Monday, August 3, 2015

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike!opens this week at Dover Little Theatre

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“Join us for the hilarious comedy by Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike!”

Directed by Alison Devereaux

Starring: Neil Fitzpatrick, Kate Blazo, Debbie Badal, Michael Jay, Mackenzie Miller and Stephanie Knerr!

OPENING  AUGUST 7th!  Visit www.doverlittletheatre.org for ticket information. 

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TICKETS TODAY!

DLT HAS NOW ADDED A THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE!  Performing in your own show?  Weekend filled up?  Come on out and have a nice break in your week with a night at the theatre.  And don't forget our opening night wine and cheese reception!

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Chris Lemmon’s one-man show a tribute to his dad Jack Lemmon at the Bickford

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“A lovely, warm, intimate, heartfelt evening of memories and music! Chris Lemmon, as he echoes Jack Lemmon’s greatness, is equally unforgettable.” ~Broadway World

"It's hard to believe it's Chris and not Jack on stage"-- Jordan Young, LA Examiner

"Remarkable! Chris Lemmon is Brilliant"-- Kimbertly Katz, Theatre Buzz News 

"An honest and loving living memoir"--Hedi Weiss, Chicago Sun Times


Starting August 19-30, 2015  this wonderful tribute to Hollywood icon Jack Lemmon will be presented at the Bickford Theatre in the Morris Museum, in Morristown NJ  for a 2 week run. it's a "must see' for all you baby boomer movie fans. To purchase tickets, view a clip of the show, or for more information on performance days and show times please use the link at the bottom of this page. We're sure that once you watch the promo video link and read about the show, you'll want to attend. We look forward to seeing you at the theater.

"Twist" is based on Chris Lemmon's book "A Twist of Lemmon" which tells the story of his dad, Jack Lemmon. Jack starred in over 60 films, was nominated for 8  Academy Awards and won 2 Oscars. One for "Mister Roberts" for Best Supporting Actor and the other for "Save the Tiger" for Best Actor.

"Twist" chronicles the lifelong journey of Chris and his world famous father Jack Lemmon. It's a unique universal celebration of a father and son torn apart, only to find one another again, becoming the best of friends against all odds. Couched in the lore of the Golden Age of Hollywood and told entirely in the voice of Jack Lemmon. "Twist" is filled with dozens of stories of movie stars and directors who were Jack's close friends like Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Cagney, JFK,  and his best friend Walter Matthau.
Chris is an exceptional performer, actor and a classically trained musician with a career spanning over 30 years
He performs his original score, of some of Jack's favorite Gershwin songs. Jack himself was an accomplished pianist and through their mutual love of music they became friends. A story that will make you laugh, and cry, then laugh again.
Use this link to see a list  of performance days & times, and to view a clip from the show.

http://www.morrismuseum.org/twist-lemmon/

Picture courtesy of The Broad Stage

Free Reading Tonight at Holmdel

You are invited to a free reading
"When I Reflect"

Written and directed by Jon Heron

Monday, August 3, 2015, 7pm
Old memories come back to haunt a family in this new play

by Dramatist Guild member, Jon Heron.
This is the first public reading of this version of the play.
Featuring
Annie Brzozowski, Frank Halbiger, Kristina Lunetta, Victor Martinez, Donne Petito, Catherine Rowe, Eric Walby
Admission is FREE. Coffee is served.
PLEASE NOTE!
There is no reading in September.
Enjoy your Labor Day, see you the first Monday in October!


Holmdel Theatre Company
at The Duncan Smith Theater
36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733
(on the grounds of the Holmdel High School)
www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org

TWELFTH NIGHT (or what you will)

by William Shakespeare

FINAL WEEKEND! Aug 7 & 8

ONLY TWO MORE CHANCES TO CATCH
THE SHOW AUDIENCES ARE RAVING ABOUT!

Shakespeare’s classic tale of cross-dressing twins, dancing dukes, and a dashing pair of yellow tights, which takes the audience on a trip to the mystical kingdom of Illyria. In the household of Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged – one by the lovesick lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.

Audition for MidAtlantic Opera Chorus in NJ for Carnegie Hall performance

How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? . . . . . . . . Join the MidAtlantic Opera Chorus . . . . . . and, of course, Practice, Practice, Practice.
Artistic Director, Jason C. Tramm will hear singers who would like to join the MidAtlantic Opera Chorus on stage at Carnegie Hall at 8pm on October 17, 2015 in our "A Prayer For Peace" Concert. All voices are encouraged to audition.

“A Prayer for Peace" will celebrate the music of peace from three faiths as interpreted by Leonard Bernstein, Ahmed Adnan Saygun, and Ralph Vaughan William, composers whose nationality, background and circumstances differ, yet whose compositions share and celebrate a common vision of peace and hope.
Maestro Tramm will hear singers at Seton Hall University and in Ocean Grove, NJ:

WHEN:    Thursday, August 6, 2015

WHERE:     Seton Hall University, Corrigan Hall, Chorus Room

                    400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ

    TIME:     3-6 PM

  WHEN:     Saturday, August 8, 2015

WHERE:     Ocean Grove Youth Temple

                    400 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ

    TIME:     11am - 2pm

Auditions will consist of a Vocal Range Test and you will be asked to sing the following short selections from Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms":

Movement 1: Bars 66-85 (Boosey & Hawkes ed pg 11-13)
Movement 3: Bars 60-65 (Boosey & Hawkes ed pg 40-41)
Follow this link for the Chichester passages:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_iWSmdxzQjSk5EeVY5MHhRLU0/view?usp=sharing.
To Schedule a time to sing: e-mail Maestro Tramm at info@midatlanticopera.org or Call Stephen Lasher at 973-204-6684

Vagabond Players will present musical celebration of the life of Frank J. Burns, Jr.

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On Sunday August 16th at 2 pm (reception to follow) “The Vagabond Players will present, “Celebrate Frank 2” a musical celebration of the life of Frank J. Burns, Jr., a performer, teacher, mentor, friend, Vice-President of The Vagabond Players and life long resident of Roxbury Township, who was taken from us last year…far too soon.

This musical revue Titled “Red, White and Blue, A musical Celebration of America” is filled with songs about this great land of ours and Broadway songs as well as in the format that Frank conceived for The Vagabond Players in 2003. Songs like “God Bless America”, “You’re A Grand Old Flag”, ”My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”,“Pass It On”, “Day Is Done” along with some classic Broadway tunes and some others from all over to fill out the full show. Of course there will be a tribute to Frank.

The show will be presented at the Investors Bank Theater, 76 Eyland Aveune in Succasunna, NJ. In co-operation with the Roxbury Arts Alliance. Tickets are $20.00 each. Reservations can be made by calling 973-343-6047 or going to the Roxbury Arts Alliance web page, www.roxburyartsalliance.org

Cast member consist of Frank’s students and friends: Chris Bosch, Clare Capuzzi, Amanda Claas, Rosalyn Diament, Kelley Guerra, Anne Hattem, Lauren Hattem, Duffy Heitmann, Hope Keil, Jeffery Meudt, Kathy Mierisch, Kristina Plate, Michele Richard, Zack Richard, Pam Rainey Rogers, Mark Smith, Victoria Hill Smith, and Larry Turner.

All proceeds will go toward the “Frank J. Burns, Jr. Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship” being established at the County College of Morris. Any check donations should be made out to “The Vagabond Players” and make a note in the memo section stating “Frank J. Burns, Jr. scholarship fund”.

Please join us in Celebrating the life of Frank J. Burns Jr. and celebrating this great country of ours.” Sunday August 16th at 2 pm (reception to follow)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer musical for kids’ production of LEGALLY BLONDE JR will perform at Rahway’s Hamilton Stage; cast and crew coached by Broadway Professionals

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Twenty New Jersey young people will present the musical Legally Blonde, JR, this year’s presentation by THEATER PROJECT JR. Each summer, the program takes students (ages 8 & up) through an eight week course that culminates in three performances for friends, family and the community. Along the way, students learn acting, build confidence in themselves, make friends and have a wonderful time. For the first time, the production of Theater Project Jr (TPJ) will be presented at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway, August 21-23.

“The kids are excited beyond belief about performing in such a prestigious environment,” says the program’s director/producer Mary Iannelli. “The prospect of doing the show in such a beautiful venue really validates their hard work.” This opportunity is made possible by a grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ UCACT (Union County Advancing Community Theater) program.

