The historic Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts, where Uta Hagen once played Ophelia to Eva La Galliene's Hamlet, has announced a season featuring Anita Gillette and a stage reunion of "The Wonder Years" father and son Dan Lauria and Fred Savage.
Lauria and Savage will again play family in Wendell and Ben, a play by W.M. Whitehead and Warren Press about the relationship between a young man and his new father-in-law. The production will run July 13-25.
Wendell and Ben will be preceded by Alone Together (June 29-July 11), a Lawrence Roman comedy about a couple whose children, only recently flown from the nest, begin to move back in. Anita Gillette and David Hedison play the parents. Also featured are Jennifer Chambers, Geoffrey Soffer, James Tupper, and Neal Young.
Agatha Christie murder mysteries are parodied in the musical Something's Afoot (July 27-Aug. 8), with a book, music and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach. Millicent Martin stars.
The relationship between two mature women is explored in Susan Barsky's new play Expectations (Aug. 10-22). Dody Goodman and Mary Fogarty play the women in question. The currently--and rather improbably--hot playwright Frederick Knott (Wait Until Dark) closes the season with Dial M for Murder (Aug. 24-Sept. 5), the play which inspired the famous Alfred Hitchcock film, which in turn influenced the current Michael Douglas-Gwyneth Paltrow thriller A Perfect Murder. Husband and wife team Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caufield star.
Jerry Herman's La Cage Aux Folles opened the 1998 season on June 15 for a run through June 27. For information on any of these productions, call (508) 385-3911.
-- By Robert Simonson