Published On: Sat, Mar 20th, 2010


By Skip Sheffield



Like old Cape Cod?

“The Lightkeepers,” opening March 19 at Muvico Boynton Beach, is right up your alley.

The movie is set in 1912 at the Eastham Light at the eastern end of Cape Cod.

This is a relatively unspoiled spot of Massachusetts near Provincetown that looks much the same as it did 100 years ago.

Richard Dreyfuss stars as Seth Atkins, a cantankerous, woman-hating former sailor, now lightkeeper. One day a young man mysteriously washes up on the beach. Atkins discovers him alive and learns his name is John Brown (Tom Wisdom).

Furthermore Brown talks himself into a job as Atkins’ lighthouse assistant, and the odd couple discovers a mutual distrust, resentment of women, and friendship.

The confirmed bachelors’ female-free existence is threatened with the arrival of an artsy heiress named Ruth (Marnie Gummer) and her escort, Mrs. Bascom (Blythe Danner).

Blythe Danner is the lovely mother of movie star Gwyneth Paltrow and Marnie Gummer is the daughter of Meryl Streep, and the family resemblance shows.

It’s not hard to figure out where director-writer Daniel Adams’ script is going. Hint: the men doth protest too much.

“The Lightkeepers” is determinedly old-fashioned, wholesome and a wee bit dull, but oh the scenery. I’ve spent many a happy hour on Cape Cod, so I’m a sucker for this stuff.

Opening next Friday, March 26 at Delray Beach Playhouse is Neil Simon’s comedy chestnut, “Prisoner of Second Avenue.”

Though it is almost 40 years old (it ran from November, 1971 until September, 1973 on Broadway), the play is ironically relevant right now as it concerns an account executive who loses his job in a struggling economy.

That man is Mel Edison (Mark Hetelson), who endures a string of humiliations as his wife Edna (Pat Casale) takes a job, the water and electricity are turned off, the neighbors drive Mel crazy, and in the middle of it all, his family visits.

Norman Steinthal is Mel’s more successful older brother, Harry, and Cindy Gaber, Connie Landy and Leslie Rosenburg are his concerned sisters.

“Prisoner” runs through April 11 and tickets are $25 (students half-price). Call 561-272-1281, ext 4.

Who doesn’t like The Beatles?

I’ve never met many who hate the mop-topped lads from Liverpool.

Paul McCartney is still going strong at age 67 (he’ll be a youthful 68 on June 18), and he is coming our way Saturday, April 3 as part of an “Up and Coming” tour of the world.

It’s an 8 p.m. stadium show at Sun Life (formerly Dolphins Stadium) in Miami. With all due respect to Ringo Starr, seeing Paulie live is the closest we’ll get to the excitement and the sound of the Beatles. I have seen McCartney three times, and I can testify he loves to entertain in the honored British music hall tradition.

Tickets start at a reasonable $39 for nosebleed seats and go up to $349. Call TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or visit

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