It can be difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing theater scene during a Cape Cod summer, and there are several new shows to add to your picks this week.
There are more musicals at the College Light Opera Company and readings from the Cape Cod Theater Project in Falmouth; a mix of film and theater with an environmental message in Eastham; the premiere of a new play by one of the founders of the Harbor Stage Company; the musical “Victor/Victoria” in Cotuit; the award-winning black comedy “God of Carnage” in Dennis; and a staged reading of a Centerville murder mystery.
For shows that have already aired, check out what our reviewers are saying to help you figure out your schedule for the weekend and beyond at www.capecodtimes.com/entertainment. We have online reviews of Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ musical at Falmouth’s College Light Opera Company; “The Three Little Birds by Bob Marley” at the Cape Cod Theater Company/Harwich Junior Theater in West Harwich; “Mom Mia!” at the Cape Rep Theater in Brewster; “Always…Patsy Cline” at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis; “Marry Me a Little” at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; and “The Lady Hamlet” at the Provincetown Theater.
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Here is an overview of what’s new:
Harbor Stage presents a new piece from the co-founder
In its 10th season, the Harbor Stage Company, an artist-run ensemble at Wellfleet, will produce the world premiere of ‘The Ballad of Bobby Botswain’, written by and featuring company co-founder Jonathan Fielding and the frequent Harbor collaborator Jason Lambert.
The double is described as “a crazy look at the line between crime and kindness” that “follows a pair of incompatible partners as they navigate small-town life, the American healthcare system and the influence of a charismatic guru”.
The shows are from July 14 to August. 6 at the theater, 15 Kendrick Ave.; $25, with a Pay-What-You-Can performance on July 15; http://www.harborstage.org/.
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► Brittany K. Allen “Ball Change” directed by Dina Vovsi, will be the next play in development to be read by Cape Cod Theater Project at Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive. The show begins in the 1960s and then shows 50 years of economic, social and technological upheaval in New York’s most elite voicemail services. The star will be Gabby Beans, whose stage credits include her nomination this year for a Tony Award and a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award as Sabina in “The Skin of our Teeth.” Shows are at 7:30 p.m. July 14-16; https://capecodtheatreproject.org/.
► The Centerville Historical Museum (513 Main St.) will present a staged reading of a one-act radio mystery, “Mystery on the Craigville Steps”, by local writer and actress Jane Hattemer-Stringer, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15. The play, which is set in Centerville, is set in 1920, where mysterious events occur in a small village, Craigville, and an Irish detective, James O’Callahan, launches investigations. Admission: $10, $8 for members; http://centervillehistoricalmuseum.org/.
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► After “All brewed” closes Saturday July 16, the young cast and orchestra of the College Light Opera Company will open on Tuesday July 19 “Die Fledermaus”, an operetta by Johann Strauss that involves disguises, revenge and mayhem. The show runs until July 23 at the Highfield Theatre, 58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth; http://www.collegelightoperacompany.com/.
Broadway veterans reunited again
Tony Award winner Faith Prince and Broadway star Jason Graae will reunite for two shows in Provincetown at 7 p.m. on July 17 and 18 of “You And Me, But Mostly Me” with Alex Rybeck as pianist . The concerts are part of Mark Cortale’s “Broadway @ the Art House” series at 214 Commercial St.
The two have performed for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater and cabaret audiences for decades. The program will include songs by Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Cy Coleman and William Finn. Prince’s Broadway credits include “Guys & Dolls”, “Annie”, and “Bells Are Ringing”; Graae’s shows include “A Grand Night for Singing”, “Falsettos”, and “Stardust”. Tickets and information: https://provincetownarthouse.com/.
A woman playing a man playing a woman…
“Victor/Victoria” is the big musical of the summer at the Cotuit Center for the Arts (4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28) in the evening and in the morning from July 19 to August 19. 7. The show will transform the indoor stage into a 1930s Paris drag club for the show based on the 1982 Blake Edwards film, with music by Henry Mancini and Frank Wildhorn, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Wildhorn.
Directed and choreographed by Celia Krefter, with musical direction by Malcolm Granger, the romantic comedy centers on struggling singer Victoria, who, with the help of her friend Toddy, poses as a man posing as a copycat. . Many dances and songs fuel the gendered love story.
Tickets: $40, $35 for members, $38 for seniors/veterans; https://artsonthecape.org/ or 508-428-0669 ext. 0.
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How can adults get along well?
Next in the summer season for Cape Playhouse in Dennis is the 2008 Tony and Olivier Award-winning “God of Carnage,” a dark, modern comedy by Yasmina Reza, from Wednesday, July 20 through July 30.
In the story, two groups of parents meet to deal with their sons’ unruly behavior on the playground and get very emotional in their discussion. They will be performed by actress/screenwriter Jill Abramovitz, (“Beetlejuice” from Broadway, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Madam Secretary” from television); Jason O’Connell, a veteran of New York and regional theaters; Vanessa Lock, a Washington comedian, DC-based actress and director, and Benim Foster (Broadway’s “Disgraced,” TV’s “Barefoot in the Park,” “Shining Vale”).
Shows are held at the theater, 820 Main St., Dennis; $45 to $80; https://www.capeplayhouse.com/.
Plays take environmental disaster
“Four Plays for a Planet in Peril” are plays written/directed by Lee Roscoe, performed during the pandemic by local actors, and curated into short films by filmmaker/producer Janet Murphy Robertson. The free premiere of Cape is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Wednesday July 20 at the Eastham Public Library, 190 Samoset Road.
Following the 80-minute screening, there will be a brief Q&A session with Roscoe and Robertson. To register: https://easthamlibrary.libcal.com.
Environmental dangers to Earth, the creators say, are portrayed differently in each piece. In the poetic and dreamlike “Water Spirits Colloquy”, two Greek demigods and a legendary Native American spirit meet to share their torment at the ravages of Earth’s waters by humans and then conspire for revenge. In “The Cage”, a boss, a middle manager and a worker argue with both insight and myopia in a class war.
In “Reprieve,” an Indigenous man desperate for the loss of his culture and the Earth is saved by the care and common decency of people he barely knows. In “The Warning”, the cycle ends with an explosion of over-the-top imagery and staging, with Roscoe playing Woman/Earth in what is described as “a hyperbolized eco-feminist cartoon”. “The Warning” is an official finalist in three categories at the Independent Short Film Awards in Los Angeles: Best Experimental Short, Best Original Story and Best Ensemble Cast.
Films will be available for online viewing at a later date and details will be posted at https://www.artistsandmusicians.org/theater/; information is also available on the website.
Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.