- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Feb 2015
Through February 1
Pandora Festival of New Works
Arizona Women’s Theatre Company presents 14 new contemporary, provocative and thought-provoking works written and directed by women. Th-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Third Street Theater, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, azwtc.org, 602-738-4597.
Through February 1
Rapture, Blister, Burn
Two former friends – each coveting the other’s life – commence a dangerous game of musical chairs, with the prize being the life they both think they want. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
Through February 1
This story of life, love and family dynamics explores growing up and the tensions that arise even in a family tied together by love. The play is presented by Theater Works. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Through February 1
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Featuring music from Bach to Billy Joel, along with two actors, two pianos and more than a dozen characters, this hilarious tale focuses on pushy parents, eccentric teachers, and the triumphs and tortures of being a truly extraordinary musician. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Through February 8
Set in St. Petersburg and the snowy Russian countryside, this new Arizona Opera production centers on a man egotistical enough to turn his back on love and a gun on his best friend. Through Feb. 1, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336; and Feb. 6-8, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464. Call for times and ticket prices, azopera.org.
Through February 8
This song-and-dance extravaganza tells the story of a humble chorus girl who becomes an overnight success when she steps into the limelight on short notice to replace the injured leading lady. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through February 15
The King and I
This Tony Award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical weaves an uplifting tale of East meets West, with immortal songs such as “Getting to Know You,” “Something Wonderful” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through February 21
Set at the turn of the century, this romantic romp through the Wild West tells the story of a winsome farm girl and the high-spirited rivalry for her affection between a cowboy and brooding farmhand. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
Through March 15
The drama tells the story of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi and his journey from Brooklyn boy to master gridiron strategist. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25, adults; $22, seniors and students. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through March 28
Late Nite Catechism I and III
With ruler in hand, the old-school nun is back teaching the guilty her two favorite classes – the original Late Nite Catechism and Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part. The interactive shows are designed for people of all ages and faiths. F-Sa, call for times. $39. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
A Celebration of Harold Pinter
With personal anecdotes and reflections drawn from their work together, acclaimed British actor Julian Sands combines Pinter’s poems and prose to create a fresh and intimate portrait of the Nobel laureate and his extraordinary literary legacy. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The National Geographic Live series continues as veteran climbers Mike Libecki and Cory Richards tell the story of their journey to Antarctica, where they battled extreme cold, furious winds and fickle weather to climb to the summit of a remote 2,000-foot spire. 7:30 p.m. $26-$40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
February 4-March 1
Cannoli, Latkes and Guilt
Steve Solomon shares his funny and clever facility with words, accents and sounds in this new collection of hilarious stories about his wacky, mixed-heritage, Italian/Jewish family and friends. Call for times. $43-$53. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
This world premiere wrestles with life, getting older and, of course, politics as Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton try to find relevance in the world’s most exclusive club after being the most powerful people in the world. The production is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.
Expect the unexpected as this event for adults only brings together cutting-edge puppeteers presenting new short works that are outrageous, moving, bawdy and controversial. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Life of a Hobo
Burning in the Night: A Hobo’s Song is based on the memoirs of Dale Wasserman, the award-winning playwright best known for Man of La Mancha and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This tale of a hobo – one of the many who rode the rails of America in the 1930s – is seasoned with American folk songs of the rails and the road. F, 7 p.m.; Sa-Su, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $32-$100. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Romeo & Juliet
Tragedy and romance collide in Shakespeare’s passionate tale of star-crossed lovers. The timeless story explores the perils of young love, the bonds of family and a community torn apart by violence. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12. Ethington Theatre, Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, gcu.edu/ethington, 602-639-8880.
Black Theatre Troupe introduces the audience to “a convict” as he performs songs for a select group of his fellow inmates as a reward for their individual accomplishments. In one evening he reminisces and performs songs that have enriched his life – the music of Billy Strayhorn. Call for times and ticket prices. The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.
Legends and Lovers: Doc and Kate
This is a story of the West’s most famous dentist, the story of the man who went from, as Doc likes to put it, “from the one who heals to the one who keels (kills), and his life with Mary Kathering Haroney Cummings. 3 p.m. $22-$26. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
The three-time WWE champion and two-time New York Times No. 1 best-selling author showcases his trademark blend of wildness and warmth in Hardcore Legend: An Evening with Mick Foley. 7 p.m. $25. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, 480-719-6100.
Jewish Film Fest
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebrates 19 years of showcasing the best of Jewish traditions and heritage with a fresh lineup of films from eight countries. Legendary actor and singer Theodore Bikel is honored at the event as recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Call for times and ticket prices. Harkins Camelview 5, 7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale; Harkins Chandler Fashion 20, 3159 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler; and Harkins Arrowhead 18, 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria, gpjff.org, 602-753-9366.
This Lunch Time Theatre production follows the path taken by some of the women who helped create The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – a movement that would change the future of a people and the hearts of this nation’s leaders. The play is produced by Grey Matters Productions. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
February 10, 24
Audience members are the critics at this sneak-preview film series that screens award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical release, followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished guest speakers. 7 p.m. $19. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is a moving, whimsical and comic fairytale of three sisters abandoned in the woods by their father. Each sister must struggle to find her own way to survive and thrive in a fantastical world. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $16, adults; $12, seniors, $8, students. ASU Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events, 480-965-6447.
