Comedians Chris Rock and Wanda Sykes and a few country music stars top things to do and see this week in Connecticut – Hartford Courant
Chris Rock and Wanda Sykes at different casinos on the same night. Improv comedy on a hyperlocal and nationally televised level. A slew of country stars in the arenas. A modern comic history of the Aztecs, co-scripted by John Leguizamo or a musical comedy about the four seasons co-scripted by Marshall Brickman. Here are some of the best things to do and see this week in Connecticut.
Kareem Green, now recognized as an actor in shows such as “Flatbush Misdemeanors”, began his career as a comedian who regularly killed in “Life at the Apollo”. Catch his stand-up on May 29 at Centrale Fox Tower, Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $10. foxwoods.com.
The theater trend of the moment? Terribly neglected chapters of world history told by cultures that have not been widely heard on these issues, amplified by outrageous comedy. While Yale Rep has “Between Two Knees” through June 4, Hartford Stage opens “Kiss My Aztec,” a comedic history of Aztec civilization co-written by John John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone, June 1-26. The content notice on Hartford Stage’s website notes that “this production contains bawdy humor, adult themes and language, haze and flashing lights”. Although he co-wrote it, Leguizamo does not star in the show. $30 to $100. hartfordstage.org.
Born in Hartford, singer/songwriter Xenia Rubinos is now an internationally acclaimed star who released her second album last year. She plays June 2 at 8 p.m. at Space Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. Famous classic-tinged local pop group Olive Tiger is the opening act. spaceballroom.com.
Guitarist Tab Benoit plays at two Connecticut venues this week: June 2 at Infinity Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford ($49-$59; infinityhall.com) and June 3 at the Fairfield Theater Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield ($55, $45 members; infinityhall.com). Both shows are at 8 p.m. and both are opened by Whiskey Bayou Revue.
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Summer arena shows often mean country stars. Tim McGraw is at the Xfinity Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford, June 2 at noon ($35-$149, plus significantly more for platinum packages; livenation.com), while Lee Brice, Michael Ray and Jackson Dean are all at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, 500 Broad St., Bridgeport on June 3 at 8 p.m. livenation.com.
There’s so much more to Chris Rock than the slap in the face heard around the world. One of the nation’s top stand-ups for over two decades now, Rock brings the pain to Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, on his Ego Death World Tour, June 3 at 8:79 p.m. $50 – $119.50. mohegansun.com.
A comedic presence as formidable as Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes is at Foxwoods the same night at Rock at Mohegan Sun for less than half the price. Did you see her co-host the Oscars? Did you see her Emmy-nominated impression of Moms Mabley in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”? The show will take place June 3 at 8 p.m. at Foxwoods’ Premier Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $38 to $58. foxwoods.com.
Whatever the season, “Jersey Boys” has never worn out its welcome. The show’s final run, which charts the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, runs for a single night at the Palace Theatre, 100 East Main St., Waterbury, June 4 at 8 p.m., $44-89 $. palacetheaterct.org.
The Sea Tea Comedy Theater is known for its innovative variations on conventional improvisational comedy setups. “Chatterbox: Improv Meets Storytelling” has a talk show format with live interviews of local celebrities and everyday people whose stories are shaped on the spot into comedy skits. June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Sea Tea Comedy Theatre, 15 Asylum Street, Hartford. $10. seateaimprov.com.
The hip-hop improv game show “MTV Wild ‘N Out Live,” now in its 17th season, has been adapted for a concert tour starring Nick Cannon. June 4 at 8 p.m. at the Xfinity Theatre, 61 Savitt Road, Hartford. $22 to $149, or hundreds more for a VIP package. livenation.com.
Christopher Arnott can be reached at [email protected].