Raphael Parry and&nbsp;Nicole Berastequi in <em>Titus Andronicus</em>

Places! Sept. 21-27, 2017

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

published Thursday, September 21, 2017

Welcome to Places!, which returns to a Thursday-to-Wednesday 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: Shakespeare Dallas gets bloody, Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune perform together, the Dallas Symphony has rising violinist Hilary Hahn, and the variety/live radio program In a Southern City debuts. Plus Goosebumps, magic dragons, Lorca and Kushner on film, and more.

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: Jessica Helton
Raphael Parry and Nicole Berastequi in Titus Andronicus


 1  Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare Dallas | Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre + Addison Circle Park | Dallas + Addison

For the first time in its 40-plus years, Shakespeare Dallas does Shakespeare's bloodiest, goriest play. Raphael Parry plays the former Roman emperor, and Christie Vela, who played Tamora when Kitchen Dog Theater did this work years ago, directs. Nicole Berastequi plays the Goth queen here. Expect a "splatter zone." We did say it's gory. | Sept. 22-Oct. 1 at Samuell-Grand Park; Oct. 5-15 at Addison Circle Park

» More info in our listing


Photo: Courtesy
Chita Rivera


 2  Chita & Tune: Two for the Road

Eisemann Presents | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Rchardson

Multiple Tony-winning Broadway legends Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune perform their first show together, featuring hits from their respective careers, to open the 15th season for the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. | 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21

Photo: Michael Patrick O\'Leary
Hilary Hahn

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Chita Rivera



 3  Hilary Hahn

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas

Hanna Lintu is the guest conductor, and Hilary Hahn the guest violinist at the Dallas Symphony this weekend. The program features Sibelius' Finlandia, Dvořák's Violin Concerto, the U.S. premiere of Samy Moussa's A Globe Itself Infolding, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1. | 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 21-23; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24

» More info in our listing



 4  In a Southern City

Bootstraps Comedy Theater | Arts Mission Oak Cliff | Dallas

Matt Lyle brings his concept of a live radio variety show (think A Prairie Home Companion) to Dallas, hosted by Jim Kuenzer and featuring bandleader Max Hartman, with an ensemble of performers that includes Cori Martin,  Kristin McCollum, Jeff Swearingen, Jessica Turner, and Jeremy Whiteker; and it's at Arts Mission Oak Cliff. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23

» More info in our listing


Photo: Bootstraps Comedy Theater
In a Southern City from Bootstraps Comedy Theater



 5  CMI 17-18 Concert 1

Chamber Music International | St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church + Moody Performance Hall | Richardson + Dallas

The Chamber Music International season opens with a Romantic journey through Germany, Poland and Bohemia with violinist Andrés Cardenes, violist Paul Coletti and The Fischer Duo. The program features Beethoven's String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1; Chopin's Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65; and Dvořák's Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District

» More info in our listing



 6  Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

Dallas Children's Theater | Rosewood Center for Family Arts | Dallas

The Dallas Children's Theater season opens with this musical based on the R.L. Stine book series. With music and lyrics by Danny Abosch, book and lyrics by John Maclay. | Sept. 22-Oct. 29

» More info in our listing


Photo: Eric Younkin
Bus Stop at Theatre Arlington


 7  Bus Stop

Theatre Arlington | Arlington

Joe Chapa directs the William Inge classic for Theatre Arlington. The production stars Payten Brewer as Cherie and Seth Nelson as Bo Decker, with Rhiannon Lomonaco as Elma Duckworth, Natalie Gaupp as Grace Hoylard, David Myers as Will Masters, Kyle Trentham as Dr. Gerald Lyman, Steven McGaw as Carl and Travis Fant as Virgil Blessing. | Sept. 22-Oct. 22

» More info in our listing


Photo: Courtesy
Piff the Magic Dragon


 8  Piff the Magic Dragon

The Addison Improv | Addison

He's got jokes, skills, and a dragon suit. What more do you need to know? | 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24

» More info



 9  The Award Concert: Order of Isabel the Catholic

Orchestra of New Spain | St. Monica Catholic Church | Dallas

With the presence of Consul General of Spain, Ambassador Enric Panes, the Orchestra of New Spain performs music from the court of 18th-century Spain, including Francisco Courcelle’s Te Deum, and Jose de Nebra’s Vespers to the Virgin. | 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23

» More info in our listing


 10  Parents' Evening

Proper Hijinx Productions | Addison Theatre Centre, Studio Theatre | Addison

Proper Hijinx presents Bathsheba Doran's two-actor comedy about husband and wife as they prepare to meet the teacher of their daughter. Jeff Swearingen and Robin Clayton star, directed by Stefany Cambra. | Sept. 21-Oct. 1

» More info in our listing



 11  House Taken Over

Sounds Modern | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Fort Worth

Sounds Modern opens its season with music that evokes haunted houses and the spirit world. Featuring works by Jeffrey Stadelman, Pang Vongtaradon, Andrew May, Ethan Wickman, James Harley, and Pauline Oliveros. | 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23

» More info in our listing




 12  Yerma

National Theatre of London/NT Live | Angelika Film Center | Dallas + Plano

The National Theatre of London's production of the Federico García Lorca play is screened at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano. | 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27

