These are the 13 must-see shows at the DFW Theater in February

Love is in the air and on the boards, especially at Amphibian Stage and the Music Hall in Fair Park. There’s also a nice variety of serious topics and gigs in the February mix, so you’re bound to find something you like.

In order of start date, here are 13 local shows to watch this month:

On the exhale
West StageFebruary 3-20
When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime – and the overwhelming sense of power that comes from holding life and dead in his hands. Stage West Artistic Director Dana Schultes stars in this solo show, which is also a regional premiere.

Mathilde the musical
Casa MananaFebruary 4-13
Two years after the coronavirus postponed it, Matilda is back. A little girl endowed with an astonishing mind, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, Matilda is not liked by her cruel parents but impresses her teacher, the very endearing Miss Honey. However, the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and loves to invent new punishments for those who break her rules.

Disney Princess: The Concert
Music room in Fair ParkFebruary 5
This concert features Broadway’s Belle, Jasmine, Anastasia and Nala and celebrates all of the Disney Princesses in an evening of story, entertainment and song. Tony Award nominee Susan Egan, Grammy Award nominee Courtney Reed, Drama Desk nominee Christy Altomare, and rising star Syndee Winters join forces alongside Music Director Benjamin Rauhala and Prince Adam J. Levy.

Virgin Maytag
Theater ThreeFebruary 5-20
Originally slated for January, the regional premiere of Audrey Cefaly’s play follows Alabama schoolteacher Lizzy Nash and her new neighbor, Jack Key, through the year following the tragic death of Lizzy’s husband. The piece explores the ideas of inertia and self-enlightenment, and the bridge between the two. Directed by Whitney Latrice Coulter, this new play is brimming with spirit, passion and the weight to move on despite the loss.

Cara Mia TheaterFebruary 11-13
Told through a series of flashbacks, playwright Alvaro Saar Rios Luchadora! tells the story of a teenage girl named Lupita who pursues her dream of becoming a lucha libre wrestler, contrary to the norms of Latin women of the 1960s. A film version of the production will be made available to schools and the public from March 2022.

The trials of pleasure
Amphibious sceneFebruary 11-27
When Rachel and Callie begin clinical trials on their new female libido-enhancing drug, willing participants come out of the woodwork in search of an internal revolution. Soon after the first dose, the drug’s effectiveness is undeniable, but the overwhelming pressure for its success can corrupt the experience and everyone involved.

Magical Cabaret of Major Attaway Disney Date Night
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis12 February
Major Attaway was the first to reprise the award-winning role of the Genie in Aladdin by James Monroe Iglehart, and currently holds Broadway’s longest-running Genie title with over 1,500 performances. At this event, he will sing Disney’s best love songs to help bring true love.

20th International Festival
Dallas TheaterFebruary 12, 19-20
The world premiere The Paradox of the Pastor joined a Spanish version of Ionesco The chairs presented by Mexico’s Teatro Gotico and featuring Cora Cardona, founder of Teatro Dallas.

Dylan on Dylan
Casa MananaFebruary 15-19
Jared Weiss will take audiences on a musical journey through Bob Dylan’s early days in Greenwich Village to his mid-’70s Rolling Thunder Revue Tour. Expect classics such as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Times They Are a Changin'”, “Like a Rolling Stone” and deep cuts from one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

lyrical stageFebruary 17-20
Set in the unstable melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York and based on EL Doctorow’s 1975 novel, Ragtime confronts the timeless contradictions of the story of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. This fully staged concert production is directed by Feleceia Benton Wilson and choreographed by Ania Lyons. The 19-piece orchestra will be led by Sheilah Vaughn Walker, who will also serve as musical director for the production.

The How To Be Project: Ten Pieces for Racial Justice
Bishop Arts Theater CenterFebruary 17-March 5
Ten black playwrights were commissioned to write a short one-act play inspired by and in conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s book How to be an anti-racist. At a time when black authors such as Ta-Nahasi Coates and Nikole Hannah-Jones are engaged in dialogue about America’s racial reckoning, The project How to be seeks to present works that pursue dialogue in the enduring struggle for racial justice.

To rent
Dallas Summer MusicalsFebruary 18-20
A reinvention of Puccini BohemianPulitzer and Tony Prize winner To rentby Jonathan Larson, follows an unforgettable year in the life of seven artists struggling to fulfill their dreams without selling out.

Jess Garland in concert
Undermain Theater, February 19
This Dallas-based singer-songwriter, performer, and performer kicks off this season of the Undermain’s In Concert series. Garland is a multi-instrumentalist, using a combination of harp and guitar loops, evoking elements of ambient folk and celestial sounds.

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