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Dancer Julie Fiorenza in Jessica Lang Dance\'s <em>Tesseracts of Time</em>

Places! Dec. 8-14, 2016

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



published Thursday, December 8, 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: No surprise that there's a wreathful of holiday-related arts openings this week, such as two very different takes on It's a Wonderful Life (at Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch and at the Houston Grand Opera), several Nutcrackers on stage and screen, and Christmas concerts from Turtle Creek Chorale, the Arts District Chorale and the Dallas Street Choir. But there's also a surprising number of performances not holiday-themed, including the return of the great Jessica Lang Dance, the Dallas Opera's incredibly important showcase of women conductors, and the area premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play Gloria at the Dallas Theater Center. Also: Neil LaBute, burlesque, a classical guitarist playing Prince, filmed performances of George Takei's autobiographical musical Allegiance and Weill/Brecht's The Threepenny Opera and more.

If you want holiday but not traditional, check out the shenanigans at the Margo Jones Theatre, from four different groups. (See No. 10 below.)

You can also view our list of area Nutcrackers here.

Heads up: For the next Places!, we'll have a "double issue," covering Dec. 15-28. Then we'll follow that with a New Year's Eve Places! and in 2017, look for some changes coming to this popular weekly feature.

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!

 

THE BIG 12

 THU DEC 8  thru  WED DEC 14 

 

Photo: Jessica Lang Dance
Dancers Kana Kimura and Clifton Brown in Jessica Lang Dance's Tesseracts of Time

 

Photo: Courtesy
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

 

 1  Gloria

Dallas Theater Center | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre, Sixth Floor Studio Theatre

Dallas Theater Center gives DFW its first taste of acclaimed playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, with his play Gloria. It's set in the cutthroat, dog-eat-dog world of the magazine industry, where one must fight to survive. Christie Vela directs, and the cast, heavy on local actors, includes Leah Spillman, Satomi Blair, Michael Federico, Grace Montie, Drew Wall and Ryan Woods. Now we're looking for someone to take on BJJ's An Octaroon. | Previews through Dec. 13; opens Dec. 14 and runs through Jan. 22

» More info in our listing

 

 2  Jessica Lang Dance

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

We have really loved this company in the past (we voted it number one dance event in 2013), and this time the New York-based group offers a new work, Tesseracts of Time, in collaboration with architect Steven Holl. Just look at those photos! (Above and on the cover.) | 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

» More info in our listing

 

Photo: Tianyi-Lu.com
Tianyi Liu of New Zealand

 3  Institute for Women Conductors Concert

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

The Dallas Opera's important and very necessary Institute for Women Conductors is wrapping up its second year, and it closes with a showcase with this year's six fellows. These conductors—Elizabeth Askren (USA), Mihaela Cesa-Goje (Romania), Alexandra Cravero (France), Tianyi Liu (New Zealand), Chaowen Ting (USA) and Zoe Zeniodi (Greece)—will conduct the Dallas Opera Orchestra on works by Bizet, Mozart, Mark Adamo, Jake Heggie and many others. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

» More info in our listing

Photo: Courtesy ATTPAC
Mike Birbiglia

 

 4  Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes

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

Mike Birbiglia made his name as a thinking-person's comic with theatrical flare, and through two critically acclaimed movies he directed, 2012's Sleepwalk With Me and 2016's Don't Think Twice, the latter about the world of improv comedy. In his latest one-man stand-up, he considers the question "how far should we go for a laugh?" | 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8

» More info in our listing

 

 5  Andrea Bocelli

American Airlines Center, Dallas

Opera snobs like to poo-poo Mr. Bocelli, an Italian tenor who rose through the ranks of Europe's opera houses to worldwide fame as a recitalist, but there's no other opera star currently working who can brag about such record sales and filling sports arenas around the world. He returns to Dallas in support of his latest album Cinema. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

» More info in our listing

 

