Friday, July 25, 2014

THEATER & DRAMA

Group Free

Through July 5
The Miracle Worker
The deaf, blind and mute Helen Keller overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities with the help of a gifted tutor. The production tells a dramatic true story of victory over unbelievable odds – accomplished through conviction, perseverance and love. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

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Through August 10
Biloxi Blues
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
The Cottage
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.

July 3-13
Comic Relief
Carlos Mencia takes the stage, July 3-6; and Greg Fitzsimmons, July 10-13. Call for times. $20-$50. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, 480-719-6100.

July 10
No Festival Required
The film series celebrates the Summer of Suburbia with The Swimmer, a 1968 film that charts the curious quest of Neddy Merrill (Burt Lancaster) to “swim” home, using all of his Connecticut neighbors’ backyard pools. 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.

July 10-August 23
Footloose
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.

July 11-12
Stand-up Comedy
The laughs will be flowing with The Dan Band. F, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sa, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $25. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, tempeimprov.com, 480-921-9877.

July 11-25
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 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, July 11; Stories We Tell, July 18; and Short Term 12, July 25. F, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, dfla.org, 480-488-2286.

July 11-August 3
Cabaret
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.

July 15-24
Risqué Business
Hapless performers try their best to impress as a world-famous director holds auditions for the rowdy, rascally and downright raunchy side of Broadway. The Lunch Time Theater performance is staged by 16 Bars. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.

July 20-28
Brazilian Film Series
Featuring acclaimed Brazilian films in Portuguese with English subtitles, the series continues with Tattoo (Tatuagem). While Brazil’s military dictatorship starts to falter, an unlikely and life-changing romance develops between the ringleader of a gay anarchist cabaret and a country boy in military service in the capital. 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.

July 22-August 3
Jersey Boys
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.

 

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