On Stage: opening, continuing and future


Shakespeare on the Sound: MacBeth, June 15-July 2, 7:30 p.m., Pinkney Park,177 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk; directed by Claire Shannon Kelly; Tues., Wed. and Thurs., shows free, with suggested donation of $20 adult and $10 seniors and children (13 and over). Reserved seating at $50/seat in adv. Placement of blankets and chairs at 4 p.m., first-come, first-served. Fri., Sat. and Sun. shows with general adm. and reserved seat prices same as above. Adv. tickets at web.ovation.com or box office in park, opening 3:30 each day. New procedures for placement of blankets and chairs starting at 4 prior to these shows at shakespeareonthesound.org. Ticket purchasers to be given wristbands as proof of payment, allowing for re-entering after exiting park. Volunteers to be on hand to assist with new process. Parking at Old School Field at 2 Witch Lane and Rowayton School.

“Into the Woods” runs June 16 through July 1 at Danbury’s Richter Arts Center. —
David Henningsen Photography.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, June 16-July 1, Musicals at Richter production, in 33rd season, Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury, performances outdoors Fri., Sat. and Sun. at 8:30 p.m. with additional discounted performances Thurs., June 22 and 29. Grounds open 7:15 for picnicking. Tickets $20  adults, $15 seniors and students and $10 children 10 and under; Thurs. $15 adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 children 10 and under. Group rates and chair rentals available, snack/soft drink concession on site. Tickets and info at musicalsatrichter.org, leave message at 203-748-6873 or e-mail info@musicalsatrichter.org


Comedian Tom Papa, Fri., June 16, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Papa has found success in film, television and radio as well as on live stage. He is host of the hit podcast and SiriusXM show, Come to Papa. Tickets, $35, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org and 203-438-5795.

*Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, musical adventure based on Mo Willem’s children’s books, Sat., June, 17, 1 and 4 p.m. shows, Children’s Theatre at Center Stage, 54 Grove St., Shelton. Adm. $15. Kids can meet & greet cast and get autographs after show. Copies of Elephant & Piggie book for sale. Info: CenterStageShelton.org or 203-225-6079.

MTC’s Festival of New Musicals, Fri., June 16, 8 p.m. (Stage 1), Sat., June 17, 2 p.m. (Stage 2) and 8 p.m. (Stage 3), MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Ave. (behind the Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk. Songs and scenes from new musicals in development by professional musical theatre writers group; featuring works from writers such as Beth Blatt, Bill Nabel, Joan Sorkin, Clay Zambo and many others. Ticket $15 single tickets, $35 for weekend pass to all three stages. Reservations suggested and info: 203.454.3883 or www.musictheatreofct.com

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, National Puppetry Conference public performances, Fri. and Sat., June 16 and 17, 7 p.m., O’Neill Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford. Featuring mix of devised work through conference with guest artists, artists-in-residence, and array of performance styles. Tickets, $30 ($24 members), at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.

Semi-annual Rising Stars @ SLA, by Stratford Library’s Teen Services Department, Sat., June 17, 12-5 p.m, in Lovell Room of library on Main St., Stratford. Townwide creative arts performance event geared to teens; program free and open to public. Casual, unstructured afternoon of music, dance, stand-up performance, comic vignettes and poetry, plus exhibit of variety of artworks, sculpture and photography by Bunnell and Stratford High School teenagers. Musical performances, singers and open mic. Teens encouraged to showcase talents in any other avenues of creativity even video game design, 3D printing and robotic designs. Area high school and college students encouraged to take part by registering at 203-385-4167. Public invited to attend; light refreshments to be served. Info at stratfordlibrary.org.

Practicing Silence, year-long interdisciplinary workshop exploring many meanings of silence, to bring together interdisciplinary team of artists and scholars including New York City Ballet “rising stars,” theologian composer and sound designer, poet and musicians at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd., New Canaan, from June 13-17. June 17, 3 p.m., creative team to present free public showing in Grace Farm Foundation’s SANAA-designed glass-enclosed amphitheater, called the Sanctuary. Reg. at gracefarms.org/calender


Seven area actors are extras who play tourists in Westport Country Playhouse’s ‘Lettice and Lovage.’ From left: Michele S. Mueller of Rocky Hill, Richard Mancini of Stratford, Hermon Teylan of Wilton, Danielle Anna White of Ridgefield, Kara Hankard of Glastonbury, Robert Peterpaul of Darien and Travis James of Weston. The play runs through June 17. — Carol Rosegg photo

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, opens 87th season with Tony Award-nominated comedy, Lettice and Lovage, by Peter Shaffer (author of Amadeus) and directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, through June 17. On June 1, Kandis Chappel joined cast, which also includes Mia Dillon, Sarah Manton and Paxton Whitehead. 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. 2016 Lucille Lortel Award-winning play, Grounded, contemporary drama about U.S. Air Force fighter pilot grounded by unexpected pregnancy, July 11-29.

