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Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: The chilling 'Broomstick' at New Jersey Rep in Long Branch


Andrea Gallo as the witch, or is she?


" No, my dear, don’t be alarmed. It’s just a little game.  You won’t be harmed. And even if you are, I know some tricks to reattach a severed finger, fix a foot that’s lost a toe or two . . . or three. I’m teasing you.  But after all, ask me, who really needs ten fingers, all those toes? If we were talking . . . oh, let’s say—a nose. Now you lose that, okay, I’d understand if you thought things had gotten out of hand. It’s not like we got extra ones to spare the way we do with eyes and ears.  A pair of anything, you can afford to lose the first when there’s a second still to use. A nose, though, there’s not much to take its place, at least not sitting there, the middle of your face. So yeah, I might be slow to sympathize with someone lost just one of his two eyes. It comes to noses, though, there ain’t no “just.” You lose your nose and make a little fuss, well, that’s to be expected, I suppose, seeing you lost your one and only nose. But these shenanigans about a toe or two—you still got eight, nine others, though. So what you say we play our little game and let’s not worry who we gonna blame things go wrong and don’t turn out so good? Mean the world to me, it really would." 

This strange bit of poetry about missing body parts is recited early in the wickedly funny play now on stage at the New Jersey Rep in Long Branch by a marvelous actress Andrea Gallo. The word 'wickedly' is properly applied to this world premiere play with the simple title Broomstick

Written by John Biguenet, Broomstick is the sometimes creepy and sometimes funny visit with on old lady (Andrea Gallo) who lives alone in a remote, crude, cabin in the woods. No it is not Grimm's Hansel and Gretel, but close. The old lady is clearly strange and seems to have extraordinary powers. She can have bugs of all types, for example, torment whomever she is displeased with at a moments notice. 

She has many other unique powers that are far more aggressive, but not to be revealed here. Let's call her by the title she seems to have earned....Witch. But, not all witches are the same...is our witch a good or bad witch? Or both? As she spins her tale of life in the woods from childhood, early romance, racial violence, death of her parents, "suicide" of a romantic rival and young visitors who are fleeing abusive parents... we see both sides of her. We cry with her at one point and cringe at another. 

Playing the witch is Andrea Gallo in a terrific solo performance that you will not soon forget. Gallo speaks in rhyme with an easy, sweet "couldn't hurt a fly" mountain drawl. She wears a long black dress (suitable for broom riding?) with dark grey curly hair (costume designer Patricia Doherty). Her cabin is crude with a large cauldron in the large fireplace.

The set by Jessica Parks is astonishing--- the engineering magician's at Disney World could not have done better. The room has a stone floor, rough hewn logs with spaces covering the walls that are faced with numerous shelves loaded with a great assortment of glassware and strange instruments and bottles clearly standard issue for a card carrying witch. At the center, a self-propelled rocking chair. The lighting consists of various candle fixtures (magically powered by electricity) and mirrors that change color and intensity at a simple nod from the old lady (lighting designer Jill Nagle). Highly effective creepy and creaky sounds are nicely provided by sound designer Merek Royce Press.

A favorite moment is when the witch laments that her girlhood friend, and rival for her boyfriend, sadly committed suicide. "Naturally, she might have needed some help....like a push.....or two" the witch reveals with a coy, innocent smile. 

This is goose-bump entertainment, minus movie style violence, at its best. We greatly recommend a journey to Long Branch to the NJ Rep's very comfortable, intimate theatre and sit a "spell." Keep your eyes on the witch during the closing moment's as she reveals another, more than hair raising, talent. 

Major applause for Andrea Gallo is naturally in order, of course, who would dare not show appreciation to a witch? Applause, of the standing variety, also to the director SuzAnne Barabas, the NJ Rep's artistic director.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio   September 30, 2013

Tickets are $40; Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. For tickets, contact the NJ Rep Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit on the web at www.njrep.org

NJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.


ABOUT THE CONTINUED LIFE OF NEW PLAYS FUND

NNPN's flagship program, the Continued Life of New Plays Fund supports three or more theaters which choose to mount the same new play within a twelve-month period. The result is a Rolling World Premiere through which the playwright develops a new work with multiple creative teams, for multiple communities of patrons, ensuring the resulting play is of the highest possible quality. And with a minimum of three productions in a single year, the play attains the momentum it needs to join the repertoire of frequently-produced new American works. NNPN provides grants of $7,000 to the first three participating theaters in each Rolling World Premiere; to date, NNPN has championed the continued life of 40 new plays in over 100 productions, with over a quarter-million dollars in grants.


"The New Jersey Repertory Company was founded in 1997. Its mission is to develop and produce new plays and to make a lasting contribution to the American stage. Since it opened its doors 16 years ago, the theater has produced 70 world premieres and has presented over 350 developmental readings of new works."

Review: Katrina Ferguson in 'Master Class' at The Women's Theater Company in Parsippany

The Women’s Theater Company in Parsippany has launched their 21st Season with an outstanding production of Terrence McNally’s Tony-Award winning play Master Class. 

Chris Sierra as Tony and Katrina Ferguson as Maria Callas


The play is directed by the company's artistic director Barbara Krajkowski and stars Katrina Ferguson as the fiery opera star Maria Callas.  Master Class is based on Maria Callas' voice master classes she conducted at New York's Julliard School of Music toward the end of her career (1977). 

To say that Katrina Ferguson is magnificent in this role may be an understatement. Whereas Callas conducted a master class for opera students, Ferguson conducts a master class in acting. She could easily have taken over the role during its Broadway run. This lady owns the WTC's stage for the better part of two hours. She beautifully captures the spirit and style of the great diva. She is glamorous... dressed in a black pants suit with a long red scarf...very elegant and highly attractive. Her mild Greek accent works perfectly in adding to her commanding role of teacher to operatic novices.

Over the course of the two acts, Callas "coaches" three students, two sopranos (Sophie-Jill Cappucino and Sharon-Elise Brancheau) and one tenor (Tony- Chris Sierra). Between and during her student sessions she shares recollections of the highs and lows of her career including biting comments about other singers and conductors and the cruel press early in her career.

A particularly dramatic turn comes when she reveals intimate details of her longtime, well publicized, affair with the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. She also covers her difficult early life during the Nazi occupation of Greece when she considered herself an "ugly ducking." 

Most of her comments are directed to the audience, who represent other students. She covers all this while challenging her students, who expected only constructive criticism, with not only their vocal skills, but their stage presence and even dress selection.
Supporting Katrina Ferguson, is an impressive group of young people. First, Callas' class pianist is played by Amanda Zook. Jill Cappucino, a Barn Theatre regular (excellent in last season's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"), is the first soprano- Sophie. Elise Brancheau is the second soprano- Sharon. The third student is a tenor-Tony played by Chris Sierra. All three are nicely equipped with fine voices and suffer perfectly the darts, zings and even praise from Callas. 

