Underground Railroad Game
Named one of the top ten theater experiences of 2016 by the NY Times, this piercing performance from Philadelphia-based company Lightning Rod Special is a rapid-fire 75 minutes of sketch comedy and excruciating American history, set in a middle school classroom. ‘62 Center at Williams College, Williamstown. 8 p.m.
March 2 – March 18
Ragtime: The Musical
The winner of 9 Tony Awards, this sweeping musical portrait of early-20th-century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.
Golf Can Be Murder
The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns with another murder-mystery dinner theater program. It’s a special day at Feeble Beach Golf Club as they welcome golf pro Anna Stormson. But something doesn’t play out quite as planned and someone’s round is cut short, permanently. But who dunnit? Is it Birdie Indahand, who wants all the attention on herself? Her ex-husband, the board president; his assistant; or the green’s keeper? Ventfort Hall in Lenox, 5 p.m.
Actress and playwright Anne Undeland and Broadway actor Mark Zeisler present a reading of her new play, the story of Jennie Jerome, the daughter of a wealthy New York family who married Lord Randolph Churchill. They would become the parents of Winston Churchill, the future British Prime Minister. (Some say he was conceived before the marriage.) Ventfort Hall in Lenox, 3 p.m.
Life is What You Make It
Emmy Award-winning composer, musician and philanthropist Peter Buffett presents an intimate concert, multimedia show and candid conversation based on his bestselling autobiography, Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment. The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
March 16 – April 1
Christopher Isherwood’s Tony Award-winning musical is set amid the backdrop of 1930’s Germany as it begins to slide toward the Nazis. An American writer living in Berlin meets an eccentric dancer at a decadent and vulgar cabaret called The Kit Kat Club, and his life is changed forever. The Ghent Playhouse.
March 16 & 17
High Mud Comedy Fest
MASS MoCA’s funniest festival returns for its third year with two days of laughs from headliner, and This American Life regular, Mike Birbiglia, plus comedic songstress Nellie McKay, former SNL castmember Sasheer Zamata, Reductress contributor Taylor Garron, Matteo Lane and Joyelle Nicole Johnson. North Adams.
Three darkly funny and touching monologues set in a small Midwestern town’s funeral parlor. Tell Tale: a respectable married mortician is lost in passion for a beautiful real estate broker. Thief of Tears: an upper-class daughter steals jewelry from corpses. Thirteen Things about Ed Carpolotti: as the world crashes around a newly widowed matron, love rescues her from beyond the grave. Dewey Memorial Hall, Sheffield. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
This Evil Thing
Michael Mears will perform his one man play, the rarely told story of conscientious objectors in WWI. He’ll portray a gallery of characters from army generals and Prime Ministers to world-famous mathematicians. The play uses verbatim testimonies, a multi-layered soundscape and visual imagery. Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse. Potluck at 12:45 p.m., play at 1:45 p.m.