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Through May 27 Dallas Children's Theater presents James and the Giant Peach, the story of young James Henry Trotter, who is sent off to live with his mean aunts. Life is no fun there until he discovers an oversized peach and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his new oversized friends -- Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider. The play is suitable for kids as young as 5, and like any great children's story, it's fun for adults, too. The theater is at 5938 Skillman St. Information:

Through May 28 AT&T Performing Arts Center presents "Into the Woods," in the acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning musical that became New York's surprise hit of the season. The 80s-era musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is reinvented with imaginative staging and witty direction. Classic Sondheim songs tell the story of what can happen when wishes come true. Performances are from May 16-28 at the Winspear Opera House, 2402 Flora St. Information:

Through June 3 MainStage Irving-Las Colinas will continue its 2016-17 Razzle Dazzle season with Talking Pictures by Horton Foote. It's 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression, and America is on the precipice of big change with a looming financial crisis. In the small town of Harrison, Texas, the residents of a local boarding house deal with numerous dilemmas, both large and small. Quarrels arise between estranged husbands and wives, the future of a railroad engineer hangs in the balance, and the town is turned upside down with the coming of the 'talkies' to the local movie theatre. It's the end of an era, and a job, for the woman who plays live music for the films. When the silver screen is no longer silent, who will speak up? Performances are at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard. Information:

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, as its name implies, serves up theatre of a different sort with deadly musical comedy and pirates on the loose:
Through June 17 Arsenic and Old Lace. This zany dark comedy tells the story of drama critic Mortimer Brewster, who just wants to get married to the girl next door. But standing solidly between Mortimer and matrimonial bliss is the wackiest, weirdest family tree that ever grew! His two sweet aunts, Abby and Martha have developed murder as their favorite hobby. Cousin Teddy sports a pince-nez, a handlebar moustache and regularly charges up San Juan Hill! And horrid brother Jonathan has just arrived from an asylum with a new face (ala Boris Karloff). It's "Home Sweet Homicide" as Mortimer tries to thwart the police, conceal a corpse, curtail anymore killing, and convince Elaine that a wedding with a man who is drowning in such a murky gene pool could be a lifesaver.
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

Through June 18 The Dallas Theater Center presents Inherit the Wind. When science and faith collide, who wins? When a public school teacher is arrested for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution to his sophomore students, two powerhouse lawyers face off in a court of law. The nation watches as science and faith collide, bringing a small southern town to its knees. Inspired by the infamous Scopes "Monkey" Trial, DTC's innovative, contemporary production of this classic American drama is as timely today as it was at the 1955 Dallas world premiere. Performances are at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard. Information:

May 23-June 4 Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall at Fair Park. The producers of the world's biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular. Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, high wire and much more! Content Warning: Suitable for the whole family. Performances are at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Avenue. Information:

May 25-29 The Firehouse Theatre presents Red, White, and Broadway. It's the Firehouse Theatre's patriotic tribute to America, honoring our country in this revue through songs, stories, and celebrations of our history, past and present. Complete with stars, stripes, and some of the best vocal talent in the DFW Metroplex! The Firehouse Theatre is located at 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information:

June 2-25 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:

June 9-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

June 16-25 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:

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:

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:

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