Thursday, October 31, 2013

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's reading of ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's reading of The Madwoman of Chaillot pits the people of Paris against “big oil”

The “Lend Us Your Ears” series features prestigious actors and includes a post-play discussion with the artists

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Lend Us Your Ears play reading series concludes its 2013 offerings with a reading of The Madwoman of Chaillot on Monday, November 11th at 7:00 p.m. Written by Jean Giraudoux and adapted by Maurice Valency, this eerily prescient, eccentric post-war comedy pits the common people of Paris against a conglomerate of financiers determined to destroy the City of Lights and profit from the reputed oil fields lying beneath its streets. 

The reading will take place at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage, the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. The evening will also include a post-play talk-back session with the director, cast, and audience. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.  

Giraudoux was a French novelist, essayist, and playwright whose poetic and often fantastical work defined the French literary scene between World War I and World War II. Giraudoux’s satirical and paradoxical sense of humor bridged the gap between the richly poetic turn-of-the-century French theatre and the revolutionary post-war avant-garde work of Ionesco, Beckett, and Genet.

Written in 1943 and first performed in 1945 after Giraudoux’s death, The Madwoman of Chaillot is set in a Parisian café, Chez Francis, on the Place de l’Alma in the Chaillot suburb “between the Champs-Elysées and the Seine, across the river from the Eiffel Tower.” Colorful personalities including The Waiter, The Street Singer, The Ragpicker, The Juggler, The Sewer Man populate the bohemian world of “The Madwoman,” Countess Aurelia—the aging and idealistic eccentric who actively opposes the corruption and greedof the scheming corporate financiers.

At the heart of the play is Giradoux’s “belief in the people of Paris, who bear the brunt of suffering but rise above their strife to preserve their precious city—from a playwright who would not live to see the Liberation” (The Austin Chronicle). The New York Drama Critics’ Circle praised the 1948 Broadway production as “pure gold” and “one of the most interesting and rewarding plays to have been written within the last twenty years.” The play inspired a 1969 Broadway musical adaption Dear World starring Angela Lansbury, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. In the same year, Katharine Hepburn starred as Countess Aurelia in the film adaption.

Tickets

Tickets for the reading of The Madwoman of Chaillot are $15 for adults; student tickets are $10 each.  For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or email boxoffice@shakespearenj.org.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free. 

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors.   Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available.  Braille and large print programs are available.   Infrared listening devices are available free of charge.  Some performances are audio described.  Contact the Theatre for more information.   For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

See a live professional play on a New Jersey stage


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Holmes and Carter Mysteries

East Lynne Theater Company

Cape May County

November 1, 2013

ELTC’s popular vintage-radio style production, complete with live sound effects and commercials, with two great detectives! "Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Copper Beeches" about a governess in peril, and "Nick Carter and the Strange Dr. Devolo," in which Manhattan millionaires are missing. 

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Multiple Personality Disorder - Fall

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Union County

November 2, 2013

This unpredictable evening is an affordable, enjoyable evening that is packed with laughs from start to finish. The show includes improvisational comedy sketches that use audience suggestions to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage.

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SPOOKTACULAR

SPOOKTACULAR

Centenary Stage Company

Warren County

November 2, 2013

Illusionist John Bundy, as America’s favorite cool ghoul Wacky Dracky, along with Morgan, the enchanting “Diva of Darkness”, create a visual feast of grand illusion.

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My Mothers Italian My Fathers Jewish and Im Home for the Holidays

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm Home for the Holidays

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum

Morris County

November 21 - November 22, 2013

Steve Solomon's Off-Broadway comedy hit

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THE ESSENCE  A YIDDISH THEATRE DIM SUM

THE ESSENCE – A YIDDISH THEATRE DIM SUM

Centenary Stage Company

Warren County

November 21 - November 24, 2013

“The Essence” is a fast-moving revue for people who couldn’t care less about nostalgia, for people who know nothing about Yiddish and couldn’t imagine attending a show with Yiddish in it.

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Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey

Morris County

November 22 - December 22, 2013

“Our stage presentation tells the timeless story of a true misfit who becomes a beloved hero.  With Johnny Marks’s classic songs and the enduring Christmas spirit of the 1964 television special, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER is one show that will make your holidays shine.”

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How to Be Old A Beginners Guide

How to Be Old: A Beginner's Guide

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Union County

November 22 - November 24, 2013

How to be Old is an adaptation of nonagenarian Jan Slepian’s latest book of essays on growing older with humor and grace. This staged reading is the follow-up to the hit play Astonishment, which is still touring throughout the state.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Centenary Stage Company

Warren County

November 29 - December 15, 2013

The smash hit of 2011 returns to the CSC stage! "A tonic for children and adults…a transfixing journey…," raved the New York Times about the show that ran for ten years in Madison Square Garden.

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Christmas with Harte and O Henry

Christmas with Harte and O. Henry

East Lynne Theater Company

Cape May County

November 29 - December 14, 2013

Based on tales from the Old West written by Bret Harte and O. Henry, they are brought beautifully to life in storytelling fashion by ELTC’s artistic director,Gayle Stahlhuth. As in her other holiday shows, she portrays thirty-plus characters, quickly moving from one. A present for the whole family.   

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Jacob Marleys Christmas Carol

"Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol"

Cape May Stage

Cape May County

November 29 - December 29, 2013

We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge...but what ever happened to Jacob Marley? To escape his own chains, he begins a journey of laughter, terror, redemption, and renewal.

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Pericles

Pericles

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Morris County

December 4 - December 29, 2013

A wonderful tale for the holidays, Brian B. Crowe’s imagining of Pericles 

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A Very Special Holiday Special

A Very Special Holiday Special

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Union County

December 6 - December 7, 2013

Join the Dreamcatcher crew for an uproarious evening of improv, music and sketch comedy to usher in the holiday season.  We salute and spoof the TV holiday specials of yesteryear using original material and familiar tunes. An enjoyable evening for the whole family!

