Curtain Call: This is the week for theater

Square One Theatre Company, Stratford: It doesn’t seem possible, but it’s early March and that means that spring is not far off — at least on our calendars. While there were a few dry spots in theater this winter, plays are now popping up all over. If ever there was a week to head out to theater, this is it. For starters Square One Theatre Company in Stratford has a show that is bound to jolt the most steady theater-goer with its production of “White Guy on a Bus.” Don’t think you’ll know where this plot is headed. One thing is for sure it will be a bouncy ride. Playing through March 18. Box office: 203-375-8788.

Music Theatre of Connecticut located in Norwalk currently has John Buchan’s “The 39 Steps” on the boards. Adapted from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, this is bound to stir up memories. Just keep in mind that this is not only a thriller, but a comedy. It’s pure, unadulterated fun playing through March 18. Box office: 203-454-3883.

Libraries have promoted it; schools and communities have read it, and now Landmark Community Theatre at the Thomaston Opera House is presenting “To Kill A Mockingbird” by the late Harper Lee live on stage. It’s always exciting to watch a book evolve into a live performance and so all that have read it are in for a rare threat at this theater event. The Pulitzer Prize- winning novel has attracted so much attention that the theater is offering special rates for schools. However, this is a grand opportunity for parents to share with their children a live theater production of a great book.

It plays through March 18. Please note that the play does contain mature material and language. Group rates are available for schools. It is playing through March 18. Box office: 860-283-8558.

Frank McCourt of “Angela’s Ashes” fame wrote “The Irish and How They Got That Way.” The Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre in Torrington presents it in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a great way to celebrate the Irish with good cheer and plenty of laughter. Expect Irish folk tunes as well as patriotic war songs. Overall, this is quite a tribute to the Irish. McCourt fans who are familiar with his biting sarcasm and clever wit will surely find this a memorable event. The production plays through March 18. This production is being presented by special arrangement with the Irish Repertory Theatre Co. Inc. Box office: 860-482-9508.

This week really is loaded with theater options for everyone. There’s comedy, mystery, and music. There’s no reason to stay home when you can have a unique experience at the theater. Enjoy.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is an active member in The American Theatre Critics Association. She welcomes comments. Contact: [email protected]

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