On Stage: opening, this weekend and advance

OPENING

Twelve Angry Men, Feb. 9-11, Theatre Artists Workshop, 5 Gregory Blvd., Norwalk. Featuring Emmy-winner John Wesley Shipp, Mike Boland of Fairfield, Jason Peck of Ridgefield, Larry Greeley of Wilton, Mike Massimino of Easton, Robert Watts of Milford and Al Bhatt of Monroe. Suggested donation $20. Info: taworkshop.org.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Feb. 9-Feb. 24,  Center Stage Theatre, 54 Grove St., Shelton. Tickets $15-$30. Info:  centerstageshelton.org.

THIS WEEKEND

A Night of Comedy Headliners, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Get ready to laugh the night away when Rich Vos, Ron Bennington & Jim Florentine take the stage. Tickets $40. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Rachel Bloom & Adam Schlesinger, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Musical comedy is alive and well and on network television thanks to the exuberant genius of Rachel Bloom, the Golden Globe-winning star, and writer of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Tickets $32. Info: fairfieldtheatre.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.

*Junie B. Jones, Feb. 11, 1 and 4 p.m., Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport.  The show is based on the popular book by Barbara Park, as part of its Family Festivities Series for grades K through 5. Tickets $20. Info: westportplayhouse.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.

CONTINUING

Love Letters, through Feb. 11, MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Ave., Norwalk. The play by A.R. Gurney is a story of enduring romance, first loves and second chances. Tickets $35 – $55. Info: musictheatreofct.com.

August Wilson’s Fences, through Feb. 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

Sylvia, through Feb. 18, Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Greg and Kate have been raising children in suburbia for twenty two years when they decide to take advantage of their empty nest and move to Manhattan. In the throes of this upheaval and a classic mid-life crisis, Greg falls for Sylvia – an adorable Labrador/Poodle mix he finds wandering in Central Park. Unfortunately, Greg’s wife Kate is not nearly as smitten. Tickets $15 – $20. Info: milfordarts.org.

Newsies, through Feb. 24, Kweskin Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. The play was inspired by the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City. It pits Jack Kelly and his fellow newsboys against Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, as he tries to make a profit at the expense of the boys who sell his newspaper. The musical, which premiered in 2011, features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Tickets $17.50 – $30. Info: www.curtaincallinc.com.

ADVANCE

Masters of Illusion, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. They will put on a spectacular display of reality-twisting, mind-blowing magic. Tickets $49.50. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Proof, Feb. 16 through March 10, TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave., Brookfield. Having spent years caring for her father, a brilliant mathematician who suffered from devastating mental deterioration, Catherine wonders whether she’s now embodying his complex legacy…equal parts genius and instability. Tickets $25. Info: theatreworks.us.

BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Quick Center, 1073 North Benson St., Fairfield. The show celebrates the unspoken rhythm and language that black girls have through Double Dutch, social dances, and hand-clapping games that are contemporary and ancestral. Tickets $27-$40. Info: quickcenter.com.

*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.

Connecticut’s Got Talent, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.,  Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall St. Norwalk. The competition hosts its third and final live audition, showcasing the area’s best comedians, singers, bands, dancers, magicians and specialty acts. Tickets $10-$15. Info: wallstreettheater.com.

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.

The Exonerated, Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4, 8 p.m., Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. The play moves between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons to tell six interwoven true stories of wrongfully convicted, survivors of death row in their own words, using interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record.Tickets $15-$30. Info: bijoutheatrect.ticketfly.com.

Marina Franklin, Feb. 24, 7:45 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Franklin is viciously likable if there is such a thing. Tickets $29. Info: fairfieldtheatre.org.

Lewis Black, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield.  Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. Tickets $95. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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