That spring in our step this week? It’s buoyed by a long-term forecast of rich, diverse and engaging arts events that appeal to the senses and germinate inspiration. There’s a plush seat to plant in pretty much every single night, thanks to the full roster of theater, dance and music blooming all over Dallas for the foreseeable future.
The Tribe: Solo Salon
7 p.m. Monday
Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce St.
We love a good springtime festival, don’t get us wrong — but this roundup of solo performers from The Tribe Dallas gives us our fix all in one tidy little package. The theatre collective will host four half-hour bursts of drama, music and general spectacle onstage from artists Brad McEntire, Shelby Allison Hibbs, Jeff Colangelo and Adam Anderson.
Fair Park Dallas Cabaret: “Love Is a Many Splintered Thing”
8 p.m. Tuesday
The Women’s Museum, 3800 Parry Ave.
Local diva and cabaret advocate Denise Lee of Denise Lee Onstage has put together an outstanding lineup of cabaret performers for her twice-monthly Fair Park Dallas 2016 Cabaret Season series — including this upcoming installment from singer extraordinaire Jodi Crawford Wright and musician Thiago X. Nascimento. The two musical dynamos will present a selection of songs that explore all the crazy ins and outs of romance.
The Dallas Opera’s Manon
7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St.
This girl has some issues. The Dallas Opera presents Jules Massenet’s tale of a spirited, headstrong and ultimately doomed diva who chases love, consequences be damned. With soprano Ailyn Pérez as the titular doomed lover, this indelibly French journey into the heart of a girl who ain’t nuthin’ but trouble is both poignant and provocative.
Theatre Three presents Light Up the Sky
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St.
Playwright Moss Hart’s “Light Up the Sky” is a backstage view of a farcical theatre production, mining all the dramatic and comedic possibilities that arise behind the scenes. The punch lines and zingers come one right after another, taking swipes at critics and players alike in Theatre Three’s production of the classic 1948 comedy that remains hilariously relevant.
Texas Ballet Theater’s Cinderella
8 p.m. Friday
Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive
Chalk this one up not to the behemoth princess industrial complex, but rather to a fairy-tale production by the Texas Ballet Theatre. In our hearts, we know that the real heroines are the hard-working scientists, artists and helpers of the world — but for one night, it doesn’t hurt to surrender to the sweet charms of Cinderella and watch your favorite little girl’s eyes light up as the princess-to-be pirouettes on stage in this divine production from choreographer Ben Stevenson, featuring the music of Sergei Prokofiev.
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