* = Activities for children.

OPENING

Curtain Call Theatre, Beauty and the Beast, March 31-April 29, Fri.-Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2; also 2 p.m. Sat., April 8, 15, 22, and 29; Thur. at 7:30, April 13, 20 and 27; Kweskin Theatre in the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford; tickets, $32/adults, $25/srs., $16/students and children; curtaincallinc.com or 203-461-6358 x36.

WCSU Dept. of Theatre Arts, Violet, a musical of the Civil Rights Movement, March 31-April 9; Fri.-Sat. at 8, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sat.-Sun.; Studio Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; tickets at eventbrite.com or call 203-837-8732.

The Penny Lane Players of Fairfield, William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, March 31-April 9, Fri.-Sat. at 7 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., tickets $15/adults, $8/children under 12; Greenfield Hill Grange, 65 Hillside Rd., Fairfield; info., pennylaneplayers.org.

Troupers Light Opera Company, Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, with Victor Herbert’s The Magic Night, Sat., April 1 and 8, at 7:30 and Sun., April 2 and 9, at 2:30, at the Wall Street Theatre, 71 Wall St., Norwalk; tickets from ticketfly.com.

THIS WEEKEND

War Stories: A Veterans Project, Fri.-Sat., March 31-April 1, 8 p.m., stories of veterans from Homes for the Brave; tickets $20; Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University; quickcenter.com or 1-877-ARTS-396.

Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre, presenting Dream Logic, theater, dance and acrobatics, Sat., April 1, 7 p.m., tickets $25, $20/student, children under 5 free; Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave.; tickets at eventbrite.com.

Psychic medium Kim Russo, Sat., April 1, 8 p.m., tickets $45; meet and greet up grade add’l $75; The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Twenty-First Annual Readers Theater, fully staged reading of The Pavilion by Craig Wright, presented by the Easton Arts Council, Sat., April 1, 8 p.m., Community Room, Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Rd.; info., email [email protected] or 203-261-9264.

Work Is The Curse of The Drinking Classes by Neil Titley, performed by Johnson Flucker, Sun., April 2, at 4 p.m., Eastbound Theatre, Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford; milfordarts.org or 203-878-6647.

* Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Ct., Westport; westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177: Pete the Cat, Sun., April 2, at 1 and 4 p.m., rec. for ages 4-8, tickets $20.

CONTINUING

* Downtown Cabaret Children’s Company, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport; tickets $23/adults, $19/children; mycabaret.org or 203-576-1636 x0: Little Red Riding Hood, March 5-April 2, Sat.-Sun. at noon and 2:30.

ADVANCE

National Theatre Live in HD, Hedda Gabler, directed by Ivo van Hove, Mon., April 3, at 2 and 7 p.m., tickets $25, $20/srs., $10/children/students; Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University; quickcenter.com or 1-877-ARTS-396.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane, starring pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek,April 5-9, Wed. at 2 and 8 p.m., Thur.-Fri., at 8 p.m., Sat. at 3 and 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m.; tickets $35 and $45; The Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court; westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177.

Illusionist Rick Thomas, Thur., April 6, tickets $30-$50; The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford; palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.

Jesus Christ Superstar, presented by the Theatre Arts Program at Sacred Heart University, Thur.-Sat., April 6-8, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 9, 3 p.m.; Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield; res., edgertoncenter.org or call 203-371-7908.

Humorist David Sedaris, Fri., April 7, 7:30 p.m., tickets $75; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Connecticut premiere of End of the Rainbow, a play with music by Peter Quilter, weekends April 7-23 (Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 4 and 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m.), MTC Mainstage, 509 Westport Ave., Norwalk; tickets $30-$55, reservations suggested at 203-454-3883 or musictheatreofct.com

Theatre Artists Workshop, Classic Night Concert Reading of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, Fri.-Sat., April 7-8, 8 p.m., Sun., April 9, 3 p.m.; adm. free, $15 donation suggested; 5 Gregory Blvd., Norwalk; info., taworkshop.org.

Moon Over the Brewery, a comedy by Bruce Graham, April 7-23 (Fri., Sat. and Thurs., April 13, all 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.), Westport Community Theatre, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.; tickets $25, $23 seniors, students, at westportcommunitytheatre.com or 203-226-1983.

Ridgefield Theater Barn’s annual Piano Bar…n returns with live music and performers, accompanied by pianist Lisa Riggs Hobbs, Fri., April 7 and Sat., April 8, 8 p.m., 37 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield; tickets $25. Cabaret seating, doors open one hour before curtain. Reservations: ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org

Adam’s Gifts, staged reading of play by Peter Filichia, Sat., April 8, 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:15 for hors d’oeuvres and cash bar; Clock Tower Square, 477 Main St., Monroe; proceeds go to building Two Planks Theater Company’s planned multi-use pavilion in Wolfe Park; tickets $20; info., facebook.com/twoplankstheater/

Town Players of Newtown, reading of Civil Rights: From the War to the Movement, written by members of the Garner Players at Garner Correctional Institute, Sun., April 9, 2 p.m.; tickets $10; Q&A with director and actors follows performance; Little Theatre, Orchard Hill Rd., Newtown; res., newtownplayers.org or 203-270-9144.

Comic Gary Gulman, Last Comic Standing finalist and Inside Amy Schumer alumnus, Sun., April 9, 8 p.m., tickets $30; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Christine O’Leary’s Comedy Writing Workshop Graduation Showcase, Tues., April 18, 7:30 p.m., tickets $20; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

The Sherman Playhouse, House of Blue Leaves, April 21-May 14, Fri.-Sat. at 8, Sun., April 30, May 7 and 14, at 2 p.m.; tickets $24/adults, $12/children; Half-Price Preview Night Thur., April 20, 8 p.m.; 5 Rte. 39 North, next to the firehouse in Sherman; res., shermanplayers.org or 860-354-3622.

Met: Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Sat., April 22, live at 1 p.m and encore at 6 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, tickets $30, $25 seniors, $5 children, students, online at quickcenter.fairfield.edu or box office: 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson.

*Song of Mulan to be presented by Virginia Repertory Theater, Sun., April 23, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., tickets $15; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

*The Little Prince, Sun., April 23, 3 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, tickets $20, online at quickcenter.fairfield.edu or box office: 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396.

Kathleen Madigan, Fri., April 28, 8 p.m., The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795. $47.50.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 28-May 13, Wilton Playshop, 15 Lovers Lane, info: wiltonplayshop.org, box office: 203-762-7629.

Dancing at Lughnasa to be presented April 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and April 29 and 30 at 2 p.m. by WCSU Department of Theatre Arts, MainStage Theatre of Visual and Performing Arts Center, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. Tickets: eventbrite.com or 203-837-8732.

Kevin Nealon, May 4, 8 p.m., The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795. $55/$45.