2nd annual Dallas Solo Fest focuses on queer content
Solo shows have become hugely hot in recent years, so Dallas is lucky to have its own festival devoted to one-actor plays. The second annual Dallas Solo Fest features familiar artists like Jeff Swearingen and Van Quattro, but also new, gay faces, among them ’33 (a kabarett) about a Weimar Era cabaret, and Mo[u]rnin’. After, Brigham Mosley’s “dream ballet for the queer, prodigal son.”
The Margo Jones Theatre at the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park
1121 First Ave.
Through June 14
Stage West beams up Chekhov with ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha’
Christopher Durang justly won a Tony for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, his hilariously heartbreaking modern twist on Anton Chekhov about three middle-aged siblings who re-examine their lives when one starts dating a musclehead and her brother’s latent gay feelings begin to emerge. Wendy Welch reprises her role as Sonia, which she played with Uptown Players last year.
821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth
Through July 12
Chances are you’ll want to see Johnny Mathis perform his greatest hits
His lilting tenor has made him Columbia Records’ longest-signed artist (58 years!), helped cross racial barriers and led to enduring hits like “Misty” and “Chances Are,” but Texas-born Johnny Mathis — who turns 80 this year, and who first came out in 1982 — is much more than your parents’ generation of singer: He’s a true legend of music. He’ll perform from his extensive catalogue Thursday.
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 5, 2015.