By the Dark of the Moon

When: July 15-27, 8 p.m. 2014

The jokes come so fast and furious in the musical comedy By the Dark of the Moon, you’ll need sharp ears and a quick wit to catch them all. Some of the comedy comes from local references such as a character making light of tiny dinosaur footprints on a skipping stone. Some comes from the portraits of small town life like Karen Bassett’s delightful turn as a ragged, wanna-be widow. Some comes from the well-placed use of funny, folksy phrases like “ass-over-tea-kettle”. The story, set in 1928, revolves around an independent young woman (Clara Bullock) who leaves her high-strung, domineering mother (Petrina Bromley) and her small-town sweetheart (Zach Faye) for the bright lights of Boston. With creative staging, catchy music and a stellar ensemble cast, this show is light summer theatre, done well. —Kate Watson

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