Through February 1
West Valley Film Fest
This 11th annual event features The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, Orchestra of Exiles and Flory’s Flame. A brief commentary of each film precedes its screening, with complimentary refreshments afterward. Call for times. $10 per film; $9 in advance or three for $25. Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, 623-584-7210.
Through February 7
Steeped in sentimentality and full of heart, this oh-so-British play focuses on a group of extraordinary women who drop their dressing gowns to pose for a charity calendar, their modesty spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting projects and floral arrangements. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Through February 7
La Cage Aux Folles
The feather boas fly in this tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and, above all else, stay true to themselves. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through February 7
Thoroughly Modern Millie
A small-town girl visits New York City to marry for money instead of love. Call for times. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through February 13
In order to please her marriage-minded parents, Sarah Goldman hires an out-of-work actor to play her imaginary boyfriend. What begins as a simple dinner turns into a comic battle of wits as he attempts to keep pace with Sarah’s imagination and her parents’ sharp questions. Call for times. $18-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through February 13
This play tells the story of a 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! Th-Sa, 7 p.m. $25. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
Through February 13
It’s theater of the absurd as Space 55 presents this notorious production by Alfred Jarry. F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 7 p.m. $15-$18. Space 55 Theatre, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, space55.org.
Through February 14
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. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through February 14
Modern-Day Mating Game
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is all about the contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship” – from dating and waiting; to love and marriage; to the agonies of the in-laws, newborns and trips in the family car. This hilarious musical 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 February 28
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of a girl who found her own unique place as American’s most famous sex therapist, this production tells the triumphant story of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who fled the Nazis and became “Dr. Ruth.” Call for times. $45-$65. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, playhouseinfo.com, 602-252-8497.
Through February 28
Representing the struggle for justice and fair treatment during the 1950s, this gripping story focuses on a restless trash collector excluded by segregation from the major leagues during his prime. His bitterness takes its toll on his relationships, showing what can happen when a strong man is robbed of his dreams. The play is staged by Arizona Theatre Co. Through Feb. 2, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823; and Feb. 11-28, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995. Call for times and ticket prices, arizonatheatre.org.
Through March 13
Brighton Beach Memoirs
This heartwarming coming-of-age tale focuses on a young teen living with his family in a crowded but hilarious lower-middle-class Brooklyn household in 1937. Call for times. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through March 26
Late Nite Catechism
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 April 19
The Andrews Brothers
Mistaken identities and madcap adventures abound as a USO show is threatened with cancellation when a certain famous trio of sisters fails to appear. Now it’s up to three earnest and determined stagehands to go on with the show. Call for times. $18-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Filled with love, laughter and unforgettable songs, the classic musical focuses on meddlesome matchmaker Dolly Levi and her efforts to marry a well-known half-millionaire. The production is staged by Scottsdale Musical Theater Co. Call for times $32-$42. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com, 602-909-4215.
The Miller’s Tale
Magical Moonshine Theatre presents this funny, bawdy and rowdy tale of sex and deceit. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
One Drop of Love
This multimedia one-woman show travels near and far, in the past and present to explore family, race, love and pain – and a path toward reconciliation. 7:30 p.m. $26. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Arizona Opera shares this French opera, which deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who falls prey to the charms of a sultry gypsy temptress. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, azopera.org, 602-266-7464.
Biblical parables come to life in this musical based on the book of Matthew. The score includes a string of popular songs, including “Day by Day,” “All for the Best” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord.” The production is staged by Zāo Theater. Call for times and ticket prices. Centerstage Church, 3700 E. 16th Ave., Apache Junction, zaotheater.com, 480-924-5122.
Focusing on a young African-American who charts a course of self-discovery through sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, this daring musical combines the electricity of a rock concert with the storytelling of musical theater. Th-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $20. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.
Black Theatre Troupe
Looking Over the President’s Shoulder tells the real-life story of Alonzo Fields, the grandson of a freed slave, who was forced by the Depression to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer to accept a job as a White House butler. Call for times. $38. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.
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 guest speakers. 7 p.m. $17. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
National Geographic Live
German/Moroccan paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim presents Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous. In 2014, the emerging explorer found “a needle in a desert” – the first semiaquatic dinosaur. 7:30 p.m. $24-$38. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Sex with Strangers
Sparks fly amid sexual and cultural clashes in this drama about lust, love and the complex nature of identity in our digital-dominated era. Dark, sexy and funny, this love story for the 21st century is presented by Stray Cat Theatre in collaboration with Arizona Theatre Co. Call for times and ticket prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.
