Musical Classics and Daring New Plays:
Ten Shows to Catch on Local Stages This Fall
WHAT WE WERE
This play by Dallas playwright, actor, and Southern Methodist University associate professor Blake Hackler follows three sisters from Texas struggling with a history of abuse, with Second Thought Theatre in Dallas and Circle Theatre in Fort Worth co-producing the world premiere.
Where: Second Thought Theatre at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys campus | 3400 Blackburn Ave., Dallas
When: Weds. Aug. 28 – Sat. Sept. 21
Where: Circle Theatre | 230 W. 4th St., Fort Worth
When: Sept. 26 – Oct. 19
Dallas diva Denise Lee’s turn as Grizabella in Cats for The Firehouse Theatre is a “Memory” you don’t want to miss. With Mike Mullino directing, expect an exhilarating take on this crowd-pleasing Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a pack of singing and dancing cats.
Where: The Firehouse Theatre | 2535 Valley View Ln., Farmers Branch
When: Fri. Sept 6 – Sun. Sept. 22
Undermain Theatre scored a hit with the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist’s futuristic Tomorrow Come Today in 2014. This new Dahlquist premiere follows the downfall of civilization after the Internet has created a Tarot Deck that affects the past, present, and future.
Where: Undermain Theatre | 3200 Main St., Dallas
When: Weds. Sept. 18 – Sun. Oct 13
Lyric Stage has established an enviable record of doing classical musicals right. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita promises to be another pleasure with Catherine Carpenter Cox as Evita opposite Hector Garcia as Juan Peron at the elegant Majestic Theatre. Len Pfluger directs and choreographs while Scott A. Eckert serves as music director and conductor of the 19-piece orchestra.
Where: Majestic Theatre | 1925 Elm St., Dallas
When: Fri. Sept. 20 – Sun Sept. 22
IN THE HEIGHTS, THE MUSICAL
Before Lin-Manuel Miranda conquered the musical world with Hamilton, he delighted it with In the Heights, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical. Dallas Theater Center presents this story of family, friendship, and romance in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood .
Where: Wyly Theatre | 2400 Flora St., Dallas
When: Sat Sept. 21 – Sun Oct. 20
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
The lush Andrew Lloyd Webber score will haunt Bass Hall as the national tour of Broadway’s longest-running show returns with desire, romance, comedy, an opera ghost, and a crashing chandelier. Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the 1988 Tony Award-winner.
Where: Bass Hall | 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth
When: Tues. Sept. 24 – Sat. Oct. 5
A LOVE OFFERING
The latest from must-see Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton is A Love Offering. Kitchen Dog Theater presents his story of a nurse’s aide, T’Wana Jepson, who is being pushed to her limits by a patient with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Where: Trinity River Arts Center | 2600 N. Stemmons Frwy., Dallas
When: Thurs. Oct. 3 – Sun. Oct. 27
When you’re down about the state of politics in this country, there’s no better tonic than Holland Taylor’s fierce and funny valentine to legendary Texas Governor Ann Richards, the outspoken, unfiltered leader who fought to make things better for the citizens of this state. Jane Atkinson stars in this one-woman play, presented by Dallas Theater Center at the Kalita Humphreys Theater as a co-production with Arena Stage in Washington D.C.
Where: Kalita Humphrys Theater | 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas
When: Tues. Oct. 15 – Sun. Nov. 10
THE PETITE PALACE
Take a soupcon of Cirque du Soleil, stir in some slapstick and you’ve got the mirthful mix of The Petite Palace, an original circus experience from Laughter League, a non-profit founded by married clowns Tiffany ‘Slappy’ Riley and Dick Monday, that will give patrons a chance to test their juggling skills, try a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course and enjoy a kid-friendly variety show.
Where: Bath House Cultural Center | 521 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas
When: Thurs. Oct. 17 – Sun. Nov. 3
THE BIPPY BOBBY BOO SHOW
Theatergoers in the know, know not to miss a new Danielle Georgiou Dance Group show. The latest, a musical called The Bippy Bobby Boo Show, co-written by Georgiou and Justin Locklear, promises to dazzle with the glitz and glamour of a 1960s musical variety show – as performed by ghosts. Co-presented with Theatre Three, the show will premiere at Theatre Too.
Where: Theatre Too in the basement of Theatre Three | 2800 Routh St., Dallas
When: Fri. Oct. 25 – Sat. Nov. 2