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Places! Nov. 10-16, 2016

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

published Friday, November 11, 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: Music. Music. Music. This week it's about music, which might be the most healing of the art forms we cover. They all matter, of course. There's dance and theater on the agenda, some of it political (see No. 10 in the Big 12 below). But there's a huge amount of music performances this week, in concert halls, at museums, in studios and in private homes. Go. Take it in. Listen. Listen. Listen.

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 NOV 10  thru  WED NOV 16 


Photo: Katherine Owens
10 Out of 12 at Undermain Theatre


 1  SIX

Bruce Wood Dance Project | Dallas City Performance Hall

Bruce Wood Dance Project's fall concert features a revival of Wood's No Sea to Sail In, plus the world premieres of Kimi Nikaidoh's Bloom and Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Klezmer Rodeo. The Saturday night performance has discounted Industry Night tickets, with an after-party at the BWDP studios in the Design District. | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12

» More info in our listing


 2  10 Out of 12

Undermain Theatre, Dallas

Undermain Theatre presents Anne Washburn's 10 Out of 12, and if you don't know what that inside-baseball phrase means, well, don't worry about it. Like any good piece of theater, the meaning is in the eye of the beholder. Washburn is the playwright of the incredible Mr. Burns: a post-electric play (seen at Stage West in 2015). Blake Hackler directs. | Previews through Nov. 11; opens Nov. 12 and runs through Dec. 3

» More info in our listing

Photo: Courtesy
Brian Owens as Marvin Gaye


 3  What's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience

The Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

Mother, mother / There's too many of you crying / Brother, brother, brother / There's far too many of you dying / You know we've got to find a way / To bring some lovin' here today. 

Lord yes.

Brian Owens performs selections that span Gaye’s music-making career, from early solo hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to “You’re All I Need to Get By” and “Let’s Get It On” or “Got To Give It Up.” | 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

» More info in our listing


 4  Shadow of Sirius

Dallas Winds | Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

Dallas Winds does two works by guest composer Joel Puckett, Avelynn's Lullaby and The Shadow of Sirius. Also, American Symphony by rising composer Adam Schoenberg, who, by the way is not related to the influential Arnold Schoenberg. Interestingly, both Schoenbergs' work can heard on the same night by different groups in the Dallas Arts District. See No. 5 below. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15

» More info in our listing


 5  Transfigured Night

Dallas Chamber Symphony | Dallas City Performance Hall

The Dallas Chamber Symphony continues its season with works written for string symphony, including works by Hanson and Hindemith. The program closes with Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and closes with Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night. (Arnold not related to Adam Schoenberg, see above item.) Richard McKay is on the podium. | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15

» More info in our listing


 6  Patriotic Pops

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

The Dallas Symphony presents the United States Naval Academy Men's Glee Club, which ought to cheer you up. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday Nov. 13

» More info in our listing




 7  Yakona Live Score

Montopolis Chamber Ensemble | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Yakona is an award-winning documentary that explores the San Marcos river in Texas, and at this showing, the score is performed live by the Montopolis Chamber Ensemble conducted by pianist and composer Justin Sherburn. The video trailer above promotes the Austin performance, but it is in Fort Worth on Sunday. | 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13

» More info


Photo: House Party Theatre
Mirror: As If It Were the Moon


 8  Mirror: As If It Were the Moon

House Party Theatre | Deep Vellum Books, Dallas

House Party Theatre does SMU alum Steven Gardner's play about the journey of one young woman as she asks the frightening questions about human existence that live within all of us. Directed by Sarah Lacy Hamilton, and performed in the tiny space of Deep Vellum Books in Deep Ellum. | Nov. 10-21

» More info in our listing


 9  Best of Season 5

Oral Fixation | Dallas City Performance Hall

Sadly, the fantastic storytelling showcase known as Oral Fixation is postponing its sixth season until the fall of 2017, but you can get a taste of what has been with this collection of some of the best stories from the fifth season, by writers/storytellers Donald Griswold, Hal Karp, Sally Salas, Nicole Fillion-Robin, Anna Lassiter and Jacob Longoria. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15

» More info in our listing


 10  Gun Show

Texas Woman's University | TWU, Redbud Theatre, Denton

Hot-button issues, right after the election? Let's go. Local playwright Steven Young created this play about American gun culture with drama students at TWU. Patrick Bynane directs this new piece with help from undergraduate student Riley Payne serving as assistant director. Gun Show will also travel abroad to the 2017 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival this August. | Nov. 16-20

» More info in our listing


Photo: Justin Lee Photography
Arianna String Quartet



 11  The Lighter Bank of the River Rhein

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

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents the Arianna String Quartet and violist Richard Young. The program: Beethoven's String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29; Webern's Langsamersatz for String Quartet; and Mendelssohn's String Quintet No. 2 in B flat Major, Op. 87. | 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

» More info in our listing


 12  Bach Cello Suites, Part I

Dallas Bach Society | Private Home

The Dallas Bach Society presents a house concert with the Complete Bach Cello Suites, Part 1, featuring cello Eric Smith. | 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12

» More info in our listing







Behzod Abduraimov

The pianist plays for The Cliburn at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10

» More info


Felipe Esparza

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Nov. 11-13

» More info


Steve Mudflap McGrew

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Nov. 10-12

» More info


Raj Sharma

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Nov. 10-12

» More info


The Siege of Numancia

University of North Texas does the Miguel de Cervantes play, directed by David Lozano. | Nov. 10-13

