You've never seen The Nutcracker quite like this -- and neither have the ladies of the Beulaville Baptist Book Club. When the cast of their fundraiser production of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet gets sick, the book club turns to the only other performers in town: a stranded burlesque troupe called the Velvet Kittens. Not quite knowing what "bur-less-Q" is, the club is in for one hilarious surprise -- and you won't want to miss it! Now in its 11th year, this racy holiday fave took home Goldstar's 2014 National Nutcracker Award, and is going to be bigger than ever as it moves into Addison Theatre Centre's Main Stage.
Both a celebration of his music and a tribute to his untimely passing, The Prince Experience is a night filled with classic songs, super showmanship and the reminder of why The Purple One was so great. Gabriel Sanchez and his live band re-create the Prince look and sound to a tee at House of Blues Dallas.
Sleigh Hard With a Vengeance is a loving homage and spoof of the best Christmas movie of all time: Die Hard. It's the story of Mac Kane, who has the worst luck. A tough LA cop, he decides to visit his wife living at the North Pole for a peaceful and relaxing Christmas Eve. Little does he know that terrorists have other plans when they take over Santa's Workshop. Mac finds himself outnumbered and outmatched. This spoof of Die Hard and action movies, playing at Magnolia Lounge at The Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas, will make you laugh and think. Just kidding. It will make you laugh, though.
Cirque du Soleil's Varekai whisks you away to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A solitary young man parachutes into a magic forest, where he meets fantastic creatures and embarks on an adventure full of extraordinary and whimsical experiences. In the Romany language -- the language of the Gypsies -- "varekai" means "wherever," and this fantastic journey pays tribute to the wandering spirits who began the circus tradition, roaming entertainers whose travels might take them anywhere. As the show's hero explores the forest, you'll travel with him to witness high-flying aerial acts, astounding acrobatics, hilarious clowns and the Icarian games: an ancient circus art that presents a thrilling display of human juggling as the performers catapult through the air and make unbelievable landings on their partners. This fantastical adventure spectacle takes place at Fort Worth Convention Center.
ONSTAGE in Bedford presents Sam and Bella Spewack's My Three Angels, a sweet, family Christmas show built on hilarity and mayhem. Set in French Guiana in 1910, three convicts on a work release program are employed as roofers by a struggling shopkeeper and his family. The trio take pity on their kindly employer when they learn that he will surely lose his business when an overbearing and evil-minded cousin comes from France to audit the books. Using guile, a little romance and a well-behaved snake, the three craft a plan to set matters straight, achieve justice for the shopkeeper and gain redemption for themselves.
You think murder mystery dinners sound like fun? You'll really dig this one then, which has a holiday spin to it to truly get into the spirit of the season. Keith and Margo's Slay Ride provides an immersive theater experience that features a savory American classic meal, where a despicable Christmas crime begins at your holiday dinner party. Be sure to rock some upscale holiday casual or an ugly Christmas sweater at the Old Mill Inn in Dallas.
What family doesn't have its ups and downs? Celebrate the holidays medieval style! Adultery, dungeons, sibling rivalry and romance abound in this true-life Game of Thrones drama with royally funny biting comedy. Who will be the next King of England and get the girl? The Queen wants Richard; the King wants John. Does anyone want Geoffrey? And what about Alais and the King of France? Christmas of 1183 is truly a memorable one for Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and her family as they fight over both a kingdom and each other. Watch the mayhem unfold and be grateful for your own comparatively minor family squabbles when The Lion in Winter comes to Allen's Community Theatre in Dallas.
A wacky extravaganza of cowboys, ray guns, steam-powered inventions, time machines and more come together in Kerrville at this retro-futuristic Victorian era-meets-classic-Western festival. Gadget and costume contests will challenge your creativity, while historical reenactments, crafts and games keep the entertainment going. Don't miss out on tea with the queen in between live acts, food vendors and skilled artisan exhibits at the River Star Arts and Events Park.
Described as "whimsical, fantastical, lyrical" and "just a little bit irreverent," Solstice: Stories and Songs for the Holidays brings poetry, folktales and music together for a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration at Dallas' Theatre3. Aiming to keep her niece occupied during winter solstice -- the longest night of the year -- a loving aunt introduces her to some magical creatures, and some traditional but little known tales, including a Santa origin story by L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz). There'll be poetry from Longfellow, Frost and contemporary writer Susan Cooper, along with short plays and new music created by local Dallas artists. The cast is set to include favorites like Denise Lee, Paul Taylor, Marti Etheridge, Ian Mead Moore and Sara Prejean.
The award winning Backdoor Comedy Club is the city's longest running stand-up comedy showcase and, after 20 years, still reigns as the hot spot for Dallas comedy. Named "Best Comedy Club" by D Magazine and "hottest stand-up comedy showcase in the Southwest" by the Dallas Observer, Backdoor Comedy Club is the place to go for laughs. Shows feature eight or more comedians per night, including national touring comics from Comedy Central, Showtime and NBC's Last Comic Standing, as well as the best of the local pros. The coziness of the Backdoor takes you back to the roots of stand-up and gives you the intimate vibe of the original comedy rooms in NYC and LA.