The tour of <em>Cabaret</em>&nbsp;at Winspear Opera House

Places! May 26-June 1

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

published Thursday, May 26, 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: It's Memorial Day weekend, and we know you want to be outside doing stuff that requires a gas flame and/or skimpy clothing. But with the weather here lately, you might have to stay indoors, and you can do that at one of a number of arts events. The Dallas Symphony's Soluna Festival has a killer week planned; Kitchen Dog Theater continues its New Works Festival with another Steve Yockey play and staged readings; life is a Cabaret in the Dallas Arts District; or you can Wait Until Dark at Stage West. Or, well, read on. Plenty of options, even on Memorial Day.

Also, 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!



 THU MAY 26  thru  WED JUNE 1 

Photo: Joan Marcus
The tour of Cabaret at Winspear Opera House


 1  Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, etc. | Various venues

This is a stellar week with choices from the Dallas Symphony for its Soluna Festival. Here's a breakdown of the events:

Photo: Marco Borggreve
Jaap van Zweden

• The Orchestra of New Spain presents Cervantes and Shakespeare: The Break from Myth and Legend at Dallas City Performance Hall | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26

• The Dallas Symphony does Mahler's Das klagende Lied with Jaap van Zweden conducting at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The concert also includes Copland's Clarinet Concerto, featuring Gregory Raden. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 27-28

• The Dallas Symphony performs in Klyde Warren Park as part of the Carry the Load event. | 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29

• The Dallas Symphony does Britten's one-act opera Noah's Flood at Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, featuring young musicians, singers and dancers. | 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1

• Pianist Conrad Tao, the DSO's Artist-in-Residence, performs at the Dallas Contemporary | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31

» More info in our listing for Cervantes and Shakespeare

» More info in our listing for Mahler

» More info in our listing for Carry the Load

» More info in our listing for Noah's Flood

» More info in our listing for Conrad Tao

» Our schedule for Soluna, with links to listings and reviews


 2  Cabaret

AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series | Winspear Opera House, Dallas

Photo: Matt Mzorek
The Thrush and the Woodpecker

The Roundabout Theatre's revival of its own acclaimed Sam Mendes-directed and Rob Marshall-choreographed production of the great Kander and Ebb musical, which is so timely it's ridiculous, comes to ATTPAC's Broadway Series. Randy Harrison, who played Justin in the Showtime series Queer as Folk, stars as the Emcee. Andrea Goss is Sally Bowles and Lee Aaron Rosen is Clifford. | May 26-June 5

» More info in our listing

» Look for an interview with Harrison coming on TheaterJones


 3  The Thrush and the Woodpecker + New Works Festival

Kitchen Dog Theater | Undermain Theatre, Dallas

Kitchen Dog Theater continues its New Works Festival with the second of Steve Yockey's plays receiving a Rolling World Premiere via the National New Play Network. The Thrush and the Woodpecker, directed by Jonathan Taylor, opens Friday and continues Saturday, and then will run in rotating rep with Yockey's Blackberry Winter, which has already opened. Also, this week begins the six staged readings, with Meridith Friedman's The Luckiest People at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28; and Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's Br'er Cotton at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28. It's all at Undermain Theatre, and is supported by a grant from TACA's Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. The Thrush and the Woodpecker opens Friday, May 27; and both plays 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

» Our Work in Progress interview with Steve Yockey

» Our listing for the staged readings

» Our review of Blackberry Winter


Photo: Buddy Myers
Wait Until Dark at Stage West


 4  Wait Until Dark

Stage West, Fort Worth

Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark is a classic thriller that debuted on Broadway in the 1960s and was made into a movie with Audrey Hepburn in 1967. Knott is also the author of Dial M for Murder. Now, Jeffrey Hatcher, who is a master at adapting novels and other works, has adapted the thriller and set it in the 1940s. Directed by Jim Covault, it stars Dana Schultes, Mark Shum, Thomas Ward and others. | Previews May 26 and 27, opens May 28 and runs through June 26

» More info in our listing


Photo: Cecil Fuqua
Livin' Fat at Jubilee Theatre


 5  Livin' Fat

Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth

Jubilee Theatre presents Judy Ann Mason's comedy Livin' Fat, about a poor family that lucks into some cash dropped by a bank robber, with shenanigans ensuing. Dennis Raveneau directs, and Yolanda Davis stars. | Previews May 27-June 2, opens June 3 and runs through June 26

» More info in our listing


Photo: Sharen Bradford/The Dancing Image
Van Caniparoli's Without Borders


 6  First Looks

Texas Ballet Theater | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Texas Ballet Theater closes its 2015-16 season with a repeat of First Looks, first seen a few weeks ago in Dallas. The program features the world premiere of Val Caniparoli's Without Borders, plus the company premiere of Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 (1999) and Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries (1973). | 8 p.m. May 27 and 28, 2 p.m. May 29

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Val Caniparoli

» Our review of this program in Dallas


Photo: Kat Edwards
Tigers Be Still at Theatre Three


 7  Tigers Be Still

Theatre Three | Theatre Too!