 6  A Not So Silent Night

Turtle Creek Chorale | Dallas City Performance Hall

The spiritual and secular collide in Turtle Creek Chorale's annual holiday concert, joined by members of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and guest vocalist Jennifer Piacenti. "The walls of Dallas City Performance Hall will resonate with the powerful combination of voices, brass and percussion as we celebrate the most joyous of holiday seasons." | 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 (with a special family-friendly Saturday matinee at 2:30)

» More info in our listing

 

Photo: George Wada
In a Dark Dark House from Proper Hijinx Productions

 

 7  In a Dark Dark House

Proper Hijinx Productions | Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

Photo: Chris Burke
Ben Verdery

If you had to pick a playwright who is the antithesis of holiday festive, you'd go straight to Neil LaBute, whose cheer level is probably just a notch above that of Antonin Artaud. Proper Hijinx Productions closes its first full season with the area premiere of this 2007 play, centering on the relationship of brothers Terry and Drew (played respectively by Jeff Burleson and Aaron White) facing the skeletons in their familial closet. Yep, that's the holidaze for ya. Proper Hijinx has typically performed in Dallas spaces, but moves west for this one. | Dec. 9-17

» More info in our listing

 

 8  Ben Verdery

Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society + Allegro Guitar Series | Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth + Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Montgomery Arts Theater, Dallas

The Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society/Allegro Guitar Society brings in Ben Verdery, professor of guitar at Yale's School of Music, who composes his own work and has had composers create work for him. He'll play much of that, plus selections by Mozart, Ingram Marshall, Randy Newman, and...wait for it...Prince ("Kiss"), with a little Jimi Hendrix ("Purple Haze"). First show is at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; and Friday's is at Booker T.'s Montgomery Arts Theater in the Dallas Arts District. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

» More info in our listing

 

Photo: James Jamison
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Firehouse Theatre

 

 9  It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

The Firehouse Theater, Farmer's Branch

It's a Wonderful Life is the beloved 1946 Frank Capra film that is in everyone's Top 5 list of films to see this time of year—along with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Story, Love Actually and Die Hard, right?—and it has been adapted for the stage many times (including most recently as an opera; see "Road Trip" below). This adaptation is done as a 1940s radio play, set in a radio studio with Foley artists and commercials, directed by Derek Whitener with original music by Scott Eckert. According to the press release, you might see guests "that remind you of Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, and the Andrews Sisters." | Previews Dec. 7 and 8, opens Dec. 9 and runs through Dec. 18

» More info in our listing

 

Photo: Jim Kuenzer
A Very Nouveau Christmas

 

 10  A Very Nouveau Holiday 2016 + Santa Claus vs. the Martians + Frosty: Songs of Redemption - The Musical! + A Very Merry Clown Double-Header

Nouveau 47 Theatre + Camp Death Productions + House Party Theatre + PrismCo/Dustin Curry | Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park, Dallas

There is a lot of alternative Christmas theater-making going on at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park this week, and some with late-night performances. Camp Death Productions brings back Andi Allen's adaptation of the B-movie Santa Claus vs. the Martians, which you may have seen when it was the focus of a Mystery Science 3000 episode; while House Party Theatre expands on last year's original song cycle about the world's most famous snowman in Frosty: Songs of Redemption - The Musical. Meanwhile, for one night you can take in some holiday clowning with a clown show from PrismCo.'s Jeffrey Colangelo and local street clown Dustin Curry. Then Nouveau 47 Theatre is back with its annual collection of 10-minute holiday plays by local writers. This year's writers include Justin Locklear, Jim Kuenzer, Erin Burdette, James Burnside, Bill Otstott, Brad McEntire, Greg Silva, Christopher Soden and Chris-James Cognetta. | Click links below for full show times and info.

