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Funny Men: Talk With Steve Martin; Madea On The Run

Comedian, writer, producer, actor and musician Steve Martin has been a presence at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven for several seasons with productions of his comedies "The Underpants" and "Picasso at Lapin Agile." His witty words return to the Long Wharf stage, but Martin will be speaking them himself in a "creative conversation" with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

Gopnik has a Long Wharf connection, as well. He is collaborating with composer David Shire on a new musical titled "Table," which is being developed by Long Wharf and will have its world premiere there in 2017.

Tickets to the Martin/Gopnikc event are $75 to $100. Information: longwharf.org.

Now Don't Get Madea Mad

Tyler Perry has single handedly created his own film studio, offering a string of successful movies, both serious and funny. But it's his traveling stage shows featuring his comic creation "Madea" that have become a cultural phenomenon.

"Madea On The Run," written and starring Perry, is his latest, and it plays Hartford's Bushnell theater in four performances: Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 12., at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. The 2-1/2 hour show centers on Perry's drag creation who is on the outs with the law. Tickets start at $48.50. Information: bushnell.org.

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