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Friday, March 30, 2012

Final weekend for several fine professional plays

New Jersey Theatre Alliance's list of professional productions playing currently:

Actors Shakespeare Company, Jersey City
Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Now through April 1

Ambiguity, secrecy, twisted prophecy and ambition collide as characters hurtle towards their own delusion and destruction. ASC’s intense, small-cast production creates a cauldron in which the darkest of human desiresforge a most unhappy alchemy where fair is foul and foul is fair. 

For more information, or to purchase tickets(201) 200-2390
Visit Actors Shakespeare Company's website 

George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
The company of Twelve Angry Men. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
The company of Twelve Angry Men. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Twelve Angry Men  By Reginald Rose 
Now through April 8 
Before there was Law and OrderPerry Mason or Matlock – there was Twelve Angry Men. The landmark television drama, turned major motion picture and Broadway blockbuster, begins as twelve men enter an airless jury room on a blistering summer day. Their task is to return a verdict against an inner-city youth charged with the murder of his father, where a guilty vote equals a mandatory death sentence. With testimony from two witnesses, their deliberations should be brisk – until one lone Juror lights the fuse that will make this “open and shut case” explode like a stick of dynamite. 
Watch a preview of the performance here
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 246-7717
Visit George Street Playhouse's website
READ OUR REVIEW
The Growing Stage, Netcong
Seussical
Book by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens; music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Now through April 1


This fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza for all ages is one of the most performed shows in America. Horton the Elephant faces ridicule and danger as he tries to protect the Whos in Whoville, but the powers of friendship, loyalty, and family emerge triumphant in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 347-4946
Visit The Growing Stage website
READ OUR REVIEW
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
Susannah Flood and James Urbaniak in Travesties. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Susannah Flood and James Urbaniak inTravesties. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Travesties
By Tom Stoppard
Now through April 1

Prepare to be delighted as Stoppard (Rosencranz and Guildenstern are DeadShakespeare in Love) spins you into a dazzling medley of literature, philosophy, politics, and history. The wildest revolutionary minds of the 20th century come alive in this romantic and achingly funny modern masterpiece. 

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 258-2787
Visit McCarter Theatre Center's website
READ OUR REVIEW
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
The Washington Senators in Damn Yankees. Photo by Ken Jacques.
The Washington Senators in Damn Yankees. Photo by Ken Jacques.
Damn Yankees
Lyrics and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop
Now through April 1

Joe Boyd loves the Washington Senators baseball team a little too much. The proof: When a devilish dealmaker offers the chance to beat the “damn Yankees” in return for Joe’s soul, Joe takes it. But as the Senators’ stats soar, Joe realizes he’s losing his beloved wife and looks for a loophole. Enter sizzling-hot temptress Lola, a charter member in the Home-wreckers Hall of Fame. “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets,” goes the well-known song. Who will win? You'll have to see the show to find out.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 376-4343
Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website
READ OUR REVIEW
Two River Theater Company, Red Bank
Chuck Cooper and Margo Seibert (front) with Brenda Pressley and Jeff Kready (back) from In This House. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Chuck Cooper and Margo Seibert (front) with Brenda Pressley and Jeff Kready (back) from In This House. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
In This House  Music by Mike Reid; lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger; book by Jonathan Bernstein, Sarah Schlesinger and Mike Reid 
Now through April 1

In this new chamber musical, two couples meet and spend an evening together on a wintry New Year’s Eve. Intimate and personal,In This House touches people no matter where they are in their own lives, evoking the universal experience of being in love, and the challenges and rewards of navigating a relationship. 
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 345-1400

Visit Two River Theater Company's website
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Steven Fredericks to perform in Il Trovatore for Verismo Opera


The only grand, professional opera company based in North Jersey, the Verismo Opera, has announced that bass-baritone Steven Fredericks of Tenafly, New Jersey has been selected to perform the role of Ferrando in Giuseppe Verdi’s suspenseful story of love and revenge, Il Trovatore.  
Verismo Opera will perform this mysterious, melodramatic opera on Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. 

