Sunday, November 23, 2014

THEATER & DRAMA

Group Free

Through November 2
Footloose
A newcomer teen takes on the town’s high-powered minister in a tough uphill battle to bring music and dance to a sleepy rural community. Hardened hearts are transformed, the ban is lifted and everyone ultimately kicks off their Sunday shoes to cut loose. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $18. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through November 2
The Soul of Broadway – Act II
This musical revue takes the audience on a journey through classic and contemporary shows, including Porgy and Bess, Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Color Purple, Passing Strange, The Lion King, Once on This Island, Aida, Hairspray and The Wiz. Call for times. $20, adults; $15, youth 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

Through November 2
Speed the Plow
Two Hollywood insiders and a seemingly innocent newcomer straddle the chasm between business and art while they debate whether to produce a spiritual novel or a surefire blockbuster. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

Through November 8
Arsenic and Old Lace
The play centers on two dotty spinsters who poison lonely old gents with elderberry wine and bury them in the cellar; and their crazy but harmless brother, who suffers from delusions that he is Theodore Roosevelt and that the Panama Canal runs through the cellar of the home. Th-Sa, 7 p.m. $23, adults; $18, seniors and students; $15, children 12 and younger. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through November 9
How to Succeed in Business
J. Pierpont Finch climbs the ladder of corporate success from window washer to the executive suite in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The delightfully irreverent musical satire 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 November 9
The Producers
This take-no-prisoners stage adaptation of the 1968 film tells the story of a scheming, down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, his mild-mannered accountant and their plot to produce the most notorious flop in history – making themselves millionaires in the process. The only thing they didn’t bargain for? Success! Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

Through November 9
Seminar
Wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. Presented by Actors Theatre, the play focuses on four aspiring young novelists who sign up for private writing classes with an international literary figure. Call for times. $20-$50. The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, actorstheatrephx.org, 602-888-0368.

Through November 9
A Woman’s Hand
This musical production celebrates Arizona’s pioneer women. 6:30 p.m. dinner, followed by 7:30 p.m. show. Call for ticket prices. Blazin’ M Ranch, 1875 Mabery Ranch, Cottonwood, blazinm.com, 928-634-0334.

Through November 23
Shear Madness
Taking place in a hairstyling salon, this unique comedy whodunit is packed with up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. The outcome is never the same as the audience spots the clues, questions the suspects and helps solve the funniest mystery in the history of crime. Call for times. Tickets start at $30. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through November 23
Stand-up Comedy
Mark Viera performs, through Nov. 2; Sebastian Maniscalco, Nov. 6-9; Jay Mohr, Nov. 13-16; and Charlie Murphy, Nov. 21-23. Call for times. $15-$30. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, 480-719-6100.

Through November 30
Wait Until Dark
This gripping mystery focuses on a woman – tragically blinded in an automobile accident – who unwittingly becomes the key player in a dangerous game threatening all she holds dear. The production is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Through Nov. 8, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-3823; and Nov. 13-30, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995, arizonatheatre.org. Call for times and ticket prices.

November 1
Bill Cosby
The veteran comedian transcends age, gender and cultural barriers with his humorous anecdotes and musings on the human condition. His current best-seller, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was, talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love. 7:30 p.m. $55-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

November 1
One Drop of Love
Starring Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, this multimedia one-woman show incorporates film, photographs and animation to examine how the notion of “race” came to be and how it can influence our most intimate relationships. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

November 1, 15, 29
Carnival of Illusion
Enjoy an evening of Old World magic as this program blends an international theme with the charm of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

November 2
Barry Goldwater Film
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 presidential election, when Goldwater lost to Lyndon B. Johnson, Harkins Theatre presents a one-night showing of Mr. Conservative, Goldwater on Goldwater. Granddaughter CC Goldwater looks back at the man she knew only as “Paka” in this biographical documentary about the man once considered the most dangerous person in politics. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Harkins Shea 14 Theater, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, 602-741-8704.

November 2
Summer Raine
O-Live! Theatre presents this musical stage play about a successful singer who yearns to break away from her label and make her own music. Some devastating news spurs her to take a much-needed break from her career. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $25. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, o-livetheatre.com, 602-283-1222.

November 5
David Sedaris
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. Much of his material is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and often concerns his family life, middle-class upbringing, Greek heritage and various jobs. 7:30 p.m. $32-$65. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

November 5
Theresa Caputo
The psychic medium and star of Long Island Medium shares personal stories about her life and her unique gifts, offering interactive readings to audience members throughout the show. 7:30 p.m. $44.75-$94.75. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

November 6-22
Comic Relief
The laughs will be flowing with Bryan Callen, Nov. 6-9; Doug Benson, Nov. 13-15; Josh Wolf and Jiffy Wild, Nov. 14-16; Craig Shoemaker, Nov. 21; and Miranda Sings, Nov. 22. Call for times. $17-$25. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, tempeimprov.com, 480-921-9877.

November 7-23
Oliver
The musical brings to life Charles Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of an orphan boy who asked for more. His journey in search of love, belonging, and honor among thieves is set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Food Glorious Food.” Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-644-6500.

