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Monthly Places! August 2017

Here are the theater, music, dance and comedy performances to see in August. And a peek at what's coming up next month.

published Friday, August 4, 2017

Presenting the monthly Places! for August. It 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.

We will return to a weekly Places! in September.

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 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!

This month: Jeffrey Schmidt has his official coming out as artistic director at Theatre Three with the first show of the first season that he selected, The Minotaur; there are regional premieres at Stage West and Circle Theatre; the Fort Worth Symphony prepares for the fall with its Classical Masters Festival, including a free outdoor screening of Amadeus; MOMIX returns with a full-length work about the desert; Coy Covington revisits Charles Busch; and there's a number of music, dance, theater and comedy events to watch for in what is typically the hottest and slowest-for-the-arts month of the year.

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.

Get out and support the arts!



 AUGUST 2017 


Photo: Jeffrey Schmidt
The Minotaur at Theatre Three


 1  The Minotaur

Theatre Three | Dallas

 AEA  Theatre Three opens its first season selected by new artistic director Jeffrey Schmidt, Anne Ziegler's present-day version of a classic Greek myth, a contemporary take on love, honor, and the human connection. | Previews Aug. 3-5; opens Monday, Aug. 6 and runs through Aug. 27

» More info in our listing


 The Royal Society of Antarctica

Stage West | Fort Worth

 AEA  Stage West's season closes with the area premiere of Mat Smart's play about a young woman seeking to understand her mother’s disappearance and joins the ranks of a ragtag group of misfits and scientists who serve at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Lee Trull directs, and the cast includes a lot of Dallas actors making their Stage West debut, including Michael Federico, Drew Wall and Ruben Carrazana. | Previews Aug. 24 and 25; opens Saturday, Aug. 26 and runs through Sept. 24

» More info in our listing


Photo: Orion Pictures
The film Amadeus is shown in Fort Worth Symphony's Classical Masters Festival


 3  Classical Masters Festival

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Sundance Square Plaza & Bass Performance Hall | Fort Worth

The third and final year of Fort Worth Symphony's look at the works of Mozart, Haydn and Beeethoven opens on Friday with a free screening of the Oscar-winning movie Amadeus in Sundance Square Plaza (the FWSO is not performing with it); and then follows with Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting with flutist Jake Fridkis and harpist Maria Luisa Rayan at Bass Hall on Saturday and Saturday. | Amadeus is 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25; the Bass concerts are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

Photo: Mike Morgan
Coy Covington in The Tribute Artist

» See the full schedule and repertoire in our listing



 4  The Tribute Artist

Uptown Players | Kalita Humphreys Theater | Dallas

 AEA  Uptown Players presents Charles Busch's comedy about a man who plays Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe, Myrna Loy and Katharine Hepburn, but gets caught up in his own comedy with his landlady. Coy Covington, who is one of the country's premier interpreters of the roles that Busch wrote for himself, stars. Bruce R. Coleman directs. | Aug. 25-Sept. 10

» More info in our listing

» Look for an interview with Coy Covington and Charles Busch coming on TheaterJones




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

Moses Pendleton's famous architectural dance company returns, performing the evening-length Opus Cactus, described as something that might have happened if Salvador Dalí and Leonardo da Vinci were inspired by National Geographic special about desert life. | 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31

» More info in our listing


Photo: MOMIX
MOMIX presents Opus Cactus


 6  Ripcord

Circle Theatre | Fort Worth

 AEA  Circle Theatre does David-Lindsay Abaire's 2016 play about a bet between two residents at an assisted living facility that goes, well, awry. Robin Armstrong directs. | Previews Aug. 17 and 18; opens Saturday, Aug. 19 and runs through Sept. 16

» More info in our listing

Photo: Chuck Marcelo
Joey Folsom as Lenny Bruce



 7  Lenny Bruce is Back | Bruce and Burlesque Ball

Upstart Productions | Dallas Comedy House and Viva's Lounge | Dallas

 AEA  Joey Folsom plays the legendary and groundbreaking comic Lenny Bruce in this one-man show presented by Upstart Productions. Nathan Autrey directs. The first weekend's performances are at the Dallas Comedy House, and the second weekend is at Viva's Lounge, which includes a benefit performance for this site that you're reading now, because the story of arts coverage in the local media is about to get worse, and we're here keeping it going. But it's not cheap or easy. | 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and 8 & 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Dallas Comedy House; 8 and 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at Viva's Lounge

