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June Theatre Highlights

6/14 through 9/6- HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL at Boscobel Restoration, Garrison—Shakespeare outdoors in the summer: it just feels right somehow, doesn’t it? Now, put the stage on the edge of the mighty Hudson River, right near West Point where the view is just breathtaking, and let that be the background as the sun slowly sets. The grounds at Boscobel Restoration stretch out toward the river, giving the actors virtual acreage to perform on—and do they ever. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival—now in its 23rd season—remains an essential part of regional theatergoing with three productions this summer. Pericles, Prince of Tyre is considered to be the first of Shakespeare’s “late romances,” with speaking parts so well-crafted, its 42 parts can be performed by as few as six players. First produced in 1606—the same year as MacbethPericles has less in common with the great tragedies than with Monty Python, and the festival tent will transform into a royal palace, a jousting stadium, a desperate famine, a doctor’s office, a Mytilene brothel, and a typhoon at sea. The perennial romantic comedy favorite Much Ado About Nothing, set in Italy, is full of the usual mistaken identity, manipulation, and matchmaking that the playwright seems to utilize so effortlessly, and—back by popular demand—The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is an irreverent romp through the thirty-seven plays of the Bard . . . in 97 minutes! Also, don’t miss the Opening Spring Gala (Su 6/14, 4 PM).

Boscobel Restoration | Rte. 9D, between Cold Spring and Garrison | 845.265.9575 (Box Office) | 845.265.7858
(main office). Tu/We/Th 7 PM; Fr/Sa 8 PM; Su 6 PM. No shows Mo.

JUNE/JULY Performances (please see website for specials):
SPRING GALA: Su 6/14, 4 PM
Pericles, Prince of Tyre: June 17, 24, July 2, 4, 10, 16, 22, 25, 26, 30
Much Ado About Nothing: June 19, 25, 27, 28, July 1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 19, 23, 28, 31
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): June 16, 18, 20, 21, 26, 30, July 3, 7, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 29

Through 6/14- The Price, by Arthur Miller; 6/19 through 7/12- Almost Maine, by John Cariani, at Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville—The Shadowland Theatre has another excellent line-up of great theater planned for the summer, courtesy of Producing Artistic Director Brendan Burke. As of this publication, it’s not too late to catch the last few days of Arthur Miller’s drama The Price (directed by James Glossman), starring television personality and author Orson Bean and stage, television and film actress Stephanie Zimbalist, in a story about two estranged brothers forced to sell their deceased father’s belongings, while coming to grips with their own history of resentment in the process. Then it’s the popular romantic comedy Almost Maine, to be directed by its author, John Cariani. From the Shadowland website: “It's a Friday night in the frigid, mythical town of Almost, Maine. On this magical night, love is in the air—from the local watering hole, The Moose Paddy, to Ma Dudley's Boarding House—and the locals are falling in and out love faster than a hockey slap shot. Come see this wonderful cast of characters and who knows . . . you just might fall in love yourself.” Thursday night patrons might also enjoy some great jazz next door post-show at Aroma Thyme, with music by the John Simon Trio. (Yes, the same John Simon who produced The Band and Janis Joplin.)

Shadowland Theatre | 157 Canal St. | Ellenville
845.647.5511 (Box Office hours: Tu/We 12-5 PM; Th/Fr/Sa 12-5 PM,
7-8 PM; Su 12-2 PM.) Performances Th/Fr/Sa 8 PM, Su 2 PM

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