Theatre & Drama

THEATER & DRAMA

Group Free

Through October 1
The Bartered Bride
Lyric Opera Theatre presents this delightful comedy, which pits the machinations of an Old World matchmaker against two young lovers, with results that are both touching and hilarious. W-Th and 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.

Through October 1
Caroline, or Change
Black Theatre Troupe stages this provocative story about a black maid serving a Jewish household. Set in 1963 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the musical combines gospel and the sounds of Motown with operatic stylings while taking a look at political change, social change and pocket change. Call for times and ticket prices. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

Through October 1
T.J. Miller
The standup comedian, actor, producer and writer is known for his roles in Silicon Valley, Deadpool 1 (and soon Deadpool 2), Office Christmas Party and How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2. Th, 7:30 p.m.; F, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Sa, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Su, 7 p.m. $29.50. House of Comedy, 5350 E. High St., Phoenix, houseofcomedy.net, 480-420-3553.

Through October 7
Musical Masterpiece
The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through October 8
Barefoot in the Park
A newlywed couple moves into a New York apartment and must contend with a quirky neighbor and a nosy mother-in-law in this Neil Simon comedy. Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors and students. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through October 15
Mamma Mia!
The ultimate feel-good show combines ABBA’s greatest hits – including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper” and “Take a Chance on Me” – with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Call for times. Tickets start at $29. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through November 4
She Loves Me
Two feuding perfume clerks have no idea they are in love with each other in this warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of Old World elegance. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through November 12
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Phoenix Theatre and A/C Theatre Co. team up to present this rock musical about a fictional rock ’n’ roll band fronted by a bawdy, East German, transgender singer. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through November 14
Kiss and Tell
Two teenage girls cause their respective parents much concern when they start to become interested in boys and sell kisses for charity at the USO bazaar. The 1940s riotous romp entangles a family feud, a secret marriage and a madcap dose of mistaken identity. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

October 1, 8
Film Screenings (FREE)
Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, Oct. 1, is a stirring documentary that demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it; and The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith, Oct. 8, showcases the images and sounds of a dilapidated New York City loft where dozens of jazz musicians jammed night after night, as captured by the former LIFE magazine photographer between 1957 and 1965. 2 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

October 4
Martial Artists & Acrobats
Known for its novelty and superior skills, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, thrills audiences around the world with its daring feats of gymnastics, kung fu, trick cycling, juggling, tumbling, balance and more. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

October 5-22
Chapter Two
Arizona Theatre Co. presents Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy, which mixes laughter with heartache as a recently widowed writer and a newly divorced soap opera actress begin a whirlwind romance. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.

October 5-November 5
Hairspray
A big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart wins a spot on a local TV dance program and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. The family-friendly show is piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and great tunes. Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors and students. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

October 6
Disney Retro Slide Show
Charles Phoenix – a pop culture humorist, historian, author and chef whose work explores and celebrates 1950s and ’60s kitsch and Americana – shares the early days and backstories of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland. 7:30 p.m. $28-$38. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.

October 6-24
Depend on Me
This dark comedy explores the struggles and strains of conflicting personalities in a roommate and friendship, and the dark depths people can plunge to in order to feel needed. Call for times and ticket prices. Brelby Theatre Co., 7154 N. 58th Dr., Glendale, brelby.com, 623-282-2781.

October 7
The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less and record a live version of Ask The Minimalists for their weekly podcast as their Less Is Now Tour makes a stop in the Valley. 7:30 p.m. $27-$87. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

October 7-15
The Addams Family
The ultimate princess of darkness, Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love with a “normal” boy in this ghoulishly fun musical, which is presented by Desert Foothills Theater. Call for times. $14-$21. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

October 10, 24
Talk Cinema
Mixing Hollywood flair with an element of surprise, this sneak-preview film series screens award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical release, with guests not knowing in advance what will be showing. Moderated conversations led by film scholars and guest speakers are included. 7 p.m. $15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

October 12-November 25
Meet Me in St. Louis
It’s turn-of-the-century St. Louis, the World’s Fair is coming and so is a world of change for the Smith family as this musical places the spotlight on picture-postcard Americana and youthful romance. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

October 13
Chris Tucker
Best known for playing the role of Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series, the beloved funnyman shares his comedic chops. 8 p.m. $31-$116. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