A light touch is provided by Laura Petrucelli as a stage hand who reluctantly caters to Callas' creature comfort needs....totally unimpressed with the great diva.

The production staff includes: Grayce Coviello equity stage manager; Warren Helms music coach/coordinator; Jonathan Wentz set design, construction and props; Nick Downham lighting design; Joan Ludwig costumes; and Larry Wilbur sound.

To see Barbara Krajkowski's production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class with Katrina Ferguson as Maria Callas you only have until October 6. Please note that love of opera is not essential to the enjoyment of this superior production. 

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio  September 28, 2013

All  performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm.  Tickets are $25, and $20 for seniors.

The Women’s Theater Company is a professional theater located at the Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha (Parsippany), New Jersey. Note: For GPS driving directions, enter the town of Boonton, 07005. To purchase tickets online go to www.womenstheater.org or call 973-316-3033, or email info@womenstheater.org.

 

See Sherlock Holmes Spoof at 'Pay What You Can' night at The Theatre Project in Maplewood


To make sure that no one is kept from live professional theater by rising ticket prices, The Theater Project at the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood is offering a special performance at 8 PM, Thursday, October 3, when patrons will pay whatever they choose for admission.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES runs September 26 – October 13, but the October 3 performance has been set aside as PAY WHAT YOU CAN night.

The parody of Conan Doyle’s famous detective novel is by Steve Canny and John Nicholson. “We don’t want people to miss the show or miss introducing their kids to live professional theater because of the prices,” says associate producer Daaimah Talley, “Like many theaters, our costs are rising, grants and donations are shrinking, and we have had to raise prices –slightly. Times are rough all around, but our goal is to make theater accessible for everyone.”

 “It is heart-breaking to go to New York and pay almost $100 for a half-price ticket,” says artistic director Mark Spina. “Those prices send a message that theater is something most of us can only do once or twice a year if we are lucky. We want live theater to be a regular part of people’s lives, not a financial sacrifice.”

The Theater Project also offers discounts for groups and early ticket purchase, but the PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance is geared to individuals and families.

The Theater Project hopes that people who have limited or no experience of the local professional theater scene will be able to sample it through this programTickets for this performance are available on a first come, first served basis starting at 7 PM, Oct 3 at the theater box office. No advanced reservations are accepted for PAY WHAT YOU CAN night.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES will run September 26 – October 13 at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ.

Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. There is a talk back with actors after each Friday night performance, and the actors greet the audience in the lobby after every show. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $15 for students. They may be purchased online at thetheaterproject.org  or by phone at 973 763-4029.

WHAT: PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance...Patrons set their own ticket prices for

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Steve Canny and John Nicholson

WHEN: 8 PM, Thursday, October 3

WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ

TICKETS: First come first served, by availability. Box office will open at 7 PM on Oct 3.






 Nick Wolf, Peter Kendall and Scott Cagney



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Jeff Jackson's new play 'Two Point Oh' opens in NYC October 3rd


One the brightest talents in New Jersey theatre and beyond Jeffrey Jackson (photo below) is about to have his new play 'Two Point Oh' produced at the 59E59th theatres starting this Thursday,  October 3rd. Jeff is an actor, lyricist and playwright (bio below)!


NYC premiere of TWO POINT OH, written by Jeffrey Jackson and directed by Michael Unger, begins performances this Thursday, October 3 for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 20.

The performance schedule is TuesdayThursday at 7:30 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8:30 PM; Sunday at 3:30 PM. Please note, the performance on Sunday, October 6 is at 7:30 PM, there is no matinee that day. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $18 ($12.60 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go towww.59e59.org.

Elliot Leeds is dead—or is he? A pioneering software mogul, Elliot makes headlines one last time when his private jet plunges into the Pacific. Three months later, his grief-stricken widow discovers Elliot’s greatest creation: a virtual-reality simulation of himself that he masterminded before his demise. Programmed with the most advanced artificial intelligence, thousands of hours of his recorded thoughts and speech, and a digital re-creation of his face and body, “Elliot 2.0” is a talking, thinking, virtual soul. Powered by a network of supercomputers housed in secret underground vaults, Elliot can answer questions, hold conversations, and even share memories. Begging the question: Is Elliot really dead?

This fascinating glimpse into the implications of singularity on human society received its world premiere at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, where it was called “compelling" and “gripping," and “one of the most thought-provoking plays of the season” by the Detroit Free Press.

The cast features Jack Noseworthy (Broadway's Sweet Smell of Success, upcoming Killing Kennedy), Karron Graves (Coram Boy on Broadway), James Ludwig (Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors on Broadway), Antoinette LaVecchia (A View from the Bridge on Broadway), and Michael Sean McGuinness (The Three Sisters at the Pearl).

The design team includes Kris Stone (scenic design); Herrick Goldman (lighting design); Victoria Delorio (composer/sound design); Kristin Fiebig (costume design); and David Bengali (media/projection design). The Production Stage Manager is Alison Hassman.

Jeffrey Jackson (playwright) created the book and lyrics for the 2007 Off Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which starred Tony Award-nominee Hunter Foster.  The Associate Press praised it for “bringing the classic tale thrillingly to life.”  Gannett Newspapers called it “Dark but consistently engaging,” and Bloomberg radio hailed it as “Riveting!” and “Totally exciting!”  The original cast album was released on Ghostlight Records and the play has been published by Playscripts through which it is currently enjoying ongoing stock and amateur-licensed productions around the world. His acclaimed short film, Our First Fight, has toured film festivals around the world. His feature-length screenplay, White Collared, won the Best Screenplay award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and was acquired by a Sundance-winning film producer. He is currently in post-production on a hybrid movie/online game experience entitled Daemon 9, which he wrote and recently directed in Los Angeles.

Review: East Coast Premiere of Joe DiPietro's 'The Last Romance' at The Bickford



The Bickford Theatre kicked-off its 2013-2014 season this weekend with the East Coast premiere of The Last Romance by, Jersey born and raised, Joe DiPietro. DiPietro is also the author of I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, (the second longest running off-Broadway musical), Memphis (2010 Tony-award winner for Best Musical), All Shook Up, The Toxic Avenger and, a particular favorite, Over the River and Through the Woods, which was staged at the Bickford two years ago.

The Last Romance is set in Hoboken, also the setting for Over The River. The play is a warm, tender and very funny tale of late love between two senior citizens. Ralph (J.C. Hoyt) is an 80 year old lonely widower living with his sister Rose (Noreen Farley). Rose has lived with him since his wife died 12 years earlier.

