Friday 10.19 — Saturday 10.20

Jaston Williams delves once again into the Texas psyche in ‘Clear to Partly Crazy’

Jaston Williams has made a career out of parsing the lovable idiocracy that is the Lone Star State, most memorably in his series of plays (co-written with acting partner Joe Sears) about Greater Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. But he’s also ventured out on his own with several one-man shows, the latest of which, Clear to Partly Crazy, debuts at the Eisemann this weekend. Williams dissects dear-to-his-heart Texas topics, including cheerleading, tornadoes and insane relations. The premiere will get three performances only this weekend.

Eisemann Center for Performing Arts,
23521 Performance Drive, Richardson.
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.



Friday 10.19 — Sunday 11.04

Dallas Opera continues season with an all-time favorite: Bizet’s ‘Carmen’

The bread-and-butter of opera companies, it’s said, is the A-B-Cs: Aida, Boheme (or Butterfly) and Carmen. This Bizet classic, about a seductive gypsy woman who cannot be tamed, even by the man who loves her, features the “Habanera,” perhaps the most famous aria in all opera. Stephanie d’Oustrac plays the title role, and DO favorite Stephen Costello plays Don Jose. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

Winspear Opera House,
2403 Flora St. Oct. 19, 21, 24, 27, Nov. 2 and Nov. 4.



Friday 10.19 — Sunday 10.28

Here we go again! ‘Mamma Mia’ boogies into Brick Road

It’s been a minute since Dallas audiences have seen actress-singer Patty Breckenridge onstage, but that draught was bound to end, given the right circumstances. And what could be better circumstances than having her pair with fellow local legends Cara Statham-Serber and Sara Shelby-Martin for the camptastic jukebox musical Mamma Mia! Breckenridge plays the mom of a daughter about to get married, and Statham-Serber and Shelby-Martin play her besties, all of whom sing ABBA songs! It’s the latest production from the new Plano-based company Brick Road Theatre.

Courtyard Theatre,
1509 H Ave., Plano.