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Something Merry This Way Comes

Something Merry This Way Comes

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Morris County

December 16, 2013

A perfect antidote to all the holiday glitz and commercialism. This popular one-night only event will feature a joyful cornucopia of sparkling and inspiring holiday tales, songs and poems read by members of our venerable company of actors.

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CATSKILL PUPPET THEATRE The Willow Girl

CATSKILL PUPPET THEATRE- The Willow Girl

Centenary Stage Company

Warren County

January 12, 2014

This rod puppet show features a huge, gracefully animated Willow Tree and is a wonderful blend of humor, mystery, drama and magical effects. It is illustrated with original and traditional fiddle music.

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Say Goodnight Gracie

Say Goodnight, Gracie

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum

Morris County

January 30 - February 16, 2014

Broadway star, Joel Rooks, brings George Burns to life.

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The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel

The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey

Morris County

February 7 - March 2, 2014

World Premiere and Winner of our 2013 New Play-Reading Festival.  This humorous, insightful play is about the perils of life in the fifth grade.

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Rx

Rx

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Union County

February 13 - March 2, 2014

Meena is desperately unhappy at her job, so she decides to participate in a drug trial for a new medication designed to increase job satisfaction. Will the new drug provide a shortcut to happiness? Or will falling in love threaten to derail her journey to personal fulfillment? A 2012 Off-Broadway hit!

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The Liar by David Ives

The Liar by David Ives

Centenary Stage Company

Warren County

February 21 - March 9, 2014

Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece.

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Multiple Personality Disorder - Spring

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Union County

March 22, 2014

Dreamcatcher's improvisational comedy troupe brings the audience's ideas to life right before their eyes in this hilarious, unique evening of entertainment.

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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey

Morris County

April 18 - May 18, 2014

Based on the beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL is the perfect show for a family-friendly outing.

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Motherhood Out Loud

Motherhood Out Loud

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Union County

April 24 - May 11, 2014

This compilation of pieces about motherhood features the writing of Theresa Rebeck, Lisa Loomer, Beth Henley and many others.Motherhood Out Loud

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The White Snake

The White Snake

McCarter Theatre Center

Mercer County

October 18 - November 3, 2013

Visionary director Mary Zimmerman transforms McCarter’s stage with her sublime theater magic in this electrifying, radiant, and delightful play, adapted from a classic Chinese myth. Full of heart, this elegant and dazzling production promises an adventure for audiences of all ages.

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Sherlock Holmes: Knight's Gambit

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum

Morris County

October 24 - November 10, 2013

Will Holmes win his latest battle?  Will it be check or check-mate?

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A Walk in the Woods

"A Walk in the Woods"

Cape May Stage

Cape May County

October 23 - November 16, 2013

Lee Blessing's Pulizer Prize-nominated drama is an absorbing and brilliant debate on the eternal hope and relentless futility of high-stakes politics.

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Our Town

Our Town

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Morris County

October 16 - November 17, 2013

Our production celebrates the 75th anniversary of this beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning, American classic. The ordinary citizens of the ordinary town of Grover’s Corners weave an extraordinary and timeless tale about life, love and mortality.

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MIDDLEMEN

New Jersey Repertory Company

Monmouth County

November 7 - December 15, 2013

Amid the drone of industrial air conditioning and the buzz of fluorescent lights, middle manager Stan and fiscal analyst Micahel toil away on an exhaustive annual report in their desolate 60 floor office tower.  One by one, their co-workers have mysteriously disappeared, but neither really seems to care.

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True Story

Passage Theatre Company

Mercer County

November 7 - November 24, 2013

A grieving mystery writer is hired to ghostwrite the “story of the century” — but finds himself becoming part of the story instead.

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Clever Little Lies

George Street Playhouse

Middlesex County

November 19 - December 22, 2013

Bill Jr. is distracted under pressure and off his game.  Will a surprising evening with his parents send him further off kilter?  Secrets are expose dnad clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son esclates into an unexpected revelation that could change everything.

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Oliver!

Paper Mill Playhouse

Essex County

November 21 - December 29, 2013

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this beloved classic will enthrall you with the tale of a young orphan’s quest to find home and family in Victorian London. The larger-than-life characters sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including “Who Will Buy” and “Consider Yours

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A Wind in the Willows Christmas

Two River Theater

Monmouth County

December 7 - December 29, 2013

Two River’s annual holiday show for family audiences, A Wind in the Willows Christmas returns with a new take on the adventures of Mole, Rat, Mr. Toad, and all their furry friends. 

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As You Like It

Two River Theater

Monmouth County

January 25 - February 16, 2014

Journey with us to the Forest of Arden, and experience the delights of cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes. Following last season’s elegant production of Henry V, director Michael Sexton and actor Jacob Fishel return to Two River.

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Master Harold and the boys, by Athol Fugard

Luna Stage Company

Essex County

January 30 - March 2, 2014

“One of those depth charge plays that has lasting relevance and can triumphantly survive any test of time… -The New York Post

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The Other Josh Cohen

Paper Mill Playhouse

Essex County

February 19 - March 16, 2014

Losing everything is just the beginning. In this hilarious original musical comedy, good guy Josh Cohen is caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. He’s single, broke, and woefully underemployed when his apartment is robbed. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever.

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Pinkolandia

Two River Theater

Monmouth County

February 22 - March 23, 2014

Exiled from Chile to the strange new land of Reagan-era Wisconsin, two young sisters create imaginary worlds to make sense of their family’s past, as their parents try to find their own place in the American Dream. 

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I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

George Street Playhouse

Middlesex County

March 11 - April 6, 2014

"A Delightful Comic Evening . . ." -The New York Times

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Trouble in Mind

Two River Theater

Monmouth County

April 5 - April 27, 2014

The year is 1957. We are on the stage of a Broadway theater, where an acting company has gathered for their first day of rehearsal. When the black actressin the starring role confronts herwhite playwright and director about their interpretation of theplay, everything explodes. 

