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Stepping Out

Skewering the headlines with the Capital Steps


On Stage

The Capital Steps

The Capitol Steps eagerly poke fun across the political spectrum. These performers have elevated political satire to an art form. Before “The Daily Show,” “ The Colbert Report,” and others of their ilk, this Washington, DC-based comedy troupe has been making audiences laugh with their bipartisan lampooning. Always ready to “make America grin again,” the Steps’ humorous perspective cuts across all ages and viewpoints. Over 30 years ago, the Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), to find the humor in the political scene. Although not all of the current Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together they have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Steps will tackle it all and all things equally foolish.

Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m. $58, $48, $38. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or


Family Fun

Madeline and the Bad Hat

Ludwig Bemelmans’ beloved story comes to life in a charming musical adventure. “Madeline and the Bad Hat” focuses on the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family. Madeline is none too pleased when Pepito, the son of the Spanish ambassador, moves in next door. He seems insufferably arrogant and conceited. And worst of all, he’s cruel to animals. Under the guidance of Miss Clavel, the caretaker of the girls at Madeline’s boarding school, Madeline learns that first impressions aren’t everything. She discovers that Pepito’s father is rarely at home and that this new neighbor is misbehaving because he is desperate for attention. Told with gentle humor and an appealing musical score, this amusing tale of enemies-become-friends is sure to charm and entertain kids and adults.

Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m. $20. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. (516) 877-4000 or aupac.adelphi.edu.