Thursday, November 03, 2011

My Life at the Theater: DIAL M FOR MURDER

We saw DIAL M FOR MURDER at the Cape Playhouse on Cape Cod in 1998. The production starred Juliet Mills (from TVs Nanny and the Professor) and Maxwell Caulfield. We had seen it done as a play before, but this setting really enhanced the experience.

The Cape Playhouse is the oldest summer theater venue, going back to 1927 where its first production starred Basil Rathbone in THE GUARDSMAN. Bette Davis first worked there as an usher and many other future Hollywood stars played here first.

We always try to find a theater when we are away from home and this production was a real treat.


Deb said...

I'm not sure if they still are, but Juliet Mills & Maxwell Caulfield were married for quite a long time--and she was 20 years his senior.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Oh, my gosh. Did not know that? I wondered why they were cast together because of the age discrepancy.

Anonymous said...

THey are still married, Deb. They met in 1980 doing THE ELEPHANT MAN on stage and have been married ever since. He's 18 years her junior.

He's done a lot of stage work, including the recent revival of CACTUS FLOWER on Broadway.

Jeff M.

Anonymous said...

Patti - What a great show!! I'd have loved to see a production of it at that lovely playhouse (Thanks for sharing the 'photo). Thanks for reminding me of this one...

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about theaters, Patti. We once saw an Alan Ayckbourn play at a tiny theater (I suppose I should say 'theatre') in the Lake District and have been to several small (and occasionally, very odd) venues during the Fringe in Edinburgh (including a Wine Bar and a Big Top).

Some of the others include the Theater Royal in York and The Gate in Dublin, as well as our recent visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake. In New York we've been to churches, schools, a temple and a former zipper factory.

Jeff M.