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Through March 4
A Chorus Line
Theater Works shares this celebration of the unsung heroes of musical theater – chorus dancers, who are valiant, over-dedicated, underpaid and highly trained troopers that back up the stars and often make them look more talented than they are. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Through March 4
Space 55 presents this Phoenix premiere of the controversial play, which focuses on the fight to decide the future of baby Luna. F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$20. Space 55 Theatre, 1524 N. 18th Ave., Phoenix, space55.org.
Through March 4
This romantic comedy set in rural Ireland focuses on lovelorn farmers who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. Presented by Arizona Theatre Co., the tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.
Through March 4
Sedona International Film Festival
The 24th annual film festival includes 150 films, from narrative features to documentaries to shorts, along with presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jane Alexander. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.org, 928-282-1177.
Through March 4
This 1958 play by Agatha Christie tells a story of love and idealism as it follows a brilliant professor, his invalid wife who is suffering from a progressive disease and the tensions that rise when a cousin moves in to care for her. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through March 10
Presented by iTheatre Collaborative, this bold and unflinching portrait of the man behind the legend is a public reading of an unproduced screenplay about the death of Walt Disney. Th-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.
Through March 10
Sense and Sensibility
Based on the novel by Jane Austen, this Southwest Shakespeare Co. production tells the story of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, whose lives have been thrown into disarray by the untimely death of their father. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.
Through March 18
The Boob Show
Balancing levity with tough truths and heart with humor, this uplifting comedic musical celebrates women – and their breasts. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Through March 24
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 (Fridays) and Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part (Saturdays). The interactive shows are designed for people of all ages and faiths. 8 p.m. $39. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Through March 25
Experience the counterculture of the ’60s in all its psychedelic and bell-bottomed glory as a tribe of hippies in New York’s Central Park lets down their gleaming, streaming, long beautiful hair. The musical includes such unforgettable songs as “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In” and “Good Morning, Starshine.” Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through March 25
13 The Musical
Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending bar mitzvah and navigates the complicated perils of middle school. Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through March 31
No, No, Nanette
Featuring plenty of deception, romantic mishaps and comical misunderstandings, this lighthearted romp involves three couples sharing a cottage in Atlantic City in the midst of a blackmail scheme. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through April 17
Life Could Be a Dream
A fledgling doo-wop group is headed for fame and fortune by trying to win a local radio contest. The jukebox musical features such ’60s hits as “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel” and “Unchained Melody.” Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle
Steve Carroll stars in this one-man play about the first pilot ever to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. 7:30 p.m. $26-$42. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, higleycenter.org, 480-279-7194.
Into the Woods
Classic fairy tales are interwoven throughout this funny and poignant musical exploration of parenting, adolescence and community. The production is staged by Xavier/Brophy Theatre. Th-F, 7 p.m.; and Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $10. Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, xcp.org, 602-240-3161.
Springy-Flingy 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. Hunter Marionettes is guest artist. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Set in the 1950s, the play takes a compelling look at the ever-changing relationship between an artist and his creations. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
Always… Patsy Cline
Featuring unforgettable hits from the Patsy Cline songbook, including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walking After Midnight,” the musical brings to life the story of the singer’s friendship with a Houston housewife. 7:30 p.m. $36-$48. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
The Barber of Seville
Filled with twists and turns, mistaken identities and the triumph of young love, this comic opera surrounds Count Almaviva, who enlists the crafty barber Figaro in his desire to win the beautiful Rosina. The masterpiece by Rossini is brought to vivid life by Arizona Opera. March 3-4, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336; and March 9-11, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464, azopera.org.
Battle of the Sexes
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up comedy, blending funny domestic tales with retro stand-up, covering everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Th-F, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
March 7-April 8
Million Dollar Quartet
The jukebox musical brings to life an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, and its irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayals and celebrations. The production features a score of timeless hits, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Hound Dog.” Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Cirque du Soleil meets the ice as world-class skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity, challenging the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics. Call for times and ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
March 8-April 28
It Happened One Night
A pampered socialite is sequestered on a yacht by her father who disapproves of her marriage to a famous aviator. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
Festival of New American Theater
Playwrights, composers and lyricists showcase original works in their early stages of development. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic death of the mother’s son. The play is presented by Stray Cat Theatre. Call for times. $25. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.
