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Monthly Places! July 2017

Here are the theater, music, dance and comedy performances to see in July. Spoiler alert: Drag queens everywhere!



published Sunday, July 9, 2017

You've probably noticed we have not been consistent with Places! this year. Let's just say we're looking forward to a new weekly Places! that will debut, with a new look, in the late summer/early fall. For now, we'll condense to a monthly Places! for July and August, at least.

Places! rounds up our picks for the best theater, dance, classical music, opera, comedy, spoken word/poetry, cabaret and other performing arts on local stages and arts on film in movie theaters.

This month: Nationwide, LGBT Pride month is June, but in Dallas, the Pride Parade happens in September (and in October in Fort Worth). However, according to what's happening on local stages this year, July is Pride month. There's a high percentage of shows featuring drag queens and/or transgender characters, notably La Cage aux Folles at Uptown Players and a new work about drag icon Divine from Giant Entertainment at the Margo Jones Theatre. At WaterTower Theatre, new Artistic Director Joanie Schultz will make her mark with her first show to direct here, Ike Holter's Hit the Wall, which is about the Stonewall Riots and features LGBT characters of many stripes and colors. Associated with that production is a July 10 screening of the documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge at the Magnolia Theatre, about the 2009 police raid at Fort Worth's Rainbow Lounge, which burned down last month.

To boot, you can catch the National Theatre of London's production of both parts of Angels in America at local movie theaters, and the Broadway revival of Falsettos in movie theaters. There's also a fab drag performance in Onstage in Bedford's Disaster! (the disco diva character is performed by Jason Solis). Related: The tour of The Bodyguard comes to Dallas Summer Musicals. No drag there, but hello, Whitney Houston music!

Also this month, there are world premieres at Dallas Theater Center and Second Thought Theatre, festivals celebrating indie theater, cabaret and Beethoven, and several out-of-the-box dance performances.

You'll note that we now designate professional theaters, meaning organizations that have an Actor's Equity Association classification of Small Professional Theatre or higher (or regularly use guest contracts). These shows have  AEA  at the beginning of the description. We'll keep doing this in future Places! because we want readers to know about the groups that work with the union to pay a fair wage to artists.

This list doesn't have everything happening this month, 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 look for events by presenting company, venue, title, description, date range and more options. Keep looking at the calendar over the next month or so as we'll be entering all the new seasons for the arts organizations, so it will build up again.

Get out and support the arts!

 

TOP 15

 JULY 2017 

 

Photo: Karen Almond
Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure at Dallas Theater Center

 

 1  Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure

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

 AEA  On the heels of winning the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Dallas Theater Center opens its second world premiere of a Douglas Carter Beane/Lewis Flinn musical, this time based on the legend of Robin Hood. (The first Beane/Flinn show at DTC was Give It Up!, which became Lysistrata Jones on Broadway...Give It Up! is a much better title.) Hood frames the story as told by a troupe of actors, and features puppetry by Richardson native James Ortiz, who won an Obie Award for his puppetry in Off-Broadway's The Woodsman. | Previews through Jul 6; opens July 7 and runs through Aug. 6

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn

 

Photo: Karen Almond
Hit the Wall at WaterTower Theatre

 

 2  Hit the Wall

WaterTower Theatre | Addison Theatre and Conference Center | Addison

 AEA  This is the first local production directed by Joanie Schultz, the new artistic director at WaterTower Theatre. It's the final show in the 2016-17 season, and replaces the previously announced Sunday in the Park with George, after former A.D. Terry Martin pulled out as director of that. Ike Holter's Hit the Wall is about the Stonewall Riots in 1969 New York City, which started the gay rights movement. It's told by a group of 10 diverse friends, and features the local band the Mysticks. Also, in conjunction with this show there will be a special screening of the locally made film The Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, by Robert L. Camina, 7 p.m. Monday, July 10, at the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas. There will be a talk-back with Schultz, Camina and members of the Hit the Wall cast. | Previews July 28-30; opens July 31 and runs through Sept. 2

» More info in our listing

» The screening of The Raid of the Rainbow Lounge is free, but you can RSVP here

» Look for a feature about Hit the Wall coming on TheaterJones

 

Photo: Karen Almond
The Necessities at Second Thought Theatre

 

