David Carl\'s One-Man Hamlet

Mini-Places! March 24-26, 2017

Our weekly feature Places! will return on Monday, but for now, here are some quick weekend picks.

published Monday, March 27, 2017

To our readers: We apologize for the lapse in our weekly Places! column. It will return next week. But there's a lot going on this weekend in the performing arts, so we thought we'd offer the Big 12 and other highlights of weekend happenings.





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David Carl performs his One-Man Hamlet for Kitchen Dog Theater


 1  David Carl's One-Man Hamlet

Kitchen Dog Theater | Trinity River Arts Center, Dallas

David Carl was born and raised in Dallas, and ended up in New York where he created this show, originally called Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet. Carl plays Busey, performing the roles in Shakespeare's greatest drama with finger puppets. It has been performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and around the country. The first performance in Dallas is for Kitchen Dog's annual Hooch & Pooch gala, which will benefit KDT programs such as its high school playwriting program (PUP Fest), and the new Admit:ALL initiative, which offers free tickets to performances. There are two more public performances on Sunday. | The Hooch & Pooch gala is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25; and there are additional performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26

» More info in our listing

» Read an interview with Carl in the Dallas Voice


Photo: Mike Morgan
It Shoulda Been You


Photo: Mark Oristano
Diana Sheehan as Maria Callas

 2  It Shoulda Been You

Uptown Players | Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas

David Hyde Pierce made his Broadway directorial debut in 2015 with this musical by Brian Hargrove (book and lyrics) and Barbara Anselmi (music), and it starred Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris as battling mothers at their kids' wedding, where secrets are revealed. For its regional premiere, Ann Nieman directs, with music direction by Adam C. Wright, and Linda Leonard and Wendy Welch playing the monster-in-laws. The cast also includes Mikey Abrams, Matt Clark, Steve Golin, Jacob Grant, Bob Hess, Noelle Mason, Kimberly Oliver, Chris Ramirez, Dan Servetnick, Jodi Wright and Katie Moyes Williams. | March 24-April 9

» More info in our listing


 3  Master Class

Brick Road Theatre | Courtyard Theatre, Plano

This might be Terrence McNally's best play; an examination of the great opera singer and famous diva Maria Callas as she teaches master classes to three vocal students. Brick Road Theatre is a rising company in town, and all you need to know is that Terry Martin directs and Diana Sheehan plays Callas. This group means business. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 24-25; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26

» More info in our listing


 4  Parade in Concert

WaterTower Theatre | Addison Theatre and Conference Center, Addison

Kelsey Leigh Ervi directs this one-night benefit concert staging of one of Jason Robert Brown's greatest musicals (book by Alfred Uhry), based on the true story of a Jewish man accused of murder in 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia. Seth Womack plays Leo Frank, with Sarah Elizabeth Price as Lucille Frank, Winston Daniels as Jim Conley and Jad Saxton as Mary Phagan. Scott Eckert is the musical director. | 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25

» More info in our listing


Photo: Anthony Barlich
Composer Augusta Read Thomas


 5  21st Century Women Composers

Voices of Change | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium

Voices of Change, which is one of the area's most important chamber music groups, does something immensely important: A concert devoted to living women composers. It will include works by Joan Tower, Gabriela Lena Frank, Anne Guzzo, Libby Larsen and guest composer Augusta Read Thomas. | 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25

» More info in our listing

Photo: Karen Almond
Tomas and the Library Lady


 6  Tomás and the Library Lady

Dallas Children's Theater | Rosewood Center for Family Arts

Dallas Children's Theater presents the area premiere of this bilingual play about a young boy and his migrant work family, and what happens with Tomás visits the library. | March 24-April 2

» More info in our listing


 7  Dallas Comedy Festival

Dallas Comedy House, Deep Ellum

The Dallas Comedy House's eighth annual festival, full of sketch and improv comedy from here and around the country. Don't miss Saturday night headliners The Improvised Shakespeare Company. | Multiple times Friday and Saturday, March 24-25

» More info in our listing

» Our preview of the festival


 8  The Other Mozart

Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

Sylvia Milo returns to town to perform her one-woman show about Mozart's sister, Nannerl. Directed by Isaac Byrne, The Other Mozart is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24-26

