<em>As We Lie Still</em>&nbsp;at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

Places! Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2016

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

published Friday, October 28, 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 Opera opens its season with a Russian masterpiece, there's magic to do at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and the Ochre House is Electric. Also tango, horror film-inspired dance, a cappella, political humor from the kings of improv, and the progeny of Bruce and Demi is in town doing cabaret, which should be called (but is not) "I heard a Rumer." (Headline alert!)

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 27  thru  WED NOV 2 



 1  Eugene Onegin

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

The Dallas Opera hasn't performed Tchaikovsky's masterful opera in 40 years, and opens its season the classic Russian romance. Refresher: The beautiful Tatyana falls hopelessly in love at first sight with Eugene Onegin, a man who has no interest in love. Years later, following a fatal duel with his best friend, Onegin begins to realize his true feelings for Tatyana, only to find she may no longer be able to be his. Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, it stars Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko and Russian soprano Svetlana Aksenova. There are only four performances, and beginning next week, it will run in rep with the Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick, which premiered at the Dallas Opera in 2010. See video above. | Oct. 28-Nov 3

» More info in our listing


Photo: Antonio Fresco
Estampas Portenas Tango


 2  Estampas Porteñas Tango

TITAS Presents | Dallas City Performance Hall

TITAS Presents continues its season with Argentina's Estampas Porteñas Tango, which will perform its new work, Deseos...Stories of Longing and Desire, which sounds different than most tango spectacles you've seen. | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with founder Carolina Soler



 3  As We Lie Still

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

Photo: Kevin Grammer
Justin Locklear is Nikola Tesla in Dreaming Electric

This is something different for Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and we're thrilled about it. Local composer Patrick Emile and his wife Olivia de Guzman Emile wrote this musical about a turn-of-the-20th-century magician who rises to vaudeville fame. It was accepted to the New York Musical Theatre Workshop in 2014, and was performed at the New York Musical Fringe Festival, directed by local director and Broadway vet Michael Serrecchia. Patrick Emile also won the Frederick Loewe award, and is working on another musical with playwright Carlos Murillo. This Southwest premiere of As We Lie Still has Serrecchia directing again, and uses cutting-edge video/projection design by Patrick Brand and magic by local magician Trigg Watson. | Oct. 28-Nov. 20

» More info in our listing


 4  Dreaming Electric

The Ochre House, Dallas

The Ochre House does its fifth new play by company member Kevin Grammer, taking on a popular subject for theatermakers: genius engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla, who was way ahead of his time and ended up penniless. Justin Locklear plays Tesla. Heads up: The Rude Mechs in Austin will perform another work about Tesla (they've done several plays about him) in December. | Oct. 29-Nov. 19

» More info in our listing


 5  Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue

The Second City and Slate | The Majestic Theatre, Dallas

Chicago's Second City touring company brings a new show, produced in collaboration with, to Dallas, exactly a week before the election. Expect both sides, as well as the Libertarians, Greens and whatever that dude in Utah is aligned with, to be lovingly skewered. When the satire is so close to real life, is it still satire? | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1

» More info in our listing


Photo: Courtesy
Rumer Willis


 6  Rumer Willis: Post-Modern Cabaret

The Granada Theater, Dallas

Yes, she's the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, but she's all grown up and has been on Broadway as Roxy in Chicago, and done other theater. So there'll probably be some showtunes in her cabaret show, and who knows what else? She was also on Dancing with the Stars, and her cabaret cover of Britney Spears' Toxic is pretty good. Color us intrigued. | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1

» More info


Photo: VOCES8


 7  Brentano String Quaret + Haochen Zang | VOCES8

The Cliburn | Kimbell Art Museum + Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge

The Cliburn has two events in this cycle, starring with pianist and 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner Haochen Zhang performing with the Brentano String Quartet at the Kimbell Art Museum. That program features Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35; Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135; and Franck's Piano Quintet in F Minor on Oct. 27 and 28. Then, on Nov. 1, the Cliburn Sessions presents modern a cappella outfit VOCES8 to the Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge, in a casual bar setting where they perform works ranging from English choral music to jazz and pop. | Brentano/Zhang is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28; and VOCES8 is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1

