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Through May 6 The WaterTower Theatre presents Bread. This world premiere by award-winning Dallas-born actress and playwright Regina Taylor weaves a compelling family drama of hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. Performances are at the WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Information:

Through May 6 Little Women: The Musical is at the Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch. Louisa May Alcott's beloved story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. With buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and a big-hearted message, Little Women reminds us that "sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true." The theater is at 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch, a short walk from the station. Information:

Through May 6 Les Miserables, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park. The Tony Award-winning musical has been a phenomenon for more than 30 years now, and it's hot on the heels of a two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With dazzling new scenery and staging, this production is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The story of love, sacrifice and redemption is set in 19th-centuery France, and features a host of beloved songs, including "I Dreamed a Dream." See why this classic has thrilled 70 million people in 44 countries - and counting. The Music Hall is at 909 1st Ave. in Dallas. Information:

Through May 6 Blue, presented by the Dallas Children's Theater, is a toddler-friendly theater experience. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are very happy being blue. When a red sock enters their kitchen, their world is turned upside down. This play introduces the idea of acceptance with fun, humor, gentleness and whimsy - perfect for squirmy little ones and their families. The performances take place at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. Information:

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, as its name implies, serves up theatre of a different sort with deadly musical comedy and pirates on the loose:
Through May 12 Sweeney Todd - The Fiend of Fleet Street. Another of the Pocket's infamous audience-participation, popcorn-tossing, comedy spoofs. Definitely not the musical, it is based on the legendary London barber, Sweeney Todd, who cut more than hair, and his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, who baked some very strange meat pies... PG-13 (contains adult innuendo and may scare little critters.)
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

Through May 13 The Dallas Theater Center presents The Trials of Sam Houston. On the eve of the state’s secession in 1861, Governor Sam Houston is torn between loyalty to Texas and loyalty to the United States. As he weighs the terrible choice he must make, certain of the devastating cost of either path, Houston tells Jeff Hamilton (his slave and office clerk) of a time when he, and the Union itself, stood trial. Contains profane language and racial slurs. Recommended for people Middle School age and up. Performances are at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Information:

Apr. 26-29 Where Earth Meets the Sky is a sci-fi play that envisions a sustainable future as seen through the eyes of indigenous women and women of color. Performed in English with some Spanish, this production at the Latino Cultural Center is conceptual and thought-provoking. The venue is at 2600 Live Oak St. in Dallas. Information:

Apr. 26-May 20 The Last One Nighter on The Death Trail is being presented by Theatre Three. In this fun and raucous story, a troupe of vaudevillians in the early '30s wait behind a theater in Dallas for their opportunity to go on stage. They're the disappointment act and only go on if someone else cancels. It questions what is and isn't art and why it is necessary. Watch out, though. It's the prohibition era in the Bible Belt and the cops are cracking down on all unseemly behavior! The theater is in The Quadrangle at 2800 Routh St. in Dallas. Information:

May 8-20 The Humans is a funny, heartbreaking and hopeful play that takes place over the course of a family Thanksgiving dinner. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate at his daughter's Manhattan apartment. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle duplex and things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed in this performance at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in Dallas. Information:

May 11-26 The Full Monty is at the Dupree Theatre in the Irving Arts Center. It's the cult classic musical comedy with 10 Tony Award nominations and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. After spying on their wives enjoying male strippers at a "Girls' Night Out," a group of unemployed, jealous and emasculated steelworkers from Buffalo concoct a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash by letting it all hang out. The Irving Arts Center is at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Information:

June 8-July 1 The Last Five Years at WaterTower Theatre deals with the universal question: Are you where you thought you'd be five years ago? Intimately observant and often funny, this award-winning musical follows two 20-something artists in New York, as their relationship blossoms and sours. The beginning, the end, and everything in between is put into perspective in this touching and sympathetic tale. The theater is at 15650 Addison Road. Information:

Sept. 6-23 Garland Civic Theater presents Barefoot in the Park, an all-time classic by Neil Simon. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 600 5th Street. Information:

Every Thursday Dallas Comedy House is a beloved local institution, and it offers something unique every Thursday - the weekly Improv Comedy Night, in which some of the club's best comedians create a fully improvised scene based on audience suggestions. The Dallas Comedy House is at 3025 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Information:

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