A/C Theatre Company produces indie musicals at the Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre located just off Central and McDowell. Close to the light rail and lots of delicious local restaurants as well as the Phoenix Theatre bar… come for an Awesomely Cool time!


In this two-person musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract – fulfilling their ill-advised dreams.

WHEN: May 17- June 2

WHERE: The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Rd. 85004

BOX OFFICE: 602-254-2151 or TICKETS HERE 


Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party-to-end-all-parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadence is reaching a climax, so is Burrs' jealousy, which erupts and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned, Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun gets fired, but who's been shot?

WHEN: September 8- 23, 2018

WHERE: The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Rd. 85004

BOX OFFICE: 602-254-2151 or TICKETS HERE 

Is this a hard-boiled detective tale disguised as a lounge act – or the other way around? Direct from The Red Eye Lounge, Buddy Toupee tickles the ivories and serves up plot concoctions like a Chandleresque Greek chorus. The private eye searches for a missing blonde through a double-dealing world of smoky bars, rain-slicked streets, and more blondes. This quest lures the audience to an unnamed city of mystery, music, and demolished dreams. "Musically more sophisticated than City of Angels, Mr. Bohmler's torchy swiveling melodies echo the moody grandeur of the 40's film-noir soundtracks." - The New York Times

WHEN: May 18- June 3, 2018

WHERE: The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Rd. 85004

GET TICKETS HERE! 602-254-2151



Groundbreaking, viciously funny, and devastatingly heartbreaking, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a modern masterpiece! With an electrifying glam-rock score and high-voltage performances, this show follows one of the most enigmatic characters to hit the stage. Written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask and the winner of four Tony Awards®, including Best Musical Revival, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is thrillingly progressive and thoroughly entertaining!

WHENSeptember 20 - October 8, 2017

WHERE: The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Rd. 85004

GET TICKETS HERE! 602-254-2151


WHENAugust 4-19, 2017

WHERE: The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Rd. 85004

Get Tickets Here!  602-254-2151




WHEN: February 17- 26, 2017

WHERE: The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Rd. 85004

TICKETS , 602-254-2151




LIZZIE The Musical


A rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s favorite axe-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl, Lizzie Borden, by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt “A gothic rock ritual with a ‘riotgirl’ attitude... an eerie hybrid of rock club and a turn-of-the-century New England parlor.” “Presented with wall-rattling glee…deliciously watchable” -The New York Times

WHEN: August 12- 27, 2016

WHERE: The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Rd. 85004

TICKETS: , 602-254-2151






Book by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell, Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen|Created by the team that brought you [title of show], Now. Here. This. is a new musical tackling life's big questions with inimitable humor and humanity. The show follows the evolution and adventures of four friends in a natural history museum as they journey through time--from the present day museum, to the past, and back again. Inspired by various exhibits (bees, reptiles, early man, ancient civilizations and outer space), the foursome shares their stories about friendship, hoarding, hiding, laughing, living, dying and middle school in an attempt to step directly into that elusive present moment…into the Now. Here. This.

Now. Here. This. reviews:

"How wonderful that A/C Theatre has the strength and chops to keep working and introducing us to new material. It is well worth the immersion into these characters' stories and music for an upcoming evening out." -Jennifer Haaland, Mesa Performing Arts Examiner
"A/C's production features a talented cast, smart direction, and a great sounding small band... The A/C cast is quite skilled in making the stories and songs not only seem relatable but also inherent to themselves and personal as well."-Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway

“…a mixed salad, let's say, of personal recollections and reflections, garnished with a mélange of witty and poignant songs, and not so filling that it will strain your digestive capabilities but perhaps juicy enough to whet your interest in savoring richer theatrical entrees about identity and purpose…The good news is that Phoenix's A/C Theatre Company has sweetened the appetizer with a production featuring the delectable and spirited performances of Tracy Payne Black, Brenda Jean Foley, Kevin Fenderson, and Micah Jondel DeShazer as four characters in search of their personal author.” –Herbert Paine, Broadway World
“Now. Here. This. succeeds at being quirky…  The score is a catchy pastiche of pop styles, well-performed by an onstage band.” –Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic  




Murder Ballad reviews:

A/C Theatre Company is a new theatre troupe that, like its geographical location, is the Phoenix that has risen from the ashes of companies that have sadly fallen before it. With talent seen either on stage or working behind the scenes of previous productions under different banners, A/C Theatre Company – a name, we’re told, can mean several things, including Alternative Commercial, Artistically Collaborative or the more literal Air Conditioned theatre – has arrived with a modicum of fanfare presenting contemporary stage musicals that are considered underrepresented in Phoenix.”
-David Appleford, Film and Theatre Reviews

“Kudos to the cast for their brilliant vocals and their astute interpretations of their characters and to Mark 4man for his band's robust musical backup. And, kudos to Mr. Shawver for his intelligent and economical interpretation and design of the play.”
-Herb Paine,

“The main attraction of “Murder Ballad” is the energetic songwriting by Juliana Nash (of the indie band Talking to Animals), with lyrical assistance from playwright Julia Jordan. Amidst the muscular riffs — played by an onstage band led by music director Mark 4Man — comes some clever and even poignant wordplay.”
-Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

“A/C Theatre Company's production is full of passion with a good cast, solid direction, theatrically rich creative aspects, and a superb band.”
-Gil Benbrook, PHX