THEATER & DRAMA

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Through September 7
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
“The game’s afoot” as blackmail, intrigue and danger bring the world’s greatest detective back into the limelight. F, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12. Ethington Theatre, Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-639-8880.

Through September 14
Cats
Based on a series of poems by T.S. Eliot, this magical musical takes guests on a journey through a special night of the year when the tribe of Jellicle Cats unites to celebrate who they are. They emerge from a darkened landscape that morphs into a larger-than-life junkyard, singing of their unique abilities and special qualities. Th-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25-$30, adults; $20-$25, youth 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

September 4-28
Comic Relief
Paul Mecurio takes the stage, Sept. 4-7; Anthony Jeselnik, Sept. 11-13; Eddie Ifft, Sept. 18; Lavell Crawford, Sept. 19-21; and Sarah Colonna and Chris Franjola, Sept. 26-28. Call for times. $20-$50. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, 480-719-6100.

September 4-28
Stand-up Comedy
The laughs will be flowing with April Macie, Sept. 4-7; Steve-O, Sept. 11-14; and Damon Wayans, Sept. 26-28. Call for times. $25. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, tempeimprov.com, 480-921-9877.

September 5-14
Lend Me a Tenor
Set in 1934, this outrageous farce centers on a famous opera singer who is mistaken for dead just before the big show. 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.

September 5-21
Baby with the Bathwater
Written in an absurd, playful style, this provocative comedy skewers parenthood with gleeful wit and outrageous humor. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

September 5-21
Godspell
Biblical parables come to life in this production, which draws from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville. Presented by Mesa Encore Theatre, the score includes a string of popular songs, including “Day by Day,” “All for the Best” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord.” Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-644-6500.

September 5-28
The Angry Housewives
This witty musical comedy focuses on four angry gals who are fed up with their boyfriends and husbands – and completely bored with life. Looking for something new, they form a rock band and let the good times roll. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

September 5-28
I Get a Kick Out of Cole
Theater Works shares popular songs and show tunes from the collection of Cole Porter, who kept the country laughing and humming for generations with some of the most clever, funny and romantic songs ever written – “Night & Day,” “What Is This Thing Called Love,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Too Darn Hot.” Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

September 5-October 26
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
A free-spirited con – who fakes insanity and moves in with what he calls the “nuts” to avoid a stretch in the pen – rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse in this powerful, gritty drama. 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.

September 12
Davis Circus of Illusion
Master illusionist Craig Davis and award-winning dancer Myrka combine the artistry of grand illusion with the spectacle of the circus in this show, which includes juggling and aerialist work. 7 p.m. $38-$58. Wonders of the World Theater, 6105 N. Cattle Track Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdalemagic.com, 480-444-8239.

September 13
The Funniest Housewives
Hilarious, diverse and witty, these funny femme fatales present The Real Housewives of the East Valley. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, qcpac.com, 480-987-SHOW.

September 13-October 4
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Melancholy turns into mayhem when Vanya and his sister Sonia – along with their clairvoyant housekeeper Cassandra – are paid a surprise visit by Hollywood star sibling Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike. Regret and sibling rivalry fan the flames of laughter in the play, which is presented 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.

September 17-October 12
Memphis
Filled with laughter, emotion and roof-raising vocals, this Broadway musical celebrates the birth of rock ’n’ roll with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Call for times. Tickets start at $30. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

September 19
Kathleen Madigan
Crowned the “Funniest Female Stand-up Comic” by the American Comedy Awards, Madigan charms audiences with her laid-back, take-it-as-it-comes type of humor. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7777.

September 19-October 4
The Brothers Size
Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou and West African mythology swirl together in this hot-blooded, tough and tender, music-filled drama staged by Stray Cat Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.

September 20
49 Laughs Comedy Show
Native American comedy stand-outs James Junes, Ernest Tsosie III, Tatanka Means, Pax Harvey and Adrianne Chalepah share the stage for a night of laugh-out-loud entertainment. 8 p.m. $25. Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, 15091 S. Komatke Lane, Laveen, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

September 26-October 12
Radio Golf
A successful lawyer balances ambition and history as he announces his mayoral candidacy and plans to develop high-end real estate on blighted properties. Presented by Black Theatre Troupe, this is the final play in August Wilson’s epic 10-play cycle chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century. Call for times and ticket prices. The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.