Through 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.
Through 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.
Through December 20
Southwest Shakespeare Company presents A Christmas Carol, 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.
Through 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.
Through 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.
Through December 28
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.
Through December 28
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.
Through 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.
Through January 11
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.
Through January 18
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. Through Dec. 20, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-3823; and Dec. 31-Jan. 18, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995. Call for times and ticket prices, arizonatheatre.org.
Elf the Musical
The true spirit of Christmas shines in this hilarious tale about a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. 7:30 p.m. $40-$80. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Filled with soaring ballads and infectious dance numbers, this hip, tongue-in-cheek musical focuses on a young prince who sets out to discover true meaning in his life. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
A Christmas Carol
Based on the Charles Dickens’ classic, this musical adaptation follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. Call for times. $15, adults; $12, youth 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Written by Stephen King, this haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge is performed by 15 actors, with a four-piece band comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. 7:30 p.m. $37.50-$77.50. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenix.ticketforce.com, 800-282-4842.
The laughs will be flowing with Greg Behrendt, Dec. 4-7; Sklar Brothers, Dec. 11-14; Jeff Allen, Dec. 15-16; and Tommy Johnagin, Dec. 18-21. Call for times. $17-$25. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, tempeimprov.com, 480-921-9877.
Tom Segura performs, Dec. 4-7; John Heffron, Dec. 11-14; Theo Von, Dec. 18-21; and Aries Spears, Dec. 26-28. Call for times. $15-$30. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, 480-719-6100.
Year of the Rooster
Presented by Stray Cat Theatre, this comic thriller about cockfighting focuses on a fierce rooster named Odysseus Rex. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.
The stand-up comedian sells out theaters internationally with his inquisitive and intense comedic style. 8 p.m. $32. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism
In an unusually jolly mood, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding Sister teaches her students the story of the nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus – in The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., $25-$35, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624; and Dec. 16-21 (Tu-Th, 7:30 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), $39, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are back with the return of Mythbusters – Behind the Myths. The show features new and outrageous on-stage experiments, behind-the-scenes stories and all-time favorites. 7:30 p.m. $36-$152. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
December 19, 27
Davis Circus of Illusion
Master illusionist Craig Davis and award-winning dancer Myryka combine the artistry of grand illusion with the spectacle of the circus in this Las Vegas-style show. 7:30 p.m. $38-$58. Cattle Track Theater, 6105 N. Cattle Track Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdalemagic.com, 480-444-8239.
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. $45-$60. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.
December 26-January 25
The Tomato Comedy
You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! takes a humorous look at a relationship that seems challenged from the start by powerful, opposing personalities. After trials and tribulations, they learn to navigate the conflicts that come with romance, money and children by embracing each other’s differences, taking on parenting as a competitive sport and dropping out of couple’s therapy. Call for times. $43-$53. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
The comedian shares his observational, sarcastic and self-deprecating humor. 8 p.m. $35-$65. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, the comedian is known for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. 8 p.m. $35-$90. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
December 31-January 3
Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents this Mel Brooks musical about 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! The production features a full 20-piece orchestra. Call for times. $32-$145. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com, 602-909-4215.