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Places! March 6-12, 2017

This week's best bets for performing arts events opening on local stages. Also, the list of last chance shows.

published Monday, March 6, 2017

Welcome to our weekly mega-list of performing arts happenings on TheaterJones! It now covers a Monday-to-Sunday 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: Stage West has a roadkill world premiere; The Dallas Opera does one of the best-loved warhorses, with one free simulcast; TITAS gets architectural; and there's some interesting looking chamber music, and pops concerts from both of our big symphonies.

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!






Photo: Evan Michael Woods
Deer at Stage West


 1  Deer

Stage West, Fort Worth

Soprano Hui He

A world premiere from one of our professional theaters is always reason to shoot hooray! Stage West has one, from New York-based playwright Aaron Mark, that deals with a couple who have been married for 30 years. After they hit and kill a deer on the road, well, lots of other issues bubble up. Directed by Garret Storms, it stars Lisa Fairchild and John S. Davies. | Previews March 9-10; opens Saturday, March 11 and runs through April 9


» More info in our listing


 2  Madame Butterfly

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

Chinese Soprano Hui He and Italian tenor Gianluca Terranova star in one of the greatest opera in the canon, and one of Puccini's greatest hits, along with La bohéme and Tosca. John Copley directs, and Donato Renzetti conducts. Don't forget that the performance on Saturday, March 18 will also be simulcast at the Star in Frisco, the world corporate headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys. Tickets to the simulcast are free, and you can secure one at or by calling 214-443-1000. | March 10-26

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with director John Michael Harold Copley, CBE


Photo: Luke Behaunek


 3  Diavolo

TITAS | Dallas City Performance Hall

TITAS brings back the audacious and innovative dance company, led by Artistic Director Jacques Heim. The performance includes his L.O.S.T. [Losing One’s Self Temporarily]; Act 1: Passengers, Act 2: Cubicle. Diavolo's work is architectural and always innovative. | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10-11

» More info in our listing



Photo: Four Day Weekend
Four Day Weekend


 4  Four Day Weekend 20th Anniversary Show

Four Day Weekend | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Four Day Weekend in Fort Worth has been one of the area's arts success stories, and arguably one of the country's improv troupe success stories. Formed 20 years ago by three guys who liked to do improv, they now sell out four shows a week in a 212-seat theater that bears their name in downtown Fort Worth. To celebrate the big 2-0, they're performing at Bass Performance Hall for one night. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9

» More info in our listing

» Our feature on Four Day Weekend's 20th anniversary


Photo: Robert Hart
Matthew Posey in Dr. Bobaganush


 5  Dr. Bobaganush

The Ochre House, Dallas

Matthew Posey's latest play Dr. Bobaganush had its opening night performance in January, and then Posey was shot in the face when leaving a bar a few days later. You think that's gonna keep this man down? After hospitalization and a successful campaign to raise money for his dental surgery, the show is back, WITH Posey performing it. | March 8-25

» More info in our listing


 6  Let It Be

Dallas Summer Musicals | Music Hall at Fair Park

Dallas Summer Musicals presents the Beatles' show Let It Be, which runs for two weeks at the Music Hall at Fair Park and then moves to Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall for another week. That's three weeks, yeah, yeah, yeah. | March 7-19

» More info in our listing


 7  Bach Cello Suites, Part 2

Dallas Bach Society | Private residence in Dallas

Hors d’oeuvres and libations are served at 7, and then the music begins at 8 p.m. The Dallas Bach Society's house concerts are always a treat. Cellist Eric Smith plays the second part of his mission to perform all of Bach's cello suites; he performed the first half in November. | March 10-11

» More info in our listing

» Our review of the Bach Cello Suites, Part 1 in November


Max Hartman and Friends


 8  Max Hartman & Friends

AT&T Performing Arts Center Elevator Project | Winspear Opera House, Hamon Hall

You might know Max Hartman as an actor, often appearing at Kitchen Dog Theater, where he is a company member. Or, as the voice of Domino's Pizza in their TV commercials. He's also a musician/drummer and his band Mur has released several albums. In this Elevator Project performance, his friends include Mur, his side project Hartman & Cole (with drummer Brant J Cole), and a special featured set of songs that he has composed for the stage and screen but has yet to perform himself. He will also be joined by one of his all-time favorite Texas artists and songwriters Broose Dickinson whose band Pop Poppins achieved critical and popular acclaim in Dallas during Deep Ellum in the 1990s. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11

» More info in our listing


 9  Sybarite5

The Cliburn | Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge

The Cliburn brings back this ensemble that plays a mix of contemporary artists like Radiohead, and deep classics, as in Mozart and Bach. It's the last Cliburn Sessions of the season, and sadly, the last Cliburn Sessions at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, which is closing in April, it was just reported. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9