Steven Fredericks (Photo Right) has performed in several Verismo Opera productions.  In 1999, he debuted with the company as the toreador in Carmen.  This past season, he appeared as Ramphis, the High Priest, in the company’s spectacular presentation of Giuseppe Verdi’s grandest opera, Aida, at the bergenPAC.  Previously, he performed in the company’s productions of Rigoletto as Sparafucile and La Boheme as Colline.  
Fredericks has extensive experience performing Ferrando, the captain of the guards.  He performed the role in Verismo Opera’s first production of Il Trovatore in 2000.  He has also sung the role under the great Maestro Anton Coppola.
           
The bass-baritone’s lengthy list of credits includes Antonio in The Tempest with The Dallas Opera, Sarastro with The Harrisburg Opera and Orest in Elektra with One World Symphony.  Notably, he sang a solo in The Messiah with Mid-America Productions at Carnegie Hall.  He is a frequent performer with Maestro Vincent La Selva and the New York Grand Opera in Central Park, New York City.

On the international scene, he has performed in Russia with The Chuvash State Theatre as Sparafucile in Rigoletto.  Other performances include singing Herald in Lohengrin and the bass soloist in the Beethoven 9th Symphony in Paris/Saone-et-Loire, France.

Verismo Opera is offering a special, time-limited 30% sale on tickets priced at $55, $45 and $35 for both performance dates of April 20 and April 22 ONLY on April 12, 13, and 14.  The code for this special offer is “TROV3”.  

 A special $10 ticket rate for children, ages 12 and under, continues through April 22. Discount tickets may be ordered only through the box office and are not available online. 

Tickets may be purchased in person at the bergenPAC box office, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030
Tickets not discounted may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW.   For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809.

Il Trovatore is made possible, in part, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grand funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  Other supporters include Mary Casella Briggs Memorial Fund, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Inc., Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Children’s Aid Foundation, Paul Weiss Matching Fund, Robert J. Campbell, MD and Cesare L. Santeramo, KSJ.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Laugh night at the Dreamcatchers April 14




DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, the professional Theatre in Residence at the Baird Center in South Orange, will present its spring evening of improv comedy with its resident troupe, MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, on Saturday, April 14.  This unpredictable evening is an affordable, enjoyable evening that is packed with laughs from start to finish.


Laura Ekstrand
MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER features a cast of Dreamcatcher regulars, including Clark Carmichael, Harry Patrick Christian, Laura Ekstrand, Noreen Farley, Dave Maulbeck, and Harriett Trangucci.  The troupe is directed by Maulbeck, who is now appearing at the Magnet Theatre in New York with a variety of improv and sketch comedy groups.  The show includes improvisational comedy sketches that use audience suggestions to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage.  Performers use ingredients such as everyday objects, strange maladies, and unusual circumstances to cook up unconventional mini-plays that appear and disappear in a matter of minutes.  Every show is unique, with delightful surprises throughout the evening.

Harriett Trangucci
MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER will appear (and disappear!) at Dreamcatcher on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15.00.  To purchase tickets in advance, go to www.dreamcatcherrep.org or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

The performance is at the Baird Center, located at 5 Mead Street in Meadowland Park, a few blocks from the center of downtown South Orange.  For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at the Baird Center, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079, 973-378-7754, ext. 2228, www.DreamcatcherRep.org.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series set for April 11 start


The 20th anniversary celebration of the Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series (WPS) will kick off  on April 11 with a month-long program of plays, staged readings, classes and activities offered through April 29th in Hackettstown.   

Initiated in 1992 to provide a working platform for the underserved voices of women writing for the theatre,  CSC’s WPS has now featured and helped to develop the new work of over  45 playwrights from around the country, also  produced thirteen World Premieres in as many years, from works developed in the playwright series.   “This is one of the few programs in the country which makes a commitment to the work from development through to production, which is very rare,”  proclaimed playwright Darrah Cloud (author of “Dreamhouse”, produced by CSC in 2001) .   Plays selected for the WPS receive rehearsal with a professional cast and director, providing an opportunity for the playwright to collaborate with other professionals during the development process. They are presented script-in-hand in staged readings for audiences, which affords the playwright further opportunity to develop the work, in the presence of an audience, a critical element. 
The first featured play in the 2012 WPS will be “Other Minds” by Margot Lasher,  which will be performed on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 PM in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown.  “I loved this play when it was first submitted almost 2 years ago.  It was so surprising and delightful, transcending the hurly-burly of our every-day worlds. We’re excited to be including it in this year’s series,” said WPS Program Director Catherine Rust.    In “Other Minds”,  a humorous and playfully existential new work,  a woman and her dog contemplate the big questions:  meaning of life, death, and String Theory (… or is it “Leash Theory”?) as the woman prepares for her impending trip to Japan.

