Brad Hall
Brad Hall

Summer is here, with its promise of sunny days, starry nights and lots of warm weather theater at favorite seaside venues.

Gloucester Stage Company presents the New England premiere of "The Effect," June 16-July 8. The play by Lucy Prebble is a funny, moving look at medicinal trial and error that explores the depths of attraction and attachment and wonders at the limits of medicine and the elusive rules of the heart.

It comes to Gloucester directly from the National Theatre in London and an extended run at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York. The GSC production features Sam Weisman in his directing debut here and a cast led by "Saturday Night Live" alum Brad Hall and GSC favorite Lindsay Crouse, an Academy Award nominee.

Lindsay Crouse
Lindsay Crouse

The season's next show is the captivating classic "The Rainmaker" by N. Richard Nash. On stage July 14-Aug. 5, it's about spinsterish Lizzie Curry and Starbuck, a consummate con man, and their relationship that breaks your heart and then fills it with hope.

GSC promises lots of laughs with the New England premiere of Israel Horovitz's latest comedy "Out of the Mouths of Babes," Aug. 11-Sept. 2, about four women arriving in Paris for the funeral of the 100-year-old man who loved each of them -- at times variously and at times simultaneously. Horovitz directs the show.


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Nancy E. Carroll
Nancy E. Carroll

From Sept. 8-30, the theater features the world premiere of "Flight of the Monarch" by Jim Frangione. The dark comedy is about two middle-aged siblings, Sheila and Thomas, born, raised and still living in a small fishing town on the New England coast. It features GSC favorite Nancy E. Carroll, who is currently featured in the Huntington Theatre Company's hit "Ripcord."

The season wraps up with another classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," Oct. 6-28, based on the Harper Lee classic novel.

For tickets and info, visit www.glouce sterstage.com or call 978-281-4433.

If the Cape is your vacation destination this year, enjoy a little drama, comedy or music at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, which celebrates its 91st season now through Sept. 2.

Shows include "Art" by Yasmine Reza, through June 24; "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue, June 27-July 8; "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" by Rachel Sheinkin, with music and lyrics by William Finn, July 11-22; "Red" by John Logan, July 25-Aug. 5; "Gypsy" by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Aug. 8-19; "Murder for Two," book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2. Tickets start at $35 and are available at www.CapePlayhouse.com, the box office at 820 Main St., Rt. 6A Dennis or call 508-385-3911.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

On the marquee

SUMMER AT INDIAN HILL: Enjoy songs from the great movie musicals with vocalist Martha Warren and pianist Amy Lee on Thursday, June 15, at Indian Hill Music's Bach's Lunch concerts at 36 King St., Littleton. The free shows are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Complimentary coffee, tea, cookies, bring your lunch. ... A select group of Indian Hill Music School string students will perform in two special recitals on Saturday, June 18. The Bravo Recital is at 11:30 a.m., and the Honors Recital is at 1 p.m. Free admission. ... Subscriptions are on sale for the Orchestra of Indian Hill's 2017/18 Concert Season at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, October-April), led by artistic director Bruce Hangen. Highlights include Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1," Respighi's "Fountains of Rome," an all-Mozart evening, the world premiere of David Amram's "Greenwich Village Portraits" and Vaughan Williams' "Tuba Concerto." For info on these programs and others, visit www.indianhillmusic.org or call 978-486-9524.

A 'WICKED' GOOD LOTTERY: A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for the Broadway smash "Wicked," playing the Boston Opera House through July 23. Two-and-a-half hours before each performance, people who go to the Opera House box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum. Thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. The lottery is available only in person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

SINGLE TIX AT STONEHAM: Single tickets are now on sale for Stoneham Theatre's busy 18th season, which includes productions of "Menopause the Musical," "Sister Strikes Again," "Dames at Sea," "Let's Hang On -- A Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons," "Alligator Road," "The Irish and How They Got That Way," "Miss Holmes," "She Loves Me," "The Legend of Georgia McBride," "Calendar Girls, plus Young Company Summer Festival shows and several special events. Visit www.stonehamtheatre.org or call the box office at 781-279-2200 Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 1-6 p.m.

OLD MAN RIVER: This summer, experience the story of Huck Finn at Old Sturbridge Village's outdoor production of "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Running June 14-July 9, the museum joins forces with Brian Clowdus, director of OSV's sold-out hit "The Sleepy Hollow Experience," to bring Mark Twain's timeless tale to life. The production takes place in an outdoor, pop-up amphitheater and features 15 actors, singers and musicians and a score packed with country, bluegrass and gospel music. Visit www.osv.org for tickets.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.