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Through February 2
Hostage
Based on the true events of 1979 when students in Tehran took over the American Embassy, the drama offers a shattering slice of the Iranian crisis. The play 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 February 2
Two Mile Hollow
A brood of famous, longing-to-be-famous and kind-of-a-mess-but-totally-white family comes together with their non-white personal assistant after the death of the patriarch in this Stray Cat Theatre production. Over the course of the play, drinks are guzzled, grievances are aired and revelations are revealed. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.

Through February 3
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Hypocrisy, greed and secret passions threaten to tear apart a wealthy but dysfunctional family in this Tennessee Williams drama set in the 1950s. Call for times and ticket prices. Roadrunner Theatre Company, 8892 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, roadrunnertheatrecompany.org, 520-207-2491.

Through February 9
Cash on Delivery
A con artist discovers a loophole in the welfare system and is rewarded quite handsomely – much to the chagrin of his neighbors – in this fast-paced comedy. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through February 10
Disaster!
New York’s hottest A-listers line up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque in this side-splitting homage to classic disaster films. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through February 10
Festival of New Works
Playwrights, composers and lyricists showcase original works in their early stages of development at the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through February 10
The Producers
A down-on-his-luck theatrical producer and his mousy accountant attempt to cheat theater “angels” out of their investment money by deliberately producing a surefire flop in this Broadway smash hit. 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.

Through February 10
Spelling Bee
Any way you spell it, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is charming and hysterical. The show follows an eclectic group of tweens who spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life-unaffirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Sa, noon and 3 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through February 17
Aladdin
Filled with magic, mayhem and flying-carpet rides, this stage adaptation of the Disney hit features an award-winning score, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

Through February 17
Brilliant Traces
This funny and heartbreaking play about two wounded souls seeking a way out explores those times in our adult lives when we want to run away from home, the demands of family life and the crushing familiarity of the world around us. 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.

Through February 24
The Secret Comedy of Women
A unique examination of all things girly, this uplifting original comedy celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female. W, 2 p.m.; Th, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $54-$62. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.com, 602-252-8497.

Through March 1
An American in Paris
The Tony Award-winning musical tells an enduring story of hope, romance and love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400. The show moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, March 8-24.

Through March 3
And in this Corner: Cassius Clay
Before he became one of the world’s greatest boxers and civil rights advocates, the man the world would come to know as Mohammed Ali was a 12-year-old boy navigating friendships, family and learning to fight for himself and his community in the segregated South of the ’50s. The play is co-produced by Black Theatre Troupe and Childsplay. Call for times. $32.50, adults; $27.50, students. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

Through March 3
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
A formidable widow of a Baptist minister hires a gay and acerbic dance instructor to give her private dance lessons at her home in this touching comedy. What begins as an antagonistic relationship turns into an intimate friendship as they reveal their secrets, fears and joys while enjoying the swing, tango, waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha and contemporary dance. 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.

Through March 3
Two Trains Running
There’s a new president in the White House and racial tensions are on the rise in this timely play, which takes place in 1969 on the heels of the civil rights movement. Staged by Arizona Theatre Company, the production is the seventh in August Wilson’s decade-by-decade saga reflecting the complexity of the black experience. Through Feb. 9, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823; and Feb. 14-March 3, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995, arizonatheatre.org. Call for times and ticket prices.

Through March 9
Lady for a Day
A gangster helps a poor street peddler pose as a society woman to fool her visiting daughter in this endearing comedy/drama. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through March 10
Jersey Boys
Featuring such unforgettable songs as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” this award-winning musical tells the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Call for times. Tickets start at $29. Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through March 17
Detroit ’67
Motown music rules in this redemptive story of family and survival. Inspired by American history, the powerful play is co-produced by Black Theatre Troupe and Childsplay. Call for times. $38. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

Through April 16
Jukebox Musical
With hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts – and voices to match – the girls are back and singing their bobby socks off in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns. The production features renditions of such classic ’50s and ’60s hits as “Rock Around the Clock,” “At the Hop” and “Dancing in the Street.” Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

February 1
The Moth
Dedicated to the art and craft of simple, old-fashioned storytelling, this nonprofit group presents an evening of humorous and heartbreaking tales told by people from all walks of life. 8 p.m. $33-$48. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 1-2
Romance 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. This month’s special guest is Keith Shubert performing as Toybox in a hilarious show featuring unique handcrafted puppets. 8 p.m. $12, advance; $15, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

February 1-16
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. Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $42-$60, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe; and Feb. 14-15, 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $45-$65, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

February 2
Jen Kirkman
The stand-up comic and actress is known for her regular appearances as a roundtable panelist on Chelsea Lately. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. CB Live, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, cblive.com, 602-910-5161.

February 2
The Joke’s on Us Tour
A more ticked-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis Black provides a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience, causing them to laugh hysterically while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 2-3
La Traviata
Opera’s original “pretty woman” throws a gala at her Paris apartment and meets a young man who will forever change her destiny. The production is staged by Arizona Opera. Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m., Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, azopera.org, 520-293-4336.