Ms. Iannelli, who has helmed the program for over 10 years, wanted to give something special to the cast and crew for all their hard work, so she applied for a grant to bring Broadway professionals to provide a master class to the kids in the program. New York based actress Orfeh, who originated the role of Paulette in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde, and producer Tyce Green, founder of Straight From New York (SFNY) attended a rehearsal and worked with Theater Project Jr’s young actors.  SNFY is a NY based company that provides performance training opportunities and college audition prep through masterclasses and coaching. SFNY is staffed by acclaimed artists who have been recognized for their abilities in the Broadway industry, including many Tony Award winners and nominees. 

At the Legally Blonde Jr rehearsal, Orfeh and Tyce Green listened to the kids perform, offered guidance and support on how to make it better, and fielded questions from the students. The young actors were thrilled by the class and awed by the professionals, who quickly gained their confidence. Says Iannelli, “Both Orfeh and Tyce were so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and supportive throughout the entire process, it really made for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both the cast and crew -- and what SFNY brought to the party far exceeded my expectations!”

Theater Project Jr has also been getting rave reviews from parents and children who return to the program year after year. “I have seen my son grow as an actor year after year with the Theater Project Jr group right in front of my eyes,” says parent Mindi Kaunfer of Springfield, NJ. “At 16, Adam has been acting for 6 years and has several school leads from the confidence the summer theater has provided him.”

“I just can't say enough wonderful things about the program,” says Pauline Papapietro, Cranford. The twenty young people performing in the show are drawn from all over Union County by the program’s reputation for providing a happy supportive environment for budding actors.  

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The Theater Project, a professional theater company presenting events in Cranford, Maplewood and Union, is celebrating 21 years of bringing productions of the best contemporary plays to New Jersey. Their mission is to enhance the cultural richness of the community by producing new or lesser-known plays on challenging themes, by introducing children to the joys of live theater, and by providing avenues for creative expression for New Jersey’s playwrights, actors and directors.

For more information on THEATER PROJECT JR, call 908 809-8865 or visit www.TheTheaterProject.org.

WHAT:         LEGALLY BLONDE JR.

2015 production by Theater Project Jr’s summer musical theater class for kids 8 and up.

WHEN:        August 21- 23; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM.

WHERE:      UPAC’s Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway 07065

Phone: 732-428-4604

TIX: $12. Go to www.ucpac.org./Hamilton-stage-events.

Rehearsal of LEGALLY BLONDE, JR Seated:  Amanda Poszyler  Left to right:  Brooke Beckett, Kelly McMahon, Stella Ferra, Ashleigh Poszyler, Alexis Page (PHOTO CREDIT: Elisabeth Lynch)

2015 Perry Award Nominees

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Congratulations to the 2015 Perry Award Nominees!
Click here for the complete list of the 2015 Perry Award Nominees!

              http://njact.org/perryawards/2015-nominations

Auditions: Violet – The Musical by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori The Pennington Players August 19 & 22, 2015

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The Pennington Players have scheduled open auditions for a fall 2015 production of the musical Violet, by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori. The show will be performed at Kelsey Theatre, on campus at Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ), November 6-8 and 13-15 (Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00PM; Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00PM).     Information available on the Pennington Players website:  www.penningtonplayers.org

About the Audition

Preliminary auditions will be held on Wednesday evening, August 19 (7:00PM – 10:00PM) and Saturday, August 22 (11:00AM – 4:00PM); callbacks, as required, are tentatively scheduled for August 26 and/or 29. Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre; for maps and directions, please visit www.kelseyatmccc.org. In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended. To make an appointment, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4dafa72ca4ff2-violet (recommended) or call 609-737-PLAY.

Auditioners are asked to prepare one complete song from musical theatre, and to bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided. No dancing will be required at the initial audition.

All roles are open. A summary of available roles is provided below.

Violet will be produced by the Pennington Players (producer Jennifer Gregg), with direction by Frank Ferrara, musical direction by Shannon Ferrara and Michael Gilch, choreography by Nicole Farina-Machin, and stage management by Vianna Fagel. Rehearsals are expected to begin in early September, and run 3-4 times per week until the show’s opening at the beginning of November.

About the Roles

A total of 11 actors (5 female, 6 male) are sought. In general, adult actors (age 16+) of any age will be considered; however, younger female actors will be considered for the role of Young Vi (please see below). The cast does not include a traditional ensemble; the small group of non-principal actors will play a very large number of key roles, as described in the outline below.

