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Auditions: Shakespeare's linguistic labor of love

Tucson actors could find themselves parked onstage, performing one of the Bard's most densely worded plays, "Love's Labour's Lost," in a Shakespeare in the Park production. Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.... Read more»

Weekend music

The thrill remains the same: Honor BB King and go listen to live music

Like most music lovers, I'm listening to some sweet old B.B. King cuts on Friday. But, recalling the magic of the three times I was lucky enough to see him play, here are a few recommendations for Tucson spots to catch the fleeting magic that is live music this week, including blues, chamber music, and Latin fusion.... Read more»

Arizona Repertory Theatre

UA’s 'A Little Night Music' lightens up the evening

The UA’s “A Little Night Music” should satisfy stalwart Steven Sondheim fans, who can be highly opinionated about his works. It is also a serviceable introduction for anyone not already familiar with America’s greatest living musical theatre composer.... Read more»

Tucson playwright wins $10k Yale Drama prize

Barbara Seyda, a Tucson writer and photographer, was awarded the 2015 Yale Drama Series Prize for her play "Celia, A Slave: 26 Characters Testify." Her work, which the prize's judge said prompted "a thick lump of pain .. that I carried around for day," is based on transcripts of the trial of Missouri young slave who killed her master in 1855.... Read more»

Opera Distillery brews up new take on Mozart classic

This should not work. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths. Pizza, popcorn and beer served by staff shuttling in and out during the performance. Opera. Opera? Yes, grand opera in a most unusual setting. Where is the solemnity? The dignity? The reserve that accompanies the typical opera experience? The bizarre sets and extreme costumes?... Read more»

Julian Sands plays Pinter in Green Valley

Actor Julian Sands will make a one-show appearance in Green Valley on Tuesday night, showcasing the work of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter. That's right, Julian Sands, from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Killing Fields," and "A Room with a View." In Green Valley, performing Pinter.... Read more»

Rogue proclaims, 'Let England shake, rattle and roll'

Rogue Theatre’s latest, "Jerusalem," focuses on Johnny “Rooster” Byron, a hard-drinking, profane but lovable ne’er-do-well and lady’s man. Rooster’s main redeeming quality is his drug dealing, reviled by proper town folk, but also quietly relied upon by the villagers. Inspired by William Blake and a life-loving Gypsy, the play explores life in the vanishing wilds of Britain.... Read more»

PCC Center for the Arts

Pima offers free performance of Vietnam War tribute for vets

Based on true stories, “A Piece of My Heart” by playwright Shirley Lauro, follows six women serving in the chaos of combat. Veterans are invited to attend a free special performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, before the show’s official opening night.... Read more»

All Souls: A walk to remember the departed

Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on downtown Tucson dressed in costumes and sugar skull make-up on Sunday for the 25th annual All Souls Procession.... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

'Wait Until Dark' redone in gnarly noir

Years of police procedural TV shows have enlightened audiences to the ways of criminals, evidence and investigation. As a result, “Wait Until Dark” — about a blind woman in a cat-and-mouse struggle with ne’er-do-well — today requires ever larger doses of willing suspension of disbelief to make sense.... Read more»

Arizona Repertory Theatre

Frankenstein: Monster production saves UA monster play

Director Brent Gibbs brings his A game to this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic “Frankenstein.” The show’s vibrant bells and whistles fortunately overshadow the weaknesses of its text and create a showcase for the UA’s faculty and student talent, both on stage and behind the scenes.... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

'Venus in Fur?' Whip it! Whip it good!

“Venus in Fur” is a 2010 play by David Ives, loosely based on the 1870 erotic novella by Leopold Van Sacher-Masoch. It uses the metaphor of the theatre to explore and subvert the authentically dominant and submissive roles of director and actor into a dynamic, erotically charged relationship. Self-aware, comedic and ironic, the play is less about sex and more about the stickier aspects of power.... Read more»1

Invisible Theatre cancels 'Dead Guilty' run over actor illness

A sick actor means a local theatre group is canceling a production. "Dead Guilty," scheduled for Feb. 4-16, won't appear on the boards of Invisible Theatre; ticket holders should phone to arrange refunds.... Read more»

'Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed' opening safe haven for improv

Spreading the gospel of improvisational comedy can be a tricky business, but the members of Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed are as tenacious as they are whimsical. Eleven years after the group's founding, they finally have a place to call their own — the lights will go up on the Unscrewed Theater this weekend.... Read more»

PCC not fiddlin' around with heritage project

In conjunction with a production of "Fiddler on the Roof," Pima Community College will host a Family Heritage Celebration next month. The public is asked to share photos, poems and stories as part of a multimedia project that will be featured on the opening night of the musical.... Read more»

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