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A philosopher once called theater “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Take a test drive in Shakespeare’s sports car with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a general-admission ticket to The Bomb-itty of Errors at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (up to a $47 value). See the schedule for available show dates and times.

Located on the stunning grounds of the Boscobel House overlooking the Hudson River, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival envelops theatergoers in a critically acclaimed outdoor theater experience-blanket. This season, viewers can lend an eye and ear to the company as they perform The Bomb-itty of Errors, a rap adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, The Comedy of Errors, and a superb way to introduce first-timers to the Bard. For the stage sharks who have seen the original, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will challenge their prior conceptions through reinterpretation and distilled action for a fresh approach that warrants a Shakespearean double take.

Make the most of your evening out by starting it early with a picnic on the Boscobel grounds. Pack a basket of food and drinks to share with a date or friendly albatross, or order a meal and a bottle of wine when you order your tickets and pick it up when you arrive. Edibles include a vegetarian salad medley ($16), tandoori chicken breast ($18), and poached salmon filet ($22), which you can pair with a bottle of cabernet, chardonnay, or merlot (all bottles are $20; click here to see a full menu). When your belly is stuffed to the gills, head to the tent to digest the sights and sounds of hip-hoppity versification.

Reviews

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has received praise for its adaptations of Shakespeare's classic. The Wall Street Journal raves about the festival, and LoHud.com wrote a glowing review of The Bomb-itty of Errors.

  • The shows are bright and lively, the performers engaging, the setting gorgeous, the atmosphere joyous. I won't say that it's impossible to have a bad time at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival -- some people are inexplicably resistant to pleasure -- but I've been going to Garrison for four summers now, and my annual visit has become one of the most eagerly awaited dates on my theatrical calendar. – Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
  • Purists might take issue with taking the bard out of his iambic parameters and putting him into the rap world, but Shakespeare’s unlikeliest of stories remains intact. – Peter D. Kramer, LoHud.com

155 Main St
Cold Spring,
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B&B Lounge presents a variety of pub fare and entrees in a relaxed and rustic atmosphere. Avoid setting DVRs to record award-winning food commercials by gazing firsthand at a diverse spread of appetizers such as fried ravioli in marinara sauce ($5.50), pickled eggs ($2 for three pieces), and onion rings ($4). Classic hamburgers ($6.50), french dips ($7), and philly cheesesteak sandwiches ($7) celebrate meat and bread's symbiotic relationship. Meanwhile, jumbo wings nest in celery and blue cheese ($6 for 8-piece; $8 for 12-piece; $10 for 15-piece) and Russian-style vareniki potato pierogis, served with salad and garlic bread ($9), can be shaped into your favorite letter of the Cyrillic alphabet.

5207 Route 32
Catskill,
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At Canz Roadhouse, brick walls, a metal roof, and old hubcaps come together to create the feel of a real ’50s roadhouse. Waitresses keep tables stocked with endless bowls of popcorn and take orders for the bar’s selection of more than 200 different beers. Groups of friends take in boxing, soccer, and UFC action from strategically placed TVs as they devise the best strategy for attacking the menu’s array of savory and salty treats, including wings, bounteous burgers, and deep-fried Oreos. Canz Roadhouse also hosts events every day of the week, including karaoke on Wednesdays and a Country Night with line dancing on Thursdays.

1300 Ulster Ave
Kingston,
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