» More info in our listing for A Very Nouveau Christmas (Dec. 9-23)

» More info in our listing for Santa Claus vs. the Martians (Dec. 8-22)

» More info in our listing for Frosty: Songs of Redemption - The Musical (Dec. 9-16)

» More info in our listing for A Very Merry Clown Double-Header (9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11)

 

 11  Naughty but Nice

Soul Rep Theatre Company | South Dallas Cultural Center

Soul Rep presents its second Christmas cabaret, this year described as featuring "a colorful cast of characters enjoying the lounge’s grand re-opening on Christmas Eve, after the popular night spot nearly becomes a casualty of gentrification. The production is filled with Christmas classics with a twist, down home holiday blues songs, and be-bopping jazzy yuletide riffs performed by a vibrant group of area actors and singers that include Chimberly Carter-Byrom, Douglas Carter, Kyndal Robertson, J.R. Bradford, Kevin Brooks, Brittney DuBose, Mandi Green, Jason Hallman, Demoriea Holloway, and Dick Zinnendorf." | Dec. 9-18

» More info in our listing

 

Photo: Anyika McMillan-Herod
Naughty but Nice at Soul Rep Theatre Company

 

 12  Black Nativity

Bishop Arts Theater Center, Oak Cliff

The Bishop Arts Theatre Center brings back its hit production of Langston Hughes' landmark work Black Nativity, directed by Lisa B. | Previews Thursday, Dec. 8; opens Friday, Dec. 9 and runs through Dec. 18

» More info in our listing

 

 

 MORE PERFORMANCES OPENING DEC. 8-14 

 

 THURSDAY, DEC. 8 

 

Michael Blackson

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. | Dec. 8-11

» More info

 

J.R. Brow

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Dec. 8-10

» More info

 

Dianne Reeves: Christmastime is Here

Photo: Courtesy
Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves

The Dallas Symphony presents a Christmas concert with the jazz vocalist at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8

» More info in our listing

 

Dean Edwards

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Dec. 8-10

» More info

 

The Glory of Christmas

The Arlington Master Chorale presents holiday concerts at Trinity United Methodist Church, Arlington. | 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Friday, Dec. 8-9

» More info in our listing

 

The Little Trio

Presented by Open Classical DFW at Steinway Hall in Fort Worth. | 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8

» More info

 

April Macie

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Dec. 8-10

» More info

 

That's What She Said! Featuring Keisha Hunt

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Dec. 8

» More info

 

 

 FRIDAY, DEC. 9 

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. | Dec. 9-31

» More info in our listing

 

Black on Black

Dallas Black Dance Theatre gives a holiday party with snippets of upcoming performances from its choreographers and dancers, at the DBDT Studios in the Dallas Arts District. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10

» More info in our listing

 

Earthquake

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Dec. 9-11

» More info

 

Fall Concert

Presented by Maverick Dance Company at University of Texas at Arlington, Fine Arts Building. | Dec. 9-11

» More info in our listing

 

A Hard Candy Christmas

An evening of holiday-themed poetry from Pandora's Box, at Deep Vellum Bookstore in Deep Ellum, Dallas. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

» More info in our listing

 

A Holiday Special

Ballet Concerto's annual holiday performance at Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth. | 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

» More info in our listing

 

Jim Jefferies

The Australian comedian brings his tour to Dallas' Majestic Theatre. | 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

» More info in our listing

Photo: Courtesy
Comic Damon Williams is at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters

 

The Nutcracker

The Texas Ballet Theater's big production moves from Dallas to Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. | Dec. 9-24

» Our review of the Dallas production

 

The Nutcracker

Festival Ballet of North Central Texas showing of The Nutcracker at Texas Woman’s University, Margo Jones Performance Hall in Denton. | Dec. 9-11

» More info

 
The Nutcracker

Dallas Repertoire Ballet brings its rendition of the beloved holiday tale to the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson. | Dec. 9-11

» More info 

Damon Williams

The comedian does two nights at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Dallas. | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10

» More info in our listing

 

 

 SATURDAY, DEC. 10 

 

