‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ to open Rep’s 46th season

MOUNT DESERT — “Tuesdays with Morrie,” by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, adapted from Albom’s book, will be performed by the Acadia Repertory Theatre players in the Somesville Masonic Hall on June 26 and run through July 8.

Mike Kissin and David Blais will play the lead roles. In the play, “when Professor Morrie Schwartz receives a diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, an appearance on ‘Nightline’ leads to a reunion with his old favorite student, Mitch, and what starts as a weekly visit turns into a master class on the meaning of life,” said a release from the theater.

The second show of the season, British playwright George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” will open on July 10. In this classic play, Professor Henry Higgins, a linguist, takes on flower-seller Eliza Doolittle, promising to transform her into a member of upper-class society. Mary Paola will play Doolittle, and Dustin Whitehead, who played Pastor Paul in last year’s production of “The Christians,” will play Higgins. The show will run until July 22.

Christopher Durang’s Pulitzer prize-winning comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will start its three-week run on July 24. In the play, siblings Vanya and Sonia have lived in the family home in rural Pennsylvania their whole lives. When their sister, Masha, who left and became a movie star, returns with her young companion, Spike, family friction results. The play is a “very fresh 21st-century comedy” “as much ‘I Love Lucy’ as it is Anton Chekhov, whose classic plays are referenced throughout.”

Closing out the season will be Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” A thriller and a comedy at the same time, this play takes “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and gives it a “fast-paced, zingy treatment.” “Baskerville” opens Aug. 14 and closes Sept. 2.

The Children’s Theatre Series returns for a 32nd year with Cheryl Willis’ adaptation of “Cinderella.” Willis’ adaptation draws as much from the old Grimm Tales version of the story as the Disney version. It is presented in a “presentational style,” and the show should “seem both familiar and surprising at the same time.” The show is not just for children. “The last thing you want at a children’s show is a restless adult,” said Willis. “Cinderella” opens Wednesday, June 27, and runs every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the season at 10:30 a.m. except July 4.

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