Violet (female, mezzo soprano with very strong high belt): The protagonist, she carries a scar from a childhood injury; the degree of her deformity is uncertain to us but it is certainly drastic to Violet. She is 25 years old but a life of worry has left her looking older and wearier. Cynical but not yet bitter, reserved but not yet withdrawn, Violet is an observer and a chronicler; she hasn’t yet given up the hope that she might get to participate in the world at some point… but it’s flickering. Need an outstanding singer and actor with wide vocal range and considerable physical and vocal stamina; Violet does not leave the stage for the run time of the show. Southern accent (North Carolina) required.

Grady “Flick” Fliggins (male, tenor): An African-American U.S. Army Sergeant in his late 20s. He is black man traveling through the American South in the early 1960s, with all that implies about his life and experiences. Flick is stable, direct, easy-going, and perceptive. He has a “seize the day” philosophy that he only sometimes actually puts into practice. Dynamic singer needed.

Monty Harrill (male, baritone): A white Army paratrooper in his early 20s, Monty is brash, arrogant, impulsive, immature, and loud – but he is an essentially good and decent person, which makes the overall package charming rather than repellent. Need a charismatic and energetic performer with a strong high baritone sound.

Young Vi (female, belter): Violet as she was at age 13, forever frozen in time at the moment of her injury. She is inquisitive and aggressive, and utterly unintimidated by anything or anyone.

Father (male, baritone): Violet’s father, a widower in his late 30s. He is a plain man who achieved and then lost his plain dreams, leaving him constantly a little sad and a little anxious. He is uneducated but not ignorant, and strongly convinced of the value of education.

The Old Lady / Hotel Singer / Others (female, mezzo soprano): As the Old Lady, a woman in her sixties, who serves as a sort of guardian angel and Greek chorus for Violet as she travels. Sharp-witted and quintessentially Southern. Also plays a much younger dissolute hotel singer of questionable virtue; need a very versatile performer with a wide vocal range who can hold harmony.

Mabel / Music Hall Singer / Others (female, mezzo soprano): Any age – needs a powerful voice for a lengthy Gospel solo, as well as a second jazz solo.

Preacher / Bus Driver / Radio Singer / Others (male, bass-baritone): As the Preacher, he is slick and cynical but not without true faith, a man in his late 30s or beyond. Also plays multiple other roles.

Radio Soloist / Leroy Evans / Waiter / Earl / Others (male, tenor): As the radio soloist, a Country singer with a gentle sound; any age. Also plays multiple other roles.

Virgil / Radio Singer / Bus Driver / Others (male, baritone): As Virgil, plays the Preacher’s neurotic and overwhelmed stage manager; in his mid-to-late 20s or early 30s. Also plays multiple other roles.

Landlady / Gospel Soloist / Others (female, soprano): As the Landlady, an African-American woman in her 30s or 40s, jaded and sharp. Also plays multiple other roles.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

‘Frankenstein’s Fate’ at Lord Sterling Theater Company in Basking Ridge

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Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice closes Princeton Summer Theater’s 2015 season

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Princeton Summer Theater’s 2015 season, which focused on themes of adaption and myth, will come to a close with Obie Award-Winning playwright Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice.  The final show of PST’s season opens next Thursday at the Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton University’s campus.

Eurydice is a whimsical and touching adaptation of the classic Orpheus myth from the perspective of its heroine, Orpheus’ bride Eurydice. After dying on her wedding day, Eurydice must face a choice: to stay in the underworld with her beloved father, or to return to the world of the living to reunite with the husband she left behind. Featuring music, a chorus of speaking stones, and world of colorful string, Eurydice is lyrical, charmingly funny, and, ultimately, a poignant reflection on the pain of loss and love that we all experience.

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Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, directed by PST Artistic Director Wesley Cornwell. Opens Thursday, August 6th. Performances run August 6-9 and 13-16. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Special talkbacks with the cast follow every Friday evening performance.

Tickets are $27.50 for general admission, $22 for students and matinees. To order tickets, visit http://www.princetonsummertheater.org/ or call the PST box office at 1-732-997-0205.

