Short Subjects

Posted July 12, 2007

New play at Playhouse

The Vineyard Playhouse's second main stage production of the season, "Two Rooms," opens tomorrow, July 13, following previews on July 11 and 12. "Two Rooms," a Pulitzer Prize nominated play and Time magazine's best play of 1988 is even more relevant in today's world. It focuses on the relationship between the media and government, and terrorist politics concerning the United States and the Middle East. A modern love story, Lee Blessing's production is being directed by the Playhouse's artistic associate Joann Green Breuer, and stars familiar Playhouse faces. Watch Sheryl Dagostino, Brooke Hardman Ditchfield, Greg Jones, and Peter Stray on stage.

"Two Rooms," July 11-July 28, Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church St., Vineyard Haven. Curtain times and ticket prices vary. Call 508-693-6450 or visit

Variety show Monday

Nora Laudani has asked a few friends to join her on Monday, July 16, for "Blow Out Variety Night" at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Even the ticket price is special, $9.99.

Ms. Laudani says, "Come out for an evening of the absurd. Variety is the word: song, characters, dance, music, and an occasional video short." Sounds irresistible.

"Blow Out Variety Night," Monday, July 16, 8 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring St., Vineyard Haven. Tickets $9.99.

Chappy music festival opens

The Chappaquiddick Summer Music Festival opens its season on Thursday, July 19, with the Chiara String Quartet. The quartet features violinists Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, Jonah Sirota on viola, and Gregory Beaver on cello. They will be joined by clarinetist Todd Palmer.

The concert will include a string quartet by Haydn, as well as the Brahms and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor clarinet quintets.

Chiara String Quartet, Thursday, July 19, 8 pm, Chappaquiddick Community Center. Free shuttle from the ferry begins at 7:30 pm and returns after the concert. Tickets are $18 or $15 for seniors. For more information, call 508-627-5514.

Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn
Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Courtesy of KCT concerts

Music at the Cornell

Tonight at 7 pm, mezzo-soprano Kristine Stott and composer Stephen Scotti will present "Summer Cabaret," a show benefiting the Vineyard Playhouse. The fast-paced, one-hour show will feature songs from Ms. Stott's new CD, "May I Feel."

All the songs are original by Mr. Scotti with texts adapted from Dorothy Parker, e.e. cummings, Rufus Goodwin, and others. The CD was recorded in Germany with members of the Hamburg Philharmonic and Mr. Scotti at the piano.

"Summer Cabaret," Thursday, July 12, 7 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring St., Vineyard Haven. Tickets $10 at the door. For more information, call 508-696-8833.

Husband and wife duo, Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn, will perform traditional Irish music on Saturday, July 14, at 8 pm. They combine their talents on tenor banjo and button accordion.

Ms. Carberry was born in Manchester, England and returned to her Irish roots and the music of County Longford in the 90s. Mr. Quinn comes from Armagh, and a family of accomplished musicians and storytellers. The concert is the fourth KCT Concert for the 2007 season. KCT Concerts is a non-profit, all volunteer organization devoted to traditional music.

Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn concert, Saturday, July 14, 8 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring St., Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $15 in advance from Aboveground Records, Island Entertainment, and Alley's General Store; $20 at the door; children are admitted free. For more information or reservations, call 508-693-6996.

Spalding Gray

Stories to tell

The second annual Yard Arts! Festival continues its association with guest producer Monina von Opel, presenting staged readings of Spalding Gray's "Stories Left to Tell" this weekend at the Yard in Chilmark. The Friday, July 13, show is already sold out so a second show on Saturday, July 14 at 8 pm, has been added.

Conceived by Mr. Gray's widow, Kathie Russo, this show will be directed by Reno. The Friday night cast includes Brook Adams, Amy Brenneman, Robert Brustein, Tony Shalhub, and director Reno. On Saturday the cast will be Paul Benedict, Amy Brenneman, Robert Brustein, Donavon Dietz, and Reno. Yard artistic director Wendy Taucher says, "We're delighted that we are able to add a second night of this production, featuring Spalding Gray's deeply moving text, performed by wonderful actors, in benefit of the Yard."

"Stories Left to Tell," Saturday, July 14, 8 pm, the Yard, Middle Rd., Chilmark. Tickets are $100 for premium seating; $50 for general admission; $25 for seniors and under 30 years. For more information or reservations, call 508-645-9662.