November 7-January 11
Harvey
High society, hijinks and hilarity ensue in this charming tale about a mild-mannered man who negotiates society with an invisible 6-foot rabbit. 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.

November 12
Coral, Fire & Ice
The National Geographic Live series continues as guests explore rarely seen undersea worlds with husband-and-wife team David Doubilet, photographer; and Jennifer Hayes, aquatic biologist/photojournalist. 7:30 p.m. $26-$40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

November 13
Wyatt Earp
The contemporary Wyatt Earp portrays his famous relative in A Life on the Frontier. Set in the mid-1920s, the one-man show centers on an elderly Earp, who tells of his adventures during the final days of the American frontier from Arizona to Alaska. 7:30 p.m. $18-$25. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.

November 14-23
Anything Goes
Featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter, this musical comedy is filled with madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25-$32, adults; $15-$20, youth. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

November 14-23
Children of Eden
Lyric Opera Theatre presents this popular musical based on the book of Genesis. The score is filled with fun and memorable tunes, including “Stranger to the Rain.” 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.

November 14-23
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Christmas carols, crazy uncles and snowball fights swirl about in this adapted short story, which offers a wistful look at Christmas through the eyes of a child. F-Sa, 7:30 pm.; Su, 2 p.m. $12. Ethington Theatre, Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, gcu.edu/ethington, 602-639-8880.

November 14-23
Rigoletto
Arizona Opera presents Verdi’s gripping tale of tragedy and devotion, with a dramatic, twisting plot. Nov. 14-16, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and Nov. 22-23, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336, azopera.org. Call for times and ticket prices.

November 14-23
romeo&juliet/VOID
ASU Theatre presents this world premiere, which reimagines the familiar tragic romance 400 years after Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Set in an underworld where everyone misses someone, this is a love story where eternal, magnificently immortal lovers circle around an eternal moment. 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.

November 14-December 21
Wizard of Oz
A young girl from Kansas opens the door to a gloriously strange land, and so begins one of the most beloved tales of all time. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 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.

November 15
Brad Garrett
The comedian – who earned three Emmy Awards playing Ray Romano’s big brother Robert on the iconic CBS series Everybody Loves Raymond – returns to his stand-up comedy roots in a wickedly funny one-man show. Taking jabs at everyone, including the audience, Garrett tosses political correctness out the window in the adult-themed show. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

November 15
The Second City
Specializing in sketch comedy and improv, the troupe is known for its ever-increasing roster of comedy superstars. 7 p.m. $27-$50.40. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Higley, higleyarts.org, 480-279-7194.

November 15-16
The Music Man
Filled with sentiment, nostalgia, humor and romance, this musical focuses on a fast-talking con man who sings and dances his way into town with a plan to snooker the good folks of River City, Iowa. Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 6 p.m. $10. North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, nsumc.com, 480-948-0529.

November 16
Story Pirates
Based entirely on stories written by elementary school students, the show celebrates creative writing with a hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians. 3 p.m. $20-$23. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.

November 19-December 28
Mary Poppins
Iconic songs and high-flying moments highlight this irresistible story of hope, optimism and perseverance. Call for times. Tickets start at $30. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

November 21
Don Rickles
The legendary comedian brings his quick wit and sharp tongue to the Valley. 8 p.m. $72-$150. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

November 28
Laugh Out LIVE
Mike Epps shares the stage with Corey Holcomb, Tony Roberts, Joey Diaz and Gina Brillon as LIVE 101.5 hosts this laugh fest. 8 p.m. $39.75-$55.75. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

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November 28-30
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. The classic musical love story is presented by Theater League. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.

November 28-December 14
On Golden Pond
Based on the play by Ernest Thompson, this drama reveals a strained relationship between father and daughter while focusing on the steady love of an old curmudgeon and his wife as they enter the twilight of their years. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

November 28-December 14
Tommy J & Sally
A fan meets a diva in this drama, which looks at race from both sides of the color line, exposing not only the inevitable tensions but also the yearning for reconciliation, forgiveness and redemption. Call for times and ticket prices. The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

November 28-December 21
The Quiltmaker’s Gift
A greedy king who believes that possessions bring happiness learns that giving offers so much more in this heartwarming tale 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.

November 28-December 28
White Christmas
Full of dancing, romance, laughter and a dazzling score, this timeless classic tells the story of two showbiz buddies, who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

November 28-December 29
It’s a Wonderful Life
A guardian angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated small-town businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he never existed. Th-Sa and M, 7 p.m. $23, adults; $18, seniors and students; $15, children 12 and younger. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

November 29-December 20
A Christmas Carol
Southwest Shakespeare Company presents this timeless classic, which focuses on the unforgettable adventures of Scrooge as he is visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. Call for times and ticket prices. Playhouse on the Park, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, swshakespeare.org, 480-535-6868.

November 29-December 20
Murder for Two
Two performers play 13 roles – not to mention the piano – in this witty homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. Offering the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder, the musical tour-de-force is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Call for times and ticket prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, arizonatheatre.org, 520-622-3823.

 

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