One day he breaks from his daily routine to journey to a part of the neighborhood park that has always been foreign territory....a dog park. The simple act of taking a new path results in his finding romance with an elegant woman, Carol (Thea Ruth White). Carol is in the park daily at 4:30 pm to walk her small dog Peaches. Ralph displays immediate interest, but Carol is distant, she even expresses indignation at his rather clumsy, aggressive approach. Here is the magic of DiPietro. His use of language is remarkable. He writes the way real people speak, middle class in this case, with each word perfect in naturally propelling the plot.

Ralph's dream as a young man was to be an opera singer. He even made it to the stage of the old Met for an audition. The world of opera is a central theme of the plot. DiPietro cleverly adds a young man with a fine voice (Cory Singer) to represent the early Ralph. He sings portions of arias at strategic moments in the play.

Playing Ralph is an exceptional actor that we first saw in the Women's Theater Company's recent production of The Fantasticks J.C. Hoyt. Hoyt performed the same part he had originated in the long running New York production of The Fantasticks. We even awarded him one our 2012 New Jersey Footlights Awards for the performance.

Playing Ralph's sister is another recipient of our Footlights Awards Noreen Farley. Noreen is clearly the leading character actress in North Jersey, both professional and community theater. Her 2012 Award was for her performance in the Dreamcatcher Repertory Company of Summit's Blood: A Comedy.

She is spot-on in her performance as Ralph's live-in sister who unselfishly caters to his needs. In one key scene she questions Carol regarding her intentions toward Ralph. Informing Carol that Ralph has a major crush on her... "all he talks about is you." She adds "of course, he would be a great catch....he can drive at night." You may have to be of a certain age to properly appreciate that line.

The elegant, refined, Carol who lives in a nearby upmarket highrise, is beautifully played by Thea Ruth White. Joe DiPietro has sprinkled the delightful script with several plot twists that contribute to the enjoyment of The Last Romance. 

 
The stage may be spare, simple park bench center stage with rear screen projection of the park and other locations behind, but the superior performances of J.C. Hoyt, Noreen Farley and Thea Ruth White in this sweet romantic comedy make this a special night out. Director Eric Hafen, also the Bickford Artistic Director, has delivered another quality event to the Bickford.

Director Hafen's creative team includes: Set, Lighting and Sound Designer: Roman Klima; Properties Designer: Ric McAllister; Costume Designer: Andrea Dente; Production Stage Manager: Yumi Matsurra.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio Friday September 27, 2013

Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance, runs through October 13, 2013 at The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ.

Performances: Thursday October 3 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Friday October 4 and 11 at 8 pm, Saturday October 5 at 2 pm, Saturday October 12 at 8 pm and Sunday September 29 and October 6 and 13 at 2 pm

Tickets: Reserved seats are $45 for the General Public, $40 for Senior Citizens, Morris Museum and Bickford Theatre Guild Members, and $20 for Students (18 or under or with valid college ID). Group rates available. To purchase tickets or for further information, please contact the Bickford Theatre Box Office at 973.971.3706 or visit www.bickfordtheatre.org.



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Holmdel Theatre Company to hold Improv Workshop



What is more useful in life than improvisation?


Four Saturdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26 10am-1pm $40 

Explore performance improvisation games of Viola Spolin with Master Teacher Kathy Hendrickson, build an improvisation team, and perform the games not only for each other throughout the course, but for an invited audience in a presentation during the final class. And have loads of fun in the process!

Kathy Hendrickson is an actor, educator and director, specializing in the theater games of Viola Spolin. In her nearly 20 years of teaching and as Vice President and Senior Faculty of the New Actors Workshop in New York City, she has taught hundreds of classes and workshops both in the United States and around the globe.


REGISTER: CLICK HERE

Duncan Smith Theatre, 36 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ

(Located in front of the Holmdel High School)

For more information visit:            www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org

Cast set for Alliance Repertory Theatre Company's 'Anton In Show Business'



Alliance Repertory Theatre Company has set the cast for its season opening Fall comedy Jane Martin's "ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS".


An all-female cast performs multiple roles (including some male!); Alzie Rejouis- Paterson, Elizabeth Belonzi- Hoboken, Gloria Lamoureaux-Succasunna, Jennifer Robbins- Mountain Lakes, Kristina Hernandez- Westfield, Mary Sullivan- Freehold and Nina Martin-New Brunswick.
2010 Perry Award 'Best Actress' Gloria Lamoureaux

This madcap comedy follows three actresses as they pursue their dream of performing "Chekhov" in Texas. The play's hilarious journey conveys all the joys, pains and absurdities of " putting on a play" as it pokes fun of such issues as gender roles, multi- culturalism, arts funding and the tobacco industry.

Michael Driscoll, Director, states, "This cast of seven women is not only extremely talented and hardworking, they are also a delight to work with. Come see the show, they will surely tickle your funny bone! "

"Anton in Show Business" will open on Friday, October 11th  and run through Saturday, October 26th at Edison Valley Playhouse (a/k/a Historic Edison Valley Playhouse), 2196 Oak Tree Rd in Edison. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. There is also a matinee on Sunday, October 20th  at 2 p.m. and a Thursday, October 24 show at 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for seniors and students. For reservations call 908-755-4654.

Friday, September 27, 2013

What's Playing Tonight ? (Selected List)


Womens Theater Company Presents Master Class

Women's Theater Company Presents Master Class

Women's Theater Company
Morris County
September 20 - October 6, 2013
Opening the Women's Theater Company season is Terrence McNally’s Tony-Award winning playMaster Class directed by Barbara Krajkowski, running from September 20-October 6. 
The Last Romance

The Last Romance

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
Morris County
September 26 - October 13, 2013
A heart-warming romantic comedy about the transformative powers of love.
SHREK the Musical

SHREK the Musical

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey
Morris County
September 27 - October 27, 2013
Based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre comes to dazzling new life on our stage!
Details


 

 BROOMSTICK

New Jersey Repertory Company
Monmouth County
September 19 - October 13, 2013
A witch confessess all: her first love affair, how she discovered her powers, how she has used them. 

Midtown Direct Rep's Staged Reading of David Myer's 'From Under the Tree'

Midtown Direct Rep presenting staged reading of David Myer's From Under the Tree as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focused on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft. 
 
Following on the heels of MDR's successful development of Rated P (for parenthood), MDR's program, Theatre in the Loft, aims to do the same for other previously unseen material. MDR now presents monthly readings or workshops of new plays and musicals one Sunday night a month at 7 PM in the SOPAC loft. With a cash bar and post show discussions with the casts and creative teams, MDR fosters a fun and collaborative environment to nurture the development of top notch theatre right here at home. 

