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Through March 3
And in this Corner: Cassius Clay
Before he became one of the world’s greatest boxers and civil rights advocates, the man the world would come to know as Mohammed Ali was a 12-year-old boy navigating friendships, family and learning to fight for himself and his community in the segregated South of the ’50s. The play is co-produced by Black Theatre Troupe and Childsplay. Call for times. $32.50, adults; $27.50, students. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

Through March 3
A Funny Thing Happened
The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two as a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master in exchange for freedom. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is presented by Theater Works. Call for times. $36, with discounts for seniors and students. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

Through March 3
Sedona International Film Festival
The festival celebrates its silver anniversary with a lineup of 160 films, from narrative features to documentaries to shorts, as well as evening events and parties, workshops and special guests from the film industry. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.org, 928-282-1177.

Through March 3
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
A formidable widow of a Baptist minister hires a gay and acerbic dance instructor to give her private dance lessons at her home in this touching comedy. What begins as an antagonistic relationship turns into an intimate friendship as they reveal their secrets, fears and joys while enjoying the swing, tango, waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha and contemporary dance. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through March 3
Two Trains Running
There’s a new president in the White House and racial tensions are on the rise in this timely play, which takes place in 1969 on the heels of the civil rights movement. Staged by Arizona Theatre Company, the production is the seventh in August Wilson’s decade-by-decade saga reflecting the complexity of the black experience. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.

Through March 9
Lady for a Day
A gangster helps a poor street peddler pose as a society woman to fool her visiting daughter in this endearing comedy/drama. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through March 9
Winterfest Repertory
Southwest Shakespeare Company presents As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies; and The Taming of the Shrew, a rollicking romantic comedy about two misfits who find each other. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

Through March 10
Jersey Boys
Featuring such unforgettable songs as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” this award-winning musical tells the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Call for times. Tickets start at $29. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through March 17
Detroit ’67
Motown music rules in this redemptive story of family and survival. Inspired by American history, the powerful play is co-produced by Black Theatre Troupe and Childsplay. Call for times. $35-$45. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

Through March 24
An American in Paris
The Tony Award-winning musical tells an enduring story of hope, romance and love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II. Through March 1, Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria; and March 8-24, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Call for times and ticket prices, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

Through March 30
Singin’ in the Rain
Set in 1920s Hollywood during the waning days of the silent film era, this lighthearted romantic comedy is filled with a downpour of hits from the iconic title song to “Make ’em Laugh” and “You Are My Lucky Star.” Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through April 16
Jukebox Musical
The girls are back and singing their bobby socks off in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns. The production features renditions of such classic ’50s and ’60s hits as “Rock Around the Clock,” “At the Hop” and “Dancing in the Street.” Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

March 1-2
Adult Puppet Slam
Expect the unexpected as this adults-only event brings together quirky, edgy puppeteers presenting new short works that are outrageous, moving, bawdy and controversial. This month’s special guest is Brad Shur of Paper Heart Puppets. 8 p.m. $12, advance; $15, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

March 1-3
Evita
This passionate and unforgettable true story weaves a number of original songs along with the story of Eva Perón’s rise to fame as one of the most famous political figures of the 20th century. The production is staged by American Theatre Guild. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, broadwayorpheum.com, 800-776-7469.

March 1-3
Matt & Ben
A farcical look at friendship and stepping into greatness, this B3 Theater production tells the irreverent story of how Matt Damon and Ben Affleck “wrote” Good Will Hunting. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m. Su, 2 p.m. $20. Aside Theater, 3508 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, asidetheatre.com, 520-261-0288.

March 1-10
Silent Night
Based on inspiring true events, this Pulitzer Prize-winning opera explores the human cost of war and the ultimate price of peace. The production is staged by Arizona Opera. March 1-2, 7:30 p.m. and March 3, 2 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and March 9, 7:30 p.m.; and March 10, 2 p.m., Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336, azopera.org. Call for ticket prices.

March 1-17
Hello, Dolly!
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 play 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 2-30
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. March 2, 16 and 30, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $42-$60, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

March 6-31
Airness
Comedy reigns in this new play dedicated to the art form of the air guitar, offering an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us. Call for times. Tickets start at $29. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

March 7-10
I Am My Own Wife
Blk Box Phx stages this Pulitzer and Tony award-winning one-man show based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an East German transgender woman. Th-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $27-$40. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, blkboxphx.com, 602-734-5734.

March 8-24
The Foreigner
Set in a Georgia fishing lodge, this comedy revolves around a “foreigner” who finds himself privy to assorted secrets, scandals and sinister plans freely discussed in front of him by the other visitors. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $30, adults; $12, children 16 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.  

March 9-30
American Mariachi
A vibrant ode to music and memory, this Arizona Theatre Company production tugs on the heartstrings as it follows the highs and lows of an all-female mariachi band. The heartwarming and hilarious comedy delves into music’s power to heal and connect, and the freedom to dream big. 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, April 4-21.

