Places! July 21-27 2016

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

published Thursday, July 21, 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: Dance, baby, dance. What's up with all this dance in July? July and August are supposed to be dance-free. Or, they were. That's what we get for having such a busy and growing arts scene. The dance choices include Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's two-week Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, a collection of local dancers at the first Wanderlust Dance Project, a 24-hour experiment from Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, and House Party Theatre delivers its first dance performance—and in HPT fashion, in bars. That's not on the barre, but in bars. Meaning establishments with adult beverages. Also this week: Adam Adolfo signs off with the area premiere of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Robert Dubac has two appearances in different formats, and Junior Players tries to tame that shrew. Good luck with that.

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 JULY 21  thru  WED JULY 27 


Photo: Yi-Chun Wu
Gus Solomons, Jr.
Photo: Yi-Chun Wu
Gus Solomons, Jr.
Gus Solomons, Jr.


 1  Modern Dance Festival at the Modern

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

 FREE  For its 13th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth has decided to focus the entire on the Modern's exhibit "Frank Stella: A Retrospective," a joint exhibition with the Whitney Museum of American Art. With performances, lectures and films, all beginning at 1 p.m. for the next two Saturdays and Sundays, there are guest artists from DFW, Austin, Houston, Memphis, New Mexico and New York. In the latter category is experimental dance great Gus Solomons, Jr. (pictured above), who danced with Merce Cunningham when that legendary company did Scramble in 1967, in which Frank Stella was charged with creating the sets (and he was given that job by no less than Jasper Johns). Solomons appears in the final weekend, where there will be a recreation of his own work The 13s and he will perform his recent work I Used to Be Taller. Other artists/groups participating in the free festival include Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, elledanceworks, Houston's jhon r. stronks, and Austin's Amy Morrow. | July 23-31

» More info in our listing, which has schedules and list of performers/performances

» Read Mark Lowry's feature in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Photo: Shannon Atkinson
The women of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with director Adam Adolfo



 2  Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Arts de la Rosa | Rose Marine Theater, Fort Worth

Artes de la Rosa does the area premiere of David Yazbek's musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, based on the 1988 film by Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar. Notably, it's the final Artes production to be directed  by Adam Adolfo, who is departing the organization after seven years. The musical stars | Previews Friday, July 22; opens Saturday, July 23 and runs through Aug. 7

Photo: Courtesy
Addison Holmes is behind Wanderlust Dance Project

» More info in our listing

» Read Mark Lowry's feature in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram


 3  Wanderlust Dance Project

Wanderlust Dance Project | Majestic Theatre, Dallas

 FREE  The major week in dance continues with this event, started by Addison Holmes and featuring professional dancers from Texas Ballet Theater, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Avant Chamber Ballet, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre 2, and Contemporary Ballet Dallas, as well as students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Chapman University, New York University, and Southern Methodist University. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23

» More info in our listing

» Our feature on the event


 4  Robert Dubac + The Book of Moron

Hyena's Comedy Night Club + Performing Arts Fort Worth | Hyena's Fort Worth + McDavid Studio

Robert Dubac is a actor, writer and comedian who has made name for himself with his one-man shows, notably The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? Now he brings his latest, The Book of Moron, which deals with America's lack of interest in critical thinking, to McDavid Studio next to Bass Hall, Fort Worth, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. And the weekend before, you can catch him performing stand-up (and not the same material) at Hyena's Comedy Night Club in Fort Worth. | He's at Hyena's July 21-23; and Book of Moron is July 26-31

Photo: PAFW
Robert Dubac

» More info in our listing for Book of Moron

» More info on the Hyena's gig

» Read Mark Lowry's feature in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram


 5  Made in a Day

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre | LIFE in Deep Ellum

Theater groups like Rover Dramawerks in Plano and, most recently, WaterTower Theatre, have been doing the 24-hour play experiment for years. This is when plays are written, cast, rehearsed, teched and performed with 24 hours. Now the concept comes to dance, as Muscle Memory Dance Theatre has brought dancers and designers together beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday to create new works and perform them Friday and Saturday night. Participants include Danielle Georgiou, Lori Sundeen Soderbergh and other dancers you'll recognize from local dance companies. | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22-23

