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Through Apr. 29 The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow." Presented by Garland Civic Theater, performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 600 5th Street. Information:

Through May 6 The WaterTower Theatre presents Bread. This world premiere by award-winning Dallas-born actress and playwright Regina Taylor weaves a compelling family drama of hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. Performances are at the WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. 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 May 12 Sweeney Todd - The Fiend of Fleet Street. Another of the Pocket's infamous audience-participation, popcorn-tossing, comedy spoofs. Definitely not the musical, it is based on the legendary London barber, Sweeney Todd, who cut more than hair, and his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, who baked some very strange meat pies... PG-13 (contains adult innuendo and may scare little critters.)
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

Apr. 19-May 6 Little Women: The Musical is at the Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch. Louisa May Alcott's beloved story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. With buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and a big-hearted message, Little Women reminds us that "sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true." The theater is at 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch, a short walk from the station. Information:

Apr. 20-May 13 The Dallas Theater Center presents The Trials of Sam Houston. On the eve of the state’s secession in 1861, Governor Sam Houston is torn between loyalty to Texas and loyalty to the United States. As he weighs the terrible choice he must make, certain of the devastating cost of either path, Houston tells Jeff Hamilton (his slave and office clerk) of a time when he, and the Union itself, stood trial. Contains profane language and racial slurs. Recommended for people Middle School age and up. Performances are at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Information:

Apr. 21-22 Closing the Avant Chamber Ballet subscription season is Moving Music - an exciting evening of new works and great masterpieces featuring George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie, Paul Mejia's Serenade in A, Christopher Wheeldon's The American pas de deux and Women's Choreography Project. For the fourth year of Women's Choreography Project, Avant Chamber Ballet is commissioning two new works from female choreographers. First will be Michelle Thompson Ulerich, winner of an international application process, and the second is a new work from Bruce Wood Dance Project's artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh. Performances are at the Moody Performance Hall, 2520, Flora Street. Information:

Apr. 21 - May 6 Blue, presented by the Dallas Children's Theater, is a toddler-friendly theater experience. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are very happy being blue. When a red sock enters their kitchen, their world is turned upside down. This play introduces the idea of acceptance with fun, humor, gentleness and whimsy - perfect for squirmy little ones and their families. The performances take place at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. Information:

Apr. 24-May 6 Les Miserables, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park. The Tony Award-winning musical has been a phenomenon for more than 30 years now, and it's hot on the heels of a two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With dazzling new scenery and staging, this production is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The story of love, sacrifice and redemption is set in 19th-centuery France, and features a host of beloved songs, including "I Dreamed a Dream." See why this classic has thrilled 70 million people in 44 countries - and counting. The Music Hall is at 909 1st Ave. in Dallas. Information:

Apr. 26-May 20 The Last One Nighter on The Death Trail is being presented by Theatre Three. In this fun and raucous story, a troupe of vaudevillians in the early '30s wait behind a theater in Dallas for their opportunity to go on stage. They're the disappointment act and only go on if someone else cancels. It questions what is and isn't art and why it is necessary. Watch out, though. It's the prohibition era in the Bible Belt and the cops are cracking down on all unseemly behavior! The theater is in The Quadrangle at 2800 Routh St. in Dallas. Information:

May 11-26 The Full Monty is at the Dupree Theatre in the Irving Arts Center. It's the cult classic musical comedy with 10 Tony Award nominations and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. After spying on their wives enjoying male strippers at a "Girls' Night Out," a group of unemployed, jealous and emasculated steelworkers from Buffalo concoct a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash by letting it all hang out. The Irving Arts Center is at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 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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