Cape Cod theater shows for week of March 14-19

Some stories based on real life are part of the theater lineup this weekend, fictionalizing interesting characters and situations. A new show, for example, speculates on what writer Arthur Conan Doyle might have really thought about his literary creation of Sherlock Holmes.

Actress Linda Monchik becomes a famous poet for a one-woman show and Barnstable Comedy Club continues a drama based on a true case about Russian spies in hiding. Elsewhere, “Shirley Valentine” wraps up a Cotuit run; the “Once” musical and a show of one-acts return to the Academy Playhouse in Orleans; and Provincetown Theater gives a sneak peek at a new romantic musical. Here are some choices:

What’s new

‘The Sherlock Problem’ debuts in West Harwich

The “tempestuous” relationship between a successful author and his best-loved character is at the heart of Cape Cod playwright Susan Lumenello’s new comedy “The Sherlock Problem,” which pits the famous detective against his creator: Arthur Conan Doyle.

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