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Sebastian Maniscalco, May 18; Photo by Peggy Sirota
Sebastian Maniscalco, May 18; Photo by Peggy Sirota

May 1 – 11

Big River

This Mark Twain classic tells the story of young Huck, a boy in the early-to-mid-19th century who travels south on the Mississippi with his friend, a slave named Jim, and discovers what is truly important in life – love, friendship and being true to yourself.Thefunny, touching and inspirational tale of race, friendship and freedom is propelled by an award-winning score from country music star Roger Miller. Call for times. $40, adults; $22, children 5-17. Hale…

Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert, AZ, 85233

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May 1 – 4

Blithe Spirit

While conducting research for his latest book on the paranormal, a socialite and novelist inadvertently conjures up the spirit of his spoiled and selfish first wife who refuses to obey her vow, “’til death do us part.” Call for times and ticket prices.Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, Scottsdale, AZ

donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com

May 1 – June 9

Broadway Bound

Eugene and his brother Stanley are trying to break into the world of professional comedy writing while coping with their parents’ crumbling marriage in Neil Simon’s hilarious, heartwarming autobiographical play. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

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May 1 – 19

Cookin’s a Drag

Hilarity and hysterics collide as Betty D. Licious stars in her first live TV special. The outrageous drag queen and TV cooking show host and her band of backup boys manage mess-ups and mishaps on camera, while off-stage she faces personal struggles with aging, losing friends and being her authentic self. Call for times. Tickets start at $29. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, 85004

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May 1 – 4

Let the Right One In

A 12-year-oldboy befriends a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously coincides with a horrifying series of murders in this enchanting, brutal vampire myth and coming-of-age love story. Based on the best-selling novel and award-winning film, the play is staged by Stray Cat Theatre. Call for times. $25-$40. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.

Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ, 85281

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May 1 – 19

Love and Money

Determined to donate almost everything she owns before her life of privilege ends, a wealthy widow’s plan hits a snag when an ambitious, ingratiating young man arrives to claim his inheritance in this lighthearted comedy. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$25. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

Theatre Artists Studio, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254

thestudiophx.org

May 1 – 5

Oliver!

The musical brings to life Charles Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of an orphan boy who dared to ask for more. His journey in search of love, belonging and honor among thieves is set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Food, Glorious Food.” F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

desertstages.org

May 1 – 5

Pippin

A young prince searching for true happiness and fulfillment discovers that contentment lies not in extraordinary endeavors but rather in the ordinary moments that happen every day. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $30, adults; $12, children 16 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

Fountain Hills Theater, Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268

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