<em>Miller, Mississippi</em>&nbsp;at Dallas Theater Center

Places! Sept. 4-10, 2017

Here's the week's best bets for theater, dance, classical music, comedy, spoken word, cabaret and other performing arts in North Texas.

published Tuesday, September 5, 2017

It's back!

Talkin' about our weekly feature Places!, which has a Monday-to-Sunday cycle and 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. 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: World premieres at Dallas Theater Center, Undermain Theatre, and Theatre Three, an American premiere at Theatre Britain, season openers for Echo Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater and the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies, plus comedy, solo shows, several chances to see theater with drinking games, and an Irving collaboration that resulted in a Bollywood-style spectacle. Also, Jude Law.

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. The list is still growing with the new seasons, and should be full in the next few weeks.

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: Karen Almond
Miller, Mississippi at Dallas Theater Center


 1  Miller, Mississippi

Dallas Theater Center | Wyly Theatre, Sixth Floor Studio | Dallas

Dallas Theater Center opens its first season since winning the Regional Theatre Tony Award with the world premiere of Boo Killebrew's story of a white family with a black maid in Jackson, Mississippi, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. Any discussion of race is timely and topical, but this one, in which we see a young man who is lured by white supremacy, is even more timely. Lee Sunday Evans directs, and the cast includes Brierley Resident Acting Company members Liz Mikel, Sally Vahle, and Alex Organ. | Previews through Sept. 5, opens Wednesday, Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 1

» More info in our listing

» Playwright and actress Regina Taylor interviews Miller playwright Boo Killebrew for TheaterJones


Photo: Katherine Owens
The cast of so go the ghosts of méxico, part two at Undermain Theatre



 2  so go the ghosts of méxico, part two

Undermain Theatre | Dallas

Last year Undermain Theatre opened its season with Matthew Paul Olmos' so go the ghosts of méxico, part one: a brave woman in méxico, with the promise that the second and third parts would be world premieres here. And so we have it, the premiere of part two, which examines the U.S./Mexico drug war through the eyes of an all-female cast. Katherine Owens directs again, with the cast of Gloria Vivica Benavides, Barbara Bernier, Gigi Cervantes, Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso, and Mindamora Rocha, and choreography by Danielle Georgiou. | Previews Sept. 6-8, opens Saturday, Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 1

» More info in our listing

» Look for an interview with Matthew Paul Olmos on TheaterJones

» Our review of last year's so go the ghosts of méxico, part one: a brave woman in méxico


Photo: Steven Visneau
Alexander Kotelnets as the Beast at Texas Ballet Theater


 3  Beauty and the Beast

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

No, it's not based on the Disney version that has become dominant in retellings of this story since the early 1990s film. This is Lew Christensen's 1958 ballet based on the 18th century story by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, who wrote the best-known version of a story that has been told for much longer, of a woman taken captive by a creature, and learns to love him. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7; 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8; and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 (no performances Saturday, Sept. 9) 

» More info in our listing


 4  Ruined

Echo Theatre | Bath House Cultural Center | Dallas

A few years ago we lamented the fact that no theater in North Texas had yet taken on Lynn Nottage's first Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined (2009; she has since won another for Sweat). Now it's the start of the 2017-18 season, and we have the second production within a year, this time by Echo Theatre (the first was Bishop Arts Theatre Center in late 2016). For Echo, it opens the 20th season for a group that has stuck to its mission of only producing plays by women. Pam Myers-Morgan directs this play about women in a mining town in the Congo, and the cast includes Denise Lee, Kyndal Robertson, Kristen Bond and Tyrees Allen. | Previews Sept. 7, opens Friday, Sept. 8 and runs through Sept. 23

» More info in our listing

» Look for a feature on Echo Theatre's 20th anniversary coming on TheaterJones


Photo: Jeffrey Schmidt
Cedar Springs, or Big Scary Animals



 5  Cedar Springs, or Big Scary Animals

Theatre Three | Theatre Too! | Dallas

Theatre Three's new artistic director Jeffrey Schmidt wasted no time in establishing the basement space, Theatre Too!, as a place to nourish locally created work. Three of the four shows this season are by local writers, including Prism Movement Theater's Katy Tye, and Jessica Cavanagh. First up is a new play by Matt Lyle, who has become one of the stars of the local playwriting scene. In this work, an older white straight couple and an interracial gay couple have a get-together that doesn't go as planned. Schmidt directs the cast of Charlotte Akin, John S. Davies, Chad Cline, Wilburn Penn, Alle Mims and Jaxon Beeson. | Previews Sept. 7 and 8; opens Saturday, Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 7

» More info in our listing


Photo: Courtesy
Augustin Hadelich


 6  Hadelich Plays Mendelssohn

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Bass Performance Hall | Fort Worth

