Places! June 30-July 6, 2016

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

published Wednesday, June 29, 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 kind of a short list because not a lot opens on July 4 weekend, but there is still plenty to see on stages and on the big and small screens. Small, as in your device (see No. 6 below). Second Thought Theatre times up with the news cycle about transgender issues (although that wasn't expected when they planned the season), Mimir Chamber Music Festival kicks up in Fort Worth, The Tribe shows that Stacy Has a Thing for Black Guys, Theatre Arlington has a new play from a contest winner, and there's an exciting-looking new production of Hamlet from London that you can see on movie screens. Also, several July 4-themed concerts and happenings.

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 JUNE 30  thru  WED JULY 6 

Photo: Karen Almond
A Kid Like Jake at Second Thought Theatre


 1  A Kid Like Jake

Second Thought Theatre | Bryant Hall, Dallas

This area premiere of a timely play by Daniel Pearle closes Second Thought Theatre's 2016 season, and perhaps the best reason to be excited about it is that's directed by Matthew Gray, who has been much missed on and behind local stages in recent years. The play deals with a couple dealing with their gender-fluid son (thus the timely thing), and stars Jenny Ledel, Ian Ferguson, Christie Vela and Kia Boyer. Bryant Hall is on the campus of the Kalita Humphreys Theater. | Previews June 29 and 30; opens July 1 and runs through July 23

» More info in our listing


Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Pianist Alessio Bax will perform at Mimir Chamber Music Festival


 2  Mimir Chamber Music Festival

Mimir Chamber Music Festival | PepsiCo Recital Hall, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

It's one of the chamber music highlights of the year, and this year's lineup should be no exception. Look for five concerts featuring any combination of the following guest artists: Pianist Alessio Bax, violist Carol Cook, violist Joan DerHovsepian, violinist Jun Iwasaki, pianist John Novacek, violinist Stephen Rose, cellist Brant Taylor and violinist Curt Thompson. There will also be young artist concerts. | June 30-July 8

» See the complete schedule of concerts and works performed here


Photo: Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal/TZOM Films
Stacy Has a Thing for Black Guys from The Tribe


 3  Stacy Has a Thing for Black Guys

The Tribe | Latino Cultural Center, Dallas

Ruben Carrazana, who has been a standout in productions at Cara Mía Theatre Company, makes his playwriting debut with this comedy, a satire that explores race, sex, and "the artifice of intimacy in relationships." But they had us with the title. And with this cast: Alexandra Lawrence, Christopher Dontrell Piper and Brian Witkowicz. Jeffery Bryant Moffitt directs. The Tribe is a newish outfit, made up of mostly SMU students/alum whose company made a big splash a few months ago with Janielle Kastner's Opehlia Underwater. | July 1-10

» More info in our listing


Photo: Eric Younkin
Gracefully Ending at Theatre Arlington


 4  Gracefully Ending

Theatre Arlington

Theatre Arlington is one of the theaters that agreed to mount a full production of a winner in the American Association of Community Theatre's NewPlayFest competition. A. J. DeLauder's Gracefully Ending, directed by Jim Johnson, is about an Appalachian family dealing with an elderly mother who could be suffering from dementia. Guests from Dramatic Publishing Company will be in attendance on opening night, July 1. | July 1-17

» More info in our listing




 5  Hamlet

Royal Shakespeare Company Live from Stratford-on-Avon | Angelika Film Center Dallas and Plano

This acclaimed RSC revival of Shakespeare's famous tragedy is directed by Simon Goodwin and features Paapa Essiedu, Cyryl Nri and Natalie Simpson. The trailer, which puts the play in an African country, look incredible. Take the word of Guardian critic Michael Billington. It screens at both Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano, and on Tuesday night at the Plano location, TheaterJones critic Lance Lusk will have a few words to say before the screening. Check out one of the promo trailers above. | 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5; repeats 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13

» More info in Dallas

» More info in Plano

» See description, reviews, trailers and more on the RSC website


Photo: Joan Marcus
Broadway's She Loves Me, starring Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi


 6  She Loves Me

Broadway HD and Roundabout Theatre Company | Your TV/Device

The current Broadway revival of this charming Bock/Harnick/Masteroff musical (based on the play that also spawned the films The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail) is one of only two musicals not named Hamilton to win a Tony Award this year (it won for David Rockwell's set; the other musical was The Color Purple, which nabbed two Tonys). And in a Broadway first, there's going to be a live stream of the evening performance on Thursday, June 30. The revival, directed by Scott Ellis, features Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel. It costs $9.99, which is a lot cheaper than actual ticket would be, not to mention the airfare and hotel. | 7 p.m. (CST) Thursday, June 30

» More info on how to stream it


Photo: Carol M. Rice
Oh, Say Can You See is one of the 10-minute plays at Rover Dramawerks


