Saturday, April 20, 2024

Theater

Wicked, but it’s oh, so good

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If you want to laugh, cry, sigh, or grin, this year’s 10th-anniversary edition of the “Wicked Good Musical Revue” is for you. I spoke with founding director Molly Conole and musical director David Behnke, and...

Love is complicated in ‘Twelfth Night’

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Love was in the air … actually, it was all over the stage, in the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s splendid contemporary musical rendition of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” by British actor-playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, with...

The curtain calls

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Even if you never dreamed of appearing before the footlights, “Theater Fun for Adults” at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is the place to be on Thursday nights from 5 to 6:30 pm. Thirteen of...

Onstage in 2023

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Despite some minor hitches (well, if you can call the AC conking out in August a minor hitch), the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse managed to present a full season of theater this past summer. In the...

Tiny Tim saves the day

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The Oak Bluffs Public Library staff brought down the house with their performances of Doris Baizley’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The staff’s adaptation followed the general story line, with a few...

Gwyn McAllister presents a twisted Christmas in ‘Santacide”

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Gwyn McAllister, a resident of New York and Martha's Vineyard, may be best known on the Vineyard as a frequent contributor to The Martha's Vineyard Times. However, on the island of Manhattan, McAllister is...

Abby Bender and her ‘Granger Things’

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The one thing you are guaranteed with anything that Built on Stilts director Abby Bender cooks up is the unexpected. This year’s fall offering is “Granger Things,” an immersive theater and dance experience where,...

A community within a community

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I recently attended a performance by the Peter Luce Playreaders (PLP) at the Tisbury senior center. The playreaders are a group who come together each Wednesday to read plays. As I made my way...

Love and hope in the Rockies

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“Billy Baloo,” the new fun musical onstage at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, is an act of love … or, in this case, multiple acts. From the moment the actors walk onstage, you know they are...

‘Billy Baloo’ is born

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When Michael Mason died in February this year, he left behind a loving family, but he also left behind his life’s work in the form of a musical tale that takes place in the...

Island Theatre Workshop presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

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Island Theatre Workshop (ITW) is humming again with activity as it prepares for its big fall production, “Little Shop of Horrors.” ITW has been an important Vineyard institution since its founding in 1968 as...

‘Jaws’ unhinged

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If, like me, you think that “Jaws” is the greatest film ever made, you may want to get down to New York City to see a new play based on the making of that...

‘The Outcasts of Penikese Island’ at the M.V. Playhouse

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“The Outcasts of Penikese Island” at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse through August 26, is about rejecting those who are different. In the play, the outcasts are those people in the early 20th century in...

At the Playhouse

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  Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, the Island’s renowned professional nonprofit theater, has historic roots. The white clapboard building was erected in 1833 and used for many purposes, including a public meeting hall, a venue for weddings...

Lively lineup

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The Martha's Vineyard Playhouse is back in full swing this year, with a lineup of productions on both the Playhouse stage in Vineyard Haven and the outdoor Amphitheater on State Road. Following two preseason...

On a journey

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Sandglass Theater’s puppets, actors, a musician, shadows created from light projections, a creative stage set, and more will welcome us into their collaborative process on Saturday, June 24, at the Yard. After speaking with...

Irish Repertory production comes to the Playhouse

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With Irish wit and charm, Michael Mellamphy as Tim Finnegan, spins an enthralling yarn of crime, immigration, America’s struggling poor, corruption — and love — in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production “The Smuggler” by...

Maybe it’s ‘Miss Maybelline’

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This weekend, Emmy winner and Tony nominated actress S. Epatha Merkerson will be appearing in a production at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse for two performances only, May 19 and 20. Merkerson, known to many...

‘Matilda’ production gets a special visitor

Students and parents at the West Tisbury School had a magical experience last Saturday when Lucy Dahl, author Roald Dahl’s daughter, came to see the school’s production of “Matilda the Musical Jr.” The musical...

‘Chicago’ comes to Martha’s Vineyard

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Students at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School were hard at work rehearsing last week for this week’s production of “Chicago.” The musical features lots of singing and dancing, and this year, will offer two...