Eastbound Theatre, a division of Milford Arts Council, presents 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog, through June 18, Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. Milford. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m.; tickets $20, $18 seniors and students, $16 MAC members; milfordarts.org or 203-882-0969. Play contains some adult language and situations.

Body Awareness, play by Annie Baker, directed by Maryann Arcoleo-Koltun, through June  24, at Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Ln. Of play that premiered Off-Broadway in 2008, The New York Times said: “An engaging new comedy by a young playwright with a probing, understated voice … Its quiet rewards steal up on you.”  Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun., June 11 and 18, at 5 p.m. Tickets: $24 adults, $20 seniors (62), students, veterans at ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org. Info: 203-431-9850.

Sweet Charity, production of musical written by Cy Coleman (music), Dorothy Fields (lyrics) and Neil Simon (book), through June 24, Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. Tickets $32 adults, $25 senior citizens, $16 children; Thurs. all seats $25. Box office: 203-461-6358 or online at curtaincallinc.com.

The 39 Steps, comedy by John Buchan, through June 25, Westport Community Theatre at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.; Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m., Thurs., June 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets $25, $23 for seniors and students, at westportcommunitytheatre.com or 203-226-1983.


*Mime Robert Rivest, performance for kids, Wed., June 21, 3 p.m., Stratford Library, Main St., Stratford. In Build a Better World show, Rivest shares ways to work toward kinder future for families with children ages 4 and up; audience participation, humorous and inspirational mime stories; characters and stories to highlight summer theme: Taking Care of the Earth and Each Other with Kindness. Reg. at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4165.

We Are Citizens, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, Wed., June 21, 5:30-8 p.m., Bregamos Community Theater, 491 Blatchley Ave., New Haven. Company “whose mission is to partner with communities facing discrimination to inspire transformative action through theatre.” Presented in association with CT Mental Health Center Foundation. Tickets $25 and info at www.artidea.org

New Rochelle Opera, Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, June 22, 23 and 24, 8 p.m., and June 25, 3 p.m., Frank J. Auriana Theatre at Ursuline School, 1354 North Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y. Operetta to be sung in English, with libretto by Sheldon Harnick, composer of Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me. Tickets $40 general adm., $37 seniors and new $15 price for students; June 22 discount $32. Adv. tickets at nropera.org, or send check payable to New Rochelle Opera, Inc., to P.O. Box 55, New Rochelle, NY 10804. Info: 914-576-1617.

LEO — The Anti-Gravity Show, Fri., June 23, 8 p.m., Sat., June 24, 12 and 3 p.m., Yale University Theatre, 222 York St., New Haven. “LEO challenges the senses through the clever interplay of acrobatic physical theatre and video projection.” Tickets $35, $65, $20 (seniors and students), and info at www.artidea.org

*The Dancing Princesses, Summer Theatre of New Canaan production, June 24-July 30 weekends, Waveny Park, 11 Farm Rd., New Canaan (New Canaan High School entrance). Based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale. Book, music and lyrics by Nathan Fosbinder, conceived and directed by Ali Tesluk. Suggested for children of all ages. Sat. at 10 a.m and Sun. at 11 a.m. except July 16, 22 and 30 at 1 p.m. Tickets $22-$150 and info at stonc.org or 203-966-4634.

*National Theatre, London stage production of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan in HD, Sat., June 24, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Tickets $25, members and seniors $20, students $15, free for 18 and under, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, three new musicals selected for development at 40th annual National Music Theater Conference, June 24-July 14, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford. Home Street Home, book by Soma Snakeoil and Fat Mike with David Goldsmith, music by Fat Mike, lyrics by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx and Soma Snakeoil. About survival and self-realization among teenagers living on street. Based on true stories of authors’ experiences of homelessness and punk culture. Readings: Sat., June 24, 7 p.m.; Sun., June 25 3 p.m.; Wed., June 28, 8 p.m. and Fri., June 30, 7 p.m. Tickets $30 at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.

