Pablo Francisco, Joan Rivers top weekend events in the Hudson Valley

Pablo Francisco is a stand-up comedian and a

Pablo Francisco is a stand-up comedian and a former cast member of "MADtv." Photo Credit: Handout

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Whether it’s Pablo Francisco in Rockland County, David Sedaris in Dutchess County or Joan Rivers in Westchester County, it’s a big weekend for comedy events in the Hudson Valley. And with their contrasting styles, there’s something for everybody.

Francisco offers a high-energy act often enhanced by spot-on celebrity impressions. Sedaris’ satirical humor is showcased via his deadpan narrative. And Rivers’ routine is legendarily blunt, bawdy and bound to bring down the house.

If you’re feeling more theatrical than comical, you’re also in luck. In addition to the final performances of the Westchester Broadway Theatre’s extended run of “In The Heights,” a production of “Dinner with Friends” continues at the Elmwood Playhouse, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer offer spoken-word and sung performances at Bard College, and Broadway veteran Christine Ebersole headlines a one-night-only cabaret at the Emelin Theater.

Saturday-Sunday: Pablo Francisco at Levity Live

In a world where fans demand someone who can shift flawlessly between impeccable impersonations of the late movie-trailer maven Don LaFontaine, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Keanu Reeves in a single bound, one man delivers. His name: Pablo Francisco. His mission: To make you laugh night after night for his return to Levity Live, where he last performed in October.

When: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6; 7 p.m., Sunday, April 7

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Info: Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-5400;; $22-$25, with a two-item minimum per person; audiences must be 18 and older

Saturday-Sunday: ‘In the Heights’ at Westchester Broadway Theatre

It’s the closing weekend for “In the Heights,” whose original Broadway production won the Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score in 2008. The show chronicles three days in a Latin neighborhood of Manhattan’s Washington Heights. With music that ranges from hip hop, pop and reggae, to salsa, cha-cha and mambo, notable songs include “When You’re Home,” “It Won’t Be Long Now” and, of course, “In The Heights.”

When: 6:15 p.m. Saturday, April 6; 11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 7

Info: Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford; 914-592-2222;; $51-$85.90


Saturday-Sunday: ‘Dinner with Friends’ at Elmwood Playhouse

Steve Taylor, Andrew Greenway, Mary Ashley and Claudia Stefany star in the Elmwood Playhouse production of the 2000 Pulitzer-winning prize for drama, which chronicles the married lives of two couples, with one breakup wreaking havoc on the stability of the other.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7; additional performances through April 13

Info: Elmwood Playhouse, 10 Park St., Nyack; 845-353-1313;; $19-$22

Saturday: Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

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Author Neil Gaiman (“Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book”) and musician Amanda Palmer of the musical duo The Dresden Dolls present a night of spoken word, songs, stories and audience Q&A.

When: 8 p.m., Saturday, April 6

Info: The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Route 9G and Annandale Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845-758-7900;; $25-$40

Saturday: Christine Ebersole at The Emelin Theatre

The “Grey Gardens” and Tony Award-winning star brings her cabaret, “Age Before Beauty,” to the Emelin following her sold-out engagement at New York City’s Cafe Carlyle.

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When: 8 p.m., Saturday, April 6

Info: Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck; 914-698-0098;; $62 in advance, $72 day of show, $15 for students

Sunday: Joan Rivers at Purchase College

Born Joan Molinsky in Larchmont, Rivers is a pioneer for comedy, women and women in comedy. The sharp-tongued comedian, who has wowed industry heavyweights ranging from Johnny Carson to Howard Stern, returns to Purchase's Concert Hall for the first time in a decade. Her most recent credits include the E! network's “Fashion Police,” the WE channel's "Joan and Melissa" and NBC's "All Star Celebrity Apprentice."

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Info: The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase; 914-251-6200;; $47.50-$87.50

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