark Lowry's Star-Telegram story about Matthew Worth, who plays JFK

» Look for more coverage coming on TheaterJones



 2  Kidd Pivot

TITAS | Dallas City Performance Hall

Canada's dance outfit Kidd Pivot and the Electric Company Theatre come together for a riveting dance theatre work called Betroffenheit, a work about PTSD, the subconscious and so much more. | 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22

» More info in our listing

» Read Danielle Georgiou's Sixth Position column about dance theatre

» Our interview with Jonathon Young of Electric Company Theatre

Photo: Karen Almond
Alex Organ in The Great God Pan at Second Thought Theatre


 3  The Dallas Opera Orchestra

AT&T Performing Arts Center Classical Criterion | Winspear Opera House

The Dallas Opera Orchestra performs the Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, "Babi Yar," in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Classical Criterion series. Emmanuel Villaume conducts. | 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with conductor Emmanuel Villaume and chorus master Alexander Rom about the piece.

» Keith Cerny's Off the Cuff column about Babi Yar


 4  The Great God Pan

Second Thought Theatre | Bryant Hall

Second Thought Theatre staged Amy Herzog's Belleville last season to acclaim, and the group returns to her work with this play about a man whose life changes when a past secret comes out. Carson McCain directs. The cast includes Alex Organ, Drew Wall and Natalie Young, the trio behind STT's stunning Red Light Winter in 2011. | April 22-May 14

» More info in our listing



 5  Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns

Sundown Collaborative Theatre | PointBank Black Box Theatre, Denton

Sundown Collaborative Theatre in Denton presents Corey Vogel's Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns, a script director Mandy Rausch discovered via a Humans of New York Facebook post. Read more about that on the link below. | April 22-May 1

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Mandy Rausch



 6  Animal vs. Machine

PrismCo | 500

PrismCo premieres an original wordless creation that uses MMA (mixed martial arts), in Animal vs. Machine, which features a real undefeated MMA fighter. It's in the Green Warehouse in Trinity Groves, and opening night has a big shindig with House Party Theatre, The Tribe and The Striped Heart. | Previews April 22, opens April 23 and runs through May 8

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with director Katy Tye and the performers



 7  Wicked

Dallas Summer Musicals | Music Hall at Fair Park

It's still one of Broadway's biggest tickets and yes, it's terrifically entertaining, with a few songs that we admittedly sing loudly in the car. The only reason we're putting it this far down on the list is because it has become one of the tours you see every few years, like Mamma Mia or anything Disney (it's way better than any of those). This is, what, the fifth time for Wicked at Dallas Summer Musicals? BTW, don't expect to see it at the other two touring venues in town (Winspear Opera House or Bass Performance Hall) because the Music Hall has 1,000 more seats than those, and it sells out for five weeks. Oh, and in case you don't know, Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire's terrific fantasy book that imagines the Wicked Witch of the West's history and POV. Her name is Elphaba because the syllables in that word sound like the initials of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. | April 21-May 22

» More info in our listing


Photo: Mandy Rausch
Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns at Sundown Collaborative Theatre



 8  David Cross: Making America Great Again

Live Nation | Majestic Theatre, Dallas

Yes, that David Cross. The comedian and actor (Arrested Development, for starters), is back on a stand-up tour. We're guessing the title means he has a few things to say about Trump. | 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23

» More info in our listing


Photo: Beckles
Beckles Dancing Company


 9  21: Spring Concert

Beckles Dancing Company | South Dallas Cultural Center

Beckles Dancing Company presents its 21st annual Spring Concert, featuring Clifton-Bainbridge-Park, a new work created by Loris Beckles for longtime company member Tina Mullone. Other premieres will include a fully realized Benchmarks. Last year’s Claret Tango will be the first part, and the new sections will include Caught Napping, Lieu, and The Strange Phrases. Plus a duet created at the company's debut by Andre R. George. | 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23

» More info in our listing



 10  School of Rock, the Musical

Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine

Yes, this is that School of Rock, the musical that is based on the Jack Black film. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glen Slater and book by Julian "Downton Abbey" Fellowes. And yuh-huh, it's the one that is currently on Broadway. So how did Ohlook Performing Arts gets the rights to do it? It was a special license for a youth production, only given to a select few theaters in the country. Whoa. | April 22-May 1

