5 Plays You Should See at Dallas Theaters This Week: ‘Race’ | The Grinch | Martin Sheen on JFK

Noah’s Ark, with Martin Sheen (Nov 21 at Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln.) Tickets. A staged reading of a new play about the assassination of President John F Kennedy, written by Ginny Cunningham and inspired by James Douglass’s book JFK and the Unspeakable: Why he Died and Why it Matters. Both Douglass and the playwright will be in attendance, while the actor Martin Sheen (who happens to be a fan of the book) leads the cast. Local actors Bruce DuBose, Vickie Washington, Mark Oristano, and others are also involved.

Race (Nov 15 – Dec 14 at the Kitchen Dog Theatre, 3120 McKinney Ave.Dallas, TX 75204) Tickets: Race, now receiving its Dallas premiere by Kitchen Dog Theater, has all the signatures of a David Mamet play: rat-a-tat dialogue, explosive (and often offensive) language, conversations that dismiss the niceties and cut right to the raw and sometimes ugly truth. Read the full review.

Bull Game (winner loses action figures) (Nov 7-30 at the Big Green Warehouse, 2900 Bataan Street, Dallas, TX 75212) Tickets: Subtitling a play about a dystopian competition where the winner is allowed to procreate and save the human race while the loser is ritualistically slid beneath a circular saw, “winner loses action figures” is either trivial or incredibly apropos. InBull Game, Dead White Zombies’ latest immersive and interactive show, the stakes are high but the delivery is grounded. This is a show that lampoons professional sports, male posturing, and our own predictable crowd reactions while giving a sly wink. Read the full review.

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet Fall Performance (Nov 23 at Ro2 Art, 110 N. Akard St., Dallas, TX 75201) Free: Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet stages original works by the company’s co-founders as well as a collaborative piece with Danielle Georgiou of Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. The dancers will also present solo variations on classical works from CarmenSleeping Beauty, and Paquita, andRaymonda. Come early for wine and hors d’oeuvres.

How The Grinch Sole Christmas (Nov 19-24 at Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun Streets, Fort Worth, TX 76102) Tickets: We all know the story of the oddly-shaped green creature whose heart is two sizes too small. The Grinch, cranky and grouchy on a regular day, especially hates Christmas and all the cheer that comes with the season. This live performance of Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic features sets inspired by his original illustrations and all the characters tasked with helping the Grinch learn to appreciate the spirit of Christmas.

Image: Martin Sheen in Kennedy (1983)