- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Aug 2014
Through August 3
Telling the rags-to-riches story of one of the greatest successes in pop music history, this Broadway hit offers a musical biography of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, introducing the audience to four blue-collar kids working their way from obscurity to the heights of stardom. The smash-hit includes unforgettable songs such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Through August 10
Neil Simon’s autobiographical coming-of-age comedy takes place in 1943, as a young Army recruit learns some harsh lessons about life and love while going through boot camp in Biloxi, Miss. Call for times. $22-$25. Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through August 10
Set in 1930s Berlin on the eve of the Nazis’ rise to power, this musical focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, a 19-year-old cabaret performer and her relationship with a young American writer. Call for times. $22-$25. Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through August 10
The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are all called into question as a surprising and hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous, potentially murderous and romantic comedy. Inspired by the works of Noel Coward, the rollicking farce is presented by Actors Theatre. Call for times. $45, adults; $18, students with ID. Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, actorstheatrephx.org, 602-888-0368.
Through August 17
The Book Club Play
Presented by Actors Theatre, this comedy about books and the people who love them offers a sly examination of social groups, ritual and the true nature of friendship. Call for times. $45, adults; $18, students with ID. Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, actorstheatrephx.org, 602-888-0368.
Through August 23
Dance, music and joy return to a brokenhearted town when a newcomer shakes up the status quo and wins the battle to hold a teen dance. The musical celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
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.
The laughs will be flowing with Hal Sparks, Aug. 1-2; Brad Williams, Aug. 7-10; Doug Benson, Aug. 20; Colin Kane, Aug. 21-24; and Bobby Slayton, Aug. 22-23. Call for times. $25. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, tempeimprov.com, 480-921-9877.
Independent Film Festival
A selection of award-winners from independent film festivals around the world are showcased. Free popcorn and soft drinks are included. This month’s films include Least Among Saints, Aug. 1; The Broken Circle Breakdown, Aug. 8; Spinning Plates, Aug. 15; Somewhere Slow, Aug. 22; and Saints and Soldiers, Aug. 29. F, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, dfla.org, 480-488-2286.
…and the Chihuahua II
Hysterical, touching and totally apropos to modern-day living, this Lunch Time Theater sequel brings Karen Burns and Debra Rich together again as delightfully contentious business partners asking the big questions about life, love and the unceasing pursuit of truth. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
Black and 25 in America
Actors Theatre continues its No Sweat Summer Series with this play, which explores the issues of race, class, gender and identity through the life stories of four characters. Written and performed by Jeremy Gillett, the production offers insight on what it means to be a young black adult in America. 7 p.m. $20. Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, actorstheatrephx.org, 602-888-0368.
No Festival Required
The film series celebrates the Summer of Suburbia with Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story. The film explores why a 35-year-old plumber stole a military tank in May 1995 and went on a rampage in his San Diego suburban neighborhood. The screening was selected to complement SMoCA’s summer exhibition, Bill Owens: Suburbia. 7:30 p.m. $7. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
Robert Kelly takes the stage, Aug. 7-10; Sommore, Aug. 15-17; Lahna Turner, Aug. 21; Tom Cotter, Aug. 22-24; and Mary Lynn Rajskub, Aug. 30. Call for times. $20-$50. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, 480-719-6100.
Always a Bridesmaid
This laugh-out-loud marriage-go-round focuses on four beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony, committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $20, adults; $15, youth 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Brazilian Film Series
Featuring acclaimed Brazilian films in Portuguese with English subtitles, the series continues with Prime Time Soap (A Novela das Oito). Set against a backdrop of disco fever and dictatorship, a high-class prostitute and her maid flee from São Paulo to Rio de Janiero. Su, 2 p.m.; M, 7 p.m. $5; free for students and veterans with ID. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
August 29-September 14
Based on a series of poems by T.S. Eliot, this magical musical takes guests on a journey through a special night of the year when the tribe of Jellicle Cats emerges from the darkened landscape into a larger-than-life junkyard, singing of their unique abilities and special qualities. Th-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25-$30, adults; $20-$25, youth 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.