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Dallas: Dec. 28-Jan. 5 and Jan. 25-26, Richardson: Jan. 11-12 Shen Yun is a trip to the magical world of ancient China. Through breathtaking classical Chinese dance, legends come to life. The performance is a unique blend of colorful costuming, high-tech backdrops, and a live orchestra. Catch it Dec. 28-Jan. 5 and Jan. 25-26 at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. See it Jan. 11-12 in Richardson at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. Information: www.shenyun.com.
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Through Jan. 26 Slide By takes place a week after the Columbine shootings. A substitute teacher at the high school wrestles with guilt, fear, anger and betrayal in his personal life. Meanwhile, an atmosphere of paranoia has gripped the school. See the play at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. Information: www.attpac.org.

Through Feb. 2 Garland Civic Theatre presents The Rat Pack Lounge. Frank, Dean, and Sammy are up in heaven, but God tells them they left some unfinished business back on Earth. It seems Frank made an unfulfilled promise to Vic, the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. Now, he and the boys have one night to make things right. No need for look-alikes or impersonators, this cast will charm you with hits like "My Way," "What Kind of Fool Am I?" and "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime." With over 30 hit songs, The Rat Pack Lounge will leave you singing and savoring the days of highballs and high rollers. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St. Information: www.garlandcivic.org.

Through Feb. 15 Zombie Dearest is a noir melodrama set in circa-1952 New Orleans. There's a private detective, of course, as well as a femme fatale, an evil villain and voodoo. Plus - you guessed it - zombies. The production is one of the ever-popular "popcorn tossers" at Pocket Sandwich Theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. That's right across the street from the DART Rail station. Information: www.pocketsandwich.com.

Jan. 25 Tales of the Macabre is a program by the Fine Arts Chamber Players honoring Edgar Allen Poe's 210th birthday. The great writer's most chilling short stories are dramatically told through music for harp and string quartet by Renié and Caplet, alongside Schubert's eerie masterpiece "Death and the Maiden." The performance is at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: www.fineartschamberplayers.org.

Jan. 30-Feb. 23 The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of 1920s musicals featuring show-stopping song and dance numbers. A man plays his favorite record - the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical - and it comes to life before his eyes. The cast of characters includes two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone - all the ingredients of a Jazz Age madcap comedy. Catch it at The Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. That's right across the street from the DART Rail station. Information: www.thefirehousetheatre.com.

Feb. 4-16 The Band's Visit celebrates the way music brings us together. In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at Dina's café, where Dina takes them in for the night. Lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and the once sleepy town begins to wake up. The play is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. Information: dallassummermusicals.org.

Feb. 6-23 Harvey follows Elwood Dowd, a mild-mannered man whose best friend happens to be a giant, invisible rabbit. His sister is understandably concerned and attempts to have him committed to a mental institution - but winds up being committed herself instead. The classic story (which starred James Stewart in the film version) is being performed at WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Information: watertowertheatre.org.
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Feb. 7-March 1 Little Women is the story of Jo March, an ambitious, headstrong girl who doesn't fit into the gender roles of Civil War-era America. As poverty, politics and love threaten to break family ties, Jo and her sisters try to reconcile their identities with society's demands. Acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill's new examination of this classic story is produced by the Dallas Theater Center at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Information: www.dallastheatercenter.org.

Feb. 12-March 15 Madame Bovary is a stage adaptation of Flaubert's classic novel. In Adrienne Kennedy's play, the tragic story of a romantic 19th century woman who longs for a life that is beyond her reach is told through the eyes of her daughter. See it at the Undermain Theatre, a Deep Ellum mainstay located at 3200 Main St. Information: www.undermain.org.

Feb. 14-16 Cultural Awareness is the Dallas Black Dance Theater's salute to Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and more. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rehearsal director and guest artist Hope Boykin weaves a spell with a combination of spoken word and modern dance. Performances are at the Wyly Theater, 2400 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.dbdt.com.

Feb. 26-March 1 C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" is a mesmerizing fantasy about heaven, hell and the choice between them. The story of a fantastical bus trip from hell to the outskirts of paradise is told with Lewis' signature wit and intelligence. Catch this thought-provoking evening of theater at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Information: www.eisemanncenter.com.
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Wednesdays Zalaughs is an open-mic comedy event that takes place each week at Zalat Pizza in the Downtown Plano Arts District. Signup is at 9:30 p.m. and performances begin at 10 p.m. While you're there, enjoy some of the best pizza in town. Zalat is at 1032 E. 15th St., right around the corner from the DART Rail station. Information: www.visitdowntownplano.com.

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 3036 Elm St. in Deep Ellum. Information: dallascomedyhouse.com.


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