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Think of a box. Any box will do: a beautiful jewel box, a commuter train, a cardboard moving crate, even the kind of box they use to bury people. Now think outside the box. That’s what a troupe of about two dozen dancers of all ages will be doing on the evenings of Sept. 19, 20, and 21 at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, home of the Harwich Junior Theatre. A statement from the Movimento Project promises that t...

Review: Legendary Actors Clash In WHAT's 'Orson's Shadow'

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

To say Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater’s “Orson’s Shadow” is well acted is an understatement. The show’s noteworthy actors have the monumental task of convincingly portraying some theatrical greats from the stage and silver screen, which they deftly achieve, creating an absolute tour de force. WHAT’s choice of “Orson’s Shadow” was very purposeful, as the drama revolves around putting on the absurdist dram...

Nature Connection: Below The surface

By: Mary Richmond

More and more we seem to be living in a superficial world. People are skimming tantalizing and often misleading headlines instead of reading the full, more informative pieces, half listening with their faces fixated on a hand-held screen instead of engaging personally with the other people in the room. Although some folks are still willing to dig deep, many are happy enough with the flyby bytes of information...

Exploring The Origins Of Broadway

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Cape Rep Premieres 'Indecent' In 1923 when the Yiddish play "God of Vengeance" opened on Broadway, the entire cast was arrested on the grounds of obscenity. Playwright Paula Vogel's Tony-nominated musical "Indecent," which will have its Cape Cod premiere at Cape Rep theater on Sept. 18, tells the story of the controversy surrounding that original production and the passion of the artists who risked their lives...

Absurdist 'Rhinoceros' Has Something To Say About Today's Society

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

From their start, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater never shied away from controversy, opening up with the French play “Rhinoceros,” written by the famed playwright Eugene Ionesco. Thirty-five years later, WHAT has come full circle, staging the absurdist classic once again. The avant-garde play begins with what appears to be an idyllic 1940s French town. Two friends, Jean (Justin Bennett) and Berenger (David Fra...

Eventide's Hilarious Take On The Golden Age Of Radio

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Some titles only hint at a play’s storyline, if at all, while others perfectly encapsulate it. Eventide Theatre Company’s “Radio Ridiculous” falls into the latter category, with the title highlighting the parody’s amusing take on the golden age of radio. Set in 1940, the energetic comedy is presented in a live radio-broadcast format with six actors performing over 60 roles. When not needed in a scene, the rest...

eens Lift Academy's Modern 'Romeo And Juliet'

By: Ethan Ehnstrom

The Academy Playhouse returned to business earlier this summer with a production of “Disney’s Frozen, Jr.” Now, director Judy Hamer is taking a completely different theatrical turn with a unique and supremely enjoyable take on William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” This weighty text, showcasing the power of love to overcome boundaries of society, family, and loyalty, is entrusted in th...

'The Tuna Goddess' Also Being Developed As A Film After a successful run at Cape Rep Theater in Brewster last summer, Harwich resident Jade Schuyler's original play “The Tuna Goddess” will be staged a bit farther inland, in West Springfield, beginning this week. The play opens the 23 rd season at the Majestic Theater on Sept. 5. Schuyler and her husband Paul are also developing a film of “The Tuna Goddess”...

YARNAPALOOZA!

By: Tim Wood

Knitters Challenged To Make 'Yarn Haul' If you were to drive from Main Street, Chatham, to Gannett Road, Scituate, you could do the approximately 70-mile trip in about an hour and 25 minutes. However, when you take that drive during the Cape and South Shore “Yarn Haul” event between Sept. 12 and Sept. 15, we can guarantee that short ride will take a lot longer than 90 minutes. In fact, according to Ron Weis...

Nature Connection: Our Own Backyards

By: Mary Richmond

When we bought our tiny house on a fifth of an acre lot in Hyannis 35 years ago, I joked that they would have to take me out feet first rather than move again. That has yet to be proven true, but we had moved from rental to rental many times and I was done moving. At last we had a home in the village I grew up in and my own children would be able to walk to school and to town as I once did. The house had b...

'Deathtrap' Brings A Satisfying End To Playhouse Season

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Authors of murder mysteries spend copious hours thinking up the perfect crime, but what if they actually acted upon them? Playwright Ira Levin plays out this idea in his time-honored comic-thriller “Deathtrap.” Sidney Bruhl is a famous playwright who has been in a long-term slump. He hasn’t written a hit murder mystery since his celebrated show “The Murder Game.” Desperate for a comeback, he thinks hi...

“Dead in the Water,” a documentary about the impact of government regulations on the New England commercial fishing industry, will have an encore screening at the Chatham Orpheum Theater Saturday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. Filmmaker David Wittkower will attend the showing, which will include a question and answer session with local fishermen. The one-hour film was shown at the Orpheum a year ago and has since pla...