<em>Crossing the Line</em> at Amphibian Stage Productions

Places! July 14-20, 2016

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

published Friday, July 15, 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: The Festival of Independent Theatres opens four more shows, Uptown Players reminds us It's Only a Play, Amphibian Stage Productions crosses the line, Kurt Kleinmann signs off as Harry Hunsacker, Shakespeare in the Bar goes for one last round, and there is not one but two song parodists in town.

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!

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 THU JULY 14  thru  WED JULY 20 


Photo: April Sunshine
Crossing the Line at Amphibian Stage Productions


 1  Festival of Independent Theatres: Weekend 2

Festival of Independent Theatres | Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

The 18th FIT has opened with four stylistically diverse shows (you can read reviews of shows in our special FIT section), and four more open this weekend. Then it's the Festival in full swing. Opening in Friday's 8 p.m. block is Blisters from Echo Theatre and Missed Connections from Proper Hijinx Productions; and at 8pm Saturday it's Wealth Management from House Party Theatre and The Good Thief from L.I.P. Service. The way FIT works: shows are all an hour or less, and there are two shows in each performance block. Performance block times are 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays. There will also be late night "FIT Underground" happenings on Fridays and Saturdays. Plus a visual art show in the gallery. | July 8-30

» More info in our listing

» Our special section

» How to download our FIT app, developed by TheaterJones

» Our Q&A with Brittany Alyse Willis, playwright of Blisters

» Our Q&A with Stefany Cambra and Jeff Burleson of Proper Hijinx Productions

» Our Q&A with Ted Gwara of House Party Theatre

» Our Q&A with Alexandra Bonifield and Andrew Aguilar of L.I.P. Service

Photo: Mike Morgan
It's Only a Play at Uptown Players


 2  It's Only a Play

Uptown Players | Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas

Uptown Players second the second of back-to-back plays by Terrence McNally. The first was his newer Mothers and Sons, and now comes his early but reworked It's Only a Play, a backstage comedy that starred Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the recent Broadway revival. Naturally, B.J. Cleveland plays the Lane role; and Chamblee Ferguson is in the Broderick role. Cheryl Denson directs. | July 15-31

» More info in our listing

» Read our interview with Cheryl Denson

Photo: Mark Oristano
Kurt Kleinmann as Harry Hunsacker


 3  Crossing the Line

Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

If you can't find much online about this 2012 play by Briton Kieran Lynn, it's because when it premiered it was called An Incident on the Border. For the area premiere by Amphibian Stage Productions, they convinced him to consent to a title change so that it wouldn't sound like it's about the U.S./Mexico border. Although given that it's about an absurd situation involving two unnamed countries, and there's talk of a building a border wall, it easily relates to our stateside situation. Melissa Crespo directs. | July 14-Aug. 7

» More info in our listing

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


 4  It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder!

Pegasus Theatre | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts

Pegasus Theatre presents It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder!, one of its famous Living Black and White productions. What's significant about this production is that it marks the final time writer/actor Kurt Kleinmann will play the bumbling detective Harry Hunsacker, which he has done for more than two decades. Scott Nixon has been groomed to take over, and Nixon will perform the role in the middle weekend of the run. Kleinmann does it opening and closing weekend. | Previews July 14, opens July 15 and runs through 31

» More info in our listing

» Our feature on Kurt Kleinmann and the Pegasus Living Black and White shows from earlier this year


 5  Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare in the Bar | 8 Bells Alehouse and The Wild Detectives

Speaking of goodbyes, this is the sixth and final Shakespeare in the Bar because co-founders Dylan Key and Katherine Bourne are each moving to different cities this fall; him to San Diego, her to Chicago. That's not to say it won't be picked up again. Here's hoping. The first performance is Monday, July 18 at 8 Bells Alehouse in Exposition Park; and the second is 8 p.m. Monday, July 25 at the Wild Detectives. | 8 p.m. July 18 & 25

