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Places! Sept. 15-21, 2016

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

published Friday, September 16, 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: Two major ballet happenings in the Dallas Arts District, what with Texas Ballet Theater and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, plus a HUGE revival at Hip Pocket Theatre with some notable collaborators, a big score for Undermain Theatre, and several events time with Dallas LGBT Pride, which of course happens several months after everyone else in the country does Pride (in June), because Dallas. Oh, and the 20th anniversary tour of the groundbreaking musical Rent begins in Dallas. You heard right.

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. Keep looking at the calendar over the next few weeks as we'll be entering all the new seasons for the arts organizations, so it will grow again!

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 SEPT 15  thru  WED SEPT 21 

 1  Carmen + Danse à grande vitesse

Texas Ballet Theater | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, Dallas

This season's opening performance by Texas Ballet Theater is important for a number of reasons. First, the company has typically began its season with a full-length story ballet, and this time we get two shorter works—one narrative, one not—by two of the world's most acclaimed dancers/choreographers, reasons two and three: Carlos Acosta and Christopher Wheeldon. Acosta has a history with TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, who discovered the Cuban dancer in England and brought him to the Houston Ballet, where Stevenson was the longtime AD. As for Wheeldon, the Tony-award winning choreographer of An American in Paris, this is TBT's company premiere of his work. Should be an interesting lineup, with the American premiere of Acosta's Carmen, using Bizet's opera music and a co-production with the Royal Ballet and the Queensland Ballet (it premiered in London in 2015). Wheeldon's is his 2006 work Danse à grande vitesse, inspired by the French train from which it gets its name, and using original music by Michael Nyman (Musique à grand vitesse). Playing in the pit will be the Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth, which is basically the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under another name, what with the musicians strike against management in Cowtown. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts. Oh, and the final reason this premiere is big: It marks the first show with new Executive Director Vanessa Hogan on board. | 8 pm. Friday, Sept 16; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Carlos Acosta

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


Photo: Robert Hart/TheaterJones
Basil Twist working in August, designing the monster puppet for The Lake Worth Monster (the head you see was going to be repurposed)


 2  The Lake Worth Monster — A Musical Odyssey

Hip Pocket Theatre | Silver Creek Amphitheatre, Fort Worth

Anyone curious about Hip Pocket Theatre and Fort Worth/North Texas theater history can't miss this. Johnny Simons created the autobiographical musical for his Texas Christian University thesis project, performed in the early 1970s in the Solarium at the old Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (now the Sanders Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center). The music was by Douglas Balentine, who in 1977 later co-founded Hip Pocket with Johnny and his wife Diane. The Lake Worth Monster was done in Hip Pocket's early seasons, and revived in the late 1980s, but has not been seen since then. Until now, to close Hip Pocket's 40th season. The company has spent two years reconstructing the piece, including the late Douglas Balentine's music (worked on by his brother Bruce), and several original performers and collaborators have returned for this production. One big coup is that the large-scale monster puppet was designed and created by famed New York puppeteer Basil Twist, who fell in love with Hip Pocket more than 10 years ago after meeting and working with Johnny and Diane's daughter Lake Simons in New York. Twist, a 2015 MacArthur Genius, was in town in August, and is here for the opening. Just freakin' cool. | Sept. 16-Oct. 16

» More info in our listing

» Mark Lowry's interview with Basil Twist in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

» Look for an interview with Basil Twist, and more coverage of this event, coming on TheaterJones


Photo: Katherine Owens
so go the ghosts of méxico, part one... at Undermain Theatre


 3  so go the ghosts of méxico, part one: a brave woman in méxico

Undermain Theatre, Dallas

Undermain Theatre kicks off its season with a three-year commitment to playwright Matthew Paul Olmos, with the first part of this series that looks at murders and drug wars in Mexican border towns. This play was selected by American Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard as the inaugural play of the first-ever Ellen Stewart Award—named after the famed founder and director of La MaMa. In the following two seasons, Undermain will premiere parts two and three of this epic tale. Katherine Owens directs a cast than includes Ivan Jasso, Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso, Bruce DuBose and Blake Hackler. | Previews through Friday, Sept. 16, opens Saturday, Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 18