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South Pacific

Paper Mill Playhouse

Essex County

April 9 - May 4, 2014

One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time,South Pacificis an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during WWII. This musical masterpiece boasts remarkable songs that transcend time like “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Younger Than Springtime.”

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Marisol

Luna Stage Company

Essex County

April 10 - May 11, 2014

“…Rivera’s play is angry, fearsome, fantastic, and poetically frenzied, without surrendering either its sanity or its mordant sense of humor…It’s a cry from the poet’s heart.” —Village Voice

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Our Town

George Street Playhouse

Middlesex County

April 22 - May 25, 2014

The inaugural produation of a landmark partnership between Mason Gross School of the Arts and George Street Playhouse.  Award-winning director and chair of Mason Gross Department of Theater, David Esbjornson, will direct this history-making production of a true American Classic.

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Grease

Paper Mill Playhouse

Essex County

May 28 - June 29, 2014

A rock & roll celebration of growing up and falling in love set in the Fabulous Fifties. The world’s #1 musical bursts onto the Paper Mill stage in an all new production.Greasestrikes a universal chord with an irresistible mix of fast cars and first loves. It’s a thrilling injection of pure fun.

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Third

Two River Theater

Monmouth County

May 31 - June 22, 2014

For our final 20th Anniversary production, Two River returns to the work of a writer whose work was part of our very first season—Wendy Wasserstein, author of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play The Heidi Chronicles.

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The High Water Mark, a World Premier by Ben Clawson

Luna Stage Company

Essex County

October 10 - November 10, 2013

A new comedy by the author of The Dangers of Electric Lighting.

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All the Rage with select performances

Two River Theater

Monmouth County

October 26 - November 17, 2013

Martin Moran has wondered for most of his adult life about anger. Surely he should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy— shouldn’t he? Everyone thinks so. The question haunts him, and sends him on a quest that takes him from Manhattan to West of the Rockies and South of Johannes

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The Tricky Part

Two River Theater

Monmouth County

October 26 - November 17, 2013

When you are forced to grow up too quickly, the map of the rest of your life becomes uncharted territory. A heart-touching and surprisingly funny memoir, The Tricky Part takes us to the heart of confession and redemption. 

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Auditions: ‘Master Class’ at The Barn Theatre

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The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 86th season by holding open auditions for its upcoming production of "Master Class," written by Terrance McNally. "Master Class" will be directed by Roseann Ruggiero.

AUDITION DATES: Sunday Nov. 10, 2013 7 pm / Monday Nov. 11, 2013 7 pm
CALLBACK DATE: Wednesday Nov. 13 2013  7pm (by invitation ONLY)
PERFORMANCE DATES: Jan. 10 - Feb. 2, 2014 (Fridays, Saturday and Sundays).

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
The Tony Award winning play is based on a series of master classes in opera given at the Julliard School of Music by the renowned opera singer Maria Callas.
                                                                                                              CAST REQUIREMENTS (2 Males, 3 Females)

MANNY (Accompanist): MALE – 25+ - Seasoned Julliard accompanist / Callas devote. Actor must be able to accompany singers live onstage during sections of three arias: Amina’s aria from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Cavaradossis’ aria from Puccini’s Tosca and Lady Macbeth’s aria “Vieni! t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth.  A stipend will be offered for musicianship assistance.

MARIA CALLAS: FEMALE – 50+ - La Divina – strong, proud, egotistical, tempestuous, passionate. The ultimate Diva whose voice has gone. Must sing a few lines in Soprano range.

FIRST SOPRANO (SOPHIE): FEMALE - 25-45 - Attractive but insecure, awestruck. Must sing Bellini’s La Sonnambula

TENOR (TONY): MALE – 25-45 – Attractive, self-assured verging on cocky. Must sing Cavaradossis’ aria from Puccini’s Tosca

SECOND SOPRANO (SHARON): FEMALE – 25-45 – Posed, self-confident, feisty. Must sing Lady Macbeth’s aria “Vieni! t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth.

Please note that it is imperative anyone auditioning for either Soprano or Tenor be familiar with the arias noted above and sing very well as all three are portraying students in the Master’s Degree Program at the prestigious Julliard School of Music.

Rehearsal schedule will be determined based on schedules of actors case in show but will likely be two nights per week and Sunday afternoons until tech week. Please contact the director with any questions at Roseann1023@aol.com

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org .photo (1)

The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext. 5, or visit www.barntheatre.org.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ongoing Acting Classes with major area director-Frank Licato

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"Frank works within that rare environment where creativity is a balance of seriousness and playful freedom, rooted in a trustworthy sense of truth and expanded and challenged by boundless imagination." - Michael Ornstein, Chuck Marstein on Sons of Anarchy

"Frank Licato is a wonderful director, actor and teacher in that his stage and TV career has been a stellar combination of acting and directing.  He gives his colleagues first hand knowledge because he has been there and done that.  His work is gritty, truthful and on the money." - Richard Vetere, Pulitzer nominated playwright/screenwriter    

"One of the things I appreciate the most about Frank as a monologue coach is his ability to quickly hone in on what isn't working in an audition piece. He then provides clear, specific direction for how to improve upon it.  He also sees what IS working and manages to make suggestions that strengthen the piece even further. His sense of humour and pleasant demeanor are an added bonus, which makes the time spent working with him feel more like play.  I couldn't recommend him more highly to anyone looking to refine a new monologue or shake up an old one." - Dana Benningfield, Actress

"Frank Licato is a gifted director, teacher. He has a great rapport with both beginners and professionals alike. Frank is always guided by the principle, "if it doesn't work for the actors, it doesn't work".  It's refreshing to watch him work, because he has such a strong understanding of the play AND the actor's process." -  Gino Diorio, Director of Theatre Arts Program, Clark University 

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"Frank Licato is a superbly gifted acting teacher, coach, and director. Under his guidance as an audition coach, I was able to book roles in 2 independent feature films! I highly admire his ability to help me make honest, interesting, unique choices that really bring a scene to life by incorporating unexpected, unpredictable colors, exploration of subtext, discoveries, variety, and truthfulness.