Vermonter Margot Lashe’s plays include Dog Park and Stay,  which were performed at TenFest, Playwrights Circle in Vermont, in 2010 and 2011.  Her one act play, Intake, will have a staged reading at Vermont Actors Repertory this year.   Throughout her career, Lasher has been involved in experimental theatre as a writer and actor.   Other Minds received development in workshop at FlynnSpace, Vermont and the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West    In her works,  Lasher has tried to bring the deep connection between dogs and people into the theatre, an experiment which sheds light on the human place in the living world, probing the untainted connections to nature often long lost in human society.    With her older dog, Shiro, Lahser has explore, onstage,  some of the deeper implications of the commands human give their dogs to "Stay".  A licensed psychologist, Lasher is also the author of the book, Dog: Pure Awareness, and  "And the Animals Will Teach You," and "The Art and Practice of Compassion and Empathy."  She has taught about the human-animal bond at the New School and in the continuing education program of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

DINE AND DISH
“Dine and Dish” with the playwrights returns by popular demand to the WPS festival again this year, offering a lively panel discussion led by WPS Alumni playwrights, Bekah Brunstetter (“You May Go Now”), Darrah Cloud (“Dreamhouse”) , Deborah Brevoort (“The Poetry of Pizza”), and Aoise Stratford (“The Unfortunates”) , about the current “50-50/2020” Initiative led by the Dramatists Guild of America, and the state of the art for women writing for the theatre today.  “Dine and Dish” will be held on the first Sunday of the festival, April 15, and will include a catered brunch prior to the panel discussion.  The registration fee for brunch and discussion is $15.  Participants staying for the 2 pm performance of the World Premiere of “The Unfortunates” may purchase the lunch, discussion and performance tickets at a discounted total of $27.50 .  

COMING PRESENTATIONS
Other 2012 WPS presentations will include “The Text of Sex” by Manalapan, NJ playwright Michele Aldin Kushner, on Wed, Apr 18 at 7:30 PM,  and “Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians” by California playwright Carol Verberg,  on Wednesday, Apr 25 at 7:30 PM.    Admission to WPS reading series presentations are by donation and are followed by refreshments and lively discussion with the authors and cast. Reservations are requested. 

WRITING WORKSHOP
A free writing workshop, led by Australian playwright Aoise Stratford,  will be offered to the public on Saturday, Apr 14 from 3-6 PM.   Space is limited and advance reservations are required for this workshop.

WORLD PREMIERE
Stratford’s play “The Unfortunates” makes its World Premiere from the playwright series on Friday, April 13, and will run in the Edith Bolte Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Center through April 29th.       “The Unfortunates” was the 2011 winner of the Susan Glaspell Award and received development in the WPS. 

TICKETS
For tickets and reservations for activities and performances, contact the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900, or visit online at www.centenarystageco.org

The CSC Women  Playwrights Series is made possible by generous support from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the NJ State Council on the Arts.

'Damn Yankees' to close at the Paper Mill April 1...opens in Seattle April 21

The final performance of 'Damn Yankees' at the Paper Mill Playhouse is this Sunday, April 1, 2012. The next stop for the production is The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Several Paper Mill cast members will continue on to Seattle.

This musical comedy is the story of an aging baseball fan who makes a deal with the Devil so his beloved hometown team can beat the Yankees in the race for the pennant. From the songwriting team of The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees is filled with hit songs including “Two Lost Souls” and the sultry favorite, “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets.” The Paper Mill Playhouse production will slide into Seattle this April. The creative team includes direction by Mark S. Hoebee (Paper Mill’s Producing Artistic Director), music direction by Ben Whiteley, and choreography by Denis Michael Jones.

Paper Mill cast members Christopher Charles Wood, Patti Cohenour, Chryssie Whitehead and Nancy Anderson will join the Seattle production.

“Damn Yankees is one of the great musicals of the Golden Era of Broadway,” said 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. “We’re very excited to bring this show to our stage for the first time, complete with major league talent from a mix of Broadway and Seattle musical theater all-stars.”

