“Seussical the Musical,” playing at the Chatham Drama Guild this month, entertainingly covers Dr. Seuss’s optimistic philosophy from Yuzz to Hi! (more about that later). They’re not kidding when they call it a musical. All told, there are 33 numbers, accompanied by piano (musical director Geraldine Boles) and percussion (Cassie Lortie). The show is performed on a versatile set painted in primary crayon colors....
By: Joan Tacke Aucoin
Skylark or frightened dove about to be devoured by a predatory hawk? Marriage, motherhood, petticoats, and romance on demand mark the four corners to Nora Helmer's city apartment, circa 1960. Her husband Torvald loves her so much he wants to keep her all to himself; a wife is a man's most treasured possession, he says. Monomoy Theater presents a captivating and heart-wrenching production of Henrik Ibsen's "A D...
What could be more Cape Cod than a day at the beach? The Academy Playhouse’s summer-long children’s show sees the return of the underwater classic, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” An animated group of sailors, led by Laura Kaser, open the show with “Fathoms Below,” a lively shanty warning sailors against the siren’s call of mermaids. While out for a sail, Prince Eric (Ethan Ehnstrom) hears Ariel’s ...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
Love conquers all. Now playing at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, Home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a powerhouse production show with over-the-top costumes, big-time song and dance numbers and many touching moments. It’s all here, and the HJT stage has never looked finer! More than 25 actors, both young and young at heart, shine and will “wiggle” into your heart when you e...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
Fathers and daughters have special relationships, and the past has a way of becoming your present no matter how far away you go. Local playwright Jade Schuyler incorporates both ideals in “The Tuna Goddess,” her first play and a world premiere at Brewster’s Cape Rep Theatre. Let me start out by saying this; this show is hilarious. Everyone who sees it will agree but especially those of us who live in the fishi...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
“Five Times in One Night” is a two-person comedy that uses a different lens to examine sexual relationships through the ages. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater creatively presents the drama’s five vignettes, each with varying levels of intimacy, intensity and humor. Playwright Chiara Atik’s play spans the length of humanity, starting with the only two people left on earth after an apocalypse, to a me...
An apparent shark attack death. A conspiracy to steal oysters from a shellfish grant. A movie being filmed about a Cape Cod legend that's beset by a multitude of problems. An international war criminal's thugs threatening a reporter. A land speculation scam. Sounds like a perfect summer read. “Shark Bait” by Paul Kemprecos has all this and more. In his eighth mystery featuring retired Boston-cop-turned-charter...
When the Chatham Band kicks off its 86 th year of Friday night summer concerts in Kate Gould Park Friday, among the many generations of musicians playing on the bandstand will be two nonagenarians – the band's elder statesmen. Benjamin K. Goodspeed, 94, first began playing the trumpet in the Chatham Band in 1938, 80 years ago, decades before anyone else in the band today. “Music has been the big part of my...
By: Joan Tacke Aucoin
Monomoy Theatre favorite Kyle Brand directs a multi-talented cast in an enormously audience pleasing season-opening production of “Guys and Dolls.” Phil Rittner’s musical direction of Frank Loesser’s lyrics and songs will have you singing and dancing the night away. Kyle Rudolph’s choreography stars as its own comically fluid entity. Andrew Sierszyn, scenic designer, has transformed the theater into 1950s Runy...
By: Hadley Whalen
The Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans is starting off its summer season strong with the time-honored musical “Cabaret.” Capturing the atmosphere of Weimar Germany, the musical won 10 Tony Awards when it opened in 1966, and has long been a favorite at the APA. John Pearson plays aspiring novelist Cliff Bradshaw, who moves to Berlin to work on his latest book. As Cliff, Pearson clearly conveys the shift ...
By: Deb Boucher Stetson
“The Tuna Goddess,” about to have its premiere staging at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, took a long time to mature. Playwright Jade Schuyler recalls that she first got the idea for the play about 17 years ago while living and working in Los Angeles. The Chatham native, who now lives in Harwich, had moved to the West Coast to pursue a career in film after living in New York City and working in theater after gradua...
CHATHAM – In 1968 A gallon of gas would cost you roughly $.34 and a movie ticket about $1.50. The Detroit Tigers won the World Series, while “Green Tambourine” was a top 10 song on the radio. In the little fishing village of Chatham, a new eatery opened up on Main Street, its owners, Richard Costello and George Payne, hoping for success, little knowing that The Chatham Squire would become a local institution and ...