HaHa Holidays with Dean Lewis, Paul Varghese and Linda Stogner

The comedians perform at 5:30 p.m. show at the Addison Improv. | 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

» More info

 

Snow: Reformed

ImPULSE Dance Project celebrates the season with Snow: Reformed at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. | Dec. 10-11

» More info in our listing


Un Noel Coquin: A Naughty Christmas Burlesque Revue

Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth presents a holiday burlesque, featuring members of The Velvet Kittens, the Burlesque Body Sculpt student Dancers, singers and comedians. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

» More info in our listing

 

 

 SUNDAY, DEC. 11 

 

Christmas at Christ the King

The annual Christmas concert from the Orchestra of New Spain. | 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

» More info in our listing

 

An Evening with DSO Friends Contemplations

The Blue Candlelight Music Series has a concert with players from the Dallas Symphony, and pianist Baya Kakouberi, at the home of Richard and Enika Schulze, Dallas. | 7 pm. Sunday, Dec. 11

» More info in our listing

 

The Longest Night: Poetry for Midwinter

Undermain Theatre's Undermain Reads series offers an afternoon of poetry about the season. | 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

» More info in our listing

 

Making Spirits Bright: A Dallas Street Choir Christmas

Jonathan Palant leads this choir of homeless persons, at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas. With guest performances by Booker T. Washington High School Jazz Singers, Carter High School Mixed Choir, Credo Choir and Julie Johnson. | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

» More info in our listing

 

The Nutcracker

See the production from Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, screening at area movie theaters. | 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13

» More info

 

 

 TUESDAY, DEC. 13 

 

Photo: Matthew Murphy
The Broadway production of Allegiance screens in movie theaters

 

Allegiance

The musical that was on Broadway in 2015, following an Asian-American family in an American family, gets shown on the big screen, via Fathom Events. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13

» Click here to find a theater near you

 

Sing We Now of Christmas

The holiday concert from the Arts District Chorale at Dallas City Performance Hall. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13

» More info in our listing

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 

 

Photo: Courtesy
The Dallas Harp Quartet

 

Christmas Harptacular

The Dallas Harp Quartet—yes, that's a thing!—performs holiday music in harp arrangements at All Saints Catholic Church, Dallas. | 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14

» More info in our listing

 

DFW Standup Superstars

Local comics perform at the Addison Improv. | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14

» More info

 

A John Waters Christmas

The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff presents A John Waters Christmas, with the legendary Baltimore filmmaker sharing his sordid holiday stories. Wonder what he'll say about this week's live TV musical of Hairspray? It's sold out (or we would have put it in the Big 12 above). | 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14

» More info in our listing

 

The Threepenny Opera

Rufus Norris directs the masterpiece Brecht/Weill musical for the National Theatre of London, with a cast that includes Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun and Rory Kinnear. Screened by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14; and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17

» More info

 

 

 EDITOR'S CHOICE 

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 recommends to you.

 

Photo: Linda Harrison
Day Light at Theatre Three

 

Day Light

Bruce R. Coleman channels Eugene O'Neill (and therefore Chekhov) in this story of a Texas pandhandle family in a brutal snowstorm shortly after the Civil War. There are a lot of storylines going, but the cabin fever in Coleman's production is palpable, and he taps into themes of race, sexuality and loyalty. For me, the intermission placement is a bit odd (for a greater impact, it could happen a few minutes before it does). The ensemble is terrific. | Closes Sunday

» Our Work in Progress story

» Our review

 

 

 ROAD TRIP! 

Each week we'll highlight at least one performance in a city outside of Dallas-Fort Worth that's still reasonably drivable. Because this is Texas, that means five hours or less, one way. So, look for recommendations in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.

