Shakespeare for the Masses: All’s Well That Ends Well

Looking for easy-to-digest entertainment after stuffing yourself on stuffing? Tonight and tomorrow night, Shakespeare for the Masses will present a free, script-in-hand performance of the Bard’s spiciest “problem play,” All’s Well That Ends Well at the Vineyard Playhouse.

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Limon Dancers Dedicate Next Season to Founder of The Yard

The renowned Limón Dance Company will dedicate its coming season to the founder of the Chilmark dance colony, The Yard, the late Patricia Nanon.

The dedication was announced shortly after President Bush awarded The JoséLimón Dance Foundation with a 2008 National Medal of Arts for Lifetime Achievement in a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 17

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Radio Play Auditions

Radio Play Auditions

The Vineyard Playhouse is holding open auditions today, Friday, Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. for the supporting roles in Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life–The Radio Play by Philip Grecian. Auditions are at the playhouse, 24 Church street in Vineyard Haven, for older teens, men and women, plus children ages 11-14. The show runs two weekends from Dec. 12 to 21. For details, call 508-693-6450, extension 18.

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Seussian Entertainments

Seussian Entertainments

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is playing at the Wang Theatre, and the Edgartown Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip to see Wholhillation in Boston. Enjoy this Broadway spectacular, an Italian family-style lunch at Vinny T’s and shopping time at Copley Place. The trip is set for Dec. 4. The cost is $105 per person for orchestra seating, center stage. Organizers say it is guaranteed to be a great time with lots of surprises, so don’t wait because tickets will sell out. For details, call 508-420-5288

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Playwrights Competition Seeks Entrants: Cash Prize

The third annual full-length playwright competition is now open for playwrights on the Cape and Islands. Sponsored by Eventide Arts Inc., the contest will award a $1,000 Kaplan prize to one play selected by the judges. The winning play will have a staged reading next June in West Dennis.

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High School Students Working Miracles

Many Islanders are unaware that Helen Keller often visited Martha’s Vineyard decades ago as the guest of Katharine Cornell. She stayed at Chip Chop on Tashmoo, where, according to a 1968 letter written to former Gazette editor Henry Beetle Hough by Ms. Keller’s nurse-companion Winifred Corbally, she “loved to bathe in the ‘sea.’”

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Macbeth Witches Toil and Trouble on the Double

To every play there is a season, and Halloween is the perfect season for Shakespeare’s creepiest, witchiest play: The Tragedy of Macbeth. And so, tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m., The Vineyard Playhouse’s Shakespeare for the Masses project will offer a free, script-in-hand presentation of “the Scottish Play,” as actors superstitiously refer to it.

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Bravo to Theatre Maestro Linda Berg

Island Theatre Workshop is celebrating Linda Berg’s achievements as director of the Children’s Theatre program for the past three years and as music director for the 13 preceding years. Festivities will take place at the Sailing Camp on Barnes Road on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 from 2 to 5 p.m.

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School Performance Day

School Performance Day

The members of performing arts classes at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School will be participating in a performance day on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the high school. Parents and the public are invited to this concert.

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Thrift, Thrift Horatio! It’s Free Bard

If the word Hamlet makes you think, Mel Gibson; if you’ve heard of Othello but never seen it; if you know there are witches in Macbeth but aren’t sure what they do ... then the gang at The Vineyard Playhouse has a tempting offer for you: give them an evening and they’ll give you the Bard — free of charge.

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