Stage Kiss, through 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.
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, Jan. 9-20, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Ct., Westport. In this celebration of Americana music, four actors play more than two dozen acoustic instruments, including guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jaw harp, harmonica, and dulcimer. The musical portrait uses Guthrie’s own words and over two dozen of his indelible songs, including “This Land Is Your Land,” “Union Maid,” “Deportees,” and “This Train Is Bound for Glory.” Tickets $35-$50. Info: westportplayhouse.org.
James Judd, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Comedian, Author and Radio Personality from NPR’s Snap Judgment, James Judd is a former member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and the New Faces at the Hollywood Improv. Tickets $19. Info: palacestamford.org.
Is He Dead, Jan. 11- 28, The Dressing Room Theatre, from Jan. 11- 28, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. The play follows a cross-dressing plot by Mark Twain. Performances are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $35. Info:curtaincallinc.com.
*Underwater Bubble Show, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Plunge into a glistening blend of laser technology, snow cannons, soap-bubble tornadoes, and optical illusions as the effervescent Mr. B is transported to Bubblelandia, a blissful ocean utopia where colors explode and dreams take flight. Inspired by the artistry of Cirque du Soleil, this lavish Latvian production uses drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, sand art, and theatrical magic to whisk families to an imaginary bubble world bursting with possibilities. Tickets $16-$40. Info: palacestamford.org.
Whose Barn Is It Anyway, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Ln., Ridgefield. This night of improv comedy will feature guest host, Matt Austin, and a mix of new performers as well as Role in the Hay Player regulars. Tickets $22. Info: ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.
*Cardboard Explosion, Jan. 14, 3 p.m., Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. For ages five and up. Tickets $ 12.50. Info: palacestamford.org.
Play With Your Food, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m., StageOne, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Grab lunch while professional actors read one-act plays. Tickets $47. Info: fairfieldtheatre.org.
Nathan Macintosh, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., StageOne, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. The energetic, loud, never understated and always funny, Nathan Macintosh will kick off the Fairfield Theatre Company Comedy series. Tickets $29. Info: fairfieldtheatre.org.
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Judy Blum’s book comes to life on the stage. Tickets $15. Info: call 203-438-5795.
Judy Gold and Bruce Villanch: Big and Tall, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. The Emmy winning comedians will share their sidesplitting observations. Tickets $39.50. Info: call 203-438-5795.
August Wilson’s Fences, Feb. 2-24, Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Ln., Ridgefield. 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.
*Presto Pete & Incredulous Chris, Feb. 4, 3 p.m., Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Traveling two-man kids comedy magicians and real life brothers Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris bring kids an ultra high-energy show. Tickets $12.50. Info: palacestamford.org.
Men are from Mars, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults. Tickets $40-$50. Info: palacestamford.org.
*Mr. Fish: Fantastic Forces, Feb. 11, 3 p.m., Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Gravity forces are demonstrated and explained in this fast paced and fun show. The law of gravity says, “everything that goes up must come down.” However, when things start spinning, everything changes. Audience learns how to do many of the circus skills shown in this program, including balancing, rope spinning, magic, and more. Tickets $12.50. Info: palacestamford.org.
*Tanglewood Marionettes: Sleeping Beauty, Feb. 18, 3 p.m., Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Large, beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, colorful sets, and integrated lighting and sound create a fully immersive theatrical experience with Tanglewood Marionettes’ production of Sleeping Beauty. Tickets $12.50. Info: palacestamford.org.
Chicago City Limits, Feb. 23, 8 p.m., Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. There is no script, no set, no preconceived ideas. Suddenly the stage lights flash and the show starts. Tickets $19. Info: palacestamford.org.