Theatre & Drama

THEATER & DRAMA

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Through February 4
Night of the Chicken
A sassy teen experiences awkward chicken-like symptoms after an accident in the Ronald Reagan junior high science lab. The offbeat horror comedy is presented in the style of a live radio play with onstage sound effects. F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15, adults; $10, children. Space 55, 1524 N. 18th Ave., Phoenix, space55.org.

Through February 4
Trying
Based on the author’s experience during the late 1960s when she worked for Francis Biddle – attorney general of the U.S. during World War II and chief judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg – the play is about a young Canadian girl and an old Philadelphia aristocrat, “trying” to understand each other in what Biddle knows is the final year of his life. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

Through February 10
See How They Run
Outrage erupts in a small English town when a former actress marries the local reverend. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through February 10
Show Boat
Passions run high on the mighty Mississippi River as the paddle-steamer Cotton Blossom sets sail in the 1920s. The story of love, loyalty and freedom features memorable songs of the era, including “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (of Mine).” Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

Through February 11
Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story
This joyous hit tells the story of the rock legend’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves, until his tragic death two years later on “the day the music died.” The show features more than 20 of Holly’s greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday” and “Oh Boy.” Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

Through February 11
It’s Only a Play
A celebration of theater at its best and theater people at their not-so-best, the show takes place at an opening-night party as the wealthy producer, the show’s aging starlet, the director and the drama critic anxiously await the late-night newspaper reviews. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through February 11
Spamalot
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the play retells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through February 25
Hamilton
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues and Broadway, this revolutionary musical features a cast of non-white actors to tell the story of the founding of America in a way that looks very different from conventional textbooks. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

Through February 25
WaistWatchers The Musical
Be prepared to laugh off a few pounds as this musical comedy takes a hilarious and lighthearted look at four “over-40-something” women as they dish on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love and sex. W, Su, 2 p.m.; Th, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $50-$58. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, waistwatchersthemusical.com, 602-252-8497.

Through March 4
Outside Mullingar
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. Through Feb. 10, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823; and Feb. 15-March 4, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995, arizonatheatre.org. Call for times and ticket prices.

Through March 4
Verdict
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 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 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.

February 2
The Gentleman Doc Holliday
Meet the man, not the myth, as the contemporary Wyatt Earp portrays his famous relative. Set in a Denver jail cell, the play chronicles the West’s most famous dentist and his journey from one who heals to one who kills. 7:30 p.m. $18-$25. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.

February 2-3
Lovey-Dovey 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. Night Shade Shadow Theater 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.

February 2-4
Assisted Living: The Musical
Forget about everything your granny told you about assisted living – 21st century seniors are partying like it’s 1969 in this hilarious musical, which sheds light and laughter on senior romance, internet dating, memory glitches and the pain, joy and unique aspects of moving to senior communities. The show is for everyone who is aging, or hopes to do so someday. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. $33. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 2-4
Candide
When a young man sets off to explore the world after the loss of his fiancee, he and his companions are beset by an endless series of comedic disasters. The fast-paced, funny and philosophical production is staged by Arizona Opera. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, azopera.org, 602-266-7464.

February 2-10
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. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 3, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa; and Feb. 10, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Call for ticket prices, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

February 2-11
Driving Miss Daisy
Desert Foothills Theater presents this warm-hearted, humorous and sometimes gritty story, which centers on the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken African-American man. Call for times. $30-$46. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

February 2-18
Mad Gravity
This philosophical comedy focuses on two Dada performance artists who have built a theater in their living room and act out their lives every night before a live audience. Tonight’s theater concerns their teenage daughter and the bickering that ensues with the introduction of her high school sweetheart’s conservative middle-class parents. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2:30 p.m. $15. Mesa Encore Theatre, 933 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-644-6500.

February 2-25
Hand to God
A co-production with Stray Cat Theatre, this fast-paced irreverent comedy is about love, grief and what it means to be human. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

February 6
PostSecret: The Show
Learn the secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog – which became six best-selling books – in this immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. 7:30 p.m. $46. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 7
Deadliest Lifesavers
The biomedical scientist collects and researches the deadliest snake, scorpion and jellyfish venoms for medical innovation – venoms that target vital life functions and thus could be the blueprint of novel medications. See for yourself in this National Geographic Live presentation, which focuses on Takacs’ travels to 155 countries where he has survived charging elephants, pirated waters and a series of snake bites. 7:30 p.m. $26-$40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 8
Wordplay Café
Community members become the storytellers, poets and musicians at this open-mic event, which begins with a workshop led by professional storytellers and poets. 6-9 p.m. Volstead Public House, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 8-17
Curses, Foiled Again!
Audiences love to hate the villain, cheer the hero and sigh over the heroine in this old-fashioned melodrama staged by Zao Theater. Call for times. $14-$22. Centerstage Church, 550 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction, zaotheater.com, 480-924-5122.

