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Through September 17
The Cemetery Club
Three Jewish women meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves in this heartwarming and sometimes humorous look at life and the testaments of true friendship. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

Through September 17
The Cemetery Club
Three Jewish women meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves in this heartwarming and sometimes humorous look at life and the testaments of true friendship. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

Through October 7
Musical Masterpiece
The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through October 8
Barefoot in the Park
A newlywed couple moves into a New York apartment and must contend with a quirky neighbor and a nosy mother-in-law in this Neil Simon comedy. Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors and students. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664. 

September 1-2
Black
Four individuals describe their experience with the word “black,” including their personal stories, how their lives are affected by the word and, most importantly, their individual perspectives. 7:30 p.m. $25. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.

September 1-17
Chicago
Gin, guns and all that jazz take center stage as two fame-hungry murderesses in 1920s Chicago use their beguiling ways to avoid the gallows, capture headlines and win over a celebrity-crazed public. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $18-$35. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

September 1-24
Hands on a Hardbody
Armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, 10 strangers laugh, cry and push their bodies and minds to the limits as they fight to keep at least one hand on a truck in a small-town Texas endurance contest. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

September 2
Dave Chappelle
The comic legend shares his unrivaled humor with comedy sketches, impersonations and insanely funny routines. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.

September 5-10
Fun Home
Based on the graphic novel by Allison Bechdel, this riveting musical focuses on the real-life out-and-proud cartoonist’s discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

September 6-October 15
Mamma Mia!
The ultimate feel-good show combines ABBA’s greatest hits – including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper” and “Take a Chance on Me” – with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

September 7
Chad Calek
The award-winning documentary filmmaker and world-renowned paranormal investigator is joined by fellow investigator Justin Holstein for the Sir Noface Lives Tour. The program includes incredible footage of the Sydney Harbor Cockatoo Island investigation, along with a presentation of the pair’s most compelling evidence from the past 25 years. 8 p.m. $20-$200. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

September 7-10
Jerome Film & Music Festival
The fifth annual event features approximately 90 films, complemented by craft beer, wine and spirits tastings; a Moonlit Mystery Cinema-Terroir Train; Haunted High School Horror Showcase; kayak adventure; home movie stroll; live music; and exclusive parties. Various Jerome locations. Visit jeromefilmfestival.com for complete details.

September 8-23
The Effect
Our pill-popping culture is on the examination table in this humorous drama, which focuses on volunteers in a clinical trial whose sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. The Arizona premiere is staged by iTheatre Collaborative. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.

September 8-24
Chicago
The 1920s are roaring with hot jazz and cold-blooded killers in this sultry and exciting musical, which is based on the true story of two sensational murders in 1924. The production 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.

September 8-24
Gypsy
Boasting one show-stopping number after another – like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You” – this lighthearted musical drama traces the rise of legendary burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee under the unscrupulous eye of the ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose. The production is staged by Theater Works. Call for times. $38, adults; $16, students and youth. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

September 8-30
The Bard in a New Light
Southwest Shakespeare Co. presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), a fast-paced hilarious romp through the fields of Shakespeare. The play has something for everyone, and you don’t have to be a Shakespearean scholar to get it. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

September 9
Six Feet Under
Phoenix-based Gaslight Circus troupe presents a vaudeville-style show, complete with juggling, acrobatics, singing and Old West gunslinging. 9 p.m. $12, advance; $15, at the door. Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, alwunhouse.org, 602-253-7887.

September 9-10
Bechdel Test Fest
New play readings, film screenings, live music, an audition workshop, panel discussion and on-site workshops are included, with all plays and films satisfying the requirements of the Bechdel Test – two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.

September 9-30
Chapter Two
Arizona Theatre Co. presents Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy, which mixes laughter with heartache as a recently widowed writer and a newly divorced soap opera actress begin a whirlwind romance. Call for times and ticket prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, arizonatheatre.org, 520-622-2823. The production moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Oct. 5-22.

September 12-November 14
Kiss and Tell
Two teenage girls cause their respective parents much concern when they start to become interested in boys and sell kisses for charity at the USO bazaar. The 1940s riotous romp entangles a family feud, a secret marriage and a madcap dose of mistaken identity. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

September 14-November 4
She Loves Me
Two feuding perfume clerks have no idea they are in love with each other in this warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of Old World elegance. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

September 15-30
Kiss
A troupe of actors works hard to figure out what this play is really about as they attempt to stage a melodrama from Syria they found on the internet. The play is presented by Stray Cat Theatre. Call for times. $20-$30. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.

September 15-October 1
Caroline, or Change
Black Theatre Troupe presents this provocative story about a black maid serving a Jewish household. Set in 1963 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the musical combines gospel and the sounds of Motown with operatic stylings while taking a look at political change, social change and pocket change. Call for times and ticket prices. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

September 20-October 15
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Phoenix Theatre and A/C Theatre Co. team up to present this rock musical about a fictional rock ’n’ roll band fronted by a bawdy, East German, transgender singer. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

September 22
The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!
Grand-scale magic and illusions are on tap in this high-energy interactive show. 7:30 p.m. $33. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

September 23
Comedy Avengers
Comedy on Fire presents this annual show of laughter, improv and music to benefit Planned Parenthood Arizona. 9-11 p.m. $10, advance; $15, at the door. Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, alwunhouse.org, 602-253-7887.

September 23
Impractical Jokers
The VIP jokesters of this TruTV hit bring their Santiago Sent Us tour to the Valley, featuring their own comedy troupe, The Tenderloins. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.

September 27
Film Festival (FREE)
Why Can’t We Live Together? is the theme of the 2017 Contemporary Forum Summer Film Festival, which concludes with I Am Not Your Negro. Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. 6:30 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.

September 27-October 1
The Bartered Bride
Lyric Opera Theatre presents this delightful comedy, which pits the machinations of an Old-World matchmaker against two young lovers, with results that are both touching and hilarious. W-Th and Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$21. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

September 30
Dancing Earth
This indigenous dance theater company strives to create experimental yet elemental dances that reflect a rich cultural heritage while exploring the identity of its contemporary native peoples. 7:30 p.m. $20. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.