Even though it's not officially summer yet, it sure feels like it, and summer means Shakespeare in the park. The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, the second-oldest Shakespeare festival in the country, kicks off its 27th season with Much Ado About Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra. In the past, the festival has attracted stars like Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Stewart, Morgan Freeman, and Olympia Dukakis. The star wattage is significantly lower this year (some would say completely absent), but legendary BBC director David Giles will helm the festival's first-ever production of Antony and Cleopatra. Performances happen Tuesday through Saturday at Samuell-Grand Park, located east of downtown Dallas, starting on June 16. Antony and Cleopatra will be presented on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; Much Ado About Nothing will be performed on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. All performances happen at 8:15 p.m. Admission is free, but a $4 donation is requested. Both plays continue through July 26. Call (214) 559-2778.
Bonnie Parker Thornton was a straight-A student, an accomplished poet, and a high school honor graduate. She was also Clyde Barrow's bank-robbing partner, but Little Blue-Eyed Girl--the new production at the Door Theatre--doesn't want you to focus on that. They want you to think about the young poet who was a favorite of many of Dallas' most prominent officials, and turned to a life of crime only after the Crash of 1929. Ah, revisionist history. Dixie Lee Sedgwick, who wrote the play with Joe Black, stars as Bonnie. Little Blue-Eyed Girl plays at the Door Theatre (formerly the Deep Ellum Opera Theatre) on June 16-17 and 23-24. All shows happen at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $8. The Door Theatre is located at 3202 Elm. Call (214) 742-