Prepare For Heavy
(Stage) Drama This Spring
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
March 13, 2019 — In February 1949, a play about a man’s failed career debuted at the Morosco Theater in New York City.
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman follows 63-year-old William “Willy” Loman (played by Lee J. Cobb), as he returns home after learning his business trip was cancelled.
From there, things in both in his professional and personal life start to go very, very wrong.
The drama covers the character’s painful reality and the illusions that sustained him and also serves as a sobering look at the American Dream. Critics were enthusiastic about the 1949 production, which would win both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
It was the second work from Miller, already known for All My Sons, who would go onto write other classics such as The Crucible and A View from the Bridge.
Miller, who died in 2005, also wrote screenplays, essays and books. (There was also a marriage to someone named Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s.)
Miller is viewed as one of this nation’s greatest dramatists, while Death of a Salesman is considered to be one the 20th Century’s greatest plays.
Phoenicians can now see for themselves why 70 years later, it endures: A production will run through April 14 at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road. Tickets start at $22. To purchase one, showtimes or other details, go to https://www.desertstages.org/death-of-a-salesman/ or call the box office at (480) 483-1664.
Wednesday, March 13
Bluegrass/folk rock band Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Admission is $38. Learn more details at https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/steep-canyon-rangers
Thursday, March 14
Classical group Break of Reality will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Admission is $30; learn more at https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/break-of-reality
Friday, March 15
A favorite of stage and screen, Mamma Mia, based on songs by Abba, will run through April 20 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Tickets start at $36.20 for children or at $52.79 for adults. For more information visit https://azbroadway.org/event/mamma-mia/
Saturday, March 16
Phoenix’s own Soul Power Band will play The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The R&B band will take the stage at 8 p.m.; admission is $10. Visit https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1802822-soul-power-band-phoenix/ to learn more.
Emo Nite, a dance event, will take place at 9 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave. Admission is $15. For more details, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emo-nite-tickets-53706561772
Sunday, March 17
Legendary R&B/soul group Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at The Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $39.50. To learn more, go to http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=190055892BA144EC&offerid=95050
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, based on the popular children’s book, will be staged through April 21 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Tickets range from $12 to $30. Showtimes vary. Check out https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-show/ to learn more details.
Tuesday, March 19
The Play That Goes Wrong will run through March 24 at the Arizona State University Gammage. The award-winning comedy is described as “if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had a baby.” For ticket prices or other info go to https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/play-goes-wrong
The Violins Of Hope Tribute Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. This concert is dedicated to Holocaust survivors, their families, and those who died. Admission starts at $39. For more information, visit https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/violins-of-hope-tribute-concert-2019/
Wednesday, March 20
Percussion/horn band Moon Hooch will play Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Banana Gun and Elena Shirin are the opening acts. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $12; learn more at https://www.lastexitlive.com/e/moon-hooch-53576698347/
March 22 to 24
The Phoenix Symphony will perform Stravinsky, Gershwin and Glass from Saturday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. For showtimes and ticket prices, check out https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11163
Friday, March 22
Artist and writer Coco Fusco will discuss her book Dangerous Moves: Politics and Performance in Cuba at 7 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission is $10; to learn more, visit https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/coco-fusco/
A benefit concert for Project Sleep — which helps those living with narcolepsy — will be held at 7:30 p.m. at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Several musical artists are on the bill. Admission ranges from $10 to $39. Find out more at https://thenash.org/event/jim-walker-benefit-concert-for-project-sleep/
Saturday, March 23
Featuring Arizona bands, the Humdinger Festival will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Mesa Amphitheatre. The line-up includes The Sugar Thieves, Paper Foxes, The Breakup Society and more. Admission is $12. For more details, check out https://mesaamp.com/Online/default.asp
Critical Mass, a techno music festival, will take place starting at 4 p.m. at Scarizona Scaregrounds 1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa. Along with two outdoor stages, there will be live art, vendors, food trucks and more. Tickets start at $25; for a full roster and other info, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/technical-techno-house-music-festival-tickets-55118320380
Sunday, March 24
Contemporary jazz artists Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita will perform Transparent Water at 2 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets range from $28.50 to $38.50. For more details, check out http://mim.org/events/omar-sosa-transcendence/
Comedian David Liebe Hart will perform at the Trunk Space, 1124 N. Third St., Phoenix. Admission is $12; learn more at http://www.thetrunkspace.com/calendar/2019/3/26/david-liebe-hart-wchip-the-black-boy-whatever-your-heart-desires-and-more
Wednesday, March 27
The classic Ingmar Bergman film Through a Glass Darkly will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. This is part of Scandinavian Pain Film Series. Admission is free for members or $5 for non-members. For other details, go to http://www.phxart.org/event/4aa27c74-e850-5d6c-5a97-51ef3189040a
Thursday, March 28
The musical My Son Pinocchio Jr. will run through March 31 at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. Visit https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/act-one-mar18/ to learn more details or purchase tickets.
Friday, March 29
Broadway mainstay Chicago will run through April 2 at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $42.25. Learn more at https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=449
The rap concert A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie will be held at 8 p.m. at The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St. in Phoenix. Admission starts at $27.50; the show is open to those 13 and up. To learn more, go to https://www.thevanburenphx.com/events/8943445/monster-energy-outbreak-tour-presents-a-boogie-wit-da-hoodie/
March 29 and 30
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Tickets range from $41 to $65. Go to https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater for more information.
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