CHATHAM – The last time I was on stage at Monomoy Theatre was in 1998, when I sat in as a juror in “Inherit the Wind.” Seemed about time for a return engagement. For the past two summers, my youngest son Lir has appeared in shows at Monomoy, one of the last true summer stock theaters on the Cape. This year, there were no roles for 9 year olds in any of the season's eight plays. Although disappointed, the fa...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
George Bernard Shaw once said, “No man will ever write a better tragedy than ‘Lear.’” Doing justice to Shakespeare’s words is no easy feat. Elements Theatre Company deftly portrays King Lear’s tragic life with spectacular pageantry and suspenseful swordplay befitting the grand ruler. The almost three-hour-long story begins with the aging King Lear of Britain (Brad Lussier) abdicating from his throne. Intending...
CHATHAM ─ The Monomoy Theatre's season finale is a play that is known as much for its ribald humor as its fugacious nature, but director MichaelJohn McGann is optimistic that the country's current political climate will propel “Johnny On A Spot” into side-splitting success. The show, which McGann describes as being “about a Yankee, a fixer, an amanuensis who comes to a Southern governor, gets to be his frien...
By: Debra Lawless
As with other aspects of life in Chatham, sharks have worked their way into the 45 th Festival of the Arts sponsored by the Creative Arts Center (CAC) in Chatham. “I have always loved sharks,” said Rich Benson of Harwich, a woodcarver, one of 120 artists and craftsmen participating in the show which begins on Friday. “I began carving whales, stripers, tuna and all kinds of fish back in the ‘80s,” Benson ex...
By: Joan Tacke Aucoin
Ben instructs his wannabe comedy writer grandsons, Eugene and Stanley Jerome, in Simon's "Broadway Bound" now at the Monomoy Theatre: "If you make it funny enough, CBS won't even notice!" Grandpa, who hasn't laughed since the stock market crashed, is an avowed socialist. Ben is disappointed that his daughter Blanche has married the richest man in the garment district, thereby "starving half the country." Be...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
It’s tough being a teenager, it’s tough living with a teenager. Teenagers in both mind and body are on the brink of adulthood and torn between that and their childhood. In the latest production at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, Home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, the usual angst of being a teenager is even more complicated. In “Selkie, Between Land and Sea” written by award-winning playwright and young adult...
By: Ellen Chahey
HARWICH – Go figure. She’s the only person in her family who doesn’t wear glasses, and now Dr. Ashley Jadene Stevens is an optometrist. Having graduated in May from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Stevens is now in practice with Sheinkopf and Tomasik Eye Care Associates in South Yarmouth. Dr. Sheinkopf has recently retired, which leaves plenty of work for his newly-minted colleague. This is ...
By: Lee Roscoe
Who doesn't love Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” now at The Monomoy Theatre, Chatham? It was Shakespeare’s last play and in some respects the Merlin-like enchanter, protagonist Prospero, is the bard himself, using and then relinquishing his powers for one last time. “The Tempest” is a complex fairy tale: Prospero (Bernard Cornwell), the Dumbledore of his time, uses magic to cause a tempest which shipwrecks his tr...
By: Debra Lawless
Joshua Dykens, 23, was taking a semester off from Cape Cod Community College (CCCC), working in a West Chatham gas station, when he had an epiphany. “By the summer I realized I didn’t want to be doing this for the rest of my life, the next 40 years,” Dykens said during a recent interview in the West Chatham Dunkin’ Donuts. Up until then Dykens, a personable young man with infectious enthusiasm and drive, ha...
By: Rowan Wood
Chatham resident Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler recently published a new novel, “Pete's Dragon: The Lost Years,” a kind of prequel to Disney's 2016 remake of “Pete's Dragon,” which will be released in theaters, including the Chatham Orpheum Theater, this Friday. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Hessler will be at the Orpheum at 6 p.m. to sign copies of the new novel. We recently spoke with the author at the Lazy Lobster, whic...
In “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” the musical based on the 18th century French fairy tale now playing at the Chatham Drama Guild, Belle, a sweet young woman who loves to read, is admired as a “Beauty” but considered different from the peasants in her provincial village. Through the woods lies a castle in which a callous young nobleman lives. When he insults a magical being, she casts a spell over him, turning ...
Artistic Director Alan Rust re-introduces to Monomoy Theater audiences to the world famous quixotic musical "The Fantasticks" set in a beautiful beguiling Chekhovian forest of tall, cylindrical white birch trees. Nicole Bianco's forest and scrim with mini stage are top notch and becomes your first impression of what is to come. Alex Allison's finely detailed costumes are trimmed even to the male actors uniq...