Topics: Local Theater

'Emperor's New Clothes' Commedia Dell'Art With A Message

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Do you believe in something because everyone says it’s so? Are you so afraid of being looked upon as a fool so much that you lie to yourself? Are you confident in your role in life? Do you believe in yourself? Take the fool-or-not test in this adaption of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, Harwich Junior Theatre. on Division Street in West Harwich. The Theater has been a major player ...

"Everyone in Yonkers is afraid of Grandma." Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" won the 1991 Pulitzer and Tony Awards. "Lost" is not quite as light-hearted as his "Brighton Beach Memoirs" trilogy of comedies. In his character study of the Kurnitz family, Simon conveys two powerful messages that are keenly felt in Monomoy Theater's intensely thorough production, directed by Francesca James. Guest Artist Ellen Fis...

"All the world's a stage!" Monomoy Theater's playful production of William Shakespeare's sportive, pastoral comedy "As You Like It" is set to the Age of Regency about 1790. Autocratic Dukes and Lords continue to rule their jurisdictions with full control over their subjects including brothers, sons, and daughters, or so it seems. "And all the men and women merely players." Written in 1599, "As You Like It" ...

We didn’t want it to end! Cape Rep’s production of the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia” had us clapping, dancing in our seats and grinning for the entire two-plus hours. And we wanted more! This show is exactly what we all are craving: a silly, infectious diversion from all the pressures of this chaotic world. “Mamma Mia,” a collaboration of the ABBA songs with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus...

When one hears the title “world’s longest-running musical,” Broadway blockbusters like “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats” come to mind. Surprisingly, “The Fantasticks” was never on Broadway but still claims the title, after running for 42 years off-Broadway, starting in 1960. This summer, the Academy of Performing Arts is paying homage to the staying-power of the musical with a heartfelt production. Mak...

This summer, audiences can sail the seven seas while learning all about the pirate code at the Cape Rep Theatre’s “How I Became a Pirate.” The Rep is home to the only outdoor theater on Cape Cod, making their childrens' shows a fun outdoor activity for the whole family. The performing arts center was converted out of a childrens' camp, so the stage is set in the middle of a clearing. The outdoor scenery gives ...

Phil Rittner's rock music and Teddy Yudain's gigantic flesh-eating puppet have taken over the Monomoy Theater in a wretchedly bewitching musical playing all week. Being green has been tainted by a terrifying plant with dreadful eating habits. No cousin to a cuddly sing-along frog named Kermit brought to life by the late master puppeteer Jim Henson. Audrey II is no Muppet! She commands center stage with shark-like...

The day a professional puppeteer brought Audrey II, the alien plant that is the villain in “Little Shop of Horrors,” to life during the Monomoy Theatre's rehearsals for the musical was “like having the final cast member show up,” said director Marsha Korb Predovic. The giant plant, created by Monomoy veteran Dennis Predovic – who will also voice the character – not only has to talk and sing like the rest of th...

Elements Theater Company is doing what it does best in Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” with spot-on accents, perfect diction and impeccable attention to historical detail. Written during World War II, the comedy of manners was an effort by the playwright to provide a lighter perspective on death by borrowing elements from the supernatural and romantic comedy. The play opens on wealthy couple Ruth and Charles Co...

Trouble just seems to follow Tom Sawyer, and Tom doesn’t seem to want to steer clear of it either. Aunt Polly has her hands full raising both Tom and his brother Sid. The mischievous child is always in the middle of one pickle or another. He’s late for school, never finishes assignments, explores where he’s not supposed to go and sneaks around all with a twinkle in his eye and a tick in his pocket. When one of...

The Monomoy Theatre showcases Sir Noel Coward's semi-autobiographical madcap comic play "Present Laughter," written in 1939 and placed on a shelf as World War II consumed Europe and the world. Coward himself starred in the leading role of Garry Essendine, opening to rave reviews in the fall of 1942. Clifton Webb starred four years later on Broadway. Kevin Kline drew acclaim in 2017, and so it goes, the laughter c...

“Seussical the Musical,” playing at the Chatham Drama Guild this month, entertainingly covers Dr. Seuss’s optimistic philosophy from Yuzz to Hi! (more about that later). They’re not kidding when they call it a musical. All told, there are 33 numbers, accompanied by piano (musical director Geraldine Boles) and percussion (Cassie Lortie). The show is performed on a versatile set painted in primary crayon colors....

Skylark or frightened dove about to be devoured by a predatory hawk? Marriage, motherhood, petticoats, and romance on demand mark the four corners to Nora Helmer's city apartment, circa 1960. Her husband Torvald loves her so much he wants to keep her all to himself; a wife is a man's most treasured possession, he says. Monomoy Theater presents a captivating and heart-wrenching production of Henrik Ibsen's "A D...

What could be more Cape Cod than a day at the beach? The Academy Playhouse’s summer-long children’s show sees the return of the underwater classic, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” An animated group of sailors, led by Laura Kaser, open the show with “Fathoms Below,” a lively shanty warning sailors against the siren’s call of mermaids. While out for a sail, Prince Eric (Ethan Ehnstrom) hears Ariel’s ...

Love conquers all. Now playing at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, Home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a powerhouse production show with over-the-top costumes, big-time song and dance numbers and many touching moments. It’s all here, and the HJT stage has never looked finer! More than 25 actors, both young and young at heart, shine and will “wiggle” into your heart when you e...

Fathers and daughters have special relationships, and the past has a way of becoming your present no matter how far away you go. Local playwright Jade Schuyler incorporates both ideals in “The Tuna Goddess,” her first play and a world premiere at Brewster’s Cape Rep Theatre. Let me start out by saying this; this show is hilarious. Everyone who sees it will agree but especially those of us who live in the fishi...