Theatre & Drama

THEATER & DRAMA

Group Free

Through April 1
Fiddler on the Roof

Rich with Broadway hits, 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. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through 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, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

Through April 1
Thoroughly Modern Millie
This toe-tapping musical follows the romance of a small-town girl who takes a job with a large company as a ruse to marry the boss’ son. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through April 2
Bullets Over Broadway

A young playwright in desperate need of financial backing for his next show accepts an offer he can’t refuse – from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through April 2
Eight Short Cuts

An ensemble of local actors brings the works of local playwrights to life in one-act plays that journey into the unknown – from the war-torn fields of Iraq to the endless void of outer space to a hitchhiker’s journey across the land of the dead. F-Sa, 8 p.m. $15. Space 55 Theatre, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, space55.org.

Through April 2
Men on Boats

This adventurous play of masculinity, ambition and legacy tells the tale of a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers who set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $16, adults; $12, seniors; $8, students. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

Through April 8
Pride@Prejudice

Southwest Shakespeare Co. presents this homage to the Jane Austen novel, which mixes the classic romance with blog posts, chat rooms and even quotes from films of the story. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

Through April 9
Gypsy

Boasting one show-stopping number after another – like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You” – this lighthearted musical drama traces the rise of legendary burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee under the unscrupulous eye of the ultimate stage mother. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $26-$32.50, adults; $16-$21, youth. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

Through April 9
Ruthless! The Musical

A talented and ultradriven 8-year-old goes to any length to secure the coveted lead role in her elementary school musical in this hilarious comedy lampooning showbiz. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through April 15
Hughie

Set in the lobby of a seedy New York hotel, a small-time gambler mourns the recent death of the old night clerk, Hughie, and regales the new clerk with tall tales from his glory days spent with his now-deceased pal. The production is staged by iTheatre Collaborative. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.

Through April 16
Jesus Christ Superstar

The final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth are chronicled through the eyes of his disciple – and ultimate betrayer – Judas Iscariot, in this compelling rock opera. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

Through April 16
Ring of Fire

Arizona Theatre Co. presents Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Featuring such classic hits as “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” the musical is about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, home and family. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.

Through 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.

April 1
An Evening with Neil Gaiman

The celebrated best-selling author tells stories and reads narratives, answers questions and in his own words “amazes, befuddles and generally delights.” 8 p.m. $35-$65. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 1-9
Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Soaring arias and outlandish hijinks abound in this popular operatic take on the classic story presented by Arizona Opera. Real-life sweethearts Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader bring the fairy tale to life. April 1-2, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336; and April 7-9, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464, azopera.org. Call for ticket prices.

April 2
Brain Candy Live

Adam Savage and Michael Stevens unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun in an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience. 7:30 p.m. $32-$137. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 5
Grand Opera Cinema Series

San Francisco Opera brings films of its renowned productions to the Valley. The program continues with Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which offers a playful but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom and virtue. 7 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

April 5-23
The Scottsboro Boys

Black Theatre Troupe and Phoenix Theatre join forces to present this powerful and poignant story of racial injustice. Set in the 1930s, the visionary musical recounts the story of nine black teenagers accused of a crime they did not commit. Call for times. Tickets start at $30. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

April 6-13
Phoenix Film Festival

Arizona’s largest film festival annually screens more than 150 films, complemented by a variety of filmmaking seminars and parties. Call for times and ticket prices. Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale, phoenixfilmfestival.com, 602-955-6444.

April 6-May 13
No Time for Sergeants

This comedy from a simpler time tells the story of a gullible country bumpkin serving in the U.S. Air Force and his seemingly unending run-ins with a crusty and frustrated sergeant. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

April 7
Tom Papa

Discovered by Jerry Seinfeld in 1993, the stand-up comedian is known for his polished stage presence and wry observations about modern life and his family. 7:30 p.m. $35-$45. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.

April 7-8
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.

April 7-9
The Laramie Project

Greasepaint Youtheatre presents this documentary-style play, which analyzes the death of an openly gay college student who was brutally murdered because of his sexual identity. Created by playwright/director Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, the play explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Call for times and ticket prices. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.

April 7-23
The Fantastiks

This funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl and their two fathers who try to keep them apart is presented by Mesa Encore Theatre. The moving tale is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-644-6500.

April 7-23
Ripchord

A seemingly harmless bet between two elderly women escalates into a hilarious and revealing battle of one-upmanship. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

April 7-May 7
The Producers

This take-no-prisoners stage adaptation of the 1968 film tells the story of a scheming, down-on-his-luck Broadway producer; his mild-mannered accountant; and their plot to produce the most notorious flop in history – making themselves millionaires in the process. The only thing they didn’t bargain for? Success! Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

April 14
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 Headhunters from Norway. 4:30 p.m. $15. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, azfcf.org, 480-488-1090.

April 14-23
Haboob

When Vago’s absent father sends him on a quest to find his inheritance buried in the desert, he hopes to find financial stability, but his mother and ex-girlfriend each feel they deserve the money. From strange encounters with a drunken gravedigger to getting advice from a talking skeleton, anything is possible in this world premiere by ASU playwright Marvin González de León. Call for times. $10. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

April 15-May 6
Holmes & Watson

Following Sherlock Holmes’s “death” at Reichenbach Falls, Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped up claiming to be Holmes all over the world. The devilishly clever new mystery is presented by Arizona Theatre Co. Call for times and ticket prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823, arizonatheatre.org. The play moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, May 11-28.

April 18-23
An American in Paris

This new Tony Award-winning musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

April 20-23
Shrek the Musical

An unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue in this Lyric Opera Theatre production. There’s more to the story than meets the ears, however, as Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. Th-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$15. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

April 20-29
Wittenberg

Prince Hamlet, a dazed and confused senior at Germany’s Wittenberg University, circa 1517, is caught in the crossfire between two giants of philosophy – and ego: the freethinking skeptic John Faust and stuffy, guilt-ridden Martin Luther. The play is presented by Southwest Shakespeare Co. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

April 21
Sebastian Maniscalco

The stand-up comic’s Italian machismo fits him like a glove as he instantly captivates audiences with quick-witted riffs about life’s minor irritations combined with hyper-exaggerated body language and hilarious facial expressions. 7 p.m. $39.75-$59.75. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

April 21-May 7
Best Little Whorehouse

Miss Mona and the girls take on the establishment in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Based on a true story, this happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political sidestepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

April 25
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. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

April 25
Talk Cinema

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, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

April 28-May 13
Hir

Stray Cat Theatre presents this drama about a classic dysfunctional family, including a mad housewife, a transgender son, a son who spent three years in combat in Afghanistan and a husband who had a stroke that left him nearly speechless. What ensues is a wildly hilarious but often touching struggle to create a new world order, while still dealing with all that gets left behind in its wake. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-350-2822.

April 28-May 21
Oliver!

Follow young Oliver Twist on a wild adventure through Victorian England as he navigates London’s sinister underworld in search of love, belonging and honor among thieves. The musical includes such spirited, timeless songs as “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Food Glorious Food.” Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

April 28-June 4
Macbeth

Storms rage, fires burn and night blankets the earth in this tale of sound and fury, accompanied by Shakespeare’s richest poetry. Call for times. $28, adults; $22, seniors. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.