 

Photo: Karen Almond/Houston Grand Opera
It's a Wonderful Life at the Houston Grand Opera

 

It's a Wonderful Life

The opera! Yes, an opera of the beloved Frank Capra film, by composer Jake Heggie (Moby-Dick, Great Scott, both of which premiered at Dallas Opera) and librettist Gene Scheer (Moby-Dick). The world premiere happens via the Houston Grand Opera at the Wortham Center. Look for a review coming on TheaterJones. | Through Dec. 17

» More info

 

 

 WEEKLY HAPPENINGS + OPEN MICS 

 

 

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

 

 

LAST CHANCE 

 THESE PRODUCTIONS CLOSE THIS WEEKEND 

 

Photo: TZOM Films
Nuestra Pastorela at Cara Mía Theatre Company

 

A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show

A one-man version of the Dickens story, played by B.J. Cleveland, at Theatre Too, the basement space of Theatre Three. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

Day Light

A new play by Bruce R. Coleman about a family going through changes at the end of the Civil War, at Theatre Three. | Closes Sunday

» Our Work in Progress story

» Our review

 

God of Carnage

Yasmina Reza's play presented by Collin Theatre Center, Plano. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing

 

Nuestra Pastorela

Cara Mía Theatre Company's version of the Mexican pastorela, at the Latino Cultural Center, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

 

Somewhere Between Hello and Goodbye

A collection of three short plays presented by Phatthedd Productions at Teatro Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


The Ultimate Holiday Experience

Presented by Fun House Theatre and Film at Plano Children's Theatre. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


The Winter's Tale

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

» More info in our listing

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 

 

 THEATER + CIRCUS ARTS 

  1. The AT&T Performing Arts Center presents The Book of Mormon at the Winspear Opera House | Dec. 20-Dec. 31
  2. Lone Star Circus presents La Fête! at Dallas Children's Theater | Dec. 27-Jan. 1
  3. Pegasus Theatre presents Death on Delivery! at the Eisemann Center, Richardson | Dec. 29-Jan. 22
  4. Theatre Three presents I Love You, You 're Perfect, Now Change! in Theatre Too! | Dec. 29-Feb. 12
  5. Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents Tomorrow is Forever: The Spy Melodrama | Dec. 30-Feb. 18
  6. Live Wire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House | Jan. 1
  7. Junior Players presents Rent at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan. 5-8
  8. Theatre Three presents Beth Henley's Laugh | Jan. 5-29
  9. Cry Havoc Theatre presents Shots Fired at the Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park | Jan. 6-14
  10. Dallas Summer Musicals presents Cheers Live on Stage at Music Hall at Fair Park | Jan. 6-8
  11. Second Thought Theatre presents Grounded at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | Jan. 11-Feb. 4
  12. The tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House | Jan. 11-22
  13. The tour of Annie comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Jan. 17-22
  14. Stage West in Fort Worth presents Stupid Fucking Bird | Jan. 19-Feb. 19
  15. WaterTower Theatre in Addison presents Silent Sky | Jan. 20-Feb. 12
  16. Dallas Children's Theater presents Junie B. is Not a Crook! | Jan. 20-Feb. 26
  17. Shen Yun comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Jan. 23-24
  18. Dallas Theater Center presents The Christians at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | Jan. 26-Feb. 19
  19. Lyric Stage presents Mame in Concert at the Irving Arts Center | Jan. 26-29
  20. Shen Yun comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, Dallas | Jan. 28-Feb. 5
  21. Ochre House Theater in Exposition Park presents Matthew Posey's Mr. Bobaganush | Jan. 28-Feb. 18
  22. Dallas Summer Musicals presents An American in Paris at Music Hall at Fair Park | Jan. 31-Feb. 12
  23. The tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House | Feb. 7-12
  24. The tour of An American in Paris comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Feb. 14-19
  25. Kitchen Dog Theater presents Paper Flowers at the Trinity River Arts Center | Feb. 17-March 11

 

