Summer Stages In New England
By R. J. Donovan
Summertime and the theater's easy.
Okay, sorry about that ( . . . and apologies to George and Ira. And DuBose Heyward, too.)
The warm months signal a flood of summer entertainment throughout New England -- whether it's in a barn in the hills of New Hampshire or an amphitheater along the banks of The Charles.
The history of theater throughout New England is a colorful one. The Cape Playhouse in Dennis proudly claims the title of oldest professional summer theater in New England. Western Massachusetts is the home of The Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Berkshire Theatre Festival, while New Hampshire boasts The New London Barn Playhouse, Maine offers The Ogunquit Playhouse (above) and Vermont beckons with the Dorset Playhouse, among many others.
For many companies, summer entertainment means lighthearted comedies and musicals. Whether it's an old chestnut like "Guys & Dolls" or new favorites like "Urinetown," you can just kick back and relax. A few groups, however, are tackling more ambitious titles like "I Am My Own Wife." Shakespeare will also be on the menu.
So fire up the Yahoo Map option and take a look at a brief sampling of what's onstage around New England.
Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans
Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield
Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge
Cape Cod Theatre Project in Falmouth
Cape Cod Repertory Theatre in East
Cape Cod Playhouse in Dennis
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on
Gloucester Stage Company in Gloucester
North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly
The Publick Theatre in Boston's Christian
Turtle Lane Playhouse in Newton
Shakespeare and Company in Lenox
Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown
The Barnstormers in Tamworth
New London Barn Playhouse in New London
Peterborough Players in Peterborough
Seacoast Repertory in Portsmouth
Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield
Arcadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville
Arundel Barn Playhouse in Arundel
Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick
Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick
Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit
The Theatre at Monmouth in Monmouth
Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset
Weston Playhouse in Weston
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