Founded by a pair of theater-loving sisters, Desert Rose Theatre cultivates family-friendly productions in an airy, new black box at Power Square Mall. Mary Stuart, written by 18th-century dramatist Friedrich Schiller and directed by Chris Michael Dennis, explores the relationship between Britain's Protestant queen, Elizabeth I, and her Catholic cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, which grows thornier than a bouquet of porcupine quills when Mary gets sent to prison. Though Mary is captive, her ardor and popularity threaten to topple Elizabeth's icy throne, unleashing a spate of high-stakes political maneuvers. Elizabethan-style couture by artistic director Katherine Stewart infuses the production with realism and stage curtains made of ruffled collars.
The Rockin' R Ranch transports vacationers exhausted by city stressors to a working Old West dude ranch nestled in the mountains of Utah. Visiting cowboys spend the night in the massive, barn-stylized lodge, which grants views of the countryside from a rustic common area decorated with a deer-antler chandelier and mounted moose. The Spartan rooms mirror the foresty feel of the lodge with simple décor, quilted beds, and private baths to wash up after a long day teaching yearlings how to tie their hooves.
Avoid arguments over whether to do dinner or catch a play with today’s crowd-pleasing Groupon. For $25, get epic-sized eats, entertainment, and VIP treatment at Howdy Dinner Extravaganza, a musical experience exploring the legend and lore of life during the Gold Rush era. Join Kitty McGuire and company at Mesa’s historic The Ranch for an interactive evening of food and fun and food.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.