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The Black Keys
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Applause was prompt and spirits were high Monday, Sept. 15, at Tempe Center for the Arts, where members and fans of the Arizona theater community honored nominees and recipients of the 24th annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence.
A dark, Tony-nominated drama about a blind woman named Suzy who finds herself in the middle of a drug deal gone awry is playing at Mesa Encore Theatre’s intimate Black Box on Brown playhouse.
Best Live Performance Venue
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St.
(480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com
Downtown Mesa’s award-winning arts campus boasts an impressive line-up of concerts, plays, touring productions, festivals, artists’ studios and educational programs. Big-name performers are often found on stage here, but you’re just as likely to enjoy a performance from resident troupes like Mesa Encore Theatre, Symphony of the Southwest or Ballet Etudes. The five-gallery Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum hosts exihibts from local and national artists.
The Palms Theatre
5247 E. Brown Road
(480) 924-6260 or thepalmstheatre.com
263 N. Center St.
(480) 644-2560 or mesaamp.com
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When you think of the 1980s movie “Top Gun,” it’s easy to picture Tom Cruise wearing aviators and looking ever so handsome in his uniform. This image won’t be completely fulfilled in the All Puppet Players’ adaptation of the film, “Top Gun: Live, Abridged & Completely Underfunded.” It premieres Feb. 7 at Mesa Encore Theatre’s Block Box On Brown.
It may have a salacious title, but Mesa Encore Theatre’s newest production, “Right Bed, Wrong Husband,” opening Jan. 3, is a night of good clean fun.
Rob Dominguez plays Hubert in Mesa Encore Theatre’s production of ‘Right Bed, Wrong Husband.’
If you think you couldn’t possibly enjoy Shakespeare, this could be the show to change your mind.
Long before the 20-second sound bite was even a gleam in CNN founder Ted Turner’s eye, Cliff Hillegass began serving the needs of the impatient, the overwhelmed, the confused, or just in a hurry among us all.
If you think you couldn't possibly enjoy Shakespeare, this could be the show to change your mind.
There’s a new place to catch live comedies and dramas in Mesa, and it’s backed by the city’s oldest community theatre company.
The Black Box on Brown is a live performance space inside a suite in a strip mall at Brown Road and Mesa Drive in Mesa.
It happens every year around this time — the ritual, hot chocolate-enhanced, pajama-clad viewing of the heartwarming 1946 holiday movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart as downtrodden everyman George Bailey.
Performing Arts 2012-13 theater season preview
Performing arts 2012-13 season preview
A number of Valley arts organizations are getting a little help with their rent this season from Mesa Arts Center.
More than 62 wigs later, the musical “Hairspray” opens Friday at Mesa Arts Center.
“Ragtime”: This Tony Award-winning musical recounts the experiences of three American families at the turn of the century.
“West Side Story”: Mesa Encore Theatre presents this story of star-crossed lovers caught in a turf war of rival ethnic gangs.
DETAILS >> Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday; runs through Feb. 19. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $20-$25. (480) 644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com.
"The Nutcracker" Gilbert dance company Ballet Etudes' staging of the classic has become a 25-year-old East Valley holiday tradition. DETAILS >> Nov. 25-28 and Dec. 2-4 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., and Dec. 8-11 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $16-$25. (480) 558-2080 or www.balletetudes.net.
May I be frank?