The Temple Players, celebrating 20th season, staged reading of Tribal Humor 10: The Finale, festival of six original one-act comedies, Sun., June 25, final presentation by group, two performances at Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Trumbull-based Temple Players: “Connecticut’s first theater dedicated to staging works with Jewish themes and characters.” Ticket $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and B’nai Torah members. Presented in cabaret-style setting, light refreshments available. Info. and reservations at 203-268-6940.

Hollywood medium Tyler Henry, Sun., June 25, 7:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., “Six Life Lessons You Can Learn from The Departed.” Q&A after show, followed by book signing in lobby, then randomly selected ticket holder to get private reading. Tickets, $72.50, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcase, latest of Christine O’Leary’s “brave, funny, and fabulous” to make on-stage comedy debut at Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Mon., June 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Rock musical Hair, with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, opens Fri., June 30, 8 p.m., Sherman Playhouse 5 Route 39 North (next to the firehouse), Sherman. Performances also July 1, 7, 8, 9,13,14,15, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., and Sun. July 9 and 23 at 2 p.m. One Sat. matinee July 29 at 2 and Thurs. July 13 and 27, 8 p.m. This summer, the musical will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Tickets $30 adults and $15 children. Show contains adult themes and recommended for mature audiences only. Thurs., June 29, Half-Price Preview Night at 8, tickets $15. Reservations: shermanplayers.org or 860-354-3622.

iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical, musical selected for development at 40th annual National Music Theater Conference, through July 14, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford. Book, music, lyrics by Ronvé O’Daniel, music by Jevares C. Myrick. As 2008 U.S. financial crisis threatens to unravel his family, classically trained dancer dreams of becoming hip hop star. Readings: Sat., July 1, 7 p.m.; Sun., July 2, 3 p.m.; Wed., July 5, 8 p.m. and Fri., July 7, 7 p.m. Tickets, $30 ($24 members), at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.

Singin’ in the Rain, production of musical by Summer Theatre of New Canaan, July 6-30, open-air tent theater that seats about 200, 70 Pine St., New Canaan. Stage version adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay, with “hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit parade score of Hollywood standards.” Thurs, Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Tickets, $45 and $59 to $275 and $360, and info at stonc.org or 203-966-4634.

Superhero, musical selected for development at 40th annual National Music Theater Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford. Story of Charlotte and her teenage son Simon, who have been struggling with grief, and each other, since death of Charlotte’s husband and Simon’s father. Through their unlikely friendship with mysterious man in their building, they move toward reconciliation and renewed hope. Readings: Sat., July 8, 7 p.m.; Sun, July 9, 3 p.m.; Wed., July 12, 8 p.m.; Fri., July 14, 7 p.m. Tickets, $30 ($24 members), at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.

The Adventures of Robin Hood, Summer Theatre of New Canaan production, July 15-July 30 weekends, 11 Farm Rd., New Canaan (New Canaan High School entrance). Robin Hood, with his band seek “to rid the land of evil and return hope to the mistreated.” Recommended for ages 6 up, but younger children can enjoy as well. Sat. at 10 a.m. and Sun. at 11 a.m. but July 23 and 29 at 1 p.m. Tickets $22-$150 and info at stonc.org or 203-966-4634.

Milk by Ross Dunsmore, July 14-30, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, 440 Main St., Ridgefield, Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Ridgefield-based professional theatre company will present the U.S. premiere of Milk, about three couples who “struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to either catastrophe or redemption.” Tickets at thrownstone.org/events

Eastbound Theatre, division of Milford Arts Council, partnering with Westport Community Theatre for program of six original plays, called East/West PlayFest 2017, July 14-15 at Westport Community Theater, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.; and second round of performances Aug. 4-6 at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford. Milford Arts Council: 203-878-6647; Westport Community Theatre: 203-226-1983.

Town Players of Newtown production of Conor McPherson’s The Veil, July 14-Aug. 5; Fri., Sat. evenings, with Thurs. evening performance, two Sun. matinees, The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road, Newtown; tickets, info: newtownplayers.org

Comedian, singer, songwriter Tim Hawkins’ comedy show, Fri., July 21, 7 p.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Tickets $19.50-$85 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.

*The Amazing Max, Tues., July 25, 10:30 a.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Described as “high-energy, interactive and all-round silly magic show” that’s recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets $8 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.

Westside Story, production of musical with score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurent, July 28-Aug. 6, White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y. Tickets $35 adults, $25 under 22, at wppac.com, 914-328-1600.

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