Thru April 8 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2.
Woman and Scarecrow - by Marina Carr, directed by Georgia Athearn. The Desert Rose Playhouse entry in The Southwest Irish Theater Festival. A woman on her deathbed faces the regrets of a half-lived life and her imminent departure from a philandering husband and eight children. The one emotion her character rarely knew was happiness, a fact pointed out by the mystifying Scarecrow, who serves alternately as a friend and a taunting prosecutor. Info: The Desert Rose Playhouse, 6921 Montgomery Blvd NE, 881-0503,http://www.desertroseplayhouse.com Price: $12, $10 Students, Seniors, and ABQ Theatre Guild Members.
Thru April 15 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2.
Is Life Worth Living? - by Lennox Robinson, directed by Brian Hansen. The Adobe entry in The Southwest Irish Theater Festival. This play is set in a seaside hotel in Inish, Ireland. In order to attract more tourists to the resort, the owner of the hotel has decided to host a serious Acting Company that will be presenting modern drama in the town's theatre. As bad luck would have it, the plays they present (Ibsen, Strindberg, Tolstoy, Chekhov and the like) all deal with dark topics that have never occurred to the relatively healthy residents of this tight community. Gradually - and hilariously - the good folk get dragged into the dark pit of introspection and depression. The play is a send-up of pretentious artists, cutting-edge drama, and naive Irish village life. Info: Adobe Theatre, 9813 Fourth Street NW, 898-2222, http://www.adobetheater.org Price: $15, Seniors & Students $13.
Thru April 15 | Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. Preview Thursday, April 16 at 7:30.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night - by Eugene O'Neill, directed by David Jones O'Neill's autobiographical masterpiece takes place from morning to midnight of a single day in 1912. It’s a wrenching portrait of love and hate in the American family – the author’s own. Info:The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600, http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $15, $10 for student rush. Present your program for at the box office for performances of The Vortex’ The Unauthorized Afterlife Of Eugene O’Neill and get a $5 discount.
April 1 & April 8 | Sundays at 7:30.
The Unauthorized Afterlife of Eugene O’Neill - a one-man show written and performed by James Cady, directed by Brian Hansen.This fictional exploration by James Cady gives us insight into the conflict-ridden life of Eugene O'Neill, the great American playwright who created the classic Long Day's Journey into Night and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Cady depicts O'Neill journeying through the afterlife as a "theatrical Flying Dutchman," sailing from theatre to theatre in an attempt to discover the meaning of his own life, come to terms with his family's literary image, and maybe even settle a few scores. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600,http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $15. Present your program for at the box office for performances of The Vortex’ Long Day’s Journey into Night for a $5 discount.
April 6 - 22 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8 & Sundays at 2.
Macbeth - by William Shakespeare, directed by Victoria Liberatori. In a world of corrupt politicians, none was as infamous or bloody as the Scottish king. Info: Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill, 3011 Monte Vista Blvd. NE, 254-7716, http://www.auxdog.com Price: $16, $12 Students, Seniors, Service members.
April 6 - 29| Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 7 and Sundays at 6.
Revelations - by Jimmy Galloway, directed by Annetta Jordan. This full-length comedy-drama brings together five very unique characters somewhere in very rural desolate New Mexico, somewhere around the year 1900. New Mexico playwright Jimmy Galloway uses marvelously funny, unique and sensitive writing to explore all of the most fundamental elements of being a human being. Galloway uses humor, the characters and the mystique of frontier New Mexico to take the audience on an unusual quest in search of revelations about their own beliefs surrounding reality, love, happiness, spirituality, loneliness, race, friendship, dreams and our inevitable death. Info: SouthWest Rural Theatre Project, 5800 Kathryn Ave SE, 717-4494, http://www.swrtp.org Price: $12, $10 Students & Seniors, $8 Children.
April 6 - 29 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8. Sundays at 2. Thursday, April 19 at 8.
Xanadu—The Broadway Musical! - music & lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar, directed by Henry Avery & Dehron Foster, with choreography by Larry Aguilar and musical direction by HollyBeth Williams. Taking audiences back to 1980 California, this hilarious new musical follows the beautiful Kira, who travels to earth to inspire a struggling young artist named Sonny. A vision in leg warmers and wind-swept hair, she helps this hunky painter find his voice, discover true love and build the world’s first roller disco. Based on the film that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, the show’s legendary score includes such hits as “Xanadu,” “Magic (You Have to Believe),” "Suddenly," and “Have You Never Been Mellow?” Info: Albuquerque Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale Ave SW, 242-4750,http://www.albuquerquelittletheatre.org Price: $24, $21 Seniors, $18 Students, $12 Children (12 and under). Not recommended for children under 3.
April 6 – July 28 | Friday and Saturday at 7:30. Sunday, May 13 at 1:30.