February 9
Jerry Seinfeld
The face of one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, the stand-up comedian is known for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 9-18
Six Stories Tall
A vibrant collection of hip-hop fairy tales – from mermaids and monsters to Batman and a world painted purple – the production celebrates urban culture through dance, music and storytelling. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$16. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

February 9-18
The Wedding Singer
New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer is the life of the party until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, the hopeless romantic makes every wedding as disastrous as his own as he faces the highs and lows of being in love in the ’80s. The production is staged by Scottsdale Community Players. Call for times and ticket prices. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.


February 9-25
Lines in the Dust
Questioning how far we’ve come in matters of race and class – and more importantly, where do we go from here – this Black Theatre Troupe production probes the sensitive topics of integration, racial privilege and school zoning manipulation. Call for times and ticket prices. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

February 10
Pod Save America
Co-hosted by Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Jon Lovett, Daniel Pfeiffer and special guests, the liberal political podcast is a live, no-nonsense conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 11
Silent Sundays
This popular series re-creates the movie-going experience of the early 20th century, with musical accompaniment on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ by Brett Valliant. This month’s showing on the silver screen is Seven Chances, a comedy starring Buster Keaton. 2:30 p.m. $20, adults; $15, students; free, children 11 and younger. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, silentsundays.vots-atos.org, 877-840-0457.

February 11-25
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
The festival celebrates 22 years of showcasing the best of Jewish traditions and heritage with a fresh lineup of cinema from 10 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 Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe; and Harkins Park West 14, 9804 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, gpjff.org, 602-753-9366.

February 13
A Date with John Waters
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “The Pope of Trash” and his trademark mustache return to Scottsdale for a night of irreverence and adults-only comedy. The best-selling author is celebrated for his now-classic cult movies, including Pink Flamingos, Polyester and Hairspray. 7:30 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

February 13
National Geographic Live
Known for breaking through barriers and revealing hidden societies, veteran photographer Jodi Cobb shares fascinating glimpses of a career that has spanned the globe, from rock ’n’ roll counterculture to Japan’s secret Geisha customs in Stranger in a Strange Land. 7:30 p.m. $33-$43. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.

February 14
Fancifool!
Ananda Bena-Weber embodies a diverse assortment of comic and sympathetic characters, touching the heart while simultaneously revealing the humorous side of modern life and love in New York City. 7:30 p.m. $22-$30. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.

February 14-March 4
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.

February 15-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.

February 16-18
Kinky Boots
Featuring songs by Cyndi Lauper, this joyous high-heeled hit is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. The heartwarming 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.

February 16-25
The Flick
A hilarious and moving parable of our times, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama peers behind the scenes of a rundown Massachusetts movie theater where three employees struggle with friendship, heartbreak and betrayal. Th-Sa, 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $5-$10. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.


February 16-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 star 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.

February 16-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.

February 18
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Revered for his abundant charisma, the witty funnyman shares his larger-than-life persona as his One Show Fits All tour makes a stop in the Valley. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

February 21
Grand Opera Cinema Series
Bringing films of its renowned productions to the Valley, San Francisco Opera presents The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. 7:30 p.m. $15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

February 22-25
The Breasts of Tirésias
Lyric Opera Theatre presents this absurdist romp through a turbulent relationship. Beginning with a feminist revolt in which Therese changes herself into a man and her husband into a woman, this gender-fluid opera ends with a poignant message of peace to a country ravaged by war. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su 2 p.m. $8-$21. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

February 23-March 10
Screenplay Reading
“Walt Disney” reads a screenplay he wrote about his last days on earth, about a city he’s going to build that’s going to change the world. 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.

February 23-March 25
Hair
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 its 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.

February 23-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.

February 24
Bill Maher
The comedian and host of Politically Incorrect is known for his sarcastic attitude, political satire and sociopolitical commentary, targeting such topics as religion, politics, bureaucracy, political correctness and the mass media. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 24-March 4
Sedona International Film Festival
The 24th annual film festival includes 150 films, from narrative features to documentaries to shorts. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.org, 928-282-1177.