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Cape Cod Playhouse

A Must See for Cape Cod Theater Lovers

The Cape Playhouse, also known as The Cape Cod Playhouse is a gem for theater buffs- is the oldest summer theatre production company in the United States. It's known as the birthplace of the stars, since many legendary actors of the screen like Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, Humphrey Bogart, Jule Harris and Jane Fonda performed there early in their careers.

Founded in 1927, the Cape Playhouse is in its 84th season and always has a great line up of plays, musicals and comedies. Originally a Unitarian Meeting House, the Cape Cod Playhouse still uses the original pews (if you have a delicated bottom, and even though they are cushioned, you may have to volley from one cheek to the next to stay comfortable).

Shows routinely sell out so if you want to see a particular show, be sure to book your tickets early. It can get very warm inside the Playhouse because they don't have air-conditioning- best to dress lightly and bring a sweater or light jacket.

Though you're less likely to see the household names of Hollywood, you'll still see some terrific performances of Broadway plays and shows at a fraction of the cost.

This year, An Evening with Lucille Ball, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Graduate, Crazy for You and Unnecessary Face are scheduled for production. www.capeplayhouse.com

You'll also find the Cape Cinema built three years after the Cape Playhouse opened. Modeled after the fa├žade of the Congregational Church in Centerville, Mass, its vaulted ceiling is what you ought to focus on.

Controversial American artist Rockwell Kent designed and painted the mural at his studio in New York. Kent hired a scenic artist to install the murals because after he believed the State wrongly convicted and executed Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco after they were found guilty of armed robbery.

The mural is spectacular so make sure arrive early so you can enjoy the "modernistic, symbolistic concept of the heavens" complete with comets, constellations and cherubs floating through the clouds. Somehow the white clothed seats add to the experience and so does the reasonable snack bar.

The Cinema runs Independent films and Live simulcasts from the MET in NYC. Visit Their Website www.capecinema.com



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