For 40 Years, a Standing Ovation
Julia Rappaport

Twenty years ago, a quiet nonprofit organization celebrated its 20th anniversary in signature humble style.

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All the World’s A Stage at Tashmoo
Holly Nadler

Every summer the Vineyard Playhouse presents a Shakespeare play in the al fresco amphitheatre at the Tashmoo Overlook in Vineyard Haven, and those in the know about one of the very “funnest” things to do in the high season, are on hand to appreciate it.

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Vineyard Playhouse Develops Shows With Legs

Vineyard Playhouse patrons might be forgiven for a feeling of deja vu when viewing the lineup of mainstage shows Cambridge’s new Central Square Theatre selected for its first season. Two shows opened this past weekend — QED: An Evening with Richard Feynman and Coming Up for Air, An AutoJazzography — and both productions were developed on the stage on Church street, Vineyard Haven.

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Political Satire Steps Into Double Time

In the lull between the primaries and the conventions, get a double dose of political satire on the Vineyard this weekend. Skip the fundraisers (they are so last weekend) and see musical satirists the Capitol Steps Saturday at the Tabernacle at 8 p.m., before catching comedian, political satirist and author of The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing, Will Durst, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Sunday, July 27, at 7 p.m.

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End Days: Wacky Comedy Works Wildly Well in Post-9/11 World
Holly Nadler

Rachel Stein’s dad, Arthur (Adam Heller), after 9/11, had a freak out beyond everyone else’s freak out, but he had a certifiable right to it: One of the infamous planes flew into his office at the Twin Towers. While Arthur somehow muddled into a stairwell and was shepherded out by a fellow with a flashlight, the 65 employees who worked under him were not so lucky. Since then — and the action of the play takes place in 2003 — Arthur has not changed out of his pajamas and he’s starting to, well, stink.

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Sing? Dance? Act Silly? It’s Blowout Variety Night

It’s another blowout variety night! See what happens on Monday, July 21, at 8 p.m. at Katharine Cornell Theatre (second floor of Tisbury Town Hall) on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

This annual extravaganza welcomes the audience on a first come, first seated basis; there are no reservations. And there’s a special ticket price, just for you: $9.99.

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Dance, Opera, Kids Classes Part of Yard Festival

Yard Arts! this weekend kicks off its third year of presenting dance, theater, music and opera on Martha’s Vineyard, which runs from July 13 to Sept. 21.

This year is a bittersweet one for The Yard, its first summer season without founder Patricia N. Nanon, who passed away in February. Her legacy continues with those at The Yard committed to her vision of nurturing and supporting the art of choreography and the growth of individual artists, thanks to her generous gift last year of the Chilmark land and buildings The Yard calls home.

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Mondays at Vineyard Playhouse Begin With Some Tony Reading

Vineyard Playhouse artistic director M.J. Bruder Munafo kicks off the theater’s popular summer series of new work — the Monday Night Special — with Expatriate, a new play by Bill C. Davis and starring Tony award-winning actress Frances Sternhagen.

The staged reading of Expatriate, directed by Mr. Davis, will be held on Monday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church street in downtown Vineyard Haven.

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New Love Meets Old in the Middle
Holly Nadler

Einstein alluded to it, and the quantum physicist and 1-800 medium alike declare it openly: linear time is way less real than we think it is. In Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown’s song-cycle musical, The Last Five Years, chronological time goes by the board as, in a clever device that turns the love story on its head, time moves forward from the man’s perspective, backwards from the woman’s.

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Old Love Runs Like Water Over Levees
Holly Nadler

The lights go out and the theatre is dark for a preternaturally long time. The sound of gushing water engulfs us, and we’re savvy enough about the events of August 30, 2005, in New Orleans to know that this is the 18-foot wall of water funneling down the streets of all the neighborhoods fanning out from the levees of Lake Ponchatrain.

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