There are so many theater options in the Lower Hudson Valley this weekend. Here’s just a sampling:
In Mohegan Lake, “Scapin”: YCP TheaterWorks present Moliere’s 17th-century farce “Scapin” — about a wily servant — at the Van Cortlandtville School Theatre on May 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 18 and 19. Friday and Saturday at 8; Sunday at 2. $15; $12, students and seniors. On Route 6, Mohegan Lake across from the Cortlandt Town Center Shopping Mall. 914-528-4145 or visit The YCP TheaterWorks website. Director Marilyn Heberling sets it in the 1920s, with a cast that included Jacob Mirer, Brian Taylor, Tom Campbell, Anne Rodgers Pearl, Ian Berger, Jacqueline Smith, Evelyn Voura, Carolin Schuetze, Abby Jennings and Lindsey Leiman.
In Briarcliff Manor, “Talley’s Folly”: Hudson Stage’s Dan Foster directs Lanford Wilson Pulitzer Prize-winner about two lonely people in a rundown Missouri boathouse in 1944. At Woodward Hall Theater, 235 Elm Road, Briarcliff Manor. 8 p.m. May 4, 5, 11 and 12, and at 3 p.m. May 6 and 12. $35, $30 for students and seniors. Call Smartix at 877-238-5596. Details: 914-271-2811 or the Hudson Stage website. Read my “Talley’s Folly” review.
In Pleasantville, “The Clearing”: Axial Theatre present Jake Jeppson’s story of brothers, secrets and loss. At St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Ave., Pleasantville. Weekends through May 13. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. $20. Order here. 800-838-3006. Go to the Axial Theatre website. Note: This production contains nudity. Read my review of “The Clearing” here.
In New City, “Avenue Q”: Helen Hayes Youth Theater presents the Tony-winning best musical, performed by actors age 13 to 17 — and puppets — May 5 at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. $15. At Clarkstown High School North, at Clarkstown North, 151 Congers Road, New City.
In Garrison, “The Way of the World”: World’s End Theater, which kicked off last summer with an acclaimed production of “The Seagull,” presents William Congreve’s “The Way of the World,” an 18th-century Restoration Comedy about secret affairs, dowries and inheritance. Think of it as the same church, different pew as “Scapin,” performed by Equity actors in the charming little Depot Theater in Garrison. $25 and $20. 8 p.m., May 5, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; 7 p.m., May 24; 4 p.m., May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Philipstown Depot Theatre, 10 Garrison Landing, Garrison. Buy tickets here. www.worldsendtheater.org.
In Palisades, “As You Like It”: Children’s Shakespeare Theatre presents its final two performances of “As You Like It” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 seniors, $10 kids 18 and under. At Palisades Presbyterian Church, Washington Spring Road, Palisades. 845-205-2772. Email Childrens.Shakespeare@gmail.com.
In Cortlandt Manor, “My Fair Lady”: Walter Panas High School marks the (sort of) 30th anniversary of the school’s performing arts center with the Lerner & Loewe musical based on Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” Run, Eliza! Run! Run! From Higgins! 8 p.m. May 4 and 5. 914-739-2823, ext. 555
In White Plains, “The Phantom of the Opera”: The one with the chandelier and the shadowy figure beneath the Paris Opera. Presented by Archbishop Stepinac High School, an all-boys school that recruits top-flight actresses for shows with incredible production values. 7:30 p.m. May 4, 5; 3 p.m. May 6. 950 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-946-4800, ext. 385
In Wesley Hills, “Grease”: The Pink Ladies ride again as Antrim Players, celebrating their 75th season, go back to Rydell High, in a production directed by Randy Accardi. At 8 p.m. May 4, 6, 11 and 12; 2 p.m., May 6 and 13. The Antrim Players, 15 Spook Rock Road, Wesley Hills. 845-354-9503. Antrim Players website.
In Elmsford, “Hairspray”: Before Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman gave “Smash” its TV soundtrack — and some memorable songs — their claim to fame was “Hairspray,” which opens tonight at Westchester Broadway Theatre. WBT is amping up their show totals, running about a show a month, in a positive development for theatergoers in the Lower Hudson Valley. But it also means you’ve gotta act fast or you might miss this cross-dressing comedy about a girl in Baltimore who just wants to dance and be loved for it. Tickets include a served meal. Through June 3. www.broadwaytheatre.com.
Photo by Ross Corsair: Jennifer Lee Andrews is Mincing and Maia Gues is Mrs. Millamant in “The Way of the World” by William Congreve, produced by World’s End Theater. Costumes by Charlotte Palmer-Lane.