Theatre Three presents Kim Rosentock's funny and refreshingly uncynical play about a woman who has just received a degree as an art therapist, and has to move in with her parents while looking for a job. This play was given a regional premiere four years ago at the Dallas Theater Center. Directed by Kat Walker. | Previews May 26 and 27, opens May 28 and runs through June 19

» More info in our listing


 8  The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

L.I.P. Service | Ruddy Seppy Rehearsal Studio, Irving

L.I.P. Service continues its ambitious season with this Tony-winning Edward Albee play, about a married man who admits his love for the animal of the title. Shawn Gann, and it stars Van Quattro and Morgana Shaw. | May 26-June 11

» More info in our listing


 9  Crisis

Rover Dramawerks, Plano

Rover Dramawerks presents the world premiere of this comedy about crisis management, written by Texas playwright Larry Herold, whose The Sports Page had its premiere at Stage West a few seasons back. | Previews May 26, opens May 27 and runs through June 18

» More info in our listing


Photo: Rover Dramawerks
Crisis at Rover Dramawerks


 10  Cabaret Night: Janelle Lutz

Denise Lee Onstage | Two Corks and a Bottle, Dallas

 FREE  The rising local star, who gave a star performance as Judy Garland in Uptown Players' The End of the Rainbow a few months back, performs a cabaret in a series on every other Tuesday at Two Corks and a Bottle in Uptown. We're guessing you'll hear some Judy, and perhaps something from Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, which she just did for Brick Road Theatre. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31

» More info


 11  35MM: A Musical Exhibition

Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine

Ohlook Performing Arts does this terrific Ryan Oliver Scott musical that's based on photographs by Matthew Murphy. | 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 30

» More info in our listing


 12  Carrie & Francine

House Party Theatre | The Wild Detectives, Oak Cliff

Ruby Rae Spiegel is a rising playwright whose acclaimed work Dry Land was seen last year by Uptart Productions in a warehouse space in Trinity Groves. Even when she was a teenager, her one-acts were being produced in New York, and this is one of them. House Party Theatre presents the 30-minute play in which two teenage girls dish on sex and pop culture, in a production directed by Sarah Lacy Hamilton and featuring Zoe Kerr, Holly Settoon and Sarah Greenman. It could be part of your most unconventional Memorial Day ever. Not free, but only $5. | 8 p.m. Monday, May 30

» More info in our listing







Don "DC" Curry

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. |  May 26-29

» More info

Ron Funches


Ron Funches

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | May 26-28

» More info


Ricky Gutierrez

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | May 26-28

» More info


Raj Sharma

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | May 26-28

» More info





Big River

Presented by Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne. | May 27-June 25

» More info in our listing


Red, White and Blue: A Musical Tribute to America

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst, on the Second Stage. | May 27-July 4

» More info in our listing


The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild

Tarrant Actors Regional Theater returns after a yearlong hiatus with this comedy by Paul Zindel at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theatre. | May 27-June 4

» More info in our listing


Andrew Schulz

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | May 27-28

» More info





Brand New Ancients

Katherine Bourne reads Kate Tempest's epic poem in an encore performance, presented by Arts & Letters Live at the Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28

» More info





Celebrate Memorial Day!




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.


Photo: Karen Almond
Bright Half Life at WaterTower Theatre


Bright Half Life

WaterTower Theatre's Discover Series closes for the season with Tanya Barfield's 75-minute trip through 50 years in the relationship of Erica (Kelsey Leigh Ervi) and Vicky (Kenneisha Thompson). If you're one of those people tired of short contemporary plays with a dozen or more scenes, all sitcom-like (*raises hand*), this one will surprise. It has at least three times that many scenes, so there's a lot of quick space- and time-jumping, but it's cleverly scripted, and engagingly staged by director Garret Storms. | Through June 12

» More info in our listing (look for a review coming 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.


The Method Gun

Austin's Rude Mechs take their show The Method Gun to Houston, with three days of performances at MATCH in H-town. | May 26-28

» 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: Eric Younkin
My Way, a Tribute to Frank Sinatra at Theatre Arlington


Alone Together Again

Presented by One Thirty Productions at the Bath House Cultural Center. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Dr. Doolittle, Jr.