February 7
Wordplay Café
Community members become the storytellers, poets and musicians at this open-mic event, which begins with a writing and performance workshop. This month’s program focuses on the theme, Nights to Forget. 6-9 p.m. $5. The Nile Café, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 8-17
good friday
Four students and a teacher are trapped in a classroom as the ricochet of bullets breaks the hush of academia’s ivory halls. Written by Kristiana Rae Colón, the play tackles millennial feminism and the intersection of guns and sexual violence. 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.

February 8-17
Leading Ladies
A couple of down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors masquerade as women in order to defraud an heiress in this hilarious farce, which is filled with disguises, deceptions and double-crosses. The comedy is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $17-$35. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

February 9
Jad Abumrad
The founder and co-host of the syndicated public radio program Radiolab breaks down the process of finding stories and creating original work in The Miracle of Indoor Plumbing. 7:30 p.m. $35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 9
Jim Jefferies
The stand-up comic brings his Night Talker tour to the Valley, entertaining guests with his controversial, belief-challenging and thought-provoking comedy. 8 p.m. $49.50-$50.50. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

February 9
Tiffany Haddish
The Emmy Award-winning actress and lauded comedian hits the Valley with her #SheReady tour, named for her most common catchphrase. Fans know Haddish for her appearances in Night School, The Oath, Nobody’s Fool and Girls Trip, plus her co-starring role in the TBS comedy sitcom The Last O.G. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 10
Art House Cinema Series
This monthly series continues with Keep Talking. 1 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

February 10-24
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
The festival celebrates 23 years of showcasing the best of Jewish traditions and heritage with a fresh lineup of cinema from 13 countries. Films range from defiance and struggle to fun and adventure to laughter and love, with stories that engage both mind and heart. Call for times and ticket prices. Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe; and Harkins Park West 14, 9804 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, gpjff.org, 602-753-9366.

February 13
Romance or Not
The Arizona Storytellers Project explores stories about dating apps, true love and everything in between. 7 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

February 14-March 30
Singin’ in the Rain
Set in 1920s Hollywood during the waning days of the silent film era, this lighthearted romantic comedy is filled with a downpour of hits from the iconic title song to “Make ’em Laugh” and “You Are My Lucky Star.” Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

February 15
Paula Poundstone
The comedian is known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit. 8 p.m. $35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 15-24
Tigers Be Still
A big cat is on the prowl in this heartfelt comedy, which centers on a young high school art teacher who has her hands full with an assortment of benumbed, bewildered and bedridden characters. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $5-$10. Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, filmdancetheatre.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

February 15-24
Urinetown
This humorous satire mocks and celebrates the tension between corporate greed, water conservation and an impassioned revolution sparked by pay-as-you-go toilets. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $17. Greasepaint, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-949-7529.

February 15-March 3
A Funny Thing Happened
The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two as a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master in exchange for freedom. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is 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.

February 16
Gwendolynn Brooks
Manual Cinema combines intricate paper puppetry, actors working in shadow and a live score to tell the life story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures in No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolynn Brooks. 7:30 p.m. $35-$65. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

February 17
Winston Churchill: The Blitz
Historian and actor Randy Otto brings Churchill to life, with an astonishingly uncanny portrayal of the heroic prime minister who led the British people to victory during World War II. Filled with his nuanced, humorous wit, the show guides guests through the harrowing times of the Blitz, the German bombing of London in 1940-41. 3 p.m. $32-$42. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.

February 20
Man in the Arena – Theodore Roosevelt
Learn lessons in patriotism, self-reliance, family values and the conservation of our great natural resources as Derek Evans brings the charismatic 26th president of the United States to life. 7:30 p.m. $25-$33. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.

February 20
Standing at the Water’s Edge
Specializing in conservation issues surrounding the ocean and indigenous cultures, marine biologist and photographer Cristina Mittermeier focuses on the delicate balance between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. She shares behind-the scenes stories onstage as part of the National Geographic Live series. 7:30 p.m. $27-$41. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 21-23
Daddy Long Legs
Based on the novel that inspired the classic 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, this heartwarming musical tells of a young girl’s Cinderella journey into womanhood, as well as a confirmed bachelor’s awakening into love. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.

February 22-March 9
Winterfest Repertory
Southwest Shakespeare Company presents As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies; and The Taming of the Shrew, a rollicking romantic comedy about two misfits who find each other. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

February 23
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Revered for his abundant charisma, the witty funnyman shares his larger-than-life persona as his Beyond the Fluffy tour makes a stop in the Valley. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 23
Patton Oswalt
The laughs will be flowing as the stand-up comic takes the stage. Oswalt is known for his role as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens and the voice of Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 23-March 3
Sedona International Film Festival
The festival celebrates its silver anniversary with a lineup of 160 films, from narrative features to documentaries to shorts, as well as evening events and parties, workshops and special guests from the film industry. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.org, 928-282-1177.

February 26
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. $14. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.