Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chester Theatre Group: ‘The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife’

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The Chester Theatre Group will present THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE by Charles Busch as the first production its 2014-2015 Season.

Directed by Roseann Ruggiero and Produced by Penny Hoadley, the show will be presented beginning Friday, September 12, 2014 and continuing on Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm through September 27, 2014. There will be matinee performances at 2pm on Sundays, September 21 and 28, 2014.

Mr. Busch’s show explores the mid-life crisis of an aspiring intellectual and upper class matron Marjorie Taub. Marjorie’s malaise has brought her to the conclusion she never will be more than mediocre. This isn’t helped by her elderly mother's constant complaints about her shortcomings and her husband's altruistic dedication to serving the needs of the homeless. Following an emotional outburst, Marjorie retires to the safety of her home to wallow. Unexpectedly invading her depression is flamboyant childhood friend Lee who becomes entrenched in the Taub household as a seemingly permanent guest, not only drawing Marjorie out of her dark mood, but affecting her marriage as well.

Marjorie Taub......................... Lauri MacMillan
Ira Taub .................................Steven Nitka
Frieda Tuchman..................….Sharon Moran
Lee Green...............................Maryann Galife Post
Mohammed.........................….Rahul Sachdeva

Black-River-Playhouse-chesterThe Black River Playhouse is located in Chester, NJ at the corners of Grove and Maple Streets. There is free parking at the theater and in the surrounding area. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for Seniors (65+) and Students (under 18 with ID). For reservations call 908-879-7304 or visit our website to purchase your tickets online.

World Premiere of ‘Zorro’ at East Lynne Company in Cape May



Friday, August 22, 2014

Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" Next at Barn Theatre in Montville


The Barn Theatre of Montville, NJ will be presenting "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" directed by Craig Zimmermann. Performances will be on September 12, 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3 and 4 at 8pm; and on September 13, 14, 21, and 28 at 2pm. Tickets are $18 (senior/student tickets are $16 on matinees only).

Based on Sid Caesar's 1950's "The Show of Shows,"this play tells of the office antics of staff writers trying to put-out a weekly TV variety show.

The cast of "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" features Rudy Basso (of Garfield, NJ), Vanessa Bellardini (of Montclair, NJ), Frank Blaeuer (of Hewitt, NJ), Eric Heiberg (of Long Valley, NJ), Chip Prestera (of Stirling, NJ), Jonathan Rudolph (of Parsippany, NJ), Sam Salter (of West Milford, NJ), Les Stolarz (of Boonton, NJ), and Elissa Strell Kachtan (of Bedminster, NJ).

The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287. For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at


Top Photo: (Left to Right): Chip Prestera, Vanessa Bellardini, Frank Blaeuer, Jonathan Rudolph, Rudy Basso, Les Stolarz, Sam Salter, and Elissa Strell. [Photo by Tom Schopper]

What’s Playing on NJ Stages this week?

Here are several plays currently playing across the state.

BEACH HAVEN Surflight Theater “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” musical by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Through Aug. 24. $45. Surflight Theater, 201 Engleside Avenue. (609) 492-9477;



CAPE MAY Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse “Blithe Spirit,” comedy by Noël Coward. Through Sept. 19. $15 to $35. Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street.; (609) 770-8311.



CAPE MAY East Lynne Theater Company “Zorro!,” action drama adapted by James Rana. Through Aug. 30. $15 to $30. East Lynne Theater Company, 500 Hughes Street. (609) 884-5898;



LONG BRANCH New Jersey Repertory Company “Lucky Me” by Robert Caisley, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, $35-$60,, (732) 229-3166



MADISON The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey “The Alchemist” by Ben Jonson-F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., .  $15 to $75. 973-408-5600 or

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RED BANK Two River Theater “2014 Crossing Borders Festival,” new plays by Latino writers. Through Aug. 17. Free. Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue. (732) 345-1400;

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SUMMIT Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater Company. A reading of “Grounded,” by George Brandt, with the actress Harriett Trangucci. Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. $20. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater at Mondo in Summit 426 Springfield Avenue. Advance reservations are recommended. E-mail: or call 917-969-4534.; (908) 514-9654.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Next at NJ Rep: ‘Dinner with the Boys’ by Dan Lauria

New Jersey Repertory Company presents The World Premiere of

September 11-October 5, 2014

New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, will present the World Premiere of "Dinner With The Boys" by Dan Lauria, directed by Frank Megna and starring Dan Lauria, Ray Abruzzo, Richard Zavaglia and Morris “Moe” Rosenbaum.

Dan LauriaStar of TV’s “The Wonder Years” and Broadway’s “Lombardi”, Dan Lauria (photo right), pens a killer comedy about a couple of old time wise guys who just want to have a good Italian meal, a few laughs, and tie up some loose ends before dessert.
"Dinner With The Boys" begins preview performances on Thursday, September 11and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, September 13 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and runs through Sunday, October 5. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at


DINNER WITH THE BOYS a killer comedy by Dan Lauria.


