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DART to Theater & Dance
Through Feb. 16 Zorro The Melodrama is one of the Pocket Sandwich Theatre's famous popcorn-tossers - a spoof of Zorro, who defends the defenseless. The legendary swashbuckler slashes his trademark Z, fights to secure justice for the oppressed, and ducks lots of popcorn. The theater is located at 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, across the street from the DART Rail property. Information: www.pocketsandwich.com.
Through Feb. 16 My Funny Valentine at the Eisemann Center is tailor-made for Valentine's Day. The show features the standup duo of Pat Hazell and Dena Blizzard riffing on relationships and dating. There's even a Q&A where you can ask relationship advice. Performance happen three consecutive evenings, plus a Saturday matinee. The Eisemann Center is at 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson, just steps from the DART Rail station. Information: www.eisemanncenter.com.
Through Feb. 16 I Do! I Do! is an intimate and nostalgic work centered on a marriage. The show follows Michael and Agnes from their wedding day all the way through a midlife crisis and beyond. The story is set to a tuneful, charming score that features the song "My Cup Runneth Over." Performances are at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Information: lyricstage.org.
Through Feb. 17 Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man and his family, friends, psychiatrist and neighbors. The play is a comical and poignant look at modern life and familial love. It's playing at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.attpac.org.
Through March 3 An Iliad is Undermain Theatre's reboot of the 2012 production starring Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad, and directed by Katherine Owens. The modern retelling of the ancient classic is full of poetry, humor and, of course, tales of the Trojan War. The Undermain is at 3200 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Information: www.undermain.org.
- Via DART Rail Green Line to Baylor University Medical Center Station, then a short walk
- Via DART Bus Routes 60 and 76
Through March 3 The Boyfriend is musical that pays comical homage to Rodgers and Hart shows. Set in the French Riviera during the Roaring Twenties, the play is full of romance, dancing, and European aristocracy - not to mention the lively, infectious music of the Jazz Age. It plays at the Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch – across the street from the DART Rail station. Information: www.thefirehousetheatre.com.
Feb. 15-17 Cultural Awareness is the Dallas Black Dance Theater's salute to Odetta Homes and Nina Simone, the "Queen of American Folk Music" and the "High Priestess of Soul" respectively. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rehearsal director and guest artist Matthew Rushing created ODETTA, while choreographer Dianne McIntyre evokes the High Priestess with Nina Simone Project. Performances are at the Wyly Theater, 2400 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.attpac.org.
Feb. 15-March 3 Bless Me, Ultima is the tale of a 6-year-old boy who meets a curandera - one who heals with herbs and magic. She comes to live with the boy's family and helps him face the challenges of childhood and find the magical secrets of his ancestors within himself. The story of faith, healing and Mexican-American culture is performed in English at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. in Dallas. Information: www.caramiatheatre.org.
Feb. 19-March 3 Anastasia transports the audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920s. The acclaimed musical follows a brave young woman as she discovers her past. Other characters include a ruthless Soviet officer, a dashing conman and a former aristocrat. See this epic adventure at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. Information: dallassummermusicals.org.
Feb. 22-March 17 Guadalupe in the Guest Room is a funny, heartfelt celebration of new beginnings and the healing power of telenovelas. The title character is living in the guest room of her son-in-law, while overcome with grief over the death of her daughter. Separated by a language barrier, the housemates bond in the most unexpected of ways, leading them to learn that understanding doesn’t always require speaking the same language. The play is being performed at WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Information: watertowertheatre.org.
Feb. 22-23 15th Annual Weekend Festival of Black Dance - Rhythm & Soul of a People celebrates the splendor of African dance over the course of two days. The Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters (DBAAL) hosts the annual dance showcase. Back by popular demand, the Washington, D.C.-based Kankouran West African Dance Company will share the spotlight with Atlanta Dance Connection. It promises to be a stirring evening of African, contemporary and modern dance. Performances take place at DBAAL's Naomi Bruton Main Stage at 1309 Canton St. - near the corner of Griffin St. in downtown Dallas. Information: www.facebook.com/Tbaaldallas.
Feb. 28-March 2 The Best of the Second City is a must-see featuring the classic sketches and songs from the beloved, improvisational comedy troupe, which spawned the likes of like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy. Eugene Levy, Amy Poehler – the list goes on. Come check out the best of this incubator of American (and Canadian) comedy. The special Eisemann Center Presents Theatre & Comedy engagement is presented in partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts & Humanities. It contains mature content. The three-night run at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson, includes a Saturday matinee. Information: www.eisemanncenter.com.
March 1 A Oscuras me Da Risa features the touring company of the popular comedy. A married, seemingly happy couple plans separate weekend getaways, each planning to bring their respective lovers back home. Meanwhile, their neighbor gets locked in their apartment. What could go wrong? The Spanish-language performance happens at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. in downtown Dallas. Information: majestic.dallasculture.org.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to St. Paul Station, then about a 6-minute walk
March 1, 3, 6, 9 Manon Lescaut is one of Puccini’s earliest works, concerning a popular party girl in Paris. Destined for life in a convent, the glamorous young lady meets a romantic chevalier (knight) who sweeps her off her feet. When another, wealthier suitor appears, Manon is torn. Of course, things get pretty dramatic from there. See the lushly scored opera at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: dallasopera.org.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station, then about an 8-minute walk
March 12 Truth in Comedy combines storytelling, stand-up comedy and art, with all of humanity serving as the muse. The evening's theme is "Get Lucky."" Three storytellers - Sehla Ashai, Sydney Plant, and Hal Karp - shed light on the subject. Three comedians - Angelia Walker, Byron Stamps, and Paul Varghese - illuminate it with humor. And one artist, El Sarah, ties the whole thing together. The night of artsy entertainment happens at the perfect venue for it - the Texas Theatre, at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Information: www.facebook.com/truthincomedydfw.
- Via Dallas Streetcar from Union Station to the Bishop Arts stop, then a 9- or 10-minute walk
- Via DART Bus Route 11
March 15-31 La Bohéme is one of the great classics of opera, and it’s Puccini's most popular work. Full of drama, romance and tragedy, the soaring music tells a classic love story that has some hard truths at its core. The Dallas Opera presents the enduring favorite at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: dallasopera.org.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station, then about a 7-minute walk
March 22 Dancing Beyond Borders is a program of crowd-pleasing season highlights from Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Enjoy the company's beautiful artistry and meticulous technique at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson - right across the plaza from the DART Rail Station. Information: dbdt.com.
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 3025 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Information: dallascomedyhouse.com.