» More info in our listing

» Amy Martin's interview with Joey Folsom about Lenny Bruce

» Facebook page for Bruce and Burlesque Bash, benefitting TheaterJones


Photo: John Moore
The Land of Oz at Hip Pocket Theatre


 8  The Land of Oz

Hip Pocket Theatre | Silver Creek Amphitheatre | Fort Worth

Lake Simons comes home to do her annual production at her parents' theater. This time it's her version of the second of L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz books, the sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Look for puppetry and physical theater wonderment. | Aug. 11-Sept. 3

» More info in our listing


Photo: Taylor James Photography
Wanderlust Dance Project presents a work by Jessica Hendricks


 9  Wanderlust Dance Project

Wanderlust Dance Project | Majestic Theatre, Dallas

Addison Holmes' second annual showcase of local and national choreographers in the summer off-season is back at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. Read more about it by clicking the link for our interview with choreographer Jessica Hendricks, below. | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6

» More info in our listing

» Read our interview with choreographer Jessica Hendricks


Photo: Suzanne Lavender
Dallas #1MPF


 10  Fourth Dallas One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF)

One-Minute Play Festival + Kitchen Dog Theater | Trinity River Arts Center | Dallas

The national One-Minute Play Festival and Kitchen Dog Theater pair up again for the fourth annual Dallas One-Minute Play Festival, which is a straight-through evening of 80 plays by local and regional playwrights, each play clocking in at 59 seconds or less. This year there are 30 playwrights, 10 directors and about 100 actors. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; Sunday, Aug. 20; and Monday, Aug. 21

» More info in our listing

» Our announcement of the event, with more info and a link to a previous interview with #1MPF founder Dominic D'Andrea


Photo: Trent Stephenson
Kaptain Kockadoo at the Ochre House


 11  Kaptain Kockadoo

The Ochre House | Dallas

Ochre House company member Carla Parker makes her playwriting debut with this musical about a children's TV host and a religious zealot. Featuring the first all-girl band in an Ochre production. | Aug. 19-Sept. 9

» More info in our listing


Photo: Anyika McMillan-Herod
South Side Stories at Soul Rep Theatre


 12  South Side Stories

Soul Rep Theater Company | South Dallas Cultural Center | Dallas

Soul Rep Theatre Company opens its season with its New Play Festival, this year featuring plays about Dallas' South Side. Performed at South Dallas Cultural Center. The plays are: Father Brown’s Vitality Tonic, based on Father J. Von Brown, the eccentric South Dallas based preacher and activist from the 1950’s; The House Special, set at Wah Wah Chinese, a celebrated “hole in the wall” Chinese restaurant that’s operated for decades in the heart of the ‘hood; Sunny South, a piece that explores South Dallas’ Jewish heritage; Praying With Your Legs, a slice of life from renown activist, Diane Ragsdale’s story; Ndidiniwe (fed up),  inspired by interviews with Julia Jordan, a long-time South Dallas resident and pioneer who passed away recently; Capital, based on the tragic DART rail murder of a 19 year old by a group of 12 and 13 year old boys; Liberty Street, a piece set in 1918 exploring the mercurial William Sidney Pittman, the first renown African-American architect who called Dallas home for most of his life; Communion explores the issue of homelessness in South Dallas’ tent city; Black Boy Groove, is inspired by an early hip-hop group in the area; and Juan Y Maria, to be performed in Spanish and English, is the story of a current immigrant family residing in South Dallas. | Aug. 4-12

» More info in our listing


Photo: Karen Almond
The Great American Sideshow from Cry Havoc Theater


 13  The Great American Sideshow

Cry Havoc Theater Company + Kitchen Dog Theater | Trinity River Arts Center | Dallas

Cry Havoc Theater presents its latest original work, a co-production with Kitchen Dog Theater, is a political allegory about the state of affairs in our country, set up as a circus sideshow carnival. Directed by Mara Richards Bim and shadow work by Katy Tye of PrismCo Movement Theatre. | Aug. 4-12

