Plenty of cultural options in area this week

Published on Saturday, 21 January 2017 22:40


NEW BRITAIN – The marquees are packed in the next week, with a number of exhibits, concerts and theater performances in the area.

Dating, Mating, & Marriage

Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post in the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre’s production of the comedy “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage,” running now through Feb. 4.

The show puts the audience in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail, played by Julie Lemos, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars. With the help from her sidekick, Paco, played by Jon Escobar, they’ll answer audience questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage.

The show, by Ken Davenport and Sarah Saltzberg and directed by Kris McMurray, runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for two more weeks.

Tickets are $30. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 860-829-1248 or visit . Reservations are recommended. The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is at 31 Webster Square Road, Berlin.

Rhett Price

On Monday, the Central Activities Network at Central Connecticut State University will host electric violinist Rhett Price in concert at the Student Center. The show, free and open to the public, will run from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, contact Maria at 860-832-3678.


The CCSU Art Gallery on Thursday debuts ECHO, an exhibit of photographs by Sabrina Staires. The collection chronicles a disappearing mining town in Staires’ home state of Oklahoma that became uninhabitable due to toxic levels of industrial waste. Staires is credited by organizers for “capturing the ghostly beauty” that surrounds the abandoned town. Photographs are printed on large silk panels that stretch from the ceiling to the floor.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, preceded by an artist talk at 3:15 p.m. The exhibit will run through Feb. 23, with scheduled gallery hours from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The display will be in the art gallery at Maloney Hall. The reception and program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the adjacent Welte Garage.

For more information, call 860-832-2633 or visit .


Hole in the Wall Theater, starting Friday, will answer the question of what happens when Oscar Wilde, Monty Python and the political and emotional turmoil of a century ago all intersect in “Travesties,” a “jubilant, poetically beautiful comedy celebrating how important the creative arts are to humankind,” according to the theater. The show, hailed as a “carnival of farcical hi-jinks, impassioned debates, vaudeville acts, and other theatrical surprises,” is directed by Alex Kirstukas and produced by Christina Giannelli.

Performances run at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 27 through Feb. 18, with one 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Feb. 3 show is the theater’s “Pay What You Can” performance, in which patrons select the price for tickets.

General admission tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors with ID. For more information, or to order tickets, call 860-229-3049 or visit HITW is at 116 Main St., New Britain.

Christopher Fortier can be reached at 860-801-5063 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , Berlin, General News, New Britain on Saturday, 21 January 2017 22:40. Updated: Saturday, 21 January 2017 22:42.