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Places! Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 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 28, 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: Dallas Theater Center grooves and rocks with an immersive staging of the iconic rock musical Hair, Theatre Three gets dark with the musical version of Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine, the Cliburn gold medalist performs, there are divas galore and interesting music and dance options this week. In the list of shows that close this weekend, notice there are four world premieres closing, two of them by local writers (Dallas Theater Center, Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three, and TCU).

EDITOR UPDATE: The Festival of American Song, originally in this list at number four, has been canceled as of late Friday, Sept. 29. We've moved the list around accordingly.

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.

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!






 1  Hair

Dallas Theater Center | Wyly Theatre, Potter Rose Performance Hall | Dallas

This season marks Kevin Moriarty's 10th at Dallas Theater Center, and you'll remember his  first show to direct here was the rock opera Tommy at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Now he's doing another iconic rock musical, Hair, and because it's at the Wyly Theatre, which is endlessly reconfigurable, you know there's some kind of experimentation with audience perspective. This immersive production of the groundbreaking piece (by Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot) is performed in-the-round, with the band directly in the middle of the stage (in a circular pit, but fully visible and interactive), and the audience divided into four areas: garden, playground, lounge and kitchen. Great cast of locals in the Tribe and as some of the main characters. Ace Anderson is Hud, Tiana Kaye Johnson is Sheila, Chris Peluso (who was on the TV show Smash) is Berger, and Jaime Cepero is Claude. Vonda Bowling is the music director. There is some audience participation, but it's fairly harmless. There is no reserved seating, so get there about 45 minutes before curtain because the audience chamber opens 30 minutes before, and the line starts forming. Those dreadful Wyly seats are gone, and in their place are various kinds of chairs, including sofas, beanbags, and a barber chair that swivels so that its inhabitant can get a full 360 experience. | Sept. 28-Oct. 22

» More info in our listing


Photo: Jeffrey Schmidt
Thomas Ward in Adding Machine: A Musical at Theatre Three


 2  Adding Machine: A Musical

Theatre Three | Dallas

Ten years after Joshua Schmidt and Jason Leowith's musical version of Elmer Rice's 1925 play premiered, it's finally being done in North Texas. Directed by Blake Hackler, musical direction by Mark Mullino and choreography by Danielle Georgiou, the musical tells of a man whose job is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. This one is dark, which we love. The cast includes Thomas Ward, Jeni Roller, Allison Pistorius, Brandon McInnis, John Daniel Pszyk, James Chandler, Angela Davis, Kathryn Taylor Rose and Ashley Wood. | Previews Sept. 28-Oct. 1; opens Monday, Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 22

» More info in our listing


Photo: Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn
Yekwon Sunwoo performing at the 2017 Cliburn competition


 3  Yekwon Sunwoo

The Cliburn | Bass Performance Hall | Fort Worth

The South Korean who won the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition returns for his first Fort Worth performance since the win. On the program, which opens the Cliburn's 2017-18 season, are three Mozart pieces: Romance in A-flat Major, K. AnH 205; Rondo in A Minor, K. 511; and Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330; and well as Schubert's Moments musicaux, D. 780, and Ravel's La Valse. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2

» More info in our listing



 4  Beethoven's Emperor Concerto

Dallas Symphony | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas

The Dallas Symphony has guest conductor James Feddeck and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica." | 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 30; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1

» More info in our listing



 5  Dallas Divas

Lyric Stage + Dallas Winds | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas

Lyric Stage has some big changes with its upcoming season, the biggest of which is that its full productions are now at the Majestic Theatre, and one weekend only. But it kicks off with the return, after 10 years, of this event at the Meyerson Symphony Center, in which local women vocalists perform songs, this year by Rodgers and Hart. The divas are Sally Soldo, Amy Stevenson, Catherine Carpenter Cox, Daron Cockerell, Kelly Silverthorn, Julie Johnson and Kristen Lassiter. | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29

» More info in our listing

» Read our feature about Dallas Divas


Photo: Lyric Stage
Dallas Divas


 6  Double Treble

Ensemble75 | Sammons Center for the Arts | Dallas

Jonathan Tsay's chamber music group Ensemble75 opens its season with the trio of Tsay on piano, and violinists Chloe Trevor and Stirling Trent, on a varied program of works by Handel, Kreisler, Prokofiev, Chopin, Rózsa, and Moszkowski. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30

» More info in our listing

» Listen to Tsay's latest Between the Barlines podcast, in which he chats with Trent about this concert and his career.