 7  10-Minute Play Festival

Rover Dramawerks, Plano

Some theater folk decry 10-minute plays as detrimental to theater because it encourages short attention spans to further shorten. But for most, festivals of 10-minute plays are welcome, because of the variety. If you don't like one, another one is coming right up. Rover Dramawerks solicited scripts from across the country for this festival, which focuses on comedy, and the results will be seen over two weekends. The lineup of plays, performed each night, is below. | June 30-July 9

  • Death Loves Chocolate by Bruce Boeck of Normal, IL, directed by Matt Stepan
  • Intermission by Matthew Cohen of Glendale, CA, directed Matt Stepan
  • Horrible Plight/Experience by Rich Espey of Towson, MD, directed Brandon Whitlock
  • Audience Therapy by Sarah Freedman of New York, NY, directed by Shanna Gobin
  • Numbers by Rand Higbee of Hager City, WI, directed by Kayla Freeman
  • All the Details by Cary Pepper of San Francisco, CA, directed by Kayla Freeman
  • Binged There, Done That by Ken Preuss of Oviedo, FL, directed by Fernando Hernandez
  • Housekeeping by Connie Schindewolf of Bradenton, FL, directed by Glynda Welch
  • Oh, Say Can You See by David R. Sobel of Alexandria, LA, directed by Lindsey Humphries
Photo: Courtesy
Conductor Daniel Black

» More info in our listing


 8  Concerts in the Garden

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Fort Worth Symphony wraps up its annual series of outdoor concerts with three nights of "Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic," and appropriately enough, music by the Eagles. You know, because of the raptor as patriotic symbol. This year the Fireworks Picnic concerts are conducted by Daniel Black. | Through July 4

  • The Music of the Eagles | 8:15 p.m. Friday, July 1
  • Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic | 8:15 p.m. Saturday-Monday, July 2-4

» More info


 9  Piccolos & Patriots: A Star-Spangled Spectacular

Dallas Winds | Meyerson Symphony Center

Dallas Winds presents its annual July 4 show, this year conducted by Jeff Gershman. Expect lots of Sousa, and other patriotic works. It's early in the day, too, so you can get home and hide out from all the kabooming happening all around your house. | 1 p.m. Monday, July 4

» More info in our listing


 10  Red, White and Broadway

Firehouse Theatre, Farmer's Branch

The Firehouse Theatre does one weekend (five performances) of a patriotic show using show tunes, featuring performers Noelle Mason, Gregory Hullett, Elisa Danielle James, Peter DiCesare and Babakayode Ipaye. | June 30-July 3

» More info in our listing


 11  Herbbits, Wizards and Borks - Oh My!

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

Pocket Sandwich Theatre revives Nick Haley's popcorn-tossing spoof of the Lord of the Rings series. It was a huge hit for PST in 2014; expect nothing less this time. | June 30-Aug. 20

» More info in our listing


Comedian Rob Little


 12  Rob Little

Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Fort Worth

"The Happiest Comic in America" comes to Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Fort Worth. Good to know he's happy, cuz sad comics are total buzzkills. | June 30-July 2

» More info






Photo: Courtesy
Comedian Lil Duval


Lil Duval

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | July 1-3

» More info


Daryl Feinberg

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | June 30-July 2

» More info


Steve Hirst

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | June 30-July 2

» More info


TK Kirkland

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | June 30-July 3

» More info





The Secret Garden

The musical, presented by Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne. | July 1-30

» More info in our listing





It's Independence Day. The only performing arts events happening today are mentioned in the Big 12 above. Go watch some fireworks. And listen to the Hamilton cast recording even more excessively than you already do.




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.


Texas Shakespeare Festival

This annual event is in Kilgore, a few hours east of D/FW off Interstate 20, and it's usually high quality. The four main productions always include two Shakespeare titles, a play by another writer, and a musical. This year's lineup is The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. The show for young audiences is The Spirit of the Sea, and this year TSF adds a one-woman show, The Belle of Amherst, about Emily Dickinson. The shows run in rotating rep, and after opening weekend you can usually see the four main shows in two days. | June 30-July 31

» 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: Karlo X. Ramos
Buñuel Descending at Ochre House


Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Buñuel Descending

Presented by Ochre House and Dallas Flamenco Festival at the Ochre House. |Closes Saturday

