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LAUGH LINES AUDITIONS
posted December 07, 2017 in Auditions, Jobs, News

LAUGH LINES - NANTUCKET AUDITIONS

Looking for something fun to do in the off-season?

Join other Nantucket actors in a series of funny one-act plays.

Prior acting experience not necessary - join us on the stage!

DECEMBER 13, 2107

     TIME:  6 pm - 8 pm

     LOCATION:  Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

DECEMBER 16, 2107

     TIME:  Noon - 2 pm

     LOCATION:  Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

DIRECTOR:  Jack Bulger

REHEARSAL DATES: February 2018 (Specific Dates TBD)

PERFORMANCE DATES: March 2, 2018 - March 17, 2018

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REVIEW: TWN’S “SOUND OF MUSIC” REMAINS RELEVANT - INQUIRER AND MIRROR - NOVEMBER 22, 2017
posted November 22, 2017 in News

By William Ferrall, Contributing Writer

What makes “The Sound of Music” endure as an exemplar of musical theater unfolds with conviction in its current production at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.

The solemn opening preludium flows from the nuns’ chorus of crystal- clear voices, then is leavened by Maria’s rendition of the familiar theme song. An animated “Maria” follows, setting the stage for her conflict and leading us to the von Trapp household. By play’s end, we’re emotionally all in for the Trapps to survive the sturm und drang of the German army advancing to their doorstep, with startling onstage reminders of Nazi armbands and banners.

This irresistible story of perseverance and courage, told with few diversions, and underscored by unforgettable melodies and lyrics, continues to find fans.TWN delivers superbly for its audiences, with some of the finest singing voices ever heard on Nantucket stages by a mixed professional and volunteer company.We’re reminded how satisfying it can be to hear live voices to captivate and touch us.

For those who’ve forgotten or might not know, the origins of “The Sound of Music” started decades before its Broadway debut 58 years ago. Originally conceived as a straight play, writers Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse changed many details of the actual Trapp family story for dramatic effect. Producers brought on board the accomplished musical-theater team of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein ll to add original songs, which evolved into a complete, new musical.

Hammerstein died in 1960, but Rodgers added the songs 'I Have Confidence' and 'Something Good' for the 1965 movie version. Sometimes omitted from staged versions of “The Sound of Music,” both are heard in the Nantucket production, along with heart-warmers “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,”“Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and more.

“The Sound of Music” continues to be a paragon of musical theater. Critics first disparaged the new musical, with New York Times reviewer Brooks Atkinson calling it “hackneyed” and an example of “. . . the American stage succumbing to the clichés of operetta.”

Forget the naysayers then and now.

TWN director Justin Cerne and his cast, especially those in leading roles, add nuances that distinguish this “Sound of Music” from misguided or run-of-the-mill versions.

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REVIEW: “VIRGINIA WOOLF” PACKS IMPRESSIVE BITE - THE INQUIRER AND MIRROR - SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
posted September 14, 2017 in News

By William Ferrall, Contributing Writer

Don’t fear seeing “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. There’s a lot of bite in this impressive production of one of the greatest plays of the 20th century.

For fans of daytime TV serials, the “soaps” as they’re known, it’s a chance to see vivid and engaging performances by award-winning actors Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman, the colorful pair of Reva and Josh on the long-running CBS drama “Guiding Light.”

Edward Albee’s dark masterpiece puts him and the play in the pantheon of modern American drama with Eugene O’Neil, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. Despite its three-hour length and unrelenting acrimony, this faithful rendering of Albee’s masterful script, with fine performances by four skilled actors, demands that an avid theater-goer not miss it.

When considering a staged production of “Woolf,” let’s dismiss with the elephant in the room: a bright pink elephant in the context of the play’s alcohol-fueled action. Don’t expect a replication of the famed award-winning movie version. In truth, many prominent actors have played the roles in many different major stage productions. TWN’s rendition of “Woolf” would rank among the best.

