5 must-see local events for theatergoers
Local theaters are gearing up for a busy fall, with productions ranging from Clifford Odets to Shakespeare to Tony-winners “Avenue Q” and “August: Osage County.”
Westchester Broadway Theatre follows its current show, Cole Porter’s “Can Can,” with “Fiddler on the Roof,” while the always reliable Hudson Stage Company presents the two-man comedy “Stones in His Pockets,” about two extras on an Irish movie set. The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls will be shuttered for the fall as it undergoes a renovation to expand its capacity and improve dressing rooms and restrooms.
While the runs are shorter in the suburbs, typically not more than three weeks, some of the season’s most-anticipated local events will be even more fleeting.
For a theater-by-theater look at local professional and community productions, click here. Here are five must-see special events:
Bedford resident Chazz Palminteri, whose autobiographical “Bronx Tale” led to “The Usual Suspects” and an Oscar nomination for “Bullets over Broadway,” shares his showbiz know-how with up-and-comers on his website, askchazz .com. He brings his stories (and answers) to Westchester Broadway Theatre on Oct. 1 — for a Q&A he’s calling — what else? —“Ask Chazz,” a benefit for Lighthouse Youth Theatre.
A pub menu with wine and a full bar will be available. Show-only tickets are $50, $30 for students; $150 for premium seating with a meet-and-greet cocktail reception after the show. www.broadwaytheatre .com.
When Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings “Hamlet” to Pace’s Pleasantville campus Sept. 28-30, two things will set it apart from other stops on the tour. The stage will be outdoors, and the performances are free. After Pleasantville, the stage will be disassembled and fitted into the Pace University Schimmel Center in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, where the tragedy will run Oct. 2-7 (and tickets will run up to $55 a seat).
“Hamlet” by Shakespeare’s Globe, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville. 4 p.m. Sept. 28 for Pace faculty, staff and students; 4 p.m. Sept. 29; 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Between the Miller building and the lake. Free.
Poe, Dickens, Boscobel
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival isn’t just for summer, anymore, and it isn’t only Shakespeare. Artistic Director Terry O’Brien brings Scrooge & Co. back for a fourth winter — and adds a traveling Poe show to the mix for Halloween. Stephen Paul Johnson (pictured) returns as the clutching skinflint Scrooge, while festival favorite Jason O’Connell plays Poe.
“Halloween with Edgar Allan Poe” (Oct. 20 and 27 at Boscobel in Garrison; Nov. 3 at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers); “A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 at Boscobel; Dec. 2, 3 at Katonah Museum of Art; Dec. 16 matinee at Hudson River Museum; Dec. 16 evening at West Point). www.hvshakespeare.org for Boscobel; www.hrm. org for Yonkers dates; www.katonahmuseum. org for Katonah.
ArtsRock’s Elliott Forrest and TCM host Robert Osborne celebrate Oscar-winner and innovator Gene Kelly (whose centenary was Aug. 23) with a conversation at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at Suffern’s beautiful Lafayette Theatre. $20. 845-278-7762. www. artsrock.org