STAGE PERFORMANCES

Sept. 16 – Nov. 16
DALLAS THEATER CENTER PRESENTS THE MOUNTAINTOP
Wyly Studio Theater
2400 Flora Street
Dallas, TX

What thoughts and emotions were pulsing through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mind and heart on his last night on Earth? Set in Memphis’ Lorraine motel just hours before the civil rights leader was assassinated, The Mountaintop presents King as a very human man, stripped of the mountains of mythology now woven into his remembrance. This recent Broadway hit and the 2010 winner of Britain’s Olivier Award for Best New Play will bring every audience member within feet of the actors in an intensely intimate Studio Theatre production. Crackling with metaphysical magical realism, The Mountaintop throws lightning bolts of insight upon our societal strengths and frailties and our own personal accomplishments and failings as, with Dr. King, we ponder the cost of what we contribute and the legacy of what we leave behind. For information: (214) 880-0202 or www.dallastheatercenter.org

Sept. 18 – Oct. 25
7:30 PM
DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PRESENTS FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL
Dallas Children’s Theater
5938 Skillman
Dallas, TX 75231

Ticket Price: $15-$28
Recommended for ages 5 and up Parlez-vous francais? Well, Nancy does because it’s fancy! But her refined etiquette is not enough to get her the lead role in the upcoming school play. C’est la vie! She must summon the strength to forge ahead when a sudden turn of events casts her best friend as the lead. The Mermaid Ballet, complete with a scene-stealing dancing shark, will have your spirit dancing and make your children hysterically happy. For information: (214) 740-0051 or www.dct.org

Oct. 1 – Nov. 1
STAGE WEST PRESENTS BAD JEWS BY JOSHUA HARMON
Stage West
821 W Vickery Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Ticket Price: $17-$35
The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a vicious and hilarious verbal battle over a spiritually charged heirloom and issues of family, legacy, and faith. Not the purely ethnic comedy the title suggests, Bad Jews deals with conflicts of modernity and tradition that occur in any culture. “There’s nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people. This unhappy truth is displayed with delectably savage humor in Bad Jews, a zesty comedy by Joshua Harmon… (that is) the best comedy of the season.” New York Times For information: (817) 784-9378 or www.stagewest.org

Oct. 2 – 25
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm.
ONSTAGE IN BEDFORD PRESENTS COMPANY
ONSTAGE in Bedford
Bedford Boys Ranch
Bedford, TX 76021

Ticket Price: $14.99-$19.99
On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends—“those good and crazy people [his] married friends”—explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. Company features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs. // Rated R // For information: (817) 354-6444 orwww.onstageinbedford.com

Oct. 8 – 24
8:00 p.m.
WINGSPAN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS DEAR LIAR! – BY JEROME KILTY
The Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

Ticket Price: $20-$25
WingSpan Theatre Company presents DEAR LIAR! – By Jerome Kilty. This taut pas de deux is a true story based on the stormy romance of George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. The confrontations and reconciliations are played out through forty years of letters with the shining repartee of two great wits. For information: (214) 675-6573 orwww.wingspantheatre.com

Oct. 15 – Nov. 7
7:30 pm – Thurs; 2:30 pm – Sun; 8 pm – Fri & Sat
GARLAND CIVIC THEATRE PRESENTS MRS. CALIFORNIA
Granville Arts Center
300 Noth 5th Street
Garland, TX 75040

Ticket Price: $22
The time is pre-women’s lib 1955, the place a Los Angeles hotel, where a homemaker’s contest is in progress—the winner to embody the epitome (at the time) of the ideal woman: For information: (972) 485-8884 orwww.garlandcivictheatre.org

Oct. 15 – 24
7:15pm
PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS LEGALLY BLONDE JR
Plano Children’s Theatre
1301 Custer Rd Suite 706
Plano, TX 75075

Ticket Price: $8 in advance $10 at the door. Premium Front Row Seats $18.
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington III. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.    Location: Plano Children’s Theatre 1301 Custer Rd Suite 706 Plano, TX 75075 Recommended audience age: All Ages Run Time: 90 minutes Directed by: Hollie Hongosh Cast: All Youth Performers.   For information: (972) 422-2575 or www.planochildrenstheatre.org/purchase-item/legally-blonde-jr-plano-detail

Oct. 15 – Nov. 1
Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday
TEATRO DALLAS PRESENTS THE WAKE
Cedar Crest Mansion,
2223 W. Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX

The Wake is about a middle class family’s perspectives on the death of the patriarch, Fulgencio. Playwright Urtusástegui wrote this play to be staged inside of the house of Fulgencio’s family, with the audience as participants in the wake. In Teatro’s staging, audience members will move from room to room in an Oak Cliff mansion, interacting with the cast as the truth about Fulgencio emerges through the contrasting reflections of family members on their father, husband, brother, and son. Their memories reveal the family’s dark secrets, their prejudices, the socio-political structure of their community and more. In the spirit of The Wake, audience members are asked to wear black — and to experience live theater at its most engaging. For information: or www.teatrodallas.org

Oct. 16 – 30
7:30 PM
DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT: THE GHOSTS OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Dallas Children’s Theater
5938 Skillman
Dallas, TX 75231

Ticket Price: $14
Recommended for ages 11 and up Travel deep into the haunting woods of Sleepy Hollow and see why the terrifying tales of Washington Irving have been favorites for fireside spookfests for over a hundred years. The DCT Teen Scene Players bring Washington Irving’s ghosts to life (err…death) as the Studio Theater is transformed into a wild, fun romp through a hair-raising nightmare that might just scare your head off! For information: (214) 740-0051 or www.dct.org

Oct. 16 – Nov. 1
8:00 pm Fri, Sat; 2:00 pm Sun
THEATRE OFF THE SQUARE PRESENTS SCANDAL POINT
Theatre Off The Square
114 North Denton Street
Weatherford, TX

Ticket Price: $11-$14
THEATRE OFF THE SQUARE IN WEATHERFORD proudly presents the 7th production of their 2015 Season of Shows, Scandal Point by John Patrick. The mystery/drama is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and is directed by Jaclyn Justice, with Hank Baldree and Amanda Fitzgerald as Assistant Directors and Jessica Legg as Stage Manager. The . The show begins Friday, October 16 and runs weekends through November 1. A paroled convict returns home to his unfaithful wife who has plotted his death with her lover, so they can continue their tryst without him but WITH his fortune. The plan, however, goes awry. A persistent police detective and a husband, who overhears more than his wife intended, reveal the truth in a way that will keep the audience on the edges of their seats right up to the final uncertain moments. For information: (817) 341-8687 or www.theatreoffthesquare.org

Oct. 16 – Nov. 7
monday, tuesday, Thursday-saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday
ARTISAN CENTER THEATER PRESENTS ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Artisan Center Theater
444 East Pipeline Road
Hurst, TX

Ticket Price: $18 adults $16 students/seniors
We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other nephew—these require no further description or amplification here. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a must for all audiences, a ready-made comedy hit. For information: 817-284-1200 or www.ArtisanCT.com