» More info in our listing



 11  Cervantes and Shakespeare

Orchestra of New Spain | Dallas Institute for the Humanities

The Orchestra of New Spain presents "Cervantes and Shakespeare" at the Dallas Institute for the Humanities, an evening of music inspired by the great authors, who both died 400 years ago, in April 1616. | 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24

» More info in our listing



 12  Las Heridas del Viento

Cambalache Teatro en Español | Bath House Cultural Center

Cambalache Teatro en Español, one of a handful of local theater companies that perform in Spanish, presents the premiere of this play by Juan Carlos Rubio. | April 22-30

» More info in our listing








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

» More info


Billy D. Washington

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

» More info


Jason Russell

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | April 21-23

» More info


The Rep: Three Contemporary American Plays

SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents three contemporary plays in repertory: This Sweet Affliction by Blake Hackler; Love and Information by Caryl Churchill; and Our Lady of 121st Street by Stephen Adly-Guirgis. | April 21-May 1

» More info in our listing





Bye, Bye Birdie

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst. | April 22-June 4

» More info in our listing


Chris Botti

The jazz trumpeter performs with Dallas Symphony Pops at the Meyerson Symphony Center. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday

» More info in our listing


Moon Over Buffalo

Presented by Lakeside Community Theatre at the Lakeside Arts Center in the Colony. | April 22-May 7

» More info in our listing


Robert Powell

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | April 23-24

» More info


Rod Man

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | April 22-23

» More info


The Secret Garden

Presented by Repertory Company Theatre at the Promenade Theatre in Richardson. | April 22-May 1

» More info in our listing





Bard Pub Crawl

Join the folks at Shakspeare Dallas for a pub crawl of three bars on McKinney Avenue. There'll be events and trivia (co-hosted by TheaterJones' Lance Lusk). | 2-6 p.m. Saturday, April 23

» More info


CMI Concert 6

Chamber Music International presents its final concert of the season at Dallas City Performance Hall, featuring clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23

» More info in our listing


The Summit: Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

Presented at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson. | 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23

» More info in our listing





Paul Varghese

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24

» More info





Much Ado About Nothing

The Alamo Drafthouse's Shakespeare 400 Film Series screens Joss Whedon's 2013 black-and-white film version, featuring many actors from the Buffyverse (Amy Ackers, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Tom Lenk) at the Richardson location. Co-presented with TheaterJones, Shakespeare Dallas and AT&T Performing Arts Center. | 8:50 p.m. Monday, April 25

» More info

» Our interview with Amy Acker in 2013 when Much Ado came out. Acker, who was Fred in the Buffy spin-off Angel, was an SMU grad who had performed locally at Stage West and Undermain Theatre. See our video interview with her above.





Music of the People

Presented by Arts District Chorale at Dallas City Performance Hall. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26

» More info in our listing





My Own Private Idaho

The Alamo Drafthouse's Shakespeare 400 Film Series screens Gus Van Zandt's film, starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, inspired by parts of Henry IV and V, at the Dallas location. Co-presented with TheaterJones, Shakespeare Dallas and AT&T Performing Arts Center. | 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27

» More info


David Sedaris

The author and humorist does three nights in Dallas, presented by Arts & Letters Live. Dallas City Performance Hall. It's sold out. | April 27-29

» More info


The Wonder Bread Years

Pat Hazell, a former Seinfeld writer, brings his The Wonder Bread Years comes to McDavid Studio next to Bass Hall, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. See video above. | April 27-May 1

» 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.


Show Boat

The Dallas Opera's first production of a musical is Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's 1927 masterpiece, the first important book musical in the post-operetta world, at Winspear Opera House. | Runs through May 1

» More info

» Our review




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.