From Under the Tree by David Myers will be directed by Will Pomerantz. The Cast is led by Kelly Bishop (Gilmore Girls). The rest of the cast is TBA. $15 Tickets can be purchased at: http://sopacnow.org/631/midtown-direct-rep-in-the-loft-oct-6

From the playwright ...                                       
The pursuit of energy ruptures a Louisiana family in this explosive new play from David Myers. To frack, or not to frack?   A matriarch and her son, an expectant first-time father,  struggle over the natural gas thirteen-thousand feet underground. Drilling promises security and wealth for the next generation -- but at what cost? Secrets are unearthed, and unexpected consequences are revealed, as the family forges a new relationship to their land,  their legacy, and their future. 
About Midtown Direct Rep (MDR)

With perhaps more professional theater artists than any suburb of NYC, Maplewood/South Orange (NJ) is “where Broadway comes home to sleep.” MDR, a theatre company created by and for these NJ-based artists, develops and presents relevant, world-class theatre for its community. www.midtowndirectrep.org.

Midtown Direct Rep company members include two- time Tony Winner, Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Nominee, Christiane Noll, and "Law & Order; SVU" regular, Joel de la Fuente, among others.  The Company is managed by Co-Artistic Directors Sandy Rustin and Jeremy Dobrish, Managing Director Jeffrey Shubart, and Producing Director Evan Fleischer.

'The Other Place' Next at Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Opening next week!

THE OTHER PLACE at Dreamcatcher Rep

Dreamcatcher Rep will present the New Jersey premiere of The Other Place. This haunting drama appeared earlier this year on Broadway and earned Laurie Metcalf a Tony nomination for Best Actress.

Psychologically complex, the play begins just as Juliana Smithton's research leads to a potential breakthrough and her life takes a disorienting turn. As Juliana traces her memories and relationships back in time, mysteries pile up until the truth is revealed one devastating night.

Directed by Clark Carmichael and featuring a cast of Dreamcatcher ensemble favorites:
  • Harry Patrick Christian
  • Dave Maulbeck
  • Jessica O'Hara-Baker
  • Harriett Trangucci
The Other Place runs 3 weeks only, October 3 - 20Info  *  Tickets 


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Event: THE OTHER PLACE   Info  
 
When:  October 3 - 20
Thursday at 8pm - NEW! Thursday nights have been added!
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm 
 
Location: Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit   Directions
(entrance on Russell Place, parking lot on Ashwood Ave.)
 
Price: $30 adults
$25 seniors 65+ with ID       Seniors, see special date below
$25 students 25- with ID
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Discount:  Our e-mail friends SAVE 10% (advance only). Enter code TRUTH at checkout. 
 
Special
Dates:
 Thu. October 3 is preview performance -- all seats $20
Fri. October 4 is opening night -- free post-show reception
Sun. October 6 is Senior Sunday -- seniors pay $15 (advance only)
Sun. October 6 free post-matinee talkback with the cast and creative team
Sun. October 13 free post-matinee talkback with the cast and creative team 

Note to season passholders: don't forget to reserve your seats! E-mail us for help 

MORE INFO ONLINE:   Our current season   |   THE OTHER PLACE   

Last Chance to See 'Veronica's Room' at The Barn Theatre



"VERONICA'S ROOM"
FINAL PERFORMANCES this Friday and Saturday!
Only 2 performances remain of The Barn's riveting production of "Veronica's Room", directed by Omar Kozarsky.
Final performances:
Friday, Sept. 27 at 8pm
Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8pm
 

"Amazing..."
"Impressive..."
"Outstanding..."
"Edge of your seat chills and thrills..."
"Superior production…"

These are just a few of the words people are using to describe "Veronica's Room". This chilling mystery thriller by the author of "Rosemary's Baby" and "Deathtrap" will keep you on the edge of your seats with its unexpected twists and turns.

Starring:
William Michael Harper
Laura Kennedy
Michael Lawlor
Wendy Schibener

Ticket Price: $18.00

The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). www.barntheatre.org

For tickets, please call the Box Office at 973-334-9320 or email boxoffice@barntheatre.org




Photos by Joe Gigli / NJ Counties Online

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Review: 'A Dangerous Woman' at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is Outstanding Theatre


​The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, nationally acclaimed for its productions of the plays of William Shakespeare and other classics, has launched the Fall portion of its 2013 season with a non-classic, the world premiere of A Most Dangerous Woman. Written by Cathy Tempelsman and directed by Tony-Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr., this is an outstanding play about an exceptional woman, George Eliot, starring an exceptional actress, Aedin Moloney (photo above). Ms. Moloney, making her Shakespeare Theatre debut, is absolutely perfect in the role of the famed Victorian author George Eliot (She is not only an actress with extensive stage and film credits, she is the founder and artistic director of The Fallen Angel Theatre Company in New York City with a long association at Irish Rep.).

For many of us, our first association with George Eliot was via English Lit. class in high school and college where her novel Silas Marner was required reading. Eliot, real name Mary Ann Evans, is also the author of Adam Bede, Middlemarch, and The Mill on the Floss. Although she had limited formal education, she achieved early success as a writer/editor for an important London publication at the age of thirty. Later, with the encouragement of her longtime lover George Henry Lewes (played with great style by Ames Adamson) she authored seven novels. The most popular, Middlemarch, has been described as the greatest novel in the English language.

No discussion of Eliot's talent as a writer is complete without recognition of the ofttimes cruel reception she received due her plain, unattractive appearance. She has been described as “a woman with next to no feminine beauty or charm or of countenance or person,” “exceedingly plain” and “magnificently ugly, deliciously hideous” by Henry James. Yet this is not a female version of The Elephant Man, certainly not as played by Aedin Moloney. Moloney is magnificent in this role and far from hideous. Yes, the expression "must-see" may be overused, but it applies to this play and this performance by Aedin Moloney. She may be the tiniest person on the stage, but she dominates every scene even with a simple nod of the head. A particular joy is the way she uses her unique, somewhat dark voice.

The play nicely explores Eliot's life after the age of thirty when she left rural England for a writing career in London ending in a scandalous 20 plus year relationship with a married man, George Henry Lewes, the reason she adopted a pen name, and the auto-biographical nature of her writings. ​A clever device is employed ​​during​ scene transitions​ by having the secondary actors moving across the stage or even down stage reciting brief lines from Eliot's novels, particularly, Middlemarch, illustrating Eliot's creative thoughts.

The playwright Cathy Tempelsman offers these comments; “Out of the isolation she suffers – born of her own passion and need – she develops a preternatural insight into hidden and secret lives and the suffering of ordinary men and women, who, dramatically, are as rich and compelling as the kings and queens we find in Shakespeare,” “She was the most brilliant, fascinating person I had ever read about – her life was entirely modern and unconventional. I just felt that such a dramatic, controversial life belonged in the theatre.” Her play A Most Dangerous Woman was a finalist for the 2013 Terrence McNally New Play Award, given to an American script which celebrates the transformative power of art. It also won the Echo Theatre (Dallas, TX) national play writing competition.

