Very Good Dance Theatre presents&nbsp;<em>Plant Mom</em>&nbsp;at Festival of Independent Theatres

Places! Oct. 8-14, 2020

Here are the online, indoor and outdoor performing arts happenings this week, with a sneak at upcoming events.

published Thursday, October 8, 2020

Photo: Vena Cava
Vena Cava Productions presents Strike!


And we're back to a weekly, streamlined Places! At the end of this week's lists of new, continuing and ongoing performing arts events, therre's a sneak peek at upcoming shows, which includes performances by Kelli O'Hara and David Strathairn.

The types of performances are color-coated:

 RED  for live/indoors

 BLUE  for online

 GREEN  for live/outdoors

 ORANGE  for drive-in/drive-by arts experiences

If we missed your group/performance, email Mark Lowry at and he'll add it.




Thursday, Oct. 8 through Wednesday, Oct. 14 | 2020


Photo: Undermain Theatre
Bruce DuBose in St. Nicholas



St. Nicholas

Undermain Theatre | Dallas

Oct. 7-25

Undermain Theatre revives Conor McPherson's one-man play St. Nicholas, again starring Bruce DuBose, but this time filmed for a streaming production.

Look for a review coming on TheaterJones





October Playlets

Stage West | Fort Worth

Oct. 8-18

Stage West presents October Playletsthree plays written to be live-streamed: Hey Stranger by Steph Del Rosso, Intro to Fiction by Ken Urban, and Boredom, Fear and Wine by Craig Pospisil.

Look for a review coming on TheaterJones





The Festival of Independent Theatres 

Festival of Independent Theatres | Dallas

Oct. 8-31

FIT is online this year, with six shows by Vena Cava Productions, Very Good Dance Theatre, Audacity Theatre Lab, Leos Ensemble, Lily & Joan, and Laughter League. The shows are:

  • Audacity Theatre Lab: Daylan Hillis in Space by Brad McEntire and Jeff Hernandez
  • Leos Ensemble: 3x3: Three Short Scenes from Pre-Modern Playwrights, from works by Margaret Cavendish, Æmilia Bassano Lanier, and Elizabeth Robins
  • Lily & Joan Theatre Company: Redeemer Mine by J.C. Pankratz
  • Laughter League: Up the Down Ladder, conceived and performed by Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley
  • Very Good Dance Theatre: Plant Mom created by the VGDT ensemble
  • Vena Cava Productions: Strike! by Zoe Kerr

Look for reviews coming on TheaterJones





Mahler's Song of the Earth

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas

Oct. 9-11

The Dallas Symphony continues its fall of reduced capacity, masks-required, intermissionless performances. This concert features music director Fabio Luisi and several vocalists.

Look for a review coming on TheaterJones



Photo: Karen Almond
The Dallas Opera's 2018 production of Carmen




The Dallas Opera | Dallas

Oct. 9-Nov. 8

The Dallas Opera streams its 2018 production of Bizet's classic.





A Bridge of Searing Beauty

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth | Fort Worth

2 p.m. Saturday, Oct 10

CMSFW resents music by Frank Bridge and Chevalier de St. George.

Look for a review coming on TheaterJones






Dallas Black Dance Theatre | Dallas

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica, but this year online. The step company Step Africa returns, too.

Look for a review coming on TheaterJones




Photo: Shawn Patrello
Tiffany Riley of Laughter League


Circo Metropolis

The Laughter League and Shakespeare Dallas | Samuell-Grand Amphitheater at Tenison Park | Dallas

Oct. 10-18

The Laughter League and Shakespeare Dallas present Circo Metropolis, a pop-up circus event. The cast includes Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley, plus speed juggler Dario Vasquez, circus skills phenoms Kelli and Julio Ramazini, Magic Mike Williams, aerialists Circus2Wins, slack wire artist Chet Monday and songbird Lily Monday. Bring blankets and enjoy a socially distanced event.