» More info in our listing


 6  The Taming of the Shrew

Junior Players | Samuel-Grand Amphitheatre at Tenison Park, Dallas

There's no way around it, The Taming of the Shrew is a problematic play because of its treatment of women. Still, it's one of Willy Shakes' most popular titles. Hmm. It's the choice for this year's production from Junior Players, featuring students from 16 area high schools, to close out the Shakespeare Dallas season at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater in Tenison Park. | July 26-31

» More info in our listing


Photo: DiAnn L\'Roy
The Taming of the Shrew from Junior Players


 7  Thirsty Thursday + Sack Lunch

House Party Theatre | The Wild Detectives and Community Beer Company, Dallas

House Party Theatre is already busy with its production of Wealth Management at the Festival of Independent Theatres, but it still has time for its periodic Thirsty Thursday at the Wild Detectives, in which new locally written scripts are presented in a drinking game. Yes. And then on Friday and Saturday, House Party does dance for the first time, with a program of new works by SMU dance students. | Thirsty is 9pm Thursday, July 21 at the Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff; and Sack Lunch is 8 p.m. Friday, July 22 at Community Beer Company in the Design District, and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at the Wild Detectives

» More info in our listing for Thirsty Thursday

» More info in our listing for Sack Lunch


 8  Nice Work If You Can Get It

Garland Summer Musicals | Granville Arts Center, Garland

Garland Summer Musicals closes its season with this delightful musical that uses Gershwin's songs in a newly written book by Joe DiPietro. It's frothy, it's funny, and it's perfect for the summer musical season. Directed by Joseph Jones. | July 22-31

» More info in our listing

Photo: AXS
Chris Tucker


 9  Chris Tucker Live

AXS | Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie

Chris Tucker has never shied away from hot-button topics in is comedy, and expect the show at Verizon Theatre to be no different. | 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23

» More info


 10  The Matchmaker

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas | Irving Arts Center

Sherry Etzel plays Dolly Levi in this revival of the Thornton Wilder play that Jerry Herman would eventually adapt into the musical Hello, Dolly! | July 22-Aug. 6

» More info in our listing


 11  Addicts Comedy Tour

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas

What do you do when you've successfully gone through rehab for alcohol addiction and have a fellow rehab friend who happens to be funny? The two of you start a comedy duo, which is what happened with Mark Lundholm and Kurtis Matthews. They'll bring their comedy, which deals with what they've gone through, to Hyena's in Dallas for one performance. Now that's recovery. | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24

» More info

Photo: Mike Morgan Photography
The Matchmaker at Irving Mainstage-Los Colinas


 12  Ravenscroft

Garland Civic Theatre | Granville Arts Center, Garland

Garland Civic Theatre opens its 49th season with this "thinking man's thriller" by Don Nigro. You might remember WaterTower Theatre did this show in the early 2000s. | July 21-Aug. 13

» More info in our listing







Bob Khosravi

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

» More info


Todd Yohn

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

» More info


Sydney Castillo

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | July 21

» More info


Couples Therapy with Alan Adams

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. | July 21

» More info


Head Over Heels

Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Susan Goodell's comedy Heels Over Head | July 21-Aug. 13

» More info in our listing





Cheaper by the Dozen

Presented by Artisan Center Theater in Hurst. | July 22-Aug. 20

» More info in our listing


Dan Cummins

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | July 22-23

» More info



Presented by Repertory Company Theatre, Richardson. | July 22-31

» More info in our listing


Gabriel Iglesias

The comedian does a special daytime show at the Arlington Improv.  | 4 p.m. Friday, July 22

» More info


Shawn Wayans

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | July 21-24

» More info


Ali Wong

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv for four performances, which are sold out. | July 22-23

» More info




Basically Beethoven Festival

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

» More info in our listing





Romeo and Juliet

The final production for Shakespeare in the Bar, performed outside at the Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff. | 8 p.m. Monday, July 25

» More info in our listing





The Audience

An encore screening of the National Theatre of London production starring Helen Mirren, shown on the movie screen at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, presented by Amphibian Stage Productions. | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27

» More info




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
A Kid Like Jake at Second Thought Theatre


A Kid Like Jake

Second Thought Theatre closes its 2016 season with Daniel Pearle's play about a couple (Jenny Ledel and Ian Ferguson) dealing with their four year old son, he of the title, who is exhibiting signs that he is more interested in playing with girls' toys. Very timely given the conversation about bathrooms and transgender rights, but what a study of a marriage between two people who each want what they think is best for their child. Powerful performances. Directed by Matthew Gray. | Closes Saturday

