Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 2/26/2017

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Marc Maron in Broadway MARC MARON
The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/2-3/2/2017
For more than fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Real Time, The Green Room, two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that allows comics to perform. His award-winning podcast “WTF with Marc Maron,” featuring compelling monologues and in-depth interviews with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Louis CK, Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Judd Apatow and Ben Stiller, premiered in September 2009 and is a worldwide phenomenon with over 40 million downloads and counting. The show regularly hits #1 on the iTunes charts and has been called a “must-listen” by Vanity Fair and New York Times, among many others.
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Nite Spot Nights: Natalie Douglas NITE SPOT NIGHTS: NATALIE DOUGLAS "THE NAT PACK"
Pantochino Productions Inc.
3/4-3/4/2017
Celebrating the amazing talents of Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat “King” Cole, Stevie Wonder and Joe Williams, “The Nat Pack” explores the life journey that these four men have in common - their love for a lyric & a gorgeous melody, the fight against racism in America and the pure genius of their performances over the last half of the Twentieth Century. They forged new roads for singers and songwriters alike, and in honor of their brilliance, Natalie performs her own incomparable take on their catalog, including... • Stevie Wonder’s “All In Love is Fair” • Sammy Davis, Jr.’s “Ol’ Man River” and “Once In A Lifetime” • Nat “King” Cole’s “Mona Lisa” • Joe Williams’ “Something to Live For” This is a stunning tribute to their powerful influence on both the traditional and comtemporary American Songbooks and Natalie’s love note to the legacy of these great artists. Called, “a true force of nature,” by Clive Davis of The Times (UK) in his five-star review, Natalie Douglas is a Nightlife, Backstage Bistro & seven-Bme MAC (ManhaDan AssociaBon of Cabarets and Clubs) Award Winner and recipient of the Margaret Whi;ng Award from the Mabel Mercer FoundaBon. Natalie’s portrait also hangs on the legendary Birdland Jazz Club Wall of Fame.
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The Nether in Broadway THE NETHER
University of New Haven Theatre Program
3/1-3/4/2017
The University of New Haven Theater Program Presents THE NETHER by Jennifer Haley Bucknall Theater 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 06516 March 1st @ 8pm March 2nd @ 8pm March 3rd @ 8pm March 4th @ 8pm A new virtual wonderland provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every whim. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams. TICKETS may be purchased at the door are pay-what-you-will
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BYE BYE BIRDIE
Gunnery School
3/2-3/4/2017

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Bi-Cultural Day School
3/2-3/5/2017

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SCHOOL OF ROCK
Renbrook School
3/3-3/5/2017

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CURTAINS
Lyme Old Lyme High School
3/3-3/5/2017

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WAITING FOR LEFTY
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
2/23-3/5/2017
Clifford Odets; dir: Gary English.Kafe Katter Theatre:
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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Proscenium Theater
2/23-3/5/2017
The Eastern Connecticut State University Performing Arts Theatre Program and Drama Society are presenting Two Gentlemen of Verona, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s early comedy about young people exploring love, friendship, and the temptations of city life. Originally produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival (incubator of such landmark musicals as A Chorus Line and Hamilton), adapted by award-winning playwright John Guare (House of Blue Leaves; Six Degrees of Separation), and with a musical score by Galt MacDermot (composer of Hair), Two Gentlemen Of Verona will run February 23 - March 5, 2017 (Thursday, February 23 at 7:30pm; Friday; February 24 at 7:30pm; Sunday. February 26 at 4pm; Thursday, March 2 at 5:30pm; Friday, March 3 at 7:30pm; Saturday, March 4 at 7:30pm; Sunday, March 5 at 4pm) in the Fine Arts Instructional Center Proscenium Theater (High Street, Willimantic, CT; direction at http://www.easternct.edu/map/). Directed by David Pellegrini, with musical direction by Anthony Pandolfe and choreography by Alycia Bright-Holland, a cast of 32 talented students bring this exuberant and joyful musical to life. The new Proscenium Theater Mozart pit will be used for the very first time for the band of musicians. Nicole Rivera has designed a multi-leveled innovative set and Anya Sokolovskaya has designed the delightful costumes – all of which will be further enhanced by the state-of-the-art lighting designed by Megan O'Brien. Reflecting youth culture and social transformations of the time, the energetic score is an eclectic blend of rock, R&B, funk, and Latin and Caribbean rhythms. Two Gentlemen of Verona received raved reviews after its December 1971 opening night and won the Tony Award for Best Musical of 1972. As Clive Barnes of the NY Times stated, “…it has a surge of youth to it, at times an almost carnal intimation of sexuality, and a boisterous sense of love…. The story of love and love's suddenness is certainly substantial enough for a musical, and archeological chips of the Shakespearean text that crop up from time to time fit in most snugly with the music and the additions. At times the poetry sounds ironic (which is fun enough), but most of the time it seems perfectly natural, which perhaps shows that there is rarely anything wrong with a musical book that a little blank verse might not put right.” Tickets are free for Eastern students; $5 for other students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens; and $15 for the general public. For ticket information and reservations, please call the FAIC box office at 860-465-5123 or email theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu. To purchase tickets online, visit easternct.showare.com/twogentlemen/.
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I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Menger in Broadway I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGER
Music Theatre of Connecticut
2/24-3/5/2017
Jaw-Dropping Comedy "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers" at MTC MainStage in Norwalk, CT WHAT: "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers," a play by John Logan. Meet Hollywood’s first female super-agent: Sue Mengers. Her clients were the biggest names in show business – Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Cher and Burt Reynolds, to name a few. In this jaw-dropping comedy, you’re invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for a delectably schmoozy evening of showbiz dish and dirty secrets. “Wickedly entertaining!” - New York Post. Starring Jodi Stevens of Broadway's "Urban Cowboy" and "Jekyll and Hyde." WHEN: February 24 - March 5. Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. WHERE: MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Avenue (behind the Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk, CT. TICKETS: $30-$55. Reservations suggested. RESERVATIONS/ INFO: Call 203.454.3883 or visit www.musictheatreofct.com/ill-eat-you-last WATCH THE COMMERCIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgvSPy28CnM&feature=youtu.be
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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Eastern Connecticut State University
2/23-3/5/2017