The excellent supporting cast includes John Little who plays John Blackwood, Eliot’s publisher; Rob Krakovski as Isaac Evans, George Eliot’s brother; Deanne Lorette as Eliot's best friend Barbara Bodichon; Sheffield Chastain as the writer Herbert Spencer; Andy Paterson is George Combe the phrenologist; Devin Norik is Edward​, a publishing house clerk and Meg Kiley Smith as the Woman Reader​.

Director Richard Maltby, Jr.'s creative team: composer David Shire (original incidental music); ​​set designer Nicholas Dorr; costume designer Hugh Hanson; sound designer Rich Dionne; lighting designer Tony Galaska and dialect consultant Stephen Gabis. Kathy Snyder is the production stage manager.

A Most Dangerous Woman will continue through October 12th. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The play runs two hours and thirty minutes including a fifteen minute intermission.

Tickets range from $35 to $70; student rush tickets are available 30 minutes prior to curtain for $15. For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison​, New Jersey​.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio Thursday September 26, 2013 


 
Aedin Moloney and Ames Adamson
Photos by Gerry Goldstein

Thursday, September 26, 2013

World premiere of 'A Most Dangerous Woman' at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has launched the Fall portion of its 2013 Season with the world premiere of A Most Dangerous Woman written by Cathy Tempelsman and directed by Tony-Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. 

A Most Dangerous Woman, which explores the extraordinary life of Mary Ann Evans – better known by her pen name George Eliot – began performances on September 18 at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage – The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.  Responding to the exceptional interest in this new play about the famed Victorian author, The Shakespeare Theatre has extended the run and added six performances to the schedule. Performances of A Most Dangerous Woman will now continue through October 12th.    

For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison.  Three-play discount ticket packages are also available.

 An outcast, living a socially unconventional life, Mary Ann Evans was forced to write under the assumed name of George Eliot, not only to escape having her work judged by virtue of her gender, but to avoid having it judged by virtue of her scandalous life.  Ironically, her success as George Eliot only led her deeper and deeper into a world of secrets and deception.  Eliot’s acclaimed novels include Adam Bede, Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner.

We are reviewing tonight's performance.

 Pictured: (center) Mary Anne Evans also known as George Eliot, played by Aedin Moloney.  Photo: ©Gerry Goodstein, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Joe DiPietro's 'Clever Little Lies' to star Marlo Thomas



Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-Winning Actress MARLO THOMAS has been cast in the world premiere production of Clever Little Lies, by Tony Award-winner JOE DiPIETRO (rescheduled from the 2012-13 season). David Saint will helm the production, slated to take the stage in New Brunswick, November 19 – December 22. The remainder of the cast will be announced at a later date.

“After postponing this play last season, I am thrilled that Marlo will return to George Street for her third appearance on our stage, in a world premiere by the wonderful Joe DiPietro,” said Mr. Saint. “They are both remarkable artists and I look forward to welcoming them here once again.”


As Clever Little Lies begins, Bill Jr. and his father, Bill are in the locker room discussing their just-completed game. Bill Jr. is distracted, off his game and seemingly under pressure. A confidence shared between father and son sets events into motion in which secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted, escalating into an unexpected revelation that could change everything. 


Individual tickets, priced from $38, are now available, as are five- and three-play subscription packages and flexible admission passes. For tickets and information call the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717, or visit the Playhouse website; www.GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s vibrant, revitalized downtown, steps away from public transportation, parking and a wide variety of dining choices. Visit GSPonline.org to help plan your trip, with helpful directions, as well as parking and dining recommendations.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

'God of Carnage' next at The Company in Hackensack


Next at The Company Theatre Group is the multi-award winning play
God of Carnage by Yazmina Reza (Translated by Christopher Hampton).

Two set of parents decide to discuss how to handle the fact that one pair’s child has hit the other’s with a stick, knocking out a couple of teeth. Watch as these four adults unravel right before your eyes and prove that sometimes it’s quicker to use a stick.
"God of Carnage is a hilarious and energy filled romp."

The cast-all The Company veterans:  

Sheila Griffin is playing Annette Raleigh - mother of our stick-wielding Benjamin.  She’s a bit of nervous thing…the pressures of motherhood, household maintenance, and a cellphone addicted husband who barely knows she’s there...you understand.
You last saw Sheila in her hilarious turn as the murderous "widow" Lois the production of Cahoots in June.

Larry Kadish is playing Michael Novak – father of our poor victim Henry. He is a bit course, wants to kill his nagging mother, and hopes to get through the evening as quickly and painlessly as possible.  

Larry is a familiar face to our patrons. You've seen him in Burn This, Apartment 3A, 'ART', and Veronica's Room. Most recently, Larry brought back one of our favorite characters Bernie the Baboon in Feeding Time at the Human House in our April Fundraiser: Writes of Spring.

Andrea Prendamano is playing Veronica Novak. She can be a bit overbearing and is the architect of this meeting.  She believes that as long as the Raleigh’s understand the shame and responsibility involved, they can all come to an agreement on how the Raleigh’s son Benjamin can make amends for his unwarranted attack.  Yeah…you can see how that’s going to go.

Andrea is a founding member of THE COMPANY and has appeared in many of our productions including Veronica's Room, Copenhagen, Apartment3A, Chapter Two and others. Most recently, she played Fran the Baboon (alongside Larry Kadish) in Feeding Time at the Human House which is one of her favorite roles.

Bart Shatto is playing Alan Raleigh. He is world class lawyer…literally he argues cases in the Hague.  Unfortunately, as a result, his cell phone is practically glued to his ear 24 hours a day.  And, as the play opens he is wrapped up in a law suit, defending a pharmaceutical company that is about to be sued because one of their new products has few side effects…such as causing those who take it to “bump into the furniture” involuntarily.

Broadway veteran Bart Shatto joins for the second time, having appeared last as Paul Bratter in the production of Barefoot in the Park. Bart played Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Miserables. He was also in the Broadway/Touring Company of Hands on a Hardbody, The Civil War, Cats, and Dracula. He also toured with Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a featured vocalist. Most recently, Bart reprised his role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at Surflight Theatre on Long Beach Island.

God of Carnage is directed by Lou Scarpati. The venue: The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack, New Jersey.