Damn Yankees plays April 21 – May 20, 2012 at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101). For more info visit www.5thavenue.org.

The Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre to perform in Bloomfield

News from the Arts Council of Morris County

Danmari Ltd. presents
The NJ premiere of
Extremities
YAss Hakoshima in "Extremities," photo: Johan Elbers
The Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre
featuring
acclaimed, Golden Eagle award winner and NY Emmy award nominee
Yass Hakoshima
also appearing Dana Balsamo and Michela Musolino
The renowned Da Capo Chamber Players
will perform new compositions by John Hodian and Robert Lepre.
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on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:30 PM
at Westminster Arts Center, Bloomfield College
449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Tickets: $20 (regular), $15 (students & seniors), group tickets available.
For reservations call: 973-783-9845
Set to intriguing music, “Extremities” showcases in a dramatic way our arms and legs. One of the few mime/movement theatre artists exploring abstract, non-narrative work, Hakoshima views his eloquent physical movements as the visualization of the intense musical accompaniment by the Da Capo Chamber Players, Patricia Spencer, flute; Meighan Stoops, clarinet; Curtis Macomber, violin; James Wilson, cello; guest artist Molly Morkoski, piano.
A truly unique and entertaining experience. Suitable for all ages.
One performance only!
Experience the unification of mime and movement theatre with dance, music, and sculpture.
For more information: www.yasshakoshima.com or call: 973-783-9845
This performance has been made possible in part with support from the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Music Center's "Live Music for Dance" program, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and "the Friends of Mime."

Monday, March 26, 2012

George Bernard Shaw's comedic masterpiece 'Man and Superman'

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MAN AND SUPERMAN is generally considered to be one of Shaw's comedic masterpieces. The story involves the simple premise of a man, Jack Tanner, determined not to marry his ward, Ann Whitefield, who is equally determined to land him. Ann chases Jack from London, across the channel, into the mountains of Spain, and even to Hell and back (in the famous dream scene of DON JUAN IN HELL). The play has not been given a production in New York in twenty-five years.  

Review: 'Temperamentals' at the Alliance Repertory Company




"Temperamental" was a code word for 'homosexual' in the early 1950s, part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. It is also the title of an excellent, sensitive drama on the beginnings of the gay rights movement in the US written by Jon Marans and directed by David Christopher.  


Dustin Ballard (T) and James Morgan (B)
This story of  a relatively unknown chapter in gay history is now on stage at the Alliance Repertory Theatre Company's Edison Valley Playhouse. Christopher has assembled a fine cast led by James Morgan as Harry Hay with Dustin Ballard as his lover Rudi Gernreich, Gus Ibranyi as Bob Hull, the most openly gay member (& others), Eddie Capuano as Dale Jennings (& others) and  Michael Lasry as Chuck Rowland (& others) the actual five founders of The Mattachine Society. The name reportedly was inspired by a French medieval and renaissance masque group. Hay, the founding father of the movement, said " we took the name Mattachine because we felt that we 1950s Gays were also a masked people, unknown and anonymous, who might become engaged in morale building and helping ourselves and others, through struggle, to move toward total redress and change."

 

Hay was a communist at the start of the movement, as were all the founders. Not only a communist, but also married with children, Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and fashion designer Rudi Gernreich  fall in love while forming the organization. This play starts with the first clandestine meetings in the 1949-50 period when being identified as being gay could mean loss of family and employment, not to mention imprisonment for indecent and lewd behavior or worse. It covers the struggle to get new members during America's most conservative decade with the Cold-War between Russia and the West fueling the anti-communist hunt led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, Hay's appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and Dale Jennings' trial for indecent behavior in a men's room.

Director Christopher uses a spare dark set keeping the focus on the five excellent actors and the remarkable story of courage. In regard to the actors, both
James Morgan as Hay and Dustin Ballard as Rudi Gernreich, the Hollywood costume designer who later gains fame as the designer of the topless bathing suit, are particularly outstanding. It is fascinating to watch Morgan's (Hay) transformation from the early business suit crusader to flamboyant, shawl wearing character secure in himself. Ballard is 'spot on' as Rudi, with the perfect look and demeanor of the ambitious designer who keeps his role in the society secret to protect his career. 

