Backstage, CT

By Mara Dresner

The battle of the sexes is waged with wit and fun in William Shakespeare’s remarkably modern comedy Much Ado About Nothing, presented by Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Feb. 27 – March 9, at the Nafe Katter Theatre in Storrs. Tix at crt.uconn.edu or (860) 486-2113.

The Crimson Thread by Mary Hanes is at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Feb. 20 – March 16. A world premiere at Seven Angels in 1994, it’s a story of love, loss and survival told through three generations of Irish sisters, spanning from 1869 to 1911. Tickets at (203) 757-4676 or sevenangelstheatre.org.

Choate Rosemary Hall’s theater department presents an adaptation of Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Award-winning play, Metamorphoses, based on Ovid’s narrative poems on the Main Stage of the Paul Mellon Arts Center, Feb. 13 – 15. Info at (203) 697-2398 or choate.edu/boxoffice.

TheatreWorks New Milford presents Neil Simon’s first and longest-running theatrical hit, Barefoot in the Park, Feb. 21 – March 15. It’s the 50th anniversary of Simon’s classic comedy about newlyweds. Info and tickets at theatreworks.us or (860) 350-6863.

Speaking of Neil Simon, it’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, part one of his autobiographical trilogy, at Farmington Valley Stage Company, Feb. 7-22. Details at fvstage.org or (860) 404-3081.

What would Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis chat about? Find out at Freud’s Last Session, through Feb. 23 at TheaterWorks in Hartford. Info/tix at theaterworkshartford.org or (860) 527-7838.

Two Script in Hand play readings at Westport Country Playhouse: Mary, Mary, a witty romantic comedy about a marriage gone hilariously awry by Jean Kerr on Feb.10, and Pack of Lies, a provocative thriller about spying (based on a true story) by Hugh Whitemore on March 10. Info/tix at (203) 227-4177 or westportplayhouse.org.

You still have until Feb. 9 to catch the world premiere of Heidi Schreck’s The Consultant at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. Anyone who has ever worked in an office will be able to relate to the characters and the daily uncertainty of going to work in troubled times.  Tix at (203) 787-4282 or longwharf.org.

The Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Evita is coming to the Warner Mainstage in Torrington. Lots of unforgettable music in the story of Argentina’s controversial First Lady. Tix at (860) 489-7180 or warnertheater.org.

Peter and the Starcatcher is coming to the Bushnell in Hartford, Feb. 18-23. A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan. For ages 10 and up. And coming March 18-30 is Book of Mormon. Get ready for some outrageous comedy! Tix at bushnell.org or (888) 824-2874.

You can still catch Lend Me a Tenor through Feb. 9 at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford. Next up is Higgins in Harlem, a world premiere by Connecticut playwright Lawrence Thelen, running March 5-23. Set in Harlem in the late 1930s, Higgins in Harlem follows the classic tale of Pygmalion, with a cultural twist. It’s Improvaganza on Feb. 21-22. Call (860) 523-5900 x10, or visit playhouseonpark.org.

Need something fun for the kids? Try The Littlest Mermaid, running through Feb.16 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport. And for you landlubbers, Robin Hood opens March 1. Tix at (203) 576-1636 or downtowncabaret.org.

The Carlos Nunez Band comes to the Garde Arts Center in New London on March 5. It’s Celtic music with Latin passion. Then it’s Rock of Ages on March 9 for one performance. Set in 1987, it’s a hilarious rock-n-roll love story to the greatest songs of the 80s. BYOBH (Bring Your Own Big Hair!). Tix at (860) 444-7373, x1 or gardearts.org.

The seventh season of No Boundaries: A Series of Global Performances, presented by Yale Repertory Theatre, will feature The Files by Theatre of the Eighth Day (Teatr Ósmego Dnia), Feb. 20-22. Tix at yalerep.org/noboundaries  or (203) 432-1234.

The Palace Theater in Waterbury is gathering memorabilia for a historical exhibit scheduled for the fall of 2014. The theater is asking the public to take part by donating or lending any Palace memorabilia collected since its official opening in 1922. Playbills, posters, ticket stubs, movie promotional items, ledgers from previous employees and photos are all welcome. To donate memorabilia, contact Sheree Marcucci at (203) 346-2008 or marcucci@palacetheaterct.org.

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