» More info in our listing

Weird Al Yankovic


 6  "Weird" Al Yankovic

AT&T Performing Arts Center | Winspear Opera House

He's been doing genius parody for nearly 40 years, and the man is still as funny as ever. | 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16

» More info


 7  Querolus, or Missed Fortune

MBS Productions | Stone Cottage, Addison

Mark-Brian Sonna has translated this late Roman comedy for what is its world premiere translation. Yes, we're intrigued. | July 14-Aug. 7

» More info in our listing


 8  My Beating Heart

Impulse Dance Project | Addison Theatre Center, Studio Theatre

Impulse Dance Company closes its season with a showcase of new work, at Addison Theatre Center's Studio Theatre | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17

» More info in our listing


Photo: Outcry
Love/Sick from Outcry Youth Theatre


 9  Love/Sick

Outcry Youth Theatre | Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park

Over the years Outcry Theatre has given us a few interesting productions, and now it creates Outcry Youth Theatre. The first show is John Cariani's Love/Sick, a sequel to his lovey-dovey hit Almost, Maine| July 15-24

» More info in our listing



 10  Eric "Smooth-E" Schwartz

Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Plano

Speaking of song parodists, this self-described nerd is making him a name for himself because he raps the comedy. See for yourself. | July 14-16

» More info

Photo: NBC
Chris Colfer


 11  Chris Colfer: Fairytales Transformed

Arts & Letters Live | Dallas Museum of Art

Yes, the former Glee star has written a series of books reimagining fairytales. He'll talk about and sign them Wednesday at the Dallas Museum of Art. | 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20

» More info


 12  Regrets Only

Runway Theatre, Grapevine

Runway Theatre does the Tarrant County premiere of Paul Rudnick's comedy. | July 15-31

» More info in our listing







Todd Yohn

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | July 14-16

» More info


Jason Salmon

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | July 14

» More info


Tony Rock

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | July 14-17

» More info


Pablo Francisco

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | July 14

» More info




Photo: Courtesy
Joel Runnels


Bonnie and Clyde

The Frank Wildhorn musical, presented by Theatre Coppell. | July 15-31

» More info in our listing

Dan Cummins

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | July 15-16

» More info


Joel Runnels

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | July 15-17

» More info





Basically Beethoven Festival

Fine Arts Chamber Players presents its annual Basically Beethoven Festival at Dallas City Performance Hall, every Sunday afternoon through July 31. | Through July 31

» More info in our listing





The Audience

An encore screening of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth, for which she won a Tony Award. This performance is from National Theatre Live, screening at both Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. | 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 20

» More info in our listing






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






Don't Talk to the Actors

Tom Dudzick's backstage comedy, presented by Circle Theatre, Fort Worth. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


42nd Street

The tour of the tap-loving musical at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review from the stop at Dallas Summer Musicals


Gracefully Ending

The premiere of A.J. DeLauder's comedy about an aging woman, presented by Theatre Arlington. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Old Time Music Hall

Presented by Theatre Britain at the Cox Building Playhouse, Plano. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Superhero Ultraferno

Presented by Allen's Community Theatre. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing







