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Good Golly Miss Molly!

October 4, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altMolly Dykeman has the mind of a child genius, the mouth of a moron, and a haircut that looks like Chewbacca got a perm.  And she just may be the smartest person in the room.
Dykeman is a poet and an unlicensed security guard at P.S. 339 in Brooklyn. In between snacking on chicken fingers, avoiding work, and chasing the ladies, Dykeman hops on the subway from her Bay Ridge home to downtown Manhattan to perform her unique form of burlesque poetry for adoring fans blinded by both her sublime use of words and her fluorescent orange safety vest.
While the spirit of Molly is based in people we probably all know, she is a character created by actress and comedian Andrea Alton, who will bring Ms. Dykeman to Provincetown as part of the Bulldyke Chronicles, an evening of edgy and hip lesbian burlesque and comedy at the Art House hosted by downtown New York legend Shelly Mars.  This one-night-only show features characters and acts from Mars, as well as surprise guests, and a special featured spotlight for Molly Dykeman. An evening with Molly is a hilariously compelling night of poetry and performance from a woman with sharp insights dulled by Percocet, cheap beer, and a lazy eye.
Alton enjoyed a sold-out run of her show The F*cking World According to Molly at the New York International Fringe Festival in August, garnering rave reviews.  While Alton has performed in Provincetown before, this marks the debut for Molly.

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Around the World in Seven Days

September 28, 2011 2:45 pm0 comments

 Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman once said, “ No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” The power of the cinema is not restricted to the feature-length films that dominate movie theater screens across the country. The often-neglected cousin of the feature film is the short, but this week, Outer Cape audiences have the opportunity to celebrate short form films of nearly every genre at a satellite screening of the New York-based Manhattan Short Film Festival.
“It’s everyone’s party around the world,” according to Festival director Nicholas Mason. Indeed, not only are the ten films to be shown representative of numerous countries (Canada, U.S., Scotland, Hungary, Egypt, Switzerland, Peru, Sweden, and Australia), but one of these films will be named the winner of the Manhattan Short Film Festival competition, based on the votes of audiences in over 200 cities spanning six continents, within the space of this week only.
Mason says it is particularly valuable to have “regular” people vote for the winning film because when filmmakers and others involved in the film world judge film festivals, “they tend to like the films they were involved with.”

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The Claws Are Out!

September 21, 2011 6:49 pm0 comments

Now in its sixth year, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival continues to surprise, delight, and at times shock audiences with presentations of the master American playwright’s work, both the celebrated and the obscure.  Continuing the tradition of exploring all the corners of Williams’ work, this year’s festival presents Now the Cat with Jewelled Claws.
Written in 1969, Williams’ biographer described the play as “gruesome…a tale of madness, depravity, and death.”  The New York Times called the play, “ a loopy and rather vicious send up of New York society, written in a gleefully absurdist mode….”  In that case, the two stars of this production, Mink Stole and Everett Quinton, are both superbly cast. Both come from rich backgrounds of groundbreaking underground work, in film and theater respectively, with a deep commitment to the absurd, countercultural, and impish behavior befitting a jester with something important to say. 
In the play, two wealthy women, Madge and Bea, are having lunch, served by a flamboyantly gay waiter, when two leathermen walk into the restaurant followed by a violent accident and a song and dance routine.  In this celebration of Williams’ experimental work, the casting of Stole and Quinton, two actors who were part of creative movements that shook the artistic world into a new direction, brings a vibrant energy to an almost forgotten work. After its Provincetown run, the production moves to La MaMa in New York from October 27 to November 13.

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Hooray for Hairy Hollywood! On the set of Bear City 2

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On a sparklingly perfect late summer day, as schooners race on the horizon and swimmers cross Provincetown Harbor in the Swim for Life, several big, burly, and hairy men take to the breakwater surrounded by cameras, a boom, and at least a dozen crew members in constant motion. The calendar might say that it’s September, but the script says it’s July – more specifically, Bear Week.
For more than two weeks ending on September 23, a full production team has been filming Bear City 2 the sequel to 2010’s Bear City, a hirsute hit film that took Sex and the City into a bear’s den! The romantic comedy about a group of bears in New York City follows the ups and downs of finding true love, self-acceptance, and community in a gay subculture that continually redefines concepts of beauty, self-esteem, and personal expression. The first Bear City distinguished itself as one of the first feature films about the bear community to be not just a hit with bears, but to attract mainstream attention with high praise from critics (“Warm, funny, thoughtful… a triumph in the audience-appeal category.” -The New York Times), collecting awards at the Oslo International Film Festival (Norway), the Andalucía Film Festival (Spain), as well as at Outfest in Los Angeles, the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the St. Louis LGBTQ Film Festival.

