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Through April 7
Henry IV, Part I
Southwest Shakespeare Co. presents what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most loved history play, as audiences meet Henry, Prince Hal and Falstaff, one of the Bard’s most iconic characters. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-644-6500.

Through April 8
Million Dollar Quartet
The jukebox musical brings to life an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, and its irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayals and celebrations. The production features a score of timeless hits, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Hound Dog.” Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

Through April 8
6 Rms Riv Vu
Deriving its name from shorthand used by realtors in classified advertising, this comedy-drama focuses on a married advertising copywriter and a discontented housewife who meet when they respond to a newspaper ad for a river-view apartment. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through April 15
Forever Plaid
This goofy musical hit tells the heavenly story of The Plaids, a classic 1950s all-male singing group that returns from the afterlife to perform the show they never got to when they were alive. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

Through April 15
In the Heights
This Tony Award-winning play about chasing your dreams and finding your true home focuses on a young store owner in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, who watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tightknit community as they pass through his bodega. The play is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. Call for times. $16-$35.50. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

Through April 17
Life Could Be a Dream
A fledgling doo-wop group is headed for fame and fortune by trying to win a local radio contest. The jukebox musical features such ’60s hits as “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel” and “Unchained Melody.” Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

Through April 28
It Happened One Night
A pampered socialite is sequestered on a yacht by her father who disapproves of her marriage to a famous aviator. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

April 4
The Children of Willesden Lane
Concert pianist Mona Golabek tells the story of her mother, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who came to England with Kindertransport in 1938 to escape the Nazis. The story follows Jura’s coming-of-age during World War II and her courageous journey to create a new life and fulfill her dream of music. 7 p.m. $20-$40. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

April 4
An Evening with Kevin Smith
Get up close and personal with the comedian and filmmaker who brought us such films as Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. 7:30 p.m. $35-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 5
Dan Savage
The author, social and political activist, and syndicated sex advice columnist is known for his take-no-prisoners attitude in his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships. 7 p.m. $35. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.

April 5-22
Low Down Dirty Blues
This sizzling revue shows how veteran blues artists unwind after a night of performing as they gather in a Chicago bar after-hours to swap stories and songs filled with passion, soul and the bawdier side of the blues. The jukebox musical is presented by Arizona Theatre Co. Call for times. $25-$80. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.

April 5-May 12
The Importance of Being Earnest
Comic mishaps ensue when two gentlemen court two ladies who have a fondness for the name Ernest. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

April 6-7
Puppet Parody
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star is a wacky takeoff of Star Wars, written by Curt Bright and adapted for puppets by Mesner Puppet Theater’s artistic director Mike Horner. The show is open to guests age 12 and older. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

April 6-15
Das Rheingold
When the dwarf Alberich steals the magical gold of the Rhinemaidens, he unleashes a power struggle with Woton, ruler of the gods, that will shake the very foundations of the world. Inspired by Norse mythology, the electrifying production is staged by Arizona Opera. Call for times and ticket prices. April 6-8, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and April 14-15, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336, azopera.org.

April 6-22
Forbidden Broadway
Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious tribute to some of the theater’s greatest stars and songwriters.  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. 

April 6-22
Three Sistahs
Presented by Black Theatre Troupe, this intimate musical explores family issues, turbulent times and the rich culture of African-American heritage as three siblings reunite, reveal and reconcile their past and present, and share the promise of the future. Call for times. $38. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

April 7
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. $43-$60. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

April 9-May 6
Musical Masterpiece
Animated with a high-energy mix of music and dancing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a comic and colorful journey through the biblical story of young Joseph, who is sold into slavery by his brothers after his father favors him with a gorgeous colored cloak. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

April 10, 24
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.

April 11
Grand Opera Cinema Series
Bringing films of its renowned productions to the Valley, San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. 7:30 p.m. $15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

April 11
Trailer Park Boys
Follow the booze-fueled misadventures of these longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park. 7:30 p.m. $34.50-$59.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 13
Jad Abumrad: Gut Churn
The creator and host of Radiolab, one of the country’s most popular radio programs, explores what it’s like navigating feelings during the creative process. 8 p.m. $24-$35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 13
Trevor Noah
The South African comedian, best known as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, brings his Lost in Translation – Finally Getting a Job tour to Phoenix. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

April 13-22
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
An African-American maid and aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood sets out to land a role in a Southern epic alongside her white starlet employer in this comedy, which takes an irreverent look at race in Hollywood. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$16. ASU Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

April 13-22
Pippin
Filled with soaring ballads and infectious dance numbers, this hip, tongue-in-cheek musical focuses on a young man who sets out to discover true meaning in his life. The production is staged by Lyric Opera Theatre. Call for times. $8-$21. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.

April 13-28
Twelve Angry Jurors
Focusing on a long trial and the jury who must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father, this courtroom thriller puts you on the edge of your seat while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy. The production is staged by Zao Theater. Call for times. $14-$22. Centerstage Church, 550 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction, zaotheater.com, 480-924-5122.

April 13-May 13
The Bridges of Madison County
This romantic musical tells the unforgettable story of a National Geographic photographer and his life-changing, four-day love affair with an Iowa farm wife. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

April 14
Steven Wright
The celebrated comedian is recognized for his deadpan delivery, iconic wit and philosophical jokes. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

April 17-22
The Color Purple
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this musical tells the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

April 18-22
That Irving Berlin Thing
Rich in history, this two-act revue presented by Scottsdale Musical Theater Co. features more than 40 of the legendary composer’s most notable – and rarely heard – songs. Call for times. $38-$42, adults; $33-$38, seniors and students. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com, 602-909-4215.

April 18-May 13
Godspell
Biblical parables come to life in this musical, which is set in modern-day New York. The score includes a string of popular songs, including “Day by Day,” “All for the Best” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord.” Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

April 20-May 6
We Will Rock You
Based on the songs of British rock band Queen, the musical tells the story of a distant future where musical instruments and composers are forbidden and rock music is all but unknown. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

April 20-May 13
I Never Sang for My Father
Family dynamics unravel as this American classic exposes the painful truths of the relationship between a dutiful son, an alienated daughter and their harsh, detached father. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

April 20-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.

April 21-May 12
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. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, arizonatheatre.org, 520-622-2823. The production moves to Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, May 17-June 3.

April 27-28
IMomSoHard
Best friends and moms Kristen Handley and Jen Smedly share the good, the bad and the funny moments of motherhood, with no topic off-limits, from body hair and bladder control to the belief that everything is a little better with red wine. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

April 28
Opera Scenes (FREE)
Join Lyric Opera Theatre for an evening of scenes from the great operas of yesterday and today, celebrating the work of ASU students in opera performance. 7:30 p.m. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.