It’s time for A Midsummer Night’s Drama. And Comedy. And Musicals. And More.
Summer outdoor theater presentations (and some indoor ones, too) that are synonymous with summer are kicking in all over the state.
They include: Connecticut Free Shakespeare presentation of — what else — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — July 31 to Aug. 4 on the grounds of the American Shakespeare Theatre Festival in Stratford, all at 8 p.m,. The production will also play Aug. 7 to 11 in downtown Bridgeport on the McLevy Green. Featured are Andrew Spieker, Eric Nyquist, Lila Smith, Mark Freelander, Caitlin Chuckta, Rebekkah Dunn, Christian Pedersen, Uma Incrocci, Doug Plaut, Ianm Eaton, Liliane Klein, Jonathan Holtzman and Saluda Camp. Admission and parking are free. Information: www.ctfreeshakespeare.org.
Capital Classics will present Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” on three weekend from July 25 to Aug. 11 at University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. There will also be pre-show entertainment, including the Elizabethan Consort, dance, lectures by local professors and more. Information: www.capitalclassics.org.
The Shoreline Arts Alliance presents Shakespeare on the Shoreline with free performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” Aug. 7 to 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the Guilford Green. Information: www.shorelinearts.org and 203-453-3890.
“Much Ado About Nothing” will also be the show for Artfarm’s production at The Grove at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, The show plays July 18 to 21 and July 25 to 28. Tickets are $20; $10 f0or seniors and students. Information: www.art-farm.org.
Alvin Epstein and James Andreassi co-directs “Julius Caesar” for the Elm Shakespeare Company. The shows run Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. at Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven. Information: www.elmshakespeare.org.
Indoors, there’s hip-hop theater with Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Word Becomes Flesh” at Wesleyan University’s CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace in Middletown, on July 18 at 8 p.m. The play, featuring six poet-performers, documented letters from a young single father to his unborn son using spoken word, dance and live music. Tickets: $19; $17 seniors; $10 students. Information: 860-685-3355 and www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Over at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam is “Hello, Dolly!”, now in previews, opens Wednesday, July 17, and continues through Sept. 14. The new musical, “LMNOP” plays July 25 to Aug. 18 at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester July 25 to Aug, 18. (Goodspeed information at 860-873-8668 and www.goodspeed.org). At Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven “Smokey Joe’s Café” is now playing through July 28. Information:” 203-787-4282 and www.longwharf.org). At the Westport Country Playhouse there’s Joe Orton’s “Loot” with previews beginning Tuesday, July 16, opening July 20 and continuing through Aug. 3 (Information: 203-227-4177 and www.westportplayhjouse.org). Ivoryton Playhouse features “Footloose” through July 28 and “Dreamgirls” (Aug. 7 to Sept. 1). Information: 860-767-7318 and www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. There’s a terrific “Cabaret” at West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park through July 21. Information: 860-523-5900 and www.playhouseonpark.org. “110 in the Shade” plays at Norwich’s The Spirit of Broadway Theatre through Aug. 11. Information: 860-1886-2378 and www.spiritofbroadway.org.
And don’t forget the staged readings at the National Playwrights Conference and the Cabaret and Performance Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford. Information. 860-443-1238 and www.theoneill.org. And my particular favorite, Yale Summer Cabaret, which this season is presenting “The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife” (to July 20); Tennessee Williams’ “In the Bar of a Toyko Hotel” (July 25 to Aug. 3) and “Heart’s Desire” and “Drunk Enough to Say I Love You” (Aug. 8 to 19). Information: 203-432-1567 and www.summercabaret.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun