If you’ve ever wanted to fill your weekend with just theater, this is the time to do it. From the opening productions of the emotionally heavy, Reverberation, to the lighthearted and hilarious, Dining Room, there’s plenty of opportunity for soul searching and inspiration. There’s even something for the kids. Bring your artsy little ones to New Britain Youth Theater for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a production for youth by youth. Scroll down for must-see events. Happy Weekend!
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The Dining Room
When: Friday, February 20, 8PM (through March 8)
Where: Playhouse on Park
Watch the hilarious off-Broadway theatrical tour de force in which six performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom, and the now neglected room that was once a vital center of family life. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception prior to the show.
Admission: $25-$35. 860-523-5900 x10. www.playhouseonpark.org
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Dancing Lessons [UA]
When: Friday, February 20, 8PM (through March 1)
A man with Asperger’s seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming.
Admission: To purchase tickets call: 860.527.7838. www.theaterworkshartford.org
Mark Twain’s ‘Is He Dead?’ [UA]
When: Saturday, February 21, 8PM (through February 22)
Where: Little Theatre of Manchester
Focusing on a fictional story of the great French painter, Jean-Francois Millet, who, with the help of his colleagues, fakes his death in order to increase the value of his paintings. The result is a great farce, skillfully adapted by Ives. This will be the first major Connecticut production of this play and is being produced in conjunction with the Mark Twain House and Museum’s Festival of Twain on Stage.
Admission: $19-$24. www.littletheatreofmanchester.org
When: Saturday, February 21, 8:00PM (through March 15)
Where: Hartford Stage
After a personal tragedy, Jonathan has withdrawn from the world, with little social life beyond the men he meets online. When charming, flighty Claire moves into the apartment upstairs, she tries to coax him out of his shell. They forge a tenuous connection, but the past reverberates into the present, threatening what happiness they’ve found. (Adult themes, language, violence).
Admission: $25-$85. 860-527-5151. www.hartfordstage.org
Tavern Take-Over [UA]
When: Saturday, February 21, 6PM
Where: Noah Webster House
Chef Andrey Kaplun from Delicacy Market will take over the museum kitchen and create a delicious take on Early American tavern food. The evening will also feature a special drink tasting and tavern games.
Admission: $30-$35. www.noahwebsterhouse.org
An Evening of Music with David Lutken [UA]
When: Sunday, February 22, 6:30PM (through February 23)
David Lutken star of last summer’s smash hit WOODY SEZ will be returning this February to perform for two nights only. David and renowned musician Antoine Silverman will entertain audiences with a foot stomping, hand clapping evening of music and stories.
Admission: Premium seats with pre-show reception: $75. Concert seats: $40. www.theaterworkshartford.org
Unsung Heroes of Black History Panel Discussion [UA]
When: Sunday, February 22, 2PM
Where: New Britain Museum of American Art
Unsung Heroes of Black History will explore civil rights and activism by highlighting the work of local activists as well as those individuals who influenced the current local leaders in the community over the past 50 years. The panel will be followed by a Q&A and reception.
Admission: Free with museum admission. www.nbmaa.org
New Britain Youth Theater: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
When: Sunday, February 22, 2PM
Where: Carriage House Theater
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer follows the young hero as he gets himself into never-ending mischief with best friend Huck Finn along the mighty Mississippi, tricks his friends into white-washing a fence, sweetens up to Becky Thatcher, and fakes his own death in a thrilling and inspirational musical comedy for the whole family.The production stars young actors ages 10 through 20 and is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Admission: $13-$15. www.nybt.org
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