I have taken his monologue and scene study classes as well, where, under his expert tutelage,  I have grown considerably as an actress. I appreciate the way he incorporates a variety of acting methods and techniques within his approach. Frank is very discerning and is able to tailor his teaching to each student's individual need and capacity.  I also love how he helps us explore the text line by line, enabling us to act moment to moment with the utmost truth and spontaneity.  He treats all of his students with great respect." - Cathy Gale, Actress

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SCHEDULE: SCENE STUDY/MONOLOGUES

ONGOING: SATURDAYS  10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
@Shetler Studios 244 W 54th St #12      $60 a session with a $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a spot

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MONOLOGUE INTENSIVE ONGOING: WEDNESDAYS 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
@Shetler Studios
244 W 54th St #12      $60 a session with a $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a spot

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“The cornerstone of my work, both in rehearsal and coaching, is to help the actor find his or her own unique voice to ignite the text, while at the same time creating a grounded, motivated and honest performance.

My goal is to give actors the tools they need to prepare audition material - bold, focused and clear choices - and the confidence to do their best moment to moment work in the audition room itself.

Having worked as an actor, I understand the actor's process and language. Being a director and having watched countless auditions, I know what will get you noticed.  I give practical advice and a safe space to help actors do their best work, as well as advice on monologue selection and general audition techniques.”

SCENE STUDY

“This class is designed to sharpen your acting skills by working on scenes from plays in which you would realistically be cast. Our focus will be on strong, clear and honest choices that are the basis of all my work with actors. In addition, we will also discuss audition techniques and examine choices that will help you to stand out in the audition room. Workshop limited to 10.”

"Having recently worked with Frank Licato in his scene study class,  I have never felt more empowered and reminded of the thoroughness of the process of character. It was incredibly rewarding. Frank is an excellent guide and teacher who will walk you through a scene moment to moment, and help you find the little truths that make a performance great. Frank reminds you of the roots of acting; the reason I fell in love with acting in the first place. I highly recommend Frank, he is thoroughly dedicated to you, the performer!" - Monica Trombetta, Actress/Board Member- NY, SAG-AFTRA 

MONOLOGUE INTENSIVE

This 4 week workshop will help you polish your existing monologues, as well as find and work on new pieces (contemporary and/or classical). Along with your fellow participants, I will assist you in finding pieces that show you off and make your unique talents shine. In addition to monologue work, we will also cover general audition techniques and preparation. Workshop limited to 8.

"Acting teacher Frank Licato's focus is totally on the work. He helps his students by teaching them how to analyze text closely for maximum impact. An accomplished theatre director, Frank has also worked extensively as an actor. He knows what directors and casting agents want to see, and he is an expert at showing his students how to seek out -- and reveal -- the living, beating heart of any scene or monologue." -Michael Folie, Playwright/Actor

PRIVATE COACHING

These sessions can be tailored to the individual's needs in working on a monologue, a scene, material for an audition or to just work on something new. The fee for these sessions is $80 an hour.

"When you work with Frank, you're getting coached by an accomplished actor...and a seasoned director.  He knows how it feels to be on both sides of the casting table.  He can 'talk' like an actor, but has a director's eye and knows just how to guide you to your strongest performance." - Liz Sheber, NYU Theatre Graduate

If you have any further questions call or email me @: frank@franklicato.com or call 646-522-5689

"Frank is a consummate professional. He works closely with his actors, making sure he gets the best performance he can without compromising that actor's abilities.  He has a warm way about him which also makes for a great experience.  He has an intelligence and great knowledge of theater, film and the arts.  He knows how to get , not just a performance from his actors, but the right type of performance.  His teaching is just as important.  He more then senses what an individual needs.  He seems to intuit it and after creating a secure and safe environment he brings actors to an understanding of their own gifts and voice.  I can't recommend him highly enough."

- Garry Pastore, President of Hudson Film Group

Frank is Artistic Director of  Hudson Theatre Works

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers special ‘Our Town’ tickets for young people

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In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s great dramatic homage to small-town American life, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is offering young people, ages 18 and under, $20 tickets to the critically-acclaimed production of Our Town. READ OUR REVIEW.

Our Town is a play that should be seen by everyone, especially young people, said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte.  “It is as formative and informative a play about love and life as any of the world’s greatest classics, and in this day and age, it provides an even more important perspective than ever.  This special ticket offer for young people is our attempt to encourage parents to bring their kids to this show.  It is a perfect prelude to the Thanksgiving season for families.  Filled with all things that occupy our hearts and minds, particularly when we are young, Our Town is our Thanksgiving gift to our audience members of all ages.”

Young adult tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Our Town continues through November 17th at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Shakespeare Theatre’s revival of Our Town has been praised as “superb” and “powerfully gripping.” Real-life couple and Shakespeare Theatre veterans Nisi Sturgis and Jordan Coughtry give “wholesome, heartfelt portrayals” of the play’s central couple, Emily Webb and George Gibbs.

STNJ_Our Town_IMG_0457Philip Goodwin (right) portrays the enigmatic Stage Manager “with grandfatherly affection as well as palpable pride in an ordinary neighborhood whose history he is determined to honor.”

Tickets

Single tickets for Our Town are now on sale and range from $20 to $61.   Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $15 with a valid student ID.   For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or emailboxoffice@shakespearenj.org.  

Special Performances

For no more than the cost of a regular ticket, Symposium Series performances are offered for each show and include a post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff.  Remaining Symposium performance for Our Town will be Saturday, November 2nd at 2 p.m.

The 2:00 p.m. performance on November 2nd will be audio described for those who are blind or have visual impairments. Audio description enables patrons with visual impairments to hear, through an FM transmitter, a live description of the action on the stage. A pre-performance sensory seminar is offered that allows patrons to feel props, costumes and set pieces to further enhance their live theatrical experience. The service is offered free of charge.

