Through January 29
Cooking with the Calamari Sisters
Hilarity and delicious dishes are on tap as two over-the-top plus-size Italian sisters from Brooklyn sing, dance, joke and laugh through a very special cooking lesson. Th, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $45-$65. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
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.
Guys and Dolls
Set against the fast-moving highlights and lowlife of New York City in the 1940s, this romantic fable focuses on high-rolling gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. The production is staged by Scottsdale Musical Theater Co. Call for times $32-$42. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com, 602-909-4215.
Master hypnotist Asad Mecci stars in this high-energy, action-packed comedy/hypnosis show. 7:30 p.m. $21-$42. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, higleycenter.org, 480-279-7194.
New Year’s 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.
This funny and poignant tale focuses on what could have been, of friendship sustained through the years and an affirmation of the adage that first love is the hardest to forget. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
The Fox on the Fairway
Just in time for the Phoenix Open, this madcap adventure about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with golf pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. The hilarious 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.
Fiddler on the Roof
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. The production 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.
January 6-February 12
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.
January 6-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, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
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, as Doc likes to put it, “one who heals to one who keals (kills).” 7:30 p.m. $25. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, higleycenter.org, 480-279-7194.
An Evening with Don Bluth
The director/producer shares 50 years of behind-the-scenes stories from his illustrious career working alongside some of the best performers, directors and producers in the film and music industry, including Michael Jackson, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and more. A question-and-answer session is included. 7 p.m. $100. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
I Do Disability, Don’t You?!
Theatre360, formerly Improbable Theatre Company, shares personal stories about experiences with disabilities. The Lunch Time Theater program is sure to cause some laughs, some tears, some joy, but most of all an appreciation and understanding of what we all experience – being human. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
January 12, 19
Phoenix Opera performs, Jan. 12; and Theater Works presents 3 No Trump, Jan. 19. 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.
Compass Players presents this comedy about an irresistible dog that totally seduces the attention and affection of a hard-working middle-class husband, much to the chagrin of his wife. Call for times. $27, adults; $24, seniors and students. Theater Works, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
January 12-February 18
Life changes for the better when a spunky Depression-era orphan and her clever canine meet and win the heart of billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks in “Annie.” Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
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 Jack Strong from Poland. 4:30 p.m. $15. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, azfcf.org, 480-488-1090.
The classic musical about never giving up hope is back, with such memorable scores as “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. $35-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Saturday Night Fever
Fueled by vintage Bee Gees hits, this coming-of-age disco fantasy tells the iconic story of Tony – the kid from Brooklyn – who wants to dance his way to a better 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. $35.25-$82.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, broadwayorpheum.com, 602-262-7272.
Southwest Shakespeare Company presents Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing in rotating repertory. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.
Inspired by true events, this thought-provoking comedy asks vital questions about what makes art, or people, authentic. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
3 No Trump
Told with humor and heart, this world-premiere comedy about cards and enduring friendship focuses on ordinary women with an extraordinary devotion to each other and the game of bridge. 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.
January 13-February 11
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.
January 13-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.
January 14-February 4
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. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, arizonatheatre.org, 520-622-2823. The production moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Feb. 9-26.
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. $17. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Seven world-renowned illusionists present a powerful mix of sophisticated and hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and astonishing acts of wonder, including grand illusion, levitation, mind reading, disappearance and a full-view water torture escape. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
January 17-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.
The award-winning comedian and writer shares her signature blend of comedy, complemented by singing and countless applications of lipstick in Miranda Sings Live… You’re Welcome. 8 p.m. $35.50-$71. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
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. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.
January 20-February 5
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.
Oh My Gad!
Often referred to as “the Jerry Seinfeld of France,” Moroccan-born Frenchman Gad Elmaleh brings his hilarious stand-up act to the Valley. The show is built upon jokes that made him famous overseas, plus new observations from a foreigner adapting to life in the U.S. 8 p.m. $30-$45. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, ticketfly.com, 602-716-2222.
January 25-February 12
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 and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
True Stories Told Live
Dedicated to the art and craft of simple, old-fashioned storytelling, The Moth presents an evening of humorous and heartbreaking tales told with honesty, bravery and wit. 8 p.m. $35-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The production combines music, theater, puppetry, instrument making and scenic design to paint an allegory on time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. 7 p.m. $20, adults; $10, students. ASU Galvin Playhouse, 50 E. 10th St., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Shakespeare’s timeless political masterpiece tackles essential questions about the balance of ambition, personal loyalty and love of country. 7 p.m. $25. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.