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Aug. 25–Sept. 10 The Tribute Artist is the close of Uptown Players' 16th season. It's the story of an out-of-work female impersonator who assumes the identity of his landlady when she dies, so that he can keep her Greenwich Village townhouse. The scheme goes awry in a series of plot twists, and the audience meets a rogues' gallery of colorful characters along the way. Expect quick-witted banter from playwright Charles Busch, a true master of farce. Performances are at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Information: uptownplayers.org.

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, as its name implies, serves up theatre of a different sort with deadly musical comedy and pirates on the loose:
Aug. 25-Sept. 23 Don't Dress for Dinner was a smash hit during its two-year run in Paris, its six-year engagement in London, and a Tony Award-nominated production on Broadway. It's the story of Bernard, who is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress while his wife is away. Farcical hijinks ensue, and you're guaranteed to be entertained by Pocket Sandwich Theatre’s rollicking production.
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information: pocketsandwich.com.

Aug. 30-Oct. 1 The Dallas Theater Center presents Miller, Mississippi. In the South, tradition is sacred and change is slow. So when the Civil Rights movement comes to Jackson, Mississippi, it's in for a brutal fight. Spanning the 1960s and '70s, Miller, Mississippi tells the story of one family that falls apart as the country attempts to come together. In the classic Southern Gothic tradition, the world premiere of this tragic new play will stun minds and break hearts, as the personal and political combine to bring about the Miller family's undoing. Performances are at the Studio Theatre, 2400 Flora St. Information: www.dallastheatercenter.org.

Aug. 31 TITAS presents MOMIX Opus Cactus. If Salvador Dali and Leonardo da Vinci were inspired by National Geographic you'd get Opus Cactus, Moses Pendleton's amazing evening-length work about the desert world. With their signature dance illusion style, MOMIX explores the mysterious creatures and cacti of the desert. Surreal, wondrous and massively creative, there's nothing like the MOMIX performance experience. If you’ve always wondered about dance, MOMIX is the ticket. The performance is at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street. Information: www.attpac.org.

Sept. 7-24 The Firehouse Theatre presents Seussical the Musical. Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Through ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in Horton. Friendship, loyalty, family and community ultimately emerge triumphant!The Firehouse Theatre is located at 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information: www.thefirehousetheatre.com.

Sept. 8-Oct. 1 Winston's Birthday by Paul Baker is presented by Theatre Britain at the Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Ave. in Plano. It is 1962 - the Beatles have their first hit, James Bond his first film - and Randolph Churchill is holding a luncheon party to celebrate the 88th birthday of his admired but estranged father. Sir Winston is a fading force and there is unfinished business in his loving, dysfunctional family. Meanwhile, the socially inept Dr Jenkins, a newly appointed research assistant to Randolph, is pursuing his own agenda and forms a surprising bond with the wily Winston. Secrets are revealed, resentments released and new understandings formed, in this fresh and funny perspective on an iconic and larger-than-life family. Rated PG13 Information: theatre-britain.com.

Sept. 8-23 MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents Rang De! Color Me India!. Explore the many facets of India through a Broadway-style production that will sweep you off your feet - from crossing the road to finding a bargain, from classical music and dance to the latest Bollywood, from roadside vendors to street entertainers, from festival celebrations to spiritual wisdom. To top it all off, relish the mouthwatering fare in the lobby bazaar! Join us for a creative, colorful and interactive experience - as you get immersed, emerge dyed in the color of India! Feel the sights, the sounds, the traditions - the sensations that make up the kaleidoscope of India! The production is co-produced by MainStage and ThinkIndia Foundation. Performances are at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard. Information: www.irvingtheatre.org.

Sept. 9 Our Legacy by Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico is an inspiring collection of traditional Mexican dances, reviving the values that have shaped Mexico since its revolution, 107 years ago. This performance also celebrates Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico's 18th Anniversary and 54th performance! Tickets are $12-15 in advance at Mexico2000.net or 214-384-2537 and are $20 at the door. The performance is at 7:00 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center - Brownlee Auditorium, 300 N. Fifth Street. Information: www.mexico2000.net.

Sept. 14-17 Celebrating their 9th big year in Dallas, the Spectacular Senior Follies is presenting an all-new, all-live, on-stage show, The Fabulous 50s, featuring music, dancing and comedy of the 1950s, while paying a nostalgic tribute to hula hoops, poodle skirts, Doo Wop, bobby sox, 45 rpm records and TV sets with only three channels. The audience will be transported to these glory days and will be singing along as the cast recreates the energy of everyone's favorite decade -- all performed by talented performers who happen to be over the age of 55. Also appearing are the famous Follies Showgirls. Performances are at the Eisemann Center, 2451 Performance Drive. Information: www.eisemanncenter.com.

Sept. 28-Oct. 22 Theatre Three presents Adding Machine. Darkly comic and heartbreakingly beautiful, Adding Machine, a musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's incendiary 1923 play, tells the story of Mr. Zero, who after 25 years of service to his company is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. In a vengeful rage, he murders his boss. An eclectic score gives passionate and memorable voice to this stylish and stylized show, which follows Zero's journey to the afterlife in the Elysian Fields where he is met with one last chance for romance and redemption. Theatre Three is located at 2800 Routh St. in the Quadrangle. Information: theatre3dallas.com.

Oct. 13-Nov. 5 Pride and Prejudice is a classic comedy about the entanglements of love, family, marriage and money. The playwright Kate Hamill has successfully adapted Jane Austen material before, and she brings an imaginative, irreverent take to the English author's most famous novel. It's being staged at the WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Information: watertowertheatre.org.

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: dallascomedyhouse.com.


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