Ballet Hispánico

Places! Sept. 11-17, 2017 

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

published Thursday, September 14, 2017

Welcome to 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: New seasons for the Elevator Project, Cara Mía Theatre and the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth; national tours of Fun Home and Beautiful; and a world premiere of a play based on murder that happened in Dallas.

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: Joan Marcus
Fun Home


 1  Fun Home

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

The tour of the 2015 Best Musical Tony winner finally comes to North Texas. The piece, by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about coming out as a lesbian, and searching for answers in the mystery of her gay father who killed himself. | Sept. 13-24

» More info in our listing

» Look for an interview with Kate Shindle, who stars as older Alison, coming on TheaterJones

» Our review


Photo: Paul Lobo
Ballet Hispánico


 2  Ballet Hispánico

TITAS Presents | Moody Performance Hall | Dallas

The TITAS season continues with this group that includes choreographers and dancers representing the cultures of Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. The work "fuses Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques creating a new style of concert dance where theatricality and passion propel every move." | 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16

» More info in our listing



 3  In the Tall Grass

Bishop Arts Theatre Center | Dallas

British playwright Paul Kalburgi wrote this verbatim play, which he also directs, about the 2015 Dallas murder of a transgender woman. The cast includes some transgender actors, and is taken from the transcripts of interviews with the people involved in or adjacent to the story. Presented at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff. | Sept. 15-24

» More info in our listing

» Look for an interview with Paul Kalburgi coming on TheaterJones


Photo: ABOC
Masquerade: Opera Cabaret from American Baroque Theatre Company



 4  Masquerade: An Opera Cabaret

American Baroque Opera Company | Winspear Opera House, Hamon Hall | Dallas

The new group American Baroque Opera Company debuts with this showcase of baroque opera music, presented cabaret style with masks, and the audience is welcome to wear masks as well. This is the first event in the 2017-17 season for AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 & 16

» More info in our listing

» Our story on the company and this event


 5  Deferred Action

Cara Mía Theatre Company | Southern Methodist University, Bob Hope Theatre | Dallas

Cara Mía Theatre Company opens its season by reviving David Lozano and Lee Trull's play about a Dreamer in the era of DACA, which has wild new relevance since the current president is threatening to rescind the program. There will be a mini local tour, starting at SMU this week, University of North Texas next week, and then the Latino Cultural Center; before it goes to Houston and Los Angeles. | Sept. 14-29

» More info in our listing

» Look for video interviews coming on TheaterJones



 6  JVZ Conducts Mahler 5

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas

Jaap van Zweden conducts Mahler's Fifth Symphony, and Steven Stucky's "Elegy" from August 4, 1964. Part of the proceeds from this concert will benefit Hurricane Harvey relief. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17

» More info in our listing



Photo: Joan Marcus
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical



 7  Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Performing Arts Fort Worth | Bass Performance Hall | Fort Worth

The tour of the acclaimed musical about songwriter Carole King make a second stop in North Texas, this time at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. The chorus includes Dallas actress Tracy Lee. | Sept. 12-17

» More info in our listing

» Our review


Photo: Robert Bourdage
Luke of the Lake and Will of the Woods at Hip Pocket Theatre


 8  Luke of the Lake & Will of the Woods (A Cartoon Fantasy)

Hip Pocket Theatre | Silver Creek Amphitheatre | Fort Worth

Hip Pocket Theatre's final stage production of the year is a new autobiographical play by Johnny Simons about two brothers, raised by their grandmother, who have a life-changing experience. The cartoons in this fantasy include Betty Boop and Hello Kitty. | Sept. 15-Oct. 8

» More info in our listing



 9  No Translation Necessary

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Fort Worth

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth opens its season with the lineup of Gary Levinson, violin; Bion Tsang, cello; Francesca DePasquale, violin; Pavel Nersessian, piano; and Richard Young, viola. On the program: Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56, and Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80; Schubert’s String Trio in B flat Major, D 471; and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57. | 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

» More info in our listing

» Listen to the debut of Jonathan Tsay's podcast Between the Barlines, and his interview with Gary Levinson


