Topics: Local Theater

The hit show “Wrinkles, the Musical” is returning for an encore performance at the Cape Cod Theatre Company (CCTC) with two new cast members, a new song, and a tweaked script. “It’s a little different from last year, tighter, stronger,” says CCTC Producing Artistic Director Nina Schuessler, who is directing “Wrinkles.” “The relationships among the characters are drawn a bit deeper and there’s more of a bond as...

"The Miracle Worker," which opened on May 11 at the Chatham Drama Guild, is both interesting and insightful. Directed by Pam Banas, the play is set in Alabama during the 1880s and is based upon the true story of 8-year-old Helen Keller – blind, deaf, and mute since infancy – and her new teacher, Annie Sullivan. Thrown into tantrums, rage and violence as a result of her inability to communicate, Helen is in dang...

Frank, Charley and Mary have been friends for decades, friends through thick and thin, from poverty to fame and success. “Who’s like us? Damn few!” We first meet them in 1976, and it’s soon apparent there has been some kind of falling out between the three. How did they get here? In Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” this trio merrily and sometimes not so merrily go back in time stopping every few years u...

Mother-Daughter Pair Bring Heart To 'The Miracle Worker'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Whether between a teacher and a student, a mother and a child or a reader and a story, a moment of connection can be nothing short of miraculous. From May 11 to 27, these connections and more will be celebrated as the Chatham Drama Guild presents “The Miracle Worker,” the inspiring story of the young deaf-blind Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. The performances will be made even more special by the ...

There’s nothing worse for a play to be than mediocre. Luckily, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial By Jury” is anything but, a fact that holds especially true with the current performance by the Eventide Theater Company. If you haven’t heard of the Eventide Theater Company, you might not be alone; they consider themselves to be Dennis’ little secret, an unfortunate fact given the fantastic performances I witnessed o...

It’s just after 5 p.m. on a blustery Wednesday in April and director Elsa Bastone’s cast of “A Nostalgic Return to the Golden Age of Radio” is holding a tech rehearsal downstairs in the Forgeron Room of the Eldredge Public Library. The premise for the group's April 29 event at the library is that it is broadcasting from radio station WEPL and the Cape Cod Theatre of the Air. Five actors and two sound effects t...

'Wolf Hollow' Expertly Tells A Difficult Story

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Mean girls are not anything new. And with every bully comes the question that Wolf Hollow’s Annabelle asks of new girl Betty, “What makes you so mean?” Betty came to stay with her grandparents. From her first day, she has a chip on her shoulder and targets Annabelle with her bullying. She’s verbally and physically abusive. A real bad seed. Local author Lauren Wolk wrote “Wolf Hollow,” the young adult novel ...

CHATHAM – The Chatham Drama Guild (CDG) is ready to celebrate its facelift in public. During a festive gala on April 22 everyone can admire the CDG’s new stage, buffed floors, painted walls and new bathroom fixtures as well as see a sneak preview of “The Miracle Worker.” “At 85 years it deserves a makeover,” says CDG Vice President Pamela Banas of Orleans who spearheaded the two-month project. “I am so enth...

'Wolf Hollow' Premieres At Cape Cod Theatre Company/HJT

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Courage, friendship and standing up to intimidation are the powerful themes in “Wolf Hollow,” a haunting tale of a young girl, a bully and a veteran which will premiere on Friday, April 13 at The Cape Cod Theatre Comapany/Harwich Junior Theatre ( CCTC/HJT) . “Wolf Hollow” is truly a local production in every sense of the word, adapted for the stage by local playwright Susan Kosoff from the Newber...

Human beings complicate their lives beyond all telling. Every one of us knows about love-hate relationships. Every one of us knows, even if only at safe distance, about how such relationships can explode into violence. Every one of us knows that there are moments in human life when even the worst of things – for example, when love-hate relationships explode into violence – can still have a humorous aspect. So ...

CCTC's 'Wonderettes' A Wonder

By: Amy Tagliaferri

The Wonderettes are Team Chipmunk in honor of Springfield High’s mascot, but Cape audiences are fans of Team Wilder-Hutchinson. This dynamic duo, Robert Wilder and Suzette Hutchin- son, has done it again! (Previously the two collaborated on “Always, Patsy Cline,” “Sister Act,” “The Great American TrailerParkMusical,”andmanyothers.) Thistimeyou’ll take a trip back in time to those fabulous ‘50s and the...

HARWICH – Elvis Presley caused a stir with his soulful songs and swiveling hips. William Shakespeare did the same with ribald plays like “Twelfth Night.” Now, the two have come together in Monomoy High School's rockin' spring musical “All Shook Up.” The show, which opens March 14, was chosen by art teacher Deb Donovan and music teacher Rose Richard, who serves as director and musical director, for its comedic ...

Eventide Welcomes You To 'The Dining Room'

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Traditionally, the dining room was the heart of the home, especially for holidays and special occasions, and for some, everyday use. Today, many formal dining rooms are barely used, and contemporary homes often have open great rooms instead, which speaks to our casual approach to entertaining and everyday life. The prolific American playwright A.R. Gurney Jr. is known for focusing his attentions on the vanishi...

Cape Cod Theatre Company's 'Really Rosie' Is Really Fun

By: Amy Tagliaferri

As soon as Rosie comes through the door, this Ethel Merman wanna-be will capture your heart. Rosie is all heart and more, and she wants to share her joie de vivre with the world. Maurice Sendak’s “Really Rosie” brings us back a world when children played and acted out stories before little screens tore them away. And what a great way to welcome in 2018 for the “little theater that could,” Nina Schuessler, produci...

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...