An exclusive open-captioned performance will be offered Sunday, November 10th at 2 p.m. Captioning will be provided by c2 (caption coalition) inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company which utilizes Live Performance Captioning (sm) for Hard of Hearing and Deaf patrons at live theatrical and cultural events. For tickets or for more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visitwww.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free.

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available. Braille and large print programs are available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge. Some performances are audio described. Contact the theatre for more information.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Award-winning Stage and Screen Star MARLO THOMAS Is Joined by TV’s GREG MULLAVEY and Broadway’s JIM STANEK and KATE WETHERHEAD In Joe DiPietro’s ‘Clever Little Lies’

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George Street Playhouse has announced final casting for the world premiere production of Clever Little Lies by Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro. Joining the award-winning stage and screen actress Marlo Thomas  are: Greg Mullavey (TV’s “I-Carly” and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman); Jim Stanek (Freud’s Last Session off-Broadway, The Story of My Life, Lestat on Broadway) and Kate Wetherhead (Broadway’s Legally Blonde, web series Submissions Only). George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint will helm the production, which begins performances Tuesday, November 19 and continues through Sunday, December 22. Opening night is set for Friday, November 22.

A mother always knows when something’s up. Bill Jr. is distracted, under pressure and off his game. Will a surprising evening with his parents send him further off-kilter? Secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son escalates into an unexpected
revelation that could change everything.

Individual tickets for Clever Little Lies, beginning at $38, are on sale, as are subscription and flexible admission packages. Contact the George Street Playhouse Box Office at 732-246-7717 or visit the Playhouse website, www.GSPonline.org, to purchase tickets, or receive show information and parking and dining recommendations. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in the heart of New Brunswick’s vibrant downtown scene, steps away from public transportation, parking and dining of every cuisine and budget.61840186

Marlo Thomas (photo right) has appeared on Broadway in The Shadow Box, Social Security, Thieves and last season’s, Relatively Speaking, written by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May. Off-Broadway: The Vagina Monologues, The Guys and The Exonerated (which she also performed in Chicago and Boston). National Tour: Six Degrees of Separation. Regional theatre: Paper Doll, Pittsburgh Public Theater; Woman in Mind, Berkshire Theatre Festival; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hartford Stage; The Effect Of Gamma Rays, Cleveland Playhouse. London West End: Barefoot in the Park.  Ms. Thomas has appeared in more than a dozen distinguished television movies, including Nobody's Child, for which she won the Emmy for Best Dramatic Actress. Numerous TV guest appearances including Ugly Betty, Friends and Law & Order. Films include: Playing Mona Lisa, The Real Blonde, Dust and Stardust, In the Spirit, Thieves, Jenny and LOL., co-starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore.  Ms. Thomas created the Free to Be…You and Me TV specials, books and records, as well as the bestselling books, The Right Words at the Right Time, Volumes 1 and 2, and Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. She starred in and produced the groundbreaking That Girl, television's first comedy series about a single, independent woman. She has been honored with four Emmys, nine Emmy nominations, the Peabody, the Golden Globe and the Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Ms. Thomas has performed at George Street Playhouse in Elaine May’s Roger Is Dead and Arthur Laurents’ New Year’s Eve.

Greg Mullavey is well-known to TV viewers for his roles on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, in which he played Louise Lasser’s husband, and on the Nickelodian series iCarly. Other television credits include The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Bold and the Beautiful, ER, JAG and many others. He was also seen on Broadway in Rumors and Romantic Comedy.

Jim Stanek Broadway: Story of My Life, Lestat, Little Women, The Rivals, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Indiscretions. Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Slut, Saturday Night and others. Regional credits include appearances at the Guthrie, Signature Theatre, North Shore Music Theater, The Kennedy Center, McCarter, Williamstown Theatre Festival and many others.

Kate Wetherhead is the co-creator, writer, director and star of Submissions Only, an online sitcom currently gearing up for its third season (www.submissionsonly.com).   Broadway credits: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway credits include The Other Josh Cohen (2013 Drama Desk Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical), Ordinary Days, Sarah, Plain and Tall and Tatjana in Color. Regionally, Kate has performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Dallas Theater Center, John W. Engeman Theater, Skylight Opera Theater and Saint Michael's Playhouse.  Coming up: The Other Josh Cohen at Paper Mill Playhouse (February 2014).

Kate is currently writing a children's book series for The Penguin Group with collaborator Andrew Keenan-Bolger.  She is thrilled to be making her George Street Playhouse debut.

Joe DiPietro won the 2012 Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book for the recent Broadway hit Nice Work If You Can Get It. He won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score for Memphis, which was also awarded the 2010 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. His other shows include All Shook Up; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (the longest-running musical revue in off-Broadway history); The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical). His plays include the much-produced Over the River and Through the Woods, The Art of Murder (Edgar Award winner for Best Mystery Play), Creating Claire and The Last Romance. His work has been produced thousands of times across the country and around the world. Two previous works have had their premeire at George Street Playhouse: The Toxic Avenger and Creating Claire.

This is David Saint's sixteenth season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. In that time he has directed thirty-one mainstage productions, most recently, Good People, Twelve Angry Men , The Nutcracker and I , God of Carnage, Fox on the Fairway, Creating Claire, and Sylvia. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition many new award- winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill and It Shoulda Been You. He most recently directed the National Tour of West Side Story and has also directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe Di Pietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint since 1998, George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway. Recent productions include The Toxic Avenger (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical), Anne Meara's Down the Garden Paths, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.

