Theatrically Speaking: Cats, Christmas, and Hamilton, Too!

A sleigh-full of theatrical gifts in Dallas-Fort Worth. 

After a long theatrical drought, the Ghosts of Theater Present have arrived. Dallas Summer Musicals is hosting Hamilton, Performing Arts Fort Worth is welcoming Cats, and there are many thoughtful, fun, and festive shows to enjoy across town, including Dallas Theater Center’s beloved A Christmas Carol. Expect social distancing, mask requirements, and streaming options as you enjoy the season’s offerings.


By Aaron Posner

Can’t stop thinking about government? Congratulations—you’ve got something in common with our sixth U.S. president. Aaron Posner’s hit 2019 play, JQA, tells the story of John Quincy Adams, the brilliant diplomat who became a president and then a congressman. Stage West presents the regional premiere, which deals with Adams’ confrontations with his contemporaries, raising thoughtful questions about how our country does and should work.

Where: Stage West | 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth

When:  Now through Sunday, Oct. 31


The Hairy Ape 

By Eugene O’Neill

The Classics Theatre Project presents Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 classic about Yank, whose pride in his work taking care of the engines on an ocean liner is shattered when the rich daughter of an industrialist refers to him as a “filthy beast.” He leaves his ship to wander into Manhattan. Searching for a sense of identity, Yank finds he doesn’t seem to belong anywhere in a world controlled by the rich.

Where: The Core Theatre | 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson

When:  Now through Saturday, Nov. 6


The Supreme Leader

By Don X. Nguye

Dallas audiences will be the first to see this coming-of-age comedy about Kim Jong-Un in the years before he becomes dictator of North Korea, as Dallas Theater Center artistic director Kevin Moriarty directs this world premiere by Don X. Nguyen.

Where: Kalita Humphreys Theater | 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas

When: Now through Sunday, Nov. 21


The Glass Menagerie

By Tennessee Williams

Dallas treasure Denise Lee stars as Amanda Wingfield, a desperate mother trying to fix her children’s lives in Circle Theatre’s production of the 1944 Tennessee Williams classic.

Where: Circle Theatre | 230 W. 4th St., Fort Worth

When: Now through Saturday, Nov. 20


Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery

By Shay Youngblood

A young Black girl comes of age in the 1960s South in this tender tale of community in this Soul Rep Theatre Company production.

Where: Pavilion at Dallas Heritage Village | 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas

When:  In-person: Thursday, Nov. 11–Sunday, Nov. 14; Streaming: Monday, Dec. 13–Friday, Dec. 31



Book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

The national tour of this award-winning cultural sensation returns! Dallas Summer Musicals brings back Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop take on the complex and ambitious Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in a historically inspired tale about immigrants and their exhilarating fight for freedom.

Where: Music Hall at Fair Park | 909 1st Ave., Dallas

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 16–Sunday, Dec. 5



Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot

Expect incredible singing and dancing as Performing Arts Fort Worth tugs on your “Memory” with the Tony Award-winning Cats at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. New sound design, direction, and choreography will offer plenty to purr about.

Where: Bass Hall | 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 16—Sunday, Nov. 21


A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Kevin Moriarty from the novel by Charles Dickens

Looking for holiday spirit? At the Wyly Theatre, Dallas Theater Center presents its annual production of A Christmas Carol, that classic tale about Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Raphael Parry, artistic director of Shakespeare Dallas, takes on the title role under the direction of Christie Vela in Kevin Moriarty’s thoughtful, song and soul-infused adaptation.

Where:  Wyly Theatre | 2400 Flora St., Dallas

When:  Wednesday, Nov. 24–Sunday, Dec. 26


Ebenezer Scrooge

Adapted by Joe Dickinson from the novel by Charles Dickens, music by Laurie Tirmenstein

The 39th production of this beloved adaptation by Joe Dickinson, with music by Laurie Tirmenstein, will be the last at Pocket Sandwich Theatre’s current home on Mockingbird Lane. Don’t miss your chance to see this beloved take on Charles Dickins’s classic, and help cheer on this plucky company that has benefitted so many artists as it seeks out a new home.

Where: Pocket Sandwich Theatre | 5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas

When:  Sunday, Nov. 26–Sunday, Dec. 23


Scrooge in Rouge

Book and lyrics by Ricky Graham, Additional Material by Jeffery Roberson, Other Interesting Bits by Yvette Hargis, music by Jefferson Turner

After 20 members of a company fall ill, the three remaining members have to put on a musical production of A Christmas Carol by themselves. Expect mishaps, puns, and bawdy humor galore.

Where: Stage West | 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth

When:  Thursday, Dec. 2—Friday, Dec. 24


Ella’s Swinging Christmas Party

Conceived by Elizabeth Kensek, based on Ella Fitzgerald’s 1960 “Swinging Christmas” album

Dallas singer and actress Feleceia Wilson stars in a joyful theatrical film, shot on WaterTower Theatre’s Terry Martin Main Stage, inspired by Ella Fitzgerald’s 1960 Swinging Christmas album.

Where: Addison Theatre Centre | 15650 Addison Road, Addison

When:  Thursday, Dec. 9–Sunday, Dec. 12


Oy Vey in a Manger

By Ben Schatz and The Kinsey Sicks, a dragapella barbershop quartet

Angel, Winnie, Trixie, and Trampolina are trying to sell off  their manger before it’s foreclosed upon in this irreverent, R-rated romp through the holidays, featuring songs like “Lusty the Snowman” and “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians.”

Where: Kalita Humphreys Theater | 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas

When: Friday, Dec. 10—Sunday, Dec. 12



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