The glory days of radio are recalled in a new play opening this week and a couple good productions are closing, so catch them while you can.
The Voice of the Prairie — Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway. This John Olive play is almost an homage to storytelling. Davey Quinn is a simple farmer from Nebraska who has a knack for telling tales. An unlicensed broadcaster discovers him, declares he is “the voice of the prairie,” and his stories go out over the radio. His homespun tales are inspired by his youth and living with his grandfather, and later by a blind runaway girl, Frankie. The 1987 play has found fans around the country. Samantha Cormier, Josh Parra and Christopher Younggren play 20 characters; Maryann Green directs. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18, 24; 3 p.m. Nov. 19. Through Dec. 23. $20. 327-4242.
Meet Generation Z or I-Gen or The Post Millennials — Harold Dixon Directing Studio, 1025 N. Olive Road. Under the direction of Annette Hillman, University of Arizona theater students have developed and will perform autobiographical stories. Ages 18 and up. 8 p.m. Nov. 16-18; 2 p.m. Nov. 19. $7. 621-1162.
68% Sane — The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave. Residents of Hidden Hallow Home are not happy about changes. Time for an uprising. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 and 24; 3 p.m. Nov. 19. Continues through Dec. 6. $16-$18. 270-9310.
Popol Vuh: The Story of Seven Macaw — PCC Center for the Arts West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. This production is a joy to watch. The short (80 minutes or so) piece is full of music, movement and puppets. And talent, especially Clarrissa Rodriguez who serves as the narrator. Watch her; we predict she’s got a future in the theater. Marc David Pinate directs Pima students in the creation myth play. It was created by El Teatro Campesino’s Kinan and Lakin Valdez, who grew up with the colorful stories of Popol Vuh. “The Story of Seven Macaw” is one of many in that text. And it’s a doozie: The creators call on the Mayan hero twins to conquer the false deity, the conniving and not-at-all-nice Seven Macaw, who rules the Earth. It’s a big job, but the twins are shape-shifters and know a few handy tricks. Final performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18; 2 p.m. Nov. 19. $18. 206-6986. pima.edu.
Bach at Leipzig — The Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University. The Rogue Theatre goes all light and airy on us and it is pure delight. This production of Itamar Moses’ frothy, fugue-ish farce, “Bach at Leipzig” takes us to 1722 Leipzig, Germany. The organist at the famed Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) has died suddenly and many are vying for the primo position. And almost all of them are willing to lie, cheat and steal to get it. Moses has written a play that is packed with rich words and not many ideas — but ideas aren’t the motive here; laughter is. And oh, there is a lot of it. Final performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18; 2 p.m. Nov. 19. $15-$38. 551-2053.theroguetheatre.org
Disaster — Tucson High Magnet School Little Theatre, 400 N. Second Ave. The high school students, under the direction of Art Almquist, take on this musical spoof by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. About every disaster movie ever made is rolled into this story, which includes tidal waves, fire, earthquakes, and tunes from the 1970s. Final performances are 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18; 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $15. 225-5326.
Mrs. Mannerly — Community Playhouse, 1881 N. Oracle Road. Joan O’Dwyer directs this funny and sweet story about a 10-year-old boy enrolled in etiquette class and his quest to achieve a perfect grade and to uncover secrets about his teacher, Mrs. Mannerly. Carley Preston, Erin Hepler and Jasmine Roth star. Final performances: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18; 2 p.m. Nov. 19. $18-$22. 468-6111.
A Streetcar Named Desire — Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Road in the University of Arizona Fine Arts Complex. This Tennessee Williams play has quite the pedigree: it won the Pulitzer for Drama. In 1948, Elia Kazan directed the first Broadway production, which starred Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando; Laurence Olivier directed the 1949 London production, which starred his then-wife, Vivian Leigh, and the 1951 film received several Oscar nominations — and won a boatload, too. But that doesn’t intimidate the Arizona Repertory Theatre, which has staged a riveting production of the play about the fragile Blanche DuBois, who moves to her sister’s New Orleans apartment following the loss of their ancestral home. Her sister is fine with that; her husband, not so much. Hank Stratton directs. No teens without parent or guardian. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19. Through Dec. 3. $15-$28. 621-1162. theatre.arizona.edu.
The Value of Names — Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Jeffrey Sweet’s 1986 play hearkens back to the early 1950s and a dark time in American history: the House Un-American Activities Committee and the blacklisting of people who were suspected of having Communist ties. The story centers on an actor, Benny, who had been blacklisted, and a director, Leo, who gave up names to the HUAC. Benny’s daughter is in rehearsal for a play. When the original director has a stroke, Leo is brought in, which makes Benny’s daughter reconsider the role. Fred Rodriguez directs and the cast is made up of David Alexander Johnston, Julianna Grantham and Michael A. Candela . Final performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-18; 3 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19. $34. 882-9721. Invisibletheatre.com.