'The Elephant Man' opens November 15 at Chester Theatre Group

By Bernard Pomerance  Directed by Stephen Catron

The true story of John Merrick, a man first treated as a fairground freak because of his hideously, repulsively deformed body and later exploited more subtly by Victorian society. When this carnival attraction is rescued by a young doctor, Merrick is cared for well—but also shrewdly exploited. Tony® Award winner for best play of 1979.
featuring

Dale Monroe • Frank Blauer • Ruth Morley

and

Jon-Luc Bourget • Kevern Cameron • Zachary Catron • Lewis Decker • Robert Dumpert • Rosanne Ferrara • Staci Gelatka • William Horwitz • James Houston • Kathy Mierisch • Paul Rivellese

November 15–30

Fri. & Sat. evenings at 8 PM • Sundays at 2 PM
Gen. admission $20 • Seniors (65+) & Students (under 18) $18

For reservations, call 908-879-7304

or visit www.chestertheatregroup.org

54 Grove Street (corner of Maple Ave.), Chester, NJ

‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ Comes to East Brunswick

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Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, will present the Broadway smash-hit, Monty Python’s Spamalot, opening Friday, November 8 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center.  The show runs through November 24.  Performances areFriday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Directed by Mark Kalet of South Brunswick, along with Musical Direction by Rory Chalcraft of South River and Choreography by Jaime Moritz of East Brunswick; Spamalot is loosely based on the cult film classic, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Like the film, the musical is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend.spamalot

The original 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004–2005 season and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Tickets are $22/adults and $20/seniors and student and can be purchased online at Playhouse22.org, by calling the Box Office at(732) 254-3939 or at the Box Office window. 

Playhouse 22 is East Brunswick’s Community Theater troupe.  They are conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

'High Water Mark' riveting theater at the Luna Stage

REVIEWS HIT “HIGH WATER MARK” FOR WORLD PREMIERE AT LUNA STAGE

Sabrina Profitt and Andrea Maulella. Photo by Steven Lawler. <br />
Sabrina Profitt and Andrea Maulella. Photo by Steven Lawler.
Examiner
"Again, The High Water Mark is riveting theater presenting a vivid, honest, relatable view of much of our society (at least our neighbors!). This is excellent theater with two outstanding performances." —Rick Busciglio, ExaminerRead Review

NJ Arts Maven
"It is hard for Ben Clawson to top his previous play, The Dangers of Electric Lighting, but he has, albeit on a smaller, yet just as earth-shattering, scale."
For over 20 years, Luna Stage has presented works by emerging playwrights, and audiences have come to expect excellence. The High Water Mark, the title of this play, says it all."—Ruth Ross, NJ Arts MavenRead Review



EDGE on the Net
"Clawson is less than 30, but an old soul who channels dark humor, pathos, slapstick and enlightenment... the thoughtful writing, careful delivery and seamless direction by Katz gathers like steam in a kettle to provide a roiling emotional experience." —Wickham Boyle, EDGERead Review

Baristanet
"Andrea Maulella, as the recently-divorced teacher, Janet, and Sabrina Profitt playing the outspoken friend, Lily are wonderful. They take both of their characters to a bold, honest place and turn them inside out. I am still smiling and laughing a week later, it was that good." —Holly Korus, BaristanetRead Review
Through November 10th Only! Buy Your Tickets Today!

The High Water MarkA World Premiere by Ben Clawson
Directed by Cheryl Katz
Starring Andrea Maulella and Sabrina Profitt
WHEN: Thurs. (7:30 PM), Fri. and Sat. (8 PM) and Sun. (3 PM)Talkback with the playwright following the performance on Thur. Oct. 24th
Buy your tickets online
Box Office Open Tues.-Fri. 10 AM-3 PM and 1 hour before showtime.
973.395.5551

Review: New Sherlock Holmes play debuts at the Bickford-‘Sherlock Holmes: The Knight’s Gambit’

 

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"It is elementary"....the world's greatest detective Sherlock Holmes is currently in residence at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown and nightly (and matinees) foiling a most dastardly plot against the monarchy. The play, a world premier, is "Sherlock Holmes: The Knight’s Gambit" by actor-playwright Paul Falzone. 

Playing the master of deduction is Nick Plakias complete with the iconic deer stalker cap and a Calabash pipe, with a meerschaum bowl. Assisting Holmes is his side-kick, biographer, and flatmate at Mrs. Hudson's 221B Baker Street residence, Doctor James Watson (Richard Howe). Of course, no Sherlock Holmes tale is complete without the pride of Scotland Yard, Inspector Lestrade (Bill Tatum). Lurking in the background, unseen, is the world's master criminal, Professor Moriarty. Moriarty is ably assisted by Lecomte (Scott McGowan).

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The play may have an implausible plot, but it is fun,a bit of a classic melodrama. The cast wisely plays it straight, obviously enjoying their roles, however.  Certainly it is not as clever as "Sleuth" and "Deathtrap" or the original stories of the creator of Sherlock Holmes, the Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but, Sherlock Holmes fans and the Baker Street Irregulars  will find "Sherlock Holmes: The Knight’s Gambit" quite satisfying.

The two act play is set in Holmes' flat with all the quirky furnishings on display, including a suit of armor. The effective set was designed by Carl Sprague for the Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, Vermont where the play premiered last month. Director of "Sherlock Holmes: The Knight’s Gambit" is Eric Peterson, the founding Producing Artistic Director of the Oldcastle. We understand that Peterson has demonstrated a feat of magic in bringing the play to life, per word from Vermont. The original actor cast as Sherlock was forced to bow out for family reasons. Nick Plakias was quickly recruited in New York and joined the cast...forced to go on initially with script-in-hand. To his credit, he makes an effective Holmes. 

The play's problems did not end with the cast substitution, evidently playwright Paul Falzone has answered early critics via several script revisions obviously a less than ideal situation for director and cast. Our primary suggestion concerns the Lecomte role, played by one of our favorite actors, Scott McGowan. As written, his nationality transformation introduces an element of farce to the proceedings. This is where reviewing a mystery can be difficult as it is too easy to revert to a simple description of the plot, thus demystifying the play. 