» More info in our listing



 14  The Tempest

Shakespeare in the Bar | The Wild Detectives | Dallas

Shakespeare in the Bar is back, this time with the Bard's last play. If you haven't experienced this event yet, well, it's pretty much sold out. But try to get in, because it turns out Shakespeare is a lot more fun when it's paired with drinking games. Both performances are at the Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District. | 8 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 21 and 28 

Photo: Eric Younkin
Einstein: A Stage Portrait

» More info in our listing



 15  Einstein: A Stage Portrait

Theatre Arlington | Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington theater professor and dramaturg stars in Willie Simms' one-man play about the famous scientist, who not only made important discoveries but was a humanitarian. | Aug. 4-20

» More info in our listing

» Read our interview with Dennis Maher



 16  Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Pinocchio

Ballet Frontier of Texas | Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Scott Theatre | Fort Worth

Ballet Frontier of Texas opens its season with Chung-Lin Tseng's Andante & Finale, Ladies of the Camelias and Pinocchio, at the Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

» More info in our listing





 17  Emily Heller

Amphibian Stage Productions | Fort Worth

Amphibian Stage Productions brings back its comedy series, in which comics develop material in a series over a week. This time it's Emily Heller, who's been seen on every talk show imaginable. See video above. | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 through Saturday, Aug. 26

» More info in our listing


Photo: Alan Abair Photography
Women Playing Hamlet from Pegasus Theatre


 18  Women Playing Hamlet

Pegasus Theatre | Bath House Cultural Center | Dallas

Pegasus Theatre presents William Missouri Downs' comedy about an actress who is cast in the title role of Shakespeare's greatest play. Chad Cline directors. Performed at the Bath House Cultural Center. | Aug. 10-26

» More info in our listing


Photo: Nathan Scott
Boy Gets Girl from LIP Service, Proper Hijinx and Resolute Theatre Project


 19  Boy Gets Girl

L.I.P. Service + Proper Hijinx + Resolute Theatre Project | Amy's Studio of Performing Arts | Dallas

Three indie theater companies that have emerged this decade, L.I.P. Service along with Proper Hijinx and new outfit Resolute Theatre Project, do Rebecca Gilman's 2001 play that deals with stalking and rape. Directed by Jason Leyva, it stars Stefany Cambra, Justin Duncan, John Daniel Psyzk, Parker Fitzgerald, Emily Burgardt, Dayna S. Fries, and Van Quattro. | Aug. 11-27

» More info in our listing



 20  Suspect: A True Crimedy

Dallas Comedy House | Dallas

Dallas Comedy House does another live sketch revue, this one riffing on true crime stories, and billed as something that "fans of Serial, My Favorite Murder, and Parks and Recreation are sure to enjoy." The narrative follows Gregory Stoke, a podcast host who investigates the death of small town charmer Barry Forester. So, count S-Town among the references, too. | 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Aug. 18-Sept. 16

» More info in our listing






These shows opened in July and close in August or September; they are listed in chronological order by closing date


Festival of Independent Theatres

The 19th annual FIT comes to an end. It was the best in a long time, highlighted by Risk Theater Initiative presenting Sherry Jo Ward in her one-woman play Stiff, Bootstraps Comedy Theater reviving Matt Lyle's The Boxer, and Audacity Theatre Lab adapting Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. Those three were my favorites, with WingSpan Theatre Company's production of Albee's Finding the Sun next. But you can't go wrong with any of the remaining performance blocks. | Closes Saturday, Aug. 5

» Click here for our FIT Special Section, which has reviews of all eight shows, and interviews for each, and a schedule.


