See also: Gina Gionfriddo on Having It All, Pulitzer Prizes, and Rapture, Blister, Burn
Her honest take on everything from orgasms to the inner workings of the female mind has gained the attention of the comedy world; Cummings has played alongside popular performers Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, and Sarah Silverman. If you caught her on the now-defunct Chelsea Lately, you know you're in for a good time.
Cummings does comedy at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, January 16, at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive. Additional shows are on Saturday, January 17, and Sunday, January 18. Tickets for the 18-and-over gig are $30 and a two-drink minimum is required. Visit www.tempeimprov.com for details and tickets, or call 480-921-9877. Janessa Hilliard
Rapture, Blister, Burn is a lyric from a Hole song, and that helps explain why the play by the same title is not about a particularly ecstatic case of sunburn. It's a funny and issue-driven play about young, 40ish, and elderly women and their choices, set in the world of college professors and presented by Theatre Artists Studio through Sunday, February 1. The script's by Gina Gionfriddo, author of last season's Becky Shaw, a Pulitzer nominee.
Watch the road not taken get taken -- all the way to Bad Idea Town via an ill-conceived graduate seminar -- at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 17, at 4848 East Cactus Road in Scottsdale. For tickets, $10 to $20, visit www.thestudiophx.org or call 602-765-0120. Julie Peterson