Mills, McCourt, Canova, Kim Star in Cape Playhouse 2003 Season

News   Mills, McCourt, Canova, Kim Star in Cape Playhouse 2003 Season Hayley Mills, Malachy McCourt, Diana Canova and Randall Duk Kim will star in a season of familiar classics at the Cape Playhouse this summer.

The summer season at the Dennis, MA, theatre will feature plays by Neil Simon and Frederick Knott and musicals by Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter.

Following the season opener of Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs (June 16-28), Wait Until Dark, the Knott thriller which had a failed Broadway run a few seasons ago, will run June 30-July 12. Mills, the former child star of "The Parent Trap" who occasionally visits the Off-Broadway stage, will star as a blind woman being terrorized by two young thugs. John Rubenstein directs.

Author and actor McCourt ("A Monk Swimming") will return to the Playhouse after having acted in Mass Appeal in 2002. This year, he stars as the father in the Hugh Leonard favorite, Da. It will run July 28-Aug. 9.

Another homecoming follows: Diana Canova, who was seen in Rubert Holmes' thriller Thumbs in 2002, comes back to sing in the structured Sondheim revue Putting It Together, Aug. 11-23. Canova is still perhaps best remembered from the TV sitcom "Soap."

The season also includes Anything Goes, starring Klea Blackhurst (July 14-26); and Greater Tuna, with Joe Sears and Jaston Williams (Aug. 25-Sept. 6). Additionally, veteran actor Randall Duk Kim (Flower Drum Song, A Majority of One) will present a July 19 evening of monologues and reminiscences. The Playhouse was founded by Raymond Moore. A former Unitarian Meeting House, the quaint, white shingled, 600-seat theatre features a wrap around balcony. The theatre opened in 1927 with a production of The Guardsman starring Basil Rathbone. 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. Bette Davis, who spent teenage summers on Cape Cod, acted there, as did Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes and Gertrude Lawrence, who met and married her husband Richard Aldrich (who ran the theatre for many years) at the Playhouse. Shirley Booth acted there so often, she kept her Oscar there.

The Cape Playhouse is located in Dennis, MA, at 820 Route 6A. For more information, call (508) 385-3911.