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Through February 5
Musical Masterpiece

Through February 5
Musical Masterpiece
Animated with a high-energy mix of music and dancing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a comic and colorful journey through the biblical story of young Joseph, who is sold into slavery by his brothers after his father favors him with a gorgeous colored cloak. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

Through February 11
Camelot
This award-winning show tells the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table through an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty and brotherhood. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

Through February 11
Is He Dead?
Unproduced in his own time, this Mark Twain comedy centers on a talented young painter who fakes his death to score fame and fortune. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through February 12
Baskerville
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles before a family curse dooms its newest heir. The fast-paced comedy shows how far from elementary the truth can be. Call for times. Tickets start at $30. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through February 12
Drop Dead
This low-budget play-within-a-play features a motley cast of characters, cheap sets falling apart and slapstick humor, but when the murders and mysteries exceed those in the script, the thespians must save the show and their careers, as well as their lives. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through February 12
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The audience enters the action and becomes the ultimate detective in this hilarious interactive whodunit, which is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ last unfinished novel. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through February 18
We’re No Angels
Three escaped convicts arrive at a French colonial town, however, their plan to steal supplies and clothing from the local store is ruined after they take a liking to the store’s owner, especially his attractive daughter. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through February 26
La Esquinita, USA
An imaginary, financially depressed town in anywhere USA is the scene for this story of love, forgiveness and redemption. Presented by Arizona Theatre Company and starring Rubén C. González, the one-man show weaves the stories of 10 characters from a Mexican barrio as they confront the problems of many modern-day cities. Call for times and ticket prices. Through Feb. 4, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823; and Feb. 9-26, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995, arizonatheatre.org.

Through April 1
Late Nite Catechism
With ruler in hand, the old-school nun is back teaching the guilty her two favorite classes – the original Late Nite Catechism and Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part. The interactive shows are designed for people of all ages and faiths. F-Sa, call for times. $39. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

Through April 18
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Set at a 1958 Springfield High School prom, this musical trip down memory lane focuses on four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts – and voices to match. The production features more than 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

February 1-2
National Geographic Live
Cave diver Kenny Broad shares tales of unbelievable adventures and misadventures, from plunging into subaquatic caves in Cuba to being stranded on a remote island. W, 7:30 p.m., $24-$38, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500; and Th, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.

February 2-3
The Acting Company: X
This world premiere about the assassination of Malcolm X deepens our understanding of one of America’s most complex and compelling historical figures while exploring the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s. 7:30 p.m. $30-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 2-26
Baby Boomer Baby
Stand-up comedian Tommy Koenig parodies the rock stars and politicians that influenced a generation of baby boomers in this entertaining musical flashback. The show includes hilarious impressions and characterizations of U.S. presidents and such icons as The Beatles, Ramones, Eagles, Queen, Billy Joel and Lady Gaga. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.

February 2-March 4
Permanent Collection
This provocative work plays both sides of the race card as author Thomas Gibbons proposes that we look at the possible meaning of what is exhibited in art galleries and museums around the world... and what is not. The show is co-produced by iTheatre Collaborative and ASU West. Call for times and ticket prices. Feb. 2-11, ASU West, 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale; and Feb. 17-March 4, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.

February 3
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 Silence from Germany. 4:30 p.m. $15. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, azfcf.org, 480-488-1090.

February 3-4
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, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

February 3-5
Madama Butterfly
Puccini’s tragic opera tells the story of love and heartbreaking loss between a young Japanese geisha and a charismatic but callous American sailor. The production is staged by Arizona Opera. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, azopera.org, 602-266-7464.

February 3-12
Unnecessary Farce
Set in adjoining bedrooms of a cheap motel, this fast-paced farce focuses on seven fools entangled in a hilarious web of sex, lies and political corruption. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $16-$21, adults; $14-$16, youth. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

February 4
Comedic Legends
George Lopez and D.L. Hughley share the stage. 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $46-$96. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

February 4
Julius Caesar
The Acting Company presents Shakespeare’s timeless political masterpiece, which tackles essential questions about the balance of ambition, personal loyalty and love of country. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $30. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 7-12
Matilda The Musical
Despite being hampered by unscrupulous parents and a cruel headmistress, an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination and sharp mind dares to take a stand against these oppressive forces and takes her destiny into her own hands. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

February 8
Grand Opera Cinema Series
San Francisco Opera brings films of its renowned productions to the Valley. The program gets underway with Puccini’s Tosca. With themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and official hypocrisy, the melodrama set in 1800 is anything but dated. 7 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

February 9, 23
Lunchtime Theater
West Valley Symphony presents a jam session featuring Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg and friends, Feb. 9; and Theater Works shares Sunday in the Park with George, Feb. 23. 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.

February 10
I See You Made an Effort
Best-selling author and actress Annabelle Gurwitch performs this hilarious one-act romp, set on the eve of a 50th birthday. 7:30 p.m. $38. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 10-12
Dirty Dancing
Set in a Catskills resort in the summer of 1963, this nostalgic musical focuses on Baby, an awkward-yet-brave 17-year-old, and Johnny, the macho-yet-tender hotel dance instructor who is as experienced as Baby is naïve. The play features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” The production is staged by Theater League. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $45.25-$82.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, broadwayorpheum.com, 602-262-7272.