» Our review by Janice Franklin






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 Blase
She Stoops to Conquer at Shakespeare Dallas



American Idiot the Musical

Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine. | Through Saturday

» More info in our listing



Presented by Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with music director Michael Mitchell


Greater Tuna

Presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing



Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


A Kid Like Jake

Presented by Second Thought Theatre at Bryant Hall, on the campus of the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» Our review



Presented by Outcry Youth Theatre at the Margo Jones Theatre, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing



Presented by Dallas Children's Theater. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Richard III

Presented by Shakespeare Dallas at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre at Tenison Park. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


She Stoops to Conquer

Presented by Shakespeare Dallas at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre at Tenison Park. | Closes Friday

» Our review


Singin' in the Rain

Presented by Granbury Theatre Company at the Granbury Opera House. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


State Fair

Presented by Stolen Shakespeare Guild at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. | Closes Sunday

» Our review







  1. 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
  2. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Billy Elliott the Musical | July 28-Aug. 14
  3. The Tribe presents Hypochondria at the Margo Jones Theatre | July 28-31
  4. DVA Productions presents The Campaign Trail at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center | July 29-Aug. 7
  5. Brick Road Theatre presents Nunsense at Courtyard Theatre, Plano | July 29-Aug. 7
  6. Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth presents Smokey Joe's Cafe | July 29-Aug. 21
  7. 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
  8. Theatre Three presents The Novelist | Aug. 4-28
  9. L.I.P. Service presents Trainspotting at the Rudy Seppy Rehearsal Studio, Irving | Aug. 4-20
  10. Soul Rep Theatre Company presents The Colored Museum at South Dallas Cultural Center | Aug. 5-14
  11. WaterTower Theatre presents One Man, Two Guvnors | Aug. 5-28
  12. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine presents Citizen Drumpf | Aug. 5-14
  13. Theatre Arlington presents Calendar Girls | Aug. 5-21
  14. Stage West presents Bootycandy | Aug. 11-Sept. 11
  15. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons' Don Quixote | Aug. 12-Sept. 4
  16. Kitchen Dog Theater presents the third Dallas One-Minute Play Festival at the Trinity River Arts Center | Aug. 13-15
  17. 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
  18. The national tour of The Sound of Music comes to Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 17-21
  19. Circle Theatre presents The Taming | Aug. 18-Sept. 17
  20. The Ochre House presents Dreamless | Aug. 20-Sept. 10
  21. Dallas Theater Center presents Constellations at the Wyly Theatre Studio Theatre | Aug. 24-Oct. 9
  22. Stage West presents An Iliad in the Studio Theatre | Aug. 25-Sept. 18
  23. Uptown Players presents The Toxic Avenger at Kalita Humphreys Theater | Aug. 26-Sept. 11
  24. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents Dancing at Lughnasa | Sept. 9-Oct. 2
  25. Undermain Theatre presents so go the ghosts of mexico | Sept. 14-Oct. 18



  1. Big Rig Dance Collective presents Dance Co-Op at Texas Woman's University, Denton | July 28-30
  2. Evolution Tango Company presents "Evolution of Tango" at the Latino Cultural Center | July 29-30
  3. The Dallas Hip Hop Dance Fest is at the Majestic Theatre | July 30
  4. Soulscape presents Collaborations at the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | July 31
  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. 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. The Texas Queerlesque Festival is in Dallas | July 28-31
  2. Mo'Nique comes to the Arlington Improv | July 29-30
  3. Upright Citizens Brigade comes to Dallas City Performance Hall | July 30
  4. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme at American Airlines Center | Aug. 3-14
  5. Roman vs. Fousey comes to Majestic Theatre | Aug. 11
  6. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme at Fort Worth Convention Center | Aug. 18-21
  7. Baron Vaughn performs at Amphibian Stage Productions | Aug. 29-Sept. 3
  8. Jerry Seinfeld comes to the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 10
  9. Chingo Bling comes to Arlington Improv | Sept. 16-19
  10. Funny or Die Presents Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, with Dane Cook, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tom Segura, Iliza Shlesinger, Bobby Lee, Ali Wong, Jermaine Fowler, Big Jay Oakerson is at Gexa Energy Pavilion | Sept. 23


» 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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