October 13-22
The Nether
A young detective faces off against the creator of a virtual world that offers a disturbing brand of entertainment in this near-future, sci-fi thriller. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$16. ASU Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

October 13-28
Three Musketeers
One of the most celebrated historical romances ever written, Alexandre Dumas’ famous tale is a swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s. Presented by Southwest Shakespeare Co., the piece is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal and suspense. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

October 13-29
The Bard in a New Light
A fast-paced hilarious romp through the fields of Shakespeare, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has something for everyone, and you don’t have to be a Shakespearean scholar to get it. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $18-$35. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

October 13-29
Frankenstein
Set in 19th-century Switzerland, this classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of young Dr. Frankenstein. Staged by Theater Works, the production blends moments of brooding terror and sudden shock with questions of morality and the dangers of unrestrained scientific inquiry. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

October 13-November 5
Switzerland
The boundaries of fiction and reality are tested in this psychological thriller, which centers around a grande dame of literature who lives with an impressive collection of books and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

October 13-November 11
Man of La Mancha
This passionate and poignant tale-within-a-tale focuses on a man who, against all odds, sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

October 15-22
Hercules vs. Vampires
Arizona Opera opens its season with this film and live music hybrid, which combines a campy 1960s technicolor classic projected above a live orchestra and singers performing the music to an original new score. Oct. 15, 2 p.m., Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., Tucson, 520-293-4336; and Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.; and Oct. 22, 2 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464, azopera.org.

October 18
National Geographic Live!
Astronaut Terry Virts presents View from Above, sharing his experiences as commander of the International Space Station, where he took more photographs than any astronaut who came before him. 7:30 p.m. $26-$40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

October 20-November 4
Building the Wall
This provocative piece is set in the near future and deals with one of the most talked about topics of the past election. In a time when campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, the iTheatre Collaborative production reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.

October 20-November 19
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
A poignant study of a family torn by internal conflicts, the play takes place in the early 1920s in a small Oklahoma town. Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors and students. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

October 21
Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
A cosmic adventure about celebrating differences, this Lightwire Theater production is a unique combination of art, theater and technology as custom costumes made of glowing neon wire are controlled by performers in complete darkness. 11 a.m. $19-$29, adults; $9, children 12 and younger. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

October 21
Six Feet Under
Phoenix-based Gaslight Circus troupe presents this seasonally morbid tale. 9 p.m. $12, advance; $15, at the door. Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, alwunhouse.org, 602-253-7887.

October 21-November 11
The River Bride
Set in a Brazilian village along the Amazon River, this Arizona Theatre Co. production uses fantastical elements to go beyond the simple idea of happily ever after, and delves into deeper, richer territory when it comes to the complex nature of love. 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, Nov. 16-Dec. 3.

October 27-November 11
Ragtime, The Musical
Set in turn-of-the-century America, this musical tapestry depicts an African-American family, a Jewish immigrant family and a wealthy suburban white family, united by their belief in a brighter tomorrow. The production is staged by Zao Theater. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $14-$22. Centerstage Church, 550 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction, zaotheater.com, 480-924-5122.

October 27-November 12
Savannah Sipping Society
Theater Works stages this comedy about the relationship between four Southern women, formed over an impromptu happy hour. Over the course of six months, the middle-aged women realize it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost over the years, with hilarious results. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

October 27-November 12
Seven Guitars
Black Theatre Troupe presents the fifth in August Wilson’s decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in America. The play is set in 1948 as friends gather to mourn for a blues guitarist and singer who was murdered just as he was approaching the stardom he had always sought. Call for times and ticket prices. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

October 29
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 Ron Rhode. This month’s showing on the silver screen is The Unknown, a 1927 thriller starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford. 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.

October 31-November 5
Something Rotten!
Welcome to the ’90s – the 1590s, that is – where two brothers are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the pair sets out to write the world’s very first musical. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

October 31-November 5
The Woman in Black
Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive as a lawyer troubled by a haunting encounter in his past hires an actor to help him retell his tale and put his soul at ease. The suspense builds until the ghost’s terrible secret is finally revealed… with chilling consequences. The production is staged by Davisson Entertainment. Tu-F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. $29-$49, adults; $19-$39, children 17 and younger. Playhouse on the Park, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, davissonentertainment.com, 602-734-5734.