Places! Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 2016

It's our weekly list of performing arts events opening on local stages. Plus, the rundown of last-chance shows. This week: New Year's Edition.

published Thursday, December 29, 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: It's all about New Year's Eve and the Day after. Other than that, there's not much new going on (but we found a couple of things). A few New Year's Eve performing arts events, such as Four Day Weekend's annual shindigs and the Dallas Symphony's New Year's Eve concert, are sold out (and therefore not listed). We've focused the Big 12 on events happening Saturday or Sunday only. Here's to a MUCH BETTER 2017, everyone.

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 DEC 29  thru  WED JAN 4 


Photo: Alan Abair Photography
Death on Delivery! at Pegasus Theatre


 1  Death on Delivery!

Pegasus Theatre | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

Pegasus Theatre's Living Black and White play, Death on Delivery!, is a big deal for several reasons. One, it's a new play in the series by Kurt Kleinmann; and two, it's the first Living Black and White production that will feature Scott Nixon as bumbling detective Harry Hunsacker throughout the run. Kleinmann, who has always played the role, has been grooming Nixon to take over for several seasons. Now he's ready for black-and-white close up. This one is set in a maternity ward, and Ben Bryant returns as Nigel Grouse with Chad Cline as Lt. Foster. Michael Serrecchia directs. Special after party on New Year's Eve. If you haven't seen these shows yet, the gimmick is that they're designed to look like a black-and-white movie, with sets, costumes and the actors' skin in shades of gray. | Previews Dec. 29-30, opens Dec. 31 and runs through Jan. 22

» More info in our listing


Photo: Lightwire Theater
Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas

 2  FWSO New Year's Eve Celebration

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Big reason to celebrate the new year with the Fort Worth Symphony: It's the organization's first concert under the FWSO banner since August. In September, the musicians went on strike, and the fall season was canceled. They have played for the Texas Ballet Theater and other concerts, but as Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth. A few weeks ago, an anonymous donor came in and a new deal was made. The previously scheduled NYE event, a Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, has been jettisoned, and in this concert, music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the FWSO on favorites, and pianist Adam Golka plays Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The concert is at 7:30, which means you'll get out in plenty of time to find a countdown to 2017 event, or just go home and watch the ball drop from your sofa. Or go to bed early and hope to wake up in a smoother sailing 2017. | 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31

» More info in our listing


 3  A Very Electric Christmas

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

Ian and Eleanor Carney, co-founders of Lightwire Theatre, met their other co-founder Corbin Popp in Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out, and the three quickly discovered their mutual love of art, theater and technology. That resulted in Lightwire Theatre, which was a hit on the 2014 season of America's Got Talent. They create shapes and designs to develop puppetry-based neon creatures that come to life. The holiday entry makes a stop in Dallas on New Year's Day. | 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1

» More info in our listing


 4  Tomorrow is Forever - The Spy Melodrama

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents Dennis Millegan's spy melodrama Tomorrow is Forever: The Spy Melodrama, which spoofs James Bond and other famous spy properties. The New Year's Eve performance follows with a party and a performance by local improv troupe The Victims. | Previews Friday, Dec. 30; opens Saturday, Dec. 31 and runs through Feb. 18

» More info in our listing


 5  The Four Seasons

Dallas Bach Society | Church of the Incarnation, Dallas

2017 marks the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther's Reformation with Bach's final cantata, Ein feste Burg, performed with the DBS Chorus; plus concertmaster Clare Adkins Carson on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons at Church of the Incarnation, Dallas. Reception after, and you'll still have time to make it to another NYE shindig. | 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31

» More info in our listing


Photo: Friedman Bergman
Brian Regan


 6  Brian Regan

Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas

Brian Regan is known for not using profanity or off-color humor, and focusing on the humor of observation on mundane, everyday happenings. And he's filling up big venues. He performs a New Year's show at the Music Hall at Fair Park | 8 p.m. Dec. 31

» More info in our listing


Photo: Courtesy
Linda Stogner

 7  New Year's Eve Comedy Bash

Backdoor Comedy Club, Dallas

One of our favorite stand-up comedy clubs always does the New Year's celebration right, and this year features co-owner Linda Stogner and local comedy great Paul Varghese. The early show (8 p.m.) is $29; and the late show at 10:30 p.m. ($49) features a party, champagne toast and lotsa laughs. | 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31

» More info


 8  Dallas Comedy House New Year's Eve

Dallas Comedy House

Both shows at the Dallas Comedy House's New Year's Eve feature improv and sketch troupes, plus a fajita dinner (with an option for vegetarians) and champagne party. | 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31

» More info


 9  Hyena's Comedy Clubs New Year's Eve

Hyena's Comedy Night Clubs in Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth

The three Metroplex Hyena's Comedy Clubs have laughs, drinks and parties in store. In Dallas, the headliners are Chris Porter and Todd Larson; in Plano it's Kevin Farley (brother of Chris) and Butch Lord; and in Fort Worth, check out Billy Dee Washington and Cowboy Bill Martin. | 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31

» More info for Dallas

» More info for Plano

» More info for Fort Worth


 10  Improvisation Comedy Clubs New Year's Eve

Improvisation Comedy Clubs in Addison and Arlington

The Improv clubs in Addison and Arlington also have parties and drinks and top-notch comedians, with two shows at each club. In Addison the headliner is Jamie Kennedy; and in Arlington, it's Benji Brown AKA Kiki. | 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31

» More info for Addison

» More info for Arlington


 11  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!