» More info in our listing for Brentano/Zhang

» More info in our listing for VOCES8


 8  Disney's Fantasia — Pops Live in Concert

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

The classic Disney film Fantasia (1940) is already well-known for its use of classical music, some of which was fairly contemporary at the time. How great to see the Dallas Symphony perform this music (by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, etc.) as the film plays above the musicians. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 (with a family concert at 11 a.m. Saturday)

» More info in our listing

» More info in our listing for the family concert


Photo: Ken Smith
Jenny Warren of Contemporary Ballet Dallas


 9  Fall Dance Concert

Contemporary Ballet Dallas | Latino Cultural Center, Dallas

Contemporary Ballet Dallas does its Fall Dance Concert, with new and revived work by Jennifer Mabus, Terrill Mitchell, Lea Zablocki, and Paula Ulery-Reynolds, the latter featuring an original composition by Mark Landson of Open Classical DFW. | 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 27 and Friday, Oct. 28

» More info in our listing


 10  Macbeth

House Party Theatre | 508 Amphitheater + The Levee

House Party Theatre, which has mainly done new or contemporary work, reaches back into the canon with the Scottish play, which, given the witches, ghost and stabbing, is a perfect Halloween theatrical treat. Performances through Sunday night are at the Encore Park Amphitheater at 508 Park in downtown Dallas (by Dallas City Hall), and a Halloween night performance is also outdoors, at the Levee, 2516 N. Beckley Ave., which is in Trinity Groves on the north side of Commerce St. | Oct. 27-31

» More info in our listing


Photo: Alisa Eykilis
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Suspiria


 11  Suspiria

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet | Texas Theatre

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and Danielle Georgiou Dance Group perform a new dance inspired by the Daniel Argento's 1977 horror film Suspiria, about scary goings-on within a ballet company, to be followed by a screening of the movie, at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. | 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31

» More info in our listing


 12  Halloween Concert

Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth | Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Fort Worth

Because of the ongoing strikes by the musicians, the Fort Worth Symphony has canceled all shows through the end of the year, including the holiday programming. But the Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth are still finding ways to perform and raise money, such as this special concert, in which musicians will be dressed in costumes, and there will be an "instrument petting zoo." | 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 

» More info in our listing







Arnez J

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Oct. 27-29

» More info


Slade Ham

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Oct. 27-29

» More info


Ricky Reyes

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Oct. 27-29

» More info


Craig "The Lovemaster" Shoemaker

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Oct. 27-29

» More info


C.J. Starr

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Oct. 27-29

» More info


Sister's Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales

Presented by Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson. | Oct. 27-30

» More info in our listing





Hip Film Fest

Hip Pocket Theatre presents three nights showing films from productions past at Silver Creek Amphitheatre. The schedule is below. | Oct. 28-30

  • 8:15pm Friday: Bad Girls in the Big City (2003)
  • 8:15pm Saturday: The Three Cuckolds (1985)
  • 8:15pm Sunday: Preview for the Spacefleet Landing on Earth in 2001 A.D. by Uriel, Cosmic Visionary (2002)

» More info in our listing





Chamber Music International Concert 2

Chamber Music International performs at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, with the trio of Andrés Cárdenes, violin, Bion Tsang, cello and Chih-Yi Chen, piano, performing works by Kodály, Franck and Mendelssohn. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

» More info in our listing





Funniest Comic in Texas: Round 3

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Oct. 30

» More info





The Deep Blue Sea

The NT Live screening of this Terrence Rattigan revival at National Theatre of London, presented by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5

» More info





The National Theatre of London's NT Live series does an encore of one of its first and still popular presentations, of Danny Boyle's production of the classic Mary Shelley story, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller playing the doctor and his creature, with the actors switching roles. This production was before y'all all got on the Cumberbatch train. At the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. | 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2

» More info


Funniest Comic in Texas: Round 4

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Nov. 2

» More info


Nick Offerman

Nick "Ron Swanson" Offerman comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2

» More info




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: Sharen Bradford
Janielle Kastner in Lisa, My Friend, part of A Stain Upon the Silence at Kitchen Dog Theater



