Mayes and Dvorksy play "America's swingin' sweethearts" (now divorced) Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, who reunite in 1968 for a live television special. The show is written by James Hindman and directed by Mark Martino. Pete 'n' Keely was produced Off-Broadway by Steve Asher, David Unger and Avalon Entertainment. It began previews Dec. 2, 2000, opened Dec. 14, and close March 11, 2001. Conceived by Hindman, Waldrop and musical director Patrick Brady, and written by Hindman, the musical comedy puts cabaret star and Tony Award-nominated actress Mayes (Closer Than Ever, She Loves Me) in a fake "live TV" event where she sings and sneers at Dvorsky (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Paper Mill Playhouse's Anything Goes).
The last slot of the Playhouse season, Aug. 28-Sept. 9, will be filled by A.R. Gurney's Man and Wife and Dog comedy Sylvia. Pamela Hunt will direct Linda Dano as the wife and Nancy Anderson as pooch Sylvia in the piece.
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.