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‘The Cottage’
Actors Theatre
Through Aug. 10
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
602-888-0368
A rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward, “The Cottage” is a tale of love, sex and betrayal. The two-act story is set in the English countryside in 1923 where Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair with her husband’s brother. The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are all called into question as a surprising and hilarious web of secrets unravel in this ridiculous, potentially murderous and romantic comedy. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 for students (with ID) to $45 for reserved seats. Visit www.actorstheatrephx.org.

‘The Book Club Play’
Actors Theatre
Through Aug. 17
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
602-888-0368
A comedy about books and the people who love them. A group of friends welcome a new member to their book club, only to see him tear at the fabric of their longstanding relationships. Structured as a documentary film with “character interviews” interrupting the action and with projected out-takes from the film’s final cut, “The Book Club Play” is a sly examination of social groups, ritual and the true nature of friendship. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 for students (with ID) to $45 for reserved seats. Visit www.actorstheatrephx.org.

Jack RadavichJack Radavich Trio
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5
Professional Musicians
of Arizona Hall
1202 E. Oak St.
602-254-8838
Enjoy jazz music by this Phoenix-based band, featuring Jack Radavich with Armand Boatman on piano and Dick Weller on drums. Presented by the Professional Musicians of Arizona, Local 586. Donations are accepted at the door in lieu of a set admission price.

‘Black and 25 in America’
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
www.actorstheatrephx.org
The play explores the issues of race, class, gender and identity through the life stories of characters Big Man, Joshua Thomas Northington III, Darron and Marcy. It offers the audience insight on what it means to be a young, Black adult in America. Through a series of vignettes, the play reveals how each character feels invisible and without voice. Tickets are $20 general admission.

‘West Side Story’
Valley Youth Theatre
Aug. 8-24
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” takes to the gang-ridden streets of 1950s Manhattan as two teens from rival gangs do the unthinkable and fall in love. Tickets are $20-$38 plus fees. Visit http://vyt.com.

‘That’s Life: From Sinatra to Sondheim’
7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
www.actorstheatrephx.org
An evening of song celebrating standards from the Great American Songbook and classics from the Broadway stage featuring music by Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Julie Styne, Marvin Hamlish, Kander & Ebb and Stephen Sondheim. Tickets are $20 general admission.

‘Adam and Friends’
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
www.actorstheatrephx.org
Adam Smith returns to the stage with a preview of his new CD titled “So Simple Now” and songs from his current album “Around the Bend,” with a few favorite cover songs. Adam will be joined on stage by special guest performers sharing a love of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor of 30 years ago—with a today sound. Tickets are $20 general admission.

Susan Boyle in Concert
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17
Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
877-840-0457
The exclusive 21-city tour stops in Phoenix on a coast-to-coast kick off of two-time Grammy nominee Boyle’s first U.S. tour. She will be performing a contemporary repertoire of iconic album tracks and never-heard-before classics. After dazzling judges on Britain’s Got Talent, Boyle soared into the spotlight with 300 million YouTube hits and counting. She has No. 1 albums in over 40 countries and has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide. Tickets are $47 to $97 plus fees. For tickets, call or visit http://phoenix.tickforce.com.

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