A Stain Upon the Silence: Beckett's Bequest

Kitchen Dog Theater has always loved Samuel Beckett, and this collection is a love letter to the influential Irish playwright, master of precise pauses, punctuation, words and repetition. There are two plays by Beckett (Rockaby and A Piece of Monologue), and four works inspired by him: Sam Shepard/Joseph Chaikin's Tongues, Suzan-Lori Parks' Pickling,Will Eno's Behold the Coach, in a Blazer, Uninsured, and the world premiere by Abe Koogler's Lisa, My Friend, commissioned by Kitchen Dog. There's a lot of stillness and tough dialogue, and the ensemble of Rhonda Boutté, John S. Davies, Max Hartman and Janielle Kastner does it all proud. Directed by Tim Johnson, performed at the Trinity River Arts Center. | Closes Saturday

» Our review by Martha Heimberg





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: Jeffrey Schmidt
Wild, Wicked, Wyrd at The Drama Club


Count Dracula

Presented by Mesquite Community Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing



Presented by Dallas Children's Theater Teen Scene Players. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


The Incident

A one-man play by Terry Vandivort, presented by The Drama Club at Bryant Hall on the campus of Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


The Light in the Piazza

Presented by Brick Road Theatre at the Courtyard Theatre, Plano. | Closes Oct. 30

» Our review



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

» More info in our listing

The Phantom of the Opera

The national tour presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Presented by WaterTower Theatre, Addison. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


The Rocky Horror Show

Presented by Stellar, at Stellar Academy of Fine Arts, Plano. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing



Presented by Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Oak Cliff. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Shrek: The Musical

Presented by Music Theatre of Denton at the Campus Theatre, Denton. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


SSG Classic Fest: Tartuffe & A Doll's House

Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Moliere's Tartuffe and Ibsen's A Doll's House in rotating repertory at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre. | Through Sunday

» More info in our listing

» Our review of A Doll's House


A Stain Upon the Silence: Beckett's Bequest

Kitchen Dog Theater presents short works by and inspired by Samuel Beckett, at the Trinity River Arts Center, Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Wild, Wicked, Wyrd: Fairytale Time

Presented by The Drama Club at Bryant Hall on the campus of Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» Our Work in Progress story

» Our story about fairytales in theater

» Our review


Working: A Musical

Presented by Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing






  1. Lyric Stage presents Of Thee I Sing in concert at the Irving Arts Center | Nov. 3-6
  2. Uptown Players presents Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | Nov. 4-20
  3. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents Chicago at the Irving Arts Center | Nov. 4-20
  4. Frisco Community Theatre presents The Last Five Years at the Discovery Center Theatre, Frisco | Nov. 4-20
  5. Casa Mañana presents Million Dollar Quartet | Nov. 5-13
  6. Undermain Theatre presents 10 Out of 12 | Nov. 9-Dec. 3
  7. Denton Community Theatre presents The Crucible at the Campus Theatre | Nov. 11-20
  8. Theatre Three presents Bruce R. Coleman's Day Light | Nov. 17-Dec. 11
  9. Stage West presents Murder for Two | Nov. 17-Dec. 18
  10. Dallas Children's Theater presents A Charlie Brown Christmas | Nov. 18-Dec. 21



  1. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Director's Choice at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 4-6
  2. The SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble presents its Fall Concert at SMU | Nov. 9-13
  3. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Six at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 11-12
  4. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its Fall Series at Southern Methodist University, Bob Hope Theatre | Nov. 18-20
  5. Beckles Dancing Company presents Autumn 18 at the South Dallas Cultural Center | Nov. 18-19
  6. Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Auditorium | Nov. 18-19



  1. The Dallas Symphony performs Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Nov. 3-8
  2. Dallas Chamber Music Society presents the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SMU, Caruth Auditorium | Nov. 7



  1. Adam Carolla comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 4
  2. Maria Bamford comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 5
  3. Jeanne Robertson comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Nov. 6
  4. Louis C.K. comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Nov. 10
  5. Leslie Jordan comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 11
  6. Tig Notaro comes to the Texas Theatre | Nov. 26
  7. John Cleese and Eric Idle come to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 1
  8. Jay Leno comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 6
  9. Mike Birbiglia's Thank God for Jokes comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 8
  10. Jim Jefferies comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 9
  11. 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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