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January 19, 2008 / GO Brooklyn / Theater / Waiting in the Wings

Bard’s ‘Beth’ is back!

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While Trekkies and everyone else are getting all hot and bothered for the Feb. 12 premiere of Patrick Stewart in “Macbeth” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg has been staging its own version of the Scottish play, “Bitch Macbeth.” The show is a tarted-up version of the Bard’s original and stars local theater veteran Adam Swiderski. “Bitch Macbeth” will run through Jan. 27.

Following that, The Brick will stage “The Great Switcheroo,” the third episode in its 12-part “Penny Dreadful” suspense series. For information, call (718) 907-6189 or visit www.bricktheater.com. For more information about BAM’s programs, call (718) 636-4100 or visit www.bam.org.

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For more Shakespeare, check out the Jan. 27 production of “The Tempest,” directed by Davis McCallum, at Brooklyn College. For the premiere of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ “Theater Series,” BCBC is hosting the Tony-award-winning group The Acting Company, which has been doing national tours of classic theater for 35 seasons. For information, call (718) 951-4500 or visit www.brooklyncenteronline.com.

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If you’re looking for a show that’s just a bit more modern, beginning Feb. 2, the Gallery Players’ production of “The Wild Party” should do the trick. Set in the Roaring ’20s, the Andrew Lippa-penned show follows a vaudeville dancer and clown, whose tumultuous relationship drags them through a world of wild parties, flappers, jazz and all of the decadence that came along with the era. For information, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.galleryplayers.com.

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Most up-to-the-moment of all, however, is the Heights Players troupe, which will be mounting “Anna in the Tropics,” Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz’s 2003 play about a family of cigar rollers in Florida in 1929. Directed by Ted Thompson, the show will run from Feb. 1 through Feb. 17. For information, call (718) 237-2752 or visit www.heightsplayers.org.

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