Been crazy busy filling in on the Weekend section and not out and about seeing shows. But there’s hope on the horizon, as groups start cranking up their winter/spring offerings. And those High School Musicals are not far off.
First, a look at this weekend. Here’s today’s story:
100-minute ‘Hamlet’ set to tour Westchester, Bronx
The group, led by Tal Aviezer (at right, in a photo by Carolyn J. Fuchs) and in residence at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, begins a touring production this week of an intermissionless 100-minute retelling of the bard’s richest tragedy.
“Hamlet” will tour four venues in Westchester and one in the Bronx this month.
“I think that one of the reasons we come to the theater is to recognize ourselves,” Aviezer says. “And I think that one of the reasons that Hamlet is such an enduring character is that people from all walks of life, of all ages and nationalities, have recognized their essential humanity in him.”
Aviezer will certainly recognize himself in Red Monkey’s “Hamlet”: The director is also playing the leading role.
The tour opens Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon, tickets for which are free.
8 p.m. Jan. 14 and 20 at Mercy College Bronx Campus’ French Family Auditorium. ($18; $15 seniors and students);
4 p.m. Jan. 15 at Larchmont Temple, Larchmont. ($20; $15 seniors and students);
2 p.m. Jan. 22 at Bendheim Performing Arts Center in Scarsdale. ($20; $15 seniors and students);
8 p.m. Jan. 27 and 28 at Rochambeau School Theater, White Plains, in conjunction with Fort Hill Players. ($15.)
For tickets and more information, call 914-693-1646 or go to the Red Monkey Theatre website.
Elmwood Playhouse presents John Cariani’s charming stories about all sorts of love in the faraway town of “ “Almost, Maine.” Directed by Alison Costello. Opens Friday at 8. Runs weekends through Feb. 4. $21; $18 for seniors and students. (No discounts on Saturdays.) 10 Park St., Nyack. 845-353-1313. Elmwood Playhouse website.
(Later this month, M&M Productions launches a library tour of a separate, traveling production of the play across Westchester. For details, go to the M&M Productions website.)
In Rye Brook, Pennywise Productions and The Port Chester Council for the Arts present “Leader of the Pack,” a winter workshop musical with young actors from Port Chester, Rye Brook and Harrison directed by Julie Colangelo. Celebrating the creative output of Brooklyn’s Ellie Greenwich, it’s a jukebox musical featuring actual jukebox hits: “Be My Baby,” “Today I Met the Boy I’m Going To Marry” and “Leader of the Pack,” among others. $15. 8 p.m., Jan. 13, 14 and 15. Crawford Park Mansion, off Ridge Street, Rye Brook. 914-403-7909. Pennywiseproductions@gmail.com
The White Plains-based PlayGroup Theatre presents “Footloose,” based on the Kevin Bacon film, at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21 and 2 p.m. Jan. 15, 16 and 22. PGT is conducting a shoe drive and asks theatergoers to donate gently used or unwanted new shoes. Shoes will be donated to the charity Soles4Souls. $18; $15 seniors and kids 12 and younger. One North Broadway, White Plains. 914-946-4433. PlayGroup Theater website.
R+J in Palisades
In Palisades, Children’s Shakespeare Theatre opens 2012 with the story of star-crossed lovers, “Romeo and Juliet.” 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 14, 20 and 21. Opening night gala: $20; $10 for those 18 and younger. Otherwise, $12; $10 seniors, $8 for those 18 and younger. Palisades Presbyterian Church, 117 Washington Spring Road, Palisades. 845-365-9709. Children’s Shakespeare website.
Stack those chairs
In Yorktown Heights, Yorktown Stage and Lighthouse Youth Arts Center present “Les Miserables” performed by students at the Thornwood-based youth theater. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20; noon and 5 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21. $20, $18 for seniors and students. 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights. 914-962-0606. Yorktown Stage website.