 7  Ballet Fête

Collin County Ballet Theatre | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Richardson

Collin County Ballet Theatre opens its season with Artistic Director Kirt Hathaway's "Aurora's Wedding" from Act III of Sleeping Beauty; new works by Juliana Jordan and Christy Aumiller, and a special performance by Lauren Gonzales and Michael Eaton, and more. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30

Photo: Helen Murray
Mr. Popper\'s Penguins at Casa Manana Children\'s Theatre

» More info in our listing



 8  Mr. Popper's Penguins

Casa Mańana Children's Theatre | Casa Mañana Theatre | Fort Worth

Casa Mañana has the regional premiere of this musical based on the beloved book by Richard and Florence Atwater, which you'll remember was also a movie starring Jim Carrey. This production features penguin puppets. Repeat: PENGUIN. PUPPETS. What more do you need to know? | Sept. 29-Oct. 15

» More info in our listing


 9  Keigwin + Company

Irving Arts Center | Carpenter Hall | Irving

The New York-based company has been in town where Larry Keigwin has created an original dance using members of the community, ranging from pro to amateur dancers, called Bolero Texas, which uses the Ravel music. His company will also perform their own work. | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30

» More info in our listing



 10  Heart and Soul Dance Festival

8&1 Dance Company | Courtyard Theatre | Plano

8&1 Dance Company performs its annual festival to benefit a local charity. This year's proceeds go to Alex's Lemonade Stand, and the guest artists are 6 O'Clock Dance Theatre, Avant Chamber Ballet, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Choreo Records. | 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30

» More info in our listing



 11  Alice in Slasherland

Lakeside Community Theatre | Lakeside Arts Center | The Colony

DFW is finally discovering Vietnamese-American playwright and screenwriter Qui Nguyen, it seems. In 2018 Theatre Three will do the area premiere of his play She Kills Monsters. Before that, Lakeside Community Theatre in the Colony has this play about a man who, along with the soul of a slain girl, saves his friends and the world. | Sept. 29-Oct. 14

» More info in our listing


 Beauty and the Beast

Texas Ballet Theater | Bass Performance Hall | Fort Worth 

Texas Ballet Theater does Lew Christensen's ballet at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. | Sept. 29-Oct. 1

» More info in our listing

» Our review of the Dallas production a few weeks ago







J.R. Brow

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Sept. 28-30

» More info


Slade Ham

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Sept. 28-30

» More info


Robert Powell

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28

» More info


Jerry Rocha

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Sept. 28-30

» More info


In the Blood

Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts presents one of two Suzan-Lori Parks plays that are based on The Scarlet Letter. | Sept. 27-Oct. 1

» More info in our listing





The Addams Family

The musical based on Charles Addams' comic strip, opening the season at Runway Theatre in Grapevine. | Sept. 29-Oct. 22

» More info in our listing


Back to School

Late night improv from Alternative Comedy Theater at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas. | Sept. 29-30

» More info in our listing


Affion Crockett

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Sept. 29-Oct. 1

» More info


Jamie Kennedy

Photo: Comedy Central
Jim Norton

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Sept. 29-Oct. 1

» More info


Jim Norton

The comedian brings his Kneeling Room only tour to the Texas Theatre in a benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief. | 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28

» More info in our listing


Poets N Jazz #1

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters' first Poets N Jazz of this season features Sherrie "Candy" Zantea and Rage Almighty. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept 29 and 30

» More info in our listing


Smart Pretty Funny

Mandy Rausch directs Kathleen Culebro's play for Denton Community Theatre's studio series; the play had its world premiere in 2016 at Amphibian Stage Productions. | Sept. 29-Oct. 1

» More info in our listing


Smile and Smile: An Evening of Booze and Villains

DragStrip Courage's annual Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot) production is this original creation by Steven Alan McGaw, featuring selections from Shakespeare's villains. It's free, and set up on the outdoor stage at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth. | Sept. 29-Oct. 7