 3  The Necessities

Second Thought Theatre | Bryant Hall (Kalita Humphreys Theater campus) | Dallas

 AEA  Second Thought Theatre closes its 2017 season with the world premiere of a play about loneliness from Blake Hackler, local actor, director, playwright and SMU professor. Joel Ferrell directs the cast of Christie Vela, Matthew Gray, Tex Patrello and Allison Pistorius. | Previews July 5 and 6; opens July 7 and runs through July 29

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with playwright Blake Hackler

 

Photo: Chuck Marcelo
The Caveman Play from The Basement, part of the Festival of Independent Theatres

 

 4  Festival of Independent Theatres

Festival of Independent Theatres | Bath House Cultural Center | Dallas

The 19th annual FIT features eight works by local groups, performed in two-show performance blocks. This year's crop includes the only group to have performed in every FIT, WingSpan Theatre Company, plus returning groups Audacity Theatre Lab, Bootstraps Comedy Theater, Echo Theatre, L.I.P. Service and Risk Theater Initiative. New to FIT are the Basement and Dustin Curry and Friends. The shows are listed below. | July 14-Aug. 5

  • Audacity Theatre Lab: Jaymes Gregory's adaptation of Charlie Chaplin's film The Great Dictator
  • The Basement: Jeff Swearingen's The Caveman Play
  • Bootstraps Comedy Theater: The return of Matt Lyle's The Boxer
  • Dustin Curry and Friends: Dustin Curry's Fiddler's Cave
  • Echo Theatre: Ali Smith's Trace of Arc
  • L.I.P. Service: Van Quattro's Tommy Cain
  • Risk Theater Initiative: Sherry Jo Ward's autobiographical work Stiff
  • WingSpan Theatre Company: Edward Albee's Finding the Sun

» Read descriptions of the shows, and see performance times, in our listing

» Look for previews and reviews of each of the eight shows coming on TheaterJones

 

Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Finding Neverland comes to ATTPAC

 

 5  Finding Neverland

AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series | Winspear Opera House | Dallas

 AEA  The tour of the Broadway musical based on the film about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center. Don't miss the final Industry Night of the current Broadway season on Tuesday, July 18, in which the grand prize will be a package of tickets to every Industry Night in the 2017-18 season, which begins in September with Fun Home. | July 11-23

» More info in our listing

» Get tickets to Industry Night, which includes VIP receptions and an after-party with the cast and ticket giveaways

» Look for an interview coming on TheaterJones

Photo: Mike Morgan
La Cage aux Folles at Uptown Players

 

 6  La Cage aux Folles

Uptown Players | Kalita Humphreys Theater | Dallas

 AEA  Uptown Players does the great Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein musical about a man who has two fathers who own a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, and is about to marry a woman with very conservative parents. The musical is based on the 1973 French play of the same name, which inspired the 1978 French film La Cage aux Folles, which was reinvented as the 1996 movie The Birdcage. Uptown's production is directed by Cheryl Denson and stars Bob Hess and Mikey Abrams as the club owners. | July 14-30

» More info in our listing

» Look for a feature coming on TheaterJones

 

Photo: Joan Marcus
The Bodyguard comes to Dallas Summer Musicals and Bass Performance Hall

 

 7  The Bodyguard

Dallas Summer Musicals | Music Hall at Fair Park | Dallas

Performing Arts Fort Worth | Bass Performance Hall | Fort Worth

 AEA  This is one of those touring musicals that probably won't make Broadway, but it's OK because it does gangbusters on the road, nationally and internationally. Based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, the musical stars Deborah Cox in the role of a superstar diva. It has the hit songs from the film like "Queen of the Night" and the Dolly Parton-penned "I Will Always Love You," plus more from the Houston oeuvre, including "How Will I Know" and "Saving All My Love for You." We're not gonna lie, we're a little giddy at the thought of this. The bodyguard is played by Judson Mills. It has a two-week run presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, then moves to Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall the following week. | July 18-30 at Music Hall at Fair Park and Aug. 1-6 at Bass Performance Hall

» More info in our listing

» Look for an interview coming on TheaterJones

 

Photo: ChloeTrevor.com
Chloe Trevor kicks off the Basically Beethoven Festival

 

 8  Basically Beethoven Festival

Fine Arts Chamber Players | Dallas City Performance Hall | Dallas

Fine Arts Chamber Players presents its annual summer music celebration, with performances every Sunday afternoon in July at Dallas City Performance Hall. The ensemble features members of the Dallas Symphony and other professional musicians, and each concert is preceded by a young artist concert. The first concert on July 9 features violinist Chloe Trevor. | July 9-30

