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Friday, March 31, 2017

What is playing in April?

Here is your monthly list of professional theatre productions and readings
in New Jersey this April, in order of opening date.

Join us at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown this Friday, March 31, as we partner with Atlantic Health System’s Healing Arts Program, Writers Theatre of NJ, and Premiere Stages, for “Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers' Stories,” featuring stories, poems, and plays written by members of the community in a staged reading format with professional actors. A pre-show reception will begin at 6:00 pm with the performance beginning at 7:00.

Reservations are recommended.

New Jersey Repertory Company
Long Branch, NJ
Multiple Family Dwelling
March 9 - April 9

Multiple Family Dwelling

The Eagle Theatre
Hammonton, NJ
John & Jen
March 10 - April 9
John & Jen

McCarter Theatre Center
Princeton, NJ
Murder on the Orient Express
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
March 14 - April 2
Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" adapted by Ken Ludwig

George Street Playhouse
New Brunswick, NJ
Bad Jews
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
March 21 - April 9
Bad Jews

Women's Theater Company
Parsippany, NJ
Musical of Musicals
March 24 - April 2
The Musical of Musicals

Paper Mill Playhouse
Millburn, NJ
Million Dollar Quartet
March 29 - April 23
Million Dollar Quartet

Mile Square Theatre
Hoboken, NJ
Betrayal
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
March 30 - April 23
Betrayal a play by Harold Pinter


South Orange, NJ
A Good Farmer
April 2

The Theater Project
Union, NJ
Exit Strategy
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
April 6 - 23
Exit Strategy

Pushcart Players: Repertory Theatre for Children
Union, NJ
Peter and the Wolf
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
April 8
Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New musical ‘Hit Her with the Skates’ pre-NY developmental production at Hamilton Stage

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The new musical, Hit Her with the Skates, by Christine Rea & Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Brandon Ethridge and choreography by Gina Ventura, will get a pre-New York developmental production at Hamilton Stage (UCPAC, Rahway, NJ) from May 12 – 27, 2017.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.hhwts.com.

Hit Her With The Skates is Grease meets Hairspray with a sprinkle of Xanadu! It’s 1994, and rock star Jacqueline Miller has a lot to celebrate. She’s headlining her first national tour and returning for a hometown concert at her beloved Windy City Skates. When complications hit her head on, Jacqueline comes face-to-face with her 12-year-old self and all the things she learned during the golden age of the roller rink in 1977. From the wisdom of the Ouija Board to the power of Smarties candy, Hit Her With The Skates explores the magic and hope of finding your one true love.

‘Murder on the Nile’ next at Center Players

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Center Players, Freehold’s award-winning community theatre, will present Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit, “Murder on the Nile” from April 21 – May 21 at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ.

“Murder on the Nile” will be co-directed by Center Players Artistic Director Bernice Garfield-Szita and Zach Berman. Adapted from Agatha Christie's famous novel, Death on the Nile, the play is set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940s Egypt.

The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn board the ship. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and before they know it, deceit, theft and murder occur on the river. Spurned lover Jacqueline De Severac, protective uncle Canon Pennefather, a troubled German doctor, and a host of colorful and mysterious characters add to the drama and suspense of this classic mystery.

One-Day Cabaret is THIS SUNDAY at Aspire

Our One-Day Cabaret is THIS SUNDAY! The production will include songs from Broadway musicals including Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Matilda, Spring Awakening, and many more!

Join us for the show to cheer on our 23 amazing performers, who will be putting up this production in just EIGHT HOURS!

Admission is FREE! (Suggested donation: $5)

DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:30pm

LOCATION: Our Lady of Consolation Ministry Center, 1799 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ

Broadway Master Class with Kerry Butler!

Aspire PAC is thrilled to announce that on Sunday, April 30, we will be holding a Broadway Master Class with Tony Award-nominated actress Kerry Butler! This Broadway Master Class will focus on audition technique and will include time for one-on-one instruction and insight into the professional audition and performance process!

Ages: 11 and up
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Location: Our Lady of Consolation Ministry Center (1799 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470)
Price: $135 per student

To register for this exciting Broadway Master Class, click HERE!
Please note: Space is limited for this special event. Register early to hold your spot!

Million Dollar Quartet at Paper Mill Playhouse



Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony® Award, is presenting the smash hit musical Million Dollar Quartet with book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, original concept by Mr. Mutrux, inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster and with music direction by James Barry, the 8-member ensemble will feature James Barry as Carl Perkins, James Loughlin as Sam Phillips, Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash, Jake Rowley as Elvis Presley, David Sonneborn as Fluke, Bligh Voth as Dyanne, Sam Weber as Brother Jay, and Nat Zegree as Jerry Lee Lewis. J.P. Morgan is the Major Sponsor of Million Dollar Quartet.

