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For 10 years, Method Machine has had a method in its madness, or madness in its method — or probably both, since it's one of Rochester's most enterprising performance companies. Method Machine, led by artistic director David Henderson, over the last decade has presented a wide variety of plays by writers from Brecht to Tony Kushner, with many theatrical adventures in between. The group will celebrate its 10th birthday, and look forward to experiments yet to come, this weekend with "Magic and Madness," two nights of theater and music. The bash begins Saturday night at Geva's Fielding Stage, which has hosted several Method Machine productions.

Saturday, March 4, 8 p.m.: Mac and Lady M — from the Method Man Shakespeare spoof "ShakesBLOOD" — will host a variety cabaret. Includes music from Bobby Maville, Judy Moelner, and Doug Waterman; a featured performance by Bloody Noes; and scenes from past Method Machine productions.

Sunday, March 5, at 6 p.m.: An evening of company creations, highlighted by a workshop performance of Eugene O'Neill's "In the Zone," a one-act play in which an boatful of international merchant marines navigates the dangers in and out of the water during World War I.

"Magic and Madness: A Method Machine 10th Birthday Bash" takes place Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 5, at 6 p.m., at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Boulevard. $10 each night; $5 for students with ID.  232-4382; gevatheatre.org; methodmachine.org.

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