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Through August 6
C Is for Clown
Old-fashioned laughs, witty banter and maybe a pratfall or two are on tap as Pandanda Players teaches the audience the difference between a clown and a fool while sharing highlights from some of Shakespeare’s funniest characters. The production is staged as part of the Lunch Time Theater series. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
Through August 9
The Ballad of Buzzard Basin
When the town drunk Skragg Mudd dies, the fun begins in the Old West town of Buzzard Basin. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through August 9
The make-love-not-war mantra of the turbulent ’60s is revisited in this graphic, award-winning rock musical, which follows a group of charismatic, free-spirited young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through August 9
An ambitious blonde crosses the country on a mission to find love at Harvard Law School in this colorful, girl-power musical. Through trials, both literal and figurative, and hilarious songs including “Whipped Into Shape” and “Take It Like a Man,” this pretty-in-pink sorority sister shows the world she is no dumb blonde. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
August 8, 29
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Let’s do the time warp – with Broadway Bound and Gagged, a Rocky Horror shadow cast. 10:30 p.m. $10. AMC Deer Valley 30, 3033 W. Agua Fria Fwy., Phoenix, broadwayboundandgagged.com.
Life and Limb
Three combination dancers/storytellers intertwine narrative with myth, and dance with theater in this story about innocence, trial, risk, love, strength, transcendence and life. Presented by Transformative Arts Productions, the show is staged as part of the Lunch Time Theater series. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
August 13-September 19
Set on a tropical island during World War II, this Broadway classic tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Th-Sa, 7 p.m. $23, adults; $18, seniors and students; $15, children 12 and younger. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
Boasting one show-stopping number after another – like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You” – this lighthearted musical drama traces the rise of legendary burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee under the unscrupulous eye of her larger-than-life mother, Mama Rose. The production is staged by Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $27-$42. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com, 602-909-4215.
This romantic triangle is about a dog, the couple who adopts her and the comedy that results. The street-smart lab/poodle mix promptly becomes a bone of contention between the couple, testing their marriage with hilarious and touching moments. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
August 21-September 20
Legally Blonde Jr.
On a mission to pursue her dreams of getting a law degree, a pretty-in-pink sorority sister takes on stereotypes, snobbery, scandal and even a huge court case. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
August 26-October 4
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. This high-flying musical tells the story of how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Hunger is No Joke
Brent Morin, who stars as a bar owner who is in over his head in the NBC comedy Undateable, entertains at this fundraiser. The first 75 guests who donate five nonperishable food items receive free admission as this second annual summer comedy series benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, tempeimprov.com, 480-921-9877.
Some Enchanted Evening
Musical numbers and scenes from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific highlight this fundraising gala. A silent auction is included. 7 p.m. $100. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
August 28-September 20
Complete with mistaken identities, millions in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair, this silly musical farce revolves around an unassuming shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on vacation in Monte Carlo in order to gain a large inheritance. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.