Live local theater is returning to the East End in force this month, with local productions opening in October at four prominent community theater groups.

The shows kick off on Oct. 1, when the Riverhead Faculty &  Community Theatre brings “A Doll’s House Part 2” to the North Shore United Methodist Church in Wading River and the Jamesport Meeting House.

This 2017 play by Lucus Hnath, imagines what would have changed in societal and gender roles 15 years after the lead character Nora left her family in the classic Ibsen play.

Showtimes are Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. at the North Shore United Methodist Church, and on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/5525852


Chemical Imbalance

Boots on the Ground Theater presents “Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play,” a horror farce, at the Southampton Cultural Center Oct. 14 through Oct. 30.

This retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story examines the balance between good and evil with devilish good humor and madcap comedy, a side-splitting romp with a nod to the original sinister story.

Colin Palmer stars as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in this production directed by Mark Heidemann and featuring a cast from both the North and South Forks.

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $25 for students under the age of 21, and are available online here.


Cry-Baby

The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck is putting up “Cry-Baby the Musical” from Oct. 20 through Nov. 6. 

In this rock musical based on John Waters’ cult film, set in 1950s Baltimore, conservative squares face off against leather-clad delinquents. 

Rebellious teen Cry-Baby and the square rich girl Allison are star-crossed lovers at the center of this rock-and-roll Romeo and Juliet. 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at nfct.com.


Over the River & Through the Woods

Editor’s Note: Updated as of Oct. 18 due to changes in schedule:

The premiere of Joe DiPietro’s “Over the River and Through the Woods,” the Hampton Theatre Company’s first production of its 2022-23 season, has been postponed due to recent COVID-19 exposure among cast members. Originally scheduled to open on Thursday, October 20, the play will now premiere a week later, on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 and will run through Sunday, Nov. 13.

The Theatre will reach out to ticketholders for performances originally scheduled for October 20-23 to arrange for exchanges to other performance dates. Updated information is available on the HTC website (www.hamptontheatre.org). A “talkback” with the cast, originally scheduled for Friday, October 28, will now be held on Friday, November 4.

“We are making this decision out of an abundance of caution, as our highest priority is to provide a safe environment for our cast, crew, volunteers and audience,” said HTC president Roger Moley. “While we regret any inconvenience to theatregoers, we’re confident they will understand and respect our decision, and we remain excited about bringing this funny and poignant play to live audiences in the weeks ahead.”

For more information, contact info@hamptontheatre.org or call 631-653-8955.

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The Hampton Theatre Company’s “Over the River and Through the Woods” also runs from Oct. 29 through Nov. 6 at the Quogue Community Hall. 

In the play, Nick Cristano is living the life of a modern young professional in New York City, but his loving grandparents never let him forget where he belongs: In New Jersey with them, in the bosom of his tenacious, tender-hearted, loud and well-fed Italian-American family. 

The play is warm-hearted, boisterously funny and touching story about intergenerational relationships, deep familial love, and the inevitable little heartbreaks that occur as time passes and children grow.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, and tickets are $36 for regular admission, $31 for seniors and $20 for students under age 21. Tickets can be purchased at hamptontheatre.org.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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