11 theater shows to see the fantastic musical
A comedy that attacks bigotry
The show: “The Cake”, by Rebekah Brunstetter, directed by David Drake
What is it about : This 2019 comedy is about a baker from North Carolina citing the Bible who reconsidered her long-held beliefs and her own marriage after her late best friend’s daughter asked for a cake for her marriage to another woman.
To see or not: The 90-minute screenplay and production explores ideas of identity and fanaticism, as well as topical controversy, with at times dazzling humor and touching seriousness.
Highlight of the show: While the relationship between fiancÃ©es Jen (Vanessa Rose) and Macy (Jackie Marino-Thomas) forms the heart of the play, the exploration of the marriage between baker Della (Jennifer Cabral) and Tim (Ian Leahy) provides the hilarity. in the seductive scenes involving buttercream frosting and mashed potatoes.
Fun fact: Townspeople Cabral and Leahy are married in real life, and their mutual comfort brings depth and sympathy to characters whose politics are likely to differ from that of many in the audience.
To note: Fred Jodry creates a fun and memorable character purely by voice as the alluring yet critical host of a reality show in Della’s fantasy life.
One more thing : Ellen Rousseau’s confection of a set for the park-like outdoor playhouse in the parking lot (which she also designed) is done in bright colors and cartoon images, complete with ingenious “beds.” tucked away in drawers that slide out to create non-bakery locations.
If you are going to: 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday through July 22 at the Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St .; $ 40 and $ 50; 508-487-7487 or https://provincetowntheater.org/
Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll
A slightly updated fairy tale
The show: “Sleeping Beauty, Briar Rose”, written by Max Bush, based on the stories of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm
What is it about : This slightly updated take on the familiar story of a sweet, sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and a thorny perilous spinning wheel is a little spicy to suit modern tastes. There’s a pair of goofy Palace Guards (Shiloh Pabst and Tess O’Leary), a deliciously evil wooden pixie Erdu (Gracie O’Leary), and just the right touch of reader / Fairie Queen drama (Carryl Lynn).
Highlight of the show: It’s out on the company’s new outdoor stage. So we have the impression that the scenery – a forest glade – goes on endlessly. Talk about feeling like you are part of the show! The little ones in the audience might as well be on stage with the sweet and alluring princess (Olivia Thompson) and wooden pixies in bright costumes.
Fun fact: In this version, Erdu is clearly a replacement for the quintessential villain Maleficent, which generations of young people have loved to hate (and adults have simply loved for his glorious villainy) in the Disney version of this story.
To note: The fairies’ shiny, satin costumes provide a wonderful contrast to the muted tones of the ensemble. And the Saru (Trenton Hatch) sprite makes wonderful pieces with a bright blue cape, which makes the water look like it’s flowing.
One more thing : This is the company’s 70th summer season, which it calls its Renaissance season, in recognition of its return from a period of semi-hibernation during the pandemic. It’s so awesome to see the Cape Town theater waking up and stretching the limbs.
If you are going to: 6 pm Tuesday through Friday through July 16 at Cape Cod Theater Company / Harwich Junior Theater, 105 Division St., West Harwich; $ 25 adults, $ 15 youth under 21; 508-432-2002 or www.capecodtheatrecompany.org
A romantic comedyâ¦ on the rise?
College Light Opera Company stages its second musical of the season with “Very Good Eddie”, a romantic comedy with music by Jerome Kern that follows the story of a very tiny man newly married to an extremely tall woman who meets a couple of opposite size. disparities during their honeymoon.
Shows run at 7:30 p.m. until July 3 at the Highfield Theater, 50 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, with a live streaming option for the July 3 show. Tickets and information: http://www.collegelightoperacompany.com/
Adventure on the high seas
On Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre’s new âgardenâ outdoor stage, âShipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself), âby Donald Margulies, an epic true story-inspired tale that both amused and infuriated Victorian London. Adventurer Louis de Rougemont invites everyone to hear his story of bravery and survival on the high seas that involves exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. “Shipwrecked” examines the extent to which people are prepared to blur the line between fact and fiction to leave their mark on the world.
