More than a dozen times—that's how often Treehouse Comedy Productions has been voted the "Best Comedy Showcase" by the readers of Fairfield County Weekly. As the first full-time comedy showcase in Connecticut, Treehouse Comedy Productions has curated stunning selections of world-class standups for more than three decades. The heavy hitters in the Treehouse family tree include Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Stewart, Bill Mahar, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried, and Jerry Seinfeld, who once bid farewell to standup at Treehouse gig just before his TV show, That's So Jerry!, became a hit. With roving locations at area restaurants, casinos, and bars, the arbiters of spit-takes continue to cull the sharpest cut-ups in the country for weekly showcases.
Having recorded for such esteemed labels as Columbia Masterworks and Koch International Classics, Orchestra New England showcases masterful musicianship through performances of works by classical, romantic, and modern composers throughout the year. A yearly celebration of the sounds and sages of the baroque era, Baroquefest 2011 will feature guest harpsichordist Linda Skernick and selections such as Bach's Concerto in A Minor and Telemann's Tafelmusik III. "Soiree" explores the music of Vienna in the 1920s, as the orchestra will perform Schoenberg's arrangements of Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun, Mahler's Symphony no. 4, and excerpts from Thomas Edison's short-lived heavy metal band, The Draconian Lightbülbs. The premiere of a new work by composer-in-residence Mark Kuss, "Sounds. Distant." explores community displacement in China and features native Chinese musicians. The "Sounds. Distant." concert will also feature performances of works by Ives, Elgar, Bartok, Schubert, and more.
The Yale Symphony Orchestra sets on stage Yale's finest undergraduate talent, rendering classic works and debuting new music. Its alumni have garnered worldwide renown, giving audiences the chance to experience soon-to-be hottest new virtuosos on the music scene. Music director Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada has studied with several noted conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, and collaborated with distinguished artists, such as Itzhak Perlman and Evelyn Glennie.
Performed by the Ireland-based Druid Theatre Company and directed by Tony Award–winning artistic director Garry Hynes, this production of The Cripple of Inishmaan has won nine major international awards and countless local fist-pumps for its laugh-infecting depiction of rural Ireland's reaction to Hollywood. Scribed by Academy Award–winning playwright Martin McDonagh, the story portrays a crippled Irishman as he tries to audition for a Hollywood movie being filmed near his hometown. The 2.5-hour comedic spectacle has been acclaimed by such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Sun-Times as one of the best things to hit theater-going eyeballs since hands-free monocles.
Girls Night: The Musical follows five friends as they celebrate their past, present, and future through a raunchy night of comedic karaoke. The iconic Shubert Theater's design and seating gifts patrons unobstructed views and ample acoustics as actresses belt out classics such as "I Will Survive," "It's Raining Men," and "We Are Family," evoking nostalgia for decades past better than a ghost eating apple pie. Because the play possesses content similar to an R-rated movie, theater-goers are encouraged to bring guests ages 18 or older or a handheld naughty-word filter. Entertainment Events brings amateur and professional acts to hundreds of cities across the world, and supports communities, schools, art groups, and civic organizations with fundraising efforts.