Amahl, Night Visitors Bring Hope to Stage

Tonight is the benefit opening of Island Theatre Workshop, Inc.’s latest production, Gian Carlo Menotti’s beloved family opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. in the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

Fourth Graders Take Over Vineyard Playhouse

A trio of ten-year-olds crowded the ticket booth of the Vineyard Playhouse last week, earnestly peddling imaginary tickets to playhouse employee Geneva Monks. This was their dress rehearsal, preparation for last Saturday’s production of Cave Critters Unite, the play created by Bridget Mello’s class at the Edgartown School for their part in the playhouse’s Fourth Grade Theatre Project.

Oak Bluffs School Rubs the Lamp

Oak Bluffs School Rubs the Lamp

Bringing the Bard to Today’s Groundlings

T here is probably not a soul — not even an Oxford don who’s written his umpteenth thesis on King Lear — who takes Shakespeare so seriously that he can’t enjoy a little fooling around with the canon. Nothing is sacred when it comes to Shakespeare, even though hordes in every generation of theatregoers since the bard lived and wrote (up until he died in 1616) have pretty fairly worshipped him.

Three Short Plays Are Long on Island Talent on Script and Stage

Once and for all can the question be answered: Can we go home again? Playwrights from Chekhov to Wilder have renewed the debate and, of course, the answer will always have to be Maybe, depending on the place and who was — and may still be — in it.

A Wonderful Life: Rejoicing on the Radio

C hristmastime is predictable: swirls of white lights; favorite carols that young kids first learn as Chet’s Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire and Hark the Harold Angels Sing; dustings of snow, real in the East, fake in the West; and the viewing of classic Christmas movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart. For the past two Christmases, the Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven has mounted a delightful production of It’s a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play (written by Philip Grecian).

Small Town Deals With Hate: Showing on Stages Worldwide

In the small town where he lived, there is no memorial to Matthew Shepard. The fence post where he, an openly gay man of 21, hung dying for some 18 hours, tied up after being pistol-whipped, has been torn down. The bar from which he was lured to his murder is gone.

Four Decades Later, The Island Theatre Workshop Comes Home

The Island’s oldest players, the self-described vagabonds of Island Theatre Workshop, have found a home. After 41 years on an endless Vineyard shuffle, the troupe aims to set up shop in the cozy building on Music street in West Tisbury that housed the town’s library for 100 years.

After-Christmas Carol

After-Christmas Carol

A Wonderful Life, a Playhouse Tradition

Live radio returns to the Vineyard Playhouse, as It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play makes its second consecutive showing as the annual family holiday production. The popular play is based on the Frank Capra film, adapted by Philip Grecian and directed by playhouse artistic director, MJ Bruder Munafo.

This classic tale plays for ten more performances, and one was last night. Shows are Thursdays through Mondays, through Dec. 21 at the playhouse in downtown Vineyard Haven.