» More info, with a schedule and description of performances, in our listing

 

Cynthia Scott will kick off the Dallas Cabaret Festival

 9  Dallas Cabaret Festival

Denise Lee Onstage | Women's Building, Fair Park | Dallas

Denise Lee presents the second Dallas Cabaret Festival at the Women's Building in Fair Park. This year opens with Cynthia Scott, a former Ray Charles back-up singer (Raelette), on July 27. The second night features Tarnecia Durham in her first 45-minute cabaret, which she won in Lee's "So You Think You Can Cabaret" contest; followed by Simone Gundy, a former local who was a finalist in Season 11 of The Voice. Gundy's show is called "My Voice." On July 29, blues guitarist Samuel James leads a revue called "It's All About the Blues," featuring vocalists and musicians Denise Lee, Kevin Haliburton, Willie Welch, Calvin Scott Roberts and Stephanie Brehm. | July 27-29

» More info in our listing

» Look for coverage coming on TheaterJones

 

 10  Modern Dance Festival at the Modern

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Fort Worth

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents its 14th annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, which feels a little scaled back this year (mainly because of the lack of dance films). The events are inspired by the current exhibition at the Modern, "Doug Aitken: Electric Earth." On July 15 and 16 at 1 p.m., the company performs work in the natural light of the Grand Lobby. | July 6-16

» More info in our listing

» Mark Lowry's review of the first event in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

 

 

 11  Made in a Day

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre | LIFE in Deep Ellum | Dallas

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre presents its second annual event in which dances are created, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. | Performances are 8:30 p.m. July 21 and 22

» More info in our listing

 

Photo: Parker T Photography
The Bible: The Complete Word of God at Amphibian Stage Productions

 

 

 12  The Bible: The Complete Word of God

Amphibian Stage Productions | Fort Worth

 AEA  The Phibs bring back the Reduced Shakespeare Company's play in which three actors attempt to tell the major stories (and some minor ones) in the Old and New Testaments. Behold, it's funny stuff. | July 7-Aug. 13

» More info in our listing

» Our review from 2013 (slightly different cast in the new production)

 

 

 13  Falsettos | Angels in America Parts 1 & 2

Screen Vision Media & NT Live | Various movie theaters | Dallas, Plano, Wylie, Colleyville, Grand Prairie, Irving and Mesquite

This month brings two groundbreaking gay-themed theater creations, from acclaimed productions in New York and London. First is the Tony-nominated 2016 revival of William Finn's musical Falsettos, starring Andrew Rannells, Christian Borle and Stephanie J. Block and directed by James Lapine, and filmed at the Lincoln Center production. It has screenings at seven North Texas movie theaters on various dates. Then comes the National Theatre of London's production of both parts of Tony Kushner's epic Angels in America, starring Andrew Garfield as Prior, Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn and Russell Tovey (Looking) as Joe. The latter is directed by Marianne Elliott, and each part runs three hours and 40 minutes. See video above, which has an interview with Kushner. | July 12-18 for Falsettos | July 20-Aug. 2 for Angels in America

Photo: Leslie Boren/Urban Photography
Brad Smith as Divine

» Falsettos times and theaters:

  • B&B Wylie 12 @ Woodbridge, Wylie: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
  • Regal MacArthur Marketplace 16, Irving: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
  • Studio Movie Grill Colleyville: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
  • Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane Dallas: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
  • Studio Movie Grill Plano:  7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
  • Angelika Film Center Dallas: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13
  • Angelika Film Center Plano: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13
  • B&B Wylie 12 @ Woodbridge, Wylie: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15
  • Regal MacArthur Marketplace 16, Irving: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15
  • B&B Wylie 12 @ Woodbridge, Wylie: 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16
  • Regal MacArthur Marketplace 16, Irving: 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16
  • Studio Movie Grill Colleyville: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18
  • Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane Dallas: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18
  • Studio Movie Grill Plano:  7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18

» Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches times and theaters:

» Angels in America, Part 2: Perestroika times and theaters:

 

 14  Divine at the Boom Boom Room!

Giant Entertainment | Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park | Dallas