» More info in our listing

Photo: Lois Greenfield
Nolan McGahan in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet



 4  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

TITAS Presents | Dallas City Performance Hall

TITAS opens its season with the return of this acclaimed contemporary ballet company Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The works presented are: Silent Ghost by Alejandro Cerrudo, Re:play by Fernando Melo, and Huma Rojo by Cayetano Soto. | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with dancer Katherine Bolaños



Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser
The company of Rent prepares for the 20th Anniversary Tour

 5  Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour

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

Hard to believe that Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning rock musical is 20 years old. What's cooler is that the 20th Anniversary Tour kicks off in Dallas, running for two weeks. Don't forget that TheaterJones is co-presented the second Broadway Series Industry Night on Tuesday, Sept. 27, which has discounted tickets, specialty drinks, VIP receptions before the show and at intermission. Then there's an afterparty featuring members of the cast, a DJ spinning '90s music, and prizes. | Sept. 20-Oct. 2

» More info in our listing

» Info on Industry Night, including how to get tickets, which also has info on the upcoming The Book of Mormon Industry Night

» Look for an interview with the director coming on TheaterJones


Photo: Mark Oristano
Boomer Tyro is Coming Home in Uptown Players' Pride Performing Arts Festival


 6  Pride Performing Arts Festival

Uptown Players | Kalita Humphrey Theater campus, Dallas

Uptown Players presents its fifth Pride Performing Arts Festival, which is bookended by cabaret performances (Amy and Freddy on Sept. 16, and former Dallasite William Blake on Sept. 24), and in between features plays on LGBT themes, including three winners of Uptown's Pride Write playwriting competition: Bruce R. Coleman's Boomer Tyro is Coming Home, Ness Everett's Stigmatic and Carol Young's Mom's Guitar or Leave the Latchstring Out, the latter of which gets a staged reading by Echo Theatre. The other plays are Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Say you Love Satan, James Hindman's The Drama Department, and Marty Martin's The Necessary Luxury Company. That last one is performed by One Thirty Productions. The cabarets are in the Kalita Humphreys Theater, and the others are in Frank's Place (upstairs, named for architect Frank Lloyd Wright), or Bryant Hall (behind the Kalita). You can read more about the plays here, and a schedule of performances is below. The reason there's no performance on Sunday, Sept. 18 is because that is the day of the Dallas Pride Parade in Oak Lawn. | Sept. 16-24

8 p.m. — Amy and Freddy (Kalita)

3 p.m. — The Drama Department (Bryant Hall)
4 p.m. — Stigmatic (Frank’s Place)
5:30 p.m. — Boomer Tyro is Coming Home (Frank’s Place)
6:30 p.m. — Mom’s Guitar (Bryant Hall)
7:30 p.m. — The Necessary Luxury Company (Frank’s Place)
8 p.m. — Say You Love Satan (Bryant Hall)

8 p.m. — Say You Love Satan (Bryant Hall)

8 p.m. — The Drama Department (Bryant Hall)

7:30 p.m. — Stigmatic (Frank’s Place)
8 p.m. — Say You Love Satan (Bryant Hall)
8:30 p.m. — Boomer Tyro is Coming Home (Frank’s Place)

7:30 p.m. — The Necessary Luxury Company (Frank’s Place)
8 p.m. — Mom’s Guitar (Bryant Hall)

7:30 p.m. — Boomer Tyro is Coming Home (Frank’s Place)
8:30 p.m. — Stigmatic (Frank’s Place)
8 p.m. — The Drama Department (Bryant Hall)

2 p.m. — Mom’s Guitar (Bryant Hall)
3 p.m. — The Necessary Luxury Company (Frank’s Place)
3:30 p.m. — Say You Love Satan (Bryant Hall)
5:30 p.m. — Stigmatic (Frank’s Place)
6 p.m. — The Drama Department (Bryant Hall)
6:30 p.m. — Boomer Tyro is Coming Home (Frank’s Place)
8 p.m. — William Blake, from NYC Cabaret (Kalita)

