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March Theatre Highlights

4/2, 3, 6, 7, 13 through 18- Shakespeare’s MACBETH at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, RhinebeckAh, Macbeth. A tale so wicked and cursed that simply uttering its name inside a theatre will cause unfathomable misfortune (it must thus be referred to as “The Scottish Play”). Witches, raw ambition, murder, ghosts, revenge, misinterpreted prophecies, beheadings…good times! As one of the Bard’s shorter works, clocking in at a little over half as long as Hamlet, it’s also more easily performed with a smaller cast, as many roles can be doubled. It’s a good one for the acting ladies too, between the three witches (always fun) and that legendary power-wife from Hell, Lady Macbeth (Vivien Leigh, Judith Anderson, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, and Glenda Jackson have all had a…er…stab at the meaty role). CENTER head Lou Trapani directs a modern-times version, with design by Richard Prouse. Also: a special presentation of Shakespeare for Kids gives a great entry into the playwright through four major works, for grades K through high school (Fr 4/9 10 & 11:30 AM, Sa 4/10 11 AM). The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rte. 308, Rhinebeck,, 845.876.3080. Fr/Sa 4/2 & 3 8 PM, Tu/We 4/6 & 7 (student shows) 10 AM

Through March/April- Spotlight on PHILIPSTOWN DEPOT THEATRE, at Garrison’s Landing, Garrison—If you’ve ever been down to the Garrison train station, right there by Garrison Art Center, you probably wondered—as did I—what the heck they were doing with that small stone depot building? Turns out there’s a theatre in there, and this month there’s an almost non-stop burst of activity inside, starting with The Return of the Incredible Shrinking Man (Fr/Sa 3/12 & 13 8 PM, Su 3/14 2 PM), a new play which takes its cue from the classic 50s sci-fi movie, updating the subject to “the place of the mythic American Male in the context of today's corporate reality.” Then it’s the Aery Theatre Company presenting “Winter Into Spring,” four one-act plays by resident playwrights (Fr 3/19 8 PM, Sa 3/20 4 & 8 PM, Su 3/21 4 PM). Director D.A. Pennebaker will be a special guest for a screening of his classic Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back (Fr 3/26 7:30 PM), choreographer/dancer Lauren Hale Biniaris hosts a matinee of Depot Dances (Sa 3/27 2 PM), then the actors of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival bring a touring version of Midsummer Night’s Dream followed by an actor’s talk (Sa 3/27 8 PM). A performance by the Open Heart String Quartet and Odyssey Quartet (Su 3/28 4 PM) and a showing of Stephen Ives’ Martin Luther King Documentary (Fr 4/9 7:30 PM) round out the month. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison’s Landing, Garrison,, 845.424.3900.

Sa 3/13- Symphony Space’s SELECTED SHORTS “A TOUCH OF MAGIC”, with DAVID STRATHAIRN, JANE CURTIN, and host ISIAIAH SHEFFER at the Bardavon, PoughkeepsieFans of public radio (WAMC, most likely around here) have probably heard the Selected Shorts show on one or maybe more occasion. Maybe you clicked in one afternoon to hear somebody telling a really good story, really well, and you find yourself sitting in your car at your destination, waiting to see how the story ended. Now think about this: when was the last time you heard a really good story told really well….live? Host Isaiah Sheffer brings a live performance of “A Touch of Magic” to the Bardavon, with Jane Curtin and David Strathairn (must I list these actors’ numerous accomplishments here? I thought not.) performing stories with a magical twist by Ray Bradbury, W.W. Jacobs, and Saki. There’s a whole lot more going on at Bardavon/UPAC this month, including The Met Opera Live in HD presents Hamlet (Sa 3/27) and David Sedaris (UPAC Kingston Fr 4/9). Might want to think about a Bardavon/UPAC membership, folks. The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie,, 845.473.2072. 8 PM

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