Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Crimes of the Heart will conclude its new mounting at the Cape Playhouse of Dennis, MA, on July 28. The production began July 16.
Sandy Duncan heads the cast as the eldest of the Southern MaGrath sisters, with Mary Milgrom Dodge directing.
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, enlivens its Sunday afternoons this summer with a new "Weekend Series." On various Sundays through July and August, a disparate range of artists 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 spun 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").
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:
• 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