OPENING

*Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Aug. 17, 18 and 19, 8 p.m., Musicals at Richter’s Summer Youth Theater Workshop production, Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury. Grounds open 7:15 for picnicking. Chair rentals available, snack/soft drink concession on site. Tickets $0-$15. Info at musicalsatrichter.org, leave message at 203-748-6873 or email [email protected]

Over the River and through the Woods, Aug. 18-26, Town Players’ Little Theater, 18 Orchard Hill Rd., Newtown. Joe Pietro’s family comedy about single young Italian-American man who is sole family member who lives close enough to two sets of grandparents in suburban N.J. to join them for Sun. dinner. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 20, 2 p.m. Tickets $18 at newtownplayers.org, or box office at 203-270-9144.

Katharine Hepburn is portrayed by Kelly Broucher. — TheatreWorks, Hartford photo

Tea at Five, comedy by Matthew Lombardo, Aug. 18-Sept. 23, Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Rd., Berlin. Kelly Broucher in one-woman show capturing “fiery spirit of Katharine Hepburn.” Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; no performances Sept. 1, 2. Doors open 7:15; cabaret-style, invited to bring food & drink; dessert bar. Tickets $30 at 860-829-1248. Info: ctcabaret.com

THIS WEEKEND

*Xanadu Jr., Fri. and Sat., Aug. 18 and 19, 7 p.m., White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y. Tickets $15 adults, $10 youth (16 or younger) at wppac.com, 914-328-1600.

 

 

James Mapes

James Mapes: Master Imaginator, Sat., Aug. 19, 8 p.m., MTC’s Hot Summer Nights series, MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Ave., Norwalk, 110-seat theater. His show described as “dazzling combination of suggestion, nonverbal communication, misdirection, intuition, psychology, storytelling and a little dash of magic.” Tickets $25-$35 at musictheatreofct.org or 203-454-3883.

NT Live: Angels in America, Part II, Perestroika, Sun., Aug. 20, 3 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, N. Benson Rd., Fairfield. Royal National Theatre in London broadcast live via satellite, new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play with Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey. Tickets $25, $20 seniors, $10 students and children at quickcenter.fairfield.edu or 203-254-4010.

CONTINUING

Fiddler on the Roof, through Aug. 20, Clay & Wattles Theater Company, The Gary-The Olivia Theater, Abbey of Regina Laudis, 273 Flanders Rd., Bethlehem. Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2:30 p.m. Tickets $28 at abbeyofreginalaudis.org/visit-theater.html#fiddler Info: Portress Office, 203-266-7727.

Raging Skillet, through Aug. 27, TheaterWorks, Hartford, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. True adventures of a punk rock caterer (Chef Rossi) by Jacques Lamare. Tues.-Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30. Post-show chat with cast and guests Tues. Tickets $50-$65, $15 students, group rates at theaterworkshartford.org or 860-527-7838.

Daphne Brooks

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season with Appropriate, Obie Award-winning play, through Sept. 2. Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, it’s a comic drama about family secrets. Performances: Tues., 7 p.m., Wed., 2 and 8 p.m., Thurs. and Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 3 and 8 p.m. and Sun., at 3. Tickets $30 single; info on special features and nights, etc. at westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529. Daphne A. Brooks, professor of African American studies, theater studies, American studies, and women’s, gender & sexuality studies at Yale University, guest speaker following Sun., Aug. 20, 3 p.m. matinee performance. Moonlight Over Venice, Playhouse’s 2017 fundraising gala, featuring Jonathan Groff, Sat., Sept. 9.

Elm Shakespeare Company, 22nd season, Free Shakespeare in the Park with The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Raphael Massie, through Sept. 3, 8 p.m. Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven. Info: elmshakespeare.org

ADVANCE

The Incident, live, staged reading of Norwalk playwright Jim Gordon’s new political satire, Sat., Aug. 26, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. President Durak’s government is drowning in leaks and he’s under investigation but he has a solution: create a TV thriller with him as the spy-chasing hero. Free and open to public; recommended for adult audiences. Info: stratfordlibrary.org

Peter Pan – Reimagined, New Paradigm Theatre production, Aug. 26 and 27, Fairfield Theatre Company’s Warehouse, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Aug. 26: Prologue Bazaar at 1 p.m., show 2 p.m. and Bazaar at 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Aug. 27: Bazaar at noon, show 1 p.m. Youth from Lower Fairfield and KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support) to participate with pros to create this production. Children and others encouraged to dress  in favorite pirate or pixie outfit. General admission tickets, $35 for adults and $18 for children, at nptheatre.org. VIP tickets, $50, may be reserved by email to [email protected], calling 203-357-5021; or fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-319-1404.

Fences, Sept. 15-30, Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane. Info: ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org

With Love, Marilyn, one-woman show featuring Erin Sullivan as Marilyn Monroe, Sat., Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m., The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport; including songs such as I Wanna Be Loved By You and Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, while “weaving in the love stories of the many men in Marilyn’s life.” Tickets $20, $32, $44 (and $75 VIP for meet and greet after show) at theklein.org or 800-424-0160.

Andrew Dice Clay

Andrew Dice Clay, Tues., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. “The Dice Man” on new comedy tour. Tickets ($110 orchestra, $90 balcony, mezzanine) at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Speaking Fearlessly with Ira Joe Fisher, Sept. 13-Oct. 11 workshop, 7:30-9 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and emcee to teach public speaking skills. Tuition $240 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Mark Twain Library’s Pudd’nhead Festival, Sept. 15-23. The Hoot’nanny, A Night of Comedy in the Barn, Fri, Sept. 15, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. shows, Maple Hill Farm, Redding; $50. The Pudd’nhead Parade, free program for kids with artist-author Bob Shea as grand marshal, Sat., Sept. 16, 10 a.m., Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd. Pudd’nhead Presents: Selected Shorts with wacky tales by actors Michael Ian Black, Ana Gasteyer and Richard Kind, Sept. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Wilton Playshop, Lovers Lane, Wilton; $40. Pudd’nhead Prize Gala, honoring Seth Meyers, NBC-TV’s Late Night host and formerly of SNL, Sat., Sept. 23, 5-19 p.m. InSitu sculpture garden, Redding; $40; shuttle from library. Sponsorships and reservations: Pam Robey. [email protected] or Betsy Higgins, [email protected]. Info: marktwainlibrary.org

Off Off Off Broadway, by Connecticut playwright Shelley Abrams, Sept. 15-Oct. 7, Town Players of Newtown’s The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Rd., Newtown. Fri. and Sat. nights with one Thurs. night show and two Sunday matinees. Info: newtownplayers.org

Dark of the Moon, by Howard Richardson and William Berney, Sept. 22-Oct. 15, Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39 North, Sherman. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 1, 8, 15, 2 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 21, half-price preview night, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 adults, $12 students and children 12/under. Directed by Robin Frome. Info: shermanplayers.org

November, by David Mamet, Sept. 29-Oct. 15, Eastbound Theatre, division of Milford Arts Council, Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Directed by Michael R. Mele. Info: 203-878-6647; milfordarts.org

Trumpednotized, political satire, Sat., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Written and directed by Rev. Ina Anderson, former writer and director if the MAAFA Influence Production at Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport Tickets $20, $35, $50 VIP for cast meet and greet after show) at theklein.org or 800-424-0160.

Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ musical comedy, Oct. 27-Nov. 11, Wilton Playshop, Lovers Lane theater, Wilton. Directed by Mat Young. Info: wiltonplayshop.org