The other cast members are equally effective as Plakias; Richard Howe, the Associate Artistic Director of the Oldcastle, is a perfect Watson* as is Bill Tatum as the bumbling Inspector Lestrade; Maplewood's Scott McGowan, so fine in last year's "I Do, I Do" at the Bickford, nicely demonstrates his versatility. 

This is the third co-production between Eric Peterson and the Oldcastle Theatre Company with Eric Hafen (artistic director) and the Bickford. This form of co-operation that includes the cast, the set, props, and key production members (Carl Sprague scenic design and Liz Stott costume design) makes great economic sense. The local production members are Roman Klima lighting designer and Yumi Matsuura production stage manager.

You have until November 10th to join Sherlock Holmes and company in solving Moriarty's diabolical puzzle.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio   October 25, 2013

The Bickford, is a professional (Equity) theater, conveniently located within the Morris Museum on Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, New Jersey. It has free parking and full accessibility. 

Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserved seats are $45 for the General Public, $40 for Senior Citizens, Morris Museum members and Bickford Theatre Guild members, and $20 for Students (18 or under or with valid college ID). Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information, please contact the Bickford Theatre Box Office at 973.971.3706 or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

Remaining performances are:
Thursday, October 31 at 7:30PMSherlock with clock

Thursday, October 31 and November 7 at 2  PM

Friday, October 25, November 1 & 8 at 8 PM

Saturday, October 26 and November 9 at 8  PM

Sunday, October 27, November 3 & 10 at 2PM

*"In 1929, English crime writer and critic Ronald Knox stated as one of his rules for fledgling writers of detective fiction that, "The stupid friend of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal from the reader any thoughts which pass through his mind; his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader."

Photos: 1-L-R Nick Plakias, Scott McGowan, Richard Howe & Bill Tatum: 2-Nick Plakias as Sherlock (Oldcastle/Bickford).

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cast of 49 set for Paper Mill Playhouse’s ‘Oliver!’

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The musical will star David Garrison from the hit sitcom ‘Married…with Children’

 Paper Mill Playhouse will continue its 75th Anniversary Season with the classic Charles Dickens musical Oliver!, with a holiday “twist” for the entire family. With a book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, Oliver! will be directed by Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter.

Oliver! will feature David Garrison (Fagin), best known for his role as Steve Rhoades on the hit television series Married…with Children, Betsy Morgan (Nancy), John Treacy Egan (Mr. Bumble), Jose Llana (Bill Sikes), David Hess (Mr. Brownlow),Ethan Haberfield (Artful Dodger) and introducing Tyler Moran as Oliver. Oliver! will also feature 16 local boys from across the state of New Jersey who auditioned from a pool of over 200.  Oliver! will play the Millburn, New Jersey theater from November 21 through December 29.  The official press opening night is Sunday, December 1, 2013, at7:00pm. 

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this beloved classic musical will enthrall audiences from the start with the miraculous tale of a young orphan's quest to find home and family in Victorian London. Dickens' larger-than-life characters sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including "Food, Glorious Food," "Who Will Buy?," "As Long As He Needs Me" and "Consider Yourself." Oliver!, one of the most popular musicals in the world, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 1968 film version won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. Paper Mill Playhouse will present this extraordinary musical with a holiday ending certain to warm the hearts of your entire family.

Oliver! will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday (check PaperMill.org for special holiday schedules) plus a special Christmas Eve matinee on Tuesday, December 24, 2013.  Family-friendly performance schedule: Wednesday at 7 pm, Thursday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm, Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm.  Tickets are on sale now and range from $27 to $98. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.

Oliver! features a cast of Broadway veterans and amazing young talent.  David Garrison (Fagin), best known as Steve Rhoades on television’s Married…with Children, began his career as a member of the resident company at Tony Award-winning Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His Broadway credits include Serge B. Samovar in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, for which he received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama-Logue Award, J. Bruce Ismay in the Tony-winning Titanic, the Wizard of Oz in Wicked, and Sandor in the Faith Prince revival of Bells Are Ringing, as well as C. Edgar Sloan in Strike Up the Band (City Center Encores), Arnold Beckoff in Torch Song Trilogy, the Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance, and David in Christopher Durang’s A History of the American Film. Garrison’s other television credits include Norman on It’s Your Move and Stan on Working It Out, as well as guest appearances on Law and Order, The West Wing, The Practice, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, Everybody Loves Raymond, Judging Amy, Murphy Brown, Murder She Wrote and Ed.

Betsy Morgan (Nancy) returns to Paper Mill following her critically acclaimed performance as Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables a role she also played on the national tour. Morgan's Broadway credits include the original casts of A Little Night Music (revival), Disney's The Little Mermaid and High Fidelity. Jose Llana (Bill Sikes) appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as the original Chip Tolentino (Drama Desk Award); Wang Ta in Flower Drum Song; Angel in Rent; Jessie-Lee in Streetcorner Symphony; and Lun Tha in The King and I. Mr. Llana is also a recording artist with a best-selling solo album, VIVAJohn Treacy Egan (Mr. Bumble) returns to Paper Mill following his hilarious performance as Tito in Lend Me a Tenor.  Egan appeared on Broadway in Sister Act, Bye Bye Birdie, Disney's The Little Mermaid, The Producers and Jekyll and Hyde.  On television Mr. Egan was featured on Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock and many more.  Paper Mill alum David Hess (Mr. Brownlow) appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd and Annie Get Your Gun.  At Paper Mill, Mr. Hess appeared in Ragtime and She Loves Me.

The title role of Oliver will be played by 11-year-old Tyler Moran.  Moran starred as Oliver in Worchester Light Opera's recent production of the show.  He appeared in The Sound of Music (Kurt) at Woodland Theater Company and in productions at Hanover Theatre and Assumption College.  Ethan Haberfield (Tenafly, NJ) will portray the Artful Dodger. Haberfield began his professional career as a member of the New York City Opera, performing in Don Giovanni at Lincoln Center. Soon after, Ethan was cast as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins on Broadway. After a one-year run, he was cast as Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird at the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre. Haberfield was featured in the film Sinister starring Ethan Hawke.

