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Through November 6
Feathers and Teeth
ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents this biting horror comedy about a young teen girl who hates her new stepmother. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
Through November 13
Funny Girl, The Musical
Fanny Brice follows her dreams of becoming the greatest star despite the discouragement of friends and neighbors in this triumphant story of success and bittersweet love. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through November 13
Lost in Yonkers
Set in Yonkers, N.Y., in the summer of 1942, this Neil Simon play tells the story of two teen boys who are forced to live with their austere grandmother. A clash of generations and a battle of wills lead the whole family to learn important lessons about duty, devotion, trust and love. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through November 15
You Can’t Take It With You
This classic comedy revolves around the antics of a quirky family living in Depression-era New York City. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through November 26
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Set in 1850s Oregon wilderness, this rambunctious musical love story focuses on a young bride whose plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law backfires when the men, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through December 4
An Act of God
God has arrived and she’s not holding back as she sets the record straight about some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind and delivers a new Ten Commandments. The sinfully hilarious new play is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Through Nov. 12, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823; and Nov. 17-Dec. 4, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995. Call for times and ticket prices, arizonatheatre.org.
Slate and The Second City take aim at the election and candidates in an evening of laughter, insight and topical musings that includes sketch comedy, improvisation and a whole lot of audience interaction. 7:30 p.m. $35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Arizona Women’s Theatre Company presents new works by Arizona female playwrights. The program includes a mix of 10-minute, one-act (45 minutes) and full-length plays. Call for times. $13. John Paul Theatre, Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, azwtc.org, 602-738-4597.
1776, The Musical
This funny, insightful and compelling drama with memorable music is based upon the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 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, 3700 E. 16th Ave., Apache Junction, zaotheater.com, 480-924-5122.
From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, this controversial musical follows the lives of the nation’s most notorious assassins as they gather on stage to violently pursue a twisted American Dream. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
A Gershwin Cabaret
Theater Works presents Love Is Here to Stay, a musical revue that celebrates the works of George Gershwin, including “S’ Wonderful,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Got Rhythm” and the score from Porgy and Bess. Call for times. $38. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
The Music Man
Filled with sentiment, nostalgia, humor and romance, the musical focuses on a fast-talking con man who sings and dances his way into town with a plan to snooker the good folks of River City, Iowa. 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.
The award-winning magician presents a high-energy show of magic, laughter, illusion and crowd participation. 7-8:45 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
November 5, 25-26
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. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.
Theater Works presents Love Is Here to Stay, a Gershwin cabaret. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, surpriseaz.gov/arts, 623-935-6384. Bring a lunch or preorder one from City Cafe @ Surprise, 623-222-8900.
The psychic medium and star of Long Island Medium shares personal stories about her life and her unique gifts, offering interactive readings to audience members throughout the show. 7:30 p.m. $39.75-$89.75. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Compassionate, dramatic and deeply moving, this unforgettable story tells of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. Call for times. $19, adults; $16, students, seniors and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.
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 Vanishing from Netherlands. 4:30 p.m. $15. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, azfcf.org, 480-488-1090.
Nunsense: The Mega Musical Comedy
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. Call for times. $26-$32.50. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
Arizona Opera presents this enchanting fairytale about a water nymph who wants to be part of our world, and sacrifices everything for the chance of true love. Nov. 11-13, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and Nov. 19-20, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336, azopera.org. Call for ticket prices.
This play without politicizing brings to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East, providing a powerful portrait of the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $26-$34. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
A 2nd Act: Survivorship Takes the Stage features eight local female survivors of all types of cancers, each reading her story of how she is taking her life back after cancer. In addition to celebrating the courage of survivors, the program encourages the audience to create their own second acts, regardless of what their life challenge may be, and also raises funds to assist other female survivors to follow their dreams and honor their cancer journeys. 2 p.m. $22. Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, a2ndact.org, 520-770-3690.
The culinary icon, best-selling author and host of Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network shares the pleasures of good food cooked with love and passion, engaging the audience with an interactive Q&A. 7:30 p.m. $41-$77. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
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, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Mankind to Mars
National Geographic space expert Andrew Fazekas offers a glimpse into the minds of the brilliant scientists and engineers who are working on our next giant leap – footsteps on Mars, which may be as close as two decades away. 7:30 p.m. $24-$38. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Toruk – The First Flight
Inspired by the record-breaking movie, Avatar, this new Cirque du Soleil production transports guests to a mythical world of imagination, discovery and possibility with cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score. Call for times. $39.75-$109.75. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Guys and Dolls
Set against the fast-moving highlights and lowlife of New York City in the 1940s, this romantic fable focuses on high-rolling gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. Th-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $11-$21. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
November 17, 25-26
The Capitol Steps
The irreverent Washington D.C.-based political comedy troupe shares songs and skits from its new album, What to Expect When You’re Electing. The group pokes fun at all sides of the issues – from left to right – with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest headlines, scandals and more. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624; Nov. 25, 8 p.m.; and Nov. 26, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
November 17, 30
Offering insight and anecdotes from his journeys as one of America’s greatest storytellers, the best-selling author and radio personality captivates with his signature mix of comedy, charisma and wisdom. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS; and Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., $70-$90, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
Masters of Illusion
This mesmerizing show astounds with its fast-paced sleight-of-hand experts, escape artists, comedy magicians, dancers and illusionists. 8 p.m. $39.50-$49.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The ventriloquist and comedian, who won the second season of the NBC variety show America’s Got Talent and went on to become a Las Vegas headliner, combines singing and impersonations of famous performers, including Etta James, Dean Martin and Garth Brooks. 8 p.m. $65-$155. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
November 18-December 23
Billy Elliot the Musical
Featuring a timeless score by Elton John, this inspirational story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community, and changes his life forever. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Revered for his abundant charisma, the witty funnyman shares his larger-than-life persona as his #Fluffy Breaks Even World Tour makes a stop in Scottsdale. 8 p.m. $60-$200. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
John Cleese & Eric Idle
Founding members of Monty Python, the British icons blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage and aquatic juggling to create a unique comedic experience in Together Again at Last... For the Very First Time. 7:30 p.m. $63.50-$103.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Carole King Musical
Guests may feel the earth move as Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring story of the ’60s-’70s songbird who found her voice when she lost her marriage. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Santa and his merry helpers take guests on a nostalgic holiday journey in Broadway Christmas Wonderland. Presented by Theater League, the production includes such Christmas classics as “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Deck the Halls” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $32.25-$82.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, broadwayorpheum.com, 800-776-7469.
November 25-December 10
Stray Cat Theatre
The company presents Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See, a hilarious taut new thriller by Valley playwright Ron Hunt. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-350-2822.
November 25-December 11
This regional premiere takes a passionate and heartfelt look at a family in turmoil when life doesn’t turn out as expected. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
November 25-December 28
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this 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. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
November 25-December 30
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-$20. Space 55 Theatre, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, space55.org.
November 25-December 30
Champion yodelers Jim and Jeanne Martin and steel-guitar player Bill Bassett share their melodic sounds and cowboy humor. A magic show with illusionist Kevin Barnes also is featured. Call for times and ticket prices. Blazin’ M Ranch, 1875 Mabery Ranch Rd., Cottonwood, blazinm.com, 928-634-0334.
November 30-December 24
Twist Your Dickens
Scrooge, Tiny Tim and three ridiculous ghosts take the stage as wicked parody and daring improv run rampant. The adult comedy is adorned with interactive seasonal satire. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.