Photo: Courtesy
Ali Wong


 10  Ali Wong

AXS | Majestic Theatre | Dallas

Wong, a comedian who also writes for the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, has received shout-outs from comics like Marc Maron and Amy Schumer, notably for her 2016 Netflix special Baby Cobra. Come see what the buzz is about. The first show is sold out, and a second was added, at the Majestic Theatre in downtown. | 7 & 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

» More info



 11  Barry Rothbart

Hyena's Comedy Night Club | Dallas

Rothbart has had a Comedy Central special, and was a series regular on the short-lived ABC show Downward Dog, which starred former Dallasite Allison Tolman. He appears all weekend at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Sept. 14-16

» More info




 12  Luvina + The Camellia + Macario

Teatro Dallas | Dallas

In October, Teatro Dallas will present two plays adapted from the work of Juan Rulfo and Alfredo Cardona Peña; and this prelude of sorts features the short film Macario, based on a story by Rulfo. There will also be staged readings of Rulfo's Luvina and Peña's The Camellia. | 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 15-17)

» More info in our listing








Owen Benjamin

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Sept. 14-16

» More info


Bus Stop

Rover Dramawerks presents the William Inge classic. | Sept. 14-Oct. 7

» More info in our listing


John Heffron

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Sept. 14-17

» More info


Michael Malone

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 14-16

» More info


Joel Runnels, Jr.

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Sept. 14

» More info





Tiffany Haddish

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Sept. 15-16

» More info


Sordid Lives

Denton Community Theatre opens its season with the Del Shores comedy at the Campus Theatre, Denton. | Sept. 15-24

» More info in our listing


Seussical the Musical

Presented by the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch. | Sept. 15-24

» More info in our listing





Texas Strong

A comedy benefit for Hurricane Harvey aid at the Arlington Improv.  | Sept. 17

» 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


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: Chip Tompkins
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Casa Manana



A Flea in Her Ear

The Georges Feydeau classic, presented by Greater Lewisville Community Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoast

Presented by Casa Mañana in Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review



David Lindsay-Abaire's comedy, presented by Circle Theatre, Fort Worth. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


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

Presented by Denton Community Theatre at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, Denton. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Suspect: A True Crimedy

Presented by Dallas Comedy House. | Closes Saturday

» Our review






  1. Shakespeare Dallas presents Titus Andronicus at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, Dallas, and Addison Circle Park | Sept. 20-Oct. 15
  2. Dallas Children's Theater season opens with Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium at Rosewood Center for Performing Arts | Sept. 22-Oct. 29
  3. Dallas Theater Center presents Hair at the Wyly Theatre | Sept. 22-Oct. 22
  4. Theatre Three does Adding Machine: The Musical | Sept. 28-Oct. 22
  5. Lyric Stage and Dallas Winds presents Dallas Divas! at Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 29



  1. Texas Ballet Theater's Beauty and the Beast plays Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Sept. 29-Oct. 1
  2. TITAS brings Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company to Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Sept. 15-16
  3. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica at Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Oct.  6-7
  4. 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
  5. The Bombshell Dance Project debuts at Sammons Center for the Arts | Oct. 20



  1. The Dallas Winds season opens with "Reflections on the Mississippi" at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 19
  2. The Dallas Symphony brings in violinist Hillary Hahn at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 21-24
  3. The Dallas Symphony presents the Emperor Concerto at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 28-Oct. 1
  4. The Cliburn presents 2017 VCIPC winner Yekwon Sunwoo at Bass Performance Hall | Oct. 3
  5. The Dallas Opera season opens with Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila at the Winspear Opera House | Oct. 20-Nov. 5



  1. Piff the Magic Dragon comes to the Addison Improv | Sept. 22-24
  2. The Dallas VideoFest begins Oct. 5-8, with the Ernie Kovacs Award going to Kids in the Hall on Oct. 13
  3. Bill Billamy comes to the Arlington Improv | Oct. 20-22
  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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Places! Sept. 11-17, 2017 
Here's the week's best bets for theater, dance, classical music, opera, comedy, spoken word, cabaret in North Texas.
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