Ryan Matthieu Smith, who is arguably the area's most fabulous costume designer, directs this Benjamin Lutz play about legendary drag queen and John Waters muse Divine, who is played by Brad Smith. The immersive experience is framed as a night with Divine and two fans in a gay disco called the Boom Boom Room in 1982. According to the news release, "this party promises special drag appearances, new wave music, and the infamous Divine!" | July 20-30

» More info in our listing

 

Photo: Robert Bourdage
In Watermelon Sugar at Hip Pocket Theatre

 

 15  In Watermelon Sugar

Hip Pocket Theatre | Silver Creek Amphitheatre | Fort Worth

Hip Pocket Theatre revives its adaptation of the Richard Brautigan countercultural, post-apocalyptic 1964 novel. This is the fifth time HPT has done this title in its 41-year history, although this time, John Murphy is the adapter, working from Johnny Simons' previous adaptation. The work premiered in the first season in 1977, and was revived in 1986, 1998 and 2006. Murphy directs. | July 7-30

» More info in our listing

 

 

 MORE PERFORMANCES IN JULY  

 

 CURRENTLY PLAYING 

 

Photo: Linda Blase
Quixote at Shakespeare Dallas

 

Ann

Stage West's production of Holland Taylor's play about former Texas governor Ann Richards, in its second life at the Irving Arts Center. | Closes July 8

» More info in our listing

 

Disaster!

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical parody of 1970s disaster films like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, has its regional premiere at Onstage in Bedford at the Trinity Arts Theater, Bedford. | Closes July 23

» More info in our listing

» Mark Lowry's review in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

 

Henry, Episode IV: A New Hope

Allen's Community Theatre presents a new parody by Don Zolidis, performed by teenagers. | Closes July 16

» More info in our listing

 

King o' the Moon

Circle Theatre presents the middle play of Tom Dudzick's autobiographical trilogy. | Closes July 15

» More info in our listing

» Our review

 

Mary Poppins

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst. | Closes July 22

» More info in our listing

 

Memphis

The Joe Dipietro/David Bryan musical presented by Greater Lewisville Community Theatre. | Closes July 23

» More info in our listing

 

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Presented by Dallas Children's Theater. | Closes July 9

» More info in our listing

 

Nobody's Perfect

Simon Williams' play presented by Theatre Britain. | Closes July 16

» More info in our listing

 

Sex with Strangers

 AEA  Stage West presents Laura Eason's comedy about two writers who form a relationship in the digital age. | Closes July 23

» More info in our listing

» Our review

 

Shakespeare Dallas: The Merry Wives of Windsor and Quixote

The Shakespeare Dallas summer season presents the comedy Merry Wives in repertory with Octavio Solis' reimagining of Cervantes' Don Quixote. | Closes July 22

» Our interview with Quixote playwright Octavio Solis

» Our review of Merry Wives

» Our review of Quixote

 

Star Trip

A popcorn-tossing Star Trek parody at Pocket Sandwich Theatre. | Closes Aug. 19

» More info in our listing

 

 

 OPENING/HAPPENING JULY 3-9 

 

Photo: Bart Stewart
On the Town at Stolen Shakespeare Guild

 

Sean Kent

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | July 6-8

» More info

 

Chris Reid

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | July 6-8

» More info

 

Scott White

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | July 6-8

» More info

 

Bare

Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine presents the musical about characters bullied in a high school as its late-night production, with performances at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays | July 7-22

» More info in our listing

 

Heathers the Musical

Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine presents the musical based on the 1980s cult film. | July 7-30

» More info in our listing

 

On the Town

Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents the Leonard Bernstein musical. | July 7-23

» More info in our listing

 

Pinocchio Commedia

Theatre Arlington's youth program presents Johnny Simons' take on the classic tale. | July 7-16

» More info in our listing

 

Shots Fired

Cry Havoc Theater Company brings back its devised piece about the Dallas police ambush and shootings in July 2016. The show was first done in January. This time, it's co-presented with Kitchen Dog Theater at the Trinity River Arts Center. | July 7-15

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Mara Richards Bim in January

» Our review of the January production

 

This Show

Circus Freaks presents a new work that blends circus, theater and variety cabaret, at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. | July 7-9

» More info in our listing

 

Michael Blackson

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | July 8-9

» More info

 

Oklahoma!

