Now that the holiday season is over, local theater companies are taking the stage with a range of offerings. Over the next few weeks, the shows will range from classic comedy to searing drama, with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure.
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Until January 29: Falmouth Theater Guild will present “Harvey”, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase. This is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a perfectly pleasant man who sees something special in everyone he meets. Trouble is, he also sees and befriends a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. See the Cape Cod Times review in this week’s CapeWeek.
February 2-19: Eventide Theater Company in Dennis will present the 1946 classic by Arthur Miller, award-winning critic of the American dream, “All my sons.” Based on a true story, the show weaves together the themes of the ravages of corruption and unfettered power and the effects of misplaced loyalties.
February 9-26: The Orleans Academy of Performing Arts will offer Tennessee Williams “A Streetcar Named Desire” a searing, complex look at human relationships and the former southern belle’s desperate struggle to cope with aging. Williams spent a lot of time in Cape Town and is said to have completed his “Glass Menagerie” in Provincetown.
February 10-11: The Young Company at Cape Rep Theater (YoCo) will present Shakespeare’s comedy “The Winter’s Tale», directed by Maura Hanlon. The Young Company has 40 pupils from Plymouth to Truro, aged 8-12, who train for the season and produce a show at the end of the season. From the director’s notes: ‘Winter’s Tale’: “Jealousy, desire, power, redemption from betrayal and Shakespeare’s most famous dramatization, ‘Exit, chased by bear’, unite to weave a breathtaking story of the triumph of love and forgiveness.”
February 17-March 12: The Cape Cod Theater Company in West Harwich will present “Peter and the Star Catcher” which offers a different take on the century-old story of Peter Pan. The show is based on the novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Ultimately, it’s a story about the power of friendship and love.
March 2-19: Barnstable Comedy Club will offer “An Inspector Calls” which has the themes of responsibility, class structure and social duty. In 1912, Arthur Birling, a wealthy factory owner, celebrated his daughter’s engagement with the son of another industrialist. The celebration is interrupted by Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a working class woman. As the inspector questions family members in the dining room, it becomes apparent that each person had a connection to the young woman and had abused her.
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