Topics: Local Theater

Review: Academy Offers The Best Of Broadway, Then And Now

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Broadway musical revues can be a popular choice for local theaters and their patrons, with most focusing on the “oldies but goodies.” In the Academy of Performing Arts’ original and brand-new show “Broadway: Then and Now,” first-time director Terrence Brady refreshingly focuses on some newer hits from current Broadway sell-out shows like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Some of our readers might remember Bra...

Review: Academy’s ‘Snow White’ Keeps The Magic Alive

By: Brielle Whalen

Everyone knows the classic story of “Snow White,” but, oddly, it is rarely seen on the stage. Luckily, The Academy of Performing Arts has just opened the world premiere of Judy Hamer and Sam Govoni Roderick’s adaptation, bringing new life to this beloved tale. The hour-long show begins with a young Snow White (Calla Pearson) voicing her concerns about her new stepmother to her rabbit friend Clover (Chiara Cast...

Presidential politics continue to divide us as a nation, but Eventide Theatre Company’s “Assassins” is a surprising unifier. The semi-revue won five Tony Awards in 2004 (including Best Revival of a Musical), after opening off-Broadway to mixed reviews in 1990, and only running for two months. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” focuses on the many attempted and sadly successful assassinations ...

HARWICH – Students from Sturgis East and West Public Charter Schools in Hyannis, including students from Chatham, will perform two one-act plays revolving around war and its effect on families at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre this weekend. “Mother Courage and Her Children” by Bertolt Brecht will be co-directed by Diana Young, Sturgis East’s theater teacher. “Dark Road” by Laura Lundgren S...

Review: 'Elf, The Musical' A Joyful Helping Of Holiday Cheer

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Need a holiday pick-me-up? A jolt of holiday fun? The Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre’s “Elf, the Musical” to the rescue! What a joyful show! I challenge you to see this show and not leave with a smile. A huge cast of children and adults literally fill the stage with pure joy. The dynamic duo of Robert Wilder, director and musical director, and Suzette Hutchinson, choreographer, have done it...

CHATHAM – The new owner of the Monomoy Theatre property is proposing to restore and add on to the historic theater building and antique Greek Revival home at 774 Main St., as well as construct housing for people 55 years of age and over at the rear of the lot. Greg Clark of Chatham Productions LLC was before the historic business district commission last Wednesday with conceptual plans for the redevelopment of...

Locally-grown 'Wrinkles' Just Gets Better With Age

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

The easiest way to describe the home-grown musical “Wrinkles” is a comical marriage of “A Chorus Line” and “The Golden Girls.” The musical, which gives a voice to aging women, first premiered at Cape Cod Theatre Company two years ago to sold-out audiences. Open to input and changes, Cape Cod playwrights and lyricists Wilderness Sarchild and Naomi Turner returned to Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater to workshop t...

If pleas from our children, warnings from the UN, and daily evidence of increasing weather disruptions don't convince us of climate change, how about a musical? That's what inspired Cape Cod playwright Maureen Condon to write "Crude—the Climate Change Musical," which has its world premiere Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, home of the Harwich Junior Theater. With a background in science wri...

Academy's 'Sleepy Hollow' A Fall Favorite

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

As the weather becomes colder, our attentions turn to seasonal treats like mulled cider, fall foliage, and spooky Halloween tales. A classic American ghost story is Washington Irving’s 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and the Academy of Performing Arts’ adaptation, by Vera Morris, is more fun than scary, making it ideal for the whole family. The Dutch-settled village of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., is i...

If you have already seen “Wrinkles, the Musical,” why should you see the new performance opening Oct. 18 at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT)? Let us count the ways. First off, the cast of the new production is made up of professional equity actors between the ages of 60 and 80 who have performed on Broadway, in award-winning films and on TV. The actors have been nominated for and awarded Tony and ...

Review: Cape Rep's Powerful 'Indecent' Not Soon Forgotten

By: Amy Tagliaferri

“I was just speaking to someone I work with about the play I saw last night, and didn’t realize at first the hair on my arms was up, and I was chilled all over. I’m still thinking about it. So powerful,” texted my theater companion the day after we went to Cape Rep’s “Indecent.” Cape Rep sets the bar higher and higher for Cape theaters by producing quality shows over and over. Brewster’s theater in the woods hand...

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...

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...

'Wind In The Willows' Is A Rollicking, Hilarious Ride

By: Amy Tagliaferri

You would have thought Harwich saw enough wind this summer, right? But “The Wind in the Willows” is a different kind of wind; it’s a whirlwind of delight. The only trees harmed in this production at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre are the ones Mr. Toad hits with his car. “The true purpose of life?” he screams. “Cars!” Yes, Mr. Toad loves cars and his love for cars will prove to be his downfall...

Cape Rep’s ‘Full Monty’ Bares It All

By: Amy Tagliaferri

How far would you go to see your kid? Jerry Lukowski, who’s behind in his child support, would go all the way. Six unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo, N.Y. are low on cash and the future looks bleak. So when two of them, Jerry and Dave, spy their wives (or ex-wife in Jerry’s case) at a male strip club and see their enthusiastic response to the dancers, an idea is formed. Why don’t do we do a one-night-only...