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  • Caroline Hertz in rehearsal for Eurydice. (PST)

REVIEW: “JERSEY VOICES” A GREAT BOX OF CHOCOLATES @ CHATHAM PLAYHOUSE

 

By Ruth Ross

As I have written for the umpteen years I have been reviewing this production, if it's summer, it's time for the Chatham Community Players' Jersey Voices. And as he has done since 2003, producer Bob Lukasik likened the festival of one-act plays written by New Jersey authors to the box of chocolates mentioned in Forrest Gump: "You never know what you'll get." Most years, the selections from the Jersey Voices box of chocolates has been uneven, with some plays that worked, others that decidedly did not and some that were so-so.

Culled from over 100 submissions, this year's offerings really—to mix metaphors—knock the ball out of the ballpark. From beginning to end, the six playlets and one dance production were well crafter, well acted and very affecting. As one audience member noted during the opening night talk-back, the underlying (albeit perhaps unintentional) theme seemed to be one of secrets withheld and truths revealed, told with poignancy and tenderness. Altogether, they reminded us of the power that theater—good theater—can have on an audience.

The 2015 selections were so interesting that it is difficult to choose a favorite. The evening started with a bang with Karen Howes' Gentleman's Pact (directed by Lynn Polan) in which two university professors, Bill (English) and Arthur (political science) try to resolve the upheaval engendered by Bill's startling announcement that he wants to marry Arthur's wife Evelyn. The hilarious negotiating is upended by Evelyn, whose arrival throws a damp towel on the proposition as she deftly turns the tables on the two men. Orin Tempkin as an earnestly clueless as Bill, Howard Fischer as an avuncular, yet calculating, Arthur, and Elizabeth Royce as the no-nonsense Evelyn deliver Howe's clever dialogue convincingly and with great comedic timing. Lynn Polan directs with a light but steady hand, keeping the suspense building in this well-constructed play.

Walter H. Placzek's A Love Story is a tender examination of filial love, as related by Bob Grundfest as the pest exterminator Alfred Butler and acted by Jean Ruda Habrukowich as nursing home resident Mrs. Palmer and Colleen Grundfest as her grown daughter Gretchen. Without giving too much away, suffice it to say that it has to do with a lie told—and accepted—for loving reasons. Placzek has written affecting dialogue and Arnold J. Buchiane directs very well, but the two women deliver their lines in a less than natural manner and sound rehearsed. Perhaps as the production's run proceeds, they will get more comfortable and sound more genuine. Nevertheless, the plot is believable and the premise charming.

The highlight of the first act is the hilarious examination of prenuptial counseling, The Holy Grill, written by Gary Shaffer and Directed with Scott Baird. The priestly interrogation of a young groom and bride-to-be is completely upended when two retired detectives substitute for the very busy priest and proceed to turn a gentle meeting into something straight out of a television police procedural! Jackie Jacoby and Dan Malloy are perfect as the young couple, he extremely nervous that he'll give an answer that will telegraph sin, she more concerned about him. Arlene Britt is a very officious Mrs. Reilly, secretary to the priest; she bustles in an out efficiently. But Lewis T. Decker and Victor Gallo bring down the house in their stereotypical depiction of tough cops, ready to do anything (and everything) to a confession out of a couple of perps. The surprise ending will leave you reeling and talking about it during intermission. (L-R: Gallo, Jacobi, Decker, Malloy)

The plot of the fourth playlet is perfectly encapsulated in the title, Two Perfect Strangers Meet at the Jet Lag Café. Written by Ralph Greco, Jr., and directed by Kevern Cameron, it involves a chance encounter between Suitor, a nosy, gay American ex-pat. and Jack Johns, a would-be writer accompanying his executive wife on a business trip to Paris. Over the course of a quarter of an hour, the two strangers share confidences, safe in knowing that the stranger listening will never blab about it to anyone else; indeed, the two will probably never meet again so the secrets are safe. While the revelations are not very earth-shaking (or juicy), they are poignant and rather bittersweet. Arnold J. Buchiane (left) is superb as Suitor, a character whose outré flamboyance barely masks regret; Chip Prestera (right) is equally as fine as Jack, kind of moseying through life in a "muted" fashion. Revealing his "secret" is perhaps the most honest thing Jack has ever done. The whole effect is stunning. Kevern Cameron directs surely, without letting the whole encounter turn into something sensational.

