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Through May 15 Garland Civic Theatre presents Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott. In 1944, Susan Hendrix, a blind Greenwich Village housewife, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the suspense builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller's chilling conclusion. Made into a classic film featuring Audrey Hepburn. Note: Wait Until Dark contains strong language and some violence. Age recommendation: 16+. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St. Information:
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Through May 15 Fair Assembly takes an interdisciplinary approach to Macbeth, a psychologically intimate play, using live sound, original music, and dance. They are interested in mining the humanity of this brutal tragedy: the love between the Macbeths, the revelatory and revealing nature of sudden power, and the many ways human beings cope with the rise of a tyrant. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Arts Mission Oak Cliff, 410 S. Windomere Ave. Information:

Through May 15 Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin and director Casey Nicholaw. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this nave newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Performances are at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. Information:

Through May 15 AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series presents Waitress at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as "The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie" and "Betrayed By My Eggs Pie." When a baking contest in a nearby county and a satisfying encounter with someone new show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness. Information:

Through May 29 The Firehouse Theater presents Big Fish. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest... and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him - most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. This new, small-cast version (for 12 actors) of the Broadway musical is overflowing with heart and humor. Big Fish is an experience that's richer, funnier, and bigger than life itself! The Firehouse Theatre is located at 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information:

Photo by Amitava Sarkar
Photo by Amitava Sarkar
May 20-21 Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Spring Celebration at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. Don't miss the grand finale as we celebrate our 45th season by taking the performance to soaring heights. Audiences can never get enough of the spellbinding aerial duet What to Say? Notes on Echo and Narcissus. Co-Chair of the National Dance Committee for SAG-AFTRA, Southern Methodist University graduate and former DBDT dancer Jamal Story brings to life the heartbreak of the Greek tragedy of unrequited love by weaving mesmerizing, passionate movements throughout the work. Kameron N. Saunders is creating a physically demanding and captivating world premiere exploring human connection and its direct parallels to creative thinking. The work will be choreographed with an original score. Information:

Photo by Xavier Mack
Photo by Xavier Mack
May 28 Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Academy Spring Recital at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. You will be dazzled by the artistic skills of the Dallas Black Dance Academy students during their 48th Annual Recital. All of the academy students will participate from the primary to the pre-professional division of the academy. Information:

May 31-June 12 Broadway Dallas presents Oklahoma! at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. This is OKLAHOMA! as you've never seen or heard it before - reimagined for the 21st century and the Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical. Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish's production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this OKLAHOMA! allows the classic musical and our country to be seen in a whole new light. Information:

June 2-4 Love You Madly: Celebrating the Music of Duke Ellington is presented by Urban Arts Collective at the Strauss Square, 2389 Flora St. Part of the Elevator Project, Love You Madly: Celebrating the Music of Duke Ellington transports you to 1920's New York City at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Told through music, dance and spoken word, Love You Madly highlights the glitz and glamour of the time with a big band orchestra as the backdrop. Not only will it be a celebration of Duke Ellington but also a celebration of the Dallas arts community. The entire band is comprised of Dallas musicians under the direction of Dallas' premiere jazz band director, Dean Hilland and the show is choreographed by JuNene K. At the directorial helm of Love You Madly, is Obie award winner Ed Smith. Information:

June 17-26 Garland Summer Musicals presents 42nd Street. Come along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway. 42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square and the magic of show biz with wit, humor and pizzazz. At the height of the Great Depression, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown, PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? The score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including "We're in the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway" and "Shuffle off to Buffalo." Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St. Information:
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July 20-31 WaterTower Theatre presents A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Set in London in 1907, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder centers on Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who is informed after the death of his mother that he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the wealthy D'Ysquith banking family. After the imperious ruling Lord dismisses Monty's claim of being a relative, the eight D'Ysquiths ahead of young Mr. Navarro begin dying in natural and unnatural ways. Meanwhile, Monty is desperately trying to woo money-minded Sibella Hallward - until he finds himself drawn to young Phoebe D'Ysquith. How will all these convoluted storylines come together? Performances are at the WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Information:
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