Speaking of great musicals presented by opera companies, the Houston Grand Opera does the Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece, in my opinion the best of their Big Five. And that's quite an achievement. | April 22-May 6

» 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






God's Trombones

Presented by Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Jon Jory's adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, presented by Stolen Shakespeare Guild at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Reefer Madness

Presented by ArtCentre Theatre in Plano. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Presented by Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


When Did You Last See Your Trousers?

Presented by Rover Dramawerks, Plano. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing



Presented by University of Texas at Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing







  1. Our Productions Theatre presents Every Princess Tale at the MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville | April 28-30
  2. Theatre Three presents Memphis | April 28-May 22
  3. Circle Theatre presents Under the Skin | April 28-May 21
  4. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents The Road to Appomattox | April 29-May 22
  5. Dallas Children's Theater presents The BFG: Big Friendly Giant | April 29-May 15
  6. The Ochre House revives Morphing | April 30-May 21
  7. Uptown Players presents Broadway Our Way | May 5-8
  8. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents 365 Women a Year Festival | May 5-14
  9. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora series presents The Intergalatic Nemesis at Dallas City Performance Hall | May 12-14
  10. The Tribe presents Ophelia Underwater at Yellow Rose Art House, Dallas. | May 13-23



  1. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents The Rite of Spring at Texas Christian University Erma Lowe Hall Studio Theatre, Fort Worth | April 29-May 1
  2. Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents "Springtime in Paris" at the Latino Cultural Center | April 29-30
  3. Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklórico presents "China, Santa y Petenera!" at Winspear Opera House | May 5
  4. Texas Ballet Theater presents First Looks at Dallas City Performance Hall | May 6-8
  5. TITAS presents the Command Performance Gala at Winspear Opera House, Dallas | May 7
  6. Avant Chamber Ballet presents Women's Choreography Concert at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | May 7-8
  7. Pedestrian Dance Movement presents "A Voice" at Bishop Lynch High School Auditorium | May 7-8
  8. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Spring Celebration at the Wyly Theatre | May 20-22
  9. Texas Ballet Theater presents First Looks at Bass Performance Hall | May 27-29
  10. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents SIX at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 17-18
  11. Ballet Concerto presents its Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth | June 23-26



  1. The Dallas Symphony presents Carmina Burana at the Meyerson Symphony Center | April 28-May 1
  2. The Nasher Sculpture Center's Soundings series presents "Howl and Palace of Wind" at the Nasher | April 29
  3. The Plano Civic Chorus presents Rachmaninoff's Vespers at St. Andrews United Methodist Church | April 30-May 2
  4. The Dallas Symphony presents the second Soluna International Arts & Music Festival: Myth and Legend at various locations | May 16-June 5
  5. Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax play at the Winspear Opera House | May 19
  6. Opera in Concert performs "Bravo Rossini!" at the Latino Cultural Center | May 21
  7. The PianoTexas International Academy and Festival is at Texas Christian University | June 2-26
  8. The Lev Aronson Legacy Cello Festival is at Southern Methodist University | June 9-14
  9. The Seventh Van Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition is at Cliburn Hall, next to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth | June 19-25
  10. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is at Texas Christian University | June 27-July 8



  1. Honest Jon performs at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Dallas | April 29-30
  2. Steven Dubner and Faith Salie opens AT&T Performing Arts Center's #hearhere series at the Winspear Opera House | May 4
  3. Festival of Laughs with Mike Epps is at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | May 7
  4. Chris Kattan comes to Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | May 7-8
  5. Marlin Hill performs at the Black Academy of Arts & letters, Dallas | May 13-14
  6. Bobcat Goldthwait comes to Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Fort Worth | March 19-20
  7. Ryan Singer performs at Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth | May 20-21
  8. Emily Maya Mills performs at Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth | June 2-3
  9. Bill Bellamy comes to the Arlington Improv | June 9-11
  10. Jackie Kashian performs at Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth | June 10-11
  11. Matt Groening and Lynda Barry appear in AT&T Performing Arts Center's #hearhere series at the Winspear Opera House | June 29
  12. Miranda July's Lost Child is at AT&T Performing Arts Center's #hearhere series at the Winspear Opera House | July 8
  13. "Weird Al" Yankovic comes to Winspear Opera House | July 16


» 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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