When Dallasite Norma Young inherited $3,000 from a great-aunt in 1961, she used it to open her own theater company. She named it Theatre Three, after the all-important elements of good theater: the playwright, the production, and the audience. For nearly a decade, Theatre Three cultivated local talent and showcased a blend of classic and contemporary works from around the world. Finally, in 1969, the company moved into a space in what is now Uptown, where it’s been ever since.
Fifty-one years later, Theatre Three produces seven programs each season, including comedies, dramas, and even musicals. Each mainstage show enjoys a month-long run on Theatre Three’s arena-style stage, recently renamed the Norma Young Stage after Young’s passing. Downstairs in Theatre Too, the company mounts intimate productions of both new-to-Dallas and well-loved work, like the audience favorite I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change that pops back up each year around Valentine’s Day. Performances take place Thursday and Friday nights, followed by matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday.