THEATER & DRAMA

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Through March 1
Cannoli, Latkes and Guilt
Steve Solomon shares his funny and clever facility with words, accents and sounds in this new collection of hilarious stories about his wacky, mixed-heritage, Italian/Jewish family and friends. Call for times. $43-$53. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.

Through March 1
Dreamgirls
Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of rhythm-and-blues acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown and others, the Broadway musical follows the story of a young female singing trio and its dreams of stardom. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. Call for times. $15-$32. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

Through March 1
Hairspray
A queen-size teen with big hair and an even bigger heart wins a spot on a local TV dance program and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. Piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and great tunes, the production is staged by Greasepaint Youtheatre. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12-$17. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.

Through March 1
Owen Wingrave
Featuring music by Benjamin Britten, this ghostly opera is based on the short story by Henry James. The production is staged by Lyric Opera Theatre. 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.

Through March 1
Sedona Film Festival
Filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs celebrate the best in independent film at the 21st-annual Sedona International Film Festival. The event includes 160 documentaries, features, shorts, Academy Award nominees and specialty films over nine days, with a special tribute celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Orson Welles. Highlighting the festival is a series of screenings and retrospectives of Welles’ work as director and actor, coordinated by his daughter, Beatrice, who lives in Sedona. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.com, 928-282-1177.

Through March 1
Young Frankenstein
Based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy, the play follows Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to bring a corpse to life. Together with a kooky cast of characters, he succeeds in creating a monster, but not without scary and often hilarious complications. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

Through March 7
Pluto
Stray Cat Theatre presents this new play, which pits the ordinary against the extraordinary while taking a dark, honest look at family. Th, 7 p.m.; F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$25. Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.

Through March 8
The Magic Flute
Full of charming, magical melodies and fantastic creatures, Mozart’s final masterpiece takes a lighthearted but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom. The beloved tale is staged by Arizona Opera. Through March 1, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and March 7-8, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336. Call for times and ticket prices, azopera.org.

Through March 15
Follies
A reunion of performers in a crumbling theater sets the stage for a parade of colorful and brilliant numbers in Stephen Sondheim’s legendary masterpiece. Presented by Theater Works, the musical offers a surreal,  agonizing  examination of life, theater and the great mystery of “the road you didn’t take.” Call for times. $36, adults; $32, seniors; $15, students. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

Through March 15
The Heiress
This compelling psychological tale follows a young woman’s journey to win the affection of a distant and disappointed father, to experience the joys of romantic love and, ultimately, to discover her own place in the world. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

Through March 15
Lombardi
The drama tells the story of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi and his journey from Brooklyn boy to master gridiron strategist. 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 March 21
Uncle Vanya
This acclaimed new adaptation of Chekhov’s classic from playwright Annie Baker brings colloquial language and a new intimacy to the internationally beloved story of human relationships and yearning. The production is staged by Southwest Shakespeare. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

Through March 22
Anything Goes
A series of comical mistaken identities ensues as the passengers and crew of an ocean liner bound from New York to London sing and dance their way across the Atlantic. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through March 28
Hello Dolly!
Filled with love, laughter and unforgettable songs, the classic musical focuses on matchmaker Dolly Levi and her efforts to marry a well-known half-millionaire. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through March 28
Late Nite Catechism I and III
With ruler in hand, the old-school nun is back teaching the guilty her two favorite classes – the original Late Nite Catechism and Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part. The interactive shows are designed for people of all ages and faiths. F-Sa, call for times. $39. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

Through March 29
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. F-Sa, 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 April 4
Les Misérables
This sweeping epic of love, loss, rebellion and rebirth offers a gripping and emotional tale of redemption as it shares the timeless story of one man’s struggle to do what is right despite a dark past that continues to haunt him. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

Through April 12
Romeo and Juliet
Arizona Theatre Company’s first-ever production of Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece offers a breathtaking version of the timeless tale of young lovers who will stop at nothing to be together. Through March 21, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-3823; and March 26-April 12, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995. Call for times and ticket prices, arizonatheatre.org.

March 3-4
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Bursting with girls, glamour and the songs of Gershwin, this 1920s-era feel-good musical comedy features extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. 7:30 p.m. $35-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

March 4-7
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. 7 p.m. $5-$10. Marcos de Niza High School, 6000 S. Lakeshore Blvd., Tempe, 480-838-3200.

March 5
Black & 25 in America
Jeremy Gillett explores race, class, gender and identity through four distinct characters. 7:30 p.m. $18-$24. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.

March 5-7
The Secret in the Wings
Xavier/Brophy Theatre presents this drama, which offers a fantastical adaptation of six European fairy tales. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $7. Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, xcp.org, 602-240-3161

March 5-8
Cats
Based on a series of poems by T.S. Eliot, this award-winning musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber is set in a rubbish dump, three times larger than life, where the Jellicle Cats have come out to play. Call for times. $15-$18. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.

March 6
Jerry Seinfeld
Known for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life, the stand-up comedian specializes in observational humor, often focusing on personal relationships and uncomfortable social obligations. 7 p.m. $49-$150. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

March 6-7
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. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

March 6-15
Bleacher Bums
The real drama is in the stands in this nine-inning comedy, as a diehard group of Cubs fans makes outrageous bets and reveals its true colors between the balls and strikes. The shows pays affectionate homage to the perennial losers and the fans who stand by them, from a rabid cheerleader, to a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play-by-play. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

March 6-22
Carousel
Focusing on two star-crossed lovers – a carnival barker and a factory girl – this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical tells a story of romance, joy and tragedy. The classic tale is staged by Mesa Encore Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-644-6500.