March 14
Wiesenthal
Filled with hope, humanity and humor, this one-man production tells the riveting true story of the “Jewish James Bond,” who brought more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. 7:30 p.m. $19-$45. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 14-16
Dixie’s Tupperware Party
Fast-talking Dixie Longate throws a good ol’ fashioned Tupperware party, filled with outrageous tales of unexpected and naughty uses for her wares. Th-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $36-$48. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.

March 15
Randy Rainbow
The comedian is best known for his viral comedy videos with biting lyrics and his glitz – sequined pink glasses, glittering jackets and props. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

March 15-24
Ajax
Old allies become enemies, honor becomes disgrace and divine power becomes temporal authority in this timeless tragedy of madness and violence set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$16. Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, filmdancetheatre.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

March 15-31
Pas d’Action
This world premiere about how and why we don’t listen to each other revolves around a family celebration that sparks old wounds, new wounds, old secrets, new secrets. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$25. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

March 15-April 14
Death of a Salesman
An over-the-hill traveling salesman loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

March 15-April 20
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. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

March 17
Art House Cinema Series
This monthly series continues with selected shorts. 1 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.  

March 17
Phoenix Lights Documentary
Celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the historic and still unexplained March 1997 mass UFO sighting in Arizona at a special screening of the award-winning documentary. The program includes a book signing and question-and-answer session. 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Harkins Theatres Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, thephoenixlights.net, 480-948-6555.

March 19
Anne Lamott
The laugh-out-loud funny author and political activist tells her stories with honesty, compassion and self-effacing humor. 7:30 p.m. $28-$50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

March 19-24
The Play That Goes Wrong
A hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes, this 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a Broadway show – a ramshackle set, an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

March 20
Wild Seas, Secret Shores
Marine biologist-turned-photographer Thomas Peschak takes the audience around the world with his award-winning images and his engaging take on the ocean’s charismatic creatures. The program is part of the National Geographic Live series. 7:30 p.m. $27-$41. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

March 21
Aziz Ansari
Known for his role as Tom Haverford on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, the comedian brings his Road to Nowhere Tour to the Valley. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

March 21
Under the Wire
Now Showing @ SMoCA continues with this documentary film about two journalists covering war-ravaged Syria, only one of them surviving to tell the story. 7 p.m. $5. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.

March 21-May 4
Blithe Spirit
While conducting research for his latest book on the paranormal, a socialite and novelist inadvertently conjures up the spirit of his spoiled and selfish first wife who refuses to obey her vow, “’til death do us part.” Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

March 22-31
Death of Kings: Seize the Crown
Enjoy an evening of thrilling theatrical battle as the houses of Lancaster and York vie for the English throne. The adaptation features eight of Shakespeare’s history plays and is presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 6 p.m. $35. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, swshakespeare.org, 480-435-6868.

March 23
Vicki Lawrence & Mama
Guests enjoy a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and observations about real life by the Emmy Award-winning comedian, as well as her endearing character, Thelma Harper – or “Mama” as she is better known to her fans. 8 p.m. $42-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.  

March 23
Wordplay Café Story Slam
The Wordplay Café open-mic series concludes with a stage show featuring storytellers, spoken word artists and musicians. 7:30 p.m. $15. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

March 24
The Illusionists
Witness the impossible as this Vegas-style touring show features a powerful mix of magic and illusion. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

March 26
Talk Cinema
Mixing Hollywood flair with an element of surprise, guests arrive not knowing in advance what will be showing at this sneak-preview film series, which screens award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical release. Moderated conversations led by film scholars and guest speakers are included. 7 p.m. $14. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 28-29
Kokopelli the Legend
Created by storyteller Jim Covarrubias, the opera is set in 13th century Arizona and tells the story of the last Pochteca trader, Kokopelli, one of the most iconic deities in Native American culture. 7 p.m. $30, adults; $25, veterans and seniors; $20, students. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.

March 29-April 13
Frost/Nixon
Nicely packaging the historical events of the Nixon presidency with a glimpse into the world of TV journalism, this iTheatre Collaborative production focuses on David Frost’s televised interviews with Richard Nixon that were broadcast three years after his 1974 resignation in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.

March 29-April 13
Our Town
This timeless, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama examines the daily lives, loves and losses of the people living in a small town. The production is presented by Zao Theater. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Centerstage Church, 550 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction, zaotheater.com, 480-924-5122.

March 29-April 14
Disaster!
Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the ’70s take center stage in this musical comedy, which takes place in 1979 and pays homage to classic disaster films. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $17-$35. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

March 29-April 14
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Set at a 1958 Springfield High School prom, this musical trip down memory lane focuses on four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts – and voices to match. The Theater Works production features classic ’50s and ’60s hits, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

March 30
Jeanne Robertson
The former Miss North Carolina with a vivacious personality, heart and sense of humor shares her witty depiction of everyday situations. 7 p.m. $29-$69. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.