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Unraveling the Myth of Small Town America in The Common Swallow

September 21, 2011 6:35 pm0 comments

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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Simply Barbra!

September 14, 2011 7:40 pm0 comments

If you are a fan of Barbra Streisand then you will find Steven Brinberg’s Simply Barbra!, “soft as an easy chair.” You will not be crying “enough is enough,” but rather, “Hello gorgeous!”
For almost 20 years, Steven Brinberg has been the premiere Barbra Streisand impersonator, an impressive accomplishment in a crowded field.  Simply Barbra! is a sophisticated evening of equal parts homage and parody with live vocals that are as entertaining as they are humorous. Brinberg hits all the iconic elements of Streisand’s voice. The presentation is flawless, or perhaps more appropriately “like butter,” with each tick and idiosyncratic movement of the legendary performer portrayed with a tender, yet sly manner. But his real talent is in how Brinberg makes both the show, as well as his performance as Streisand, his own, working in different impersonations and songs by other artists without venturing too far from the safe harbor of Streisand.

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Anything Can Happen

August 16, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altShe’s coming to Provincetown as a special and unexpected treat: Ana Gasteyer was scheduled to appear at the Art House but had to cancel because of scheduling conflicts with a new sitcom, and Christine Ebersole graciously agreed to appear in Ana’s place in the Art House Broadway series this summer. And the Art House couldn’t be more pleased. 
    “I am over the moon that Christine Ebersole is coming to Provincetown to play the Art House,” says producing artistic director Mark Cortale. “This is a dream booking for our Broadway at the Art House series, and I am thrilled that this new series has attracted such major talent so quickly. Seth Rudetsky, who hosts the series, says that Christine will be singing incredible songs and that she’ll also have hilarious stories to share.”
The woman whose show the Los Angeles Times described as a “tour-de-force … one of the most vivid performances” is arriving in Provincetown for two shows, August 20 and 21, and the time to get tickets is now.
So what is her favorite among the pieces she’ll be performing? “I have no idea,” she laughs. “I don’t even know what we’ll be doing, yet!”
Christine Ebersole is taking it all in stride, the same way that she’s taken most of her career. It’s a spectacular one, covering Broadway, off-Broadway, movies, and television. She won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as virtually every Off-Broadway award, for her “dual role of a lifetime” as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. The critically acclaimed musical was nominated for a total of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the CD recording of the show was nominated for a Grammy Award.  

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Charo!

August 14, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altHer full name is María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Gutiérrez de los Perales Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Hinojosa Rasten. But you can call her Charo.
A global musical and comedy sensation, Charo is one of the most recognizable entertainers in show business: with her thick Spanish accent, her glittery outfits, her comedic timing, her buoyant sex appeal, as well as her mastery of flamenco guitar.
“I am so happy we are living in a musical time where people understand and appreciate Latin music and classical music,” says Charo.
Born and raised in Murcia, Spain, Charo, whose name is short for Rosario, studied flamenco and classical guitar with Spanish virtuoso Andrés Segovia. Her talent and passion for the guitar was apparent early in her life, but so too was her naturally funny ways.  So while it was her musical abilities that first got her noticed, it was her dynamic personality and fun-loving manner that propelled her into superstardom. Charo made her American television debut in the mid-1960s on The Today Show, followed by multiple appearances on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.  Not only was a television star born, but so was Charo’s famous catch phrase “cuchi-cuchi.”
“I always love music, but cuchi-cuchi catch on,” says Charo in her famously thick Spanish accent. “So I say, ‘I going to get rich on ‘cuchi-cuchi.’ It survived. But I always say I want to play flamenco, but because of my accent people think I say ‘flamingo.’ But now my dreams come true.”

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The Winter’s Tale at Payomet

July 28, 2011 5:42 pm0 comments

It’s been called one of Shakespeare’s “problem” plays, but there were very few problems with Payomet Performing Arts Center’s production of The Winter’s Tale, currently on stage in North Truro.
Much of the production’s success rests on the shoulders of Ben Griessmeyer playing the twin roles of Leontes and Autolycus. While other actors have portrayed Leontes’ paranoid perception that his pregnant wife is having an affair with his friend Polixenes (Nathaniel Hall Taylor) in an approachable (if somewhat panic-stricken) manner, Griessmeyer’s Leontes is, quite frankly, losing it. He’s almost immediately convinced of the infidelity and just as quickly allows a dark and unbalanced side of himself to emerge. “You lie, you lie!” he snarls at Camillo, who protests that Hermione has not in fact betrayed the king. “I say thou liest, Camillo, and I hate thee!” Killing his wife, his friend, and his child are thoughts that come easily to him; and he deftly brings the audience along with him, allowing them to share in this evil craziness.
A frightening Leontes indeed; but Griessmeyer is just as captivating when he moves into comedy as an amazingly over-the top Autolycus, delighting in his own prowess at villany —“what a fool honesty is!”— and not above a self-deprecating remark or two about his situation and his future.
Sometimes marred and occasionally enhanced by the extremely loud ongoing flapping of the Payomet tent in the high wind thoughout the performance, the play moves the audience from gasps of surprise and even fear to delighted laughter.

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Mama and Her Boys

July 16, 2011 7:52 pm0 comments

alt After a sold-out winter premiere at the Cape Rep Theater in Brewster, the musical revue Mama and Her Boys kicks off a summer run in Provincetown with a fun, fresh, and heartfelt exploration of a mother’s love.
Starring Wendy Watson, Ethan Paulini, and Christopher Sidoli, who all also conceived and created the show, Mama and Her Boys is a clever and creative cabaret show featuring Broadway standards, pop songs, folk tunes, and several surprises. Though there is no dialogue, the show tells a sweet and tender story through its structure and the choice of songs. With everything from ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” to Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” to “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from Gypsy, Mama and Her Boys tells the story of a fiercely devoted mother, who’s a bit of diva, and her two loving gay sons who are about to leave home and start lives of their own, leaving Mama to decide what to do with her own.

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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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