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Peter and the Starcatcher in Broadway PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
TheatreWorks New Milford, Inc.
2/17-3/11/2017
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explore the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.
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BORN YESTERDAY in Broadway BORN YESTERDAY
Powerhouse Theatre/Town Players of New Canaan
2/24-3/11/2017
In 1947, Harry Brock, an uncouth, loud-mouth, strong-arming New Jersey Junkyard Kingpin descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a Senator or two, bringing with him his paramour, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock hires a Journalist to see if he can soften her rough-edges and make her more "presentable" in hoity-toity Capital Society. It's "My Fair Lady" meets "Guys & Dolls" without the song & dance. Directed by Frank S. Petrilli with Dana DiCerto, Phil Lorenzo, Tom Petrone and Vic Terenzio. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.  
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The Sound of Music in Broadway THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Palace Theater
3/7-3/12/2017
A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Jack O'Brien, will tour North America beginning September 2015. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. "We plan to look more closely at this remarkable work — to tear off the varnish of the past and reveal one of the great, fresh glories of musical theater," says three-time Tony Award winning Director Jack O'Brien. Audiences across America will be among the first to see this all new production! THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp.
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NAPOLI, BROOKLYN
Long Wharf Theatre
2/15-3/12/2017
Meghan Kennedy ; dir: Gordon Edelstein.The Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Mainstage Theatre:
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in Broadway CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
3/3-3/18/2017
"In a plantation house, the members of the family are celebrating the sixty-fifth birthday of the Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The tone is gay. But the mood is somber. For a number of old evils poison the gaiety - sins of the past, greedy hopes for the future, a desperate eagerness not to believe in the truths that surround them - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is a delicately wrought exercise in human communication. His characters try to escape from the loneliness of their private lives into some form of understanding. The truth invariably terrifies them. That is one thing they cannot face or speak. As the expression of a brooding point of view about life, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is limpid and effortless. As theatre, it is superb." --New York Times
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The Seven Year Itch in Broadway THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
2/17-3/18/2017
Richard Sherman, played by Alex Papacoda, has shipped his wife Helen, played by Maria Pompile, and son off on summer vacation. Richard decides this is his opportunity to live a bachelor's life - to eat and drink what he wants and basically enjoy life until a gorgeous blonde model, portrayed by the dazzling Meagan Palmer, moves into the apartment upstairs, and catches his eye. Richard becomes immediately infatuated. Richard's conscience battles with his fantasies of being unfaithful to his wife, as well as paranoid thoughts of his wife cheating on him with their neighbor Tom played by Daryel Gonzalez. Also appearing are Dave Wall as psychologist Dr. Brubaker who Richard confides into about pondering infidelity. Tangled in his own overactive imagination Richard continues to dreams of his beautiful new neighbor --but will his fantasies about her become a reality? Let the cast of Connecticut Cabaret Theatre take you on a whimsical journey back to a classic from the 50's. The Seven Year Itch runs every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm from February 17th thru March 18th, 2017. Doors open at 7:15pm. Tickets are now on sale. ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS are accepted. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 860-829-1248. Reservations are recommended. Ticket price $30.00 (plus tax & handling). For more information, visit our website: www.ctcabaret.com The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is located at 31 Webster Square Road, just off Route 9 (exit 22: Mill Street) and the Berlin Turnpike. Visit the website for detailed directions. The theatre’s motto is “BRING YOUR OWN”. Presented cabaret-style, patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. They also can enjoy a dessert bar that has a variety of treats to purchase.
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CLOUD 9
Hartford Stage
2/23-3/19/2017
Caryl Churchill; dir: Elizabeth Williamson.
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Chapatti in Broadway CHAPATTI
Square One Theatre Company
3/2-3/19/2017
One would think that cat people and dog people are two very distinct and irreconcilable types who tend to reciprocally look down on each other. But in the hands of Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly he has created characters that are complex yet tremendously appealing. The play is the delightful Irish romance Chapatti. With just the right mix of charm, intensity, humor, poignancy and surprising twists, O’Reilly’s mutts and felines seem to pave the way for an unlikely common ground between two pet owners. The Connecticut Premiere performances of Chapatti are Thursdays through Sundays beginning March 2 and continuing through March 19 (2017). Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Saturday twilight matinees at 4pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Chapatti follows the unexpected intersection between two middle-age singletons – Betty, a lonely widow with 19 cats, and Dan, a bereaved gentleman who lives only for his beloved dog, Chapatti (named for Dan’s favorite Indian dish). From their first encounter, one might expect romance to follow, with the prickly, sardonic dog lover eventually being won over by the warm-hearted cat fancier. And eventually it does, but in a manner most unexpected. According to one critic, “I’ve seen a hundred love stories; still, I insist that Chapatti is often fresh and even innovative. And I admit that I can’t think of another recent work that’s so touched my heart.”
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