Seems like German violinist Augustin Hadelich has been a regular on every Fort Worth Symphony season for the past six or seven, so there must be a good reason for it. In the opening of the FWSO's Classical season, and its first fall season since 2015 (remember the strike in 2016?), Hadelich plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, Op. 64. Also on the bill, which is conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, is Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1 in D Major, Op. 39; and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No 3. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8-10

» More info in our listing

Photo: Mike Morgan
Rang De! Colors of India! at Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas


 7  Rang De! Colors of India!

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas & ThinkIndia Foundation | Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theater | Irving

Given the large South Asian population in North Texas, it shouldn't surprise non-Indian audiences that we have a healthy Indian dance scene, several Indian classical music groups, and theater companies. This original show is a collaboration between the ThinkIndia Foundation and Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas, and promises a Bollywood musical and dance spectacle. We're there. | Sept. 8-24

Photo: Christian Steiner
Jon Nakamatsu

» More info in our listing


 8  Baron Vaughn

Amphibian Stage Productions | Fort Worth

You know him best as a regular on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, where he plays one of Lily Tomlin's sons. For the third year, he has curated a comedy series for Amphibian Stage Productions, in which comedians work in residency for a week honing new material on a nightly basis. He's back this week, with performances through Saturday night, each of them featuring warm-ups by local stand-up comedians. | Through Saturday, Sept. 9

» More info in our listing


 9  Rhapsody in Blue

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas

Dallas Symphony opens its pops season with a program dedicated to the music of George Gershwin, which includes his Piano Concerto in F, the Cuban Overture, and of course his piano masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue, played by Jon Nakamatsu. There will also be a selection of Gershwin songs performed by tenor Doug LaBreque. Jeff Tyzik conducts. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8-10

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Doug LaBrecque


 10  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Casa Mañana | Casa Mañana Theatre | Fort Worth

Photo: Michael C. Foster
Jackie L. Kemp as Winston Churchill

Tim Rogan is Joseph and Mia Gerachis is the Narrator in the season-opener for Casa Mañana, the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice piece based on the biblical story of Joseph. Of Sir Lloyd Webber's musicals based on a Bible story, this one is lightweight compared to the other one, but Casa did a great production of JCS last year. So we'll see what the Dreamcoat has in store. Tee Scatuorchio directs Joseph, and Mark Myars choreographs. | Sept. 9-17

» More info in our listing


 11  Winston's Birthday

Theatre Britain | Cox Building Playhouse | Plano

This is the penultimate production for Theatre Britain, which will close after founder Sue Birch and her husband move back to England next year. This is the American premiere of a play by Paul Baker (of New Zealand; so not the one of Dallas Theater Center fame), set in 1962 as Randolph Churchill is holding an event to honor his father Winston's 88th birthday. Directed by Sue Birch, featuring Jackie L. Kemp, Allyn Carrell, Mary-Margaret Pyeatt, Brian Hoffman and Michael Speck. | Sept. 8-Oct. 1

» More info in our listing


 12  Warm Soda

Justin Lemieux | Theatre Three/Theatre Too! | Dallas

Two North Texans are taking shows to New York's United Solo Fest this year. One is Joey Folsom in Lenny Bruce is Back, which has been seen all over Dallas and Fort Worth. The other is Warm Soda, written by and starring Justin Lemieux and directed by Jake Nice. To help prepare, Lemieux is performing it once for the hometown audience, in Theatre Three's basement space (it is not a T3 production). The piece reflects on his youth and a childhood friend. It is free, but reservations are required. | 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

» More info in our listing


Photo: Brandon Murphy
Justin Lemieux in Warm Soda






Broadway Trivia

AT&T Performing Arts Center prepares for the Broadway Series with a Broadway Trivia Night at Vetted Well, at the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas. | 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5

» More info


Colossal Goofballs

The NY Goofs presents its Goofballs Cabaret, a variety showcase, at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas. | 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5

» More info




Photo: Jan Versweyveld
Halina Reijn and Jude Law in Obsession


The Comedy Hump featuring Ronnie B. Real

At the Arlington Improv.  | Sept. 6

» More info



Next up in Amphibian Stage Productions' presentation of the NT Live series from the National Theatre of London, Jude Law stars in Ivo van Hove's stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Jude Law, that's cool. But did we mention IVO VAN HOVE? If you don't know who he is, school up. | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6

» More info





And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

Garland Civic Theatre presents the Paul Zindel comedy, at the Granville Arts Center. | Sept. 7-30

» More info in our listing


Jesus "Midnite" Castillo

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Sept. 7

» More info


Photo: Arlene Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried

Michael Colyar

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Sept. 7-10

» More info


Steve Jessup

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Sept. 7-8

» More info


Michael Malone

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Sept. 7-9

» More info


Matt Sadler

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 7-8

» More info





Gilbert Gottfried

The loud-mouthed comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Sept. 8-10

» More info



Tarrant Actors Regional Theater opens its fifth season with the classic by Vera Caspary and George Sklar, at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. | Sept. 8-24

