Maxwell Anderson's Broadway thriller tells the terrifying tale of a mother whose home, marriage and family are shattered by the dawning realization that her dear, sweet daughter may, in fact, be a budding sociopath. Young Rhoda Penmark is a charming girl of many accomplishments, chief among them: lying, theft and possibly even murder. But what are the roots to Rhoda's seemingly evil nature ... and will her mother be able to right the potential wrong she's unleashed on the world? Based on the hugely popular William March novel that was also adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie, The Bad Seed brings a tense, plot twist-laden theatrical experience to Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale.
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. See this youth production at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
Fun Home is Alison Bechdel's coming-of-age journey of self-discovery. Middle-aged cartoonist Alison is joined by two younger versions of herself from pivotal times in her life. They'll lead you through her dysfunctional childhood, her coming-out and her father's suicide, shortly after his own coming-out. A story of reflection, bittersweet memories, and the moments of pure joy that shine through the darkness, Fun Home is a one-of-a-kind musical experience. This five-time Tony Award winner including Best Musical, tackles love, dysfunction and everything in between at Hormel Black Box Theatre in Phoenix.