We find that stupidity flourishes, even without magic spells to help it along, but in Neil Simon’s Fools, the Ukraine village of Kulyenchikov has been chronically stupid for 200 years due to a curse. Can the curse be broken? New teacher Leon Tolchinsky is up for the challenge, largely because he’s fallen in love with his pupil, Sophia. The plot’s full of twists, turns, and bad jokes. (The townspeople are terrible at everything.)

Brelby Theatre Company presents the gala opening night of Fools at 6835 North 58th Avenue in Glendale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 6. Admission is $30 and includes a drink, cake, and other revelry. The show continues through Saturday, February 28, with tickets at $12 to $20. Visit or call 623-282-2781.

Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 7-8, 2 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 15, 2 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 21-22, 2 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 28, 2 p.m. Starts: Feb. 6. Continues through Feb. 27, 2015
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson