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These are the 11 can't-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for February

The 11 can't-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for February

Jake Nice presents We're Gonna Die
We're Gonna Die gets another turn in the spotlight, thanks to the Elevator Project. Photo courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
Ana Villafañe as Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet
Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, On Your Feet! tells the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Photo © Matthew Murphy
Undermain Theatre presents Three Sisters
Undermain Theatre has Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Photo by Katherine Owens
Dallas Theater Center presents Frankenstein
Dallas Theater Center collaborate with SMU for Frankenstein. Photo by Karen Almond
Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents Thurgood
Selmore Haines stars in Thurgood at Bishop Arts Theatre Center. Photo courtesy of Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Uptown Players presents A Chorus Line
Uptown Players presents A Chorus Line for one weekend only. Photo by Mike Morgan
Ochre House Theater presents <i>The Woman Who Knew Too Much</i>
The Woman Who Knew Too Much is the latest from Ochre House Theatre. Photo by Trenton Stephenson
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Chicago the Musical
The national tour of Chicago comes to Bass Hall. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Echo Theatre presents Her Song
Echo Theatre is staging the revue Her Song for the last time. Photo by Rebecca Brooks
Jake Nice presents We're Gonna Die
Ana Villafañe as Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet
Undermain Theatre presents Three Sisters
Dallas Theater Center presents Frankenstein
Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents Thurgood
Uptown Players presents A Chorus Line
Ochre House Theater presents <i>The Woman Who Knew Too Much</i>
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Chicago the Musical
Echo Theatre presents Her Song

February's a short month, so that just means you've got to really make a plan when it comes to your theatergoing calendar. There are firsts and finals from which to choose, along with local revivals and national tours.

Here are the 11 shows to see, in order by start date:

A Chorus Line
Uptown Players, February 2-4
Local choreographer/director Jeremy Dumont has freshened up this musical theater icon, with all-new moves and a cast of young and lithe dancers who pull back the curtain on showbiz life during one grueling audition. Uptown is moving from the Kalita Humphreys Theater to the Moody Performance Hall for this one, and rumor has it that tickets are very, very scarce.

Frankenstein
Dallas Theater Center, February 2-March 4
DTC has enjoyed a partnership with the SMU Meadows School of the Arts when it comes to its grad students, but this is the first production where undergrads are also getting in on the action. Director Joel Ferrell points out that Mary Shelley was only 18 when she wrote her novel, and he sees the youth of this cast as an asset. And it's not just the cast: graduate student Amelia Bransky designed the set.

Three Sisters
Undermain Theatre, February 7-March 11
Acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl translates Chekhov's classic, about the daughters of a revered commander of a Russian military outpost who yearn to return to their cosmopolitan home in Moscow. With a five-week extended run, Undermain artistic director Katherine Owens leads a cast that includes Shannon Kearns, Jenny Ledel, Joanna Schellenberg, Bruce DuBose, Justin Duncan, and David Meglino.

We're Gonna Die
Jake Nice, February 8-10
DFW got a taste of Young Jean Lee's pop concert/autobiographical lament in 2017, when Jake Nice presented it before one of the closing performances of Lee's Straight White Men at Second Thought Theatre. He went on to mount it at other places around DFW, with local musician Sammy "Rat" Rios as the Singer, who returns for this engagement through the Elevator Project.

Thurgood
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, February 8-25
In partnership with Jubilee Theatre, which presented the show last February, this timely production examines the life of civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall, who, prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, worked as a lawyer for the NAACP. Still. Timely.

Her Song
Echo Theatre, February 9-24
It's the final year for this music and dance revue, which transports audiences back in time to a 1930s supper club for an evening of drinks, food, dancing, and songs from female composers of the early 20th century. 

Cyrano
Amphibian Stage Productions, February 9-March 4
Playwright and actress Kate Hamill (perhaps you caught her adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at WaterTower Theatre last October?) stars as Roxane in this five-person adaptation of Edmond Rostand's famous love triangle. The "fast-paced romp" by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers challenges its actors to play characters of all genders, types and ages.

The Woman Who Knew Too Much
Ochre House, February 10-March 3
Company member and associate producer Kevin Grammer has penned and directed this troupe's latest original play, a "fantasy noir musical" about a woman who awakens with no memory ... but there's a very real possibility she might be an undercover spy.

Chicago
Performing Arts Fort Worth, February 16-18
Slick you hair for the national tour of this Kander and Ebb musical about celebrity culture, which is even more relevant now than when the play it's based on was first published in 1926. A wannabe starlet kills her lover in cold blood, then fights for both her freedom and more time in the press, all while surrounded by stunning dancers doing Bob Fosse's slinky choreography.

Gog and Magog: Two Clowns Trapped in Hell
Cara Mía Theatre, February 23-March 11
Husband-and-wife team David Lozano and Frida Espinosa Müller star as two clowns trapped in Hell’s kitchen, and their only hope of escape is cooking the perfect meal for God. The world premiere is co-produced with Prism Movement Theater (Jeffrey Colangelo directs), and is a wordless comedy in the tradition of Mump and Smoot and the Three Stooges.

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Dallas Summer Musicals, February 27-March 11
Based on the life story of seven-time Grammy-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time Grammy-winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan, this musical is a catalog of their chart-topping hits. If you feel like doing the conga to "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "1-2-3," "Get On Your Feet," "Mi Tierra," "Don't Want To Lose You Now," and, yes, "Conga," there will be no judgment here.