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How to Choose Your Own Theatrical Adventure in Dallas

Plenty of theater festivals seem to occur in warmer months, but a few veterans of the scene have staked out February as the time to break from form. Teatro Dallas introduces artistic companies from Mexico City you’ve likely never heard of; Out of the Loop continues its 15-year experiment; and Dallas Black Dance Theatre has convinced its dancers to dangle from silks for the second year in a row. Which one should you attend?

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WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Announces 2016 Program

Teams of writers, actors, and directors will have 24 hours to create and then perform a new piece of theater during a 24-hour play festival, a sort of festival-within-a-festival at WaterTower Theatre’s 15th annual Out of the Loop. The 11-day event, which runs from Feb. 27 through March 6 at the Addison Theatre Centre, will also feature six world premieres, including a cabaret show honoring the great musical composer Jerome Kern.

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World Premiere Clarkston Explores Emotional Territory at Dallas Theater Center

The paths we find ourselves traveling in life often leave us in destinations we never imagined, never intended to visit. But sometimes, those surprising paths can bring us to the places we need, even if they weren’t the places we wanted to go.

In Clarkston, a new play by Samuel D. Hunter now in its world premiere at the Dallas Theater Center, that place is a Costco on the edge of Washington State. It’s an intimate look at how the paths of two men intersect unexpectedly—one who is in search of himself, and one who has almost given up on finding who he really wants to be—and how that bond changes both of them.

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New Scrooge, New Director, Same Holiday Spirit in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol

It may not be the production for the Dickensian purist, but that is half the charm of Kevin Moriarty’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol, now in its third year at the Dallas Theater Center. This year’s production is the first helmed by a female director, Brierly Resident Acting Company member Christie Vela, and it takes Charles Dickens’ classic story and deepens its emotional impact through some clever tweaks and turns, fantastic staging, and beautifully choreographed musical numbers.

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5 Must-See Shows in Dallas Theater This December

The Nutcracker reigns in December, with every dance company in the country producing some version of the ballet. Holiday offerings also tend to dominate the local theater schedule for most of December, with some notable exceptions. For this guide to five of the best shows in town this month, we tried to highlight a couple of those exceptions along with the Christmas rule. A few shows that opened last month and will conclude their runs in December are featured here.

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