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Places! May 19-25, 2016

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

published Thursday, May 19, 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: Looks like festival season is heating up, as Kitchen Dog Theater has its 18th New Works Festival, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Soluna Festival launches into its first full week of events, and Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth has three days of events to celebrate tap dance. Plus Ragtime, Bright Half Life, Welcome to Arroyo's, plenty of dance and some terrific stand-up comic options. Plus a new Martin McDonagh play on film. And much more.

Oh, and we've added a new thing: For free events, you'll see this:  FREE 

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!


Photo: Matt Mzorek
The Thrush and the Woodpecker at Kitchen Dog Theater



 THU MAY 19  thru  WED MAY 25 


 1  New Works Festival

Kitchen Dog Theater | Undermain Theatre, Dallas

Kitchen Dog Theater is still in transition between its former home at the MAC and a new one for which the K-Dogs have raised money in a capital campaign. So its 18th annual New Works Festival happens at Undermain Theatre, a space they used early in their history. And this festival is a biggie: Not only does it feature PUP Fest (done with Junior Players) and six staged readings (including of a new work by Dallas' Matt Lyle), the main attraction is repertory productions of two plays by Steve Yockey, Blackberry Winter and The Thrush and the Woodpecker. (A character in Blackberry is an egret, so there's definitely some bird action going on.) Both are part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, and aside from Yockey's artistic home at Actor's Express in Atlanta, Kitchen Dog is the only company to produce both of the plays, thanks to a grant from TACA's Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. | Blackberry Winter opens Friday, May 20; The Thrush and the Woodpecker opens Friday; May 27; and the shows run through June 25. The pay-what-you-can staged readings are at 1 and 4 p.m. on the Saturdays of May 28, June 4 and June 18. See more info in the links below.

» More info in our listing for Blackberry Winter

» More info in our listing for The Thrush and the Woodpecker

» More info in our listing for the staged readings

» Our Work in Progress interview with Steve Yockey


 2  Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Various venues

This is the biggest full week in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's second annual Soluna Festival. Things got off to a bang this week with the premiere of Jonah Bokaer, Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams' Rules of the Game. This week we have a performance by classical gods Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax, a rescheduled concert in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Classical Criterion series; plus the Dallas Symphony performing a Remix concert at Dallas City Performance Hall, a symposium about the science of music and the brain; an organ recital with Todd Wilson; a tribute to violin hero Eugéne Ysaÿe; and "musical interventions" to an exhibit by Paola Pivi at the Dallas Contemporary. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre's "Spring Celebration" is also part of Soluna, but we've broken that out in the following item. Here's a list of this week's Soluna events, and a link to our complete list, which has links to individual listings.

Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Itzhak Perlman


Thursday, May 19:

Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House (7:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 20:

The Dallas Symphony presents "Remix: Orchestral Myth and Legend" at Dallas City Performance Hall (7:30 p.m.); performance preceded by Booker T. Washington High School Jazz Combo at 6:30 

Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Spring Celebration at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre (7:30 p.m.) More info below.

Saturday, May 21

Music and the Brain: The Healing Power of Music at Dallas City Performance Hall (9 a.m.-noon) 

Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Spring Celebration at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre (7:30 p.m.)

The Dallas Symphony presents "Remix: Orchestral Myth and Legend" at Dallas City Performance Hall (7:30 p.m.), preceded by a performance by Allegro Guitar Society at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 22

Legends of the Organ World with Todd Wilson on the Lay Organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center (2:30 p.m.)

Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Spring Celebration at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre (2:30 p.m.)

The Dallas Symphony presents "Homage to a Legend of the Violin World" at Dallas City Performance Hall (6 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 24

Musicians of the Dallas Symphony perform musical interludes to the exhibit "Paola Pivi: Ma'am" at the Dallas Contemporary (7:30 p.m.)

