Friday, July 15, 2011


To celebrate summer and relieve any signs of anxiety, Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven has the perfect prescription for your comic enjoyment.  Imagine your doctor has just recommended one, two or even three doses of required entertainment for your funny bone’s good health.

First up, from Tuesday, July 12 to Sunday, August 7, is a return of the wildly popular “Menopause the Musical,” for its tenth anniversary, that offers insights into that most mysterious of bodily oddities that strike all women in mid-life: the change.  A quartet of women meeting at Bloomingdale’s will make this merry medical adventure a revealing journey that explores hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and hormonal imbalances and helps you laugh at them and at yourself.  Brave men are welcome.  For tickets ($49.50), call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven at 203-787-4282 or online at Performances are Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

As if that isn’t enough fun for the season, your favorite nun is staging a return coup when “Sister Strikes Again! Late Night Catechism 2” by Maripat Donovan flies in from Wednesday, July 13 to Sunday, August 21.  This time around Sister, a talented Nonie Newton-Breen, will offer instruction on her personal list of sins, which you can avoid by dressing modestly, turning off your cell phone, not being tardy and will escalate all the way up the ladder to the really bad stuff.  Speaking of ladders, she will also offer a catholic version of Chutes and Ladders as she provides much needed lessons on Heaven and Hell.  Hold on to your haloes for Sister’s unique viewpoints.  Tickets are $30.  Performances are Wednesday-Sunday at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Rounding out the trio of treats is comedian Colin Quinn performing his one-man hit show  “Long Story Short” from Tuesday, August 9-Sunday, August 21.  Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, coming off a successful Broadway tour, Quinn will take his audiences on an exploration of world history, focusing on the rise and fall of empires, including our own, galloping with razor sharp wit across the hills, mountains and plains of civilizations.  With satire, Quinn takes on all the great philosophers from Socrates to Snooki, to prove that throughout history, the joke has always been on us.

Tickets are $50.  Performances are Tuesday to Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Pack up your troubles and head out to Long Wharf Theatre for a vacation from anxiety and laugh all the way to happier days.

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