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Through April 2
Featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter, this tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications that ensue is filled with madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Call for times. $18-$28. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through April 3
The Adding Machine
Space 55 presents this classic expressionist tale about an accountant who gets replaced by a machine and is driven into a murderous rage. Call for times. $15-$18. Space 55 Theatre, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, space55.org.
Through April 3
Fiddler on the Roof
The Tony Award-winning musical chronicles the trials of a Jewish milkman and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through April 3
A Legend Reborn
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill provides a riveting portrait of a gifted musician, shaped by pain and anguish. From the bandstand of a seedy Philadelphia bar, just four months before her tragic and premature death, Billie Holiday mesmerizes one of her last audiences with a collection of her best-known music interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Through April 3
She Kills Monsters
To rediscover the younger sister she lost to a tragic car accident, Agnes must embark on a quest into the deepest, darkest geekdom in this action-packed ’90s-themed romp through the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons. The production is staged by ASU Theatre. Call for times. $8-$16. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
Through April 9
Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities and misdirected passions offers a touchingly human celebration of the delights and agonies of love, pride and celebration. The play is presented by Southwest Shakespeare Co. Call for times. $12.50-$44. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.
Through April 17
Of Mice and Men
Classic and controversial, this touching John Steinbeck tale of friendship and tragedy focuses on two displaced migrant ranch workers who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression. The play 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.
Through April 19
The Andrews Brothers
Mistaken identities and madcap adventures abound as a USO show is threatened with cancellation when a certain famous trio of sisters fails to appear. Now it’s up to three earnest and determined stagehands to go on with the show. 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.
Expect the unexpected as this adults-only event brings together cutting-edge 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.
Opening appropriately on April Fools’ Day, this farcical opera focuses on an old, large and lecherous knight who can’t resist the ladies. But the clever women plot to put an end to his advances once and for all. The production is staged by Arizona Opera. Call for times and ticket prices. April 1-3, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and April 9-10, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church St., Tucson, 520-293-4336, azopera.org.
Play It Again, Sam
A neurotic film critic, who has just been dumped by his wife, is desperate to connect with another woman and dreams of a really big romance. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
This red-hot musical revue showcases classic rock ’n’ roll hits by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, including “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion #9,” “On Broadway” and “Yakety Yak.” The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $16-$32.50. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
We’ve Been Thinking Tour
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy reunite, with each comedian delivering new material before coming together on stage for a hilarious encore. 7:30 p.m. $54.75. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
This song-and-dance extravaganza tells the story of a humble chorus girl who becomes an overnight success when she steps into the limelight on short notice to replace the injured leading lady. The Tony Award-winning musical includes such memorable songs as “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “Dames” and, of course, “42nd Street.” Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Grand Opera Cinema Series
San Francisco Opera brings films of its renowned productions to the Valley. The program continues with Cinderella starring Karine Deshayes as the gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. 7 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
April 6-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.
April 7-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.
Known for her impeccable timing, the stand-up comic uses her trademark sharp humor to take on politics, family and American culture. 7:30 p.m. $35-$45. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
The stand-up comedian who got his start as a contestant on Star Search shares his spirited views on family life and daily tribulations. 8 p.m. $33-$72. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
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. New films are featured each month, with multiple screenings on select weekends. Call for times. $7. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Set in a Georgia fishing lodge, this comedy revolves around a “foreigner” who finds himself privy to assorted secrets, scandals and sinister plans freely discussed in front of him by the other visitors. The production is staged by Zāo Theater. Call for times and ticket prices. Centerstage Church, 3700 E. 16th Ave., Apache Junction, zaotheater.com, 480-924-5122.
Black Pearl Sings
Presented by Black Theatre Troupe, this powerful play tells the Depression-era story of a gifted singer stuck in a Texas prison and the Library of Congress song collector who is spellbound by her beautiful voice and unbreakable spirit. Call for times. $38. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.
This hilarious farce revolves around a Casanova living in Paris who juggles relationships with three flight attendants — each of whom believes she is his only girl. All goes well until the airlines decide to change their schedules. 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.
Regret and sibling rivalry fan the flames of laughter in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which is presented by Theater Works. Call for times. $36, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
The Outgoing Tide
Set in a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, this poignant and surprisingly funny family drama explores the ebb and flow of a family dynamic while offering a straight-talking, unpretentious meditation on Alzheimer’s disease and end-of-life suffering. Call for times. $10-$20. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
April 8-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.
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. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, arizonatheatre.org, 520-622-2823. The play moves to Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995, May 5-29.
Active in comedy circles since 1979, the sharp-tongued stand-up comedian is also a well-known TV host, social and political commentator, and author. Maher doesn’t believe in soft blows or mincing words; his comedy is head-on and often deals with the inflammatory subjects of religion and politics. 8 p.m. $41-$98. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Spoken Word Series III
Poetry meets movement and sound in this performance featuring Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez and Alyesha Wise. 8 p.m. $11. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
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.
The celebrity impersonators share dead-on impressions of Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Cher, Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley and more. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Described as “a love letter to musical comedy,” this Lyric Opera Theatre production reminisces about the song-and-dance musicals of yesteryear. Call for times. $8-$21. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
Splatter paintings are a grisly metaphor in this world premiere by ASU playwright John Perovich about art, abuse and revealing the unseen. Call for times. $8-$16. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
April 15-May 1
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.
April 15-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.
April 16, 30
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. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.
Pull up a chair and whet your whistle as National Theatre of Scotland presents The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. Featuring limited seating onstage in a Scottish pub setting, the interactive theater experience focuses on a dreamlike journey of self-discovery for an uptight academic who sets off to attend a conference in Kelso on the Scottish borders. W-Th, 7:30 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Su, 2 p.m. $39. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Jokes ’n’ Pollock
This finale of the SMoCA Lounge stand-up series looks at the lighter side of contemporary art. 7 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
April 29-May 22
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.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a reading and book signing with the best-selling author and public radio personality, known for his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques. 8 p.m. $29-$69. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 877-840-0457.