Days and Days of New Plays, Starting Right Now

Every few months Dallas-area theaters pile on the new shows. This is one of those weekends, with 10 productions opening.

One of those, Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival at Uptown Players, is a multi-show offering filling several performance spaces at Kalita Humphreys Theater. So go see a show. Tickets start at pay-what-you-want for some performances; the Uptown festival pass is $50.

This list of the grand lot is after the jump.

Opening Thursday, September 8:Motherhood The Musical by GFour Productions at Eisemann Center, Richardson. Think of it as a prequel to its sister show, Menopause The Musical. An all-woman cast sings and jokes about the perils of procreation. 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Call 972-744-4650 or visit eisemanncenter.com. Through October 9. • The Sunshine Boys at Eisemann Center through September 9. Then at Casa Mañana, Fort Worth, September 10. Brothers Dick and Jerry Van Dyke star as two feuding vaudevillians in this vintage Neil Simon comedy. Co-starring Dallas actress Denise Lee. 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Call 972-744-4650 or visit eisemanncenter.com.

Opening Friday, September 9:Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival by Uptown Players at Kalita Humphreys Theater and other venues. A revival of Facts of Life: The Lost Episode, plus Paul Rudnick's The New Century and the Jonathan Harvey play Beautiful Thing are among the shows in this nine-day festival of gay-themed works. See the full list of what's playing when and where here. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Call 214-219-2718 or visit uptownplayers.org. Through September 17. • A Most Dangerous Woman by Echo Theatre at the Bath House Cultural Center. Emily Scott Banks plays author George Eliot in this play by Cathy Templesman. Directed by David Meglino and featuring Jessica Cavanagh, Morgan McClure, Adrian S. Churchill, Scott Milligan, Randy Pearlman and Briant Witkowicz. 521 E. Lawther Drive (at Northcliff). Call 214-904-0500 or email reservations@echotheatre.org. Through September 24.

Gypsy, Lyric Stage, Irving. You gotta get a gimmick and the big one for this revival of the great old musical about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee is down in the orchestra pit. There are 39 musicians, including strings, acoustic guitar and horns, just the way composer Jule Styne wanted it for the original Broadway production in 1959. International musical theater star Sue Mathys plays Mama Rose. Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. Call 972-252-2787. Through September 18. • In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, Kitchen Dog Theater. Playwright Sara Ruhl's play inspired by the strange health treatments women endured in previous centuries. (Nudity and adult situations. Yay!) McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Call 214-953-1055 or visit kitchendogtheater.org. Through October 10. • The Tempest, Dallas Theater Center (Wyly Theatre). The first Friday offers pay-what-you-can night for Kevin Moriarty's big production of the Shakespeare drama. After that, tickets top out at $25 with lots of discounts available. Chamblee Ferguson stars as Prospero, with Broadway star (and Plano native) Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Ariel. 2400 Flora St. Call 214-880-0202 or visit dallastheatercenter.org. Through October 10. • The 39 Steps, Denton Community Theatre. Four actors play 100 characters in this lively send-up of the Hitchcock thriller. Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. in Denton. Call 940-381-3562. Through September 18. • Forever Plaid, Theatre Arlington. Pleasant musical about a quartet of singers who die before they find success, but have one last chance to harmonize for an earthly audience. 305 W. Main St. in Arlington. Call 817-275-7661 or visit theatrearlington.org. Through October 9.

Monday, September 12: Duets, Theatre Too. Peter Quilter's comedy about eight married people (portrayed by only two actors). 2800 Routh Street (in the Quadrangle beneath Theatre Three). Call 214-871-3300 or visit theatre3dallas.com. Through October 9.

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