A few new things to consider this weekend.
Photo by Aaron Pepis: The cast of Penguin Rep Theatre’s production of “Don’t Talk to the Actors” by Nyack playwright Tom Dudzick includes, from left: Alexandra Turshen (Arlene), David Arkema (Jerry), Claire Karpen (Lucinda), Wilbur Henry (Mike), Beth Fowler (Beatrice) and Richard Kline (Curt Logan).
For a loopy, fun straight play, consider “Don’t Talk to the Actors,” Tom Dudzick’s fourth play to land at Stony Point’s Penguin Rep in as many years. It’s about a young playwright who learns the hard way the lesson of the title. Cast is led by Beth Fowler, a Tony-nominee (“The Boy from Oz,” “Sweeney Todd”) and Richard Kline, (“Larry” from TV’s “Three’s Company”), both of whom Penguin audiences saw in last season’s “Greetings!”. Company includes David Arkema, Wilbur Henry, Claire Karpen and Alexandra Turshen. For the final five performances, playwright Dudzick will fail to take his own advice and not only talk to the actors, but become one, playing the director in the play, which runs through Aug. 26. $39. 7 Crickettown Road, Stony Point. Weekends, Aug. 3 to 26. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Discounts for groups and those 30 and younger. 845-786-2873 www.penguinrep.org.
For those bent on the bard, Port Chester Council for the Arts and LawnChair Theatre present Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in venues in Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook starting tonight. Folks will be renewing their wedding vows at some performances of this romantic charmer, directed by Peter Green. All shows at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 3 at Rye Town Park, Rye; Aug. 4 at Pine Ridge Park, Rye Brook; Aug. 9 and 11 at Lyon Park in Port Chester (near the Girl Scout House); Aug. 10 at Crawford Park in Rye Brook. Cast: Larry Reina, David Ryan, Phillip Hahn, Michael Limone, John Fotia, Kiah Thomas, Andrew Benowich, Charles Krause, Bruce Pearl, Maureen Fleming, Melissa Schleier, Gwendolyn Wiegold, Chet Sternlicht, Steve Simmons,Craig Campana, Liana Bekker, and Kathleen Nicholas. Port Chester’s Cafe Mirage is offering special gourmet dinner baskets for delivery to the park. See the LawnChair website for details.
For something bubbly, blonde and musical, consider The Harrison Summer Theatre/White Plains PAC production of “Legally Blonde,” directed By Jeremy Quinn with musical direction by Stephen Ferri and choreography by Lexie Frare. 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4; 2 p.m. Aug. 5. $23, $17 for students. The cast, led by Zoe Kassay as the irrepressible Elle Woods, includes: Augie Abatecola, Sarah Ackerman, Chelsey Alfredo,Jamie Allison, Justyn Brown, Melanie Burg, Gabi Carr, Tori Cott, Jessica Crilley, Zoe Farmingdale, Kaitlin Ferrara, Natalia Fogarty, Luke Forester, Alejandro Funes, Danielle Gonzalez, Terri Ann Gordon, Colleen Jones, Shane O’Neil, Sydney Parra, Jeremy Quinn, Shontay Richardson, Todd Ritch, Michelle Rubich, Nick Sampogna, Stephanie Savino, Matt Savoca, Jeff Schlotman, Emily Schlotman, Victoria Socci, Bethany Taylor, Lauren Wagner, and Tal Yardeni. 914-328-1600. White Plains PAC website.