» More info in our listing


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Joe Dickinson's spoof of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. | Sept. 29-Nov. 11

» More info in our listing





100 Thousand Poets for Change, Fort Worth Edition

Tommy Gomez's Sound Culture participates in the international event in which poets and spoken word artists speak their words for social and political change. At three venues in Fort Worth (see below). | Noon-midnight Saturday, Sept. 30

  • 12-1:30pm: Multilingual poetry – How Am I a Global Neighbor? Venue: Namaste Nepali restaurant, 923 E. Seminary Drive (1 block east of I-35W, 76115)
  • 3-4:30pm: Bridges not Walls / Safe Spaces for All. Venue: Salsa Límon at La Gran Plaza (Seminary Drive at I-35W, 76115)
  • 6pm-12am: Performance poetry and live music showcases. Venue: The Republic Street Bar, 201 E. Hattie Street (1 block west of I-35W, 76104)

» More info on the Fort Worth event

» More info on the international event





Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

Amphibian Stage Productions sponsors the National Theatre Live screenings in Fort Worth, and this is the second part of 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






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. | 10 p.m. every Tuesday

» More info






Photo: Karen Almond
Alex Organ in Miller, Mississippi at Dallas Theater Center

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

Presented by Garland Civic Theatre at the Granville Arts Center. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


Cedar Springs, or Big Scary Animals

Matt Lyle's latest play, in a world premiere at Theatre Three's Theatre Too! | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our interview with Matt Lyle


Deferred Action

David Lozano and Lee Trull's play, which premiered at Dallas Theater Center in 2016 and has been revived by Cara Mía Theatre Company, plays the final leg of its local tour, at Latino Cultural Center. (It goes to Houston next week.) | Closes Saturday

» Our review of the Dallas Theater Center production in 2016


Miller, Mississippi

The world premiere of Boo Killebrew's play, presented by Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre, Sixth Floor Studio. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Our Artist to Artist interview with Regina Taylor interviewing Boo Killebrew


Parents' Evening

Presented by Proper Hijinx Productions at the Addison Theatre Center Studio Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


so go the ghosts of méxico, part two

The world premiere of Matthew Paul Olmos' second part of his trilogy about the U.S.-Mexico drug wars, presented by Undermain Theatre. | Closes Saturday

» Our review

» Our Artist to Artist interview with David Lozano interviewing Matthew Paul Olmos


Tom Kellogg in B Flat

Theatre TCU presents a new play by T.J. Walsh. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Winston's Birthday

The American premiere of Paul Baker's play, presented by Theatre Britain. | Closes Saturday/Sunday

» Our review






  1. WingSpan Theatre Company presents Edward Albee's Occupant at the Bath House Cultural Center | Oct. 5-21
  2. Stage West presents Aaron Posner's Life Sucks, freely adapted from Chekhov's  Uncle Vanya | Oct. 12-Nov. 12
  3. Teatro Dallas presents An Evening with Two Giants | Oct. 13-Nov. 4
  4. Amphibian Stage Productions presents the world premiere of David Davalos' A Lost Leonardo | Oct. 13-Nov. 5
  5. WaterTower Theatre presents Kate Hamill's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice | Oct. 13-Nov. 5
  6. House Party Theatre presents Claire Carson's Shadow Woman at the Underground at the Bath House Cultural Center | Oct. 14-28



  1. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica at Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Oct.  6-7
  2. 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
  3. The Bombshell Dance Project debuts at Sammons Center for the Arts | Oct. 20
  4. TITAS brings Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company to Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Oct. 27-28
  5. TITAS brings Malpaso Dance Company to Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Nov. 10-11



  1. The Fort Worth Symphony performs Michael Tilson Thomas’s Agnegram and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at Bass Performance Hall | Oct. 6-8
  2. The Dallas Symphony Chorus performs a 40th Anniversary concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Oct. 8
  3. The Voices of Change season opens at Caruth Auditorium on the SMU campus | Oct. 8
  4. The Dallas Opera season opens with Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila at the Winspear Opera House | Oct. 20-Nov. 5
  5. The Dallas Opera presents Verdi's La traviata at Winspear Opera House | Oc. 27-Nov. 12



  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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