OPENING

I Hate Hamlet, comedy-drama written by Paul Rudnick, Oct. 6-21, Center Stage Theatre Shelton, 4 Grove St. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 8, 15 and 22, 2 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 19, 7 p.m. “Unapologetically silly and…hilarious.” – New York Times. Tickets $15-$30 at centerstageshelton.org or 203-225-6079.

THIS WEEKEND

Comedian Steven Wright, Fri., Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd.

Wright’s career has expanded to albums, film and TV appearances. Tickets, $60, at box office, 203-438-5795, or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Quickies in the Stacks: Lost in the Pages, Sat., Oct. 7, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Lovell Room. Original 10-minute plays from SquareWrights to be performed in special theater program to benefit library. Free and open to public, but donations gratefully accepted. Info: stratfordlibrary.org, 203-385-4162.

*Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, King for a Day, based on PBS-KIDS TV series, Sun., Oct. 8, 2 p.m., Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, UConn, 2132 Hillside Rd., Storrs. Daniel learns what it takes to be a king. Tickets $20-$30 at jorgensen.uconn.edu or box office, 860-486-4226.

CONTINUING

Off Off Off Broadway, comedy by Connecticut playwright Shelley Abrams, through Oct. 7, Town Players of Newtown’s The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Rd., Newtown. Story centers on actor-director who leaves fast-paced Broadway life for more tranquil existence on island off Cape Cod.  Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets $22; $18 matinees; at newtownplayers.org or box office, 203-270-9144.

Damn Yankees, through Oct.14, Kweskin Theatre, The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop; original musical won seven Tony awards. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m., and  Sun., 2 p.m. Regular prices $32 adults, $25 senior citizens and $16 children (up to age 21). Thurs., Oct. 5 and 12, 8 p.m., all seats $25. Discounted passes reduce prices by up to 30% off. Box office: 203-461-6358 or online at curtaincallinc.com.

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season with Sex With Strangers, through Oct. 14, by Laura Eason, directed by Katherine M. Carter. Play includes adult themes and language. Performances: Tues., 7 p.m., Wed., 2 and 8 p.m., Thurs. and Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 3 and 8 p.m. and Sun., at 3. Tickets $30 single; info on special features and nights, etc. at westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529. Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Oct. 31-Nov. 19.

November, by David Mamet, through Oct. 15, Eastbound Theatre, division of Milford Arts Council, Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. 24th season opening show, directed by Michael R. Mele. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Play contains some adult language and situations. Tickets $20, $18 seniors and students, $16 MAC members. Tickets and subscriptions at milfordarts.org or 203-882-0969 (Tues.-Fri., 10-5 pm). Info: 203-878-6647; milfordarts.org

 

Dark of the Moon, by Howard Richardson and William Berney, through Oct. 15, Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39 North, Sherman. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 1, 8, 15, 2 p.m. Tickets $24 adults, $12 students and children 12/under. Directed by Robin Frome. Info: shermanplayers.org

I Do! I Do!, musical with book by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, through Oct. 22, TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave., off Rte. 202, New Milford. Show begins in 1895 with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 1 and 22, 2 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., pay-what-you-want. Tickets $28 reserved seating, $23, students and military personnel, at theatreworks.us or 860-350-6823.

ADVANCE

*Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, King for a Day, based on PBS-KIDS TV series, Fri., Oct. 13, 4 p.m., Palace Theatre, 81 Atlantic St., Stamford. Musical adventure in which Daniel learns what it takes to be a king. Tickets $25-$75 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.

Tracy Morgan, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. He will be performing as part of Barts Tree Service Comedy Series. Tickets $110-$125. Info: 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Ghost the Musical, Oct. 13-Oct. 19, White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, NY. Tickets $33. Info: wppac.com.

*Guess How Much I Love You, Oct. 16, 10 a.m., Quick Center, 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield. Sam McBratney’s book Guess How Much I Love You comes to life with whimsical puppetry and original music. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia production for children in pre-K to second grade. Tickets $10. Info: Call 203-254-4010.

Tape Face, Mon., Oct. 16, 7 p.m.,Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Drawing on silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and films of Patrick Swayze, he is “a pensive, curious soul approaching every object and audience member as a potential friend — or plaything.” He’s described as “a critically acclaimed silent sensation” with Simon Cowell comparing him to a modern Charlie Chaplin. Tickets, $40, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Oct. 19-29, Studio Theater, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury. Tickets $20 eventbrite.com/e/hamlet-rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-are-dead-tickets.

Footloose, Oct. 19-22, 26-29, White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y. WPPAC and Westchester Sandbox Theatre production. Info and tickets at wppac.com or 914-328-1600.

Hamlet, Oct. 20-29, Studio Theater, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury. Tickets $20 eventbrite.com/e/hamlet-rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-are-dead-tickets or 203-837-8403.

How To Be A Good Witch!, Fri., Oct. 20-29, Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford. Youngest member of family of witches discovers and opens magical book. Pantochino Production’s Bert Bernardi has written story with Justin Rugg composing original score. Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 and 5:30 p.m., and Sun., 2 pm. Tickets, $20 milfordarts.org or $22 at door. Info: pantochino.com.

MacBeth, Hudson Shakespeare Theatre production, Sat., Oct. 21, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Lovell Room. Bard’s great tragedy about unbridled ambition and murder most foul. Free and open to public. Info: stratfordlibrary.org, 203-385-4162.

Speaking Fearlessly with Ira Joe Fisher, new dates: Oct. 25-Dec. 6 workshop, 7:30-9 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and emcee to teach public speaking skills in Wed. night classes. Tuition $240 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Antigone: Sophokles Antigone, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., Oct. 28, 2 p.m., 8 p.m., Oct. 29, 2 p.m., Wien Black Box Theater, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield. Performance based on Anne Carson’s translation of Antigone. Tickets $5 to $15. Info: Call 203-254-4010.

Lewis Black: The Rant, White & Blue Tour, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., The Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Tickets $45-75. Info: palacestamford.org.

Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ musical comedy, Oct. 27-Nov. 11, Wilton Playshop, Lovers Lane theater, Wilton. Directed by Mat Young. Info: wiltonplayshop.org.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Tickets $15. Info: 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., The Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Tickets $59.50-149.50. Info: palacestamford.org.

August Wilson’s Fences, now Feb. 2-24, Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane.Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play, set in 1950s, exploring evolving African-American experience and examining race relations and other themes; directed by Katherine Ray, produced by Craig David Rosen. Strong language and adult themes; recommended for mature audiences. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 11 and 18, 2 p.m. Cabaret style seating; invited to bring food and drink. Tickets, $35 adults and $28 students, seniors, veterans, at ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org