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THEATER & DRAMA

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Lisa Lampanelli

May 29

Known for saying things that most people are afraid to think, the stand-up comic is described as a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen. 8 p.m. $45-$125. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

Through May 1 

The All Night Strut

Offering a slick slice of yesteryear, this classy and sassy musical extravaganza celebrates the 1930s and 1940s with jazz, blues, bebop and swing. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151. 

Through May 1 

Chapter Two 

Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical romantic comedy proves that life can begin again, just when you thought it was over. F and Su, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20, adults; $18, seniors. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930. 

Through May 7

Jurassic Puppets

All Puppet Players presents this world premiere, which is billed as “an adventure 65 stitches in the making.” Call for times and ticket prices. Playhouse on the Park, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, allpuppetplayers.com, 602-254-2151.

Through May 8 

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 famous house of ill repute was closed for business after 100 years of living in harmony with local residents. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400. 

Through May 8 

9 to 5 

Set in the late 1970s era of the Rolodex, this story of friendship and revenge focuses on three female co-workers, who concoct a plan to get even with “the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” they call their boss. Call for times. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664. 

Through May 14 

The Diary of Anne Frank

This tender drama tells the harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Call for times. $18-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through May 15  

Glengarry Glen Ross  

Times are tough for a group of New York City real estate agents who battle ruthlessly for the big deal in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Call for times. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664. 

Through May 22 

Blue Galaxy 

Set against the backdrop of a retro-music club scene, this world-premiere musical tells the story of a beautiful but seriously overweight woman who wants to be loved in spite of her weight, not because of it, posing a problem for the earnest chubby-chaser who pursues her. Call for times. $20-$25. Space 55 Theatre, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, space55.org.

May 5-29

Discord 

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord provides a fierce and hilarious battle of wits as it examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it. The Arizona premiere is staged by Arizona Theatre Co. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.

May 6

David Cross

The star of cult TV hits like Mr. Show, Arrested Development and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Cross returns to his stand-up roots in his Making America Great Again tour. 8 p.m. $42-$82. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 800-WIN-GILA.

May 6-7

Puppet Slam  

Expect the unexpected as this adults-only event brings together cutting-edge puppeteers presenting new short works that are outrageous, moving, bawdy and controversial. Phillip Huber is special guest. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

May 6-22

Curtains

It’s opening night for a new musical and the leading lady has mysteriously died on stage, leaving the cast and crew as suspects. Enter a local detective who arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation and finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit as he is in solving the murder. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

May 6-22

Evening of Short Plays

Fostering the development of new plays and musicals, this annual event features six staged readings by playwrights from around the country. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

May 9-17

The Duck Variations

Space 55 continues its series of One Hour Theater performances with David Mamet’s hilarious play about two old men discussing the ways of ducks. M-Tu, 8 p.m. $5.55. Space 55 Theatre, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, space55.org.

May 10

Talk Cinema  

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.  

May 12

Alton Brown

The TV personality, author and Food Network star brings his Eat Your Science tour to Mesa, serving up a perfect mix of science, music and food. A follow-up to his Edible Inevitable tour, the program includes all-new songs, multimedia presentations and talk-show antics, plus bigger and better, potentially dangerous food demonstrations. 7:30 p.m. $38-$150. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

May 12

Neil deGrasse Tyson

This popular and influential science advocate captures audiences with his sometimes humorous and always informative insights into modern physics, inspiring generations old and new to take an interest in the universe around them. 7:30 p.m. $35-$79.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000. 

May 13-22

Scottsdale Cinematheque

Perfect for adventurous movie-goers and lovers of fine cinema, this ongoing series showcases new independent, foreign and art films not screened at other Valley theaters. This month’s film is The Automatic Hate. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Su, 2 p.m. $7. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

May 14, 28

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. 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. $45-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW. 

May 18-June 12

When You Wish

Celebrate the icon who brought us the most famous set of ears on earth as this world premiere musical tells the story of Walt Disney. Armed with his childlike ingenuity and guileless belief in himself, he turned failures into triumphs and never ceased wishing on stars. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

May 19-July 2

Me and My Girl

An unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman finds out he is the long-lost Earl of Hereford, and must choose between fitting in with proper society or losing his girl. Call for times. $18-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

May 20-29

Sweeney Todd

The legendary barber is back in London and out for revenge in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The deliciously sinister 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.

May 20-June 4

The Velocity of Autumn

An independent octogenarian arms herself with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block, demanding to remain in her Brooklyn brownstone on her own. iTheatre Collaborative presents this wickedly funny and poignant play about the fragility and ferocity of life. Th-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $20. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.

May 20-June 5

Equal Opportunity Offenders

Experience the brilliance, relevance and irreverence of the South Park gang in the musical comedy, Equal Opportunity Offenders: Music from South Park. Call for times. $10-$20. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.