Virginia Jones and the Curse of Nergal - by David Landau, directed by Eddie Dethlefs and Micah Linford. A mystery spoof of the Hollywood adventure films. The time, 1932. The place, Marlene's Cabaret in Liechtenstein. Wealthy explorer Sir Wallis Burgess is dead, his ashes in an urn he retrieved from the recently discovered tomb of the Mesopotamian God of the Underworld, Nergal. Some say he died of the curse. Others suspect his greedy wife, his mysterious mistress, his double-crossing partner or the dangerous followers of the Underworld God. It is up to adventuress Virginia Jones to discover which as well as what became of the map of the catacombs and the Eye of Nergal. To do so she must battle wits and skills with her arch nemesis the Baron DeFalcon, as well as their mutual desire for one another. Info: Foul Play Café, Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd, 377-9593, http://www.foulplaycafe.comPrice: $55 includes dinner and the show (gratuity not included); $32 Children (10 and under, includes meal).
April 7 | Saturday at 2.
The Way of Water - staged reading of a new play by Caridad Svich, directed by Valli Marie Rivera. By acclaimed playwright Caridad Svich, this play focuses on four characters whose lives were disastrously affected by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It deals with the themes of rumors and truth, an under-reported health crisis scandal, poverty in America, and the brave efforts of victims to go on living their lives as best they can. The NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press is sponsoring free readings of the play during the month of April in multiple venues around the world, to mark the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill and raise awareness of its continuing impact on human health and the Gulf region's environment and economy. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600, http://www.nopassport.org/thewayofwater Price: Free.
April 13 – May 6 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2.
Legally Blonde: The Musical! - music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, directed by Robb A. Sisneros. A funny and fabulous musical where sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone ‘serious,’ Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Info: Musical Theatre Southwest, 6320B Domingo NE, 265-9119,http://www.musicaltheatresw.com. Price: $20, Seniors & Students $18, Children (12 and under) $16.
April 14 & 15 | Saturday & Sunday at 2.
The Music Man Jr. - music and lyrics by Meredith Willson. The American musical classic follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill and his visit to River City, Iowa where he meets and falls in love with the willful, spinster librarian, Marian Paroo. With his word-a-second style, "Professor" Harold Hill convinces the town to adopt his revolutionary music program, "The Think System," or face the moral decline of the youngsters of River City. Chaos ensues as Hill's credentials are questioned and he is forced to prove himself to the citizens of River City. Info: New Mexico Young Actors at the KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave. NW, 768-3544,www.kimotickets.com Price: $12, Children (12 and under) $10.
April 20 & 21 | Friday & Saturday at 7
Wrinkle Writing Showcase - by Blackout Theatre Company. The culmination of the first year of the revitalized "Wrinkle Writing" program, five performance troupe schools will present their completely original plays, written throughout the school year in collaboration with Blackout Theatre Company teaching artists. Additionally, the winners of the "Wrinkle Writing Portfolio Contest," will receive staged readings of their plays. The portfolio winners are students from throughout the Albuquerque area who have submitted their original scripts. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, 724-4771, http://www.blackouttheatre.com Price: Free.
April 20 – 29 | Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2.
Port Twilight -or- The History of Science (A Chronicle of Folly, Wisdom and Madness) - by Len Jenkin, directed by Bill Walters.This futuristic sci-fi thriller by Obie award winning playwright Len Jenkin takes us to the mysterious town of Port Twilight where workers at the OPME (Off-Planet Message Exchange) scan radio waves for messages from other planets. In Port Twilight, love is lost…and found, while a disgruntled biochemist, a B-movie producer, a mystical rabbi, and a team of dancing scientists, through video imagery, music, and powerful poetic language, tell an apocalyptic tale of and science and the search for knowledge. Info: UNM Department of Theatre and Dance at Rodey Theatre in UNM’s Fine Art Building, 925-5858, http://www.unmtickets.com Price: $12, $10 Faculty & Seniors, $8 Staff and Students.
April 27 – May 20 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2.
The Rainmaker - by N. Richard Nash, directed by Darryl Streeter. Set in a drought-ridden rural town in the West in Depression era America, the play tells the story of a pivotal hot summer day in the life of spinsterish Lizzie Curry. Lizzie keeps house for her father and two brothers on the family cattle ranch. She has just returned from a trip to visit pseudo-cousins (all male), which was undertaken with the failed expectation that she would find a husband. As their farm languishes under the devastating drought, Lizzie's family worries about her marriage prospects more than about their dying cattle. A charming confidence trickster named Starbuck arrives and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100. His arrival sets off a series of events that enable Lizzie to see herself in a new light. Info:Adobe Theatre, 9813 Fourth Street NW, 898-2222, http://www.adobetheater.org Price: $15, Seniors & Students $13.
April 27 – May 20 | Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. Preview Thursday, April 16 at 7:30.
Speed-the-Plow - by David Mamet, directed by Harry Zimmerman. In Mamet's satire of the movie industry, an ambitious secretary mixes it up with studio execs in a battle of conscience vs. profits. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600,http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $15.