» See the complete schedule with links to each event


Photo: Sharen Bradford/The Dancing Image
Oremus will be presented in Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Spring Celebration


 3  Spring Celebration

Dallas Black Dance Theatre | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre closes its season with Spring Celebration, which features the area premiere of Bound by Dallas native Bridget L. Moore, who created the piece when she was working in South Korea. In fact, this performance features four South Korean dancers who will be making their American debuts. The program also includes Bruce Wood's Red, the world premiere of Nycole Ray's Above & Beyond, and Richard A. Freeman-Carter's Oremus. This concert is officially part of the Soluna Festival. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22

» More info in our listing


Photo: Scott Suchman
The tour of Ragtime comes to Dallas Summer Musicals


 4  Ragtime

Dallas Summer Musicals | Music Hall at Fair Park

This musical by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally, based on the D.L. Doctorow book, is easily one of the finest musicals of the past 20 years (it debuted in 1998). Set at the turn of the 20th century, it intersects the stories of an African-American family, residents of New Rochelle, New York and Harlem, and European immigrants, and includes such historical figures as Emma Goldman, Booker T. Washington and Harry Houdini. This production is directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and features Dallasites James Hayes (age 7) and Anthony Taylor (age 5) as the children of Coalhouse and Sarah. | May 24-June 5

» More info in our listing


 5  Complexions Contemporary Ballet + Big Barre

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

Complexions Contemporary Ballet, one of the touring groups TITAS audiences love, returns to town to close the TITAS season. The concert is not free, BUT Complexions is participating in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Big Barre Event, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas Arts District, and that's free. Anyone is welcome to participate, just wear comfortable clothing (overalls, leggings), socks or sneakers, or shoes demi-pointe. | 10:30 a.m. for Big Barre and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21 for the concert

» More info in our listing for the concert

» More info on Big Barre


Photo: Karen Almond
Bright Half Life at WaterTower Theatre


 6  Bright Half Life

WaterTower Theatre Discover Series | Addison Theatre & Conference Centre

WaterTower Theatre closes its Discover Series season with the area premiere of Tanya Barfield's Bright Half Life, which spans decades in the friendship between two women, Erica and Vicky. Garret Storms directs, and Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Kenneisha Thompson star. | Previews May 21-22; opens May 23 and runs through June 12

» More info in our listing

Photo: Courtesy
Ryan Singer


 7  Ryan Singer

Amphibian Stage Productions

Amphibian's exciting stand-up comedian series, in which comedians are encouraged to develop new material, is about to ramp up, with three of its comedians coming in the next five weeks. First up is Ryan Singer, who believes that aliens built the pyramids and by the time that he finishes his set, you probably will too. He's the creator and host of the Me and Paranormal You podcast. | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21

» More info in our listing

» Our story about this Amphibian series


 8  Welcome to Arroyo's

Artes de la Rosa | Rose Marine Theatre, Fort Worth

Kristoffer Diaz was a Pulitzer finalist for his wrestling play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (seen at the Dallas Theater Center several seasons ago), and he followed that with the play Welcome to Arroyo's, a romantic story following four people and with a hip-hop backdrop, with DJ's and dancers and rappers serving as a Greek chorus. The premiere of that play in California was directed by TCU grad Jaime Castañeda (who directed Chad Deity at DTC, and before he had positions at Atlantic Theatre Company and now La Jolla Playhouse) directed at Amphibian Stage Productions and Circle Theatre). For the play's North Texas premiere, Adam Adolfo directs. | May 21-June 5

» More info in our listing


Photo: Shannon Atkinson
Welcome to Arroyo's at Artes de la Rosa


 9  Laughing Matters with B.J. Cleveland

Denise Lee Onstage Cabaret Series | The Women's Museum, Fair Park

 FREE  Denise Lee's popular cabaret series in Fair Park features one of the area's most popular entertainers, B.J. Cleveland. He's titled it "Laughing Matters." Expect to laugh a lot, and know that the phrase "expect the unexpected" is not a cliché with Cleveland. Expect this one to be filled. | 7:30 pm. Tuesday, May 24

» More info in our listing


 10  Felipe Esparza

Arlington Improv

The comedian, who was a winner of Last Comic Standing and has appeared on numerous TV shows, makes an appearance at the Arlington Improvisation Comedy Club. See video below. | 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 20; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22

» More info



 11  Jordan Fuchs Company

Texas Woman's University, May Dance Concert Series | TWU Dance Studio Theatre, Denton

Choreographer Jordan Fuchs moved from New York to Denton 10 years ago to teach at Texas Woman's University. He has worked with many renowned companies, and this is the first time he's presenting work by his own company in North Texas. JFC is described as a "project-based dance company that uses improvised and pre-set choreographic structures to create dynamic, engaged states of presence and physicality for dancers, able to work in a variety of solo, partnering and ensemble contexts." This concert, at the Dance Studio on the campus of Texas Woman's University in Denton, features three works, two of them premieres: Three, Repentance for the Easily Amused and Trace. | 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21

