Tuesday, April 28, 2015

THEATER & DRAMA

Group Free

Through May 3
Buyer & Cellar
This new comedy offers an outrageous look at fame and the price paid to achieve it as a struggling actor finds himself taking an unusual gig in the basement of a true Hollywood A-lister. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through May 9
The TomKat Project
Stray Cat Theatre presents this biting satire about the three-way marriage of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Scientology. Based on actual interviews and completely imagined scenes, the play chronicles the Scientology saga and skewers our collective obsession with celebrity as seven actors portray 54 characters, including Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer, Josh Hartnett, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and, of course, Suri Cruise. Th, 7 p.m.; F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.

Through May 10
Shrek the Musical
A soft-hearted, grumpy ogre – on a quest to save his swamp and a beautiful princess – learns about friendship, embracing what makes him special and true love in this fractured fairytale. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 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 May 10
Sweet Charity
Featuring such songs as “Big Spender,” “If They Could See Me Now” and “The Rhythm of Life,” this musical comedy follows the adventures of a girl who wants to find love so badly that she loses sight of who she truly is. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

Through May 16
The Man Who Came to Dinner
It’s madness and mayhem when an infamously demanding radio personality slips on some ice and, against his will, is forced to take up residence in his host’s home for six weeks. Stranded in a small town, all he can do is meddle in the affairs of his host’s relatives and the townsfolk while ungraciously accepting visits from his famous friends. Call for times. $16-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through May 17
End of the Rainbow
Judy Garland is brought back to virtual life to share her savage wit, legendary tenacity and once-in-a-generation voice in this dramatic and often poignant production, which takes a look at the once-glittering starlet’s last days and the personal demons she couldn’t escape. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through May 17
A Weekend with Pablo Picasso
Written by and starring actor and artist Herbert Siguenza, this performance explores the passion, complexity and youthful vigor characterizing a genius responsible for some of history’s most original paintings. Siguenza creates six new masterpieces live on stage in the Arizona premiere, which is presented by Arizona Theatre Company. The play is performed in Spanish on select dates. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.

Through May 17
Witness for the Prosecution
Agatha Christie – the queen of modern mystery – is at her all-time best in this courtroom thriller filled with suspenseful plot twists. 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 May 24
Pump Boys and Dinettes
The “pump boys” fix cars and sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, and the “dinettes” run the Double Cupp Diner next door. Together, they fashion an evening of country, rock ’n’ roll and pop songs that tell the story of life in a quiet town just off the highway. W-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 1:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1:45 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, thepalmstheatre.com, 480-924-6260.

May 1
The Soul Justice Project
Focusing on current social issues that are plaguing the community, this program takes guests on a journey of thought-provoking, progressive entertainment and storytelling by way of a unique fusion of urban arts, such as spoken word poetry, rebel music, dance and theater. 7:30 p.m. $22. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

May 1-2
Puppet Slam
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. Art Grueneberger of Puppet Art Theatre is special guest. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

May 1-10
The Runner Stumbles
Based on a true incident, this powerful and compelling whodunit tells a story of passion between a priest and a nun, while asking big questions about crime and punishment, ethics and morality, sin and guilt. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

May 2-23
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 $45. May 2, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa; and May 16 and 23, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

May 5-21
Lunch Time Theater
Scan Originals presents Themes and Variations, a new musical revue. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.

May 7-24
Spellbound!
The Arizona desert is the backdrop as Southwest Shakespeare Company presents Spellbound! A Musical Fairy Tale. The production tells the story of an evil stepmother and a father who is not much better, a wronged love, jealousy, revenge, magic potions, villains in disguise and a valiant heroine, all culminating in a live battle onstage. Th-Su, 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, swshakespeare.org, 602-535-6868.

May 7-30
Little Shop of Horrors
This lively musical focuses on a nerdy floral assistant who discovers his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that feeds on human blood. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

May 8-24
Spelling Bee
Any way you spell it, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is charming and hysterical. The show follows six awkward adolescents as they navigate the tournament’s pressures and learn that there is more to life than winning a trophy. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

May 9
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Let’s do the time warp – with Broadway Bound and Gagged, a Rocky Horror shadow cast. 10:30 p.m. $10. AMC Deer Valley 30, 3033 W. Agua Fria Fwy., Phoenix, broadwayboundandgagged.com.

May 12-26
Comedy Search
Aspiring comedians perform in front of judges to win cash and more during Arizona’s Funniest Person with a Day Job comic talent search. A portion of ticket sales benefits local charities. Tu, 7:30 p.m. $7. Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, 5350 E. High St., Phoenix, az.houseofcomedy.net, 480-420-3553.

May 15-30
Puppet Wars
A long time ago… in a galaxy far, far away is the setting for All Puppet Players’ newest epic puppet space adventure, Puppet Wars: Episode IV – A Few Hope. Every possible sci-fi movie is lampooned in this wacky puppet-centric retelling of one of the greatest film fantasies ever made. Call for times and ticket prices. Playhouse on the Park, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, allpuppetplayers.com, 602-254-2151.

May 16
Chris Tucker
The comedian and actor is best-known for playing the role of Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. 8 p.m. $59-$96. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

May 20-June 14
One Man, Two Guvnors
Slapstick, satire, songs and smart one-liners combine in this laugh-out-loud British comedy. The play follows Francis Henshall, who finds himself working for both a gangster and a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, extortions and romantic associations. To prevent discovery, Henshall must do everything he can to keep his two guvnors apart. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

May 21-24
Les Misérables
This award-winning production tells an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. $16-$19. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.

May 22-June 7
A Chorus Line
A demanding director puts his singers and dancers through a grueling audition process as they bare their souls and put it all on the line for a chance at a Broadway show. A “singular sensation,” the Tony Award-winning show is presented by Mesa Encore Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-644-6500.

May 22-June 7
Painting Churches
After decades of happiness and success in their elegant Boston townhouse, the Churches find their fortunes and health are in decline and they must downsize. Their artist daughter arrives to help them pack – and to capture the moment in a family portrait. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

May 26-June 4
Unmotherly Insights
Take a wild ride into the blogoshere with award-winning journalist, playwright and radio talk show host Debra Rich Gettleman as she dishes about the whimsical world of maternal mayhem. The quirky Lunch Time Theater comedy explores everything from parenthood to Pez dispensers. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.

May 27-June 7
Phantom of the Opera
This timeless story of seduction and despair tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

 

 

 

 

 

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