Antonio Rocha shares his storytelling talents through a combination of mime, sound effects, zany characters and physical comedy. 7:30 p.m. $22. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Lasso of Truth
Bondage, Gloria Steinem and lie detector tests all figure into this racy tale about Wonder Woman’s origins and the lasting effects of her legacy. The production is staged by ASU Theatre. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$16. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
With electrifying music at its core, this musical tells the inspiring story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night, who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $28-$32. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, qcpac.com, 480-987-SHOW.
This popular series re-creates the movie-going experience of the early 20th century, with musical accompaniment on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ by Ron Rhode. This month’s showing on the silver screen is Mantrap. 2:30 p.m. $20, adults; $15, students; free, children 11 and younger. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, 602-262-7272.
Jewish Film Fest
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebrates 20 years of showcasing the best of Jewish traditions and heritage with a fresh lineup of cinema from 10 countries. Films range from defiance and struggle, to fun and adventure, to laughter and love, with stories that engage both mind and heart. Call for times and ticket prices. Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; Harkins Chandler Fashion 20, 3159 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler; and Harkins Arrowhead 18, 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria, gpjff.org, 602-753-9366.
The Bridges of Madison County
This romantic musical tells the unforgettable story of a National Geographic photographer and his life-changing, four-day love affair with an Iowa farm wife. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Grand Opera Cinema Series
San Francisco Opera brings films of its renowned productions to the Valley. The program continues with I Capuleti e I Montecchi, a tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired by some of Shakespeare’s finest verse. 7 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
February 18-April 2
Featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter, this tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications that ensue is filled with madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Call for times. $18-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
A scheming theatrical producer and his mousy accountant attempt to cheat theater “angels” out of their investment money by deliberately producing a surefire flop in this Broadway smash hit, which is staged by Theater League. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $35.25-$70.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.
The Children’s Hour
This provocative drama tells the story of two women running an all-girls boarding school whose lives are ruined by a malicious student spreading the lie that they are lovers. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. Call for times. $16-$32.50. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
Sedona Film Festival
The Grammy Award-wining pop/rock band Chicago opens the 22nd annual Sedona International Film Festival, which includes 160 documentaries, features, shorts, Academy Award nominees and specialty films over nine days. Highlighting this year’s event is a screening of American Graffiti and reunion of actors hosted by Mackenzie Phillips and Cindy Williams. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.com, 928-282-1177.
February 19-March 6
City of Angels
A celebration of all things film noir, this jazzy musical comedy tells the story of a New York novelist for whom Hollywood finally comes knocking. The play 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.
February 19-March 6
Heathers: The Musical
Greasepaint Youtheatre presents this hilarious off-Broadway hit, which tells a darkly twisted story about a brainy teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at her high school. Not a musical for the faint of heart, or for those under 18. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12-$17. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.
February 19-March 20
Back to the ’80s
Join the class of 1985 as they experience the fun and heartbreak of growing up in a totally awesome decade. The play includes a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade, including “Love Shack” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
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.
In the Mood
This 1940s retro musical features the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, along with tributes to the Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra. 7:30 p.m. $28-$32. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, qcpac.com, 480-987-SHOW.
February 24-March 20
This passionate and unforgettable true story weaves a number of original songs along with the tale of a woman driven by ambition, love and power, diverted by a fragility that few ever saw. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
The Elixir of Love
Lyric Opera Theatre presents L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), a comic opera and touching love story by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; and Su, 2 p.m. $8-$21. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
February 25-March 26
Neil Simon Comedy
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers follows the story of a middle-aged married man, deep in the throes of a midlife crisis, who wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. Th-Sa, 7 p.m. $25. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
Spoken Word Series
Poetry meets movement and sound in this series, which continues with Dahlak Brathwaite, a musician, actor, poet and educator. 8 p.m. $11. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Filled with Mozart’s most popular music, this tragic and comic opera never fails to seduce audiences with its tale about an irresistible rogue who brings excitement with him and leaves destruction in his wake. The production is staged by Arizona Opera. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, azopera.org, 602-266-7464.
Additional performances take place March 5-6 at Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church St., Tucson, 520-293-4336.
February 26-March 12
Prince Hamlet, a dazed and confused senior at Germany’s Wittenberg University, circa 1517, is caught in the crossfire between two giants of philosophy – and ego: the freethinking skeptic John Faust and stuffy, guilt-ridden Martin Luther. The play is presented by Southwest Shakespeare Co. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.
February 26-March 13
Set in a small country pub in Ireland, this haunting, evocative tale focuses on a group of barflies who share more than a few pints, and pass the time with ghost stories – each a little more unsettling than the one before. Call for times. $10-$20. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
February 26-April 3
Fiddler on the Roof
The Tony Award-winning musical chronicles the trials of a Jewish milkman and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
James Van Praagh
The bestselling author and renowned psychic medium shares his talents. 4 p.m. $50-$150. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.