Fall Arts Preview: Theater

2013-09-08T00:00:00Z 2013-09-11T18:30:51Z Fall Arts Preview: TheaterKathy Allen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Arizona Onstage Productions

Performances at the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre, arizonaonstage.org or 882-6574.

“Forever Plaid” – Jan. 2-19. Stuart Ross’ musical about four crooners in the 1950s who come back from the dead to harmonize at a high school prom.

Arizona Theatre Company

Performances at the Temple of Music and Art, arizonatheatre.org or 622-2823.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” – Sept. 14-Oct 5. Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy about two women who think they are engaged to the same man who, by the way, doesn’t exist.

“The Mountaintop”– Oct. 19-Nov. 9. A reimagining of what happened the night before Martin Luther King was assasinated. By Katori Hall.

“Xanadu” – Nov. 30-Dec. 21. A musical spoof of the Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly movie of the same name. Expect disco beats, roller skating, and plenty of laughs. By Jeff Lynne and Douglas Carter Beane.

Beowulf Alley Theatre

Performances at Beowulf Alley, beowulftheatre.wix.com/beowulf-alley or 882-0555.

“Desdemona: A Play About a Handerchief” and “MacBeth’s Knife” – Through Sept. 22. Desdemona gathers the women of Othello’s court around to tell the stories of her conquests in this Paula Vogel play. It is paired with “MacBeth’s Knife,” an adaptation of MacBeth’s play.

”What is the Cause of Thunder” – Oct. 4-20. The soap-opera spoof is by Noah Haidle.

“Savage Bond” – Nov. 8-24. Steve Holiday won the 2012 Arizona Playwright Award with this script.

“Mallard and Mack” – Jan. 3-20. Mark Litton, Michael Fenlason and Julie Peterson wrote this musical comedy.

Borderlands Theater

Performances at Zuzi’s Theater unless otherwise noted. borderlandstheater.org or 882-7406.

“Grounded”– Sept. 26-Oct. 13. The one-person play is about an F16 fighter pilot who is grounded when she becomes pregnant. By George Brant.

“A Tucson Pastorela”– Dec. 19-22. The annual production tells the Christmas story in rhyme and with plenty of local and topical references. At the Leo Rich Theatre.

Broadway in Tucson

Performances at Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus. broadwayintucson.com or 1-800-745-3000.

”Sister Act” – Oct. 8-13. Musical based on a woman who poses as a nun to escape the mob.

“American Idiot” – Dec. 7-8. A co-production with UApresents, the Tony-winning musical is based on Green Day’s album of the same name.

“Mamma Mia!” – Dec. 27-29. The feel-good musical based on ABBA’s music makes another visit to the Old Pueblo.

The Comedy Playhouse

Performances at Comedy Playhouse, thecomedyplayhouse.com or 260-6442.

“A Pain in the Aunt “ – through Oct. 13. Peré Summers play about an aunt and niece who set out on a journey of memories.

“The Mystery Genius of Edgar Allan Poe” and “The Monkey’s Paw” – Oct. 18-Nov. 3. The Halloween show conjures up some chilling Poe tales.

”The Mystery Genius of Father Brown II” – Nov. 8-16 G.K. Chesterton tales.

“A Christmas Carol” – Nov. 22 –Dec. 29. James Gooden adapted this Charles Dickens tale about the real meaning of Christmas.

Etcetera

Late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop. Shows are restricted to 16 and older. Performances at Live Theatre, www.livetheatreworkshop.org or 327-4242.

“Short Attention Span Theatre” – The second Saturday of most months. Thirty plays in 60 minutes.

“Playing with Fire (After Frankenstein)” – Oct. 18-26. The Barbara Field story captures an initial meeting of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation at the North Pole.

TBA – Dec. 6-14. An original work which will be announced at a later date.

El Rio Theatre Project

Performances at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. 791-4353.

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” – Sept. 20-Oct. 6. Shakespeare’s comedy has one of the Bard’s most popular characters – Falstaff.

The Gaslight Theatre

Performances at the Gaslight Theatre, thegaslighttheatre.com or 886-9428.

“Buccaneers of the Caribbean” or “Don’t Touch Me Booty!” – Through Nov. 10. A search for a hidden treasure brings heroes, villains, and plenty of music. By Peter Van Slyke.

“A Smalltown Christmas” – Nov. 14-Jan. 5. Gaslight travels back to 1961 in this Van Slyke play.

“The Belle of Tombstone” – Jan. 9-March 30. The Old West wrestles with bar room brawls and high-stepping saloon girls. By Van Slyke.

The Great American Playhouse

Performances at The Great American Playhouse, greatamericanplayhouse.com or 512-5145.

“Pistol Pete the World’s Greatest Cowboy” – through Nov. 16. Grasshopper Junction is at the mercy of a greedy guy. Can Pistol Pete save the town? Nick Seivert penned the script.

“A Christmas Carol”– Nov. 21-Jan. 4. The classic Charles Dickens tale is adapted by Seivert.

Booty Island 3-D” – Jan. 9-March 22. Captain Hazard and his mates search for the legendary Booty Island. By Seivert.

Invisible Theatre

Performances at the Invisible Theatre unless otherwise noted, invisibletheatre.com or 882-9721.