My Sister Eileen

The comedy by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov presented by Irving Mainstage-Las Colinas at the Irving Arts Center. | Closes Saturday, Aug. 5

» More info in our listing


The Bodyguard

The national tour based on the 1992 Whitney Houston movie, filled with Houston's songs, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday, Aug. 6

» Our review from its tour stop by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall at Fair Park


Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure

 AEA  The world premiere of Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn's musical take on the Robin Hood legend, presented by Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre. | Closes Sunday, Aug. 6

» Our interview with Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn

» Our review


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

A new comedy by Mark-Brian Sonna for MBS Productions at the Stone Cottage on the Addison Theatre Center campus in Addison. | Closes Sunday, Aug. 6

» More info in our listing


Menopause the Musical

 AEA  The show that's a hit with a certain segment of women returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. | Closes Sunday, Aug. 6

» Our review


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Dale Wasserman's classic, presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. | Closes Sunday, Aug. 6

» More info in our listing



Photo: Jason Anderson
Hit the Wall at WaterTower Theatre

The Toxic Avenger

The musical based on the classic B-movie presented by Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine. | Closes Saturday, Aug. 12

» More info in our listing


The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)

 AEA  Amphibian Stage Productions revives this comedy from the guys at Reduced Shakespeare Company. | Closes Sunday, Aug. 13

» Our review


Hands on a Hardbody

The musical by Doug Wright, Amanda Green and Treg Anastasio, presented by Runway Theatre in Grapevine. | Closes Sunday, Aug. 13

» More info in our listing



A Murder is Announced

Agatha Christie's thriller opens Garland Civic Theatre's 50th season at the Granville Arts Center, Garland. | Closes Saturday, Aug. 19

» More info in our listing


Hit the Wall

 AEA  Joanie Schultz makes her mark at WaterTower Theatre with this fascinating play about the Stonewall Riots, her first play to direct in this post. The play just opened on the last day of July, and was featured in last month's Places! | Closes Sunday, Aug. 20

» Our interview with playwright Ike Holter

» Schultz's An Artistic Director Prepares column about her experience of directing her first show at her new theater 

» Look for our review of Hit the Wall coming on TheaterJones


Star Trip

A melodrama riff on Star Trek at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas. | Closes Saturday, Aug. 19

» More info in our listing



Presented by the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch. | Closes Sunday, Aug. 20

» More info in our listing








Photo: Cecil Fuqua
Beehive at Jubilee Theatre


Agnes of God

Denton Community Theatre does the John Pielmeier script for its studio series in the PointBlank Black Box Theatre. | Aug. 4-6

» 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 through Aug. 3; opens Aug. 4 and runs through Aug. 27

» More info in our listing


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Casa Manana's Apprentice Program does the Michael Friedman/Alex Timbers rock musical about the seventh U.S. president. | Aug. 4-6

» More info in our listing



The masterpiece Kander and Ebb musical presented by Lakeside Community Theatre in The Colony. | Aug. 4-26

» More info in our listing


Loni Love

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Aug. 4-6

» More info


Reza: Edge of Illusion

The young illusionist brings his show for a weekend to the Granbury Opera House. | Aug. 4-5

» More info in our listing



The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Aug. 4-5

» More info


Photo: SceneShop
Will Kachi performs in SceneShop

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Sondheim masterpiece, presented by Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine. | Aug. 4-13

» More info in our listing





SceneShop: Someone You Know

Fort Worth's annual collection of original scenes and music returns, featuring works by Joshua Eguia, Straton Rushing, Rob Bosquez, Kyle Irion, Natalie Gaupp, Bob Francis, and Steven Alan McGaw. Performed at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth. | 8 p.m. Aug. 5; and 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12

» More info in our listing





Let's Laugh Dallas

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Aug. 6

» More info


Me, Myself and Mime

Titus Mime presents this piece about a young man, Justin Titus, whose life is centered around theatrical mime dancing and how it influenced his life and enabled him to learn many lessons throughout; at Moody Performance Hall (formerly Dallas City Performance Hall). | 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6

» More info in our listing





Magnum's Opus

Linda Leonard directs a staged reading of Mark Donald's play about a hard-boiled Florida retiree who hopes to repair the bonds shattered with his estranged family by revealing the untold story of his early life as a Berlin Jew, a British soldier and a Nazi hunter. At the Dallas Holocaust Museum. | 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 7 and 8.