Wendy - Brad and DebJohn Kennedy's brief Wendy furthers the effect of the previous play. It chronicles a late-night brief encounter between a young roller blader fixing his skate in an apartment hallway and the middle-aged woman he has awakened (or just attracted) by the noise. The two unnamed characters (played by Brad Carrington and a luminous Debbie Bernstein, right) bond over a shared Allen wrench; when he confesses a desire to go to San Francisco, she (looking much the aging flower child in a long white nightgown) tells him to watch the sunset from a particular rock under the Golden Gate Bridge. She reminds him of an album cover by the band It's a Beautiful Day, specifically one that depicts a woman in a white dress standing on a rock. Directed by Joann Lopresti Scanlon, the encounter feels ephemeral, yet significant, for both parties; we are left with a bittersweet taste of what might have been.

And rounding out the evening's dramatic productions is the terrifically sharp I Thought I Liked Girls, by Nicole Pandolfo and directed by Eric Holgerson. The play's premise stands the dilemma of coming out to one's parents on its ear. The plot details are best left untold, so as not to spoil the surprise, but suffice it to say that Mom and Dad's reaction to Lucy's revelation is not only hilarious but right on the money. Judy Laganga (right) and Steve Gabe (left) are splendid as the disappointed parents, delivering Pandolfo's witty dialogue with sure comedic timing. Julie Anne Nolan's Lucy (center) is appropriately earnest and sincere in wanting her parents' approval, but she has an uphill climb against these two pros. Nevertheless, she performs with aplomb.

Rodin DancersI have left Kimberly Jackson's dance piece Rodin in Movement for last, but not least. To the accompaniment of the cello-rock band Break of Reality, seven dancers (six women, one man), clothed in Grecian-looking clothes re-enact characters on Rodin's Gates of Hell sculpture: three Shades, Eve, Despair and the Prodigal Son. One other dancer portrays Rodin's iconic sculpture, The Thinker. The septet's sinuous, sensual movements, interrupted by awkward poses, mirror the anguish of the sculpted figures on Rodin's bronze doors; the fleeting, fluid movement around the performance space is really quite beautiful, and the final poses echo the opening positions, thus bringing us full circle in this tormented, hellish dance. Well done!

Well, the 2015 edition of Jersey Voices is quite a box of chocolates, indeed! The quality of this year's offerings—writing, directing and acting—was uniformly top-notch. This is one tradition I certainly do not miss. And neither should you.

Jersey Voices will be performed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 8 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham. For information and tickets call 973.635.7363 or visit www.chathamplayers.org online.  

Review by Ruth Ross njartsmaven.com

Friday, July 31, 2015

Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop holding Fall Session interviews

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Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop will be holding Fall Session interviews by appointment on Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 17. 

Led by theatre, TV and film veteran Michael Blevins, the Fall Session will run 15 weeks from September 12 through December 21 and culminates in a two-week Festival of Shows from December 12-21. 

Classes meet Saturdays by section between the hours of 10am – 6pm.  Students will rehearse productions while also studying voice, dance, and acting.  Registration is open to students 8 – 18 and no prior experience is required.

The Centenary Stage Company Young Performers Workshop (YPW) is a musical theatre program under the auspices of the Centenary Stage Company, a not-for-profit professional Equity Theatre Company in residence at Centenary College.  YPW is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through the use of theatre arts and serves as a greenhouse for cultivating young theatre performers.  The program is one of the few that offers both formal training and production experience while designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced young performers. 

Career – minded individuals can prepare for the rigors of a professional career, yet students not aiming for a professional career benefit from the program with its emphasis on discipline, self – worth and development of communication skills.  The program includes the production of two major musicals.

For more information visit us on-line at centenarystageco.org.  To schedule an interview contact the Centenary Stage Company administrative Office at (908) 979 – 0900.  All new applicants must schedule an interview for admittance into the program.  Early appointments receive priority placement as enrollment is competitive and limited.  Deadline for registration is September 1, 2015.

The Young Performers Workshop is part of the educational arm of the professional Centenary Stage Company.  Programs at CSC are made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and CSC members and sponsors.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chatham Community Players’ 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival opens Friday

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"Rodin in Movement" written, directed and choreographed by Kimberly Jackson of Newton is the original dance piece that is a part of Chatham Community Players’ 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 31, August 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m... All performances are held at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ.

Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $12 for youth (18 and under). To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to www.chathamplayers.org. It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

Photo taken by Howard Fisher

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Laura Ekstand Thursday Reading at Mondo in Summit

 Dreamcatcher_ShootingStar_2 LAURA EKSTRAND: Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 pm

DRT presents a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit (www.mondosummit.com). MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. There's a show every Thursday night at 8PM from July 30th through August 20th.

Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door.

To take advantage of the $5 discount, reserve your tickets in advance.

To reserve you can email info@mondosummit.com or call: 917-969-4534

Click here for directions to MONDO.

 

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm

2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron

Featuring: Laura Ekstrand

 

 

In 2.5 Minute Ride, the audience takes a roller coaster ride through the writer's family album. Rising and falling between high hilarity and deep disquiet, the play demonstrates with disarming simplicity that humor and horror can share the same human moment.
The play switches back and forth between Kron's journey to Auschwitz with her septuagenarian father, a Holocaust survivor; her Michigan family's annual pilgrimage to a Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park; and her brother's marriage to his Internet bride.
By moving seamlessly between these three diverse recountings, Kron creates a complex and at times startling meditation on how human beings make sense of tragedy, grief, and everyday life.
"An unexpectedly powerful evening... hilarious...clever...and moving."
- The Sunday Times of London

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shaw’s comedy Misalliance next at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

03. Misalliance

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Misalliance, directed by Artistic Associate/Casting Director Stephen Brown-Fried. Performances begin Wednesday, August 5th and continue through Sunday, August 30th at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Individual tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting ShakespeareNJ.org.

Published in 1909 by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance transports audiences to Edwardian-era England and the lush Tarleton solarium, where patriarch John Tarleton struggles to maintain control over his rebellious daughter and headstrong son, as well as a host of unexpected visitors. Over the course of a single Saturday afternoon, Shaw creates a chaotic clash of class, gender, and generation and explores the idiosyncrasies of the British classes and their family values.

The Playwright:

Born in 1856, Shaw enjoyed a successful career in the literary realm. In 1925, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for Saint Joan, and in 1938 he won an Oscar for his contributions to the film Pygmalion. As a critic, essayist, and public speaker, Shaw’s social interests were widespread. In particular, he was interested in the theme of male-female relations, which he explored over the course of several of his plays.

The Cast:

Adamson_ames (2) In his thirteenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre, Ames Adamson returns to the Main Stage as undergarment magnate John Tarleton. Company credits include A Most Dangerous Woman, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Timon of Athens, Hamlet, King Lear, Henry V, and numerous productions with Shakespeare LIVE!  Recently, Mr. Adamson appeared in Arms and the Man, as well as Martin Crimp’s adaptation of The Misanthrope at Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia.

Brian_Cade_914_3 Brian Cade returns to The Shakespeare Theatre stage in his sixth season as Johnny Tarleton, heir to his father’s undergarment business. Company credits include The Liar, All’s Well That Ends Well, Richard III, and The Cherry Orchard on the Main Stage; as well as Shakespeare LIVE! productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece. Recently, Mr. Cade has worked with Gorilla Rep., Pulse Ensemble Theatre, and the Lookingglass Theatre Company. Additionally, he has appeared Off Broadway in The Constant Couple at the Pearl Theatre Company. Recent Film and TV credits include Netflix Original Series House of Cards, The Guiding Light, and As the World Turns.

In her fifth season at The Shakespeare Theatre, Katie Fabel plays Hypatia Tarleton. Company credits include The Liar, The Taming of the Shrew, Noises Off!, and Amadeus. Recently, she appeared in Ernest in Love and The Shaughraun at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include The Belle of Belfast at Cherry Lane Theatre and Mary Broome at The Mint Theatre. Internationally, she has performed at London’s West End Palladium, the Royal National Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Royal Academy of Music, and the English National Opera. She is a member of the sketch comedy group Pirate Sugar and performs stand-up comedy across New York City.

Playing Lord Summerhayes, Jonathan Gillard Daly is in his first season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Since 1998, he has worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, first as a Resident Company Member, and currently as an Artistic Associate. Select Milwaukee Rep roles include Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He is also a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota. Select additional regional credits include the American Players Theatre, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, and PCPA Theatrefest. Additionally, Mr. Daly’s original plays The Daly News and To The Promised Land have been professionally produced across the United States.

Making his Shakespeare Theatre debut as Bentley Summerhays is Matthew Sherbach. Recent regional credits include work at The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Fox Valley Repertory, About Face Theatre, Dog & Pony Theatre Co., Strawdog Theatre Company, and First Floor Theatre. Mr. Sherbach is a frequent solo performer at Salonathon.