A schoolteacher struggles to lift the curse of stupidity placed on the citizens of a fictitious Russian village during the late 19th century in this Neil Simon comedy. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Live from Here with Chris Thile
Guests enjoy a live broadcast of the music and variety radio show, previously known as A Prairie Home Companion. 3:45 p.m. Call for ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Low Down Dirty Blues
This sizzling revue shows how veteran blues folks unwind after a night of performing as they gather in a Chicago bar after-hours to swap stories and songs filled with passion, soul and the bawdier side of the blues. The jukebox musical is presented 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 production moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, April 5-22.
March 13, 27
Mixing Hollywood flair with an element of surprise, guests arrive not knowing in advance what will be showing at this sneak-preview film series, which screens award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical release. Moderated conversations led by film scholars and guest speakers are included. 7 p.m. $14. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Grand Opera Cinema Series
Bringing films of its renowned productions to the Valley, San Francisco Opera presents Norma. 7:30 p.m. $15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
A Chorus Line
A demanding director puts his singers and dancers through a grueling audition process as they bare their souls and put it all on the line for a chance at a Broadway show. A “singular sensation,” the Tony Award-winning musical is presented by Theater League. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, broadwayorpheum.com, 602-262-7272.
March 16-April 8
6 Rms Riv Vu
Deriving its name from shorthand used by realtors in classified advertising, this comedy-drama focuses on a married advertising copywriter and a discontented housewife who meet when they respond to a newspaper ad for a river-view apartment. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Musical Thrones: A Parody
Hold onto your swords as bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up the notorious violence, power struggles, manipulation and sex, plus – worse yet – a ballad or two from the hit TV series, Game of Thrones. 7 p.m. $38-$58. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Phoenix Lights Documentary
Celebrate the 21st anniversary of the historic and still unexplained March 1997 mass UFO sighting in Arizona at a special screening of the award-winning documentary. The program includes a book signing and question-and-answer session. 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Harkins Theatres Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, thephoenixlights.net, 480-948-6555.
S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Take a Real Stage is a live curated performance featuring eight local female survivors of all types of cancers, each sharing her story of how she has taken her life back after the disease – sometimes humorous, sometimes irreverent, always inspiring. In addition to celebrating the courage of survivors, the program encourages the audience to create their own second acts, regardless of what their life challenge may be, and also raises funds to assist other female survivors to follow their dreams. 3 p.m. $22. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, a2ndact.org, 833-226-3228.
The King and I
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher, who the modernist king (in an imperialistic world) brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Cesar Millan Live
The “dog whisperer” demonstrates his training techniques with multiple dogs from local rescues, revealing the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their beloved canines in this live stage show. 7:30 p.m. $24-$42. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Wordplay Café Story Slam
The open-mic series culminates with a stage show featuring storytellers, poets and musicians. 7:30 p.m. $10. Volstead Public House, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The Fairy Queen
Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, takes a musical twist as the stories of the fairies that inhabit the forest come to life in this adaptation by Lyric Opera Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $8. Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden at ASU Biodesign Institute, 1001 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
March 23-April 7
Henry IV, Part I
Southwest Shakespeare Co. presents what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most loved history play, as audiences meet Henry, Prince Hal and Falstaff, one of the Bard’s most iconic characters. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.
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 p.m. and 8 p.m. $45-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.
Witness the impossible as Adam Trent, one of the original cast members of the top-selling magic show, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this 90-minute spectacle. 7:30 p.m. $38-$58. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
March 30-April 15
This goofy musical hit tells the heavenly story of The Plaids, a classic 1950s all-male singing group that returns from the afterlife to perform the show they never got to when they were alive. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
March 30-April 15
In the Heights
This Tony Award-winning play about chasing your dreams and finding your true home focuses on a young store owner in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, who watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tightknit community as they pass through his bodega. The play is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. Call for times. $16-$35.50. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.