F.W. Murnau\'s <em>Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans</em>

Places! Oct. 13-19, 2016

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

published Thursday, October 13, 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 Dallas VideoFest and Dallas Chamber Symphony combine a masterpiece silent film with an original score; The Drama Club goes wild (and wicked and wyrd); Teatro Dallas does Cervantes (but not his usual title); and there's a ton of interesting classical music. Also: Rosemary Clooney, Moliere, Slavs, Caryl Churchill, harps and lots of vampires.

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 OCT 13  thru  WED OCT 19 


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F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans


 1  Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Dallas Chamber Symphony  | Dallas City Performance Hall

The Dallas Chamber Symphony begins its fifth season with the thing it does best: silent films with original scores performed live. This event, of F.W. Murnau's masterpiece Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), features a new score by Joe Kraemer (Jack Reacher, The Way of the Gun). The film, starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, is presented in collaboration with the Dallas VideoFest, which begins its 29th festival with this event. Look for more on the DVF and this event coming on TheaterJones. But we will give you a heads-up on a film of particular interest to TheaterJones' audience: The short film Maid, written by playwright Erik Ehn and directed by Raphael Parry (of Shakespeare Dallas), screens in a Texas program on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Angelika Film Center of Dallas. | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18

» More info in our listing


Photo: Jeffrey Schmidt
Wild, Wicked, Wyrd: Fairytale Time at the Drama Club


 2  Wild, Wicked, Wyrd: Fairytale Time

The Drama Club | Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus

This collection of original plays based on fairytales and folklore is one of two fall entries from The Drama Club, the other being Terry Vandivort's one-man play The Incident, which opened Monday and we wrote about in last week's Places! In Wild, Wicked, Wyrd, the works are by Maryam Obaidullah Baig, Michael Federico, and John M. Flores, and are directed by Jeffrey Schmidt and Christie Vela. Flores melds Mayan mythology, trickster tales of the Koasati Tribe, and a White River Sioux legend for his plays Lighter Than Air and Just Desserts; Michael Federico pulls from the Brothers Grimm, Irish lullabies, and old American music for Mother Holly; and Maryam Obaidullah Baig draws inspiration from the 18th-Century story Masnavi Sihr Ul Bayan by Mir Hasan and her own tale of The Whataburger Tree for Jo Chaho Tum. The ensemble includes Delaney Grant Milbourn, Marti Etheridge, Aubrey Ferguson, Nicole Berastequi, and Kia Nicole Boyer star. The entire evening also features live music and sound provided by Dallas band JimJohn Make Noise, which is Jim Kuenzer and John Flores. | WWW runs Oct. 15-29

Photo: Leticia Alaniz
The Siege of Numantia at Teatro Dallas

» More info in our listing for The Incident

» More info in our listing for Wild, Wicked, Wyrd: Fairytale Time


 3  The Siege of Numantia

Teatro Dallas

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervante Saavedra, who wrote what is considered the first great novel, Don Quixote, which is why we've been seeing a lot of adaptations of that title lately (and will see more). He also wrote plays, and perhaps the best known is El Cerco de Numancia, or The Siege of Numantia (1585). Teatro Dallas presents this play in its annual Days of the Dead celebration. This production, directed by Cora Cardona, pays homage to Cervantes and another important writer who died in the same year, 1616: William Shakespeare. The play, performed in Spanish with an English libretto provided, is a play based on historic accounts of the Numantians resisting, to their death, the Roman Empire’s conquests throughout the Mediterranean. Cardona has adapted Numancia into a mythic place, and the production exposes the horrors or war, the brutal damage humanity brings to the planet, and how history repeats itself. It also explores the theme of love—between people, and their love for the soil from whence they came. | Oct. 14-Nov. 5

» More info in our listing


 4  Chiara String Quartet

Dallas Chamber Music Society | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium

Dallas Chamber Music Society's season opens with the renowned Chiara String Quartet, which performs from memory without printed sheet music, or “by heart.” They will perform Britten: Three Divertimenti, Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 29 and Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127. | 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17

» More info in our listing


Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Chiara String Quartet


 5  Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

The Dallas Symphony presents Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, conducted by Jaap van Zweden. The program begins with Rouse's Rapture, and Bruch's Violin Concerto featuring Augustin Hadelich. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16

Photo: WikiMedia Commons
Rosemary Clooney

» More info in our listing


 6  Dallas Harp Quartet

Fine Arts Chamber Players | Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium

The harp is an incredibly difficult instrument to learn and play, and we've never seen a concert with four harpists playing. Grace Browning, Cheryl Losey Feder, Emily Levin, and Karen Abrahamson Thomas will perform chamber works staged as solos, duos, and quartets, with pieces ranging from Bach to tango. | 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15