» More info in our listing


 7  Out From Under the Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion

Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) | Dallas City Performance Hall

Nicole Stewart's live storytelling event is back, opening the season with a showcase of real stories about abortion. The speakers include abortion providers, men whose loved ones have had an abortion, and women who have had and have not had abortions for many reasons. Performers are Elise Bilodeau, Emily Cortez, Clark Harding, Daniel Kanter, Britt Payne, and Dallas actress Lulu Ward. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21

» More info in our listing


Photo: Karen Almond
Seussical the Musical at Dallas Children's Theater


 8  Seussical the Musical

Dallas Children's Theater | Rosewood Center for Family Arts, Dallas

Dallas Children's Theater's season opens with Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' musical mash-up of Dr. Seuss stories and characters. Directed by Nancy Schaeffer and with musical direction by Pam Holcomb-McClain. | Sept. 16-Oct.23

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with musical director Pam Holcomb-McLain


 9  The Many of Faces of Romanticism

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth season opens with Gary Levinson, violin; Alexandra Adkins, violin; Richard Young, violin/viola; Franklin Cohen, clarinet; Bion Tsang, cello; and Jihye Chang, piano. The program includes Bruch's Four Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83; Hindemith's Quartet for Clarinet, Violin Cello, and Piano; and Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 | 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

» More info in our listing


 10  Chingo Bling

Arlington Improv

The Houston-born comic, rapper and producer has been selling out shows all over the country, but especially in Texas. He combines the above talents (well, comedy and producing) in this film featuring Pedro Herrera, his real name. The stage name is Chingo Bling, and the nickname is "The Ghetto Vaquero." Expect some comedy about immigratino and Trump. | Sept. 16-18

» More info



 11  Third Annual PlayPride LGBT Competition

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Oak Cliff

The Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents the third annual PlayPride LGBTQ Festival, with six short plays on LGBT themes, all directed by Alexandra Bonifield. The shows and descriptions are listed below: | Sept. 15-25

  • Stall Tactics by Ruth Cantrell: Sparks fly at a protest outside a department store’s gender-neutral restroom.
  • Honestly by Caroline Cole: A young blogger with HIV reaches out for support and learn that there are some secrets even the Internet can’t keep.
  • Copeville by Addison DeWitt: Copeville visits a small-town Texas grocery store, where, on a summer afternoon, the legend of the Crow “two-spirit people” braids two lives together.
  • If Fate Steps In by Sierra McCarley: In an alternate reality where everyone is born with their soulmates initials on their wrist, one couple has to decide between fate and free will.
  • You Hear That? by Ben Schroth: A dark comedy about the stepping stones gay people must walk as they move forward to becoming just people.
  • Widgets by Shane Strawbridge: Emotions bubble, tensions flare when two employees at a production facility are called into an emergency meeting.

» More info in our listing



Photo: WikiMedia Commons
Gertrude Stein



 12  Gertrude Stein and Allen Ginsberg LGBT Pride Reading

Pandora's Box Poetry Showcase | Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

Pandora's Box Poetry Showcase tribute Dallas Pride with readings of poetry by iconic queer literary figures Gertrude Strein and Allen Ginsberg. The readers include Logen Cure, Christopher Soden, James Barrett Rodehaver, Valerie Crowe, Jolee Davis, Lauren Belmore, Gayle Bell, Gnadia Wolnitsy, and Michael Raines. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21

» More info in our listing







Heather McDonald

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Sept. 15

» More info


Gene Pompa

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Sept. 15 & 17

» More info


Ben Gleib

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 15

» More info





Photo: Yann Orhan
Lang Lang



Dallas Symphony Gala with Lang Lang

Lang Lang is of course big news, but the reason we didn't include this in the Big 12 above is because it's a gala, and although you can buy tickets just to see him after the dinner, it's still pretty pricey (with the dinner, wow). But do go and support the Dallas Symphony. Jaap van Zweden conducts, and Lang Lang will play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and selections from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet. At the Meyerson Symphony Center | The concert begins at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16

