By New Times
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Katrina Montgomery
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Monica Alonzo
By Benjamin Leatherman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Katrina Montgomery
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks: It's possible that Phoenix will eventually recover from losing Jill-of-all-theater-trades JoAnn Yeoman when she moves to New York later this year, but it doesn't seem likely. Yeoman's many fans — those who remember her Dulcinea, her Company, her '60s turn in Bye Bye Birdie — can bid her adieu in this, her final performance before blowing town. Yeoman is featured opposite Robert Kolby Harper in Richard Alfieri's two-character study of a middle-aged gay man and a somewhat older Baptist minister's wife who has hired him to teach her to dance. Each of the scenes winds up with a different dance routine, and given Harper's and Yeoman's background in dance, one can only expect great things from this pair of chorines. Through April 20 at Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd. Call 602-254-2151 to buy tickets or to leave sad goodbyes.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story: Broadway Palm's remount of one of its most popular shows promises not only a jubilant '50s rock score (including such midcentury classics as "Chantilly Lace," "La Bamba," "Peggy Sue," and "That'll Be the Day"), but a sanitized version of the legendary singer/songwriter's short life and quick rise to stardom. Through June 7 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa. Call 480-325-6700 for tickets and show times.
Tom, Dick, and Harry: Members of the Peter Hill fan club, rejoice! Your fave dog track director is not only at the helm of this Arizona première; he's the star! Ray Cooney's latest British farce has something to do with a better-than-middle-aged couple who've adopted a baby. The dame from the adoption agency is scheduled for a drop-in when New Dad's wayward brothers drop in for a visit. Hilarity apparently ensues for Marty Berger, Ross Collins, and various other dinner theater regulars in the newest endeavor by Copperstate Dinner Theater. Through May 18 at (no, seriously!) Phoenix Greyhound Park, 3801 East Washington St. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, with dinner at 6:30 and curtain at 8, and Sunday dinner at 5:30 and curtain at 7. $39.95 per person includes dinner and the show. Call 602-279-3129.