Chaplin's Smile

The Dallas Chamber Music Society | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium | Dallas

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12

The DCMS presents violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Marta Aznavoorian present the music of the great actor, filmmaker, and composder and songwriter Charlie Chaplin.





Frank Sinatra: The Second Century

Casa Mañana Cabaret Series | Casa Mañana Theatre | Fort Worth

Oct. 13-17

Several New York-based theater performers sing Frank Sinatra's hits, in the newly reconfigured Reid Cabaret Theatre.





Hopening Date

Coppell Arts Center

Oct. 13

Tours of the arts center, which was supposed to open in May but has been pushed back as COVID delayed construction, will open for tours of the gallery spaces, with more programming to come.





It Can't Happen Here

Bishop Arts Theatre Center | Dallas

6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, in partnership with Berkeley Rep, presents four radio play installments of a play adapted from Sinclair Lewis' novel It Can't Happen Here, with a cast that includes David Strathairn (a Q&A with the cast follows). Lisa Peterson directs.





The Gin Game

Theatre Denton | Denton

Oct. 14-18

Theatre Denton (formerly Denton Community Theatre) presents D.L. Cogburn's play The Gin Game.





This events opened before Oct. 8, and are continuing




Dear Elizabeth

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas

Through Oct. 10

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents the Sarah Ruhl play Dear Elizabeth, featuring Kristin and Rob McCollum and directed by Michael Serrecchia. The play is about the relationship between poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop.

Read our review





Daddy Long Legs

The Firehouse Theatre | Farmer's Branch

Through Oct. 11

Firehouse presents the two-person musical by John Caird and Paul Gordon, starring real-life couple Caitlin Martelle Jones and Preston Lee Isham, performed and filmed with social distance restrictions. Directed by Derek Whitener with music direction by Bethany Lorentzen.





Spring Awakening

East Dallas Arts

Through Oct. 17

East Dallas Arts presents a socially distanced, streaming production of the Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater musical Spring Awakening, with the teenage actors performing in Plexiglass booths.





Photo: Evan Michael Woods
Imprint Theatreworks' production of The Impact of the Gadget on Civilization

The Impact of the Gadget on Civilization

Imprint Theatreworks | Dallas

Through Oct. 18

Imprint Theatreworks presents this new play by Mark Oristano, which imagines a conversation between Einstein and Oppenheimer at Los Alamos. It was filmed at WaterTower Theatre and is presented online. Directed by Ashley H. White.

Read our interview with Mark Oristano





Area 3

Aurora Dallas | DalPark Parking Garage (across from Neiman Marcus) in downtown | Dallas 

Through Jan. 1, 2021

Aurora Dallas has transformed 10,000 square feet in a parking garage for drive-by art/light installations, to support local artists and vendors in a profit-sharing model. The artists in this exhibition are Brandy Michele Adams + Michael Moore + Robert Anthony; Eric Trich + Taylor Cleveland; Alicia Eggert; Danielle Georgiou; Julie Libersat; Melanie Clemmons + Zak Loyd; Zuyva Sevilla; David Stout; Francine Thirteen; Tramaine Townsend; and Blake Weld. The daily event begins at 7 p.m. in October, and 6 p.m. in November and December. The event closes at 1 a.m. Tickets are $30 per vehicle, and must be purchased in advance.






The following events happen weekly


Photo: Facebook
Amy Stevenson of Mama\'s Party


Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson's Mama's Party | Dallas

7:35 p.m. Mondays

Every Monday, via Facebook Live, Amy Stevenson hosts local singers performing show tunes and other songs.




Open Classical DFW

Open Classical DFW | Dallas

8 p.m. Tuesdays

Every Tuesday, via Facebook Live and YouTube, Open Classic lets participants play or sing works from the classical music, opera and musical theater canons.




CarBaret Drive-In

Brizo Bar | Richardson

7:30 p.m. Saturdays

Every Saturday, in the parking lot behind Brizo Bar in Richardson, CarBaret screens a film and features live performances by performing artists and musicians before the movie.