» More info in our listing


Ben Gleib

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Sept. 16-17

» More info


Heather McDonald

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Sept. 16

» More info


Gene Pompa

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 16

» More info


CJ Starr

The comedian is on the corner stage at the Arlington Improv.  | Sept. 16-17

» More info


The Vagina Monologues

Artes de la Rosa presents Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in Spanglish at the Rose Marine Theater | Previews Sept. 16, opens Sept. 17 and runs through Sept. 25

» More info in our listing


Theo Von

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Sept. 16-18

» More info


Photo: Freddy Martinez Jr.
The Vagina Monologues at Artes de la Rosa





Julius Caesar

Bare Bones Shakespeare, which does "minimalist" productions of Shakespeare, takes on Julius Caesar. Performed 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mountain View College, Room W37 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Preston Meadow Park. | Sept. 17-18

» More info


Jokin' and Smokin' Featuring Bryson Brown

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Sept. 17

» More info


Heather McDonald

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 17

» More info


Nostalgia: Argentine Tango & Flamenco Show

TangoAmor performs the Argentine Tango and Flamenco Show at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville | 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

» More info in our listing




The Aviary

 FREE  The Aviary is back with this bi-monthly workshop for Dallas-based creatives to develop new drafts of work. The Aviary provides space and invites a range of actors and directors to come be a part of the early development process and become a part of the new play development community in Dallas. Each writer is with Free Range for a two-month period. It's at the Mix Coworking in Deep Ellum. | 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

» More info


The Big Apple in Big D

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra season begins with American works by Bernstein, David Conte, Rodgers and Hammerstein and others, at the Meyerson Symphony Center | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

» More info in our listing


CMI 2016-17 Concert 1

Chamber Music International opens its season with performances of Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, Anton Arensky's Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32, César Franck's Piano Quintet in F Minor. The players are Cho-Liang Lin and Stephnie Jeong, violin; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Clive Greensmith, cello; and Qian Wu, piano. | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

» More info in our listing


Flo Hernandez, Eddie Trevino, Rashawn Jones, Sandra B., Kasey T

Comedy showcase at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 18

» More info


Self Injurious Behavior

 FREE  Staged readings of Jessica Cavanagh's play about the mother of a child on the autism spectrum. At Theatre Too! in the basement of Theatre Three, Dallas. | 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 and 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19

» More info in our listing

» Our Work in Progress interview with Jessica Cavanagh






100 Degrees Celsius

Echo Reads opens its 2016-17 reading season with Marin Gazzaniga's play about a woman struggling with relationships between a priest and her scientist father. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

» More info in our listing


Richard II

The production from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre screens at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. Directed by Simon Godwin and featuring Charles Edwards in the title role. (See trailer above.) | 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28

» More info


Willy Welch

The Dallas singer performs his show "Sometimes Streetlights, Sometimes Stars" in Denise Lee Onstage's Tuesday Cabaret series at Two Corks and a Bottle in Uptown. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

» More info in our listing





Photo: Jessica Helton
The Tempest at Shakespeare Dallas



Laugh Out Loud Wednesday with Michael Shawn

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Sept. 21

» More info


The Tempest

Shakespeare Dallas' fall production with T.A. Taylor as Prospero. Because it begins previews Sept. 21 and opens in next week's cycle, look for more on it in next week's Places. | Sept. 21-Oct. 1 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre and Oct. 6-18 at Addison Circle Park

» More info in our listing




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: Curtis Brown
Jackie Burns and Daniel Rowan in Jesus Christ Superstar at Casa Mañana 


Jesus Christ Superstar

Casa Mañana does a righteous revival (see what we did there) of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera, even if there are a few times when it feels like Jesus and Judas are doing a Justin Timberlake/Jimmy Fallon-type sing-off to see who can do the loudest and most runs. The set, by Adam Koch, is the best set Casa's had, maybe ever. They should just keep those concrete-looking walls and pillars up there and use it for everything. The next show could be A Dystopian Christmas. And the guys of the next adult production, Million Dollar Quartet, would have a new look for the famous Sam Phillips studio. | Closes Sunday

