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DART to Theater & Dance
Thorugh June 25 Garland Summer Musicals' production of The Producers comes to the Granville Arts Center. The Mel Brooks-penned classic tells the story of a theatrical producer and an accountant who attempt to cheat their investors by deliberately producing a flop show on Broadway. The arts center is at 300 N. Fifth St. in Garland. Information: www.garlandsummermusicals.org.
Through June 25 Native Gardens is presented by the WaterTower Theatre. Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this funny Regional Premiere, written by Karen Zacarias, one of the most prominent Latina playwrights working today. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose. The WaterTower Theatre is located at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road. Information: www.watertowertheatre.org.
Through July 1 Br'er Cotton by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm is presented by Kitchen Dog Theater. Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by all the recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14 year old “militant,” incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boy’s anger grows beyond containment while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field, and no one seems to notice but him. He’s out to save the world, wake up the zombies, and prove by any means necessary that Black Lives Matter. Kitchen Dog Theater is located at the Trinity River Arts Center, 2600 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 180, Dallas. Information: 214.953.1055 or www.kitchendogtheater.org.
Through July 2 Theatre Three presents Stephen Sondheim's classic musical A Little Night Music. Couples intertwine, intersect and change partners in this sumptuous turn- of- the- century fairy tale for Adults! It is mischief set to three-quarter time! Theatre Three is located at 2800 Routh St. in the Quadrangle. Information: theatre3dallas.com.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Orange Line to Cityplace/Uptown Station, then M-Line Trolley (use West Entrance of the station to access the M-Line)
June 23-July 6 Nobody's Perfect by Simon Williams is presented by Theatre Britain at the Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Ave. in Plano. Shy and staid statistician Leonard is anxious to break into print and sends book after book to Love Is All Around, a publisher dedicated to writing 'for women by women'. His efforts are rejected until he submits a novel, based on his experiences as a single parent, under the pseudonym Myrtle Banbury. When his novel is accepted, Leonard has no choice but to assume Myrtle's identity! Rated: PG Information: theatre-britain.com.
June 23-July 9 Dallas Children's Theater's National Touring Production of John Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale returns. The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale celebrates goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. The theater is at 5938 Skillman St. Information: dct.org.
June 29-Aug. 6 The Dallas Theater Center presents Hood. The world's sexiest thief. History's great lover. The renegade hero that made redistributing wealth seem cool. Here is finally the real story of the disgraced nobleman, forced into the wilderness who seeks revenge and reclaims his great love. Five-time Tony®-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane, who re-invented Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella so deliciously, reunites with Lewis Flinn, his Give it Up/Lysistrata Jones collaborator and return to Dallas Theater Center to bring to life this hilarious and stirring new musical adventure! A world premiere musical event. Note: Contains mild violence, adult themes, and very brief nudity. Suitable for young people elementary school age and above. Performances are at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. Information: www.dallastheatercenter.org.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station
Via D-Link (Route 722) (Monday-Saturday)
Pocket Sandwich Theatre, as its name implies, serves up theatre of a different sort with deadly musical comedy and pirates on the loose:
|June 29-Aug. 19||Star Trip. To boldly throw popcorn where no man has thrown before! An affectionate satire of the sci-fi televisions shows of our past and present. Daring Captain Kurt and his friend, Smok, race across the galaxy to thwart the evil plans of Darkness. Cosmic romance, interstellar intrigue and popcorn asteroids abound!|
July 14-30 Uptown Players continues its season with La Cage Aux Folles. After 20 years of unwedded bliss, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse, get a bit of both when Georges' son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the family business...Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer, Zaza. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as "normal" when he meets the family of the bride-to-be, but Albin has other plans, with hilarious results!. Performances are at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Information: www.uptownplayers.org.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Orange Line to Cityplace/Uptown Station, then DART Bus Route 36 or Bus Route 409 to Blackburn @ Turtle Creek
July 18-30 The Bodyguard is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall at Fair Park. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You. Performances are at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Avenue. Information: www.dallassummermusicals.org.
July 19-Aug. 20 The Firehouse Theatre presents Pippin. A young prince learns the true meaning of glory, love and war through this beautiful musical story. Heir to the Frankish throne, (King Charlemagne the Great is his father), Pippin searches for the secret to true happiness and fulfillment through battle, temptations, and political power. In the end, Pippin finds true happiness lies in life's every day moments. The Firehouse Theatre is located at 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information: www.thefirehousetheatre.com.
July 21-30 Garland Summer Musicals presents Hello, Dolly! at the Granville Arts Center. The enduring classic tells the story of Dolly Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker who travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the wealthy but miserly Horace Vandergelder. The Granville is at 300 N. Fifth St. in Garland. Information: garlandsummermusicals.org.
July 21-Aug. 5 MainStage Irving-Las Colinas will continue its 2016-17 Razzle Dazzle season with My Sister Eileen. Meet clever-as-they-come Ruth and pretty-as-a-penny Eileen! The Sherwood sisters are headed to the Big Apple to chase their dreams! The gals settle in a beat-up basement studio apartment in Greenwich Village, full of eccentric charm and frequently visited by a cascade of colorful characters, run by landlord Papa Appopolous. Ruth aspires to be a writer, while Eileen longs for the big lights of Broadway. In the pursuit of their ambitions, twelve months of amusing escapades ensue! The play that inspired the hit musical favorite Wonderful Town. Performances are at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard. Information: www.irvingtheatre.org.
- Via DART Bus Route 401 to MacArthur and Finley
July 28-Aug. 20 Hit the Wall is the regional premiere of a play that premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Hit the Wall transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village in 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. The play features a howling live rock band and fast-paced, sharp dialogue. It's at the WaterTower Theatre, and is recommended for mature audiences. The venue is at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road. Information: www.watertowertheatre.org.