‘Doubt’ Theater at ‘Rent’, Melissa Etheridge and Twain House Gala


It’s an eclectic week in Connecticut: comedy from Jim Breuer to Fortune Feimster, theater from “Doubt” to “Rent” and a few evenings that offer extraordinary diversity in one place at a time, such as the 5×5 Dance Festival in London. ‘University of St. Joseph or multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg at Infinity Hall.

Medicine show woman

Singer-songwriter, Broadway star, activist and cool handyman Melissa Etheridge comes to your window on November 2 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theater, 68 Main St., Torrington. His new album is “One Way Out”. $ 42 to $ 82. warnertheatre.org


Westport Country Playhouse originally announced that its production of John Patrick Shanley’s well-known religious drama “Doubt: A Parable” would be virtual like the rest of its 2021 season. Then a miracle happened, and now “Doubt” is being played in live, November 2-21 at the theater – and there’s still a virtual version available too, streaming November 11-21. $ 30 to $ 70 in person, $ 25 ($ 100 for housekeeping) virtual. westportplayhouse.org.

Fits and starts

Fun, dynamic and childish New Jersey pop trio (guitar, drums and cello) The Happy Fits bounces around November 3 at 7 p.m. in the Space Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St, Hamden. $ 16. spaceballroom.com.

Twain’s world

For the Mark Twain House & Museum, turning its annual fundraising gala into a virtual event means it can attract dozens of renowned guests and give the event a global “Mark Twain Around the World” theme. It will be broadcast live from the Twain House on November 4 at 7 p.m. ET. Writer Rand Richards Cooper will host, with a host of famous novelists as special guests: David Baldacci, Kevin Kwan, Brad Meltzer, Nelson DeMille, Azar Nafisi, Adriana Trigiani, and the Agent Pendergast team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs, as well as Harper’s magazine president John R. MacArthur, singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, and two veterans of the Daily Show, Larry Wilmore and Roy Wood, Jr. The gala’s online auction is already live. marktwainhouse.org/gala.

American symphonies

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s second Masterworks concert of the season is an American odyssey: works by Aaron Copland (“Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes”), Leonard Bernstein (“‘West Side Story’ Symphonic Dances”), Wynton Marsalis (“Blues” and “Hootenanny” from her Violin Concerto in D major) and, to drive the point home, “All American” by Laura Karpman. HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan conducts – the first time she conducts orchestra at The Bushnell since COVID shut it down a year and a half ago Nov 5-7 at Bushnell’s Belding Theater, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. $ 38 -72 $. hartfordsymphony.org.

Season off

It started off as a 20th anniversary tour and then stuck on the road for so long that it was renamed the 25th anniversary tour. Now, after a COVID hiatus, it’s billing itself as the ‘Farewell Season of Love’ tour, which means that production will finally retire. Based on the times he has visited Connecticut, this is a solid staging of the beloved musical “La Vie Boheme”, in all its scruffy early ’90s glory in downtown Montreal. New York. November 5-7 at Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $ 32 to $ 122. bushnell.org.


The 20th Annual 5×5 Contemporary Dance Festival brings together a half-dozen professional dance troupes from Connecticut (or just across the border from Massachusetts) and student dance ensembles from five colleges and a high school in Connecticut . There is a free birthday celebration, with a dance in an art gallery and a screening of the highlights of the festival passed on November 4 at 7 p.m., master classes from noon to 3 p.m. on November 5 and the live presentation of the 12 dance troupes on November 5. 5 to 7 p.m., all at the University of St. Joseph’s Autorino Center, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford. Saturday classes and performances each cost $ 20; the Friday event is free. usj.edu.


A mainstay of the Americana and Newgrass movements and proficient in most other musical genres, guitarist / doboist / mandolinist David Bromberg and his quintet bring their refined originals and creative interpretations of classic pop and blues tunes to Infinity Hall, 32 Front St. , Hartford, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. $ 49- $ 64. infinityhall.com.

The madness of fortune

You’ve seen Fortune Feimster in loads of fun TV series over the past few years, whether it’s a sitcom (“The Mindy Project”), a talk show (“Chelsea Lately” where she was. writer and regular panelist) or a reality TV show. Now she’s Pam on “Kenan”, and she’s also finding time to do her stand-up act live. Feimster’s College Street Music Hall, 238 College St. New Haven, November 4 at 8:30 p.m. $ – $ 40. collegestreetmusichall.com.

Goat Boy lives

Saturday Night Live veteran Jim Breuer starred in the iconic stoner film “Half Baked” and still makes pot jokes in his stand-up number. Do these routines seem more current and at the cutting edge of technology since legalization? Find out when Breuer is hosting a three-night, five-set booth November 5-7 at Funnybone Comedy Club, 194 Buckland Hills Drive Suite # 1054, Manchester. November 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and November 7 at 7 p.m. hartford.funnybone.com.

Christopher Arnott can be contacted at carnott@courant.com.

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