The shows take place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until July 25 in front of the WHAT Theater, 2357 Route 6. Admission: $ 35, students $ 15. Tickets and information: http://www.what.org.
An environmental dilemma
The staged readings of the Cape Cod Theater Project’s developing plays are all virtual again this year, starting July 1-3 with âThe Collapseâ by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Selina Fillinger. The Plot: A research assistant to a legendary bee entomologist soon realizes that bee colonies aren’t the only ones on the brink of collapse.
The cast includes television and stage stars Gretchen Corbett, a Broadway actress best known as Beth in “The Rockford Files” on television; Zuzanna Szadkowski, known for playing maid Dorota on the TV show “Gossip Girl”; New York theater actor Roberto De Felice; and the return of former CCTP and Broadway actress Heidi Armbruster
The shows are live at 7 p.m., with audience commentary at the end to help develop the play. Tickets and information: http://capecodtheatreproject.org.
Shakespeare via Dr Seuss
The Playhouse Academy returns to indoor shows with âThe Seussification of Romeo and Juliet,â telling the classic tale of Cursed Lovers in an unusual way.
The shows take place July 1 to 3 at 7 p.m., 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 11 at the theater, 120 Main Street, OrlÃ©ans. Tickets and information: https://www.academyplayhouse.org/
A chance to see Broadway stars
Provincetown’s Art House is open again, and in addition to cabaret stars and comedians almost nightly, Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky’s series of live and chat shows with stars from Broadway came back online during the pandemic to live in Provincetown.
The star of âBroadway @ The Art Houseâ on July 2-3 is Sierra Boggess, whose credits include âThe Little Mermaidâ, âThe Phantom of the Operaâ and âLove Never Diesâ.
Tickets and information: www.ptownarthouse.com or 800-838-3006.
A story of whales and friendship
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is bringing back its WHAT For Kids! Shows in his tent in the Larry Phillips pavilion with âThe Tale of Ibis, a Puppetry Play in Two Actsâ. Director Jody O’Neil originally wrote this play for the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown and based it on the true story of a curious humpback whale found entangled in Provincetown Harbor in 1984.
The play is described as “a story of friendship, the power of kindness and how an act of generosity can reverberate around the world”. Or Cape Cod: $ 2 on each ticket will go to the Entanglement Fund in central Provincetown, which was created in response to the effort to free Ibis.
The shows run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 5 to August 12 at WHAT, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet. Tickets: $ 12. Reservations and information: 508-349-9428, http://www.what.org.
Comic chaos and lots of sardines
The Cape Rep Theater also stays outdoors, turning the open-air theater usually used exclusively for family shows into a night out under the stars for adults. With what promises to be an intriguing set, the company will present the farce “Noises Off”, the antics on and off stage of an unfortunate theater troupe increasingly desperately trying to stage a British play.
The shows are at 7 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday July 7-August. 21 at the Theater, 3299 Main Street, Brewster. Tickets: $ 30. Reservations and information: 508-896-1888, caperep.org.
Who owns the inheritance?
The Chatham Drama Guild cast were rehearsing Ken Ludwig’s ‘Leading Ladies’ when the pandemic began and continued online until it became clear that the theater shutdown was going to last for some time. Showing sheer resilience, they are back and put on this comedy several months after the first intention.
The plot is about two English actors who learn that a wealthy American woman is dying and looking for her lost family members, and decide they could fit the roles. The shows are at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday July 8-August. 8 (except July 31) at the Guild Theater, 134 Crowell Road, Chatham. Tickets: $ 22 to $ 25. Reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ken-ludwigs-leading-ladies-tickets-159495482281.
The story of a lifetime
Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven is hosting shows at its regular Tisbury Amphitheater this summer, including âEvery Brilliant Thing,â written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahue. Scott Barrow stars in the three-decade story of a boy who tries to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The playhouse describes the show as “a heart-wrenching and hilarious immersive theatrical experience that takes us on a life-affirming journey.”
The shows take place at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday July 8-18 at Tisbury Amphitheater, Off State Road. Tickets: $ 20 to $ 25. Reservations and information: 508-696-6300, [email protected], https://go.evvnt.com/809302-0.
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