OPENING

Stage Kiss, Dec. 8 – Jan. 6, TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave., New Milford. It is a highly theatrical, not-so-romantic comedy about two actors with a history who are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930’s melodrama. They quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Tickets: $23. Info: theatreworks.us.  

THIS WEEKEND

Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St., Shelton. Suggested donation $10. Info: vsfestival.org.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells – Batman Smells, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Wilton Playshop, 15 Lovers Ln., Wilton. Junie B. Jones, first-grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Secret Santa gift exchange at her school, but tattletale May keeps ruining all her fun. When Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson. Tickets $15-$20. Info: wiltonplayshop.org.

Lovers and Other Strangers, Dec. 8-9, 8 p.m. and Dec. 10, 3 p.m., Theater Artists Workshop, 5 Gregory Blvd., Norwalk. Free admission, but $15 donation suggested.  

*Cirque-tacular’s Snowkus Pocus, Dec. 9, 4 and 7 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. In this Ridgefield Academy Family Series performance, feel the warm glow of winter aerial acrobatic snow ballet. Tickets: $20-$25. Info: call 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Duchess Trio: Harmonious Holidays, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., Milford Arts Council, 40 South Railroad Ave., Milford. Holiday cabaret. Tickets $30. Info: milfordarts.org.

CONTINUING

The Diary of Anne Frank, Westport Community Theater, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport. Runs through Dec. 10. Holocaust survivor Judith Altman will speak after the Dec. 3 performance.Tickets $15-$25. Info: westportcommunitytheatre.com.

Sister Act, Kweskin Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! The cast includes Zoe Bebon of Fairfield, Dante DiFederico and Katelyn Wilson of Stratford, Lucas Cafaro of Trumbull, Michael Ferrigno of Wilton and Theresa LeBel of Shelton. The show runs through Dec. 16. Tickets: $25. Info: curtaincallinc.com.

School For Elves, Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Runs through Dec. 17. Tickets $20. Info:  pantochino.com.

Wreck the Halls, through Dec. 30, Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Ln., Ridgefield.  The funny musical (and naughty) holiday fare will be presented Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., throughout December. Tickets $30-$38.  Info: ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.

Murder Takes a Holiday, through Dec. 23, Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39, Sherman. It focuses on a brother-sister team sent to a ski lodge in the New Hampshire mountains on an undercover mission – only to discover that two guests have been strangely murdered. Tickets are $24 adults, $12 for children 12 and under. Info: call 860-354-3622 or visit shermanplayers.org.

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, Music Theater of Connecticut, 509 Westport Ave., Norwalk. Charles Dickens’ immortal tale comes to life during a 1940s Christmas Eve live radio broadcast, featuring live music and sound effects. Runs through Dec. 17. Tickets $35-$55. Info: musictheatreofct.com.

ADVANCE

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport. Tickets $20. Info: westportplayhouse.org.

*The Nutcracker, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at 2 and 6 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Enjoy a beautiful holiday tradition in a magical land where sugar plums dance, flowers waltz to tell the classic tale of a young girl and her Nutcracker prince. Tickets: $20-$25. Info: call 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  

A Tartan Terror Christmas, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Palace Danbury, 165 Main St., Danbury. Tickets: $30. Info: thepalacedanbury.com.

Connecticut Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, Sat., Dec. 16, 2 and 6 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 17, 1 and 5 p.m., The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Featuring guest stars from American Ballet Theatre as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier, Connecticut Ballet’s professional corps de ballet, and over 125 children and adult character performers. Tickets $40-$75, at box office, 203-325-4466 or palacestamford.org.

A Christmas Carol, Dec. 17, 1 and 4 p.m., Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Ct., Westport. The musical captures the humorous and touching moments of Charles Dickens’ classic tale with all the familiar characters. Tickets $20. Info: westportplayhouse.org.

Bob DiBuono, Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Comedian with “every man likability.” Tickets $19. Info: call 203-325-4466.

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