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Through November 1
The Addams Family
Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love with a “normal” boy. When parents Morticia and Gomez invite him and his family over for a dinner party, both families try their best to act “normal,” but the night undoubtedly goes awry. Call for times. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through November 1
Based on actual events, this highly topical play explores intriguing moral questions in today’s controversy-saturated society where the smallest public misstep can result in utter catastrophe. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
Through November 1
Any Number Can Die
Two bumbling detectives set to work on their first case as four ingenious murders take place in an island mansion. The hilarious spoof on mystery plays of the 1920s is complete with sliding panels, robed figures, wills being read at midnight, unexpected guests, a cryptic poem, missing fortune and the ever-popular storm. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through November 8
The Book of Mormon
This religious satire musical follows two young Mormon missionaries who are naïve and optimistic when they are sent to a remote village in northern Uganda. Upon their arrival in Africa, they quickly learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Through November 8
A Woman’s Hand
This musical production celebrates Arizona’s pioneer women. Su, 6:30 p.m. dinner, followed by 7:30 p.m. show. Call for ticket prices. Blazin’ M Ranch, 1875 Mabery Ranch, Cottonwood, blazinm.com, 928-634-0334.
Through November 13
To Kill a Mockingbird
Set in 1932 Alabama, this classic drama about love and friendship focuses on a widowed lawyer with two small children who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. 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.
Through November 15
Salty waitresses, lost visitors, and tough and not-so-tough women and men crack open some beer, start their snowmobiles, pitch a tent and gather under the northern lights as they explore love and loss in a remote, mythical place called Almost, Maine. 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.
Through November 15
West Side Story
Taking place on the streets of a New York City ghetto, this modern-day Romeo & Juliet explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs, and lovers who cross racial/ethnic barriers. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through November 17
Heaven Can Wait
Featuring a whirlwind of emotional plot twists, this comedy/fantasy tells the story of a boxer who is taken from his body 60 years before his death date by an over-eager angel. Unable to return to his own body, the crass-but-lovable athlete is placed into the body of a fraudulent millionaire who has just been murdered by his similarly greedy wife. Call for times. $18-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through November 22
The Toxic Avenger
Taking place in a toxic waste dump off the New Jersey Turnpike, this charming love story and cheeky rock musical tells the tale of an incurable nerd who gets tossed into a vat of radioactive waste – only to emerge as a green mutant with superhero strength and a heart bigger than Newark. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Through November 28
After the Banks’ young children send many a nanny packing, the practically perfect Mary Poppins arrives on the job, and with some help from a chimney-sweep named Bert, ends up turning the family’s world upside dawn. Call for times. $18-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through November 29
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play focuses on the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers and the lies we tell ourselves. Presented by Arizona Theatre Company, the provocative tale dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception. Through Nov. 7, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823; and Nov. 12-29, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995. arizonatheatre.org. Call for times and ticket prices.
Scottsdale Film Festival
Celebrating its 15th year, the festival offers a combination of international and domestic cinema, as well as an opening-night party. Call for times and ticket prices. Th, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-499-TKTS; F-M, Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, scottsdalefilmfestival.com.
Solo actress and playwright Anu Yadav weaves a visionary tale about a 9-year-old who wishes her mother had the medicine she cannot afford. 7:30 p.m. $19-$25. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
Fiddler on the Roof
Life is hard for a Jewish milkman, his wife of 25 years and their five daughters. But even as traditions wane, they find life in 1900s Russia is still worth celebrating. The Tony Award-winning musical 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.
Sunday in the Park with George
Inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, this poetic drama explores the complexity of life and the art of understanding it. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
November 6-January 11
Miracle on 34th Street
A perennial Christmas classic, this charming story brings about a genuine miracle as a wave of love spreads through New York City and convinces a cynical single mother and her somber daughter that there really is a Santa Claus. Call for times. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Alan Cumming Uncut
Fans enjoy an evening of irreverent humor, showbiz stories and songs as the acclaimed actor brings his cheeky cabaret show to Scottsdale. 8 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago
Two lovers try to “shake their groove thing” in the disco era, but their friends want them to dance to a different beat. Call for times. $15-$18. Space 55 Theatre, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, space55.org.
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. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
ASU Theatre presents this story about a 10-year-old with an impending essay due, absent parents and no pen. In her quest for a writing utensil, she wanders through her apartment building, where she meets a variety of colorful tenants who tell her stories about the Brooklyn Bridge and help her confront her fears. 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.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Described as “a love letter to musical comedy,” this hilarious farce hearkens back to the song-and-dance musicals of yesteryear. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$32.50, adults; $14-$21, children. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
Florencia en el Amazonas
A journey through the physical and mystical worlds of love, desire and the mighty Amazon River, this Arizona Opera production follows an opera diva who returns to her homeland in hopes of finding her long-lost love, a butterfly collector who has disappeared in the jungle. Nov. 13-15, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and Nov. 21-22, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church St., Tucson, 520-293-4336, azopera.org. Call for times and ticket prices.
The Princess Bride
Guests enjoy a screening of the movie, followed by a Q&A with the heroic Westley (actor Cary Elwes) and a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film. 7 p.m. $30-$40. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
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.
Discover the wonders and fragility of the deep blue seas as the National Geographic Live series opens with a program featuring oceanographer Sylvia Earle. 7:30 p.m. $24-$38. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
November 18-December 27
The Wizard of Oz
Travel with Dorothy as she journeys to the magical land where scarecrows wish for brains, lions are afraid of their roars, tin men long for hearts and witches come in all varieties. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Guadalupe: The Opera
Presented by Lyric Opera Theatre, this world premiere reveals the desperation of native inhabitants of Mexico in 1531, who are caught in a violent clash between two cultures, and the struggle of Juan Diego to achieve peace for his people. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$21. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
November 19-December 30
It’s a Wonderful Life
A guardian angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated small-town businessman by showing what life would have been like if he had never been born. M, Th-Sa, 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.
Last Comic Standing
Some of the funniest up-and-coming comics from the hit TV show perform hilarious sketch, improv and stand-up comedy. 7:30 p.m. $40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
A Christmas Story: The Musical
The cherished Christmas classic captures a simpler time in America as it follows a bespectacled boy named Ralphie who has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas – an official Red Ryder BB gun. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
The Capitol Steps
With election season in full swing and the whiff of a fresh scandal in the air, there is never a shortage of material for D.C.’s sharpest political comedians. The show includes songs from their latest album, Mock the Vote, with possible “guest appearances” by a gaggle of aspiring presidential candidates and many others in the news for all the wrong reasons. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $49-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Performers twirl, bounce and soar through the air as Theater League presents this musical wonderland featuring a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes, and 30-foot towering trees and soldiers. F, 7:30 p.m.; and Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.25-$65.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.
November 27-December 13
This rollicking new musical offers a fresh take on the fairytale favorite. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
November 27-December 27
A Bloody Mary Christmas
This irreverent and bawdy Christmas musical focuses on three retirees who sing, dance and drink themselves silly as they fight to keep from losing their Sun City condo to a heartless homeowners’ association on Christmas Eve. Call for times. $15-$18. Space 55 Theatre, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, space55.org.
November 29-December 19
Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook
This new romantic musical comedy blends some of the best-loved songs from composer Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway shows (Wicked and Godspell) with some of his lesser-known gems. The production is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Call for times and ticket prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson arizonatheatre.org, 520-622-2823. The play moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Dec. 30-Jan. 17.