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Poetry Cafe Honors Judith Neeld

Vineyard Gazette

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Singer Molly Conole’s calendar is wicked full

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Molly Conole is busy. She’s a producer, director, singer, playwright, lyricist, and composer with different shows coming up at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in February, March, April, and May. In May, Conole will star in her new one-woman-show, “Seaglass, Quilts & Song: Life in Pieces,” which she is pretty much creating soup to nuts, with MJ Bruder Munafo, Playhouse artistic and executive director, taking on the role of director.


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Cleaveland House poets honor one of their own

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

On Thursday, Feb. 14, the Cleaveland House Poets and the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will honor Judith Neeld with a celebration of her work at the Playhouse’s monthly Poetry Cafe.


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Wit and wisdom (at Jenny’s Drama Salon)

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Jenny’s Drama Salons at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse are a refreshing find in the off-season.


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Shakespeare for the Masses; Where Mayhem and Madness Meet

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

True to form, Chris Brophy played a sneering, scheming Richard with a spectacularly short fuse during last weekend’s performances by the Shakespeare for the Masses troupe.


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Here comes the Bard

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Shakespeare for the Masses brings serious off-season fun to the Playhouse.


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At Home Behind the Lens

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Albert O. Fischer has spent nearly all of his life on Martha’s Vineyard, where he was born in 1949. Yet it was his one year away from the Island, when he was drafted into the infantry fighting in the Vietnam War, that set Mr. Fischer on his path to becoming an award-winning photographer of Vineyard scenes.


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Albert O. Fischer Photo Show

Vineyard Gazette

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Wicked Good And a Splash of Youth Too

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

The program notes were clear: Four singers and two pianists were on the bill for 2019’s first Wicked Good Musical Revue at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. But, as soprano and musical director Molly Conole would soon sing in Gooch’s Song from Mame by Jerry Herman: “You left something out!”


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The Year in Arts on Martha’s Vineyard 2018

Vineyard Gazette

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Theater in review: Taking the stage

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

This past year, as always, local arts organizations provided a fabulous summer of entertainment in all forms. From theater to dance, to comedy and literary talks, Vineyarders had plenty of options.


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Always in season

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

MJ Bruder Munafo, artistic director of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, has a catchphrase she likes to use, “The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse — where the off season is the on season.”


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A Truly Vineyard Theatrical Tribute

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

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Theatrical Tribute to Garson Kanin

Vineyard Gazette

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In Theatrical Stag’s Leap, Poetry of Pain Leaps Off the Page

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Most readers — and there have been many since the book won both the Pulitzer and TS Eliot 2013 prizes for poetry — have come to Stag’s Leap individually, through the printed work. Far fewer people have had the chance to hear the poetry in a theatrical performance of Stag’s Leap that visited the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.


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When the World Goes Crazy, Art Is Sane Alternative

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

After a sold-out first reading of her play Dystopian Daze last September at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, actress and playwright Brooke Adams went back to work on the black comedy she wrote in response to America’s turn toward authoritarianism.


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Blending theater and poetry in ‘Stag’s Leap’

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

A theater company from Salt Lake City will bring a unique theater experience to the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse this weekend.


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Delusion by Proxy

Vineyard Gazette Arts Brief

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Brooke Adams’ ‘Delusion by Proxy’ hits close to home

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

The dark comedy, which will be presented as a staged reading by the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse this weekend, is called “Delusion by Proxy” — a reference to a psychiatric syndrome in which delusions are shared by one or more individuals.


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Playhouse set designer exhibits work of a different kind

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Pegnato is getting a chance to show another side of her work with an exhibit featuring her paintings in the Art Space in the Playhouse’s lobby.


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Playhouse Set Designer Takes Turn at Center Stage

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

At the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Lisa Pegnato plays a key role that never requires her to step in front of the audience.


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‘The Room Where I Was Held’ takes a page out of today’s newspapers

by Pat Waring, The MV Times

The tense and chilling drama weaves ideas of family, politics, values, idealism, and life and death together in a story that twists and turns from ominous beginning to shocking conclusion.


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Debut Playwright Is Seasoned Storyteller

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

The sound of Arabic music is the first hint that this is a different kind of drama. Just how different is revealed gradually, through a series of revelations that add up to a suspenseful evening with a shocking conclusion.