» More info in our listing


Photo: Jordan Fuchs Company
Jordan Fuchs Company


 12  National Tap Dance Day Celebration

Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth

 FREE  Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth does its annual celebration of National Tap Dance Day, which is May 25. There'll be a free performance that night featuring Irish step dancers Abbey Magill and Shannon McCauley (who you'll remember as the percussive performers in the musical On the Eve that was presented in Dallas several times), plus the Fort Worth Sister Cities Afro-HipHop Dancers accompanied by MONDO Drummers. There are also music performances on Friday, May 20 and a vintage film; and tap dance lessons for all levels on Saturday, May 21. And it's all free. The director at A5A is Gracey Tune, sister of multiple Tony winner Tommy Tune. | 7 p.m. Friday, May 20; 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

» More info in our listing







Ian Bagg

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | May 19-22

» More info


Sean Kent

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | May 19-21

» More info 

Photo: Chris Ottaunick
Liv Warfield


Kiss the Boys

MBS Productions revives Mark-Brian Sonna's gay murder mystery at the Stone Cottage, Addison. | May 19-June 11

» More info in our listing


Denise Lee

The diva performs her "Too Old, Too Fat, Too Black: Songs I'll Never Sing on Broadway" cabaret at Sammons Center for the Arts. | 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19

» More info


Collin Moulton

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | May 19-21

» More info


Arden Myrin

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | May 19-21

» More info




The Clink

TeCo Theatrical Productions presents Steven Young's Shakespeare-riffing play in partnership with the Juvenile Corrections Department, at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center. | 7:30 p.m. May 20 and 21

» More info in our listing


Dr. Doolittle, Jr.

The junior edition of musical by Leslie Bricusse, presented by Plano Children's Theatre. | May 20-28

» More info in our listing


The Kitchen Witches

Caroline Smith's comedy about women who run a cable access cooking show, presented by Onstage in Bedford at the Trinity Arts Theater at the Bedford Boys Ranch. | May 20-June 5

» More info in our listing


Linda Hopkins' Broadway Blues Cabaret featuring Liv Warfield

Warfield, a Prince protegé, performs blues Broadway tunes at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters' Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre | 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21

» More info in our listing

Photo: Rodney Dobbs
Moon Over Buffalo at Pocket Sandwich Theatre


Look Up

Kids Who Care presents its original musical and the perils of not looking away from your hand-held devices. | 10 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20

» More info in our listing

» Read Shelby-Allison Hibbs' 2015 Teacher/Artist column about Kids Who Care and this show


Mamma Mia!

Performing Arts Fort Worth brings in a weekend-long tour of the popular ABBA musical at Bass Performance Hall. | May 20-22

» More info in our listing


Moon Over Buffalo

Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents Ken Ludwig's comedy, directed by Rodney Dobbs and starring Cindee Mayfield. | May 20-June 18

» More info in our listing


Spring Awakening

Runway Theatre in Grapevine does the Tony-winning Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater musical that's based on the scandalous Frank Wedekind play. | May 20-June 12

» More info in our listing


A Trifle Dead

Pegasus Theatre revives Kurt Kleinmann's Harry Hunsacker play, but presented in color and in "Radiovizion," meaning as a radio drama, at the Bath House Cultural Center. | May 20-29

» More info in our listing

Photo: Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Complexions Contemporary Ballet




Bravo Rossini!

Opera in Concert performs a concert of Rossini music at the Latino Cultural Center | 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21

» More info in our listing


CMI Concert 7

Chamber Music International closes its season with a program of Schubert, Smetana and Dvorak at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21

» More info in our listing


Music and Masterpieces

 FREE  The Dallas Opera presents  baritone Corey Crider and pianist Meeyoun Park in a concert of music by Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi, Ambroise Thomas, Verdi and Cole Porter that incorporates the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson and William Shakespeare, at Horchow Auditorium in Dallas Museum of Art. | 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21

» More info in our listing


Stellar Sounds

 FREE  Sounds Modern, an organization that plays contemporary music, presents a concert of music that inspired by Scarlatti and/or Stella, including works by Franco Donatoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, Aldo Clementi, Javier Jacinto and others, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21

» More info in our listing





35MM: A Musical Exhibition

Ohlook Performing Arts does two performances (eight days apart) of this terrific Ryan Oliver Scott musical that's based on photographs by Matthew Murphy. | 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22; and 7 p.m. Monday, May 30

