Topics: Local Theater

ORLEANS — The Academy of Performing Arts and its Academy Playhouse have been riding a roller coaster for more than a year, with all the highs and lows that implies. In recent weeks, there's been an upswing as the institution has worked to maintain its school and transform its theater into an arts center more accessible to its students and the community in general. The theater is enjoying a spring cleaning and ...

'The End Of An Era' For Monomoy Theatre

By: Tim Wood

Historical Commission Seeks National Register Eligibility Ruling CHATHAM – The mood was somber last weekend as Monomoy Theatre officials and alumni helped clear out the buildings at the Main Street campus in advance of its pending sale. “It's sad to the see the passing of the theater,” said actor Casey Predovic, who performed in “Guys and Dolls” at the theater last year. His parents, Dennis and Marcia, were...

What if you had the option of living forever—would you choose to do so? That is one of the questions posed by the play “Tuck Everlasting” that will be performed at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, Home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, on weekends from March 29 to April 20. “I love the story of ‘Tuck Everlasting,’” says the play’s producer and director Nina Schuessler, who has also served for 23 years as the comp...

Uncertainty Surrounds Future Of Historic Playhouse CHATHAM – The Monomoy Theatre stage will be dark this summer for the first time in more than 60 years. When the curtain will rise again at the historic Main Street theater is uncertain. Artistic Director Alan Rust said that the company that has an agreement to purchase the property plans to renovate and preserve the buildings, and that will take time. “W...

Uncertainty Surrounds Future Of Historic Playhouse CHATHAM – The Monomoy Theatre stage will be dark this summer for the first time in more than 60 years. When the curtain will rise again at the historic Main Street theater is uncertain. Artistic Director Alan Rust said that the company that has an agreement to purchase the property plans to renovate and preserve the buildings, and that will take time. “W...

Summer Season May Be Possible, Says Principal  CHATHAM – The mystery of who is buying the Monomoy Theatre was solved Monday when a Morris Island Road homeowner announced that his company plans to purchase the Main Street property. Gregory T. Clark of Alexandra Properties in Newton Upper Falls, announced during the public forum segment of the board of selectmen's meeting that his company has an agreement wit...

Summer Season May Be Possible, Says Principal  CHATHAM – The mystery of who is buying the Monomoy Theatre was solved Monday when a Morris Island Road homeowner announced that his company plans to purchase the Main Street property. Gregory T. Clark of Alexandra Properties in Newton Upper Falls, announced during the public forum segment of the board of selectmen's meeting that his company has an agreement wit...

Eventide's 'Feiffer's People' Lovingly Skewers Modern Life

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Jules Feiffer is one of America’s most celebrated cartoonists. In 1986, the now nonagenarian won a Pulitzer Prize for his satirical work which has spanned the decades, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame. In “Feiffer’s People,” first produced in 1968, Eventide Theatre Company comically brings the artist's early cartoon strips to the stage. The quote “all the world’s a stage” come...

Theater Supporters 'Remain Hopeful CHATHAM – They're not giving up, but supporters of the Monomoy Theatre are wondering what their next move will be now that the Main Street property is under agreement to be sold to another buyer. Exactly who that buyer is was still a mystery early this week. The buyer is not affiliated with the theater. Mary Ann Harwood, chairwoman of Monomoy Theatre, Inc., said that wh...

When Kami Lyle of Harwich was trying to think herself into the character of Auntie Em in the upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz,” she at first could not identify with the sometimes-grouchy aunt. “I was terrified of being Auntie Em because it’s the opposite of who I feel like in general,” Lyle said during a telephone interview last week. But when she gave it some thought, she realized she did know Aunt...

CHATHAM – For more than six decades, local theater enthusiasts have flocked to the Monomoy Theatre to see shows evoking a sense of Broadway in their backyard. Now, the future of the landmark is in jeopardy after recent health and safety violations prompted the University of Hartford to terminate its lease, which in turn has motivated the property owners to put the property up for sale in the coming weeks. The ...

CHATHAM – For more than six decades, local theater enthusiasts have flocked to the Monomoy Theatre to see shows evoking a sense of Broadway in their backyard. Now, the future of the landmark is in jeopardy after recent health and safety violations prompted the University of Hartford to terminate its lease, which in turn has motivated the property owners to put the property up for sale in the coming weeks. The ...

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...