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50 things to do this weekend, May 3, 4 and 5

May 2, 2019

Comedy. Music. Theater. Connecticut has it all this weekend. Life is short, so let’s get to the funny first.

Comedians perform here all the time, but how many can say they used to be a surgeon in Egypt, took up satirical comedy during the so-called Arab spring, and were forced to flee the country? The answer is one, Bassem Youssef. He’s been on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” is called “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” and will perform multiple shows at The Stress Factory in Bridgeport through Saturday.

Now for the music: Larry Campbell (who toured eight years with Bob Dylan) and his wife, Teresa Williams, bring their Americana/roots show to Fairfield Theatre Company on Friday. That same night is when you can catch The Tom Petty Project at the Palace Danbury, or pop-rock band Parachute at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun. Parachute drops its new album May 10 (if you miss Saturday’s gig you can still see Parachute Monday at Fairfield Theatre Company). Saturday brings Brit Floyd, billed as the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, to Toyota Oakdale Theatre.

New stage shows include “I Hate Hamlet” at Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre in Stamford. This comedic production runs all weekend and continues through May 19. Also this weekend and onstage through May 19 is a play called “Trying,” at the Stratford Square One Theatre. “Trying” was inspired by the experiences of a woman who was Judge Francis Biddle’s secretary in the 1960s. (Biddle served as chief justice for the Nuremberg Trials.)

That’s just a sample of what’s out there. Click through the slide show to see what else you might enjoy.