» More info in our listing




Joshua D. Evans

The comic does a special show at the Addison Improv. | 8 p.m. Monday, May 23

» More info


The Shakespeare Show

Recorded live from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon on the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the event known as Shakespeare Live, will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. As part of a year-long celebration of the Bard, this star-studded show was conceived and directed by Gregory Doran and will be hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate and features Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Meera Syal, Alison Moyet, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Gilbreath, the Royal Ballet, the Orchestra of the Swan and many more. Presented by Fathom Events at area movie theaters. | 7 p.m. Monday, May 23

» Find a theater near you




Lucia di Lammermoor

The Royal Opera House shows its production of the Donizetti opera on the big screen at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. | 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

» More info




Photo: Helen Maybanks
Hangmen screens at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth



The national tour of Cabaret, in the latest Sam Mendes revival, is at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House on the Broadway Series. It stars Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk) as the Emcee. Also, the production that will have Spanish interpretation available, courtesy of Cara Mía Theatre Company, is on Friday, June 3. The tour begins its run on Wednesday, May 25, but because the press night is Thursday, May 26, look for more on this in next week's Places! Also, look for a Q&A with Harrison coming on TheaterJones. | May 25-June 5

» More info in our listing



The National Theatre of London's production of the Martin McDonagh play, featuring David Morrissey (who was the Governor on The Walking Dead), is screened in the NT Live series, presented by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28

» More info


The Humor Games 

At the Addison Improv. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

» More info




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 you catch before it closes.

Photo: Tim Long
Under the Skin


Under the Skin

Of the playwrights Circle Theatre has returned to often in the past decade or so, Michael Hollinger is probably my favorite. It began with his terrifically funny farce Incorruptible in 2009, and continued with Opus, Ghost-Writer and Hope & Gravity. He's always surprising, and Under the Skin is no exception. Love the seamless way in which the scenes and memories overlap in this funny, touching story of a father in need of a kidney transplant who asks for one from his grown daughter, whom he had all but abandoned. The shocking twist that ends the first act is one to remember. Directed by Alan Shorter, with a boffo cast of Mark Fickert, Stormi Demerson, Alexandra Lawrence and Sam Henderson. | Closes Saturday

» Jan Farrington's review in 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.


Phaedra + Acis and Galatea

Opera Piccola of San Antonio presents a double bill of Britten's opera Phaedra and Handel's Acis and Galatea, at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, San Antonio. | 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22

» 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 musical theater open mike event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie. | 7:30 p.m. on select Mondays

» 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: Linda Harrison
Memphis at Theatre Three


The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

Presented by Dallas Children's Theater at Rosewood Center for Family Arts, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Heaven Can Wait

Presented by Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


The Last Five Years

Jason Robert Brown's musical, presented by Brick Road Theatre at the Cox Building Playhouse on the campus of the Courtyard Theatre in Plano. | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Presented by Theatre Three, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Matthew Posey's riff on Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Ochre House. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Ophelia Underwater

Janielle Kastner's play presented by the Tribe at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, Dallas. | Closes Monday

» Our review

» Our Work in Progress interview with Janielle Kastner


The Road to Appomattox

Presented by Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Sordid Lives

Presented by McKinney Repertory Theatre at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Under the Skin

Michael Hollinger's play closes at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth. | Closes Saturday

» Our review



The tour ends a five-week from by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park. | Closes Sunday

» Our review






  1. Rover Dramawerks presents Larry Herold's Crisis |May 26-June 18
  2. L.I.P. Service presents The Goat at the Ruddy Seppy Rehearsal Studio in Irving | May 26-June 11
  3. Stage West presents Wait Until Dark | May 26-June 26
  4. Theatre Three presents Tigers Be Still in its basement space | May 26-June 19
  5. Tarrant Actors Regional Theater presents The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | May 26-June 4
  6. Jubilee Theatre presents Livin' Fat | May 27-June 26
  7. The Firehouse Theatre presents The Fantasticks | June 2-19
  8. Proper Hijinx presents Finding Myself in Bed in the basement space at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas | June 3-12
  9. Drag Strip Courage presents Atwater: Fixin' to Die at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth | June 3-26
  10. Uptown Players presents Mothers and Sons at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | June 3-19
  11. Hip Pocket Theatre's 40th season opens with Mr. Weaver's Backyard Circus Presents "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" at Silver Creek Amphitheatre, Fort Worth | June 3-26
  12. WaterTower Theatre presents Outside Mullingar | June 3-26
  13. Casa Mañana presents Monty Python's Spamalot | June 4-12
  14. The national tour of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | June 7-19
  15. Trinity Shakespeare Festival's season has The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream in rotating repertory at Texas Christian University | June 7-26
  16. Echo Theatre presents Love Alone at the Bath House Cultural Center | June 9-25
  17. Dreamgirls closes the season for Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre | June 10-25
  18. DVA Productions presents Masked at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | June 10-19
  19. House Party Theatre presents Gruesome Playground Injuries at Texas Ale Project, Dallas | June 11-17
  20. Dallas Summer Musicals brings in the tour of Bullets Over Broadway to the Music Hall at Fair Park | June 14-26
  21. Shakespeare Dallas does Richard III and Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer in rotating rep at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre at Tenison Park | June 15-23
  22. Circle Theatre presents Don't Talk to the Actors | June 16-July 16
  23. Fun House Theatre & Film presents House of Bard's at Plano Children's Theatre | June 16-20
  24. Lyric Stage presents Anything Goes with full orchestra at the Irving Arts Center | June 17-26
  25. Garland Summer Musicals presents Fiddler on the Roof at the Granville Arts Center | June 17-26