The dates: Nov 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2013
 
For tickets:
http://theatrecompany.biz/tickets

Here are the 2013 Perry Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2013 Perry Award Nominees and Winners!  Winners for each category are noted in bold.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Giordano

David P. McMenemie Award

Rich Kowalski

Community Theater of the Year

The Pennington Players


Outstanding Direction of a Play

Jessica Damrow Sherman, HAMLET, Circle Players 
John Dowgin, THE 39 STEPS, Circle Players
Caseen Gaines, FENCES, Hackensack Theatre Company
Bernice Garfield-Szita, THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold
Steve Lemenille, PROOF, Westfield Community Players
Judi Parrish, THE MIRACLE WORKER, Pennington Players
Howard Whitmore, VANITIES, Mystic Vision Players
Ted Wioncek III, COMPLETE HOLLYWOOD ABRIDGED, The Eagle Theatre

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Ed Corsi, URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, The Eagle Theatre
Darren Gage, HAIR New Jersey Arts Collective
Patrick Horan, THE FANTASTICKS, Chatham Community Players
John M. Maurer, AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions OnStage
Carolyn Newman, Joel Newman, BYE BYE BIRDIE, ShowKids Invitational Theater
Ryan Pifher, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions
Trent Van Doren, TOMMY, Mystic Vision Players

Outstanding Production of a Play

BECKY’S NEW CAR, Circle Players, Jon Heron- Producer, Eric Walby- Director
COMPLETELY HOLLYWOOD ABRIDGED, The Eagle Theatre, Ed Corsi - Producer, James Donio - Producer, Ted Wioncek III - Producer,
Ted Wioncek III- Director
HAMLET, Circle Players, Ed Faver- Producer, Jessica Damrow Sherman- Director
THE 39 STEPS, Shore Repertory Theater Company, John Czekaj- Producer, Jan Topoleski- Director
THE 39 STEPS, Circle Players, Faith Dowgin- Producer, John P. Dowgin- Director
THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold, Bob Szita- Producer, Bernice Garfield-Szita- Director
WAITING FOR GODOT, Edison Valley Playhouse, Bill Seesselberg- Producer, Bill Martinak- Director

Outstanding Production of a Musical

AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions onStage, John M. Maurer- Producer, Diana Gilman Maurer- Producer, Dan Maurer - Producer, John M. Maurer- Director
SCROOGE, Shore Repertory Theater Company, Joseph Ficarra- Producer, Jan Topoleski- Director
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions , Ryan Pifher- Producer, Jenn Pifher- Producer, Ryan Pifher- Director
THE FANTASTICKS, Chatham Community Players, Leslie Reagoso- Producer, Patrick Horan- Director
THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Our Gang Players, Sherry D. Schnepp- Producer, Jessica O'Brien - Director
THE MUSIC MAN, Cranford Dramatic Club, Elizabeth Howard- Producer, Mary Webb- Director, Ken Webb Director
ME AND MY GIRL, Our Gang Players, Sherry D. Schnepp- Producer, Jessica O'Brien - Director

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Joe Buz, GOD’S FAVORITE, Villagers Theatre
James Collins, BOEING-BOEING, Stages at Camden
Heinley Gaspard, FENCES, Hackensack Theater Company
Wayne Harris, THE NORMAL HEART, Circle Players
Rick Holloway, THE NORMAL HEART, Circle Players
Todd W. Jones, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, Circle Players
Anthony Younes, HAMLET, Circle Players

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Paul Aiello, THE MUSIC MAN, Cranford Dramatic Club
Sean Elias, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Pleasant Valley Productions
AJ Mendini, HAIR, The Eagle Theatre
Ryan PJ Mulholland, ME AND MY GIRL, Our Gang Players
Salvador Navarro, THE FANTASTICKS, Chatham Community Players
Jeff Price, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, East Brunswick Community Players-Playhouse 22
Clayton Raithel, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions
Craig Tiede, JEKYLL AND HYDE, Old Library Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Faith Dowgin, THE NORMAL HEART, Circle Players
Hannah Hale, THE 39 STEPS, Shore Repertory Theater Company
Gloria Lamoureux, BECKY’S NEW CAR, Circle Players
Jennifer Nasta Zefutie, THE MIRACLE WORKER, Pennington Players
Kate Soriano, PLAZA SUITE, interACT Productions
Elissa Strell, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Chatham Community Players
Terri Sturtevant, JERSEY VOICES 2012, Chatham Community Players
Jill Zaitchick, THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Jeannie Knackstedt, MY WAY, The Eagle Theatre
Judi Laganga, NUNSENSE, Edison Valley Players
Danielle Meola Valencia, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Pleasant Valley Productions
Samantha Morrone, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, The Eagle Theatre
Marie Nicole, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions 
Danielle Pennisi, THE FANTASTICKS, Chatham Community Players 
Nicole Sartor, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

Frank Bläuer, THE BEST MAN, Summit Playhouse
Thom Boyer, THE 39 STEPS, Circle Players
John Dowgin, THE NORMAL HEART, Circle Players 
Tom Drummer, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Chatham Community Players
Robert Dumpert, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Chatham Community Players
Lawrence James, FENCES, Hackensack Theatre Company
Mike Sundberg, THE 39 STEPS, Circle Players

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Neil Goldstein, ME AND MY GIRL, Our Gang Players
William MacArthur, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Pleasant Valley Productions
Mark Megill, SCROOGE, Shore Repertory Theater Company
Glen D. Post, THE FANTASTICKS, Chatham Community Players
TJ Punchard, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions
Michael Shiumo, AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions OnStage
Kyrus Keenan Westcott, AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions OnStage

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Samantha Ambler, PROOF, South Street Players
Tess Ammerman, HAMLET, Circle Players
Anne Buckwheat, THE HISTORY BOYS, The Road Company
Eve Connolly, THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold
Laurie Hardy, PRESENT LAUGHTER, East Brunswick Community Players-Playhouse 22
Melissa Kiessling, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, Off Broad Street Players
Jenna Kuerzi, BOEING-BOEING, Stages at Camden

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Joan Chavez, BYE BYE BIRDIE, ShowKids Invitational Theater
Linda Correll, COMPANY, Main Street Theatre Company
Nicole Dawdy, ME AND MY GIRL, Our Gang Players
Judi LaGanga, THE MUSIC MAN, Cranford Dramatic Club
Stephanie Long, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, East Brunswick Community Players-Playhouse 22
E. Nicole Spadafino, AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions OnStage
Molly Tower, URINETOWN, The Eagle Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

John Correll, PROOF, Westfield Community Players
Ed Faver, HAMLET, Circle Players 
Chip Prestera, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Chatham Community Players
Ransel Sangster, FENCES, Hackensack Theatre Company
Roger Turner, FENCES, Hackensack Theatre Company
Scott Tyler, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Chatham Community Players
John Weiner, BILOXI BLUES, Off Broad Street Players