February 13-March 1
Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of rhythm-and-blues acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown and others, the Broadway musical follows the story of a young female singing trio and its dreams of stardom. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. Call for times. $15-$32. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
February 13-March 1
Based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy, the play follows Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to bring a corpse to life. Together with a kooky cast of characters, he succeeds in creating a monster, but not without scary and often hilarious complications. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
The stand-up comic uses a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects to bring his personal experiences to life. 7:30 p.m. $30-$65. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Wild West Show
Guests enjoy an all-you-can-eat cowboy dinner, stage show and re-enactment of the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral by Arizona Gunfighters. Wyatt Earp, direct descendant of the legendary lawman of the same name, is special guest. 6:30 p.m. $32, adults; $22, children. Rockin’ R Ranch, 6136 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, 480-986-1800.
Set in a Catskills resort in the summer of 1963, this nostalgic musical focuses on Baby, an awkward-yet-brave 17-year-old, and Johnny, the macho-yet-tender hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naïve. The play features the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Grand Opera Cinema Series
San Francisco Opera brings films of its renowned productions to the Valley. The program continues with Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. 7 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic are on tap as this show takes the audience through all seven Harry Potter books in 75 hilarious minutes. Call for times. $38-$50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
This Cirque du Soleil production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai, which means “wherever” in the Romani language of the gypsies. W-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. $40-$100. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, cirquedusoleil.com/varekai, 800-745-3000.
Guys and Dolls
Set against the fast-moving highlights and lowlife of New York City in the 1940s, this romantic fable focuses on high-rolling gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. The production is staged by Theater League. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.
February 20-March 1
A queen-size teen with big hair and an even bigger heart wins a spot on a local TV dance program and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. Piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and great tunes, the production is staged by Greasepaint Youtheatre. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12-$17. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.
February 20-March 7
Stray Cat Theatre presents this new play, which pits the ordinary against the extraordinary while taking a dark, honest look at family. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.
February 20-March 15
A reunion of performers in a crumbling theater sets the stage for a parade of colorful and brilliant numbers in Stephen Sondheim’s legendary masterpiece. Presented by Theater Works, the musical offers a surreal, agonizing examination of life, theater and the great mystery of “the road you didn’t take.” Call for times. $36, adults; $32, seniors; $15, students. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
February 20-March 29
Beauty and the Beast
A gentle maiden’s gradual love for a beast breaks the curse he is under – eventually turning him back into a prince – as this classic tale shows that inner beauty is what matters, and love can be found. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
The stand-up comedian shares humor and observations that are penetrating, funny and endearing, including her hilarious portrayals of timeless characters such as Ernestine, the condescending telephone operator; and Edith Ann, the precocious 6-year-old. Sa, 7:30 p.m., $48-$68, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680; and Su-M, $55-$75, 7:30 p.m., Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
February 21-March 1
Sedona Film Festival
Filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs celebrate the best in independent film at the 21st-annual Sedona International Film Festival. The event features 160 documentaries, features, shorts, Academy Award nominees and specialty films over nine days, with a special tribute celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Orson Welles. Highlighting the festival is a series of screenings and retrospectives of Welles’ work as director and actor, coordinated by his daughter, Beatrice, who lives in Sedona. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.com, 928-282-1177.
February 25-March 22
A series of comical mistaken identities ensues as the passengers and crew of an ocean liner bound from New York to London sing and dance their way across the Atlantic. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
February 26-March 1
Featuring music by Benjamin Britten, this ghostly opera is based on the short story by Henry James. The production is staged by Lyric Opera Theatre. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $21, adults; $12, seniors; $8, students. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
February 26-March 28
Filled with love, laughter and unforgettable songs, the classic musical focuses on matchmaker Dolly Levi and her efforts to marry a well-known half-millionaire. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, the poet and performance artist explores the intersection between his 20-plus years as an immigrant in America and the Trinidad from where he came. 7:30 p.m. $22. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
February 27-March 8
The Magic Flute
Full of charming, magical melodies and fantastic creatures, Mozart’s final masterpiece takes a lighthearted but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom. The beloved tale is staged by Arizona Opera. Feb. 27-March 1, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and March 7-8, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336. Call for times and ticket prices, azopera.org.
February 27-March 15
This compelling psychological tale follows a young woman’s journey to win the affection of a distant and disappointed father, to experience the joys of romantic love and, ultimately, to discover her own place in the world. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
February 27-March 21
This acclaimed new adaptation of Chekhov’s classic from playwright Annie Baker brings colloquial language and a new intimacy to the internationally beloved story of human relationships and yearning. The production is staged by Southwest Shakespeare. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.
February 27-April 4
This sweeping epic of love, loss, rebellion and rebirth offers a gripping and emotional tale of redemption as it shares the timeless story of one man’s struggle to do what is right despite a dark past that continues to haunt him. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
February 28-March 21
Romeo and Juliet
Arizona Theatre Company’s first-ever production of Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece offers a breathtaking version of the timeless tale of young lovers who will stop at nothing to be together. Call for times and ticket prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, arizonatheatre.org, 520-622-3823. The show moves to Phoenix, March 26-April 12.