Theater Critic Picks
Been craving something truly local? How about world premiere works by native artists, or even a national tour featuring two of DFW's own in the cast? March is a little calmer, but that just means you should be able to go out and see everything.
Here are the 7 shows to see in order by start date:
Playwrights in the Newsroom
Janielle Kastner and Brigham Mosley
AT&T Performing Arts Center Elevator Project, March 5-15
Kastner and Mosley are Dallas-based writers, performers, and frequent collaborators who've recently turned civic, devising a new play about journalism and contemplating the 14th Amendment at the "What Makes a Citizen" festival.
Come From Away
Dallas Summer Musicals, March 10-22
On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. Come from Away takes audiences into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Stage West, March 12-April 12
In a seaside cottage on the east coast of England, a pair of retired nuclear scientists are startled by the reappearance of a former colleague. As crackers and wine are trotted out, so are remembered stories, old jealousies, and haunting secrets, all leading to the true reason for this sudden visit: a chilling and dangerous plan.
Dallas Theater Center, March 14-April 5
Written by José Cruz Gonzalez and directed by Henry Godinez, American Mariachi is a heartwarming and hilarious comedy about family, progress, and the freedom to dream big. Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break out of her monotonous routine when she has a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band. But in the 1970s, girls can't be mariachis ... or can they?
Matilda: The Musical
Casa Mañana, March 20-April 5
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl and winner of four Tony Awards, Matilda: The Musical revels in the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly lovable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however, as the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules.
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
Broadway at the Bass, March 20-22
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams, and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
Teatro Dallas, March 26-April 11
This original, world premiere play by emerging playwright Bernardo Mazon Daher is presented in concert with the Truth and Racial Healing Initiative in Dallas. Teatro Dallas artistic staff and the resident playwright spent the summer of 2019 conducting research and interviews, and recording oral histories from the remaining generations of workers and families who once lived in the neighborhood known as Cemento Grande, an unincorporated company town for the Trinity Portland Cement Company. Cement City explores themes of environmental racism, urban amnesia, the resilience of a Latinx community, rapid gentrification, and the importance of psychic healing for an entire city.