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REVIEW: TWN’S “MAMMA MIA!” AN ACTION-PACKED MUSICAL ROMP - THE INQUIRER AND MIRROR - JULY 13, 2017
posted July 13, 2017 in News

By Jim Sulzer, Contributing Writer

For this year’s peak summer season, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket has put all its eggs in one basket – the musical “Mamma Mia!” – and they seem destined to turn to solid gold.

Even for someone like me who is not a big ABBA fan, “Mamma Mia!” is a pleasure-packed, briskly-paced romp, with scintillating singing and dancing, crisp acting, foot-stomping show tunes, a creative set and some outlandishly-beautiful lighting design. If you happen to be a lover of ABBA’s music, well, you’ll be over the moon.

Theatre Workshop artistic director Justin Cerne, who directed and choreographed the show, writes in the “Director’s Note” of his special love for ABBA, and his affinity for the Swedish pop group’s songs permeates every corner of the show.The production is coherent, joyful and highly entertaining.

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REVIEW: TWN’S ONE-MAN “FULLY COMMITTED” NON-STOP FUN - THE INQUIRER AND MIRROR - JUNE 15, 2017
posted June 15, 2017 in News

By Jim Sulzer, Contributing Writer

As you walk away from Theatre Workshop of Nantucket’s hilarious, don’t-miss production of Becky Mode’s inventive comedy “Fully Committed,” you may ask yourself: Was that really just one actor?

It’s hard to believe, but it truly is just one actor: the endlessly-versatile Daniel Quadrino. In this scintillating one-person show, Quadrino creates not only one quite likable main character, but also dozens of colorful supporting characters, through 80 minutes of non-stop fun under the insightful, creative direction of Gina Rattan.

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REVIEW - TWN’S “BAREFOOT” STILL RELEVANT - THE INQUIRER AND MIRROR - MAY 18, 2017
posted May 19, 2017 in News

TWN’s “Barefoot” Still Relevant

By Jim Sulzer, Contributing Writer

            Theatre Workshop of Nantucket’s production of “Barefoot in the Park,” which opened last week at Bennett Hall, is a high-energy exploration of the simmering tensions of a newly-married couple in Manhattan in the early 1960’s.

            The first major hit by the superb comic dramatist Neil Simon, this 1963 play now seems to come from a different era than ours. It remains relevant and enjoyable, however, because of Simon’s extraordinary facility for clever plotting and dialogue and – in this production – because of the very talented cast that TWN has brought together, under the confident direction of Justin Cerne.

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REVIEW - TWN’S “MERE MORTALS” WITTY, EDGY FUN - The Inquirer and Mirror - March 30, 2017
posted April 03, 2017 in News

TWN’S "MERE MORTALS" WITTY, EDGY FUN

By Jim Sulzer, Contributing Writer

Theatre Workshop of Nantucket has brought forth the perfect antidote to the chilly, gray days of early spring: "Mere Mortals," a series of brilliant one-act pays by the master of short form, playwright David Ives.

Acted and directed with energy, wite and impeccable timing, the eight short plays deliver bushels of laughter as they pursue their provacative, sometimes edgy conceits to the outermost borders of absurdity and hilarity.

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TWN Announces 2017 Season
posted November 03, 2016 in News

November 3rd, 2016 - Theatre Workshop of Nantucket announced their 2017 season of MainStage productions at Bennett Hall. In addition to five MainStage productions, Theatre Workshop will continue to collaborate and produce many other events throughout 2017, including the Staged Reading Series with the Nantucket Athenuem, LUNAFEST 2017, and other to be announced special events. 

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REVIEW: TWN’s “Venus in Fur” an edgy tour de force - Inquirer & Mirror
posted July 18, 2016 in News

TWN’s "Venus in Fur" an edgy tour de force

By Jim Sulzer

Contributing Writer The acclaimed playwright David Ives treats audiences to a show of almost preternatural cleverness in his one-act play "Venus in Fur," now being performed at Centre Stage in a gripping Theatre Workshop of Nantucket production of this twocharacter tour de force. "Venus in Fur" is many things at once, but at its most basic level it’s an edgy drama about the twists and turns of a struggle for domination and submission between Thomas, a successful playwright/director, and Vanda, an out-of-work actress.

