Matthew Arkin Is Phileas Fogg in Cape Playhouse's 80 Days

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Matthew Arkin, recently seen Off-Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club's Moonlight and Magnolias, stars in the new Cape Playhouse production of Around the World in Eighty Days.

The staging by Russ Treyz began at the Dennis, Massachusetts summer stock theatre on Aug. 15 and continues through Aug. 27.

Arkin's other New York credits include the original production of Donald Margulies' Dinner With Friends and Richard Dresser's Rounding Third.

He is joined in the cast by Brad Deplanche, Aysan Çelik, Arnie Burton, Eric Hissom and Bradley Dean White.

The famous tale by Jules Verne (adapted here by Mark Brown) tells of Victorian Englishman Fogg, who, on a bet with his rich cronies, attempts to traverse the globe in 80 days with the aid of his manservent Passepartout.

The Cape Playhouse season will end with the Aug. 29-Sept. 10 run of the Mark Camoletti farce Don't Dress for Dinner, starring Dee Hoty. The comedy is said to feature "the master of his domain, Bernard, his chic Parisian mistress, Suzy, Bernard’s sharply intuitive wife, Jacqueline, Bernard’s best friend, Robert (who may already be “cooking” with Jacqueline) and a bright young chef."

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.

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