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Through October 6
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Set against the backdrop of the bloody French Revolution, this swashbuckling musical is packed with action, romance and comedy. Call for times. $36, adults; $20, children 5-17. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through October 7
This classic French farce revolves around a Casanova living in Paris who juggles relationships with three flight attendants – each of whom believes she is his only girl. All goes well until the airlines decide to change their schedules. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 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.
Through October 14
West Side Story
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is at the forefront of this heart-wrenching musical drama. Call for times. Tickets start at $29. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Through October 14
This fun and funky musical favorite sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul, plus Black Theatre Troupe’s indelible musical stamp. Call for times. $38. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8128.
Through November 13
A young teen initiates a warm pen-pal relationship with a World War II serviceman, signing her older sister’s name to the letters and sending him a picture of the sister, who is forced to play along when the soldier shows up on a two-day leave eager to propose. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
A pregnant waitress trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending relies on her quirky diner community for sustenance and support in this new Broadway musical with songs by Sara Bareilles. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
An initially mild squabble over a longstanding fence spirals into an all-out border dispute, turning well-intentioned D.C. neighbors into feuding enemies. Arizona Theater Company opens its season with the new comedy. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.
Penn & Teller
For more than 40 years, the dynamic duo has defied labels – and at times physics and good taste – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing its own very distinct niche in comedy. 8 p.m. $38-$80. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Adult 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. $12, advance; $15, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Maria de Buenos Aires
An intoxicating mix of opera, jazz and tango presented by Arizona Opera, this mesmerizing tale follows a woman totally consumed by passion, and her reckless search for love and freedom. Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson,
October 10-December 2
This riveting musical tackles love, dysfunction and everything in between as cartoonist Allison Bechdel looks back on her childhood, her father’s suicide and her own journey of self-discovery with humor, pathos and wit. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Art House Cinema Series
This monthly series continues with 20th Anniversary Animation Show of Shows. 1 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Wordplay Café (FREE)
Community members become the storytellers, poets and musicians at this open-mic event, which begins with a writing/performance workshop. 6 p.m. The Nile Café, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Film screening: Jazz (FREE)
Guests enjoy a screening of Ken Burns’ 2001 “soundbreaking” documentary on the most American of art forms: jazz. A lively discussion and Q&A with regional and national jazz experts follows. Th, 7 p.m. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The World Goes ’Round
Filled with humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, this musical celebration of life features such unforgettable gems as “Mr. Cellophane,” “My Coloring Book,” “All That Jazz,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Money, Money,” “Maybe This Time,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York.” Th-F, 7:30 p.m., Sa, 2 p.m. $38-$45. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
October 11-November 24
Life changes for the better when a spunky Depression-era orphan and her clever canine meet and win the heart of billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
October 11-November 24
1940s Radio Hour
Full of 1940s music, dancing and old-time sound effects, this show within a show provides a sentimental journey back to bygone days when folks gathered around the radio seeking moments of song and story to raise one’s spirits while seeking respite from troubles at home and abroad. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
Trade Trade Love
Two babies in the womb create a secret dialogue for finding each other when they are born into the world as this surreal story about love, connections and sacrifice explores whether we are meant to be together or are born to be together. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$16. ASU Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, filmdancetheatre.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Multiple Hydes are portrayed by members of the cast in this new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. The production is staged by Theater Works. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
This hilarious and touching play centers on the lifelong camaraderie of six Southern women, who talk, gab, gossip, chitchat, needle and harangue each other through the best of times – and are the same friends who cry, caress, comfort and repair one another through the worst. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Barber Shop Chronicles
Taking audiences into a male world of rituals and politics, this dynamic new play bounces around the world where customers and barbers share confessions, wisdom, advice and stories. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
Known for his impressions, the comedian pushes the envelope with his unconventional style and quirky humor. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
This concert-style show focuses on two young boys from Queens, N.Y., who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Featuring state-of-the-art video projection and a full live band, the moving and powerful production includes such hits as “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Boxer” and “The Sound of Silence.” 8 p.m. $47-$60. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenix.ticketforce.com, 877-840-0457.
Serial Killers Live on Stage
Mystery, manipulation and murder are in the spotlight as this live podcast provides a rare glimpse into the minds, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the hope of better understanding their psychological profiles. 7:30 p.m. $35-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
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. $14. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
This unique event brings together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who each deliver a lightning-fast, five-minute presentation about a current project or favorite idea about which they are deeply passionate. 6:30 p.m. $19. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
National Geographic Live
Since beginning her career covering the conﬂict in Kosovo, photojournalist Ami Vitale has lived in mud huts, contracted malaria and braved civil war. She chronicles her journey, from documenting warzones to reintroducing rhinos to the wild, in Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions. 7:30 p.m. $27-$41. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The popular and influential science advocate and host of National Geographic’s StarTalk captures audiences with his sometimes humorous and always informative insights into modern physics. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The laughs will be flowing as the stand-up comic takes the stage. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Book of Moron
Brainwashed by a culture that worships Kardashians over character, delusion over truth and selfies over self-effacement, comedian Robert Dubac takes fans on a hilarious and thought-provoking joyride over the pot-holed highways of cultural hypocrisy. Call for times. $55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
October 19-November 3
Trial of the Catonsville Nine
Staged by iTheatre Collaborative, this dramatic play recounts the historical trial of the Rev. Philip and Daniel Berrigan and their seven confederates who in 1968 entered a Selective Service office, removed records and burned them in a parking lot to protest the war in Vietnam and the horrors of napalm bombings. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.
October 20-November 10
Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End
This touching one-woman comedy is based on the writings of the longtime Valley resident who lampooned life as a mother and housewife in the suburbs in her syndicated newspaper column. Filled with the wit and wisdom of Bombeck herself, the play is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. 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. 15-Dec. 2.
Trouble in Tahiti
This one-act opera by Leonard Bernstein provides a candid portrait of a young suburban couple in a troubled marriage. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
October 26-November 10
Southwest Shakespeare Company presents Pericles: The Prince of Tyre, a nautical tale of a family separated at sea and brought together again by fate, in rotating repertory with Frankenstein, the gothic tale of the man who makes a monster in a world that makes monsters of men. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.
October 26-November 11
The Red Velvet Cake War
Members of an eccentric Southern family butt heads at a reunion that climaxes with a baking competition in this redneck riot presented by Theater Works. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
October 26-November 11
Single Black Female
Black Theatre Troupe presents this comedy about the perils and pleasures of being a single, middle-class black woman in today’s society. Call for times. $38. Helen K. Mason Center for the Performing Arts, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8128.
This popular series re-creates the moviegoing 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 The Phantom of the Opera. 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 11
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Blk Box Phx stages this hypnotic horror story about two young boys who are lured into a mysterious carnival that passes through their town. W-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. $27-$40. Phoeinx Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, blkboxphx.com, 602-734-5734.