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Through 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.

Through July 16
Beauty and the Beast
Enjoy a tea party with Belle in this classic story of transformation and tolerance featuring beloved songs from the popular Disney movie. Call for times and ticket prices. Through July 2, Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria,, 623-776-8400. The show moves to Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, July 7-16, for a collaborative performance with Valley Youth Theatre,, 602-252-8497.

Through July 23
The Importance of Being Earnest
Comic mishaps ensue when two gentlemen bend the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-483-1664.

Through July 30
Catch Me If You Can
Seeking fame and fortune, a precocious teenager runs away from home with nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks. Call for times. $20, adults; $18, seniors. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-483-1664.

Through July 30
Midsummer Dreamin’
Shakespearean characters sing such tunes as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Y.M.C.A.” and “Aquarius” in this modern adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in 1969 America, the joyous and funny production was created by Peter J. Hill, artistic director of Fountain Hills Theater. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills,, 480-837-9661.

July 13-August 26
A Bench in the Sun
When a glamorous and famous actress moves into their retirement home, two lifelong elderly friends vie for her attention in this funny and poignant play. Along the way, the pair discover a friendship like theirs is even better than Tapioca pudding. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale,, 480-314-0841.

July 21
Cheech & Chong
The legendary counter-cultural comics perform, with special guest Shelby Chong. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale,, 480-850-7734.

July 21-August 20
Saturday Night Fever
Fueled by vintage Bee Gee hits, this coming-of-age disco musical tells the iconic story of a kid from Brooklyn who wants to dance his way to a better life. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria,, 623-776-8400.

July 22
Dry Heat Comedy Review
Elayne Boosler – best-known for her thoughtful and feisty political humor and her love of baseball and animals – headlines this show, which features an impressive comic lineup. Hosted by Mike Finney and Mark Cordes, the 20th and final event benefits Hope for the Warriors. 7:30 p.m. $20-$30. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix,, 602-267-1600.

July 23
Laughs for Life
Guests enjoy a cocktail hour, raffles and a stand-up comedy show featuring four comics, with full dinner menu available. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Shanti, which provides housing, behavioral health and rehabilitation services to individuals and families infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. 5 p.m. $10, advance; $15 at the door. House of Comedy, 5350 E. High St., Phoenix,, 602-399-9500.