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Edvard Munch Is More Than the Scream, Much More

by Noah Asimow, Vineyard Gazette

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‘Dear Edvard’

by Kate Feiffer, MV Times

Munch is coming to the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.


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Fred J. Hancock exhibit showcases the shape of shadows

by Brooks Robards, MV Times

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“Chilmark” Review

by Pat Waring, MV Times

The unique and moving drama “Chilmark,” making its world premiere at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, suggests that all was not always so peaceful and safe in that up-Island community...


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Winds of Change on Stage Through Lens of Chilmark’s Deaf Community

by Steve Myrick, Vineyard Gazette

“I wanted to set it at a time when things were changing,” Ms. Rush said “There were a lot of things changing in the education of the deaf. There was the end of the whaling industry. Steel and oil and all those things were changing America. So it seemed like a seminal time in American history to set the play.”


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All the World Truly Is a Stage for the Fabulists

by Katherine Gianni, Vineyard Gazette

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Angela Davis Looms Large in New Theatrical Memoir

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

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(Angela’s Mixtape) Coming of age

by Pat Waring, The MV Times

A strong female cast takes the stage in ‘Angela’s Mixtape.’


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This ‘Hamlet’ is for everyone

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Tisbury Amphitheater is the perfect place to rediscover Shakespeare’s classic.


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Hamlet in the Amphitheater; a Woodsy Venue for a Meaty Role

by Noah Asimow, Vineyard Gazette

On July 18, Hamlet opens at the Tisbury Amphitheater, with Scott Barrow playing the titular role. Mr. Barrow, a playhouse veteran, has spent time on the Vineyard since he was a youngster, and has family ties to the Island that go back generations.


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Passionata at the Playhouse; A Tale of Farcical Proportions

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Passionata takes aim—with a decidedly 21st-century eye—at age-old conventions of marriage, property and heredity, while never giving up on the potential of true love.


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Passionata is no shrinking violet

by Pat Waring, The MV Times

Despite many nods to its Edwardian farce heritage, the show is as vibrantly up-to-date as any Hollywood romcom, but far more clever.


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Playhouse Revs Up Summer Season

The Vineyard Gazette

Click on the Now Playing tab on the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse website and what comes up is a little like a virtual version of Five Corners in August. The schedule is robust.


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Embracing the Theatre of Life

by Mollie Doyle, Vineyard Gazette

It’s June 5 and MJ Bruder Munafo has her running shoes on. In just a few weeks the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will begin its summer season and rehearsals begin today.


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Gwyn McAllister channels George Bernard Shaw in ‘Passionata’

by Holly Nadler, The MV Times

The green rose, a fictional flower, provides a rich McAllister-assisted mythology at the heart of the romance.


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Fishing is the best medicine

by Janet Messineo

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Martha’s Vineyard: Down-Island Travel Guide

Boston Magazine

“The Vineyard Playhouse, in Vineyard Haven, always has something worth attending. It’s a real gem to be able to go to the theater and see such high-quality shows.”


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Turning Life’s Curveballs Into Art

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

When Jenny Allen performs at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse this weekend, she’s bringing her acclaimed one-woman show full circle to its original stage.


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I Got Sick Then I Got Better in the MV Times


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Connecting The Dots

by Gwyn McAllister, MV Times

Throughout the month of May, around 40 of Jack Ryan’s original drawings will be on display at the playhouse.


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Island playhouse adds solo shows

by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Cod Times

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven will run a new series of solo performances on weekends through May that offers often humorous female perspectives on life milestones.


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In My Own Little Corner at Playhouse

Vineyard Gazette

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Long History of Caring Makes Vineyard a Disability Paradise

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

For some VIP members, the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse has become a regular hangout. People with disabilities are part of the volunteer usher staff and in March, the lobby art show was dedicated to work by VIP members.


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Going Solo

Playhouse provides one-person shows during the month of May.
By Gwyn McAllister, MV Times

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Coming Attractions

Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse announces summer lineup with three world premieres, one regional premiere, and a playhouse first.
By Brittany Bowker, MV Times

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Sarah Moore featured at the M.V. Playhouse ArtSpace

by Gwyn McAllister, MV Times

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A Very Important Exhibit (by Vineyard Independence Partnership)

by Connie Berry

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