» More info







DeRay Davis

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Sept. 21-24

» More info


Deferred Action

Cara Mía Theatre Co.'s remount of David Lozano and Lee Trull's play that is even more timely now that the president wants to get rid of Obama's protections for the Dreamers. It's in the middle of a local tour, this week at the University of North Texas' University Theatre. | Sept. 21-24

» More info in our listing



Dallas Theater Center presents the 1960s rock musical, in the Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. | Previews through Sept. 27; opens Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 22

» More info in our listing


Paul Hooper

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 21-23

» More info


Chris Porter

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Sept. 21-23

» More info





Ben Creed

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Sept. 22-23

» More info


The Laugh Supper Presents: Pumpkin Spice Laughter

The sketch comedy outfit the Laugh Supper presents a show at the Core Theatre in Richardson. | 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22

» More info in our listing





Queer Queens of Comedy

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24

» More info





Dallas Cultural Plan Kickoff Events

The Dallas Office of Cultural Afairs has been working on a new Cultural Plan or the cities, and they are having initial ideas to discuss it, with activities and other events. These will be at various venues around the city. See list below. | Sept. 25-30

  • 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25: Dallas Museum of Art
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26: Dallas Childen's Theater
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28: Walnut Hill Recreation Center
  • 10 a.m. Saturday ,Sept. 30: Southwest Center Mall (Redbird Mall)

» More info here


Samson and Delilah

In preparation for its upcoming production of Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila, the Dallas Opera screens Cecille B. DeMille's 1944 film of the biblical story, in conjunction with the Dallas Film Society, at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. | 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25

» More info here





Tom Kellogg in B Flat

Theatre TCU does the world premiere of T.J. Walsh's romantic comedy about a young novelist living in San Francisco in the 1980s and his chasing love and all the complications that come with trying to find your one true love. | Sept. 26-Oct. 1

» More info in our listing





Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches

Amphibian Stage Productions sponsors the National Theatre Live screenings in Fort Worth, and this is the British production of Tony Kushner's masterpiece, screened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27; and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30

» More info




Each week we'll highlight at least one performance in a city outside of Dallas-Fort Worth that's still reasonably drivable. Because this is Texas, that means five hours or less, one way. So, look for recommendations in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.


Photo: Amitava Sarkar
The Houston Ballet presents Mayerling



The venue used by the Houston Ballet and the Houston Opera were both devastated by the flooding after Hurricane Harvey, and the Ballet has moved its fall programming to Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center. The season opens with Kenneth MacMillan's 1978 ballet Mayerling, the first American company to present the work. | Sept. 22-24

» 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






Don't Dress for Dinner

Presented by Pocket Sandwich Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Fun Home

The national tour presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with Kate Shindle


In the Tall Grass

Paul Kalburgi's verbatim play about a transgender woman killed in Dallas in 2015. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with playwright Paul Kalburgi



Presented by Tarrant Actors Regional Theater at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Rang De! Color Me India!

An original work presented by Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas and ThinkIndia Foundation at the Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theater. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Royal Society of Antarctica

Mat Smart's three-act play closes the season for Stage West. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with playwright Mat Smart



Echo Theatre presents Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play at the Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» Our review

» Our story on Echo Theatre's 20th anniversary


See How They Run

Presented on the second stage at Artisan Center Theater, Hurst. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Seussical the Musical

Presented by the Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Sister Act

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Sordid Lives

Presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre, Denton. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing






  1. Dallas Theater Center presents Hair at the Wyly Theatre | Sept. 22-Oct. 22
  2. Backstage Access presents Broadway's Leading Ladies with Cady Huffman, Judy Kaye and Donna McKechnie at the Music Hall at Fair Park (with the audience onstage) | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
  3. Theatre Three does Adding Machine: The Musical | Sept. 28-Oct. 22 
  4. Lyric Stage and Dallas Winds presents Dallas Divas! at Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 29
  5. WingSpan Theatre Company presents Edward Albee's Occupant at the Bath House Cultural Center | Oct. 5-21
  6. Stage West presents Aaron Posner's Life Sucks, freely adapted from Chekhov's  Uncle Vanya | Oct. 12-Nov. 12
  7. Teatro Dallas presents An Evening with Two Giants | Oct. 13-Nov. 4
  8. Amphibian Stage Productions presents the world premiere of David Davalos' A Lost Leonardo | Oct. 13-Nov. 5
  9. WaterTower Theatre presents Kate Hamill's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice | Oct. 13-Nov. 5
  10. House Party Theatre presents Claire Carson's Shadow Woman at the Underground at the Bath House Cultural Center | Oct. 14-28



  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 Symphony presents the Emperor Concerto at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 28-Oct. 1
  2. Ensemble75 opens its season at Sammons Center for the Arts | Sept. 30
  3. The Cliburn presents 2017 VCIPC winner Yekwon Sunwoo at Bass Performance Hall | Oct. 3
  4. The Voices of Change season opens at Caruth Auditorium on the SMU campus | Oct. 8
  5. The Dallas Opera season opens with Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila at the Winspear Opera House | Oct. 20-Nov. 5



  1. The Dallas VideoFest begins Oct. 5-8, with the Ernie Kovacs Award going to Kids in the Hall | Oct. 13
  2. Eddie Izzard is at the Majestic Theatre | 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
  6. Colin Quinn comes to the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff | Nov. 16


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