Local theatre folks might see themselves in play characters
Which came first, the play, or the play about the play? The Fish Must Die -- presented by the iTheatre Collaborative -- is heavy on the local tip, as playwright Raymond King Shurtz based all the characters on actual Phoenix theater folks he's met over the past 20 years.
Set in the Green Room of a community theater, the story follows the personal and professional experiences of a theater troupe . . . and, oh yeah, fish have something to do with the story, too.
The Fish Must Die opens Friday, October 29, at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe, and runs through November 14. Tickets are $12 to $15. Call 602-347-1071. --Niki D'Andrea
Teatro Caliente! at Modified
Those who insist the Southwest is frigid on culture might get burned by the Teatro Caliente! Festival from Saturday, October 30, through Monday, November 1, at Modified Arts, 401 East Roosevelt. The annual orgy of live music, dance and performance art is only in its second year, but it's growing fast. Spurred by a grant from the Phoenix Arts Council and created by Theatre in My Basement, Teatro Caliente! has grown from two nights to three and has added matinee times for some pieces. The festival features acts of every ilk, from bizarre butoh dancing to "pierceformance," a hybrid of body piercing and theater. Performances by TIMB and Intertribal Theatre Project are also on tap. Shows are scheduled from 7 p.m. to midnight, with matinees on October 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit www.timb.org.-- Ashlea Deahl