Theatrically Speaking: September and October 2022

From Classics to Controversy to a National Tour about Musical Legends.

Give in to The Temptations with the national tour of Ain’t Too Proud, a musical history with this classical musical group featuring local actress Traci Elaine Lee. It’s part of an alluring fall that includes local theater legend Terry Martin as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hamlet under the stars, and a raucous Rocky Horror Show timed to get you in the mood for Halloween.


 

Between Riverside & Crazy

by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Ex-NYPD cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington is barely holding on to the rent-controlled apartment he shares as he stubbornly pursues a lawsuit over an officer-involved shooting in this 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning.

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

When:  Now through Sept. 11

Web: www.stagewest.org


 

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

By Tennessee Williams

The Classics Theatre Project presents Tennessee Williams’s 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winner about a warring Mississippi family, with Susan Sargeant directing longtime local theater favorite Terry Martin as Big Daddy.

Where: Studio Theatre | 15650 Addison Rd., Addison

When:  Now through Sept. 11

Web: www.theclassicstheatreproject.com 


 

J. Dontray Davis as Blind Lemon Jefferson

Lonesome Blues

By Akin Babatunde and Alan Govenar

Undermain Theatre presents the regional premiere of this one-man show about Blind Lemon Jefferson, a bluesman discovered in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas in 1925, as he reflects on his life.

Where: Undermain Theatre |
3200 Main St., Dallas

When:  Sept. 1–18

Web: www.undermain.org


 

Fences

By August Wilson

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play roars into Circle Theatre with a story about a former star baseball player in the Negro Leagues who takes out his resentments of never getting a shot in an integrated league on his wife and son. Wambui Richardson directs.

Where: Circle Theatre | 230 West Fourth St., Fort Worth

When:   Sept. 2–24

Web: www.circletheatre.com


 

Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Marcus Paul James, Jalen Harris, Harrell Holmes Jr., James T. Lane | Photo: Emilio Madrid

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations

Book by Dominique Morisseau; music and lyrics by The Temptations

Expect your feet to start tapping as Broadway Dallas brings the national tour of the hit

hit Broadway musical about The Temptations, a beloved group that sang and danced their way from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Two-time Tony-winner Des McAnuff directs with Tony Award-winning choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

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

When:  Sept. 6–18

Web: www.broadwaydallas.org


 

The Bridges of Madison County in Concert

Adapted by Marsha Norman from the book by Robert James Waller; music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

WaterTower Theatre presents a concert version of the unlikely romance between Francesca Johnson and a photographer, Robert Kincaid, who comes to her Iowa farm. Shane Peterman directs with music direction by Vonda K. Bowling.

Where: WaterTower Theatre | 15650 Addison Rd., Addison

When: Sept. 7–11

Web: www.watertowertheatre.org


 

Hamlet

By William Shakespeare

A young prince returns home to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and his father’s ghost haunting him. Christie Vela directs Shakespeare’s tragedy under the stars for Shakespeare Dallas. Bring your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs!

Where: Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre | 1500 Tenison Pkwy.,
Dallas

When: Sept. 7–Oct. 15

Web: www.shakespearedallas.org


 

Clue

Adapted by Sandy Rustin from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price; music by Michael Holland; based on the Hasbro board game

Alan Muraoka directs this Dallas Theater Center production of the farcical murder mystery as the audience tries to figure out who did it, where, and with what when the host of an unusual dinner party turns up dead.

Where: Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre | 2400 Flora St., Dallas

When:  Sept. 8–25

Web: www.dallastheatercenter.org


 

The Cake

By Bekah Brunstetter

A baker named Della must decide when a young woman she helped raise comes to her for a wedding cake and Della learns the wedding will be for two women. Steven D. Morris directs this thoughtful contemporary comedy with assistant direction by Alfredo Tamayo.

Where: Theatre Arlington | 305 W. Main St., Arlington

When:  Sept. 30–Oct. 16

Web: www.theatrearlington.org


 

To Die For

By Caroline Smith

Runway Theatre presents a comedic thriller about a writer, Carla Woods, who finds herself in the middle of a real-life romance, filled with twists and turns, that could have walked out of the pages of one of her romance novels.

Where: Runway Theatre | 215 N. Dooley St., Grapevine

When: Sept. 30–Oct. 16

Web: www.runwaytheatre.com


 

The Hollow

Adapted by John Rapson from the stories of Washington Irving

Just in time for Halloween, Amphibian Stage presents the spooky tale of a contemporary storyteller encountering some surprise guests when he arrives at an 18th-century tavern to give his annual presentation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Where: Amphibian Stage | 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth

When: Oct. 12–Nov. 6

Web: www.amphibianstage.com


 

Trouble in Mind

By Alice Childress

Experience this tense and funny drama about a Black actress rehearsing a major Broadway production in the mid-1950s. Childress’s play was the first by a Black female playwright to be optioned for Broadway. It never played there because she refused to change the ending at the request of the white producers. Tiana Kaye Blair directs for Dallas Theater Center.

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

When:  Oct. 13–30

Web: www.dallastheatercenter.org


 

Fairview 

By Jackie Sibblies Drury

Bishop Arts Theatre and Undermain Theatre co-present the regional premiere of this 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winner about a complicated middle-class Black family gathering for a birthday party for Grandma that goes awry when nothing goes according to plan. Jiles King directs.

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

When:  Oct. 21–Nov. 6

Web: www.bishopartstheatre.org


 

The Rocky Horror Show

Book, music, and lyrics by Richard O’Brien

Shiver with anticipation for Lyric Stage’s R-rated spoof of horror B-movies! A newly engaged couple get caught in a storm and end up in the eerie mansion of mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who hosts a menagerie of wild characters, singing, and dancing — and plenty of suggestive rock and roll songs.

Where: Majestic Theatre  |  1925 Elm St., Dallas

When:  Oct. 27–30

Web: www.lyricstage.org

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