» More info in our listing

Photo: Ahmed Ahmed
Ahmed Ahmed





LOL Wednesday with Michael Shawn

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | 8 p.m. Aug. 9

» More info





Ahmed Ahmed

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Aug. 10-11

» More info


Kevin Brennan

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Aug. 10-12

» More info


Butch Lord's Comedy Showcase

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | 8 p.m. Aug. 10

» More info


Dear Delinquent

Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents the comedy by Jack Poppelwell. | Aug. 10-Sept. 2

» More info in our listing


T.K. Kirkland

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Aug. 10-13

» More info


Theo Von

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Aug 10-13

» More info





Photo: Chris Waits
All About Bette


All About Bette: An Interlude with Bette Davis

 AEA  The show in which Morgana Shaw plays Bette Davis, which was revived in June at the Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas, plays two days at Fort Worth's Stage West, and then for two weekends at the Stone Cottage on the Addison Theatre Centre campus. | Aug. 11-12 at Stage West; Aug. 18-26 at the Stone Cottage

» More info in our listing

» Our review from the June performance


Bonnie and Clyde

The Frank Wildhorn musical presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre, Denton. | Aug. 11-20

» More info in our listing


The Boy Who Cried Giant

Katreeva Phillips has written an original musical based on "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" legend to be performed for children in Stolen Shakespeare Guild's Billy's Globe House Theater, at the Sanders Theater in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Plays Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30. | Aug. 12-26

» More info in our listing



Stolen Shakespeare Guild does the popular musical at the Sanders Theater in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. | Aug. 11-27

» More info in our listing


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Presented by the Granbury Theatre Company at Granbury Opera House. | Aug. 11-Sept. 10

» More info in our listing


Peter Pan

Presented by Rockwall Summer Musicals at Rockwall Performing Arts Center. | Aug. 11-20

» More info in our listing


CJ Star

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | 8 p.m. Aug. 11

» More info





Julie McCullough

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Aug. 12

» More info





Comedy Cup featuring Joe Coffee

At the Arlington Improv.  | 8 p.m. Aug. 16

» More info





Owen Benjamin

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Aug. 17-19

» More info


Matthew Broussard

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Aug. 17-19

» More info


J.R. Brow

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Aug. 17-19

» More info


Benji Brown

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. | Aug. 17-20

» More info





A Debt That Led to Home

The Core Theatre Company in Richardson revives James Hansen Prince's play. | Aug. 18-Sept. 17

» More info in our listing


Ahmed Ahmed

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Aug. 12

» More info


The Drowsy Chaperone

Presented by Repertory Company Theatre, Richardson. | Aug. 18-27

» More info in our listing

Photo: Leah Tieger
Leah Tieger performs for Pandora's Box


Arsenio Hall

The comedian and former late night talk show host is at the Addison Improv. | Aug. 18-19

» More info


Junior Players Presents: Metamorphosis!

The third "Transformation Series" installment of Junior Players' five-year dance series includes 13 teenagers from 10 different high schools, who have chosen the subject material for the pieces based on real challenges they face in their community. At Moody Performance Hall (Dallas City Performance Hall). | 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19

» More info in our listing


Tieger, Paramo, Brownderville: Pandora's Box August Showcase

The August showcase for Pandora's Box features Leah Tieger, Sebastian Hasani Paramo and Greg Brownderville reading their poetry. At Deep Vellum Books in Deep Ellum, Dallas. | 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18

» More info in our listing





ABBA: The Concert

21st Century Artist does a tribute to the great Swedish pop band, in Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

» More info in our listing





Owen Benjamin

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. |Aug. 24-26

» More info


Barry Rothbart

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Aug. 24-26

» More info


Joe Runnels

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Aug. 24

» More info


Eric Schwartz

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Aug. 24-26

» More info

Photo: Courtesy
Tony-Il Han and Helen Lee play for Chamber Music International





The Amazing Johnathan

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Aug. 25-27

» More info


Tony-Il Han and Helen Lee

The renowned pianist plays a benefit concert for Chamber Music International, featuring works by Chopin, Fauré, Dvořák, Schubert and Mozart. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25

» More info in our listing


Shiloh Rules

Doris Baizley's play presented by Onstage in Bedford at the Trinity Arts Theater. | Aug. 25-Sept. 10

» More info in our listing


Sister Act

The musical presented by Artisan Center Theater in Hurst. | Aug. 25-Sept. 23

» More info in our listing





Szymon Marciniak: Bass Beyond Belief

Open Classical DFW presents three concerts with the acclaimed double bassist, who is in town for the upcoming double bass competition at University of North Texas, Denton. Concerts are listed below. | Aug. 26-30

