Topics: Local Theater

Review: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Delights

By: Jan Sidebotham

ORLEANS — Don’t miss the Academy of Performing Arts production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” In this screen-dominated world, the short musical is an antidote for iPhone ennui — or obsession. Directed by Peter Earle from Eric Schaeffer’s stage adaptation of the TV special inspired by Charles Schulz, the play could make even the the crankiest Scrooge nostalgic. Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack from “A Charlie Bro...

Their name is pronounced DIE-squith, and for sure a whole lot of D’Ysquiths die during the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans' regional premiere of Tony Award winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. This funny show that comes complete with slamming doors, clever music and one actor who plays nine D’Ysquiths, male and female, many of whom meet their ends by vari...

It was a “light bulb moment,” an “aha!” thought that sparked Bill Wilson to take the first step to create a program that would save so many people, relationships and even entire families. That spark was so simple yet so innovative: “Who knows how a drunk thinks more than another drunk?” He knew he needed to talk to another alcoholic to stay sober. The idea that in order to maintain sobriety if you are afflicte...

Benefit 'Love Letters' Brings Together Former Classmates

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

On Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m., local actors Larry Marsland and Karen McPherson will perform "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney at the First Congregational Church in Chatham as a joint fundraiser for LCOC and the church. “Love Letters” tells the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa and Andrew, childhood friends who express a lifetime of feelings and share a lifetime of experiences through letters. In...

Alison Bechdel, author and cartoonist of the graphic novel that “Fun Home” is based on, created the Bechdel Movie test. In order to pass, a movie needs to meet three criteria: have two women (named) in it, who then talk to each other about something other than a man. Naturally “Fun Home,” the Tony-award winning musical, passes that test. That doesn’t mean that men are excluded from this play though; in fact, t...

Even though it’s the last play of their 34th season, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is heating up the stage with “Raging Skillet,” a scorching comedy about cooking, taking chances and family dynamics. Known as a “rebel anti-caterer,” Chef Rossi broke the jello mold from the beginning. Filled with humorous reflections and recipes, her 2015 memoir “The Raging Skillet” was turned into a comedic play by Jacques L...

It's a warm summer evening at the Martin Vanderhof New York home. Martin is the patriarch of a warm and welcoming extended family whose dinners begin with a prayer of Thanksgiving: "We all have our health and leave the rest to you!" "You Can't Take It With You," George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's three-act comedy, makes for a sizzling conclusion to the Monomoy Theatre's 83rd summer season. Guest Director Mic...

'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...