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Through Jan. 28 Pegasus Theatre presents A Minor Case of Murder at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. World-famous detective and aspiring actor Harry Hunsacker is back, in an all-new adventure! With the help of his best friend (and paid-by-the-hour assistant) Nigel Grouse, and the long-suffering Det. Lt. Foster of the Metropolitan Police, Harry faces one of his most puzzling cases ever. Will good win the day, or will the forces of evil triumph? Information: pegasustheatre.org.

Through Feb. 3 MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents The Gazebo, a comic thriller by Alec Coppel. After his wife falls victim to blackmail, a writer of TV whodunits himself commits a real do-it-yourself murder, silencing the ol' so-and-so with a six-shooter. The writer plots to plant the blackmailer's corpse in their new gazebo's fresh concrete foundation. Miraculously, he later discovers the body has reappeared on his living room floor. Suddenly cops and gumshoes are on the scene and this writer of crime fiction finds himself on the other side of the typewriter! Performances are at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard. Information: www.irvingtheatre.org.

Through Feb. 10 The Widow plays at the Granville Arts Center in a special US premiere production by Garland Civic Theatre. A contemporary gothic thriller with a beautiful heroine, a twisted antogonist, an ancient scandal, and a long-dead victim perhaps still haunting the halls of a stately home. The Granville Arts Center is located at 300 N. Fifth St. in Garland. Information: garlandcivictheatre.org.

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, as its name implies, serves up theatre of a different sort with deadly musical comedy and pirates on the loose:
Through Feb. 17 Melodrama #1: "The Final Adventure of Hercules" by Sean Freeman and Chris Irby, a spoof of sword and sandal epics. In his twilight years, Hercules has another chance at romance and adventure when he is sent to stop an evil queen and her son from stealing the most valuable treasure of them all! Boo, Hiss, Throw popcorn... Have a blast!
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information: pocketsandwich.com.

Through Mar. 4 I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is being presented for the 18th and final time by Theatre Three. The play by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts delights audiences with the joys of falling in and out of love. Expect some surprises and special events as the theatre says goodbye to this perennial favorite. The theater is in The Quadrangle at 2800 Routh St. in Dallas. Information: www.theatre3dallas.com.

Jan. 23-Feb. 4 The Color Purple is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Avenue. The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don't miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. Content warning: appropriate for ages 8 and up. Information: dallassummermusicals.org.

Jan. 25-Feb. 11 The Firehouse Theatre presents Forever Plaid, one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. Once upon a time, there were four guys who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols. Rehearsing in the basement, they became "Forever Plaid". This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies including: "Three Coins in a Fountain", "Sixteen Tons", "Heart and Soul", "Lady of Spain", "Chain Gang", "Love is a Many Splendored Thing", and "Catch a Falling Star"! The Firehouse Theatre is located at 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information: www.thefirehousetheatre.com.

Jan. 26-Feb. 18 The WaterTower Theatre presents the regional premiere of Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue. Elliot is a Marine Corps hero back from Iraq, his Pop was wounded in Vietnam, and his flute-playing Grandpop fought in Korea. In a fugue-like form, different wars and different tales are strung together as Ginny, his mother, seeks to reconcile the disparate parts and heal emotional wounds. Performances are at the WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Information: watertowertheatre.org.

Feb. 2-4 Uptown Players present A Chorus Line for one weekend only. A Chorus Line is a celebration of those unsung heroes of American musical theater as it takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical and provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Three performances are at the Moody Performance Hall in the Arts District, 2520 Flora Street. Information: www.uptownplayers.org.

Feb. 2-Mar 4 The Dallas Theater Center presents Frankenstein. When Dr. Frankenstein's experiment goes horribly awry, he resolves to destroy the terrifying creature he has unleashed upon the world. But can he kill his own creation without becoming a monster himself? Mary Shelley's 200-year-old horror story, widely regarded as the original science fiction novel, continues to challenge the modern imagination. And after its sell-out run at London's National Theatre, Nick Dear's electrifying new adaptation, full of shocking twists and turns, is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats as it brings Frankenstein (and his monster) to life. Contains mature themes and brief nudity. Recommended for High School age and up. Performances are at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Information: attpac.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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