North Texas Fall Theatre Preview

September 12, 2011 6:02 AM

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Fall is the perfect time to enjoy great stories, great performances and great characters on stage. Check out our theatre picks for this season, and let the plays begin.

theatre tokillamockingbird North Texas Fall Theatre Preview

(credit: Dallas Theater Center)

To Kill a Mockingbird
By Christopher Sergel (adapted from the novel by Harper Lee)
Presented by Dallas Theater Center and Casa Mañana Theatre
October 21 – November 20
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
at AT&T Performing Arts Center
2400 Flora St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 880-0202
$46.75 – $72.25

Harper Lee’s novel has given the literary world unforgettable characters such as Scout, Atticus, Jem and Boo Radley and a touching story of courage and racial injustice in the Deep South. Now, North Texas theater fans can see it through fresh eyes in this new production (a collaboration between Dallas Theater Center and the Casa Mañana Theatre). Suitable for all ages, bring the kids to see this production, a timely exploration of the power of tolerance. Directed by Wendy Dann.

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Seven in One Blow or The Brave Little Kid

By Randy Sharp
November 17 – December 17
Circle Theatre
230 West 4th Street
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 877-3040
$20 – $30

Adapted from a classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music will have both adults and kids squealing with delight, as thy are encouraged to take part in the performance by participating in singing and “shout-outs.” Seven in One Blow or The Brave Little Kid tells the story of a child who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with “Seven in One Blow” to celebrate the event. Join the Kid as he travels, meets colorful characters (all whom assume the belt refers to seven people) and learns valuable life lessons along the way.

theatre atunachristmas North Texas Fall Theatre Preview

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A Tuna Christmas
November 12 – 20
Casa Mañana Theatre
3101 West Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 332-2272

In another pre-holiday treat, comedians Joe Sears and Jaston Williams portray all 24 citizens of Tuna (of both genders and various ages), “the third smallest town in Texas.” Get ready to “LOL” as Sears and Williams display their comedic skills and breeze through several costume changes while their characters deal with hilarious (and relatable?) seasonal hijinks, such as a disastrous theater production of A Christmas Carol, and a mysterious yard-decoration fiasco.

theatre samshepard North Texas Fall Theatre Preview

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Ages of the Moon
By Sam Shepard
October 15 – November 12 (with $10 preview performances Oct. 12 – 14)
Undermain Theatre
3200 Main Street
Dallas, TX
(214) 747-5515

Making its Southwest regional premiere, the Ages of the Moon is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, A Lie of the Mind) new play about two men reminiscing (and bonding) about their past as they wait for a lunar eclipse. It’s a slow-burning but poignant work, exploring themes of aging and loss, friendship and rivalry, and it kicks off the Undermain Theatre’s new season. Directed by Katherine Owens.

theatre elinsomnioamericano North Texas Fall Theatre Preview

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El Imsomnio Americano
Latino Cultural Center
November 18 – 19
2600 Live Oak Street
Dallas, TX
(214) 671-0045
$15 – $20

El Imsomnio Americano (the “American Insomnia”) explores the lives of Latin American immigrants in the U.S., as they try to adapt to a new country, a new language and new customs. Filled with funny and touching moments that many will be able to relate to, the production has been presented to packed theaters in Miami, New York, Washington and is now making its premiere in Dallas. Written and performed by Colombian actor Saulo Garcia, El Insomnio Americano is performed in Spanish.