Now – April 30
The Taming of the Shrew
Young Bianca is the most coveted maiden in Padua… but no one can marry her before a match is found for her “shrewish” older sister, Kate. When a team of Bianca’s suitors bribe new-to-town Petruchio to try wooing Kate, he accepts, mostly to get his hands on her dowry. What ensues is one of Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedies. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.
Comedian Emma Willmann
Emma Willmann was named one of the “10 Funniest Women in New York” by Time Out New York, featured in Elle, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and will soon be appearing on a new show on Fuse. The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield. 7:30 p.m.
Bard College presents the first major survey of performances by contemporary American artists exploring surveillance and its impact on our identities. The event includes seven installations and performances that can be seen separately or as a one-day marathon on Saturday or Sunday. Bard’s Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson.
The Backdoor Boys in Bring On The Men
Club Helsinki will host a special benefit cabaret and concert by Kevin Weldon and Craig Cunningham a.k.a. The Backdoor Boys. Their show, Bring on the Men!, draws material from the musical theater, the Great American Standards, and the counter-culture music scene. This is performance is a benefit for Hudson Pride Foundation. 7 p.m.
God of Carnage
Tangent Theatre presents a reading of Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play about a playground altercation and its wild aftermath between two sets of parents. Hudson Valley Distillers, Clermont. 4 p.m.
Baked to Death!
The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to Ventfort Hall by popular demand with another murder-mystery dinner theater program. Martha Stupor is hosting a baking competition with three of the top chefs in the world. But someone isn’t happy with the contest and one of the chefs gets her “just desserts,” putting an end to the competition. Lenox, 6 p.m.
The Fiery Sword of Justice
As a benefit for the Roe-Jan Library, Lauren Letellier performs her comedic cautionary tale about a high-powered public relations executive whose compulsive truth-telling torpedoes her career. Ancram Opera House, 3 p.m.
WAM Theatre’s “Fresh Takes” play reading series presents a work by Jackie Sibblies Drury that explores the relationships of a young woman taking pictures of her former boyfriend’s mom. Both women clutch their memories of him, as they search to redefine themselves in his wake. Six Depot Cafe, West Stockbridge. 3:30 p.m.
May 18 – June 10
This Creative Place International/And Theatre Company production stars Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist William Kunstler. The perpetually rumpled lawyer, whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots and members of the American Indian Movement, makes a case for his often unconventional style in this revealing play. Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield.
May 25 – July 6
In this Obie Award-winning play, Amy Herzog gives us Vera and Leo, a grandmother and grandson, locked in a moving and most amusing battle of wits. Life has dealt them a series of shocks, and yet, they and two intrepid young women continue to seek meaning through human contact in a touching and humorous portrait of the disenfranchised. Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre, Lenox.