  1. Cara Mía Theatre Company and Soul Rep Theatre Company stream their co-production of Dael Orlandersmith's My Red Hand, My Black Hand | Oct. 15-Nov. 8
  2. The Dallas Children's Theater's Social Justice Plays brings Idris Goodwin's short play Nothing Rhymes with Juneteenth. | Oct. 16-25
  3. Teatro Dallas presents The Monster in His Labyrinth: Conversations with Diego Rivera | Oct. 17-25
  4. Theatre Three presents It Came from Theatre Three, four short plays by local playwrights: The Loss of Jane by Nicole Neely, Doctor Diablo by Blake Hackler, The Old Woman in the Wood by Jeffrey Schmidt in collaboration with the Drama Club, and Bloody Mary by Jonathan Norton | Oct. 19-Nov. 1
  5. Cry Havoc Theater Company presents Endlings, an original work about climate change | Oct. 19-Nov. 1
  6. Danielle Georgiou Dance Group and Theatre Three co-present The Bippy Bobby Boo Show: 2020 Call-in Special | Oct. 23-Nov. 3
  7. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the online concert Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway: Patti LuPone | 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
  8. Four Day Weekend presents its first virtual comedy show via its Facebook page | 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
  9. Circle Theatre presents a free reading of George Orwell's 1984, adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan | Oct. 29-Nov. 4
  10. Over the Bridge Arts presents its third annual Burning Woman Festival, with theater, dance, poetry and music created and performed by women, and recorded Arts Mission Oak Cliff. | Nov. 5-8
  11. The Dallas Children's Theater's Social Justice Plays brings Idris Goodwin's short play #MATTER. | Nov. 6-15
  12. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the online concert Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway: Laura Benanti | 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
  13. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the online concert Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway: Vanessa Williams | 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5



  1. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Beethoven's Pastoral symphony | Will Rogers Auditorium | Fort Worth | Oct. 16-18
  2. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Tony-winning Broadway star Kelli O'Hara in concert | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas | Oct. 16-18
  3. Sounds Modern performs music to celebrate the art of Mark Bradford at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The free concert will also be live-streamed. | 2 p.m. Oct. 17
  4. Voices of Change opens its season | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 18
  5. The Black Academy of Arts & Letters presents Poets N Jazz with Alex Frazier and Samaria Brown at the Clarence Muse Cafe Theater, with limited seating | Oct. 23-24
  6. The Dallas Bach Society opens its season | Aldredge House, Dallas | Oct. 24
  7. TITAS/Dance Unbound presents Parsons Dance Company, the first event in the Winspear Opera House since the shutdowns began. | 8 p.m. Nov. 20



  1. The Firehouse Theatre presents the revue Back to the 80s at the outdoor venue The Sound at Cypress Waters in Coppell | Oct. 16-25
  2. Kitchen Dog Theater presents Get Up, Stand Up!, a drive-in "celebration of Democracy," in the parking lot of its new home in the Design District. | Saturdays Oct. 17-31 and on Election Night, Nov. 3
  3. TITAS/Dance Unbound presents the Rose Room on Tour, a drag show at Strass Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center | Oct. 24
  4. Imprint Theatreworks, in collaboration with Shakespeare Dallas, presents The Tree - An American Rock Musical, a hybrid performance performed outdoors at Samuell-Grand Park and online. | Oct. 29-Nov. 14
  5. Amphibian Stage hosts the first Parking Lot Comedy Festival with shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31
  6. ArtStillery's next ArtCultivation, an ongoing variety show, is in the parking lot behind its venue on Fort Worth Avenue in West Dallas. | 8 p.m. Nov. 6
  7. Avant Chamber Ballet presents Season Premiere: Under the Stars at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Annette Strauss Square. | 6 p.m. Nov. 6-7
  8. Teatro Dallas and Deep Vellum Publishing present A Grave is Given Supper, performed outdoors at the Latino Cultural Center | Nov. 7-14
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