Theatre Three | Theatre Too!

Theatre Three brings back the Joe DiPietro/Jimmy Roberts musical about love and relationships, this year featuring the cast of Janelle Lutz, Calvin Scott Roberts, Trey West and Allison Bret. A special New Year's Eve performance features party and champagne afterwards. | Dec. 29-Feb. 12

» More info in our listing


Photo: Michael McCray
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! at Theatre Three


 12  CultureWax

Frieda Dunkelberg | Secret Venue, Dallas

We really don't know what to expect from this, and that makes it enticing. Dunkelberg debuted her company at this year's Festival of Independent Theatres with a devised work. You won't know the venue until you purchase a ticket. The description: "CultureWax is an immersive theatrical experience that engages the topics of femininity, dystopia, and how we protect ourselves through nostalgia. Is it based in dance. Come to the warehouse come get wrecked. You will receive an email with details on attire, decorum, and location three days before your scheduled attendance." | Dec. 29-Jan. 7

» More info in our listing







Photo: Twitter
Kiki (Benji Brown) is at the Arlington Improv

Benji Brown a.k.a. Kiki

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. | Dec. 29-31

» More info


Kevin Farley

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Dec. 29-30

» More info


Jamie Kennedy

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Dec. 29-31

» More info


Todd Larson

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Dec. 29-30

» More info


Jason Russell

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Dec. 29-30

» More info


Thirsty Thursday: Round 9

House Party Theatre closes out the year with its periodic event of drinking games and readings of new works. This time the featured writers are Ted Gwara, Claire Carson and Stephen Gardner. | 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29

» More info in our listing





Return to the Killer Cruise

Runway Theatre in Grapevine always does a murder mystery New Year's event, and this year it features a new play by Patsy Daussat. Includes formal dinner and after-party. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31

» More info





A Night of Celebrating Grace Loncar

Amy Stevenson's Mama's Party features a tribute to Grace Loncar, the teenager who died in December, the daughter of Sue and Brian Loncar. Brian died a few days after Grace's funeral. The concert benefits the Grace and Brian Loncar Foundation. | 7:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2

» 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: Karen Almond
Gloria at Dallas Theater Center



Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Pulitzer Prize finalist (it was bested for the 2016 award by Hamilton; and the other finalist with Stephen Karam's The Humans) has different meanings for audiences, but if you've been a magazine/newspaper journalist, the brutal message of the death of print media hits home. The first act, set in the offices of a New York-based magazine, ends with the most shocking theatrical moment of the year. The second act takes several twists. You might hate the characters, you might hate the concept; but you won't stop talking about it. Directed by Christie Vela with a cast that includes local actors Michael Federico, Drew Wall and Leah Spillman. | Through Jan. 22

» Mark Lowry's review in the Star-Telegram






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: Joan Marcus
The Book of Mormon is at ATTPAC


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


The Book of Mormon

The national tour in the Broadway Series at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» Our interview with Daxton Bloomquist, who plays Elder McKinley

» Our review


La Fête

Presented by Lone Star Circus and Dallas Children's Theater at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Sleeping Beauty

The annual panto from Theatre Britain at the Cox Building Playhouse, Plano. | Closes Friday