» Our review by David Novinski






Arlington Improv Open Mike

Free comedy open mike on Wednesdays at the Arlington Improv.  | 7 p.m. Wednesdays

» 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


Open Classical

Bring an instrument (including your voice) and participate in this weekly classical music open mic. Events are in various locations in North Texas:

  • 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Buzzbrews Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue, Dallas
  • 8 p.m. first and third Mondays at Turkish Cafe, Plano
  • 8 p.m. second and fourth Mondays at Button's in Fort Worth

» 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: Michael C. Foster
Camelot at Lyric Stage


Auntie Mame

Presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing



Lyric Stage does a full-orchestra revival of the Lerner and Loewe classic at the Irving Arts Center. It's stunning. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


An Iliad

Stage West closes the season with a Studio Theatre production of Lisa Patterson and Denis O'Hare's take on the Trojan War story, starring Jim Covualt as the Storyteller. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Jesus Christ Superstar

Presented by Casa Mañana. | Through Sunday

» Our review


Noises Off

Michael Frayn's classic, presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre. | Through Sunday

» More info in our listing

The Taming

Circle Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson's political satire, directed by Robin Armstrong. | Closes Saturday

» Our review

» Our interview with director Armstrong

Trump'd: The Musical

The Dallas Comedy House's sketch comedy musical about you know who. | Closes Saturday

» Our preview story


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Edward Albee classic at Onstage in Bedford at the Trinity Arts Theater at the Bedford Boys Ranch. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing







  1. Shakespeare Dallas presents The Tempest at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, Dallas (Sept. 21-Oct. 1) and Addison Circle Park (Oct. 6-16) | Sept. 21-Oct. 16
  2. Dallas Theater Center presents the world premiere of Bella: An American Tall Tale at the Wyly Theatre | Sept. 22-Oct. 22
  3. Theatre Three presents The Wedding Singer | Sept. 22-Oct. 16
  4. The Core Theatre in Richardson presents The Panic Broadcast of 1938 | Sept. 22-Oct. 2
  5. Cara Mía Theatre Company presents Crystal City 1969 at the Latino Cultural Center | Sept. 23-Oct. 16
  6. L.I.P. Service presents The Elephant Man at the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch | Sept. 29-Oct. 15
  7. Ohlook Performing Arts does its original musical Citizen Drumpf | Sept. 30-Nov. 12
  8. Jubilee Theatre's season opens with Working | Sept. 30-Oct. 30
  9. Casa Mañana Children's Theatre presents A Year with Frog and Toad | Sept. 30-Oct. 16
  10. Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Sister's Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales at McDavid Studio, next to Bass Hall | Oct. 5-9
  11. Stage West opens its season with Ann, about Ann Richards | Oct. 8-Nov. 6
  12. WingSpan Theatre Company presents Breadcrumbs at the Bath House Cultural Center | Oct. 6-21
  13. Kitchen Dog Theater's season opens with A Stain Upon the Silence: Beckett's Bequest at the Trinity River Arts Center | Oct. 7-29
  14. WaterTower Theatre presents Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash | Oct. 7-30
  15. PrismCo presents Midas at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center | Oct. 8-23
  16. The Drama Club presents The Incident and Wild, Wicked, Wyrd: Fairytale Time at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater | Oct. 10-29
  17. Garland Civic Theatre presents Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical | Oct. 13-Nov. 5
  18. Dallas Children's Theater presents Dracula | Oct. 14-29
  19. Teatro Dallas presents The Seige of Numantia | Oct. 14-Nov. 5
  20. Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents repertory productions of A Doll's House and Tartuffe at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre | Oct. 14-30
  21. Theatre Arlington presents Blithe Spirit | Oct. 21-Nov. 6
  22. Circle Theatre presents Funnyman | Oct. 20-Nov. 19
  23. Cara Mía Theatre Company and Theater Mitu present Juàrez: A Documentary Mythology at the Latino Cultural Center | Oct. 20-23
  24. The tour of The Phantom of the Opera comes to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth | Oct. 20-30
  25. Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents Lynn Nottage's Ruined | Oct. 20-30