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Paul Aiello, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Old Library Theatre
David Cantor, THE FANTASTICKS, Chatham Community Players
Matthew Crawford, THE MUSIC MAN, Livingston Community Players
Andy King, THE MUSIC MAN, Cranford Dramatic Club
Chip Prestera, THE FANTASTICKS, Chatham Community Players
Will Sandoval, BROADWAY, THEN AND NOW, Old Library Theatre
François Suhr, CRAZY FOR YOU, East Brunswick Community Players-Playhouse 22
Ken Wasser, DAMN YANKEES, Center Drama
  
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Caitlin Chelednik, CABARET, Axelrod Performing Arts Center
Erene Davis, AVENUE Q, Stages at Camden
Dawn Gaylardo Broadbent, COMPANY, Main Street Theatre Company
Shannan Gonzalez, AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions OnStage
Leonie Higgins, CABARET, Axelrod Performing Arts Center
Jodi O’Connor, THE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Broadway Theater of Pitman
Elizabeth Rzasa, SCROOGE, Shore Repertory Theater Company

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Kristin Bennett, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Chatham Community Players
Kathleen Campbell Jackson, THE BEST MAN, Summit
Christie Leigh Carver, HAMLET, Circle Players
Marie Comerford, UNEXPECTED GUESTS, Readington Community Theatre
Grace Emiley, MARRIAGE CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH, First Avenue Playhouse
Sandra Lilly, DOUBT, Act IV Productions
Elizabeth Mahon, BECKY’S NEW CAR, Circle Players

Outstanding Youth Actor in a Play

Matthew Cox, ON BORROWED TIME, Main Street Theatre Company
Kyle Devich, BILOXI BLUES, Off Broad Street Players
Jay Harrison Hirsh, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, East Brunswick Community Players-Playhouse 22
Ben Hunt, BILOXI BLUES, Off Broad Street Players
Ian McArdle, BILOXI BLUES, Off Broad Street Players
Andrew Russoniello, SHADOWLANDS, Villagers Theatre 
Calvin Tobias, ON GOLDEN POND, PinnWorth Productions

Outstanding Youth Actor in a Musical

Sean Diveny, ANNIE, Brick Community Children’s Theatre
Andy Kapetanakis, BYE BYE BIRDIE, ShowKids Invitational Theater
Justin Landsman, THE MUSIC MAN, Bergen County Players
Jacob Lesser, THE MUSIC MAN, Cranford Dramatic Club
Zach Levine, SPRING AWAKENING, Villagers Theatre
Dominick Pate, SPRING AWAKENING, Villagers Theatre
Sam Pearlberg, SCROOGE, Shore Repertory Theater Company

Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play

Sophia-Juliet Jordan, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, West Milford Players
Isabel Kinney, THE MIRACLE WORKER, Pennington Players 
Sarah Perney, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Main Street Theatre Company
Annie Reynolds, THE MIRACLE WORKER, Cranford Dramatic Club
Megan Sherow, A LITTLE MURDER NEVER HURT ANYONE, Maurer Productions OnStage
Haley Vassilijev, BILOXI BLUES, Off Broad Street Players
Maude Weiss, JERSEY VOICES 2012, Chatham Community Players

Outstanding Youth Actress in a Musical

Heather Birmingham, BYE BYE BIRDIE, ShowKids Invitational Theater
Brianna Brice, SPRING AWAKENING, Villagers Theatre
Olivia DeSalvo, HAIR, New Jersey Arts Collective
Shannen Doyle, SPRING AWAKENING, Villagers Theatre
Julia Fumo, ANNIE, Off Broad Street Players
Brielle Raddi, THE MUSIC MAN, Maplewood Strollers
Lexi Rosenblum, SMILE Porch Light Productions

Outstanding Production of an Original Musical

JERSEY SINGS, St. Anne Stages, Erin Miller- Producer, Dawn Greene - Producer, Christine Knitel- Director
JUKEBOX DINER, St. Anne Stages, Christine Knitel- Producer, Dawn Greene - Producer, Christine Knitel- Director
BROADWAY, THEN AND NOW, Old Library Theatre, Peg Peet- Producer, Craig Tiede- Director

Outstanding Production of an Original Play

4x4: 2nd Annual Original Playwrights Festival, Old Library Theater, Producer- Craig Tiede, Producer- Linda Weilkotz, Director- Rachel Lichter, Director- Marilyn Schilke, Director- Brendan Joel Bartlett, Director- Bill Kauffman, Author- Victoria Z. Daly, Author- Irene L. Pynn,
Author - Philip Kaplan, Author - Brett Hursey
AGE 62 IS BETTER, Over The Rainbow Productions, Producer- Michael Schwartz, Producer- Debby Schwartz, Director- Dana Abatemarco, Author- Michael Eli Schwartz
JERSEY VOICES 2012, Chatham Community Players, Producer- Bob Denmark, Producer- Bob Lukasik, Director- Stephen Catron, Director- Joann Scanlon, Director- Paul Bettys, Director- Chris Messineo, Director- Frank Briamonte, Director- Arnold J. Buchiane, Author- Gary Schaffer, Author- Ralph Greco Jr., Author- Mike Allegra, Author- E.M. Lewis, Author- Eric Alter, Author- Mary Jane Walsh
RON, Edison Valley Playhouse, Producer- Bill Seesselberg, Director- Sudipta Bhawmik, Author- Sudipta Bhawmik
R.U. FOR SALE and SHE LOVES ME “KNOT”, The Darress Theatre, Producer- Tom Timbrook, Director- Sue Conover Marinello, 
Author- Lawrence Francis
SICILLIANS IN THE BASEMENT, First Avenue Playhouse, Producer- Joe Bagnole, Director- Dave McGrath, Author- Joe Simonelli 
TWIST OF FAITH, East Brunswick Community Theater, Producer- Douglas Brautigam, Producer- Katie Matseur, Director- Gerry Appel, Author- Richard C. Fink

Outstanding Choreography

Lori Alexander, HAIR, New Jersey Arts Collective
Renee Chambers Liciaga, A CHORUS LINE, The Eagle Theatre
Ashley Eichbaurer, BYE BYE BIRDIE, ShowKids Invitational Theater
Justina Ercole, URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, The Eagle Theatre
Katie Meditz, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, The Broadway Theatre of Pitman
Terese Opiela, SEUSSICAL, St. Catherine of Bologna 
Jessica O'Brien, ME AND MY GIRL, Our Gang Players

Outstanding Music Direction

Tony DiDia, SCROOGE, Shore Repertory Theater Company
Laurie Gougher, AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions OnStage
Jack Hill, THE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Broadway Theatre of Pitman
Patrick Horan, THE FANTASTICKS, Chatham Community Players
Brian Michalowski, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Cranford Dramatic Club
Alva Nelson, THE MUSIC MAN, Cranford Dramatic Club
Jon Provan, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions

Outstanding Stage Manager of a Play

Megan Biespeil, Jordan Bardzik, WAITING FOR GODOT, Edison Valley Playhouse
Eliza Burwell, THE MIRACLE WORKER, The Pennington Players
Bryn E. Farace, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, etc.. OCC Theater Company
Ray Kelton, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, East Brunswick Community Theater- Playhouse 22
Michelle Roth, THE PRICE, Bergen County Players
Harriet Trainor, PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, Somerset Valley Players

Outstanding Stage Manager of a Musical

Alyson Cohn, THE MUSIC MAN, Bergen County Players
Nick Durst, LEGALLY BLONDE, Our Gang Players
Jacky LePore, THE MUSIC MAN, Cranford Dramatic Club
David Mannarino, GODSPELL, Blue State Productions
Mac McCormick, JERRY’S GIRLS, Blue State Productions


Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play

John Curall, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, Stages at Camden
Kevin Gunther, ON BOROWWED TIME, Main Street Theatre Company
Elyse Halloran, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, Circle Players
Elyse Halloran, Ed Pearson, THE 39 STEPS, Circle Players
Mark Lamhut, THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold
Chris Miller, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), The Eagle Theatre
William Simonelli, THE 39 STEPS, Shore Repertory Theater Company

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical

Dominick Abbatiello III, THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, Somerset Valley Players
Patrick McGlone, NEXT TO NORMAL, Villagers Theatre
Shawn McGovern, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, Broadway Theatre of Pitman
Joe McKie, TOMMY, Mystic Vision Players
Chris Miller, URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, The Eagle Theatre
Steve Moger, HAIR, New Jersey Arts Collective
Michael Omelio, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Pleasant Valley Productions

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play

John P. Dowgin, Brian Craig, HAMLET, Circle Players
John P. Dowgin, THE 39 STEPS, Circle Players
Chris Harrison, FENCES, Hackensack Theatre Company
Jon Heron, BECKY’S NEW CAR, Circle Players
Wayne Irons, Judi Parrish, THE MIRACLE WORKER, Pennington Players
Mark Lamhut, THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold
Jan Topoleski, Tony DiDia, THE 39 STEPS, Shore Repertory Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical

Taylor Brennan, ME AND MY GIRL, Our Gang Players
Anthony Francese, SPRING AWAKENING, Villagers Theatre
Mark Keeler, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Our Gang Players
Ryan Pifher, Jon Provan, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions
Kevin Rodio, MY WAY, The Eagle Theatre
Jan Topoleski, SCROOGE, Shore Repertory Theater Company
Mike Yesenosky, HAIR, New Jersey Arts Collective

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play

Bernice Garfield-Szita, Colleen DeFelice, Jill Zaitchick, THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold
Mariah Hale, THE 39 STEPS, Shore Repertory Theater Company 
Kate Tharp Schafer, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, Haddonfield Plays and Players
Martha Silady, Chris Little, WAITING FOR GODOT, Edison Valley Playhouse
Kathy Slothower, THE MIRACLE WORKER, Pennington Players
Sue Takacs, Jessica Murray, GREATER TUNA, 624 Productions
Beverly Wand, Ben Riesebeck, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Chatham Community Players

Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical

Carissa Caruso, HAIR, New Jersey Arts Collective
Ryan PJ Mulholland, ME AND MY GIRL, Our Gang Players
Kate Pinner, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, PinnWorth Productions
Jacquie Revier, Donna Gigante, Lisa Zimmerman, CRAZY FOR YOU, East Brunswick Community Players-Playhouse 22
Sharon Rondinella, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Pleasant Valley Productions
Gailmarie Sprague, Joanne Sprague, Joe Meehan, Sam Sabastian, Cindy Lahiff, THE MUSIC MAN, Cranford Dramatic Club
Lois Steeves, Cindy Pellis, Karen Sabattis, BYE BYE BIRDIE, ShowKids Invitational Theater

Outstanding Properties of a Play

Yasmin Brissac, Anna Wang, WAITING FOR GODOT, Edison Valley Playhouse
Crystal Coddington, PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, Somerset Valley Players
Bernice Garfield-Szita, THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold
Liz Mahon, GOD’S FAVORITE, Villagers Theatre
Eva Marie, COMPLETE HOLLYWOOD ABRIDGED, The Eagle Theatre
Emily Russoniello, Marie Fiorello, SHADOWLANDS, Villagers Theatre
MaryAnne Vitello, THE 39 STEPS, Shore Repertory Theater Company

Outstanding Properties of a Musical

Ashley Allegra, TOMMY, Mystic Vision Players
Alycia Bausch, John M. Maurer, AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions OnStage
Kayla Elyse, Martha Silady, THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, Somerset Valley Players
Dottie Farina, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, PinnWorth Productions
Tish Lum, Michael Healy, THE FANTASICKS, Chatham Community Players
Pat Mangano, Tom Guzzi, THE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Broadway Theatre of Pitman
Kate Schafer, URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, The Eagle Theatre
Ellie Tahan, THE 25THANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play

Nicolas J. Clarey, PLAZA SUITE, interACT Productions
Crystal Coddington, PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, Somerset valley Players
Bernice Garfield-Szita, THE CEMETERY CLUB, Center Players of Freehold
Jessica Mennella, Patrick Schladebeck, Vince Tinebra, ON BORROWED TIME, Main Street Theatre Company
Kate Pinner, ON GOLDEN POND, PinnWorth Productions
Lori Renick, Paul Renick, GOD’S FAVORITE, Villagers Theatre
Dave Sparano, Nick Tomasicchio, BREAKING LEGS, The Radburn Players

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical

Karen Abbatiello, Christian Carrara, THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, Somerset Valley Players
Barry DeVersterve, Margaret Villegas, Amy Whitmore, BYE BYE BIRDIE, ShowKids Invitational Theater
Judi Goldstein, Ryan PJ Mulholland, ME AND MY GIRL, Our Gang Players
Eric Harriz, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Porch Light Productions
Robert Kramer, THE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Broadway Theatre of Pitman
John M. Maurer, Amy Bessellieu, AVENUE Q, Maurer Productions OnStage,
Ryan PJ Mulholland, Jessica O'Brien, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Our Gang Players
Guy Suabedissen, NEXT TO NORMAL, Villagers Theatre



Hall of Fame Inductees

Chris Fitzgerald - NJACT
Joseph Schreck Jr. - NJACT
Amy Levine - NJACT
Barbara Greco-Brady - NJACT
Larry Rothweiler - NJACT
Ilene Greenbaum - Music Director
Guy Suabedissen - Scenic Designer
Judi Madigan - Lighting Designer
Mark Melamed - Director
Sue Takacs - Costume Designer