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Unraveling the Myth of Small Town America in The Common Swallow

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altKaren, a New York City woman, returns to her midwestern hometown to find that she isn’t the only one who has changed. As the fabric of her family begins to unravel and the idyllic idea of the American Heartland is exposed as fiction, the characters in the new play The Common Swallow find that there are more questions than answers as the American identity fades away from optimism to befuddlement. This dramatic comedy by celebrated emerging playwright David Caudle is making its world premiere at Town Hall this week, starring Sean Maddox, Angela C. Howell, Ethan Paulini, Sunie Pope, Justin Campbell, and Broadway and film actress Annie Golden.

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In September, the Light Changes. Afterglow: The 1st Provincetown Live Performance Arts Festival

September 14, 2011 7:43 pm0 comments

Ever since Charles Hawthorne founded the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899, giving birth to the Provincetown art colony, there has been a robust exchange between the far tips of Cape Cod and Manhattan. A steady stream of visual artists who came for the famous “light,” complemented by droves of writers, actors, and musicians, created a scene in Provincetown that gave birth to some of the most influential artistic, literary, and theatrical movements in America. The town is both a crucible and an incubator of creative thought reliant on the infusion of new ideas blended with the traditions of free expression and experimentation. 
Basking in the famous light is the new Afterglow Festival, a creation of John Cameron Mitchell, of Hedwig and the Angry Inch fame, and Quinn Cox, half of the famed astrological duo Starsky and Cox.  Over five days in mid September, the festival presents 12 of the edgiest performers from New York’s downtown performance scene (as well as Los Angeles and Providence) to Provincetown, while also introducing the art colony to these acts, inviting them to form a creative and personal relationship with the town.

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A Tardy Trio

August 24, 2011 2:31 pm0 comments

Several thousand years from now when archaeologists dig up the remnants of our society and based on the artifacts found seek to give it a name – like the Bronze Age or the Renaissance – they will most likely call it “The Age of Annoyance.” Cell phones, baby strollers as big as SUV’s, and a half-decaf triple soy latte will be on display in museums of the future as the tools used by the irritating tribes of loud day traders on their iPhones, mothers from suburban Connecticut who ignore their kids’ out of control behavior, and hipster douche bags. And much like the Druids or the priestesses of the Temple of Athena, history will remember Unitard as the High Priests of Comedy who commune with the gods of satire and irony providing a haven for refugees seeking safety in a world full of really annoying people.
The New York-based comedy trio features Mike Albo, Nora Burns, and David Ilku, all familiar names in the downtown Manhattan and Provincetown performance scenes, both for their individual accomplishments and group work.

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From Beethoven to Brubeck

August 4, 2011 7:10 pm0 comments

The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Returns To The Outer Cape.
“It’s amusing, really, when you think of it,” says Elaine Lipton, executive director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. “We have no building… but we have three pianos!”
That’s hardly surprising: from its inception 32 years ago to this summer’s festival, the organization has been about access, about opening up venues all over the Cape so as to offer the best in chamber music to the most people. Pianos are, indeed, more important than concert halls!
One of those pianos is a Steinway in the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, where four of this year’s concerts will be held; another one is at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, which will host one concert. And all of them sound well worth attending!
“I’m very excited about this year’s festival,” continues Lipton. “We have some extraordinary young performers bringing the absolute best in chamber music—the kind of music that you expect to hear in New York and Paris and Tokyo – right here to us on the Cape!”

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Living the Dream in “Snail Road”

June 3, 2011 3:14 pm0 comments

alt Reality and Provincetown are not two words that are often found in the same sentence. Reality is relative in Provincetown.
For many, the first glimpse of Provincetown is akin to Dorothy seeing the Emerald City. It’s a place that promises you can be who you want to be, and that your past, and indeed reality, is irrelevant. People all over the world click their heels and end up in Provincetown to fulfill their dreams, and along the way they meet fantastic creatures, mythical characters, and mysterious beasts.
“We make our own reality here,” says musician Zoe Lewis. “And it’s a marvelous thing.”
Snail Road, a new musical by Lewis premiering at the Art House, sets the alternate reality that is Provincetown to music. Gertrude Golightly, played by Lewis as sort of “the love child of Gertrude Stein and Holly Golightly,” is riding her bike down Commercial Street when she has an accident and bumps her head. Waking up, the first thing she sees is a giant Miss Richfield 1981. And so begins her fantastical journey through Provincetown to realize her dreams, which does not necessarily include going back to reality, but embracing the new life she has found.

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