The traditional theater season is winding down. Before you know it, the summer season will be starting. This is the time when you can catch some really outstanding shows as the theaters want to leave you with a memorable production to woo you back again next fall. In other words, the best is yet to come.
Long Wharf in New Haven is offering A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters starring Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy. It opens next week, March 29 and plays through April 10. Of course, the most anticipated Long Wharf event is the opening of Alfred Uhry’s My Paris, a brand-new musical about the life and times of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist. Uhry wrote Driving Miss Daisy, so if this new musical proves as colorful as it sounds, Long Wharf may well have a show that ends up on Broadway. My Paris plays May 4 – 29. Box office: 203-787-4282.
Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven is also wrapping up its season with Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. It’s the first time that the Rep is doing this play so you can expect all the bells and whistles to be out in full force March 25 – April 16. The grand finale will be Dianne Wiest in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days playing April 29 – May 21. Box office: 203-432-1234.
Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury will present The Taffetas, a 1950’s tribute to a girl-group, March 31 – April 24. It closes its season with the comedy Legally Blonde, May 12 – June 12. Box office: 203-757-4676.
Landmark Community Theatre at the Thomaston Opera House wraps up its season with the musical Sister Act, April 16 – May 1. Box office 860-283-6250. The production is being directed by Marissa Perry, who was in the original Broadway cast of the show and who also starred on Broadway as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray.
Square One Theatre Company in Stratford wraps up its season with Motherhood Out Loud by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein. Playing from May 12 to May 29, the play features the various voices that bring families to life. Box office: 203- 375-8778.
Phoenix Stage Company, formerly of Naugatuck and now in Oakville, will present Farce of Nature and The Dining Room as its last productions of the season. Farce of Nature plays April 9 – 23 and is a comedy centered on a man in the witness protection program. A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room is a classic play about the demise of WASP culture. It is scheduled to run May 14 – 28. Box office: 860-417-2505.
The Sherman Playhouse in Sherman will close the season with Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit April 29 – May 22. TheatreWorks New Milford presents The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife May 6 – 22. Box office: 860- 350-686 and TheaterWorks Hartford presents Sex with Strangers March 10 –April 17. Box office: 860-527-7838.
With so many great shows still to be seen, spring may have sprung, but the theater season is still hot, hot, hot.