» More info in our listing


 7  Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

Garland Civic Theatre | Granville Arts Center, Garland

Garland Civic Theatre presents Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman's tribute to the great American vocalist (and aunt of George). The cast features Whitney Rosenbalm as Rosemary Clooney and Steven J. Golin as The Doctor. The production is directed and designed by Kyle McClaran, with music direction by Kevin Sutton and choreography by Abi Abel. | Oct. 14-Nov. 5

» More info in our listing


 8  Le Ballet de Dracula

LakeCities Ballet Theatre | MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville

LakeCities Ballet brings back its popular ballet based on the ultimate vampire story. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 15

» More info in our listing

» Our review from the 2015 production


Photo: Nancy Loch
Le Ballet de Dracula


 9  SSG Classics Fest: Tartuffe + A Doll's House

Stolen Shakespeare Guild | Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre

Stolen Shakespeare Guild is pretty much a classics company by virtue of its mission, although its musicals sometimes offer more contemporary titles. But the classics are back with its first Classics Festival, which opens with Moliere's Tartuffe this weekend and brings Ibsen's A Doll's House next weekend. Then the two plays will run in rotating repertory. | Oct. 14-30

» More info in our listing


 10  Slave Letters

MBS Productions | Addison Theatre Center, Studio Theatre

MBS Productions revives last season's hit Slave Letters, conceived by Mark-Brian Sonna and consisting of letters written or told by slaves. Because of the show's popularity, it's performed in the Addison Theatre Center's Studio Theatre, not the smaller Stone Cottage. | Oct. 13-Nov. 6

» More info in our listing

» Our review from the first production in January 2016



 11  Slavs...with a Twist

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

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Sergey Babayan, piano; Gary Levinson, violin; Suren Bagratuni, cello performing Levkovich's Triosatz, Dvořák Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65, and Shostakovic Trio in A minor. |2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15

» More info in our listing


 12  Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

Meadows School of the Arts Division of Theatre | Southern Methodist University, Owen Fine Arts Center, Margo Jones Theatre

Rhonda Blair directs Caryl Churchill's play that centers on the political upheaval of England’s Civil War and its effect on ordinary citizens, dramatizing the conflicts of a time when hierarchies and conventions had been shaken and the revolutionary belief in the second coming of Christ reached a pitch. Written in 1976, set in 1646, the play is a stunning illumination of world conditions in 2016. | Oct. 19-23

» More info in our listing







Daryl Felsberg

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Oct. 13-15

» More info


Jose Sarduy

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Oct. 13-15

» More info


Kiarra Saito-Beckman

The violinist opens the new season for Symphony Arlington, which performs Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; Vaughan Williams' Overture to The Wasps; Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird. At Arlington Music Hall | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

» More info


Aries Spears

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Oct. 13-16

» More info





Count Dracula

Mesquite Community Theatre presents Ted Tiller's adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic, at Mesquite Arts Center. | Oct. 14-30

» More info in our listing



Dallas Children's Theater's Teen Scene Players presents Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston's take on the Stoker novel. | Oct. 14-29

» More info in our listing


Nikki Glaser

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Oct. 14-15

» More info


Carl LaBove

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Oct. 14-15

» More info


The Rocky Horror Show

Ryan Matthieu Smith directs a production of the cult musical, performed at Stellar Academy of Fine Arts, Plano. | Oct. 14-29

» More info in our listing


Kiarra Saito-Beckman

The violinist opens the new season for the Garland Symphony, which performs Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; Vaughan Williams' Overture to The Wasps; Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird. At Granville Arts Center. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

» More info





Kiarra Saito-Beckman

The violinist opens the new season for the Las Colinas Symphony, which performs Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; Vaughan Williams' Overture to The Wasps; Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird. At Irving Arts Center. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

» More info





An American Century

Orpheus Chamber Singers presents American choral music at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. | 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16

» More info in our listing


The Golden Age

Presented by The Bolshoi Ballet, screened in cinemas. | 11:55 a.m. Sunday

» More info


Alfred Kaniga

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Oct. 16

» More info


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A touring musical based on the Washington Irving story. | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16

» More info






The Alto Line

Denise Lee Onstage's weekly cabaret series presents Sara Shelby-Martin reprising her show The Alto Line. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18

» More info in our listing


Magdalena's Crossing

In Echo Theatre's Echo Reads does a staged reading by Carolyn Nur Wistrand, directed by Priscilla Rice, at the Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18

» More info in our listing





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: Adolfo Cantú Villarreal/TZOM Films
Crystal City 1969 at Cara Mia Theatre Company



The Naomi Iizuka play, presented by Collin Theatre Center at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus, John Anthony Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing



Jean Anouilh's version, presented by Texas Woman's University, Denton. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Crystal City 1969

Presented by Cara Mía Theatre Company at the Latino Cultural Center. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Elephant Man

Presented by L.I.P. Service at the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


