The New England Air Museum is offering live theater in its hangars for the first time on Saturday and Sunday, February 12 and 13, with “The Mystery of Clara Cloud,” an original play by local playwright Betsy Maguire.
The fictional story centers on Clara Cloud, an early Connecticut airmail pilot who captures the hearts of a nation with her daring night races. Audiences will meet the “ghosts” of Clara’s past, including several aviation legends, who will help unravel the mystery of her shocking and sudden disappearance in 1935.
“The Mystery of Clara Cloud” has three acts that take place in each of the museum’s three large exhibition hangars.
There will be four performances, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day.
The play is directed by Bloomfield’s Chris Bushey. The cast includes Mark O’Donnell from Windsor, Karen Balaska from Somers and Stephanie MacGillivary from Enfield.
The museum is located at 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks.
For more information, call 860-623-3305 or visit: neam.org
Little Manchester Theater
The dark comedy ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ is on stage weekends at Manchester’s Little Theater at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, until February 20.
Sessions are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
In the play, Abby and Martha Brewster, two sweet, elderly sisters, help lonely old men die happy – by poisoning them. The storyline is based on an infamous series of Windsor boarding house murders by Amy Archer-Gilligan, who was convicted and imprisoned at Connecticut General Hospital for the Insane in Middletown.
Tickets are $32 for VIP seats in the first six rows; $24 for remaining seats; $2 discount per ticket for seniors, students and military.
Suffield Players will perform John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” opening today, February 10, at Mapleton Hall and on weekends until February 26.
About the play: On a clear, cold winter night, the residents find themselves falling in love and falling in love in unexpected and hilarious ways. The game is recommended for ages 13 and up.
Tickets are $20 ($15 opening night); discounts for seniors, students, groups and subscribers.
The Mapleton Pavilion is located at 1305 Mapleton Avenue, Suffield.
• The Suffield Players will hold auditions for their May production of “Steel Magnolias” on Tuesday March 1 and Thursday March 3, by appointment.
There are six female roles ranging from 20 to 60+.
Actors can visit the website to register for an appointment. The time and location of the auditions will be confirmed after registration.
All actors will be required to show proof of vaccination at the time of the audition.
TheaterWorks Hartford presents “This Bitter Earth,” Wednesday through March 20.
Deep love is challenged by divisive political realities. Intimate, romantic and devastating, this gripping play is about a young black writer and his white lover, a Black Lives Matter activist.
Tickets range from $25 to $65.
TheaterWorks will offer a video stream of the show from March 7-20. Tickets are $20.
The 13th season of Playhouse on Park’s main stage continues with “Five Guys Named Moe” by Clarke Peters, music and lyrics by Louis Jordan.
About the play: his wife left him, he’s broke, and it’s almost 5 a.m. But don’t worry about our hero. All he needs is good music – and good guys – to get him through. Enter five guys named Moe, stepping off his radio to cuddle, comfort and jazz him up with Louis Jordan hit songs.
For tickets and schedules, call the box office at 860-523-5900, ext. 10, or visit: playhouseonpark.org
The Friends of the Wood Memorial Library are offering their annual Free Ann Masi Memorial Vacation Fun event on Thursday, February 17 from 10-10:45 a.m.
“Aesop’s Fables” is a whirlwind 45-minute adventure through beloved ancient tales.
Bright Star’s professional actors bring the stories of ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’, ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, ‘The Lion and the Mouse’ and ‘The Monkey and His Bucket’ to life. “.
Wood Memorial Library & Museum, 783 Main St. South Windsor, is the venue this year, not South Windsor High School.