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, presented by McKinney Summer Musicals at Heard-Craig Auditorium, McKinney. | July 8-16

» More info in our listing

 

Donnell Rawlings

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | July 8-9

» More info

 

 

 OPENING/HAPPENING JULY 10-16 

 

Anton Drunk-hov: The Bear Round 2

House Party's second round of a performance of Chekhov's The Bear, with drinking games, at LG Taps on Greenville Ave. | 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 12

» More info in our listing

 

Menopause the Musical

The popular musical about "the change" in a woman's life returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson. | July 12-Aug. 6

» More info in our listing

 

Nabucco

See the Metropolitan Opera's production of the Verdi opera, shown on the big screen at three local movie theaters: Northpark Center 15 and Cinemark 17 with IMAX in Dallas, and Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville. | 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12

» More info

 

Kevin Brennan

Photo: Courtesy
Comedian Freddie Ricks comes to the Black Academy of Arts & Letters

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | July 13-15

» More info

 

Jeff Burghart

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | July 13-15

» More info

 

Rob Little

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | July 13-15

» More info

 

Miss Millions

Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents a youth production of the Glen Hughes comedy. | July 13-15

» More info in our listing

 

Poetry Smash 8

Brenda Randall hosts this poetry event at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters. This month, the event is called "In Her Words" and feature spoken word artists Lynn Lyric, Tosh Eshe and PoetryTeacher. In TBAAL's Clarence Muse Cafe Theater. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13

» More info in our listing

 

Bruce Bruce

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | July 14-16

» More info

 

Comedy Night at the Muse presents Freddie Ricks

Presented by the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | July 14-15

» More info

 

Curtains

Theatre Coppell presents the Kander and Ebb murder musical comedy. | July 14-30

» More info in our listing

 

Adele Givens

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | July 14-16

» More info

 

The Life and (cruel) Times of Conchita Zaragoza, A Mambo Musical

MBS Productions presents another new play by Mark-Brian Sonna, about a Carmen Miranda-loving woman who leaves Mexico and comes to America with dreams of Hollywood. | July 14-Aug. 6

» More info in our listing

 

 

 OPENING/HAPPENING JULY 17-23 

 

Otello

See the Royal Opera House production of Verdi's opera version of Shakespeare's Othello, at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. | 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19

» More info in Dallas

» More info in Plano

 

Carmen

See the Metropolitan Opera's production of the Bizet opera, shown on the big screen at three local movie theaters: Northpark Center 15 and Cinemark 17 with IMAX in Dallas, and Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville. | 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12

» More info

 

Twelfth Night

Photo: Paul Wingo
Pippin at Firehouse Theatre

The National Theatre of London's NT Live screening of the Shakespeare play, presented by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, and 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22

» More info in our listing

 

Matthew Broussard

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | July 20-22

» More info

 

Dante

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | July 20-22

» More info

 

Rob Little

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | July 20-22

» More info

 

Ralphie May

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | July 20-22

» More info

 

Pippin

Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents the great Stephen Schwartz musical, taking a cue from the recent Broadway revival and using circus components. | July 20-Aug. 20

» More info in our listing

 

10-Minute Play Festival

An annual event presented by Rover Dramawerks in Plano. | July 20-29

» More info in our listing

 

Guy Torry

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | July 20-23

» More info

 

Hands on a Hardbody

Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents the Doug Wright, Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green musical. | July 21-Aug. 13

» More info in our listing

 

Hello, Dolly!

Presented by Garland Summer Musicals at the Granville Arts Center. | July 21-30

» More info in our listing

 

Julie Johnson Sings the Songs of Patsy Cline...and More!

Brick Road Theatre presents local great Julie Johnson singing, well, the title says it all. At the Courtyard Theatre in Plano. | July 21-30

» More info in our listing

 

My Sister Eileen

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents the Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov play on which the musical Wonderful Town is based. | July 21-Aug. 5

» More info in our listing

 

Jeremy McLellan

The Valley Ranch Islamic Center presents comedian Jeremy McLellan at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson. | 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 23

» More info in our listing


 

 OPENING/HAPPENING JULY 24-31 

 

Photo: Tim & Eric
Eric Wareheim, left, and Tim Heidecker are Tim & Eric

 

Othello

Junior Players does its annual teen production following the Shakespeare Dallas season. This year it's Othello, performed at Samuel-Grand Amphitheatre at Tenison Park, Dallas. | July 25-30

» More info in our listing


Rick Gutierrez

Photo: Diann L\'Roy
Junior Players presents Othello

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | July 27-29

» More info

 

Tony Hinchcliffe

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | July 27-29

» More info

 