“The Letters” – Sept. 10-22. John W. Lowell’s taut cat-and-mouse story takes place in 1930s Russia.

“Miracle on South Division Street” – Nov. 12-24. A comedy about the Nowak family and the deathbed confession that throws them all into turmoil. By Tom Dudzick.

“Borrowed Time” – Dec. 15. Film composer Brad Fiedel wrote and performs in this one-man piece about his career from a radical young man to an in-demand composer. At Berger Performing Arts Center.

Live Theatre Workshop

Performances at Live Theatre, livetheatreworkshop.org or 327-4242.

“The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” – through Oct. 5. Thirteen characters and eight stories bring the audience from tears to laughter to understanding. By Jane Wagner and made popular by her partner Lily Tomlin.

“Souvenir” – Oct. 10-Nov. 16. Florence Foster Jenkins can’t sing, but truly believes she can, which leads her to schedule annual recitals. Based on an actual character. By Stephen Temperley.

Holiday Memories” – Nov. 21-Dec. 29. Based on Truman Capote’s short stories “A Christmas Memory” and “The Thanksgiving Visitor.” Adapted by Russell Vandenbrouke.

Odyssey Storytelling

Performances at Fluxx Studio and Gallery. Storytellers take 10 minutes to tell a true tale based on a specific theme, odysseystorytelling.com or 730-4112.

Tradiciones y Transiciones/ Traditions and Transitions – Sept. 19.

The Spontaneous! Show– Oct. 3.

Revenge: Stories of Getting Even – Nov. 7.

Big Bad Words: The B*tch Show – Dec. 5.

Pima Community College

Performances at PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, pima.edu/cfa or 206-6986.

“The Laramie Project” – Nov. 14-24. Residents of Laramie, Wyoming talk about the aftermath of the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard. By Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project.

Puppets Among Us

Performances at the Puppets Amongus Playhouse, puppetsamongus.com or 444-5538.

Puppet Cabaret – Oct. 5, Nov. 23. The puppet company is getting racy for grown-up theater goers.

Red Barn Theatre Company

Performances are at Red Barn, redbarntheatrecompany.com or 887-6239.

”A Swinging Forties Review” – Through Sept. 15. Things get jazzy at Red Barn.

“How To Talk Minnesotan”– Nov. 8-Dec. 1. The company remounts its popular musical by Howard Mohr and Drew Jansen.

“Twelve Angry Jurors” – Jan. 10-26. Nothing like being locked up in a sweltering jury room with a bunch of folk who barely agree. The play is packed with drama and insight. Adapted by Sherman Sergel, based on the movie by Reginald Rose.

Rogue Theatre

Performances at the Rogue Theatre, theroguetheatre.org or 551-2053.

“Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana)” –Sept. 12-29. Girsh Karnad’s tale of two men in love with the same woman. They are beheaded (it’s complicated) and the goddess Kali brings them back, switching heads in the process.

“Measure for Measure” – Nov. 7-24. Shakespeare’s drama, the story swirls around a nun who pleads for her brother’s release from prison, and the judge who lusts after her.

“Arcadia” – Jan. 9-26. Tom Stoppard’s play tells two stories, 200 years apart and thick with similarities.

Studio Connections

Performances at the Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art. studioconnections.net or 505-1856.

“A Man of No Importance” – Nov. 7-24. The musical tells the story of an Irish man whose imagined confidant is Oscar Wilde. By Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

UApresents

Performances at Centennial Hall, uapresents.org or 621-3341.

“American Idiot” – Dec. 7-8. See Broadway in Tucson listing for more information.

University of Arizona

Performances at the Tornabene or Marroney theatres, or the Harold Dixon Directing Studio, tftv.arizona.edu or 621-1162.

The UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre

“Boeing Boeing” – Sept. 22-Oct. 13. A swinging bachelor tries to juggle multiple fiancés with hilarious results. Marc Camoletti wrote the farce. Marroney.

“The Fantasticks” – Oct. 20-Nov. 10. A musical fantasy about love, loss, and wise parents. By Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. Tornabene.

“The Man Who Came to Dinner” – Nov. 10-Dec. 8. Comedy set during the ‘30s. A huffy radio personality slips on the steps of the Stanley residence and they are stuck with him while he convalesces. By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Marroney.

UA’s studio series

“Flatland: A Play in Three Acts & Four Dimensions” – Nov. 21-24. UA students created this piece, based on Edwin A. Abbott’s “Flatland.” In the Dixon Directing Studio.

UA’s freshman step out

Encore! and freshman debut – Dec. 11. Freshman musical theatre and acting students perform. Marroney.

Waypoint Theatre Company

Performances at the Scottish Rite Temple, waypoint-theatre.org or 1-800-838-3006, Ext. 1.

“Myrtle” – Sept. 20-22. A melodrama based on the biblical story of Esther. By Jeannette Clift-George and Steven Jones.

“The Gift of the Magi” and “It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show” – December 13-15. The holiday classics help us get in the mood.

Winding Road Theater Ensemble

Performances at the Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art, windingroadtheater.org or 401-3626

“The Year of Magical Thinking” – through Sept. 15. A one-woman play based on Joan Didion’s memoir.

“Cabaret” – Dec. 5-22. The John Kander and Fred Ebb musical has tunes you can’t get out of your head while the story chills your soul.

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