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10 Must-See Plays and Musicals in Metro Phoenix This Spring

Scene from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Space 55.
Scene from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Space 55. Space 55

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Three smart guys walk into a German town...
Southwest Shakespeare Company
Wittenberg
Taliesin West
April 20 to 29
Southwest Shakespeare Company once again performs the David Davalos play that sets Hamlet, Faustus, and Martin Luther together in 1517, the year Luther launched the Protestant Reformation by nailing his famous 95 Theses to a church door in Germany. Learn more on the Southwest Shakespeare Company website.

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Mysteries abound.
Esser Design
Holmes and Watson
Herberger Theater Center
May 11 to 28
Arizona Theatre Company presents a world premiere mystery by Jeffrey Hatcher, in which the famed detective has supposedly died, leaving his faithful assistant to determine which of three men are imposters, and which might be the real Sherlock Holmes. Get details on the Arizona Theatre Company website.

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The Book of Mormon National Tour company.
Joan Marcus
The Book of Mormon
ASU Gammage
May 18 to 28
Another tour for The Book of Mormon is headed to ASU Gammage. Written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the TV series South Park, the musical parodies not only religion but also the American Dream. Find more information on the ASU Gammage website.

Urinetown

Mesa Arts Center
May 19 to 28
Mesa Encore Theatre performs the musical that imagines life in a town where people have to pay to pee. Consider it a tasteful, tongue-in-cheek riff on capitalism, populism, politics, bureaucracy, and the legal system. Learn more on the Mesa Arts Center website.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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