March is coming in like a lion onstage, with powerhouse productions all over Dallas-Fort Worth. Everything from presidents to famous movie couples to Babs herself (that would be Barbra Streisand to you) is on the docket, so plan ahead and get your tickets.
These are your best bets for theater this month, presented in order of start date:
All The Way
Dallas Theater Center, through April 3
DTC combined its resident acting company with that of Houston's Alley Theatre, and together they are producing the recent Tony Award-winning play about Lyndon Baines Johnson's "accidental presidency," and his landslide campaign win a year later. Brandon Potter is giving a hell of a performance as LBJ, and the political skullduggery feels especially prescient.
Light Up The Sky
Theatre Three, March 10-April 3
Moss Hart wrote this 1948 farce about what he knew best: out-of-town tryouts for Broadway shows. The tireless playwright authored, co-authored, and directed two dozen Broadway plays between 1930 and 1948, so his knowledge of behind-the-scenes drama is completely on point.
Stage West, March 10-April 10
Questions about technology's hold on humanity? Check. The blurred lines of virtual reality? Check. Creepy child? Check. Jennifer Haley's "modern fairytale" delves into an online world where immoral acts are allowed — even encouraged —and one detective must determine if crime is still real if it's only online.
The Little Mermaid
Dallas Summer Musicals, March 11-27
Performing Arts Fort Worth, March 29-April 3
After premiering its revised version in Dallas last year, the Disney musical is swimming back to North Texas to play both Dallas and Fort Worth. The previous Prince Eric, the dreamy Eric Kunze, is back, and he's joined by Baylor alum Adam Garst as Flounder.
Buyer & Cellar
Stage West, March 17-April 10
Jonathan Tolins' one-man play starts with a nugget of truth — that Barbra Streisand has an actual mall in her basement — then veers into fan-fantasy as struggling actor Alex imagines what it would be like to work there and serve Babs.
The Realistic Joneses
WaterTower Theatre, March 19-April 10
"Keeping up with the Joneses" takes on a whole new meaning in this Will Eno play, which thrusts two suburban couples into each other's lives. The cast is stocked with local talent, including James Crawford, Diana Sheehan, Justin Locklear, and Martha Harms.
AT&T Performing Arts Center, March 22-April 3
Love means ... Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal starring in this back-and-forth between two childhood friends-turned-lovers. A.R. Gurney's touching play attracts a roster of big names — the recent Broadway production featured Carol Burnett, Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Alan Alda, and Candice Bergen — and the Love Story couple are no exception.
Jubilee Theatre, March 25-April 24
If you've never been to a show at Jubilee, this is a good one with which to start. The theater's founder, Rudy Eastman, wrote the book for this adaptation of the sermon poems of James Weldon Johnson, with music by Douglas Balentine. It's a Jubilee classic, and one of the theater's most popular productions.