» More info in our listing





The Crucible

Denton Community Theatre presents The Crucible at the Campus Theatre | Nov. 11-20

» More info in our listing


Bob Dubac

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Nov. 10-12

» More info


Leslie Jordan

The outspoken actor performs at the Majestic Theatre, Dallas. | 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11

» More info in our listing


Robert Powell III

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Nov. 11-13

» More info





Marcelo Berestovoy

The guitarist performs at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

» More info in our listing


Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet

Ensemble75 performs at Collora Pianos Recital Hall, Dallas | Nov. 12

» More info in our listing





The Marble Muse

Echo Theatre gives a reading to this play by Diane Baia Hale at the Bath House Cultural Center. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15

» More info in our listing




Brass Masters

Open Classical DFW presents an Artist Series concert with David Cooper on Strauss' Horn Concerto plus Kyle Sherman, trumpet, with pianist Mikhail Berestnev at Allgood Cafe, Dallas. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16

» More info in our listing


Full Throttle Comedy with Mike Quu

At the Addison Improv. | Nov. 16

» More info


The Miser

The University of Texas at Arlington presents the Moliere comedy. | Nov. 16-20

» 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: Mike Morgan
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches


Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Tony Kushner's epic, poetic, intense play is 25 years old, and it has probably not felt more relevant than it does right now at this moment in time. Uptown Players' gorgeous production, directed by Cheryl Denson, has a stellar cast. Go see it, and we dare you not to cry. | Through Nov. 20

» 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: Renit Lambert
Smart Pretty Funny at Amphibian Stage Productions



Dracula the Melodrama

Presented by Pocket Sandwich Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Mary Poppins

Presented by Plaza Theatre Company, Cleburne. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Million Dollar Quartet

Presented by Casa Mañana in Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Smart Pretty Funny

Presented by Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Think Twice

Presented by Rover Dramawerks, Plano. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing






  1. Theatre Three presents Bruce R. Coleman's Day Light | Nov. 17-Dec. 11
  2. Stage West presents Murder for Two | Nov. 17-Dec. 18
  3. Robert Dubac's The Book of Moron comes to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Nov. 17-20
  4. Dallas Children's Theater presents A Charlie Brown Christmas | Nov. 18-Dec. 21
  5. Kitchen Dog Theater presents Feathers and Teeth at the Trinity River Arts Center | Nov. 18-Dec. 17
  6. Cara Mía Theatre Company presents Nuestra Pastorela at the Latino Cultural Center | Nov. 19-Dec. 11
  7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth (Nov. 22-23) and the Music Hall at Fair Park (Nov. 25-27)
  8. The Dallas Theater Center presents A Christmas Carol at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas | Nov. 23-Dec. 2
  9. MBS Productions presents The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents a Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker at the Addison Theatre Center, Studio Theatre | Nov. 25-Dec. 26
  10. Theatre Three presents A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show at Theatre Too! | Nov. 26-Dec. 11
  11. Jubilee Theatre presents The Gifts of the Magi | Nov. 25-Dec. 24
  12. Theatre Britain presents The Sleeping Beauty, a panto, at Cox Building Playhouse, Plano | Nov. 26-Dec. 30



  1. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its Fall Series at Southern Methodist University, Bob Hope Theatre | Nov. 18-20
  2. Beckles Dancing Company presents Autumn 18 at the South Dallas Cultural Center | Nov. 18-19
  3. Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Auditorium | Nov. 18-19
  4. Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker at Winspear Opera House, Dallas | Nov. 25-Dec. 4
  5. LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at Marcus High School, Flower Mound | Nov. 26-27
  6. The University of North Texas presents its New Choreographers Concert | Dec. 2-4
  7. The University of Texas at Arlington's Maverick Dance Company performs | Dec. 9-11
  8. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Black on Black at the DBDT Studios | Dec. 9-10
  9. Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Dec. 9-24
  10. TITAS presents Jessica Lang Dance at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas | Dec. 10
  11. Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall | Dec. 16
  12. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Mistletoe Magic with Hugh Panaro, Liz Callaway and Joseph Thalken at Dallas City Performance Hall | Dec. 20
  13. The national tour of The Hip-Hop Nutcracker comes to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Dec. 23
  14. TITAS presents Pilobolus at Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas | Jan. 13-14



  1. The Dallas Symphony presents Brahms Symphony No. 4 at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Nov. 17-20
  2. Symphony Arlington, the Garland Symphony and Las Colinas Symphony present pianist Stephen Beus at Arlington Music Hall, Granville Arts Center and the Irving Arts Center | Nov. 17-19
  3. Chamber Music International performs at Dallas City Performance Hall | Dec. 2



  1. Bruce Bruce comes to the Arlington Improv | Nov. 18-20
  2. Tone Bell performs at the Addison Improv | Nov. 25-27
  3. Tig Notaro comes to the Texas Theatre | Nov. 26
  4. John Cleese and Eric Idle come to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 1-2
  5. April Macie comes to Hyena's Comedy Night Club, Dallas | Dec. 1-3
  6. Jay Leno comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 6
  7. Nene Leakes comes to the Arlington Improv | Dec. 7
  8. Mike Birbiglia's Thank God for Jokes comes to the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 8
  9. Damon Williams comes to the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Dec. 9-10
  10. Jim Jefferies comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Dec. 9
  11. Brian Regan comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Dec. 31
  12. Bill Maher comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Jan. 22


» 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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