» More info in our listing

» Our feature on Theatre Britain and interview with Sue Birch







  1. Junior Players presents Rent at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan. 5-8
  2. Theatre Three presents Beth Henley's Laugh | Jan. 5-29
  3. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee | Jan. 5-21
  4. Cry Havoc Theatre presents Shots Fired at the Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park | Jan. 6-14
  5. Second Thought Theatre presents Grounded at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | Jan. 11-Feb. 4
  6. 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
  7. Theatre Arlington presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) | Jan. 13-29
  8. Garland Civic Theatre presents Tantalus at the Granville Arts Center, Garland | Jan. 13-Feb. 4
  9. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Things My Mother Taught Me | Jan. 12-Feb. 4
  10. Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre presents The Foreigner at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Betty and Hardy Sanders Theatre | Jan. 13-29
  11. Denton Community Theatre presents Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Campus Theatre, Denton | Jan. 13-22
  12. The tour of Annie comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Jan. 17-22
  13. Stage West in Fort Worth presents Stupid Fucking Bird | Jan. 19-Feb. 19
  14. WaterTower Theatre in Addison presents Silent Sky | Jan. 20-Feb. 12
  15. Dallas Children's Theater presents Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook! | Jan. 20-Feb. 26
  16. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Irving Arts Center | Jan. 20-Feb. 4
  17. Shen Yun comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Jan. 23-24
  18. Kristin Chenoweth performs at the Winspear Opera House | Jan. 25
  19. Dallas Theater Center presents The Christians at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | Jan. 26-Feb. 19
  20. Lyric Stage presents Mame! in Concert at the Irving Arts Center | Jan. 26-29
  21. Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth presents Thurgood | Jan. 27-Feb. 26
  22. Shen Yun comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, Dallas | Jan. 28-Feb. 5
  23. Ochre House Theater in Exposition Park presents Matthew Posey's Mr. Bobaganush | Jan. 28-Feb. 18
  24. Dallas Summer Musicals presents An American in Paris at Music Hall at Fair Park | Jan. 31-Feb. 12
  25. The tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House | Feb. 7-12
  26. Proper Hijinx Productions presents Big Enough at the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre | Feb. 9-19
  27. Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth presents Northside Hollow | Feb. 10-March 5
  28. Theater Britain presents Will You Still Love Me in the Morning? at the Cox Building Playhouse, Plano | Feb. 10-March 5
  29. The tour of An American in Paris comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Feb. 14-19
  30. Kitchen Dog Theater presents Paper Flowers at the Trinity River Arts Center | Feb. 17-March 11



  1. The Plano Metropolitan Ballet presents The Jungle Book at the Courtyard Theater, Plano | Jan. 7-21
  2. TITAS presents Pilobolus at Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas | Jan. 13-14
  3. The third Rhythm in Fusion Festival presents TapN2Tap at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre | Jan. 14
  4. Red Bull Flying Bach, a tour of breakdancing to classical music, comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Jan. 14-16
  5. Danielle Georgiou Dance Group presents War Flower at the Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas | Jan. 19-28
  6. Ballet Frontier of Texas presents Youth Dance Festival at the Scott Theatre, Fort Worth | Jan. 21
  7. TITAS presents Bridgman/Packer Dance at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan. 27-28
  8. Dancing with the Stars Live comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Feb. 8
  9. Paul Taylor Dance Company comes to the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Feb. 11
  10. Texas Christian University presents its annual AIDS Outreach Center Benefit Concert at Erma Lowe Hall Studio, TCU | Feb. 11
  11. Avant Chamber Ballet presents Alice in Wonderland at Dallas City Performance Hall | Feb. 11-12
  12. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Cultural Awareness Series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre | Feb. 17-19
  13. TITAS presents Doug Varone and Dancers at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House | Feb. 18
  14. Texas Ballet Theater presents Rooster & Smith & Scher at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | March 3-5
  15. TITAS presents Diavolo at Dallas City Performance Hall | March 10-11



  1. The Dallas Symphony presents The Sorcerer's Apprentice at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 5-8
  2. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents A Feast for the Ears at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Jan. 7
  3. Voices of Change performs The Rite of Spring at Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium | Jan. 8
  4. The Dallas Symphony performs Beethoven's Eighth Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 12-14
  5. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Tchaikovsky's Pathetique at Bass Performance Hall | Jan. 13-15
  6. The Cliburn presents Conrad Tao at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge | Jan. 19
  7. The Blue Candlelight Music Series presents Bel Canto at a private home in Dallas | Jan. 20
  8. The Dallas Symphony presents Remix: From Prometheus to Prokofiev at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan. 20-21
  9. The Dallas Opera presents an art song recital with tenor Michael Fabiano at Dallas City Performance Hall | Jan. 22
  10. Dallas Winds presents Band Geeks on Fleek at Meyerson Symphony Center | Jan. 24
  11. The Cliburn presents Nathan Gunn and Julie Gunn at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth | Jan. 26-27
  12. The Dallas Opera presents Madame Butterfly at the Winspear Opera House | March 10-26
  13. The Dallas Opera presents The Turn of the Screw at the Winspear Opera House | March 17-25
  14. The Dallas Opera presents Norma at the Winspear Opera House | April 21
  15. The Fort Worth Opera Festival 2017 presents CarmenCruzar la Cara de la LunaVoir Dire and more at Bass Performance Hall and McDavid Studio, Fort Worth | April 22-May 7



  1. Dennis Miller comes to Bass Hall, Fort Worth | Jan. 12
  2. Godrey comes to the Addison Improv | Jan. 12-15
  3. Iliza Schlesinger: Confirmed Kills comes to the Majestic Theatre | Jan. 21
  4. Miranda Sings...Live comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Jan. 21
  5. Bill Maher comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park | Jan. 22
  6. Bobby Lee comes to the Addison Improv | Jan. 27-29
  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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