Topics: Local Theater

The Academy of Performing Arts is getting into the Christmas spirit early this year with some beloved holiday characters. Their completely child-focused show is a mixture of two Christmas readings and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The homegrown celebration starts off with Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” professionally narrated by Richard Wilber. The Grinch is dramatically played by Alison Colli...

Monomoy's 'Good Doctor' Heartwarming And Hilarious

By: Joan Aucoin

Writers rule unequivocally, even when feigning writer's block this week at the Monomoy Theater when Neil Simon, Anton Chekhov, and Bernard Cornwell share the story-telling professions in the heart-warming comedy "The Good Doctor." The Monomoy Theater Company transports the audience to a 1910 theater in the Russian countryside where the cast re-enacts 11 of Chekhov's lyrical and laconic short stories. "The G...

 Sadly, the prolific American playwright A. R. Gurney died in June at the age of 86. Elements Theatre Company’s “Sylvia” is a fitting tribute to the man who liked to poke fun at the anxieties and foibles of the upper-middle class. “Sylvia” is an unusual love story. It centers around a stray dog named Sylvia (played by a younger adult female), who chooses her new owner Greg, as he dozes in a New York City park....

Everyone experiences the feeling. Wouldn’t it be nice to be a kid again? Attending the Cape Cod Theatre Company’s production of “Peter Pan and Wendy” brings out the child in all of us. By sheer osmosis, surrounded by that special sound of laughter and joy of children in the audience, you’ll feel the years just melt away. The power of live theater is alive and well at this home of the Harwich Junior Theatre. Pe...

Feminists unite! George Bernard Shaw, the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, heard your voices before your time had come. Is it a matter between two men to debate the passions of romantic love versus the complacency of a dignified marital relationship? Or might the woman in question learn to speak for herself? Is it her right to choose her own destiny? "Candida" at the Monomoy Theater formalizes the discussion of...

That first time you see your child shine it takes your breath away. It’s also the time you realize that this human being you brought into the world is a person, a person who can achieve incredible things. Billy Elliot’s father is drowning; drowning in grief over his wife’s death and drowning in worry because of the imminent coal miners’ strike. Jackie Elliot is trying so hard to give his sons, Tony and Billy, ...

Monomoy Theater Company under Francesca James' engaging direction sizzles in delightful, harmonious musicality retelling Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' fetching tale, "110 in the Shade". Gonna be another hot day in a grassy, Western prairie town, home to the Curry family.  The drought has set in on the plains while impacting more than a few hearts.  H.C. Curry is deeply worried for his unmarried daughter Lizzie...

Are you a Cape Rep fan? Theater aficionado? Mad about Broadway musicals? Then you are either familiar with these two powerhouse performers or will relish discovering them in this special summer event. Jared Hagen and Trish LaRose excel in a spotlight; the two are natural born entertainers. Director Richard J. Sullivan, with help from the two conceived a show where the two play off each other’s talents and play...

The beloved musical-writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are being honored by the Chatham Drama Guild in their original and uplifting musical revue “Rodgers and Hammerstein in Chatham.” Jeff Spencer reservedly plays Hammerstein, as he takes the audience down memory lane, giving the backstories on the eight Broadway shows being highlighted. One of many interesting tidbits he offers is that R...

Wellfleet Harbor Actor Theater kicks off their summer season with another titillating title, “Sex with Strangers.” In spite of the shamelessly shocking name, the drama is truly attention-grabbing, compelling and timely. Laura Eason is not only a talented American playwright, but also a noteworthy screenwriter. She is credited with writing a number of episodes for the award-winning Netflix drama “House of Cards...

Embrace your wrinkles! Or maybe embrace the face lift! Sixty years old is not the end, it’s a new beginning. Love yourself, love your journey and accept no limitations. If you are lucky enough to know Chatham’s Naomi Turner, you know this woman embodies those words, so much so that Turner and her friend Wilderness Sarchild put those sentiments into words and music, and with help from composer Malcolm Granger a...

Locally Created 'Wrinkles' Celebrates Women And Aging

By: Annemarie Della Morte

A combination of “two peas in a pod” and “opposites attract” is probably the best way to describe the writers of “Wrinkles the Musical.” Naomi Turner and Wilderness Sarchild couldn’t be more different, and their work is absolute testimony to the notion that great minds don’t have to think alike to come together. Sarchild and Turner met in 1974 at a retreat coordinated by Sarchild. “We met for lunch the next...

Cash-strapped Theater Sees Surge Of Support

By: Alan Pollock

WEST HARWICH — Facing a budget crisis, the nonprofit Cape Cod Theatre Company – Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre is hoping that a surge in donations will stem the shortfall before it becomes a showstopper. Theater officials haven't specified the size of the deficit, which prompted them to lay off the organization's education director early this year, and forced them to pare back outreach programs. But two rec...

You ’ d never know that off of Route 6A, down a dirt road about a half mile from the sign that gleams “ Cape Rep ” beside a big yellow house, a creative community is growing and alive within the restored theaters tucked behind the trees. But Director Maura Hanlon and her troupe of actors know exactly where to go to find creative respite three times a week. Cape Rep Young Compa...

CCTC's 'Sister Act: The Musical' A Comic Gem

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Deloris Van Cartier, nightclub singer and disco queen, is not someone you’d picture in a nun’s habit. In “Sister Act, The Musical” Deloris finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she witnesses her mob-leader lover killing an associate. Forced into witness protection, astonishingly she finds herself in a convent. But it’s here that Deloris learns there are Sisters and then there are sisters. When t...

Shakespearian works are still highly relevant today, but if a production isn’t accessible, especially to the younger generations, then the Bard’s wise words can fall on deaf ears. For the second year in a row, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is starting off their 33 rd season with a Shakespearian work. This year, they have a dynamic twist on “Romeo and Juliet” that can be described as a poetic rock o...