» More info in our listing


Sylvia Milo in The Other Mozart


 9  Two Trains Running

Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth

Jubilee Theatre presents August Wilson's play, his 1960s entry in his 20th Century Cycle. William "Bill" Earl Ray directs, and the cast includes Marcus Mauldin, Laurence Pete and Alonso Waller. | March 24-April 16

» More info in our listing


Photo: Buddy Myers
Two Trains Running at Jubilee Theatre


 10  White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

You might have read much about this work by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, in which one actor steps on the stage and is handed the script, and can never perform the show again. And if you've seen it, don't spoil anything. Then again, it is different at every performance. For Amphibian Stage Productions, Christopher Blay performs Friday night, Cameron Smith on Saturday, and Christie Vela on Sunday. (The performances with TV actors Xander Berkeley and Sarah Clarke have already happened as of publication.) | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

» More info in our listing

» Our review of Xander Berkeley

 11  Robot Planet Rising

AT&T Performing Arts Center Off-Broadway on Flora | Wyly Theatre

The Intergalactic Nemesis returns to Dallas, with a sequel to the last comic book live action extravaganza, presented here last year. | March 23-25

» More info in our listing

» Our 2016 interview with the co-founder of The Intergalactic Nemesis


Photo: Anyika McMillan-Herod
The Trinity River Plays at Soul Rep Theatre Co.


 12  The Trinity River Plays

Soul Rep Theatre Company | South Dallas Cultural Center

Soul Rep Theatre Company does two of the three plays in Regina Taylor's triptych, which had its world premiere in 2010 at the Dallas Theater Center in a co-production with Chicago's Goodman Theatre. | March 24-April 2

» More info in our listing

» Our artist to artist conversation, in which playwright Jonathan Norton talks to Regina Taylor






Photo: Chuck Marcelo
This Is Our Youth, from The Basement



All's Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare Dallas' Complete Works series has a reading of this play at the Wyly Theatre, Sixth Floor Studio. | 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26 and 7 p.m. Monday, March 27

» More info in our listing


Brahms Trio

Presented in the Fine Arts Chamber Players season at Dallas Museum of Art. | 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25

» More info in our listing


Jesus Christ Superstar

Presented by Greater Lewisville Communty Theatre. | March 24-April 9

» More info in our listing


Kreutzer Sonate

A performance by Blue Candlelight Music Series in a private home in Dallas. | 7 p.m. Friday, March 24

» More info in our listing


One Slight Hitch

Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents the Lewis Black comedy. | March 24-April 9

» More info in our listing


On the Edge

Lone Star Wind Orchestra performs at Dallas City Performance Hall. | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26

» More info in our listing


The Pirate Queen

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst. | March 24-April 15

» More info in our listing


This Is Our Youth

The Basement, which is the new group consisting of the teenagers who group performing at Fun House Theatre and Film, present their first production, of Kenneth Longergan's play, directed by 16-year-old Kennedy Waterman. | March 23-25

» More info in our listing


Thomas Trotter

The organist performs in the Dallas Symphony's organ recital series, at the Meyerson Symphony Center. | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26

» More info in our listing


Topsy Turvy: Songs You Thought You Knew

Turtle Creek Chorale puts a fab spin on songs by One Republic, Queen, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears and others. Gershwin too. B.J. Cleveland guest stars. at Dallas City Performance Hall. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 24-25

» More info in our listing




These productions close this weekend

Photo: Jeffrey Schmidt
Passing Strange at Theatre Three


Dr. Bobaganush

Presented by the Ochre House in Exposition Park. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Grace and Glorie

Presented by One Thirty Productions at the Bath House Cultural Center. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

Presented by Cirque du Soleil under the tent in the parking lot of Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Let It Be

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

» Our review of the performance in Dallas two weeks earlier


Madame Butterfly

Presented by The Dallas Opera at Winspear Opera House. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Passing Strange

Presented by Theatre Three. | Closes Sunday

» Our interview with Calvin Scott Roberts

» Our review


Jack and the Beanstalk

Presented by Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts and Dallas Children's Theater. | Closes Sunday

» Our interview with two of the puppeteers


The Turn of the Screw

Presented by The Dallas Opera at Winspear Opera House. | Closes Saturday

» Our review



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Mini-Places! March 24-26, 2017
Our weekly feature Places! will return on Monday, but for now, here are some quick weekend picks.
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