» More info in our listing


A Smashed Mashup: A Drunken Theatre Chug-a-Long

Denton's Sundown Collaborative Theatre is back with its annual collection of locally written, sort plays. This year's features works by Tyler Cochran, Britnee Schoville, Matthew Defoore, JP Schuffman, Gerald Fitzgerald, Byron Harris, Cody Lucas, Franky D. Gonzalez, C. Moon Reid and Iris Baldwin. At the PointBank Black Theatre in Denton. | Sept. 8-17

» More info in our listing


TACA 50th Anniversary Gala

You probably can't afford tickets to this, but just know that it supports the organization that gives millions to area arts groups each year. There will be a special dance performance featuring members from Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Bruce Wood Dance and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. | 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8

» More info





Photo: Mark Lowry
Danielle Georgiou Dance Group will perform excerpts from Donkey Beach at WaterTower Theatre's Community Cast Party


Community Cast Party

WaterTower Theatre presents its fourth annual event, with special performances from Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, NY Goofs, and local musical theater performers, plus lots of food from area restaurants. TheaterJones will be hand to Instagram everything. Tickets are $25. | 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9

» More info in our listing


Steve Jessup

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 9

» More info


The J.I.M. Experiment

The local improv outfit performs at Rover Dramawerks in Plano. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9

» More info


Matt Sadler

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Sept. 9

» More info


Thirsty Thursdays

House Party Theatre continues its evening of new works and drinking games, this time at LG Taps in Dallas. | 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9

» More info in our listing




The Butch Lord Comedy Showcase

At Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Sept. 10

» More info


Steve Jessup

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Sept. 10

» More info




Because Mark Lowry doesn't review a number of shows for either TheaterJones or the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, each week he'll mention something that he has seen (and possibly reviewed) that he highly recommends to you.


Photo: Michael Evan Woods
The Royal Society of Antarctica at Stage West


The Royal Society of Antarctica

Lee Trull directs this three-act play by Mat Smart, about a woman who returns to McMurdo Station in Antarctica for the first time since she was born there, and meets the misfits and scientists who keep returning there every year. Ace cast, strong concept and use of the space, and thoughtful things to say about family and what drives us. | Through Sept. 24

» Mark Lowry's review in the Star-Telegram

» Our review by Jan Farrington





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.

» 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





Photo: Mike Morgan
The Tribute Artist at Uptown Players


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Presented by Granbury Theatre Company at the Granbury Opera House. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Kaptain Kockadoo

A world premiere by Carla Parker, presented by the Ochre House. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


Shiloh Rules

Presented by Onstage in Bedford at Trinity Arts Theater in Bedford. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


The Tribute Artist

Coy Covington stars in Charles Busch's comedy about a man who does female impersonation, and gets his most difficult role when a landlady kicks the bucket. At the Kalita Humphreys Theater. | Closes Sunday

» Our interview with Covington and Busch

» Our review


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Presented by Resolute Theatre Project at Amy's Studio of Performing Arts, Dallas. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing






  1. The tour of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical comes to Bass Performance Hall | Sept. 12-17
  2. The tour of Fun Home comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House | Sept. 13-24
  3. Cara Mía Theatre Company revives its Deferred Action for a tour beginning at SMU's Bob Hope Theatre, then UNT in Denton and the Latino Cultural Center, before Houston and L.A. | Sept. 14-29
  4. Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents the world premiere of Paul Kalburgi's In the Tall Grass, based on the murder of a transgender woman in Dallas | Sept. 14-24
  5. Shakespeare Dallas presents Titus Andronicus at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, Dallas, and Addison Circle Park | Sept. 20-Oct. 15



  1. TITAS brings Ballet Hispánico to Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Sept. 15-16
  2. Texas Ballet Theater's Beauty and the Beast plays Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Sept. 29-Oct. 1
  3. TITAS brings Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company to Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Sept. 15-16
  4. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica at Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Oct.  6-7
  5. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents Big Bad Wolf and Les Fairies in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project in the Sixth Floor Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas | Oct. 19-21



  1. The American Baroque Opera Company debuts, opening the third season for AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project season, in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House | Sept. 14-16
  2. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth opens its season at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sept. 16
  3. Jaap van Zweden conducts the Mahler 4 for the Dallas Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 14-17
  4. The Dallas Winds season opens with "Reflections on the Mississippi" at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 19
  5. The Dallas Opera season opens with Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila at the Winspear Opera House | Oct. 20-Nov. 5



  1. Ali Wong comes to the Majestic Theatre | Sept. 16
  2. Piff the Magic Dragon comes to the Addison Improv | Sept. 22-24
  3. The Dallas VideoFest begins Oct. 5-8, with the Ernie Kovacs Award going to Kids in the Hall on Oct. 13
  4. Rhett & Link's Tour of Mythicality comes to the Majestic Theatre | Oct. 21
  5. Bill Engvall comes to the Winspear Opera House | Nov. 2


» 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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