» Our review


Red, White and True Blue: A Musical Tribute to America

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst. | Closes Monday

» More info in our listing


Urinetown the Musical

Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing







  1. The 2016 Festival of Independent Theatres is at the Bath House Cultural Center | July 8-30
  2. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons' The Distant Echo of Ancient Youth | July 8-31
  3. Onstage in Bedford presents Jekyll & Hyde | July 8-31
  4. LoveJoy Productions presents Truth Stands at K.D. Studio Theatre | July 8-9
  5. Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | July 8-24
  6. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents Jeanine Tesori's Violet | July 8-31
  7. Amphibian Stage Productions presents Kieran Lynn's Crossing the Line | July 14-Aug. 7
  8. Pegasus Theatre presents It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder! at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | July 14-31
  9. MBS Productions presents Querolus, or Missed Fortune at the Stone Cottage in Addison | July 14-Aug. 7
  10. Uptown Players presents It's Only a Play at Kalita Humphreys Theater | July 15-31
  11. Outcry Youth Theatre presents Love/Sick at Margo Jones Theatre | July 15-24
  12. Shakespeare in the Bar presents Romeo and Juliet at 8 Bells Alehouse and Wild Detectives | July 18 & 25
  13. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Heels Over Head | July 21-Aug. 13
  14. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents The Matchmaker at the Irving Arts Center |  July 22-Aug. 6
  15. Garland Summer Musicals presents Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Granville Center | July 22-31
  16. Artes de la Rosa presents Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Rose Marine Theater, Fort Worth | July 23-Aug. 7
  17. Robert Dubac's The Book of Moron plays McDavid Studio next to Bass Hall, Fort Worth | July 26-31
  18. Junior Players presents The Taming of the Shrew at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater in Tenison Park, Dallas | July 26-31
  19. Denise Lee Onstage's first Dallas Cabaret Festival, featuring Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, is at the Women's Museum in Fair Park | July 28-30
  20. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Billy Elliott the Musical | July 28-Aug. 14
  21. DVA Productions presents The Campaign Trail at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | July 29-Aug. 7
  22. Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth presents Smokey Joe's Cafe | July 29-Aug. 21
  23. Our Productions Theatre presents I Love You Because at MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville (Aug. 4-7) and at the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Center (Aug. 11-Sept. 3) | Aug. 4-Sept. 3
  24. L.I.P. Service presents Trainspotting at the Rudy Seppy Rehearsal Studio, Irving | Aug. 4-20
  25. WaterTower Theatre presents One Man, Two Guvnors | Aug. 5-28
  26. Stage West presents Bootycandy | Aug. 11-Sept. 11
  27. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons' Don Quixote | Aug. 12-Sept. 4
  28. AT&T Performing Arts Center's 2016-17 Broadway Series opens with A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder at Winspear Opera House | Aug. 16-28
  29. Dallas Theater Center presents Constellations at the Wyly Theatre Studio Theatre | Aug. 24-Oct. 9
  30. Uptown Players presents The Toxic Avenger at Kalita Humphreys Theater | Aug. 26-Sept. 11



  1. Impulse Dance Company presents My Beating Heart at Addison Theatre Center's Studio Theatre | July 16-17
  2. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth has its 13th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 23-31
  3. Wanderlust Dance Project comes to the Majestic Theatre in Dallas | July 23
  4. The Dallas Hip Hop Dance Fest is at the Majestic Theatre | July 30
  5. The Dance Council of North Texas presents the third annual Dallas DanceFest at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept 2-3
  6. TITAS presents Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 16-17
  7. Texas Ballet Theater presents Carmen and Danse à Grande Vitesse at Winspear Opera House, Dallas | Sept 16-18
  8. Texas Ballet Theater presents Carmen and Danse à Grande Vitesse at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Oct. 7-9
  9. TITAS presents Estampas Porteñas Tango at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 28-29
  10. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its Fall Series at Southern Methodist University, Bob Hope Theatre | Nov. 18-20



  1. Fine Arts Chamber Players presents its annual Basically Beethoven Festival at Dallas City Performance Hall | July 10-31
  2. The Fort Worth Symphony's Classical Masters concert features the music of Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 26-28
  3. The Dallas Symphony presents Music from Final Fantasy at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 2-3
  4. The Dallas Symphony presents its annual Gala with Lang Lang at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 2-3
  5. The Fort Worth Symphony presents E.T. The Extra Terrestrial with live accompaniment at Bass Performance Hall | Sept. 2-4



  1. Jim Gaffigan is at Gexa Energy Pavilion | July 7
  2. The Laugh Supper presents "One Time at Band Camp" at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas | July 8
  3. Miranda July's Lost Child is at AT&T Performing Arts Center's #hearhere series at the Winspear Opera House | July 8
  4. The Alternative Comedy Theater in Plano presents the annual Big Sexy Weekend of Improv | July 8-9
  5. Craig Robinson comes to the Addison Improv | July 8-10
  6. "Weird Al" Yankovic comes to Winspear Opera House | July 16
  7. Robert Dubac plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | July 21-23
  8. Chris Tucker comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | July 23
  9. Upright Citizens Brigade comes to Dallas City Performance Hall | July 30
  10. Jerry Seinfeld comes to the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 10


» 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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