In 1980, Joe Dickinson and Rodney Dobbs opened a theater in a struggling pocket sandwich shop on Lower Greenville, bringing a brand of comedic theater that didn’t exist in Dallas. After nearly 10 years in their original digs, the Pocket Sandwich Theatre packed up and moved to a bigger space on Mockingbird Lane, but the shows remained endlessly entertaining. In three decades, the PST has produced more than 200 shows, attracted more than half a million patrons, and gone through nearly 100,000 pounds of popcorn—much of which ended up tossed at the actors.
Most shows are melodramas and comedies, from Zombie Dearest to Trailer Trash From Outer Space to Death: The Musical. Main stage shows happen Thursday through Sunday and are usually good for kids, but PST will issue a warning if that’s not the case. There’s also a late-night series on Fridays and Saturdays, where comedy troupes, musical groups, or just plain strange acts take the stage.