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Through December 2
Dear Evan Hansen
The Tony Award-winning musical focuses on a high school senior with crippling anxiety who, through a misunderstanding, is thrust into the center of a rapidly evolving controversy and is given the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to be somebody else. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Through December 2
Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End
This touching one-woman comedy is based on the writings of the longtime Valley resident who lampooned life as a mother and housewife in the suburbs in her syndicated newspaper column. Filled with the wit and wisdom of Bombeck herself, the play is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.
Through December 2
This riveting musical tackles love, dysfunction and everything in between as cartoonist Allison Bechdel looks back on her childhood, her father’s suicide and her journey of self-discovery with humor, pathos and wit. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Through December 2
Southwest Shakespeare Company’s fan-favorite actors perform. Call for times. $35. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, swshakespeare.org, 480-435-6868.
Through December 3
Singin’ in the Rain
This lighthearted romantic comedy is set in 1920s Hollywood during the waning days of the silent film era. Filled with a downpour of hits from the iconic title song to “Make ’em Laugh” and “You Are My Lucky Star,” the production is staged by American Theatre Guild (formerly known as Theater League). Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, broadwayorpheum.com, 800-776-7469.
Through December 9
Inherit the Wind
The evolution versus creationism argument takes center stage in this timeless, forever relevant, American courtroom drama that defines our right to freedom of thought and knowledge, and to a society that values diversity and personal beliefs, even when those beliefs differ from our own. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$25. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
Through December 13
Let It Glo
This musical blitz of seasonal favorites – from fruitcake, family get-togethers and a disco chipmunk album to organizing the family photo – is produced by 16 Bars as part of the Lunch Time Theater series. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $7. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
Through December 16
Black Theatre Troupe shares this holiday production, which features a company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivering a powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. Call for times. $38. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.
Through December 24
A Christmas Carol
A lonely penny-pinching malcontent is aided by three spirits who help open his heart to the true meaning of Christmas. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre: through Dec. 24, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181; Scottsdale Musical Theater: Dec. 6-23, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com, 602-909-4215; and Theater Works: Dec. 7-23, Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Through December 29
It’s a Wonderful Life
A guardian angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated small-town businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never been born. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
Through December 29
Miracle on 34th Street
A perennial Christmas classic, the play tells the story of a genuine miracle, as a wave of love spreads through New York City and convinces a cynical single mother and her somber daughter that there really is a Santa Claus. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through December 31
Inspired by the real-life newsboys’ strike of 1899, this Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly rallies his band of underdogs to fight for what’s right. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
The Music Man
Filled with sentiment, nostalgia, humor and romance, this irresistible musical tribute to the power of make-believe is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Call for times and ticket prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, arizonatheatre.org, 520-622-2823. The production moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Jan. 5-27.
Film screening: Jazz (FREE)
Guests enjoy a screening of Ken Burns’ 2001 “soundbreaking” documentary on the most American of art forms: jazz. A lively discussion and Q&A with on-air radio personality Blaise Lantana is included. 7 p.m. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Four beautiful sassy women lose their heads in this irreverent girl-power comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. The play is a co-production with The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre. Call for times. $27. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism
In an unusually jolly mood, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun teaches her students the story of the nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus – in The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $39, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
12 Days of Christmas
Traditional and unique music of the season is woven together with 12 funny and touching holiday tales – from finding the perfect gift and visiting Santa to spending the holiday with “them.” Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12-$30. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
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. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $42-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.
The affable comedian delivers his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around fatherhood, food, laziness and his observations on life, with a huge helping of self-deprecation. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Warren Miller’s Face of Winter
Watch world-class skiers, big-mountain athletes and others carve down the faces of remote mountain ranges in pursuit of a life lived in high places as this film captures the magic of skiing. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
The Tony Award winner shares musings on his 10 years as a U.S. citizen and what it’s like to be an immigrant in today’s America. 7:30 p.m. $55-$80. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
December 11, 18
All Is Calm
Relive an astounding moment in history as All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 recalls the remarkable truce across the trenches between Allied forces and German soldiers. Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $47, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624; and Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., $29-$39, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Community members become the storytellers, poets and musicians at this open-mic event, which begins with a writing/performance workshop. This month’s program focuses on the theme, Ya, I Did That. 6-9 p.m. $5. The Nile Café, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
December 31-February 9
Cash on Delivery
A con artist discovers a loophole in the welfare system and is rewarded quite handsomely – much to the chagrin of his neighbors – in this fast-paced comedy. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.