OPENING

I Do! I Do!, musical with book by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, Sept. 22-Oct. 22, TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave., off Rte. 202, New Milford. Show begins in 1895 with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 1 and 22, 2 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., free dress rehearsal open for seniors; Thurs., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., pay-what-you-want. Tickets $28 reserved seating, $23, students and military personnel, at theatreworks.us or 860-350-6823.

Dark of the Moon dress rehearsal. —Tom Libonate photo

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

 

THIS WEEKEND

Academy Players of Fairfield University, Life Sucks, Aaron Posner’s brash and revelatory adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Sept. 21, 22, 23, 8 p.m. in Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts’ Wien Experimental Theater, N. Benson Rd., Fairfield. Amateur production performed, produced and directed by Fairfield U faculty and staff; free for students and $20 for public. Tickets at 203-254-4010, 1-877-ARTS-396 (toll free) or quickcenter.com.

Michael Chekhov Theatre Festival, through Sept. 23, expands to two weekends of performances, all at Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane; The American Soldier, veteran’s one-man show, Fri., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. The Butcher, play reading by Thrown Stone, Sat., Sept. 23, 2 p.m. Eternal Youth, coming of age story, Sat., Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets, $20 individual and $35 weekend pass, or info at chekhovfestival.com or 203-274-0261.

 

CONTINUING

Tea at Five, comedy by Matthew Lombardo, through 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. Doors open 7:15; cabaret-style, invited to bring food & drink; dessert bar. Tickets $30 at 860-829-1248. Info: ctcabaret.com.

Rebel Yells, through Sept. 23, Phoenix Stage Company, 133 Main St., Oakville. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Seven soldiers and nurse share hospital ward in Richmond, Va., even as cannonballs fall around them during last days of Civil War. Tickets $19 students, teachers, seniors; $22 general adm at phoenixstagecompany.org or 860-417-2505.

In a rehearsal, standing (from left) are Luke Lynch and George Croom; seated, Lesli Allen, Nikki Neurohr, Kevin Thompson and Toni Parker.

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Connecticut premiere of Todd Kreidler’s adaptation of film based on Academy Award-winning screenplay by William Rose, through Sept. 24, Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre, Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Opening of 27th season. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. Tickets $32 adults, $25 seniors and $16 children (up to age 21). Thurs., all seats $25. Discounted Flex Passes reduce prices by up to 30% off. Box office: 203-461-6358 or curtaincallinc.com.

Small Mouth Sounds, through Sept. 24, Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive New Haven. Six runaways from city life embark on silent retreat. Written by Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl and directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin. Contains nudity. Tues. and Wed. 7 p.m., Thurs. and Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets, $34.50-$90.50, at longwharf.org or box office, 203-787-4282.

A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller, Westport Community Theatre, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Play runs through Oct. 1, Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., and Thurs., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Single tickets $25, $23 seniors and students. New season subscription option, or single tickets, at westportcommunitytheatre.com or 203-226-1983.

Off Off Off Broadway, comedy by Connecticut playwright Shelley Abrams, through Oct. 7, Town Players of Newtown’s The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Rd., Newtown. Story centers on actor-director who leaves fast-paced Broadway life for more tranquil existence on island off Cape Cod.  Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 2 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets $22; $18 matinees; at newtownplayers.org or box office, 203-270-9144.

ADVANCE

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season with Sex With Strangers, Sept. 26-Oct. 14, by Laura Eason, directed by Katherine M. Carter. Play includes adult themes and language. 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. Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Oct. 31-Nov. 19.

Write Your TV Show, classes with Katie Torpey, Sept. 28 through Nov, 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse. 80 East Ridge Rd. Six-week workshop on Thurs. nights that focuses on how to create, develop and write original show for TV, cable or online. Torpey, award-winning screenwriter/filmmaker with MFA from UCLA School of Film and Television, has sold several screenplays, written for television, and worked for numerous studios and networks. Enrollment ($300) at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Nick DiPaolo

Comedian Nick DiPaolo, Fri., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. This comedy club performer and radio host is “brutally honest, unfiltered, and politically incorrect.” Tickets, $35, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office, 203-438-5795.

November, by David Mamet, Sept. 29-Oct. 15, Eastbound Theatre, division of Milford Arts Council, Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. 24th season opening show, directed by Michael R. Mele. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets $20, $18 seniors and students, $16 MAC members. Tickets and subscriptions at milfordarts.org or 203-882-0969 (Tues.-Fri., 10-5 pm). 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.

Comedian Steven Wright, Fri., Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Wright’s career has expanded to albums, film and TV appearances. Tickets, $60, at box office, 203-438-5795, or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Tape Face

Tape Face, Mon., Oct. 16, 7 p.m.,Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Drawing on silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and films of Patrick Swayze, he is “a pensive, curious soul approaching every object and audience member as a potential friend — or plaything.” He’s described as “a critically acclaimed silent sensation” with Simon Cowell comparing him to a modern Charlie Chaplin. Tickets, $40, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Footloose, Oct. 19-22, 26-29, White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y. WPPAC and Westchester Sandbox Theatre production. Info and tickets at wppac.com or 914-328-1600.

Ira Joe Fisher

Speaking Fearlessly with Ira Joe Fisher, new dates: Oct. 25-Dec. 6 workshop, 7:30-9 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and emcee to teach public speaking skills in Wed. night classes. Tuition $240 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

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

August Wilson’s Fences, now Feb. 2-24, Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane.Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play, set in 1950s, exploring evolving African-American experience and examining race relations and other themes; directed by Katherine Ray, produced by Craig David Rosen. Strong language and adult themes; recommended for mature audiences. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 11 and 18, 2 p.m. Cabaret style seating; invited to bring food and drink. Tickets, $35 adults and $28 students, seniors, veterans, at ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org