» More info in our listing


 10  Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies

Fort Worth Symphony | Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Rodgers and Hammerstein's musicals are frequently cited as some of the most important 20th century musicals, and there's no doubt that shows like Oklahoma! set new standards for the genre. They were also made into pretty good movies. That music will be played, with clips of the films shown above the stage, in this pops program by Fort Worth Symphony. | 7:30 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12

» More info in our listing


 11  Ella and Louis

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

Jeff Tyzik conducts this Dallas Symphony pops performance, dedicated to the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, featuring vocalist Carmen Bradford and trumpeter/vocalist Bryon Stripling. | 7:30 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12

» More info in our listing


 12  Bigger

Rover Dramawerks, Plano

Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents the world premiere of Ron Peer's zany comedy. The description: Plastic surgeon John Swift is in debt to loan sharks, the FBI wants him to help bring down a ruthless mobster, and he’s gotten both his wife and the mobster’s girlfriend pregnant. Throw in Dr. Swift’s Pepto Bismol-guzzling receptionist, a clueless bodyguard, and an ancient godfather with a little problem, and you won’t believe how he manages to get out of it! | March 9-April 1

» More info in our listing







Passing Strange

Official opening night for the Stew and Heidi Rodewald rock musical at Theatre Three. We wrote about it in last week's Places! | Opens March 6, runs through March 26

» More info in our listing

» Artist to Artist interview, in which actor Justin Lemieux chats with Calvin Scott Roberts, who plays the Narrator





Passion Tide

The Arts District Chorale's spring concert includes the U.S. premiere of Paul Mealor's Symphony No. 1, "Passiontide," at Dallas City Performance Hall. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7

» More info in our listing


Video Games Live: The Reboot

The Dallas Winds perform video game music at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7

» More info in our listing





Grace and Glorie

One Thirty Productions opens its season with Tom Zigler's drama about a cranky old woman and a social worker, a the Bath House Cultural Center. Starring Gene Raye Price and Emily Scott Banks. | March 8-25

» More info in our listing





Chaz Elstner

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | March 9-11

» More info


Pablo Francisco

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | March 9-12

» More info


Hedda Gabler

Ruth Wilson (The Affair) plays the title role in this National Theatre of London production, screened via the NT Live series at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. | 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 15

» More info in our listing


Lisa Landry

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | March 9-11

» More info


Steve Trevino

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | March 9-12

» More info


Maronzio Vance

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | March 9-11

» More info





Collage 2017: Denton Dance Festival

Denton City Contemporary Ballet and guests perform in the 24th year of this festival, at the Campus Theatre in Denton. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11

» More info


Spring Rep Live

Tuzer Ballet present a mixed repertory program at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10

» More info





Dancing Beyond Borders West

Dallas Black Dance Theatre and DBDT: Encore! perform at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Scott Theatre. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11

» More info in our listing





King Lear

Shakespeare Dallas continues its Complete Works reading series with an uncut reading of one of the great tragedies, performed in the Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre. | 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12 and 7 p.m. Monday, March 13

» More info in our listing


My Name is Rachel Corrie

Barrett Nash, who starred in a terrific local production of this play based on the true story of the American girl who fought for what she believed in in the Gaza strip, heads up a staged reading of the script (written by Katherine Viner and Alan Rickman). It's free, and donations will go to the ACLU. | 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12

» More info






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


Dallas Area Open Play

The Allegro Guitar Society has an open classical guitar session 4-6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop, 3725 Belt Line Road in Addison.

» More info


Dallas Comedy House

The Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum has improv and sketch performances by local and regional troupes at various times on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with free improv jam sessions and stand-up open mikes on Tuesdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

» More info


Denise Lee Onstage Cabaret Series

Denise Lee presents monthly cabaret nights at two venues in town:

  • Two Corks and a Bottle in the Quadrangle in Uptown Dallas, 7:30 p.m. third Tuesday of the month
  • Women's Building in Fair Park, 7:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month

» More info


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


Four Day Weekend

Fort Worth's popular, long-running improv company has four performances every weekend at the Four Day Weekend Theater, Fort Worth. | 7:30 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

» 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. 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


The Rose Room at S4

The Rose Room is a cabaret club within the dance S4 in Oak Lawn, Dallas, that has drag shows at 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; and at 11 p.m. Thursdays. 

