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“The Sound of Music” at Barnstable Comedy Club

“The Sound of Music” at Barnstable Comedy Club

The Barnstable Comedy Club’s “The Sound of Music” is rich with glorious voices, fine acting, and the beauty and power of the songs of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, and the timelessness of the multifaceted plot. The production, directed by Marcia Wytral, with music direction by Geraldine Boles and choreography by Geralyn Moquin, is fresh … Continue reading

“The Rocky Horror Show”

“The Rocky Horror Show”

Caitlin Backholm as Columbia, Rob Minshall as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and Samantha McMahon as Magenta. Photo by Corinne Cameron. “The Rocky Horror Show” opened last weekend, and runs through November 2, with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, and special midnight shows on Halloween, Thursday, October 31, and on November 2. Tickets are $18. The theater … Continue reading

“Talking With…” Quirky and Heartfelt

“Talking With…” Quirky and Heartfelt

“Talking With…,” by Jane Martin, is a well-written, engaging, and fast-paced series of monologues by or about quirky, compelling people. I can’t imagine a better production of it than the one director Holly Erin McCarthy of Theatre Under the Stairs has put together for Cotuit Center for the Arts. It runs through December 16. McCarthy’s … Continue reading

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Warms the Heart

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Warms the Heart

The cast of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Corrine Minshall, as Grace Bradley, takes a bow, while Kit Palmer (Beth Bradley) and Kristina Thimme (Imogene Herdman) stand in center. The Falmouth Theatre Guild’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is charming, heartwarming, and full of holiday spirit. Directed by Lisa Jo Rudy, with music … Continue reading

“Dear Liar” is Witty and Intelligent

“Dear Liar” is Witty and Intelligent

“Dear Liar” is the delightful story of the charming and volatile 40-year relationship between playwright George Bernard Shaw and the woman for hom he wrote the role of Eliza Doolittle in “Pygmalian,” an actress who went by the name of Mrs. Patrick (Stella) Campbell, one of the most popular actresses of her day. Campbell was … Continue reading

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”

At an elegant, ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, mansion, five women escape the festivities for a moment of calm in the bride’s sister’s bedroom. As the evening progresses, the women get to know each other and find they have more in common than a dislike for the bride—who seems to have everything but … Continue reading

“Ava Gardner and the Pizza Boy”

“Ava Gardner and the Pizza Boy”

First of all, “Ava Gardner and the Pizza Boy,” written and directed by Larry Marsland, is only peripherally about Ava Gardner. Those who saw Marsland’s one-man show, “Night Falls on the Emerald City,” in which he channeled Judy Garland might be thinking this show is a similar examination of Ava Gardner’s life. It isn’t. “Ava … Continue reading

“Frog” Is Magical Fun For All

“Frog” Is Magical Fun For All

“Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale” is a delightful summer entertainment for the whole family, sure to please both children and adults. Written and directed by Christopher Compton and Holly Erin McCarthy of Theater Under the Stairs, the show’s message is simple: don’t ever lose your childhood sense of imagination, but the delivery is wonderfully complex … Continue reading

“Happy Now?” Darkly Comic and Relevant

“Happy Now?” Darkly Comic and Relevant

Rob Thorne as Michael and Theresa D. Cedrone as Kitty in “Happy Now?” “Happy Now?” written by Lucinda Coxon and directed by Christy Morris, at the Barnstable Comedy Club through August 26, has many good things going for it. The plot is intriguing—it is about Kitty (played by Theresa D. Cedrone), a quietly frazzled woman … Continue reading

Come Hear the Music Play!

Come Hear the Music Play!

Come Hear the Music Play!  A Review of “Cabaret” In his book on musical theater, which contains a fascinating chapter on “Cabaret,” Scott Miller quotes Walter Kerr’s 1966 New York Times review:  “Cabaret,” Kerr wrote, “opens the door to a fresh notion of the bizarre, crackling, harsh and the beguiling uses that can be made … Continue reading