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Through June 3
The Diary of Anne Frank
Presented by Arizona Theatre Co., this powerful true-life tale captures the catastrophic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in war-torn Amsterdam. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.

Through June 3
Gunmetal Blues
A piano player at The Red Eye Lounge leads audiences on a voyage of mystery, murder and music as Sam Galahad searches for a missing blonde in a world of smoke and mirrors, shadows and shattered dreams. The film noir-inspired musical is staged by A/C Theatre Co. Call for times. Tickets start at $30. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through June 3
The Humans
Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic, which takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

Through June 3
Illuminate Film Festival
Guests enjoy life-affirming, mind/body/spirit-focused films as this fifth annual event showcases 26 narratives, documentaries and shorts, as well as a variety of workshops, receptions, musical performances and post-screening presentations with directors and producers. Visit website for times and ticket prices. Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, illuminatefilmfestival.com, 928-421-1108.

Through June 3
Plaza Suite
Taking place at different times in Room 719 of the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City, this Neil Simon comedy includes glimpses at a marriage on the rocks, a possible rekindled romance and a couple dealing with their reluctant daughter on her wedding day. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through June 3
Rock of Ages
A small-town girl meets a big-city rocker in this love story told through the heart-pounding hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison and other well-known rock, glam and metal acts from the 1980s. The 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.

Through June 10
Little Shop of Horrors
The lively musical focuses on a nerdy floral assistant who discovers his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that feeds on human blood. Call for times. Tickets start at $29. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through June 30
Big Fish
Inspiring tears, laughter and deep thought, this uplifting musical revolves around the relationship between a traveling salesman and his adult son, who looks for the truth behind his father’s tall tales. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

June 1
Dane Cook
The stand-up comedian shares his one-of-a-kind acerbic wit and boy-next-door charm. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

June 1
Dr. Jordan Peterson
The renowned professor, clinical psychologist and bestselling author offers his thoughts on overcoming life’s biggest obstacles, how to improve oneself, the psychology of religion, mythology and more as his 12 Rules for Life tour makes a stop in the Valley. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

June 1-30
Mary Poppins
Magically appearing just when she’s needed most, an English nanny leads the Banks children on zany adventures with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an assortment of astonishing characters. The timeless tale of love and family is filled with over-the-top cheery numbers, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400. The production moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, July 6-22.

June 7-17
New Summer Shorts
This annual festival features short plays – some comical, some dramatic, some completely absurd – penned by studio playwrights. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

June 8-24
Jesus Hopped the “A” Train
Offering a critical and hilarious examination of the judicial system, this prison drama focuses on what makes a man good or bad, whether redemption is possible and necessary, and the urgency of prayer. Call for times. $15. Mesa Encore Theatre Black Box Theatre, 933 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-834-9500. 

June 9
Eddie B
Educators across the world are getting a lesson in the funniest ways to express their worst frustrations in Eddie B’s Teachers Only Comedy Tour. Drawing upon his experience as a teacher in Houston to inform his act, the comedian says what teachers everywhere are thinking but couldn’t quite say out loud, until now. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

June 15-16
Kathleen Madigan
The veteran stand-up comedian riffs on everything from growing up with her Irish Catholic Midwest family to anything to do with bacon as her Boxed Wine and Bigfoot tour makes a stop in the Valley. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

June 15-July 29
A Murder Is Announced
Residents of a cozy English country village discover an announcement of a forthcoming murder in the personals column of the local weekly gazette. Unable to resist, the group gathers at the house at the appointed time as the lights go out and a gun is fired. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

June 16
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. 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $42-$60. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

June 19-24
School of Rock
A wannabe rock star poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and turns a class of straight-A students into a Grade-A rock band. The show features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever live kids rock band. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

June 28-July 8
Little Wars
Tensions are high, the booze is flowing and war is coming in 1940s France as the coolest women on earth are having the what-if dinner party you always imagined. Arizona Women’s Theatre Co. presents this imagined meeting of the minds with Agatha Christie, Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker, Alice B. Toklas, Lillian Hellman and Muriel Gardiner. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2:30 p.m. $13. Mesa Encore Theatre Black Box Theatre, 933 E. Main St., Mesa, azwtc.org.

June 29
Michael Carbonaro
Believe the unbelievable as the actor, magician and improv artist shares his signature blend of bizarre antics, audience interaction, video clips and mind-blowing magic. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

June 29-July 29
Bring It On
Pressure mounts on the captain of a decorated cheerleading squad as she attempts to lead her crew to its sixth consecutive national title. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $20. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.