Erika Rolfsrud takes the stage in her second season at The Shakespeare Theatre as Mrs. Tarleton. Company credit: I Capture the Castle. Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia, Exit the King, and Rabbit Hole. Off-Broadway, Ms. Rolfsrud has appeared in Electra In A One Piece (Good Company), Misalliance (The Pearl Theatre) The Cocktail Party (TACT), and Love’s Fire (The Public Theatre) Regionally, she has appeared on stage at the Old Globe, Ford’s, Hartford Theatreworks, Pittsburgh Public, St. Louis Repertory, Two River Theatre, and the Utah, Seattle, and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals.

Caralyn Kozlowski returns for  her eleventh season with The Shakespeare Theatre to play Polish acrobat Lina Szczepanowska. Company credits include As You Like It, Trelawny of the Wells, The Servant of Two Masters, Three Sisters, Othello, The Play’s The Thing, and Private Lives. She has worked extensively in regional theatres around the country, including Seattle Rep., California Shakespeare Theatre, The Old Globe, Barrington Stage, and the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Off-Broadway, Ms. Kozlowski has appeared in The Milliner, Secrets of a Soccer Mom, The Odyssey, and Fair Game.

Robbie Simpson makes his Shakespeare Theatre debut as Joey Percival. Most recently, Mr. Simpson appeared in The Last Five Years at The Majestic Theatre in Massachusetts. New York credits include appearances at Playwright’s Horizons, The Old Globe, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, New Century Theatre, and the Papermill Theatre. He is a recent graduate of The Old Globe/USD MFA Acting Program and Syracuse University.

Rounding out the cast is Matt Kleckner, playing Gunner in his debut season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Regional credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Much Ado About Nothing, Snow White, Sweeney Todd, and South Pacific at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. His original play, Thursday, Five Years From Now, was recently produced as a part of Between Us Productions’ Take Ten Festival.

The Director

Stephen Brown-Fried is in his twelfth season with The Shakespeare Theatre, where he is currently the Artistic Associate and Casting Director. Company directing credits: All’s Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors (the Main Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth (Shakespeare LIVE!), and Coriolanus (the Next Stage Ensemble). Most recently, Mr. Brown-Fried directed Awake and Sing! at The Public, which received widespread critical acclaim. He has also worked with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival (Associate Artist), directing critically-acclaimed performances of Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing. Other select credits include work at North Carolina School of the Arts, the National Asian American Theatre Company, New Worlds Theatre Project, and Milwaukee Shakespeare. Mr. Brown-Fried also serves on the MFA Directing faculty at the New School For Drama, and in the past has taught at Marymount Manhattan College, the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Training Program, and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Summer Professional Training Program.

The Artistic Staff:

The world of the Misalliance comes to life with the help of scenic designer Brian Clinnin, costume designer Tilly Grimes, lighting designer Andrew Hungerford, and sound designer Toby Algya. Denise Cardarelli serves as production stage manager.

Tickets:

Single tickets for Misalliance  start at $25 for preview performances and $32 for regular performances. Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $15 with a valid Student ID. For tickets, call the Box Office at973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org, or email BoxOffice@ShakespeareNJ.org.

Special Performances:

Discount preview performances for Misalliance take place on Wednesday, August 5thth at 7:30 PM, Thursday, August 6th and Friday August 7th at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, August 8th at 2:00 PM. Preview performances offer opportunities for reduced-priced tickets while enjoying the excitement of the very first performances in front of an audience. As always, the first Preview performance is Pay What You Can Night. Visit The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office between noon and performance-time on Wednesday, August 5th to purchase a ticket for that evening’s 7:30 PM show, at a cost that is affordable to you. Offer subject to availability.

For no more than the cost of a regular ticket, three Symposium Series performances are offered for each show, and include a post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff. Symposium performances for Misalliance will be Tuesday, August 11th at 7:30 PM and Saturday, August 15th and Saturday, August 22nd at 2:00 PM.

For each production, The Shakespeare Theatre presents the popular education program Know the Show. From 7:00 to 7:30 PM, an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk that provides background information and an insider’s perspective on the production. The Know the Show performance will be held on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 PM, and is free of charge.

One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, The Shakespeare Theatre is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Theatre’s support and education facility is in Florham Park.