The sparse set, with locations and time cleverly indicated by the use of small signs of the street variety, is by
David Munro.  The costumes by Dori Stober are nicely appropriate for the time period right down to the men's hats, with lighting by Ed Pearson and sound and music design by Greg Scalara. The stage manager is Hilary Pearson. "Temperamentals is produced by Michael Driscoll, the Alliance Repertory Company's Artistic Director.

In regard to the story of the "Temperamentals," this is much more than a glimpse into the history of the gay rights movement....it is a riveting story about the struggle for human rights and human dignity. You have until  April 7th to see the "Temperamentals."



 Reviewed by Rick Busciglio     March 26, 2012

See it at the Edison Valley Playhouse, 2191 Oak Tree Rd. Edison NJ (08820). Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM, Sunday matinee April 1 at 2 PM Special performance, Thursday, April 5 (Talk-back on March 30 and April 5).

Tickets are $22 for Adults, $17 for Seniors/Students For directions and tickets,
call: 732-755-4654, or visit the website: http://evplayhouse.com

Photos by Howard Fisher

James Morgan,  Dustin Ballard, Eddie Capuano, Michael Lasry & Gus Ibranyi

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Playhouse 22 will be celebrating March Madness on March 31 with two exciting events


 
 
For the kids, join Playhouse 22 as they present The Hilarious Funzapoppin Magic Show, performed by Taubenslag Productions.  For children ages 4 and up, an afternoon with comedy, songs and magic.  Tickets are only $7 for children and $10 for adults.  Group rates are available.  The performance will begin at 1 p.m. 
 
And for the adults, it is An Evening of Art Songs and Opera featuring a selection of classic American, German and French songs followed by selections from the opera, “La Forza Del Destino.”  The evening will conclude with a complementary dessert reception.  All tickets are $15 and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. 
 
Both events will be on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
 
Tickets are available online at Playhouse22.org, by calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939 or at the Box Office window.  Playhouse 22 is conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Playhouse 22
P.O. Box 181
East Brunswick, NJ  08816

Award-winning 'Children of a Lesser God' next at Circle Players





Circle Players will present “Children of a Lesser God,” by Mark Medoff, a love story about a speech teacher who falls for a deaf girl in a small New England school for the deaf, and the obstacles that they face due to their differences.


Show dates are April 20-May 6; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with one 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 6.

The theater is located at 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway.


Ed Faver of Roselle is the director and Fred Cuozzo of Green Brook is the producer.

In the cast are Jessica Rendell, Piscataway; John P. Dowgin, Spotswood; Brian Craig, Dunellen; Barbara Gurskey, Metuchen; Casey Woods, Somerville; Emily Carey, North Brunswick; and Lisa Ellin, Piscataway.

The Broadway production opened on March 30, 1980 at the Longacre Theatre, where it ran for 887 performances. In 1980, it won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the opening night performance.
For reservations, call 732-968-7555, or buy online at www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.) Tickets are $17 for adults, and $16 for students and seniors. No credit cards can be accepted at the theater box office, but may be used online.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

See a play this weekend-enjoy the magic of live theatre

New Jersey Theatre Alliance's list of professional productions playing currently:

Actors Shakespeare Company, Jersey City
Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Now through April 1

Ambiguity, secrecy, twisted prophecy and ambition collide as characters hurtle towards their own delusion and destruction. ASC’s intense, small-cast production creates a cauldron in which the darkest of human desires forge a most unhappy alchemy where fair is foul and foul is fair.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (201) 200-2390
Visit Actors Shakespeare Company's website

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, South Orange
Jessica O'Hara-Baker, Noreen Farley and David Miceli in Blood: A Comedy. Photo by Steve McIntyre
Jessica O'Hara-Baker, Noreen Farley and David Miceli in Blood: A Comedy. Photo by Steve McIntyre
Blood: A Comedy
By David Lee White
Final performances this weekend!

In this whip-smart comedy, Jacqueline Stanzi is an eccentric life-long atheist and college professor who has just lost her tenure for trying to teach intelligent design in a science class. Struggling with confusion and memory loss, Jacqueline decides that the only way to save her mind - and her highly dysfunctional family - from destroying itself is for everyone to get religion. What better time for a family confessional than the eve of her daughter's wedding and the joining of two bloodlines? Peter Filichia of The Star-Ledger called it "Stellar" and Ruth Ross of the News Record said that it is "a gift… well delivered by Dreamcatcher Rep."
Note: Blood contains adult language and themes. Parental guidance is suggested.

