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Theatre & Drama


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Through May 7
Best Little Whorehouse
Miss Mona and the girls take on the establishment in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Based on a true story, this happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political sidestepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills,, 480-837-9661.

Through May 7
The Producers
This take-no-prisoners stage adaptation of the 1968 film tells the story of a scheming, 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! Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-483-1664.

Through May 13
Stray Cat Theatre presents this drama about a classic dysfunctional family, including a mad housewife, a transgender son, a son who spent three years in combat in Afghanistan and a husband who had a stroke that left him nearly speechless. What ensues is a wildly hilarious but often touching struggle to create a new world order, while still dealing with all that gets left behind in its wake. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 480-350-2822.

Through May 13
No Time for Sergeants
This comedy from a simpler time tells the story of a gullible country bumpkin serving in the U.S. Air Force and his seemingly unending run-ins with a crusty and frustrated sergeant. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert,, 480-497-1181.

Through May 21
Follow young Oliver Twist on a wild adventure through Victorian England as he navigates London’s sinister underworld in search of love, belonging and honor among thieves. The musical includes such spirited, timeless songs as “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Food, Glorious Food.” Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria,, 623-776-8400.

Through May 28
Holmes & Watson
Following Sherlock Holmes’ “death” at Reichenbach Falls, Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped up all over the world claiming to be Holmes. The devilishly clever new mystery is presented by Arizona Theatre Co. Through May 6, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823; and May 11-28, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995, Call for times and ticket prices.

Through June 4
Storms rage, fires burn and night blankets the earth in this tale of sound and fury, accompanied by Shakespeare’s richest poetry. Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-483-1664.

May 3
Straight Outta Oz
Broadway actor and American Idol finalist Todrick Hall presents this modernized version of The Wizard of Oz, told through powerful musical numbers, dazzling costumes and choreography and a great social message. 7 p.m. $27-$82. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

May 5-6
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. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix,, 602-262-2050.

May 5-13
Festival of New Works
The annual Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals features staged readings by playwrights from around the country. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 602-254-2151.

May 5-20
When Sister Julia accidentally poisons most of the convent with her cooking, the remaining Little Sisters of Hoboken must put on a show to raise funds to bury the last four “blue nuns” in the icebox. The production is staged by Zao Theater. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20, adults; $12, youth. Centerstage Church, 550 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction,, 480-924-5122.

May 6
Chris Rock
With a career spanning three decades, the award-winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer is known for his razor-sharp wit and wisdom on such topics as gun control, politics, racism, homophobia and relationships. The Total Blackout Tour 2017 marks his first tour in nine years. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

May 6
Maude, Billy & Mr. D
Experience “how the West was sung” through the singular storytelling style of Katie Lee. Destined to discover whether true love can overcome the power of death, the folk opera whisks guests away on a wild journey of romance, risk and revelation. 7:30 p.m. $20, advance; $25, at the door. Mingus Union High School, 1801 E. Fir St., Cottonwood, 928-899-5472.

May 7
No Place on Earth
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association, Generations After and Arizona Jewish Historical Society present the premiere of this docudrama, which brings to light the untold story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living deep underground in caves for 18 months, the longest-recorded sustained underground survival. 2 p.m. $10, adults; $5, students. Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 1122 E. Culver St., Phoenix,, 602-792-6736.

May 9
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. $17. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

May 10-June 4
This colorful salute to the women who made the music of the 1960s so special – from Lesley Gore to Janis Joplin, The Shirelles to Aretha Franklin – includes dozens of beloved hits that take fans on a journey through the look, sounds and feel of the times. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 602-254-2151.

May 11-June 24
My Man Godfrey
A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant man as the family butler and soon learns that there is more to Godfrey than meets the eye. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale,, 480-314-0841.

May 12
International Film Festival
Gary Zaro, director of The Film Festival at Paradise Valley Community College, introduces each film and leads a post-viewing discussion, with special culinary treats representing each film’s culture. Showing this month is The Orphanage from Spain. 2-4:30 p.m. $15. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale,, 480-488-1090.

May 12
Rob Lowe
The actor, whose prolific film and TV career includes St. Elmo’s Fire, The West Wing and Parks and Recreation, presents a one-man show based on his autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

May 12-14
Playback Theatre
Members of the audience tell stories from their lives and then watch the tales brought to artistic life by an ensemble of actors and musicians in Playback Theatre: From Life to Story to Stage. Co-produced by iTheatre Collaborative and Essential Theatre, the innovative performance weaves together improvised scenes with music, movement and metaphor. F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, 602-252-8497.

May 12-28
4 on the Floor
Four mechanics dream of making it big, but all they truly know is cars. The feel-good musical features the greatest hits ever penned about cars and chrome, including “409,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Hot Rod Lincoln” and “Sittin’ in the Backseat.” Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills,, 480-837-9661.

May 12-28
It’s a Musical World!
Featuring the music of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, this cabaret-style musical includes such songs as “What Kind of Fool Am I?” “The Candy Man” and “Gonna Build a Mountain.” F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-765-0120.

May 13-14, 27
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. Sa, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $45-$60. Mesa Arts Center., 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-359-SHOW.

May 18-28
The Book of Mormon
This religious satire musical follows two young Mormon missionaries who are naive 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,, 480-965-3434.

May 18-July 1
This epic musical of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicles the romantic triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert,, 480-497-1181.

May 19-28
Presented by Mesa Encore Theatre, this hilarious musical satire mocks and celebrates the tension between corporate greed, water conservation and an impassioned revolution sparked by pay-as-you-go-toilets. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

May 20
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Revered for his abundant charisma, the witty funnyman shares his larger-than-life persona as his Fluffymania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy makes a stop in the Valley. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale,, 800-745-3000.