Improv Fest Offers Laughs,
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
April 12, 2018 — Humor helps people on many levels, be it coping with heartbreak, work woes, illness or other challenges. Nationally known comedians have helped Americans cope in these politically turbulent times.
Those seeking witty (and even thoughtful) entertainment this month can check out the 2018 Phoenix Improv Festival, running April 19 through April 21 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. More than 20 acts from Phoenix or other Arizona towns, Los Angeles, Chicago and Oregon are slated to perform.
A few of them are Always in Trouble, Robot Destroyers from Planet Earth and Skewed News Hour (all three are based in Phoenix); Red Door (Los Angeles); Danny and Arnold (Chicago); and Tapestry (Cedar City, Utah).
The festival will also feature workshops, ranging from gender roles (with Betse Green) and performing to group scenes (with Shaun Farrugia). Those will be held at different locations around the city. Admission prices to see improv performers range from $10 to $24, depending on the day (with discounts for seniors, students or a valid military ID). Workshops cost $50 each.
For more details or a full list of acts, visit http://phoeniximprovfestival.com/
Wednesday, April 11
Singer/songwriter Wes Williams — who blends Southern rock, soul and New Orleans-style music — will play The Rhythm Room, 1019 Indian School Road, Phoenix. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10; for more info, go to https://www.rhythmroom.com/event
Friday, April 13
A rock mainstay for over four decades, when they first hit with Don’t Fear The Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult will play Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Tickets start at $29; showtime is 8 p.m. To learn more, check out https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/the-showroom/blue-oyster-cult/
CaZo Dance is presenting Tough as Nails 7:30 p.m. today and April 14 at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. The production follows a couple over a 6-year period as they struggle with a health crisis. Tickets range from $20 to $45, and are available at http://cazodance.com/. For more details, go to https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/cazo-tough-as-nails-2018/
April 13 to May 13
First it was a literary phenomenon in 1992. Then, it was a well-received movie starring Meryl Streep. Now, it’s a Broadway musical: The Bridges Of Madison County will be staged through May 13 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For showtimes or ticket prices, visit http://azbroadway.org/event/the-bridges-of-madison-county/
Saturday, April 14
The ninth annual Waylon Run, presented by Los Santos MC, is a memorial motorcycle ride and live country music show celebrating country icon Waylon Jennings. The afternoon rally will include a visit to Jennings’ gravesite. To learn more, check out http://www.azcmc.org/event/9th-annual-waylon-run/
Sunday, April 15
The Royal Dance Works Performance Showcase is set for 6 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Performers range in age from 6 to 21. Admission is $28; for other details, visit https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=415
Tuesday, April 17
The Color Purple, a Tony Award-winning musical (based on Alice Walker’s acclaimed novel) will run through April 22 at the Arizona State University Gammage. Tickets start at $65. To learn more, go to https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/color-purple
Friday, April 20
Portland, Oregon Americana band Fruition will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $25.50 to $30.50. To learn more about the band, check out https://mim.org/events/fruition/
The Beatles are brought back to life on stage during Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary with Classical Mystery Tour running through April 22 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony, the show will feature original members of the Broadway sensation Beatlemania performing classics like Penny Lane and I Am the Walrus. For other details or to buy tickets, check out http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10212
Acclaimed playwright Neil Simon’s 1968 comedy Plaza Suite will be presented through June 3 at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road. Showtimes are 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Admission starts at $22. For more details, go to http://www.desertstages.org/plaza-suite/
Saturday, April 21
The ASU Student Composers Concert is set for 1 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. This event will be included as part of the museum’s general admission. Go to http://www.phxart.org/event/9254f371-d00c-3cc2-8211-02c15c09fabf for other info.
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers will play The Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Road, Scottsdale. The show will begin at 8 p.m., while tickets start at $30.
Sunday, April 22
Veteran rock band the Dixie Dregs will play at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (Virginia G. Piper Theater), 7380 E. Second St. Admission ranges from $45 to $85. Get more details at https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/dixie-dregs/
The Sun City Anthem Theatrical Society will perform at 2 p.m. at the National Comedy Theater, 1111 S. Longmore, Mesa. Admission is $8; the show is recommended for those 17 and older. For more details, call (602) 374-5638 or visit https://nctphoenix.com/shows/.
The Center Dance Ensemble is presenting American Voices, as part of National Poetry Month, at Herberger Theater Center (the Kax Stage), 222 E. Monroe St. Admission ranges from $10 to $16. Find out more by visiting https://herbergertheater.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=654
Wednesday, April 25
Noted blues artist John Nemeth will perform at 8 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Tickets start at $13. For more details, go to https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1591003-john-nemeth-phoenix/
Swiss DJ The Rev. Beat Man and Nicole Izobel Garcia will play the Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave. Tickets are $10 or $12; learn more at https://yuccatap.com/event/reverend-beat-man-nicole-izobel-garcia/
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