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September Theatre Highlights

Fr/Sa 9/11 through 26- THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, by Oscar Wilde, at County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls—Fifty-two seasons. That’s a pretty impressive run for any small town theatre, especially since the advent of cable TV and the internet, and County Players show no sign of slowing down. It’s always a good idea to start a season off with a sure-fire comedy, and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest always fits that bill. The effortlessly literate wit and humor give the cast plenty to work with, hitting all the right notes of the familiar English comedy triumvirate of class istinction, mistaken identity, and true love….especially if a reasonably passable British accent can be managed by the leads. Directed by Zsuzsa Manna. County Players Falls Theatre, 2681 W. Main St., Wappingers Falls,, 845.298.1491. Fr/Sa 8 PM, Su 9/20 2 PM

Fr/Sa 9/18 & 19- Screening of AMERICAN ARTIFACT: THE RISE OF AMERICAN ROCK POSTER ART, with director Merle Becker, at Time and Space Limited, Hudson—It really wasn’t that long ago that having a really cool poster for a rock show was an absolute essential for a success. Great rock poster artists were a decidedly mixed bag: some were trained artists looking for an alternative way of expressing their muse, others self-taught iconoclasts gleefully experimenting with advertising and propaganda techniques. Director Merle Becker—who will be present for a Q∓A following the screening Sa 9/19—went looking for the greats of the genre: Stanley Mouse (‘60s San Fran, Grateful Dead), Victor Moscoso (psychedelic ‘70s), Frank Kozik (‘80s silkscreen), Art Chantry (grunge, Sub Pop), COOP (also grunge, LA), EMEK (Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails), Tara McPherson (Juno), and Jay Ryan & Mat Daly (The Shins, Fugazi). Interviews with Jello Biafra and Phish’s Mike Gordon, and music by Butthole Surfers, Andrew Bird, and others. Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson,, 518.822.8448. 7:30 PM

Fr-Su 10/2,3,4- AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE: Three World Premieres, at Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson—Long considered one of the top dance companies in the country, if not the world, the American Ballet Theatre—based in New York City—makes their annual stop upstate at the Fisher Center for a three-day stand. This time around they are featuring “Three World Premieres,” by three visionary choreographers, as well as two classic ballets from their deep repertoire: Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances (music by Frédéric Chopin) and Clark Tippet’s Some Assembly Required (music by William Bolcom). World premeires are by ABT Artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky (music by Domenico Scarlatti), Aszure Barton (music by Maurice Ravel), and Benjamin Millepied (music by David Lang). Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson,, 845.758.7900. Fr 10/2 8 PM, Sa 10/3 2 PM & 8 PM, Su 10/4 3 PM

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