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4720 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | Central Scottsdale | 480-483-1664
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    Yup, time to talk about Neil Simon again. After decades of comedies rendered anathema by bad amateur productions, the playwright created a series of autobiographical shows that are funny,...
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    Although the Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County (which did exist, despite your conviction that it was just a chalupa-fueled dream you had) is scheduled to close this weekend, its...
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    Stymied by your entertainment choices? Try the Pulitzer Prize yardstick -- there’s just one per year for drama (sometimes none). If the script subsequently wins a Best Picture Oscar,...
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    Welcome to the weekend. Here's how to spend it. Comedy Slam 7 @ Celebrity Theatre There's something about comedy that gets lost in translation if you're not seeing it in person. "You had...
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    The idea of a post-apocalyptic future run by children in a Mad Max-fashion is pretty terrifying, if we recall correctly the Futurama episode where Fry travels to the year 3000 and discovers...
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    The setup: Many people who are or were cool enough to enjoy midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (in continuous release longer than any other motion picture) don't know that it...
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    Need plans? Here's how to spend your weekend in and around Phoenix. The Rocky Horror Show @ Desert Stages Theater In a culture brimming with "cult classics," only one can claim to have...
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    In a culture brimming with “cult classics,” only one can claim to have created the genre. After countless adaptations, The Rocky Horror Show comes to Scottsdale Desert Stages...
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    The setup: Agatha Christie may not have been the first mystery writer to maroon a bunch of strangers in a house together, tell them one of them is a murderer and some of the rest of them are...
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    Like Queen Elizabeth II, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been running in London since 1952. Some monarchs held on to their, ah, seats longer, but no other show’s graced the...
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    The setup: If it isn't enough for you to know that the roman à clef that inspired the film Legally Blonde was written by ASU grad Amanda Brown (based on her Stanford experiences) or that the...
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    The foreigner in Larry Shue's The Foreigner isn't exactly foreign. Well, at least not in the alluring, exotic sense. Dude's from England, his name's Charlie, and he edits sci-fi for a...
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    Is "I am not an animal!" what most of us remember about Victorian Englishman Joseph Merrick, a.k.a. the Elephant Man? Or the myth that Michael Jackson tried to buy his skeleton? In any case,...
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    Many Hollywood pundits and movie industry wags have predicted that Argo is gonna clean up big time at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony this coming Sunday. Then again, it might be a big night...
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    Ideally, when a play's scary, it's for the audience and on purpose. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Sunset Boulevard is scary for producers. Apparently, it's not enough that the...
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    Women's rights, mass communications, the Pill, and other glitches in midcentury culture pushed us into a maelstrom of openness, curiosity, and experimentation: the Sexual Revolution. It was...
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    Desert Stages Theatre's production of Rent never stops moving. The relentless, often abrasive energy that fuels Jonathan Larson's musical also holds it aloft in this umpteenth restaging,...
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    Rent is not the latest hot new thing on stage, fellow babies. The La Bohème-based rock musical is 18 years old. You won't go to jail for spending the evening with it. It can vote and...
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    The Odd Couple premièred on Broadway in 1965. By now, entire generations haven't even seen Felix and Oscar quibbling in TVland reruns of the ensuing sitcom. (Not to mention The New...
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    Thanks to some bad apples in the Catholic priesthood, altar boys have been in the spotlight for having more than just scripture crammed down their throats. After all of the negative focus on...
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    Desert Stages Theatre artistic director Terry Helland clearly is mad. Onto the tiny black box stage of his Actor's Café, he continues to wedge dark, offbeat plays that no doubt strike...
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    Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan's Hairspray is, I've decided, made of Teflon. It would appear that nothing can hurt this oft-produced musical version of the 1988 John Waters film, a...
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Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, an award-winning, non-profit performing arts theatre, is committed to offering high-quality entertainment to suit a variety of ages and musical tastes and to providing a creative platform that nurtures each stage of an actor's development.

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