  1. The Oak Cliff Flamenco Festival is at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff | Sept. 25
  2. 8&1 Dance Company presents the Heart and Soul Dance Festival at the Courtyard Theatre, Plano | Sept. 30
  3. Out on a Limb Dance Company presents {254} DANCE-FEST 2016 in Waco | Oct. 1-2
  4. SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents Brown Bag Dance Series | Oct. 3-7
  5. The Russian Grand Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Oct. 6
  6. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents DanceAfrica! at Annette Strauss Artist Square | Oct. 7-8
  7. Texas Ballet Theater presents Carmen and Danse à Grande Vitesse at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Oct. 7-9
  8. Dallas Bach Society presents New York Baroque Dance Company at SMU, Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 8
  9. LakeCities Ballet presents Le Ballet du Dracula at MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville | Oct. 14-15
  10. Angels of Dance presents "Dancing for the Cure" at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 23
  11. TITAS presents Estampas Porteñas Tango at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 28-29
  12. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet performs works inspired by the film Suspiria at the Texas Theatre | Oct. 31
  13. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Director's Choice at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 4-6
  14. The SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble presents its Fall Concert at SMU | Nov. 9-13
  15. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Six at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 11-12
  16. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its Fall Series at Southern Methodist University, Bob Hope Theatre | Nov. 18-20
  17. Beckles Dancing Company presents Autumn 18 at the South Dallas Cultural Center | Nov. 18-19



  1. The Cliburn season opens with Sean Chen at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth | Sept. 22
  2. The Dallas Symphony performs The Rite of Spring at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 22-25
  3. Ensemble75 performs TrioPolis at Collora Piano, Dallas | Sept. 25
  4. The TCU School of Music presents the Festival of American Song with John Corigliano | Sept. 26-29
  5. The Dallas Symphony plays Romeo and Juliet at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 29-Oct. 2
  6. The Allegro Guitar Society season begins with Ana Vidovic, at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth and Montgomery Arts Theater at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas | Sept. 29-30
  7. The Fort Worth Symphony presents pianist Stephen Hough at Bass Performance Hall | Sept. 30-Oct. 2
  8. The Richardson Symphony season opens at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Oct. 1
  9. The Orchestra of New Spain presents House & Garden in a private home, Dallas | Oct. 2
  10. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Atrium Quartet at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Oct. 3
  11. Dallas Chamber Music Society's season opens with the Chiara String Quartet at SMU, Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 17
  12. The Dallas Opera season opens with Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Winspear Opera House | Oct. 28-Nov 3



  1. Ali Siddiq is at the Addison Improv | Sept. 22-25
  2. The 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
  3. Lavell Crawford is at the Arlington Improv | Sept. 23-25
  4. Arsenio Hall comes to the Arlington Improv | Oct. 7-8
  5. Chris D'Elia comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Oct. 8
  6. Nikki Glaser comes to the Addison Improv | Oct. 14-15
  7. Bobcat Goldthwait comes to Hyena's Fort Worth (Oct. 20-21) and Hyena's Plano (Oct. 22)
  8. Flight of the Conchords comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Oct. 26
  9. Craig Shoemaker "The Lovemaster" comes to the Addison Improv. | Oct. 27-29
  10. Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 1
  11. Adam Carolla comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 4
  12. Maria Bamford comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 5
  13. Jeanne Robertson comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Nov. 6
  14. Leslie Jordan comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 11
  15. Tig Notaro comes to the Texas Theatre | Nov. 26
  16. John Cleese and Eric Idle come to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 1
  17. Jay Leno comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 6
  18. Mike Birbiglia's Thank God for Jokes comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 8
  19. Jim Jefferies comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 9
  20. Brian Regan comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Dec. 31


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