Best Summer Theater Productions On The South Shore & Cape Cod

April 8, 2013 6:00 AM

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The South Shore and Cape are full of artistic communities that come together to provide theater entertainment during the summer. Most productions along that stretch are community driven, affordable and fun. The lines are shorter, the drinks less expensive and the atmosphere more relaxed than in the big city. Wear your flip-flops and t-shirt straight from one of many sandy beaches and have a nice bite at a local restaurant after the show.
(Photo Credit:The Company Theatre)

(Photo Credit:The Company Theatre)

The Company Theatre
30 Accord Park Drive
Norwell, MA 02061
(781) 871-2787

Dates: July 26 to Aug. 28, 2013

“Spamalot” is the theater equivalent of television and movie comedy from the inexorably brilliant Monty Python comedy team. It riffs on the team’s most popular film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” It differs from the film in a great many ways, but is consistent in the silliness of the humor that made the “Monty Python” film so lovable. There is fish slapping, singing, dancing, medieval hi-jinks and even a brief voice recording courtesy of John Cleese at the start of the show.

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“5 Women Wearing the Same Dress”
Bay Players at First Parish Church
842 Tremont St.
Duxbury, MA 02332
(781) 361-2453

Dates: June 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2013

A comedy strongly geared toward women, “5 Women Wearing the Same Dress” is a piece about bonding in spite of apparent differences and seeing beyond that which is immediately evident. Several of the show’s characters never appear on stage, but those that do are a colorful bunch with strong opinions about each other, the wedding reception that is happening downstairs from the play’s setting, the bride and much more. The “Same Dress” referred to in the title are their matching bridesmaid dresses which symbolize the similarities they share and their realization that none of them is particularly like the bride for which they showed up to support.

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(Photo credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre at South Shore Music Circus
130 Sohier St.
Cohasset, MA 02025
(781) 383-9850

Date: Aug. 1, 2013

Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre gives talented children the chance to learn and grow while putting on wonderful family plays. In this case, the long-beloved tale of “Aladdin” is in Cohasset for one day only. This show is certainly a family affair with its adorable characters, colorful sets, humorous adaptations and youthful cast. This is a great way to take in some summer theater, support some local children and have a fun family day all at once.

Related: Best Family Theater Around Boston

(Photo Credit: Cape Playhouse)

(Photo Credit: Cape Playhouse)

“Sweet Charity”
Cape Playhouse
820 Route 6A
Dennis Village, MA 02638
(877) 385-3911

Dates: July 8 to July 20, 2013

The Cape Playhouse is located in idyllic Dennis Village on Cape Cod. Take the day to explore the beaches, soak up some sun and grab some seafood by the shore before heading to an evening at the theater. “Sweet Charity” is the story of the saccharinely-named Charity Hope Valentine, a bubbly gal that keeps dating the wrong guys. It is set in New York City and has elements of music, dance and comedy. With Charity being a dance hall girl, dancing is one of the focuses of the show, which is something of a change from summer productions further inland.

(Photo Credit: Curtain Call Theatre)

(Photo Credit: Curtain Call Theatre)

Curtain Call Theatre
182 Commercial St.
Braintree, MA 02184
(781) 356-5113

Dates: May 2-4, 2013

Just before summer begins, the Curtain Call Theatre is putting on a play that shines a spotlight on one of the most embarrassing events in United States history. United States President Richard Nixon has been caught in a cover-up scandal that shocked the world. He has resigned. Host David Frost sees a chance to capitalize on the Watergate Scandal and invites the former president to do a series of interviews. The rest is history and good theater.

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