Tagged with Cotuit Center for the Arts

A Grand New Year’s Eve

A Grand New Year’s Eve

John Murelle’s vocal students performed songs of Richard Rodgers at First Night Chatham on December 31 at the First Congregational Church of Chatham. In addition to John’s regular students (including my daughter Gabbe Rowland), there were two former students of John’s: Matt Astone, now in his senior year at Westminster Choir College, and Lily Mae … 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

“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