March 7
Cesar Millan Live!
The renowned dog behavioral specialist touches upon his life experiences and teaches the audience how to apply his proven techniques to the training and rehabilitation of dogs in an interactive experience. 7:30 p.m. $48-$125. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.

March 7, 10
Todd Oliver & Friends
Oliver grew up loving dogs, ventriloquism and rock ’n’ roll. Today, he combines them all in A Unique Ventriloquist, a show that gives it to fans “straight from the dog’s mouth.” Su, 6 p.m., $30, Carefree Town Center Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, kiwaniscarefree.org, 480-488-7169; and Tu, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., $15, Sunland Village East Auditorium, 2145 S. Farnsworth Dr., Mesa, 480-380-0106.

March 10-15
Cinderella
Perfect for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes, this Tony Award-winning musical offers a contemporary take on the classic tale. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

March 10, 24
Talk Cinema
Audience members are the critics at this sneak-preview film series that screens award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical release, followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished guest speakers. 7 p.m. $19. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.  

March 14
Kevin Pollak
The comedian and actor brings the live stage version of his Chat Show to Scottsdale. The hit online program offers a wildly funny mix of irreverent games and in-depth interviews with Hollywood insiders and celebrities. 8 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 14-15
The Intergalactic Nemesis
Telling an all-ages adventure story set in the 1930s, this live-action graphic novel mashes up comic-book and radio-play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $42. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

March 15
Phoenix Lights Documentary
Celebrate the 18th anniversary of the historic and still unexplained mass UFO sighting in Arizona in March 1997, at a special screening of the award-winning documentary. The program includes a book signing and question-and-answer session with the cast and other special guests. 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Harkins Shea 14 Theater, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, thephoenixlights.net, 480-948-6555.

March 17-18
H.M.S. Pinafore
Gilbert and Sullivan’s first blockbuster hit is an entertaining comic opera about a captain’s daughter who is in love with a sailor. 7:30 p.m. $40-$50. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.

March 18
Grand Opera Cinema Series
San Francisco Opera brings films of its renowned productions to the Valley. The program continues with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. 7 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 19-29
Old Jews Telling Jokes
Inspired by the website oldjewstellingjokes.com, this musical comedy revue pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The production is staged by Theater League. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.

March 20
Garibaldi
This performance art show features David Garibaldi – who went to the finals of America’s Got Talent – as he rapidly creates 6-foot portraits of notable pop musicians. 7:30 p.m. $28-$38. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.

March 20-22
Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story
Highlighting the talent and passion that live on in his music, this joyous hit tells the story of the rock legend, from his humble country music roots, to the top of the record charts and his untimely death in 1959. The show features more than 20 of Holly’s greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy!” and “That’ll Be the Day.” The production is staged by Theater League. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.

March 20-29
Hormel Festival
Fostering the development of new plays and musicals, the festival features five staged readings selected from a pool of more than 150 scripts. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

March 20-29
Oklahoma!
Set at the turn of the century, this romantic romp through the Wild West tells the tale of a winsome farm girl and the high-spirited rivalry for her affection between a cowboy and brooding farmhand. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12. Ethington Theatre, Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, gcu.edu/ethington, 602-639-8880.

March 20-April 5
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Based on Neil Simon’s real-life experience on the Sid Caesar show, this comedy follows the writing, fighting and wacky antics in the writers’ room of a weekly variety show. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

March 24-29
Evil Dead: The Musical
This hilarious musical takes all the elements of cult classic horror films and combines them into a crazy theatrical experience that includes some dismembered limbs, demons telling bad jokes, catchy tunes, and a saucy combination of wit and sexual innuendo. Call for times. $38; $50, splatter zone. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

March 25
Chasing Rivers
The National Geographic Live series continues with Pete McBride, a photographer and filmmaker who has worked in more than 70 countries, taking pictures from the cockpit of a World War I-vintage biplane and the underside of an iceberg. His program includes unforgettable journeys down The Colorado, which flows through majestic landscapes but no longer reaches the sea; and the Ganges, India’s sacred waterway, which is revered as a god but polluted by the people who worship it. 7:30 p.m. $26-$40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

March 27-29
Chicago
The 1920s are roaring with hot jazz and cold-blooded killers in this sultry and exciting musical. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

March 27-April 11
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
A pleasant rogue decides to serve a short sentence in a mental institution rather than go to prison – and things go great, until they go very, very wrong. Genuinely funny and genuinely tragic, this play helped change how a nation treated mental illness. The production is staged 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.

March 27-May 17
Witness for the Prosecution
Agatha Christie – the queen of modern mystery – is at her all-time best with 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.

March 28
Assisted Living, The Musical
Subtitled Sex, Drugs and Getting Old, this play focuses on a newly departed couple who are greeted in the afterlife by Tiny Tim and revisit the “best years of their lives” at Pelican Roost, an active senior living community peopled by numerous eccentric residents. 6 p.m. $30. Carefree Town Center Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, kiwaniscarefree.org, 480-488-7169.

March 28
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. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

March 31-April 5
Menopause: The Musical
Set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, this hilarious musical parody about “The Change” focuses on four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra – and mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, not enough sex, too much sex and more. 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. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 31-April 5
Sister’s Easter Catechism
The ruler-wielding nun answers those eternally perplexing questions about pet heaven, and the significance of Easter bunnies, eggs, bonnets, baskets and, of course, those yummy marshmallow Peeps in Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven. The interactive show is designed for people of all ages and faiths. 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.