» More info


Tuesday Tease

Sue Ellen's presents an evening of Queer variety every Tuesday at the bar at 3014 Throckmorton, Dallas. It's a sister show of Glitterbomb Denton, listed above. | 10 p.m. every Tuesday

» More info






El Barquito de Papel (The Little Paper Boat)

Presented by Teatro Dallas; performed in Spanish with an English libretto provided. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

Photo: Matt Mzorek
Paper Flowers at Kitchen Dog Theater


Broadway Bound

Presented by Theatre Frisco. | Closes March

» More info in our listing


Bye Bye Birdie

Presented by the Firehouse Theatre, Farmer's Branch. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


My Fair Lady

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


One Word Revolution

A world premiere musical by Kelly Schaaf, performed at Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing

Paper Flowers

The play by Egon Wolff, translated by Margaret Peden, presented by Kitchen Dog Theater at the Trinity River Arts Center. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


West Side Story

Presented by Casa Mañana, Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Who Am I This Time? (And Other Conundrums of Love)

Circle Theatre presents Aaron Posner's adaptations of three Kurt Vonnegut stories. | Closes Saturday

» Our review






  1. Jubilee Theatre presents Two Trains Running | March 17-April 16
  2. Upstart Productions presents Waiting for Lefty at the Margo Jones Theatre | March 17-April 1
  3. Irving Mainstage Las Colinas presents Calendar Girls at the Irving Arts Center | March 17-April 1
  4. Onstage in Bedford presents Peter and the Starcatcher | March 17-April 9
  5. Jubilee Theatre presents Two Trains Running | March 17-April 16
  6. One-Woman Sex and the City comes to the Wyly Theatre | March 18
  7. Amphibian Stage Productions presents White Rabbit Red Rabbit | March 22-26
  8. Robot Planet Rising: An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel comes to the Wyly Theatre | March 23-25
  9. Brick Road Theatre presents Master Class at the Courtyard Theatre, Plano | March 23-26
  10. Soul Rep Theatre Company presents The Trinity River Plays at South Dallas Cultural Center | March 23-April 2
  11. Uptown Players presents It Shoulda Been You at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | March 24-April 9
  12. Dallas Children's Theater presents Tomás and the Library Lady | March 24-April 2
  13. Kinky Boots is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park | March 29-April 9
  14. Performing Arts Fort Worth brings Greater Tuna to Bass Performance Hall | March 29-30
  15. The University of Texas at Dallas presents Fred Curchack's Alhambra | March 30-April 8
  16. Wiesenthal comes to the Wyly Theatre | April 5-8



  1. The Eisemann Center in Richardson presents Women of Ireland | March 18
  2. TITAS presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Winspear Opera House | March 31-April 1
  3. LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents Director's Choice at the MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville | March 31-April 1
  4. Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents its spring concert at the Latino Cultural Center | April 1-2
  5. DBDT: Encore presents Rising Excellence at Dallas City Performance Hall | April 7-8
  6. Ballet Frontier of Texas presents La Sylphide at the Scott Theatre, Fort Worth | April 8-9
  7. TITAS presents Che Malambo at Dallas City Performance Hall | April 14-15
  8. Avant Chamber Ballet presents Rhythm and Romance at Dallas City Performance Hall | April 20-21
  9. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents its Spring Series at the Erma Lowe Hall Studio Theatre at Texas Christian University | May 5-7
  10. TITAS presents Command Performance at the Winspear Opera House | May 13
  11. Texas Ballet Theater presents Ben Stevenson's Alice in Wonderland at Winspear Opera House (May 19-21) and Bass Performance Hall (June 2-4)
  12. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Spring Celebration at the Wyly Theatre | May 19-21
  13. TITAS presents Ballet BC at the Winspear Opera House | June 10



  1. The Dallas Opera presents The Turn of the Screw at the Winspear Opera House | March 17-25
  2. The Dallas Opera presents Norma at the Winspear Opera House | April 21
  3. 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. Adam Ray and Amir K come to the Addison Improv | March 17-19
  2. Katt Williams comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | March 17
  3. Women of the World Poetry Slam comes to the Majestic Theatre | March 18
  4. Brain Candy Live comes to the Majestic Theatre | March 26
  5. Lisa Lampanelli comes to the Majestic Theatre | March 31
  6. Steve Martin and Martin Short come to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | April 8
  7. Sebastian Maniscalco comes to the Majestic Theatre | April 13
  8. Monroe Martin comes to the Addison Improv | April 13-15
  9. Comedy Night at the Muse presents Talent, at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | April 21
  10. Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science comes to the Majestic Theatre | April 29
  11. Comedy Night at the Muse presents Cocoa Brown, at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | May 5-6
  12. Coco Brown performs at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | May 5-6
  13. Paula Poundstone comes to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | May 19
  14. Comedy Night at the Muse presents Freddy Ricks, at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | July 14-15


» 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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This week's best bets for performing arts events opening on local stages. Also, the list of last chance shows.
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