Topics: Local Theater

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...

“Five Times in One Night” is a two-person comedy that uses a different lens to examine sexual relationships through the ages. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater creatively presents the drama’s five vignettes, each with varying levels of intimacy, intensity and humor. Playwright Chiara Atik’s play spans the length of humanity, starting with the only two people left on earth after an apocalypse, to a me...

Monomoy Theatre favorite Kyle Brand directs a multi-talented cast in an enormously audience pleasing season-opening production of “Guys and Dolls.” Phil Rittner’s musical direction of Frank Loesser’s lyrics and songs will have you singing and dancing the night away. Kyle Rudolph’s choreography stars as its own comically fluid entity. Andrew Sierszyn, scenic designer, has transformed the theater into 1950s Runy...

Academy Captures The Many Nuances Of 'Cabaret'

By: Hadley Whalen

The Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans is starting off its summer season strong with the time-honored musical “Cabaret.” Capturing the atmosphere of Weimar Germany, the musical won 10 Tony Awards when it opened in 1966, and has long been a favorite at the APA. John Pearson plays aspiring novelist Cliff Bradshaw, who moves to Berlin to work on his latest book. As Cliff, Pearson clearly conveys the shift ...

“The Tuna Goddess,” about to have its premiere staging at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, took a long time to mature. Playwright Jade Schuyler recalls that she first got the idea for the play about 17 years ago while living and working in Los Angeles. The Chatham native, who now lives in Harwich, had moved to the West Coast to pursue a career in film after living in New York City and working in theater after gradua...

As summer begins and visitors fill our sunny beaches and streets, what could be better than a cool evening’s entertainment at one of Cape Cod’s treasure-trove of fine theaters? Get out your calendar, because 2018 is sure to tempt you with more than one night of theatrical merriment. Whether at the Academy Playhouse in Orleans, Cape Cod Theatre Company: Home of Harwich Junior Theatre, Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Ca...

Adrift In '80s New York

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Three Young People Grow Up In Hard-hitting 'This Is Our Youth The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater opens its 34th season with the high-energy “This Is Our Youth”— a play set in the '80s, the same time the theater got its start. First performed in 1996, playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s coming-of-age drama showcases three young adults adrift in New York City’s materialistic and cocaine-snorting Reagan years. W...

When wrinkles start to hit your face instead of freckles, it gets to be seriously time to dance. That’s the lesson of “Wrinkles,” the musical produced by the Cape Cod Theatre Company, the home of the Harwich Junior Theatre. It will be performed through June 17. Based on stories of Cape Cod women told to writers Naomi Turner and Wilderness Sarchild, the book for this musical was a 60th birthday project for them...

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...