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Top Upcoming Theater Events In Connecticut

July 16, 2012 6:00 AM

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Not only does the summer sun smile brightly over Connecticut, but the moon winks when the state’s many theater events spill over into the New England night. Here are some of Connecticut’s theater events that will keep everyone well entertained, day or night.
romeoandjuliet Top Upcoming Theater Events In Connecticut

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Shakespeare on the Sound – “Romeo and Juliet”
Pinkney Park
177 Rowayton Ave
Rowayton, CT 06853
(203) 299-1300
shakespeareonthesound.org

Dates: July 18 through July 29

Free of charge and performing every evening on the week of July 18-29, Shakespeare on the Sound is presenting a new take on “Romeo and Juliet.” This production starts with friends who continue their annual tradition of reading a Shakespearean play after their dinner party. Soon, they find themselves in the middle of Shakespeare’s most popular love story. See how these seemingly normal folks perform this famous romance set amidst a beautiful summer night backdrop.

Related: Top Local Connecticut Arts Programs To Support

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The Sherman Playhouse – “Opera Comique”
5 Route 39 N
Sherman, CT 06784
(860) 354-3622
shermanplayers.org

Dates: July 13 through August 4

Robin Frome and Patricia Michael were just elected President and Vice President of The Sherman Playhouse. With powerhouse talent at the helm, newness is in the air. One of the big events at the theater this summer will be the “Opera Comique,” directed by the highly-regarded Jane Farnol. Playing from July 13 through August 4, this is one of those delightful summer farces complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, infidelity and murder. It’s bound to make the summer brighter here in Connecticut.

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TheaterWorks – “Tryst”
233 Pearl St
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 527-7838
theaterworkshartford.org

Dates: August 3 through September 9

Summer really heats up when “Tryst,” by Karoline Leach, takes to the TheaterWorks stage from August 3 through September 9. A romantic psychological thriller, this modern theater takes the audience back to Edwardian London where a con-man preys on rich women. However, amongst his experiences with the rich women, he comes across one that might just change his demeaning ways. This production may be set in a historic period, but it is definitely a modern mind bender.

westportplayhouse Top Upcoming Theater Events In Connecticut

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Westport Country Playhouse – Literary Salon Series
25 Powers Court
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 227-4177
westportplayhouse.org

Dates: Vary

This theater event will appeal to thespians as well as the literati. The Westport Country Playhouse has initiated a Literary Salon. On select evenings, a pre-show salon with authors and discussion will be followed by a performance of the Playhouse’s production. This series is designed to heighten both the theater-going experience as well as the book-reading experience. Dates for literary salons to be
announced. Check the website for upcoming performances.

ofogresretold Top Upcoming Theater Events In Connecticut

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Yale Summer Cabaret
217 Park St
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-1567
summercabaret.org

Dates: June 20 through August 19

Subterranean and quite bohemian, the Yale Summer Cabaret is a cutting-edge summer event. This summer, the theater is doing something very special. It is presenting “50 Nights: A Festival of Stories.” Celebrating the art of storytelling, the theater will perform “The K of D,” “Of Ogres Retold” and “The Secret in the Wings.” A rotating schedule of the three productions runs through August 19. See the list of performance dates here.

Related: Top Spots To See Ballet In Connecticut

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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