  1. Texas Ballet Theater presents First Looks at Bass Performance Hall | May 27-29
  2. Elledanceworks Dance Company presents Elledanceworks 19 at Collin College | June 3-4
  3. Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklórico presents Viento de Sures at Latino Cultural Center | June 4
  4. The Vitruvian Salsa Festival, presented by the Dance Council of North Texas, begins at Vitruvian Park in Addison | June 4
  5. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents SIX at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 17-18
  6. Ballet Concerto presents its Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth | June 23-26
  7. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth has its 13th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 23-31
  8. The Dance Council of North Texas presents the third annual Dallas DanceFest at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept 2-3
  9. TITAS presents Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 16-17
  10. Texas Ballet Theater presents Carmen and Danse à Grande Vitesse at the Winspear Opera House | Sept 16-18



  1. The Orchestra of New Spain presents Cervantes and Shakespeare: The Break from Myth and Legend at Dallas City Performance Hall, part of Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival | May 26
  2. The Dallas Symphony does Mahler's Das klagende Lied at the Meyerson Symphony Center, part of Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival | May 27-28
  3. The Dallas Symphony does Britten's opera Noah's Flood at Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, part of Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival | May 31-June 1
  4. Pianist Conrad Tao performs at the Dallas Contemporary, part of Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival | May 31
  5. The PianoTexas International Academy and Festival is at Texas Christian University | June 2-26
  6. The Fort Worth Symphony presents its annual Concerts in the Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden | June 3-July 4
  7. The Dallas Symphony performs Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, part of Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival | June 3-5 
  8. The Lev Aronson Legacy Cello Festival is at Southern Methodist University | June 9-14
  9. The Turtle Creek Chorale performs Heartstrings at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 9-11
  10. The Dallas Symphony presents the Magic Circle Mime Company at the Meyerson Symphony Center | June 18
  11. The Seventh Van Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition is at Cliburn Hall, next to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth | June 19-25
  12. The Metropolitan Winds performs its Summer Concert at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 25
  13. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is at Texas Christian University | June 27-July 8
  14. Fine Arts Chamber Players presents its annual Basically Beethoven Festival at Dallas City Performance Hall | July 3-31
  15. Dallas Winds presents its annual Star-Spangled Spectacular at Meyerson Symphony Center | July 4
  16. The Fort Worth Symphony's Classical Masters concert features the music of Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 26-28



  1. Emily Maya Mills performs at Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth | June 2-3
  2. Dick Gregory comes to the Addison Improv | June 7-8
  3. Bill Bellamy comes to the Arlington Improv | June 9-11
  4. Jackie Kashian performs at Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth | June 10-11
  5. The Oak Cliff Film Festival is at Texas Theatre and other venues | June 16-19
  6. Collin Kane comes to the Addison Improve | June 17-19
  7. Martin Lawrence comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | June 18
  8. Matt Groening and Lynda Barry appear in AT&T Performing Arts Center's #hearhere series at the Winspear Opera House | June 29
  9. Mo'Nique is at the Arlington Improv | June 29-30
  10. Miranda July's Lost Child is at AT&T Performing Arts Center's #hearhere series at the Winspear Opera House | July 8
  11. Craig Robinson comes to the Addison Improv | July 8-10
  12. "Weird Al" Yankovic comes to Winspear Opera House | July 16
  13. Chris Tucker comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | July 23
  14. Jerry Seinfeld comes to the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 10
  15. Chingo Bling comes to Arlington Improv | Sept. 16-19


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