Topics: Local Theater

Thunder, Lightning, torrential rains, flooding in the streets letting up just in time to meet the new “Dracula” on opening night at the Chatham Drama Guild. Playwright Bragan Thomas surely called on the darkness of the foreboding Halloween season to summon his beloved vampire, setting the tone for his world premiere original adaptation to Bram Stoker’s “Count Dracula” that first appeared in a novel and short stor...

Chatham Drama Guild Bites Into New ‘Dracula’ Adaptation

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     Halloween season is just around the corner, and fans of the more shadowy reaches of the theater spectrum are in for a treat as The Chatham Drama Guild welcomes none other than “Dracula” to the stage from Sept. 22 to Oct. 16.      We’ve all heard of Dracula, of course. The immortal vampire from the Carpathian Mountains has been a part of our cultural consciousness since Bram Stoker’s novel — which has never...

An infamous pirate, a witch, forbidden love and more all occurred on Cape Cod in the early 18 th century as portrayed in the world premiere of “From The Heart Of The Wreck” at Brewster’s Cape Rep Theatre. Around the time Chatham was established over 300 hundred years ago, a pirate ship wrecked off the coast of Wellfleet after sailing through the Chatham fog into a violent nor’easter. After hearing the story o...

It’s traditional to applaud the set when the curtain rises on a play. It’s rare, though, for the set to be applauded several times. Yet that’s just what happened at the opening night of Agatha Christie’s classic “Murder on the Orient Express” at The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, where it will run through Aug. 27. Scenic designer Chen-Wei Liao treated a full house of masked theatergoers to absolutely beautiful i...

'From the Heart Of The Wreck' Premieres On Cape Rep Stage

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

      A pirate. A witch. A shipwreck. A love story. What more could anyone possibly want?       How about all of that and more in a world premiere on the Cape Rep stage?       “From the Heart of the Wreck,” conceived and written by Cape Rep's Nick Nudler and Kirsten Peacock, explores the fascinating local tale, part history and part folklore, of 18 th century English sailor turned notorious pirate Samuel “B...

This critic has been an American in some great cities: Budapest, Rome, Athens, Lisbon, Jerusalem come to mind. But she has never been an American in Paris. So what fun it was to spend a few August hours with the super-talented cast of “An American in Paris” at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, where the musical will be performed through the Aug. 13. These performers are genuine triple-threats: they act, they sing,...

E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” always astounds me. I don’t really like spiders; I actually freak a little if one is on me. But every time I see or read White’s story I tear up when Charlotte explains how spiders don’t live very long. The story of this friendship between a pig and a spider, now on stage at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre, is touching and appealing, and filled with lessons of tr...

The barn is cold at night. The cows and the hen are frustrated that they can’t communicate with Farmer Brown about this situation. Their pleas for electric blankets sound like “moo, moo, moo” to the farmer. He has no idea they are unhappy. Cow #2 (Hannah Carrita) is angry and wants something done, now! Cow #1 (Holly Hansen) is trying to be more reasonable about the issue. Hen (Jess Andra) has another thought a...

“My Aunt is so big hearted, when anyone is in trouble, she comes to the rescue!” speaks young adult Patrick Dennis in the closing scenes of the musical “Mame,” now playing at the Chatham Drama Guild through Aug. 21. Bravo to Bridget Williams in fine voice and gorgeous costumes, for her beautiful, lively, lovely Mame, onstage for summer family audiences to enjoy. Mame and her loving nephew, eccentric friends, a...

It’s a jolly summer holiday with “Mary Poppins” at the Academy of Performing Arts Theater in the round. When Mary holds your hand, you will feel so grand! The endearing nanny whose mystical vision leads her to the George Banks residence in Edwardian London, where two adorable children, Jane and Michael, are in need of an adult’s loving attention. Mr. Banks is all business, demanding obedience and the proper na...

‘God Of Carnage’ Mocks Modern Parenting

By: Bronwen Walsh

DENNIS – At Cape Playhouse through Saturday, “God of Carnage” employs a prestigious fight director. Given the incendiary title, perhaps that’s no surprise. But surprise you it does, a dark comedy about polite society peppered with self-deprecating hilarity and rapid-fire insights into parenting, marriage, and the human character. There are four protagonists – two married couples dealing with the aftermath o...

“If music be the food of love, play on,” proclaims Orsino in the famous opening moments of William Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night.” Playing on is exactly what members of the newly minted Cape Cod Shakespeare Festival in Chatham intend to do. With outdoor performances of two of the Bard's most beloved comedies taking place at the Whit Tileston Bandstand in Kate Gould Park for two weeks of summer evenings, eager a...

Two stellar women pack a powerful Cape Playhouse performance of “Always, Patsy Cline,” though theirs is mostly a tale of woe. Color mood lighting designed by Christopher Ash enhances a simple set: a raised stage. To the right is a lively six-piece orchestra. Stage-left is Louise’ Seger’s kitchen somewhere in Houston, Texas. Patsy Cline, portrayed by Gillian Louis, passionately sings “Sweet Dreams of You.” Y...

“I am the Queen!” Lilly sure knows how to make an entrance. “I am the Queen!” she yells again and again. With her outlandish attire that includes red cowboy boots and a cape, Lilly doesn’t seem to care what people may think. But she loves being the center of attention; in fact she craves it. At home, her parents lovingly indulge her precocious nature, that is until baby Julius arrives. Lilly doesn’t take kindly t...

The boogeyman, a banshee, a ghost; whatever name you have for someone who’s scary and wants to harm you. On the isle of Jamaica, it’s Duppy. And Duppy wants your hair, your beautiful hair. Ziggy is not only afraid of Duppy, but she’s afraid of everything in general. She’s afraid to leave her room and “experience life,” her mother cries. “Stop watching TV and get outside!” Eventually Ziggy listens to her friend...

“Mamma Mia” is the kind of show you want to see again and again. The music is catchy, the story fun and silly, and with this ensemble of talented folks it’s a surefire fun night out. Cape Rep nailed it the first time a few years ago, and nails it again in the summer of 2022. This time around it’s performed in their outdoor theater and transporting you to an island in Greece. There was an unscripted crescent moon ...