February 10-26
Broke-ology
Black Theatre Troupe shares this moving exploration of how time and circumstance – and the hard fact of poverty – can diminish hope, divide loving siblings and threaten to extinguish life itself. Call for times. $36. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-254-2151.

February 11-18
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. Feb. 11, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe; and Feb. 17-18, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Call for times and ticket prices, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

February 12-26
Jewish Film Fest
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebrates 21 years of showcasing the best of Jewish traditions and heritage with a fresh lineup of cinema from seven countries. Films range from defiance and struggle to fun and adventure to laughter and love, with stories that engage both mind and heart. Call for times and ticket prices. Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; Harkins Chandler Fashion 20, 3159 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler; and Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18, 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria, gpjff.org, 602-753-9366.

February 16-March 3
Menopause: The Musical
Set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, this hilarious musical parody focuses on four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra – and hot flashes, forgetfulness, wrinkles, night sweats, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

February 16-April 1
Thoroughly Modern Millie
This toe-tapping musical follows the romance of a small-town girl who takes a job with a large company as a ruse to marry the boss’ son. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

February 17
Arsenio Hall
The stand-up comic is best known for his Emmy Award-winning late night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

February 17-26
Titus Andronicus
Revenge, betrayal, violence and one very disturbing pie make this multisensory production Shakespeare’s goriest tragedy. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $16, adults; $12, seniors; $8, students. ASU Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, filmdancetheatre.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

February 17-March 5
Sunday in the Park with George
Inspired by George Seurat’s famous painting, this poetic masterpiece merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. The production is staged by Theater Works. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

February 18-26
Sedona Film Festival
A concert by Grammy Award-winner Bruce Hornsby opens the 23rd annual Sedona International Film Festival, which includes 160 documentaries, features, shorts and specialty films over nine days. Michael Feinstein takes the stage on the final weekend. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.org, 928-282-1177.

February 19
Billy Crystal
Guests enjoy a hilarious and intimate evening with the stand-up comic turned television star in Spend the Night with Billy Crystal. The artist says the format of the event allows him great freedom to tell stories, show film clips and talk about his life, career and the world as he sees it. 7:30 p.m. $60-$150. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenix.ticketforce.com, 877-840-0457.

February 21
Shaolin Warriors
Representing more than 1,000 years of Chinese martial arts culture, this legendary troupe of more than 20 Kung Fu masters performs unbelievable feats of athleticism that only seem possible in the movies. 7:30 p.m. $20-$40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 23-26
The Magic Flute
Full of charming, magical melodies and fantastic creatures, Mozart’s final masterpiece takes a lighthearted but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom. The beloved tale is staged by Lyric Opera Theatre. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15, adults; $12, seniors; $8, students. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, filmdancetheatre.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

February 23-April 1
Fiddler on the Roof
Rich with Broadway hits, this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and timeless traditions raises its cup to love, life, community and faith in all of its joys and trials. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

February 24
Mark Twain Tonight
Hal Holbrook shares his Tony Award-winning show, which celebrates the humor, satirical wit and timeless observations of one of America’s finest authors. 8 p.m. $30-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 24-March 11
A Few Good Men
This Broadway hit tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients – U.S. Marines accused of murder. 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, zaotheater.com, 480-924-5122.

February 24-March 11
Photograph 51
Southwest Shakespeare Company presents the story of a college researcher whose 1950s work just missed coming to grips with DNA. The play brings together the drama of the lab and the rise of women in science with the high-tension search for breakthroughs that indeed do change lives. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

February 24-March 12
Storefront Church
The three great American institutions – business, religion and politics – collide in this engaging, humorous new play by John Patrick Stanley. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

February 25
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. $49.50-$125. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 25
Jeff Dunham
One of the most successful comics in the business, the ventriloquist and his troupe of hilariously devilish partners – Walter, Achmed, Bubba J, Peanut and José Jalapeño – share the stage as the Perfectly Unbalanced tour makes a stop in the Valley. 5 p.m. $44.50-$46.50. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 25
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Four redneck gas station attendants and two waitresses at the Double Cupp diner next door trade jokes and songs as they go about their simple lives off Highway 57. 7:30 p.m. $44-$64. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.

February 25-26
Riders of the Purple Stage
Arizona Opera presents this world premiere, which is based on Zane Grey’s Western novel of the same name and features scenery designed by Arizona artist Ed Mell. The production follows the dramatic story of the faithful Jane Withersteen and a mysterious gunfighter with a troubled past. Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, azopera.org, 520-293-4336. The performance moves to Symphony Hall, Phoenix, March 3-5.

February 25-26
The 7 Fingers
The high-flying Montreal-based troupe presents Cuisine & Confessions. Set in an iconic kitchen, the performance brings together traditional circus arts and pulsating music while evoking the joy and powerful memories associated with cooking – the touch of hands in batter, the smell of cookies baking, the taste of roasted oregano – leading us through a span of times and countries. Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.