The Lake Worth Monster — A Musical Odyssey

Presented by Hip Pocket Theatre, Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

Melissa's Choice: An American Dilemma

Presented by University of North Texas, Denton. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing

Troupers: A Musical Vaudeville

Presented by University of Texas at Arlington. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Twelfth Night

Presented by Bare Bones Shakespeare at Rover Dramawerks, Plano. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


The Wedding Singer

Presented by Theatre Three, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


A Year with Frog and Toad

Presented by Casa Mañana Children's Theatre, Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing







  1. Theatre Arlington presents Blithe Spirit | Oct. 21-Nov. 6
  2. Circle Theatre presents Funnyman | Oct. 20-Nov. 19
  3. Cara Mía Theatre Company and Theater Mitu present Juàrez: A Documentary Mythology at the Latino Cultural Center | Oct. 20-23
  4. The tour of The Phantom of the Opera comes to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth | Oct. 20-30
  5. Amphibian Stage Productions presents the world premiere of Kathleen Culebro's Smart Pretty Funny | Oct. 20-Nov. 13
  6. Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents Lynn Nottage's Ruined | Oct. 20-30
  7. Plano's Rover Dramawerks presents Think Twice | Oct. 20-Nov. 12
  8. Brick Road Theatre presents The Light in the Piazza at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano | Oct. 21-30
  9. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents David Mamet's November | Oct. 21-Nov. 6
  10. The Music Theatre of Denton presents Shrek the Musical at the Campus Theatre, Denton | Oct. 21-28
  11. Onstage in Bedford presents Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike | Oct. 21-Nov. 6
  12. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents As We Lie Still | Oct. 28-Nov. 20
  13. The Ochre House presents Kevin Grammer's Dreaming Electric | Oct. 29-Nov. 19
  14. Lyric Stage presents Of Thee I Sing in concert at the Irving Arts Center | Nov. 3-6
  15. Uptown Players presents Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | Nov. 4-20
  16. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents Chicago at the Irving Arts Center | Nov. 4-20
  17. Frisco Community Theatre presents The Last Five Years at the Discovery Center Theatre, Frisco | Nov. 4-20
  18. Casa Mañana presents Million Dollar Quartet | Nov. 5-13
  19. Undermain Theatre presents 10 Out of 12 | Nov. 9-Dec. 3
  20. Denton Community Theatre presents The Crucible at the Campus Theatre | Nov. 11-20



  1. Angels of Dance presents "Dancing for the Cure" at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 23
  2. Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents its Fall Dance Concert at the Latino Cultural Center | Oct 27.28
  3. TITAS presents Estampas Porteñas Tango at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 28-29
  4. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet performs works inspired by the film Suspiria at the Texas Theatre | Oct. 31
  5. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Director's Choice at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 4-6
  6. The SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble presents its Fall Concert at SMU | Nov. 9-13
  7. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Six at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 11-12
  8. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its Fall Series at Southern Methodist University, Bob Hope Theatre | Nov. 18-20
  9. Beckles Dancing Company presents Autumn 18 at the South Dallas Cultural Center | Nov. 18-19
  10. Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Auditorium | Nov. 18-19



  1. Ensemble75 performs at Collora Pianos Recital Hall, Dallas | Oct. 22
  2. The Dallas Symphony presents Pipe Dreams Live! at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Oct. 23
  3. The Voices of Change season opens at SMU, Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 24
  4. The Cliburn presents Haochen Zhang and the Brentano Quartet at the Kimbell Art Museum | Oct. 27-28 
  5. The Dallas Opera season opens with Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Winspear Opera House | Oct. 28-Nov 3
  6. The Dallas Symphony performs Fantasia Pops at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Oct. 28-30
  7. Chamber Music International performs at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church | Oct. 29
  8. The Cliburn Sessions presents VOCES8 at Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge, Fort Worth | Nov. 1
  9. The Dallas Symphony performs Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Nov. 3-8
  10. Dallas Chamber Music Society presents the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SMU, Caruth Auditorium | Nov. 7 



  1. Flight of the Conchords comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Oct. 26
  2. Craig Shoemaker "The Lovemaster" comes to the Addison Improv. | Oct. 27-29
  3. Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 1
  4. Nick Offerman comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 2
  5. Adam Carolla comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 4
  6. Maria Bamford comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 5
  7. Jeanne Robertson comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Nov. 6
  8. Louis C.K. comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Nov. 10
  9. Leslie Jordan comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 11
  10. Tig Notaro comes to the Texas Theatre | Nov. 26
  11. John Cleese and Eric Idle come to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 1
  12. Jay Leno comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 6
  13. Mike Birbiglia's Thank God for Jokes comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 8
  14. Jim Jefferies comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 9
  15. Brian Regan comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Dec. 31


» 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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