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REVIEW: Delightful Remix of Neil Simon Classic-The Odd Couple- Yesterday’s Island/Today’s Nantucket
posted June 02, 2016 in News

Delightful Remix of a Neil Simon Classic - The odd couple

By Rebecca Nimerfroh

We all have that one friend. She’s single. She’s messy. And when you go over to her house the only thing in her fridge are condiments. And we all have that other friend. She’s married. She’s a neat freak. And she thinks she’s Martha Stewart or at least pretends to be on Facebook. Now, what if these two friends moved in together for a week, a month, or even a day or two? It would be pretty funny, right? That is the basis for this hilarious comedy, The Odd Couple, a Neil Simon classic that has been repeated in theme ever since its original debut in 1965. We’ve seen it a thousand times, whether its with two very different cousins in the eighties sitcom Perfect Strangers, or simply redone for today’s television with actors Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon on CBS. The gist of the humor never ages, even as the play itself continues to do so. And here, for Nantucket audiences only, we are FINALLY gifted with a female version, a delightful re-mix using the play’s original language and lending it to the female voice of 2016.

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REVIEW: “The Odd Couple” a night of non-stop laughs - Inquirer & Mirror
posted June 02, 2016 in News

"The Odd Couple" a night of non-stop laughs

By Jim Sulzer

Contributing Writer Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’ burst onto Broadway in the mid-1960s with its wildly entertaining tale of two recently-divorced dads, the slovenly Oscar and the fastidious Felix. The play cemented Simon’s place as one of our greatest comic playwrights, garnering a Tony award and spawning a movie and popular TV series.

In 1985, Simon penned a new version of the play with female leads, conceived along similar lines, with names that echo the original: the slapdash Olive and the meticulous Florence. Rewrites such as this often don’t work – they can seem stale and derivative – but happily, Simon’s writing in the new version is equal to the original, and in some scenes is superior. Theatre Workshop of Nantucket has wisely chosen t o perform this version, and its new production is terrific, generating non-stop laughs and some moments of outright hilarity. The acting by the female leads and supporting cast is consistently strong, the direction by artistic director Justin Cerne is adroit, and the result is another must-see show for TWN.

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REVIEW: Strong cast, writing drive “Relatively Speaking” - Inquirer & Mirror
posted March 24, 2016 in News

TWN season-opener at Bennett Hall through April 3

By Jim Sulzer

“Relatively Speaking,” Theatre Workshop of Nantucket’s “winter show” for 2016, is a sizzling comedy featuring short plays by three brilliant and stylish writers: Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen. The talented cast, described as “all-local” in the credits, does some fine ensemble work, playing off each other with verve and intelligence, and delivering laughs by the bushel.

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Meryl Streep joins TWN’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
posted March 01, 2016 in News

March 1, 2016 - Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN) announced today that three-time Academy Award winner and nineteen-time Academy Award Nominee Meryl Streep will appear at a special benefit cabaret on Saturday, July 30th at the Nantucket Hotel and Resort.  The evening will pay tribute to TWN’s 60 years of performing on the island. “On With The Show - A 60th Anniversary Cabaret”, will feature theatre songs and stories starring Streep, John Shea, TWN’s Artistic Director Emeritus, and actor/director Joe Grifasi, who will recreate the cabaret group they formed while classmates at Yale.

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A Christmas Carol
posted October 07, 2015 in News

Theatre Workshop of Nantucket announced today that A Christmas Carol, The Musical, music by Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Little Shop of Horrors) and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, and Once On This Island) has been added to Theatre Workshop’s schedule of events.    A Christmas Carol will be produced in place of the previously scheduled Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Performances will run at Bennett Hall on November 20th – December 13th as previously scheduled.

A Christmas Carol, The Musical is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' novella of the same name, considered a classic Christmas story. The creators were drawn together by the desire to make a show that could appeal to children and families to experience live theatre. As Mike Ockrent said in his original director's note, "I hope that kids and families will experience the same thrill I had all those years ago of enjoying the show and the wonderful reminder that nothing need remain the same, that within us all we have the capacity to share, communicate and love each other.

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