St. Patrick’s Day Theatre, Dance, and Comedy Shows

The Hudson Valley’s St. Patrick’s Day theatre and shows in 2014


Irish wit, witticisms, and humor abound upstate.

Four comedians who trace their roots to the Emerald Isle team up and poke fun at everything from pet dogs to wild Irish family holidays during the Irish Comedy Tour. March 8, 7:30 p.m. $35.
They say Irish wakes are always eventful, and Patrick James Finnegan’s is no exception thanks to lively eulogies, sing-alongs, a missing corpse, and all the attendees at Finnegan’s Farewell. March 13-16, Thurs.-Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 1:30 & 6:30 p.m. $65-$75. Proctors, Schenectady. 518-346-6204;

an irish dance spectacularRhythm in the Night: An Irish Dance Spectacular

irish heels celtic dance troupeIrish Heels Celtic Dance Troupe

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Step dancers leap across local stages.

For more than two decades, Joan McGrenaghan’s Celtic Heels Irish Dance Troupe has performed elaborate jigs and reels in our region. March 1, 11 a.m. $9, $7 children.
Celtic dance company Solas An Lae performs contemporary American-Irish numbers, choreographed by local directors Deirdre Lowry and Patrick Brown. March 14-16. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $20. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080;

The U.S. premiere of a European production, Rhythm in the Night: An Irish Dance Spectacular tells the tale of legendary hero Balor as he tries to rid the land of the evil sorceress Azura. March 14-15, 8 p.m. $38-$70. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039;


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