  • 7:30pm Saturday, Aug. 26 at Steinway Hall, 3717 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
  • 7:30pm Sunday, Aug. 27 at TBA
  • 7:30pm Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Allgood Cafe, 2934 Main Street, Dallas

» More info in our listing


Photo: Courtesy
Double bassist Szymon Marciniak



The quartet comes to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

» More info in our listing


Verse and Rhythm

Wayne Henry is the featured poet at this monthly spoken word event hosted by Brenda Randall. | 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

» More info in our listing





Imprint Theatreworks Season Announcement Party

New outfit Imprint Theatreworks has a party to announce its inaugural season, held in the Lake-Level space under the Bath House Cultural Center. The event features performances by local actors Mikey Abrams, Peter DiCesare, Kyle Igneczi, Sara Shelby-Martin, Calvin Scott Roberts, Brett Warner, Aaron White and Sky Williams, and more. | 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28

» More info here


Photo: Courtesy
Boo Killebrew




Miller, Mississippi

 AEA  The Dallas Theater Center opens its new season with a world premiere play by Boo Killebrew, at the Studio Theatre in the Wyly Theatre. It's described as a Southern Gothic tragedy about a family dealing with Civil Rights and changes in the 1960s and 1970s in rural Mississippi. Because this is the first preview and it opens in September, we'll have more on it in September. | Previews Aug. 30-Sept. 5; opens Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 1

» More info in our listing





Comedy Lab with Brad Lacour

At the Addison Improv. | 8 p.m. Aug. 31

» More info


Ben Creed

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Aug. 31-Sept. 2

» More info


Michael Malone

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Aug. 31-Sept. 2

» 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


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

» 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.

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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. 

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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

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Listed in chronological order

  1. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Pops series kicks off with Cirque de la Symphonie at Bass Performance Hall | Sept. 1-3
  2. The Dallas Symphony presents La La Land in Concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 1-2
  3. The fourth Dallas Dance Fest presented by Dance Council of North Texas is Labor Day Weekend at Moody Performance Hall | Sept. 2-3
  4. Actor/comedian Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) returns to the comedy series at Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth | Sept. 4-9
  5. Undermain Theatre does the world premiere of Matthew Paul Olmos' so go the ghosts of méxico, part 2 | Sept. 6-Oc. 1
  6. Texas Ballet Theater opens is season with Beauty and the Beast at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Oprea House and at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth | Sept. 7-10 at the Winspear; Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Bass
  7. Theatre Three does the world premiere of Matt Lyle's Cedar Springs in Theatre Too! | Sept. 7-Oct. 1
  8. Echo Theatre's 20th season opens with Lynn Nottage's Ruined at the Bath House Cultural Center | Sept. 8-23
  9. Theatre Britain does the American premiere of Winston's Birthday at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano | Sept. 8-Oct. 1
  10. The Dallas Symphony presents Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 8-10
  11. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Classical series kicks off with Augustin Hadelich performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, Op. 64 at Bass Performance Hall | Sept. 8-10
  12. Casa Mañana presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Sept. 9-17
  13. The national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical comes to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Sept. 12-17
  14. The national tour of Fun Home comes to Winspear Opera House | Sept. 13-24
  15. Cara Mía Theatre Company revives Deferred Action at Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas and Latino Cultural Center | Sept. 14-29
  16. Dallas Symphony Orchestra does Mahler's Symphony No. 5 at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 14-17
  17. TITAS presents Ballet Hispánico at Moody Performance Hall | Sept. 15-16
  18. Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff does the premiere of In the Tall Grass, based on the real story of a transgender woman who was murdered in Dallas | Sept. 15-24
  19. The Dallas Symphony's Gala features cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 16
  20. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth opens its season at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sept. 16
  21. Shakespeare Dallas presents Titus Andronicus at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre and Addison Circle Park | Sept. 20-Oct. 5
  22. Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents violinist Hilary Hahn at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 21-24
  23. Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune perform at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Sept. 22
  24. Dallas Theater Center does Hair at the Wyly Theatre | Sept. 22-Oct. 22
  25. The Dallas Children's Theater season opens with Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium | Sept. 22-Oct. 29


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