Kristen Smith Davis (Bet) was featured in the national tours of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, South Pacific and The Wizard of Oz. Michael Di Liberto (Mr. Sowerberry) appeared in the national tours of Annie, Cinderella and Strike Up the Band. Dierdre Friel (Mrs. Sowerberry) appeared on Broadway in Leap of Faith and on television in The Sopranos. Juliane Godfrey (Charlotte) has been featured in regional productions at Goodspeed, Woodstock and UCLA.  Broadway regular Barbara Marineau (Mrs. Bedwin) appeared in six shows on the Great White Way including three original casts.  Ms. Marineau played the role of Nancy in Paper Mill Playhouse's 1976 production of Oliver! with John Carradine and Michael Kermoyan. Jeremy Morse (Noah) received a Drama Desk nomination for Joe Iconis’s Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova. Jessica Sheridan (Widow Corney) is back at Paper Mill, where she played Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie last season. Her Broadway credits include Sister Act, Follies, Mary Poppins and Les Misérables.

Rounding out the ensemble are: Adrian Arrieta (Summit, NJ), Kate Bailey, Casey Beidel (Rutherford, NJ), Monica Bradley, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Casey Erin Clark, Will Flamm (Montclair, NJ), Kyle Garvin, Matthew Hooper, Devin Johnson, Mary Claire King, Hunter Kovacs (Maplewood, NJ), Jimmy Larkin, George Merrick, Sarah M. O'Connor (Wayne, NJ), Patrick O'Neill, PJ Palmer, Jason Pintar, Jeff Sullivan, Bronwyn Tarboton, Joseph Torello and Joseph C. Townsend.

The Workhouse Boys were cast at an open call audition at Paper Mill Playhouse and competed against more than 200 children for these roles.  The Workhouse Boys include: Bobby Axelrod (Montclair, NJ), Luke Berninger (Wayne, NJ), Jake Cedar (Haddonfield, NJ), James Freedson-Jackson (South Orange, NJ), Chance Friedman (Basking Ridge, NJ), Lucas Imhoff (Madison, NJ), Jeffrey Kishinevskiy (Tenafly, NJ), Colton Maurer (Mahwah, NJ), Tyler Pelton (East Brunswick, NJ), Jake Walsh (Wall, NJ), Arthur Wawrzyniak (Morristown, NJ) and twin brothers Lee Rosenthal and Ryan Rosenthal (Cranford, NJ).

Free Audience Enrichment Activities for Oliver!

Wed. November 27        6:00pm                     Art Gallery                 The Director’s Viewpoint

Enjoy coffee on us as Director Mark S. Hoebee discusses Oliver!

Thurs. November 21     6:00pm                     Mezzanine                   Conversation Club

Thurs. December 5 Learn more about the show you are about

Thurs. December 12 to see, led by members of Paper Mill’s

Thurs. December 19 Artistic and Education Departments.

Sat. December            14 Following Matinee      Orchestra                   Q&A with the Cast

Meet the cast and ask actors questions about the show or the role they are portraying.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.                     

See a play this weekend (Selected professional and community productions)

 
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Here is a list of selected plays this weekend:

CAPE MAY “A Walk in the Woods,” drama by Lee Blessing. Through Nov. 16. $15 to $35. Cape May Stage, The Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street. (609) 770-8311; capemaystage.com.

MADISON “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Through Nov. 17. F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue. (973) 408-5600; njshakespeare.org. READ OUR REVIEW

MILLBURN “Honeymoon in Vegas,” musical with book by Andrew Bergman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Through Oct. 27. $35 to $90. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. (973) 376-4343; papermill.org. READ OUR REVIEW (photo above)

MONTCLAIR “Take Flight,” musical with book by John Weidman, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. Through Oct. 27. $15. Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, Valley Road. (973) 655-4000; montclair.edu.

MORRISTOWN “Sherlock Holmes-Knights Gambit” mystery by Paul Falzone. Through Nov. 10. $40 to $45. Bickford Theatre in the  Morris Museum 9 Normandy Heights Road. 973.971.3706 www.morrismuseum.org.

NEW BRUNSWICK “Kansas City Swing,” new play by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan. Through Oct. 27. $40 to $65. Crossroads Theater, 7 Livingston Avenue. (732) 545-8100; crossroadstheatrecompany.org.

NEW BRUNSWICK “Gettin’ the Band Back Together,” music and lyrics by Mark Allen, book by Ken Davenport and the Grundleshotz, and additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. Through Oct. 27. $35 to $67. George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue. (732) 246-7717;gsponline.org.

ORADELL “A Shayna Maidel,” drama by Barbara Lebow. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and, Sundays at 2 p.m., through Nov. 16. $16 and $20. Bergen County Players, Little Firehouse Theater, 298 Kinderkamack Road. (201) 261-4200; bcplayers.org.

PRINCETON “The White Snake,” ancient Chinese story adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman. Through Nov. 3. $20 to $82.50. McCarter Theater Center, 91 University Place. (609) 258-2787;mccarter.org. READ OUR REVIEW

RAHWAY Raconteur Ventures presents the Live Radio Drama: “War of the Worlds.” Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. $15. “Bubble Boy,” new musical by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, American Theater Group. Nov. 6 through 24. $20 to $35. Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street. (732) 499-8226; ucpac.org.

RED BANK “A Map of the Soul,” two solo works, “The Tricky Part” and “All the Rage,” written and performed in repertory by Martin Moran. Through Nov. 17. $20 to $65. Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue. (732) 345-1400; trtc.org.

SOUTH ORANGE “The Comedy of Errors,” by Shakespeare, the Seton Hall Theater. Through Oct. 27. Free. South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 Sopac Way. sopacnow.org; (973) 313-2787.

WEST ORANGE “The High Water Mark,” comedy by Ben Clawson. Through Nov. 10. $25 and $35. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road. (973) 395-5551; lunastage.org. READ OUR REVIEW