Auditions: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chatham Community Players

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Children Only 1-4pm / Adults Only 4-6pm
“Become a part of a holiday tradition!” The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for Philip Wm. McKinley's original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' most famous work, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This biennial event has been pleasing audiences in Chatham since 1988.

Director Jeffery Fiorello seeks a large cast of varying types and ages, all of whom need to sing and move well. Megan Ferentinos is the Choreographer. Production dates are December 5 thru 21, 2014.

Auditions will be held for CHILDREN (16 years and younger) on Saturday, September 13th from 1-4 pm at Stanley Congregational Church - 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham.

Auditions will be held for ADULTS (17 years and older) on Saturday, September 13th from 4-6 pm at Stanley Congregational Church - 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham and on Thursday, September 18th at 7:00pm at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham.

Musical Director, Jack Bender, asks that auditioners be ready to sing a song, which shows their vocal range, and must bring sheet music in the appropriate key and marked with chord changes. An accompanist will be provided. Child actors without previous audition experience or material can choose a traditional holiday song or another non-rock song that they know well.

Charles Dickens - a tenor who narrates the show
Scrooge - the center of the production, requires a character baritone voice and an actor with both comic and dramatic range
Tiny Tim - a young boy (or girl) soprano with a winning smile
Bob Cratchit - a warm baritone
Mrs. Cratchit - requires a mezzo soprano with a big heart
The Ghost of Christmas Past - (a young girl or boy with a lilting soprano) Should be a dancer or have had dance training.
The Ghost of Christmas Present - (an imposing character tenor) Must be comfortable with music and be physically fit.
Belle - an ingénue soprano age 18-24
Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig - comic character actors needed

Various Other Ensemble members portray a variety of roles including the Pawnbroker, Charwoman, Undertaker, Laundress, Cratchit Children, the Ghost of Marley, Young Scrooge, Fan, Scrooge's Nephew and Niece and Carolers.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Leslie Reagoso at (973) 769-3886 or email her at For directions or additional information, please visit

Photo by Howard Fisher/CCP

Auditions: ‘On the Waterfront’ for Hudson Shakespeare Company in Fort Lee


“Hudson Shakespeare Company in association with the Fort Lee Film Commission is casting a stage production of the classic film "On the Waterfront". We are in need of several men ranging in age from 20s to 50s, below is a character breakdown. Auditions are Wednesday, August 27 and 28 7-9:30pm. Fort Lee Museum, 1588 Palisade Avenue, Fort, Lee, NJ
Auditions will by appointment.

For an appointment slot, please send an email with your headshot and resume to

Rehearsals are Tuesday, Thursday evenings 6:30-9:30pm and Saturdays 10-2pm all in Fort Lee, NJ at the Fort Lee Musuem. 1588 Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee.”

Show Dates are:
Friday, October 10, Kenilworth Public Library 7:30pm
Saturday, October 11, The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 1pm
Sunday, October 12, The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 1pm
Saturday, October 18, 7:30pm, Fort Lee High School
Sunday, October 19, 7:30pm, Fort Lee High School

Note: There is no pay for this production. NJ based actors with own transportation are preferred, but Fort Lee location is accessible to NYC actors via bus from Port Authority and shuttle van from the 178st Station going across the GW bridge.

Role Breakdown:
Terry Malloy 20s
Father Barry 30-40s
Pop/Father Vincent 40-50s
Runty 20-40s
Tommy 20-40s
Charley 30-40s
Barney 30-40s
Johnny 30-50s

Show Synopsis:

Terry Malloy once dreamt of being a great prize fighter, but now works at the docks of Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. He witnesses a murder by a couple of Johnny's thugs, but won't betray Friendly, who is both his brother's (Rod Steiger) boss and a long-time friend of his family.

What he sees at the docks repulses Terry. In an economically depressed environment in which many are out of work, more gather by the docks each morning hoping to secure work for that day than can be hired, placing Johnny Friendly and his forces in a position to exploit them. Those who complain of the working conditions or wages one day don't work the next day, or are placed in harm's way. Consequently, most tolerate being abused.

After befriending both the sister of the murdered man and the local priest, Terry gradually becomes a man of deeper morality, and starts to speak of acts against Friendly, who will soon go on trial. Terry finds his breaking point when his brother is murdered by Friendly's thugs, and causes him to entertain thoughts of testifying against Friendly. Still, he struggles to find the courage to do so, until the priest persuades him to.

Once he betrays Friendly, Terry is without the work that always came his way when he and his brother were trusted and valued associates. Still, he confronts Friendly by the docks and when all the dock workers are witness to the brutal beating of Terry by Friendly, they refuse to work unless Terry is also allowed to work. This is the catalyst for a new tone of understanding between the workers and the dock bosses.

Terry had neither wanted nor intended to be a hero, but, as a man of principle, he had become not only a hero, but a symbol of the workers' intolerance of exploitation by the dock bosses.