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Through July 29 Brad Zimmerman's My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy is the story of one man's struggle to fulfill his dream and 'make it' as a comedic actor in New York. One part standup, one part theatrical, and all parts uproarious, My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy will run through July 29. Performances are in the Bank of America Theatre in the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. Information:

Through July 29 Adapted from the 1994 Academy Award-winning film and presented by The Uptown Players, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the heartwarming, uplifting musical adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam (two drag queens and a transsexual), who take their show to the middle of the Australian Outback. Aboard a battered old bus called Priscilla, they search for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have dreamed. With a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," "Hot Stuff," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love The Nightlife," this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous! Performances are at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 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 Aug. 18 Captain Blood. Pirates are back in style! So here are some more for you - but none of your modern sissy-pirates - our old-fashioned pirates are unafraid of such fearsome weapons as flintlocks, cutlasses, and popcorn. Welcome to the adventures of the most bumbling bunch of buccaneers that ever buckled a swash. Another of the Pocket's infamous popcorn-tossing comedy-spoofs.
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

July 20-29 Garland Summer Musicals presents Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate. This hilarious tale revolves around a musical production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," and the onstage and offstage conflict between Fred Graham, the musical's director/producer/star, and his leading lady/ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th Street. Information:

July 20-Aug. 4 George Washington Slept Here is at the Dupree Theatre in the Irving Arts Center. Newton Fuller just wants "a little place in the country to call his own." Despite disgust from his city-slicker wife and daughter, Newton drags his family out to their own personal "Green Acres," a wreck of a homestead with broken windows, falling plaster and a cow in the kitchen. But with a little bit of faith and a lot of guts, maybe Newton can make this house into a home. The Irving Arts Center is at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Information:

July 20-Aug. 4 The Revolutionists is the third production in the inaugural season of Imprint Theatreworks. The show is a comedic quartet about four real women during the French Revolution: playwright Olympe De Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette. The show blends dreams and reality to tell a tale of violence, legacy, feminism, terrorism and art. Performances are at the Margo Jones Theatre in the Magnolia Lounge at Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave. Information:

July 24-Aug. 5 Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, is a story of love, passion and drama. Ten years after disappearing from the opera house, the Phantom has a new life in Coney Island. He's finally found his niche, but he still yearns for his true love, Christine. When she visits New York, there are plenty of twists and turns in store. Performances are at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. in Dallas. Information:

July 25-Aug. 19 The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. With well-known songs such as "Shipoopi', "Pick-a-little, talk-a-little" and "Ya Got Trouble", this show is CERTAIN to be one of the BEST in The Firehouse Theatre's history! The classic is playing at The Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information:
July 26-Aug. 5 Annie Get Your Gun is presented by the Company of Rowlett Performers (CORP) at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street. Frank Butler is the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. When the show comes to Cincinnati, Ohio and Frank challenges anyone in town to a shooting match, he gets more than he bargained for when he's beat by the backwoods, tomboyish Annie Oakley. She is persuaded by Buffalo Bill to join his Wild West Show, and Annie meets her match in Frank as she falls head over heels for him, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie's chance at romance. Frank feels something for Annie as well, but can these opposites ever find a way to be together? Information:

July 28 Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival is the largest hip-hop dance festival in the south, and fast becoming the hip-hop authority in Texas. Dancers of ALL ages are featured, representing all forms of hip-hop dance. The vision is to create an experience that each performer and spectator will remember forever. One weekend that will serve to educate, inspire, and showcase growing and established talent in the Southwest. There are three unique events during the festival - Convention, Battle, and The Show. This family-friendly event welcomes all ages. The Show is at the Majestic Theatre, located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Aug. 2-26 Heisenberg/Actually is a double feature being presented by Theatre Three. People are shaped by past experiences. Does a need for affection, love, and intimacy change as we age? Produced together, these two plays will spark a thrilling conversation as it relates to sex, desire, and the ages of man and woman. The theater is in The Quadrangle at 2800 Routh St. in Dallas. Information:

Aug. 3-26 The blasphemous Broadway hit that has been taking the country by storm, Hand to God, makes its regional debut at WaterTower Theatre. Texas native Robert Askins thrusts us into a surreal church basement, where a young man's foul-mouthed hand puppet - that may be possessed by the devil - wreaks havoc and exposes hypocrisy with ruthlessness and side-splitting humor. Performances are in the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road. Information:

Aug. 3-12 Big Bucks is being performed by the Amateur Community Theatre of Rowlett in two formats: as both dinner theater and a conventional stage production. Saturdays and Sundays, August 4, 5, 11 and 12, will be a regular night of theater; Friday nights, August 3 and 10, will be dinner theater, with food prepared by Matt's Rancho Martinez. The play is a southern soap opera spoof. There's dad protecting the family homestead from becoming a freeway, problems with the taxman, a rifle-carrying grandma, and a young lady who becomes enamored of a handsome outsider. The theater is located at Main Street Events, 4111 Main St. in Rowlett, just steps from the station. Information:

Aug. 18-Sept. 8 Mousey is a dark musical at Ochre House, written and directed by in-house playwright Carla Parker. Mrs. Mousey, a toy, begins to question the nature of toys' existence, and launches into a questioning and dangerous journey. The ensuing rebellion among the toys causes them to turn on one another as they search for Utopia. There's puppetry, original music and dance, and a riveting fable at the play's heart. Ochre House is at 825 Exposition Ave. in Dallas. Information:

Aug. 24-Sept. 2 Perfect Arrangement is both a regional premiere and the last production of Uptown Players' 17th season. Set in the 1950s, the play concerns the Red Scare, mores and repression presented with plenty of madcap comedy. Inspired by the early stirrings of the gay rights movement, the story follows two "All-American" couples who are forced to stare down the closet door. Performances are at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. in Dallas. Information:

Sept. 6-23 Garland Civic Theater presents Barefoot in the Park, an all-time classic by Neil Simon. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 600 5th Street. Information:

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:

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