Presented by Plano Children's Theatre. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


The Drowsy Chaperone

Presented by Rockwall Community Playhouse. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


The Great Gatsby

Presented by Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas at the Irving Arts Center. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Mousetrap

Presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


My Way, a Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Presented by Theatre Arlington. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


A Trifle Dead

Presented by Pegasus Theatre at the Bath House Cultural Center. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


The Wiz

Presented by ArtCentre Theatre of Plano. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing







  1. The Firehouse Theatre presents The Fantasticks | June 2-19
  2. Proper Hijinx presents Finding Myself in Bed in the basement space at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas | June 3-12
  3. Drag Strip Courage presents Atwater: Fixin' to Die at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth | June 3-26
  4. Uptown Players presents Mothers and Sons at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | June 3-19
  5. 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
  6. WaterTower Theatre presents Outside Mullingar | June 3-26
  7. Casa Mañana presents Monty Python's Spamalot, directed by Hunter Foster and featuring Jeff McCarthy and Julia Murney | June 4-12
  8. The national tour of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | June 7-19
  9. 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
  10. Echo Theatre presents Love Alone at the Bath House Cultural Center | June 9-25
  11. Dreamgirls closes the season for Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre | June 10-25
  12. African American Repertory Theater presents Harriet Jacobs at K.D. Studio Theatre | June 10-26
  13. DVA Productions presents Masked at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | June 10-19
  14. House Party Theatre presents Gruesome Playground Injuries at Texas Ale Project, Dallas | June 11-17
  15. Dallas Summer Musicals brings in the tour of Bullets Over Broadway to the Music Hall at Fair Park | June 14-26
  16. 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
  17. Circle Theatre presents Don't Talk to the Actors | June 16-July 16
  18. Fun House Theatre & Film presents House of Bard's at Plano Children's Theatre | June 16-20
  19. Lyric Stage presents Anything Goes with full orchestra at the Irving Arts Center | June 17-26
  20. Garland Summer Musicals presents Fiddler on the Roof at the Granville Arts Center | June 17-26



  1. Elledanceworks Dance Company presents Elledanceworks 19 at Collin College | June 3-4
  2. Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklórico presents Viento de Sures at Latino Cultural Center | June 4
  3. The Vitruvian Salsa Festival, presented by the Dance Council of North Texas, begins at Vitruvian Park in Addison | June 4
  4. 3-D Dance presents The Sweet Life at Allen Performing Arts Center | June 5
  5. Infinity Dance/ICON Company presents Evening of Dance at Eisemann Center | June 9-10
  6. Ballet Hispanic of the Arts presents Life-Vida at Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas | June 10-11
  7. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents SIX at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 17-18
  8. Ballet Concerto presents its Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth | June 23-26
  9. Impulse Dance Company presents My Beating Heart at Addison Theatre Center's Studio Theatre | July 16-17
  10. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth has its 13th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 23-31
  11. The Dance Council of North Texas presents the third annual Dallas DanceFest at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept 2-3
  12. TITAS presents Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 16-17
  13. Texas Ballet Theater presents Carmen and Danse à Grande Vitesse at Winspear Opera House, Dallas | Sept 16-18
  14. Texas Ballet Theater presents Carmen and Danse à Grande Vitesse at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Oct. 7-9
  15. TITAS presents Estampas Porteñas Tango at Dallas City Performance hall | Oct. 28-29



  1. The PianoTexas International Academy and Festival is at Texas Christian University | June 2-26
  2. The Fort Worth Symphony presents its annual Concerts in the Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden | June 3-July 4
  3. The Dallas Symphony performs Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, part of Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival | June 3-5 
  4. The Lev Aronson Legacy Cello Festival is at Southern Methodist University | June 9-14
  5. The Turtle Creek Chorale performs Heartstrings at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 9-11
  6. The Dallas Symphony presents the Magic Circle Mime Company at the Meyerson Symphony Center | June 18
  7. The Seventh Van Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition is at Cliburn Hall, next to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth | June 19-25
  8. The Metropolitan Winds performs its Summer Concert at Dallas City Performance Hall | June 25
  9. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is at Texas Christian University | June 27-July 8
  10. Fine Arts Chamber Players presents its annual Basically Beethoven Festival at Dallas City Performance Hall | July 3-31
  11. Dallas Winds presents its annual Star-Spangled Spectacular at Meyerson Symphony Center | July 4
  12. 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


» 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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