Theatrically Speaking: January & February 2023

By Nancy Churnin
December 31, 2022

Musicals, Mayhem, and Moments to Ponder.

Kick off the Year with Shows that Challenge and Celebrate.

Savor old favorites, enjoy regional premieres, and explore original plays and shows through theater offerings reflecting the diversity of local companies..


Handle with Care               

By Jason Odell Williams

A young Israeli woman finds herself stranded in a motel room in the United States with an odd delivery man. Stage West presents the regional premiere of this sweet and poignant comedy with a romantic twist.

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

When: Now through Jan. 8



The Dimension of Death!

By Kurt Kleinmann

Nothing is black and white except Pegasus Theatre’s famous Living Black and White theater, where the characters perform in a unique production that conjures the feeling of old black-and-white films. This latest world premiere of the hit comedy-murder series about hapless detective Harry Hunsacker will have a special New Year’s Eve show Dec. 31.

Where: Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson

When: Now through Jan. 22



Disney’s The Lion King

Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi.

The pride of Pride Rock comes roaring into Bass Hall as Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the popular, puppet-powered Tony-Award winning musical adapted from the Disney animated film about a lion cub’s journey to find his destiny.

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

When:  Jan. 18–29



The Elephant Man

By Bernard Pomerance

A man born with a severe physical deformity struggles to be treated with dignity in this Broadway and off-Broadway play inspired by the true story of Joseph Merrick, called John Merrick in the script. Jeffrey Schmidt directs for Theatre Three.

Where: Theatre Three | 2688 Laclede St., Dallas

When:  Jan. 19 – Feb. 19



Legally Blonde: The Musical

Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach

A young woman tackles law school, sexism, and snobbery, discovering she’s smarter than she realized in this bubbly musical. The Moody Foundation presents this upbeat adaptation of Amanda Brown’s book and the 2001 film as part of the Broadway at the Center series.

Where: Winspear Opera House | 2403 Flora St., Dallas

When:  Jan. 19–21



Pretty Woman: The Musical

Music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton

This Broadway adaptation of the hit film about an unlikely romance between a man and the woman he hires as an escort makes its Dallas debut with Performing Arts Fort Worth.

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

When: Jan. 24 – Feb. 5


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

When: Feb. 7–12



Hannah Bell, Mark Shum, Drew Denton, Blake Henri, Alison Whitehurst, Francisco Grifaldo, (lower) Parker Gray, Zak Reynolds

The Play That Goes Wrong

By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company

Everything that can go wrong does in The Play That Goes Wrong — except for the jokes. WaterTower Theatre in Addison and Stage West in Fort Worth are staging independent regional premieres of this witty, wacky crowd-pleaser.

Where: WaterTower Theatre | 15650 Addison Rd., Addison

When: Feb. 1–12


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

When: Feb. 16–Mar. 5



Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarias

A disputed fence line between the backyard gardens of neighboring families exposes racial and cultural clashes in this bright, cutting comedy directed by Sylvia Cervantes Blush for Dallas Theater Center.

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

When: Feb. 9 – 26



1619 Project One-Act Festival

Bishop Arts Theatre Center has commissioned eight playwrights to write stories about slavery that begin in August 1619, when the first ship of enslaved people arrived in the British colony of Virginia. Gabrielle Kurlander directs.

Where: Bishop Arts Theatre Center | 215 S. Tyler St., Dallas

When:  Feb. 9–26




By Mara Richards Bim, with the teens of Cry Havoc Theatre

The title of this show evokes the grief that the last survivor of a species might feel as the result of the climate crisis. But Endlings is also a fitting title for the final production of Cry Havoc Theatre — an extraordinary teen ensemble that creates its own shows based on extensive first-person interviews. Dallas Children’s Theater presents.

Where: Dallas Children’s Theater | 5938 Skillman St., Dallas

When:  Feb. 10–19



Sexy Laundry

By Michele Riml

A couple that has been married for 25 years check into a hotel with a copy of Sex for Dummies and a determination to jump-start their marriage. Dee Hunter-Smith directs this hit comedy with a dramatic twist for Soul Rep Theatre Company.

Where: Margo Jones Theatre at Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park | 1121 1st Ave., Dallas

When:  Feb. 10–18




Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang

Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess, falls in love with an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter in this star-crossed Disney romance, inspired by the Verdi opera. Aida must choose between love and duty to her people. Sasha Maya Ada directs for Lyric Stage.

Where: Majestic Theatre | 1925 Elm St., Dallas

When: Feb. 15–19



Man Cave

By John J. Caswell, Jr.

Four women convert the luxurious basement man cave of a wealthy Republican Congressman into their own spiritual war room in this regional premiere directed by Christie Vela for Kitchen Dog Theater.

Where: Trinity River Arts Center | 2600 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas

When:  Feb. 16–Mar. 5



To Die: Go in Leaves, By Frida Kahlo

By Cara Mia Theatre Company

Take a visually infused journey through the paintings and life of painter Frida Kahlo in this original play devised by Cara Mia Theatre Company and directed by Jeffry Farrell. The company will perform English and Spanish shows in repertory.

Where: Latino Cultural Center | 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas

When: Feb. 18–Mar. 12


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