Rob Little

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | July 27-29

» More info

 

A Murder is Announced

Garland Civic Theatre opens its 50th season with the Agatha Christie thriller, at the Granville Arts Center in Garland. | Previews Thursday, July 27; opens July 28 and runs through Aug. 19

» More info in our listing

 

Beehive - The '60s Musical

Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth closes its season with the musical that features songs of the 1960s. | Previews July 28-Aug. 3; opens Aug. 4 and runs through Aug. 27

» More info in our listing

 

Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival

The sixth annual celebration of hip-hop dance, with classes and workshops and competitions, with a culminating performance by professional teams on Saturday night. At the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. | 7 p.m. July 28 and 29

» More info in our listing

 

Sherri Shepherd

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | July 28-29

» More info

 

The Toxic Avenger

Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine presents the musical based on the cult film as its late-night production, with performances at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays | July 28-Aug. 12

» More info in our listing

 

Josh Wolf

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | July 28-29

» More info

 

Tim & Eric: 10th Anniversary Awesome Tour

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim celebrate their 10th anniversary as a comedy duo on this tour, at the Majestic Theatre. Wareheim plays Aziz Ansari's friend Arnold on the brilliant Netflix series Master of None. | 8 p.m. Monday, July 31

» More info in our listing

 

 

 WEEKLY/MONTHLY 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

 

Broadway on a Tuesday with K-Marie and Friends

Kimberly Oliver hosts this weekly showcase (#BOAT) of musical theater peeps and other vocalists singing showtunes and more, at Alexandre's Bar, 4026 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. | 8 p.m. Tuesdays

» More info

 

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

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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.

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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

 

 

15 TO WATCH IN AUGUST

listed in chronological order

  1. Ann Ziegler's The Minotaur opens the new season at Theatre Three, Dallas, the first season selected by new Artistic Director Jeffrey Schmidt | Aug. 3-27
  2. Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater co-present The Great American Sideshow at Trinity River Arts Center | Aug. 4-12
  3. Einstein: A Stage Portrait closes the season at Theatre Arlington | Aug. 4-20
  4. Upstart Productions brings Lenny Bruce is Back, starring Joey Folsom, to the Dallas Comedy House and Viva's Lounge, Dallas | Aug. 4-11
  5. The Land of Oz is Lake Simons' at Hip Pocket Theatre, Dallas | Aug. 11-Sept. 3
  6. Projper Hijinx, L.I.P. Service and Resolute Theatre Project present Boy Gets Girl at Amy's Studio of Performing Arts, Dallas | Aug. 11-27
  7. All About Bette: An Interlude with Bette Davis moves to Stage West, Fort Worth, and then the Stone Cottage at Addison Theatre Centre, Addison | Aug. 11-12 at Stage West; Aug. 18-26 in Addison
  8. David Lindsay-Abaire's Ripcord is at Circle Theatre, Fort Worth | Aug. 17-Sept. 16
  9. The One-Minute Play Festival and Kitchen Dog Theater present the Fourth Annual Dallas One-Minute Play Festival at the Trinity River Arts Center | Aug. 19-21
  10. Mat Smart's The Royal Society of Antarctica is at Stage West, Fort Worth | Aug. 24-Sept. 24
  11. Chamber Music International presents a recital with Tong-Il Han and Helen Lee at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson | Aug. 25
  12. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Classical Masters Festival is at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Aug. 25-27 (Aug. 25 is in Sundance Square, and free, with a screening of the film Amadeus)
  13. Coy Covington stars in Charles Busch's The Tribute Artist to close the Uptown Players season at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas | Aug. 25-Sept. 10
  14. The Piano Guys come to Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie | Aug. 26
  15. The world premiere of Boo Killebrew's Miller, Mississippi barely makes this list, beginning previews on Aug. 30 at Dallas Theater Center in the Sixth Floor Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre | Aug. 30-Oct. 1
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WingSpan In the Tall Grass Einstein Ballet Frontier Texas Chita & Tune Miller, Mississippi UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Irving arts Center Uptown Players Dallas Opera
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WingSpan In the Tall Grass Einstein Ballet Frontier Texas Chita & Tune Miller, Mississippi UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Irving arts Center Uptown Players Dallas Opera
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WingSpan In the Tall Grass Einstein Ballet Frontier Texas Chita & Tune Miller, Mississippi UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Irving arts Center Uptown Players Dallas Opera
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