Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Crimes of the Heart will receive a new mounting at the Cape Playhouse of Dennis, MA, beginning July 16. The production will run through July 28.
Sandy Duncan will head the cast as the eldest of the Southern MaGrath sisters, with Mary Milgrom Dodge directing. No other cast members could be learned.
The play, about three Southern sisters and their various comic-tragic problems, was recently given an Off-Broadway revival at Second Stage. Garry Hynes directed Amy Ryan, Enid Graham and Mary Catherine Garrison. *
The Cape Playhouse of Dennis, MA, will enliven its Sunday afternoons this summer with a new "Weekend Series." On various Sundays through July and August, a disparate range of artists will perform their one-person shows.
The program began with movie and stage musical veteran Nanette Fabray. On July 8, at 4 PM and 7 PM, she regaled audiences with songs and reminiscences of her showbiz days — presumedly touching upon her role in the classic MGM flick "The Band Wagon." On July 22 at 5 PM, author and all-around raconteur Malachy McCourt will spin yarns about his by-now-well-known childhood growing up poor and happy in Ireland. McCourt is the author of the memoir "A Monk Swimming" and is the brother of Frank McCourt ("Angela's Ashes"). Finally, on Aug. 5, monologuist Spalding Gray will bring his most recent monologue Morning, Noon and Night to the playhouse for one show only at 4 PM.
The Cape Playhouse's anniversary gala will occur Aug. 19. Many veterans of the theatre are expected to attend.
The remaining 2001 schedule runs as follows:
• Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, July 16-28
• 42nd Street, July 30-Aug. 11
• The Cocktail Hour by A.R. Gurney, Aug. 13-25
• Oil City Symphony, Aug. 27-Sept. 8
The Playhouse was founded by Raymond Moore. The quaint, white shingled, 600-seat theatre was built in 1838 and features a wrap-around balcony. Among the many noteworthy productions to be staged there over the years was a 1937 Hamlet starring Eva LeGallienne in the title role and Uta Hagen, in her professional debut, as Ophelia.
Tickets run $15-$35. The Cape Playhouse is located in Dennis, MA, at 820 Route 6A. For more information, call (508) 385-3911.
—By Robert Simonson