In Dallas there is a thriving Arts Community which includes several live theaters. Some of the productions are incredible, and while they may be a great distance away from Broadway, they aren’t in terms of quality. So here are some picks for the best plays and live theater productions in Dallas this year.
The Nether | Wyly Theater
Not for the faint of heart, or suitable for children The Nether looks at some futuristic and controversial subjects. The play centers around a cop with the task of investigating a virtual reality playground that was used for illegal and…extremely disturbing acts.
Deferred Action | Wyly Theater
This is an original play co-written by David Lozano the Lee Trull. Deferred Action is a heartbreaking story that follows an immigrant living in Texas. It shows the complications and legal loophole of the US Immigration System and the impact on the human lives that get caught up in it.
Memphis | Theater Three
Memphis tells the story of black music in the 1950’s taking over the airwaves on white radio through the eyes of DJ Huey Calhoun. Calhoun was loosely based on a real life character. Calhoun is constantly butting heads with his boss and the racial tensions of a segregated South.
All The Way | Wyly Theater
The Tony Award winning play about Lyndon B Johnson’s first year in office. The timing couldn’t be better to discuss political high drama and the back biting that goes along with it. This production was a feather in the cap for the Dallas Theater Center with the artistic direction of Kevin Moriarty, they did a wonderful job with the drama. Here is a clip of the Broadway version.
The Big Meal | Addison Theater Center
Taking a look at one of life’s constants, The Big Meal follows a family over five generations and countless dinners. The play was produced by Water Tower Theater it looks at one of the pleasant constants of life.
Jonah | Undermain Theater
Written by New York playwright Len Jenkin, Jonah is a modern retelling of the Biblical story of Jonah and a weekend spent at the Hotel Fish Belly. One of the most entertaining plays of the spring season.
These are just some of the wonderful productions that have seen the Dallas stage thus far in 2016. It should also be noted that there was a brilliant production of Wicked that was back in town for the fifth time. Everyone should catch Wicked at least once.
If you have the chance take in one of the productions at the many theaters throughout the Dallas area.