For more information: (973-378-7754 x2228, or to purchase tickets: (800) 838-3006
Visit the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's website
READ OUR REVIEW
George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
The company of Twelve Angry Men. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
The company of Twelve Angry Men. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Twelve Angry Men  By Reginald Rose
Now through April 8
Before there was Law and Order, Perry Mason or Matlock – there was Twelve Angry Men. The landmark television drama, turned major motion picture and Broadway blockbuster, begins as twelve men enter an airless jury room on a blistering summer day. Their task is to return a verdict against an inner-city youth charged with the murder of his father, where a guilty vote equals a mandatory death sentence. With testimony from two witnesses, their deliberations should be brisk – until one lone Juror lights the fuse that will make this “open and shut case” explode like a stick of dynamite.
Watch a preview of the performance here.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 246-7717
Visit George Street Playhouse's website
READ OUR REVIEW
The Growing Stage, Netcong
Seussical
Book by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens; music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Now through April 1

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This fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza for all ages is one of the most performed shows in America. Horton the Elephant faces ridicule and danger as he tries to protect the Whos in Whoville, but the powers of friendship, loyalty, and family emerge triumphant in a story that makes you laugh and cry.
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For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 347-4946
Visit The Growing Stage website
READ OUR REVIEW
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
Susannah Flood and James Urbaniak in Travesties. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Susannah Flood and James Urbaniak in Travesties. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Travesties
By Tom Stoppard
Now through April 1

Prepare to be delighted as Stoppard (Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead, Shakespeare in Love) spins you into a dazzling medley of literature, philosophy, politics, and history. The wildest revolutionary minds of the 20th century come alive in this romantic and achingly funny modern masterpiece.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 258-2787
Visit McCarter Theatre Center's website
READ OUR REVIEW
New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
Summer in Sanctuary
By Al Letson
Final performances this weekend!

In addition to being the host of NPR's innovative "State of the Re:Union," Al Letson is a gifted performance poet with a resume that boasts appearances on national and local stages as well as on HBO. Now NJ Rep audiences get a chance to see Letson's many talents in action through Summer in Sanctuary, an autobiographical piece told through monologue, poetry, song and multimedia.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 229-3166


Visit New Jersey Repertory Company's website

Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
The Washington Senators in Damn Yankees. Photo by Ken Jacques.
The Washington Senators in Damn Yankees. Photo by Ken Jacques.
Damn Yankees
Lyrics and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop
Now through April 1

Joe Boyd loves the Washington Senators baseball team a little too much. The proof: When a devilish dealmaker offers the chance to beat the “damn Yankees” in return for Joe’s soul, Joe takes it. But as the Senators’ stats soar, Joe realizes he’s losing his beloved wife and looks for a loophole. Enter sizzling-hot temptress Lola, a charter member in the Home-wreckers Hall of Fame. “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets,” goes the well-known song. Who will win? You'll have to see the show to find out.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 376-4343
Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website
READ OUR REVIEW
Passage Theatre Company, Trenton
Solo Flights Festival - In Good Company  Final performances this weekend!
Inventive ensembles will bring a unique blend of theatricality, movement and humor to Trenton along with signature solo performers, including a sweaty, hilarious and unique look at powerless people in search of their superpowers. Come and enjoy the fun; you’ll be in good company.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 392-0766
Visit the Passage Theatre website

Two River Theater Company, Red Bank
Chuck Cooper and Margo Seibert (front) with Brenda Pressley and Jeff Kready (back) from In This House. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Chuck Cooper and Margo Seibert (front) with Brenda Pressley and Jeff Kready (back) from In This House. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
In This House  Music by Mike Reid; lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger; book by Jonathan Bernstein, Sarah Schlesinger and Mike Reid
Now through April 1

In this new chamber musical, two couples meet and spend an evening together on a wintry New Year’s Eve. Intimate and personal, In This House touches people no matter where they are in their own lives, evoking the universal experience of being in love, and the challenges and rewards of navigating a relationship.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 345-1400


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