 DANCE + BURLESQUE 

  1. Avant Chamber Ballet presents A Ballet Christmas Carol at Dallas City Performance Hall | Dec. 15-16
  2. Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall | Dec. 16
  3. Broads and Panties Burlesque presents The Nearly Naked Nutcracker at Viva's Lounge, Dallas | Dec. 16-17
  4. Tuzer Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Eisemann Center, Richardson | Dec. 17-18
  5. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Mistletoe Magic with Hugh Panaro, Liz Callaway and Joseph Thalken at Dallas City Performance Hall | Dec. 20
  6. Collin County Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Dec. 20-22
  7. The national tour of The Hip-Hop Nutcracker comes to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Dec. 23
  8. TITAS presents Pilobolus at Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas | Jan. 13-14
  9. Danielle Georgiou Dance Group presents War Flower at the Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas | Jan. 19-28
  10. TITAS presents Bridgman/Packer Dance at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan. 27-28
  11. Dancing with the Stars Live comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Feb. 8
  12. Paul Taylor Dance Company comes to the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Feb. 11
  13. Avant Chamber Ballet presents Alice in Wonderland at Dallas City Performance Hall | Feb. 11-12
  14. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Cultural Awareness Series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre | Feb. 17-19
  15. TITAS presents Doug Varone and Dancers at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House | Feb. 18

 

 CLASSICAL MUSIC + OPERA 

  1. The Nasher Sculpture Center's Soundings series presents Music from Yellow Barn: Schulhoff, Reich and Wagner at the Nasher Sculpture Center | Dec. 15
  2. Orpheus Chamber Singers presents A Celebration of Carols at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Dallas | Dec. 17-20
  3. The Dallas Bach Society presents Handel's Messiah at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas | Dec. 19
  4. The Dallas Bach Society presents its annual Messiah singalong at Church of the Incarnation, Dallas | Dec. 20
  5. The Dallas Winds presents Christmas at the Meyerson at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Dec. 20
  6. The Dallas Symphony presents The Sorceror's Apprentice at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 5-8
  7. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents A Feast for the Ears at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Jan. 7
  8. Voices of Change performs The Rite of Spring at Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium | Jan. 8
  9. The Dallas Symphony performs Beethoven's Eighth Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 12-14
  10. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Tchaikovsky's Pathetique at Bass Performance Hall | Jan. 13-15
  11. The Cliburn presents Conrad Tao at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge | Jan. 19
  12. The Dallas Opera presents an art song recital with tenor Michael Fabiano at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan. 22
  13. The Dallas Opera presents Madame Butterfly at the Winspear Opera House | March 10-26
  14. The Dallas Opera presents The Turn of the Screw at the Winspear Opera House | March 17-25
  15. The Dallas Opera presents Norma at the Winspear Opera House | April 21
  16. The Fort Worth Opera Festival 2017 presents Carmen, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, Voir Dire and more at Bass Performance Hall and McDavid Studio, Fort Worth | April 22-May 7

 

 COMEDY + SPOKEN WORD + FILM FESTIVALS 

  1. Dick Gregory comes to the Arlington Improv | Dec. 21-23
  2. Jamie Kennedy comes to the Addison Improv | Dec. 29-31
  3. Brian Regan comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Dec. 31
  4. Dennis Miller comes to Bass Hall, Fort Worth | Jan. 12
  5. Miranda Sings...Live comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Jan. 21
  6. Bill Maher comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Jan. 22
  7. Center Stage Comedy Tour featuring Sommore, Arnez J, Bruce Bruce, Felipe Esparza and Don DC Curry comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Feb. 11
  8. Craig Ferguson comes to the Winspear Opera House | Feb. 16
  9. Snap Judgement Live! comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Feb. 24
  10. Women of the World Poetry Slam comes to the Majestic Theatre | March 18
  11. Brain Candy Live comes to the Majestic Theatre | March 26
  12. Lisa Lampanelli comes to the Majestic Theatre | March 31
  13. Steve Martin and Martin Short come to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | April 8
  14. Sebastian Maniscalco comes to the Majestic Theatre | April 13
  15. Paula Poundstone comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | May 19

 

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