On Stage: opening and advance
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.
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.
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.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, through Feb. 24, Center Stage Theatre, 54 Grove St., Shelton. Tickets $15-$30. Info: centerstageshelton.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.
Annapurna, through Feb. 25, Westport Community Theatre, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport. After 20 years apart Emma tracks Ulysses to a trailer park in the middle of nowhere for a final reckoning. What unfolds is a visceral and profound meditation on love and loss with the simplest of theatrical elements: two people in one room. Tickets $25. Info: westportcommunitytheatre.com.
Clybourne Park, Feb. 23 through March 4, MainStage Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury. Grieving parents Bev and Russ are planning to sell their house in the white middle-class neighborhood of Clybourne Park to a black family. Tickets $15-$20. Info: wcsu.edu/svpa/svpa-center.
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.
The Heiress, Feb. 23 through March 9, Powerhouse Theater, Waveny Park, New Canaan. Socially awkward, plain Catherine Sloper is constantly berated and undermined by her domineering physician father, who blames her for causing her mother’s death in childbirth. When a poor, but handsome suitor begins to woo her, Catherine is convinced that she has, at last, found someone who values her for herself, not the money she will inherit. Tickets $25. Info: tpnc.org.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Feb. 24, 2 and 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Tickets $69.50. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
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.
Go Go Beach, Feb. 24-25, Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. The show will be performed by actors from the Pantochino Teen Theatre. It is a coming-of-age story about a surfer, his girlfriend, a runaway teen pop star and a flower child who helps him find the true meaning of love. Tickets $10. Info: pantochino.com.
Shen Yun 2018, March 1-4, Stamford Palace, 61 Atlantic Ave., Stamford. Shen Yun will perform a classical Chinese dance. Tickets $72 - $150. Info: palacestamford.org.
A Journey, March 2-4, Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Rd., Weston. This highly acclaimed performance brings to life seven historical African-American women, including an African Queen, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and more. Kimberly Wilson stars in the one-woman musical. Suggested donation $20. Info: thewilsonproductions.com.
Connecticut’s Got Talent, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall St. Norwalk. The competition hosts its live finale show, showcasing the area’s best comedians, singers, bands, dancers, magicians and specialty acts to name the state’s top talent. Tickets $25-$30. Info: wallstreettheater.com.
*Jay and Ray: Jams for Fams, March, 4, 3 p.m., Stamford Palace, 61 Atlantic Ave., Stamford. With an energetic, silly and fun show rooted in play-based learning, Jay and Ray explore rhythm, melody and movement in a way that’s entertaining not only for children, but their parents as well. Tickets $12.50. Info: palacestamford.org.
The Ivy League of Comedy, March 8, 7:45 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. The Fabulously Funny Females; Kerri Louise, Sherry Davey and Carrie Gravenson will celebrate International Women's Day with plenty of laughs. Tickets $33. Info: fairfieldtheatre.org.
Ron White, March 9, 8 p.m., Stamford Palace, 61 Atlantic Ave., Stamford. White’s stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life to becoming a comedian. Tickets $45 - $284. Info: palacestamford.org.
*Casey Carle's BubbleMania, March 11, 3 p.m., Stamford Palace, 61 Atlantic Ave., Stamford. Casey Carle returns to in his one-man show combining spontaneous comedy, jazzy music and brilliant bubbling. Tickets $12.50. Info: stamfordpalace.org.
Play With Your Food, March 13, 12 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch with coworkers or friends followed by professional actors reading one-act plays by award-winning writers. Tickets $47. Info: fairfieldtheatre.org.
An Evening with the Celebrity Housewives, March 16, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Teresa Giudice, Brandi Glanville, and Carole Radziwill will take the stage for an intimate chat and audience Q&A. Tickets $75 - $175. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
The Acrobats of China, March 18, 4 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. This fast-paced show combines Chinese dancing, tumbling, juggling, balancing and more thrilling stunts that audience members of all ages will enjoy. Tickets $25 - $35. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Start Making Sense, March 23, 7:45 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Together they bring much of the Talking Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Tickets $25 - $28. Info: fairfieldtheatre.org.