  1. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Heels Over Head | July 21-Aug. 13
  2. Garland Civic Theatre presents Ravenscroft at the Granville Arts Center, Garland | July 21-Aug. 13
  3. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents The Matchmaker at the Irving Arts Center | July 22-Aug. 6
  4. Garland Summer Musicals presents Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Granville Arts Center, Garland | July 22-31
  5. Artes de la Rosa presents Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Rose Marine Theater, Fort Worth | July 23-Aug. 7
  6. Robert Dubac's The Book of Moron plays McDavid Studio next to Bass Hall, Fort Worth | July 26-31
  7. Junior Players presents The Taming of the Shrew at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater in Tenison Park, Dallas | July 26-31
  8. 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
  9. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Billy Elliott the Musical | July 28-Aug. 14
  10. The Tribe presents Hypochondria at the Margo Jones Theatre | July 28-31
  11. DVA Productions presents The Campaign Trail at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | July 29-Aug. 7
  12. Brick Road Theatre presents Nunsense at Courtyard Theatre, Plano | July 29-Aug. 7
  13. Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth presents Smokey Joe's Cafe | July 29-Aug. 21
  14. 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
  15. Theatre Three presents The Novelist | Aug. 4-28
  16. L.I.P. Service presents Trainspotting at the Rudy Seppy Rehearsal Studio, Irving | Aug. 4-20
  17. Soul Rep Theatre Company presents The Colored Museum at South Dallas Cultural Center | Aug. 5-14
  18. WaterTower Theatre presents One Man, Two Guvnors | Aug. 5-28
  19. Theatre Arlington presents Calendar Girls | Aug. 5-21
  20. Stage West presents Bootycandy | Aug. 11-Sept. 11
  21. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons' Don Quixote | Aug. 12-Sept. 4
  22. Kitchen Dog Theater presents the third Dallas One-Minute Play Festival at the Trinity River Arts Center | Aug. 13-15
  23. 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
  24. Circle Theatre presents The Taming | Aug. 18-Sept. 17
  25. Dallas Theater Center presents Constellations at the Wyly Theatre Studio Theatre | Aug. 24-Oct. 9
  26. Stage West presents An Iliad in the Studio Theatre | Aug. 25-Sept. 18
  27. Uptown Players presents The Toxic Avenger at Kalita Humphreys Theater | Aug. 26-Sept. 11
  28. Theatre Britain presents The Hollow at Cox Building Playhouse | Sept. 2-25
  29. Onstage in Bedford presents Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? | Sept. 2-18
  30. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents Dancing at Lughnasa | Sept. 9-Oct. 2
  31. Undermain Theatre presents so go the ghosts of mexico | Sept. 14-Oct. 18



  1. Muscle Memory Dance Theatre presents Made in a Day at LIFE in Deep Ellum | July 22-23
  2. House Party Theatre presents its first showcase of contemporary dance called Sack Lunch, at Community Beer Company and the Wild Detectives | July 22-23
  3. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth has its 13th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 23-31
  4. Wanderlust Dance Project comes to the Majestic Theatre in Dallas | July 23
  5. Big Rig Dance Collective presents Dance Co-Op at Texas Woman's University, Denton | July 28-30
  6. Evolution Tango Company presents "Evolution of Tango" at the Latino Cultural Center | July 29-30
  7. The Dallas Hip Hop Dance Fest is at the Majestic Theatre | July 30
  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 Winspear Opera House, Dallas | Sept 16-18
  11. Texas Ballet Theater presents Carmen and Danse à Grande Vitesse at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Oct. 7-9
  12. TITAS presents Estampas Porteñas Tango at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 28-29
  13. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its Fall Series at Southern Methodist University, Bob Hope Theatre | Nov. 18-20



  1. The Fort Worth Symphony's Classical Masters concert features the music of Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 26-28
  2. The Dallas Symphony presents Music from Final Fantasy at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 2-3
  3. The Fort Worth Symphony presents E.T. The Extra Terrestrial with live accompaniment at Bass Performance Hall | Sept. 2-4
  4. The Dallas Symphony presents An Evening with Megan Hilty at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 9-11
  5. The Dallas Symphony presents its annual Gala with Lang Lang at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 16



  1. Robert Dubac plays Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | July 21-23
  2. Chris Tucker comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | July 23
  3. The Texas Queerlesque Festival is in Dallas | July 28-31
  4. Mo'Nique comes to the Arlington Improv | July 29-30
  5. Upright Citizens Brigade comes to Dallas City Performance Hall | July 30
  6. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme at American Airlines Center | Aug. 3-14
  7. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme at Fort Worth Convention Center | Aug. 18-21
  8. Baron Vaughn performs at Amphibian Stage Productions | Aug. 29-Sept. 3
  9. Jerry Seinfeld comes to the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 10
  10. 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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