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With food, drink and outstanding entertainment, it’s hard to beat a night at a cabaret. Where else can you dine, whet your whistle and still see a great show? This is what makes cabarets so enjoyable. Check out these Connecticut spots hosting exciting cabaret events.

Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
31-33 Webster Square Road
Berlin, CT 06037
(860) 829-1248

Located in Berlin, Connecticut, this cabaret theater is the type of place where you bring your own bottle as well as your own dining delights. Don’t worry about packing dessert. Kris McMurray, the owner, said that this cabaret features a dessert bar with coffee, teas and pastries. The theater is open year round. From August 31st until October 6th, you can feast on food as well as exciting theater. That’s when Ira Levin’s thriller “Deathtrap” is featured on the main stage.

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill St
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 576-1636

Here’s another theater that has long been known as one of the great cabarets in the Nutmeg State. Featuring everything from full theater productions to guest artist shows, there’s always something wonderful going on here. You pop your own champagne cork, pack your dinner or snack and sit back at a comfy table with friends or that special someone. You bring the company and food and the theater provides top-notch entertainment. From September 14th through September 16th, you can catch a Springsteen tribute – a recreation of a Bruce Springsteen show with a talented cast.

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Mohegan Sun Cabaret 
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382
(888) 226-7711

Here’s a Connecticut cabaret where all you have to do is arrive. You can buy your dinner and drinks and then take a seat and enjoy a beautiful setting for a classic cabaret act that includes world-class entertainers. Check out the line up of events happening in the upcoming months. Comedians like Tom Whiteley “The Coach,” Brian Scott McFadden and Rich Vos are all set to take the stage in September.

Goshen Players
2 N St
Goshen, CT 06756
(860) 491-9988

Every year, this charming theater located in northwestern Connecticut includes two cabaret nights. They still have yet to be announced. However, once the shows are scheduled, there’s nothing you need to pack because the theater has coffee, tea and sweet treats for your pleasure. When visiting Goshen Players, you can always count on a good community theater production with local actors performing on stage. Look for a cabaret night during the Valentine’s Day season as this is typically when one of the two is put on.

Yale Cabaret
217 Park St
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-1566

The Yale Cabaret wrapped up its 44th season in June and the Yale Summer Cabaret wrapped up its summer programming on August 19th. The new Yale Cabaret season hasn’t been made available yet, but the creative team has been announced and includes Ethan Heard as the artistic director, Jonathan Wemette as managing director, Benjamin Fainstein and Nicholas Hussong as associate artistic directors and Xaq Webb as associate managing director. When the new season resumes, it will feature shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dinner and drinks are served before each show. The Yale Cabaret spotlights students from the Yale School of Drama who are working toward a degree, expressing their love for theater along the way. 

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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.