Performances began Wednesday, March 29, 2017, for a limited run through Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ. Million Dollar Quartet will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday.

Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now starting at $32. 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. Students may order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the performance. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2016-2017 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

The smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ’n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Featuring a score of hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and more, this thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio for one unforgettable night.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

NJSO to feature Ravel's Bolero



A pair of delightful and familiar works headline this light-hearted program that also shines the spotlight on NJSO Principal Tuba Derek Fenstermacher. 

XIAN ZHANG conductor | DEREK FENSTERMACHER tuba | YING LI and ZITONG WANG piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

TAN DUN Internet Symphony No. 1, “Eroica”
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Tuba Concerto
SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals
RAVEL Boléro

» Hot Ticket Deal! $40 orchestra seats and $30 balcony seats in New Brunswick. 

Fri, Apr 7 at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Sat, Apr 8 at 8 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick
Sun, Apr 9 at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark

NJSO ACCENTS

Classical Conversation—before the concert
Enjoy a lively Classical Conversation beginning one hour before all performances. NJSO Director of Artistic Planning Patrick Chamberlain will talk with NJSO Music Director Xian Zhang. Free for ticketholders.

College Night—Fri, Apr 7, after the concert
$10 tickets for college students include the concert and a post-concert party with refreshments and live entertainment. 

Big Carl (a giant tuba)—Fri, Apr 7, before the concert; Sun, Apr 9, before and after the concert
Concertgoers can see, hear and take photos with “Big Carl,” Carl Fischer Music’s gigantic historic tuba at the concerts on April 7 and 9 in the NJPAC lobby. Following Sunday’s concert, soloist Derek Fenstermacher and Steve Dillon, owner of Dillon Music, explain Big Carl’s history before Fenstermacher demonstrates this unique instrument. More info. Thanks to Carl Fisher Music and Dillon Music and owner Steve Dillon for their help making Big Carl’s appearances at the NJSO possible.

ATTENTION TUBA PLAYERS: You have a chance to play Big Carl! Come to the concert on April 9 with your mouthpiece, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to play Big Carl yourself! Before the concert, show your mouthpiece at the information table in the lobby and sign up for your chance to be selected to play at the event immediately following the concert.

NJSO Food Drive—all concerts
Non-perishable food items will be accepted at all performances for donation to local food banks.

Final Call for Stages Festival

Final Call for Stages!

Click on a show or time below to learn more about each event.

Gerald Fierst Storytelling-Tales from Around the World presented by Pushcart Players

Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00
Plumsted Branch of Ocean County Library
119 Evergreen Road
New Egypt, NJ 08533

Million Dollar Quartet presented by Paper Mill Playhouse

March 29 and 30 at 7:30
March 31 at 8:00
Paper Mill Playhouse
Brookside Drive
Millburn, NJ 07041

‘Anthology’: The Moving Architects Explore Different Eras of Disruption at JCTC

Woman-focused, avant-garde dance depicting eras of change and its impact on individuals and society enliven Disruption – the new thematic series by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC),

JCTC presents “Anthology” by The Moving Architects April 7th and 8th at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302. (for more information or to purchase tickets, visit: jctcenter.org.)

The Moving Architects, a female-centric dance company known for dance works celebrating feminine strength and depicting an authentic complexity of both the current and historically lived female experience, has performed throughout the U.S., as well as internationally, including Morocco and Guatemala and performance/teaching tours to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (with the US Department of State).

“Anthology” – a collection of four separate pieces – explores different “eras of disruption and how individuals, relationships, and communities manage and overcome these challenging times,” said Erin Carlisle Norton, founder of The Moving Architects.

CSC to present critically acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

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Hot off the trail of sold-out performances of their Year of the Rooster Celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, the critically acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will take residence at Centenary Stage Company on the campus of  Centenary University in Hackettstown in April with public programs that celebrate the Company’s artistic vision and heritage.

On Sat. April 9 at 2 pm, the Company will showcase its visionary new program, CrossCurrent, comprised of a series of works that highlight Ms. Chen’s unique cross-cultural contemporary dance style that brings together the freedom and American modern dance and the discipline of her Asian American heritage. The dances in Crosscurrent showcase different aspects of Nai-Ni Chen’s work as she encounters different elements of western culture as a woman from the east.

The Centenary Stage Company program will feature Nai-Ni Chen’s most recent work, Space Oddity with music by David Bowie, adapted to classical instruments for the Ahn Trio, as well as the Ahn’s Yu Rung by Pat Matheny. The evening will also include The Way of Five – Earth, which is part of the five element series from Ms. Chen where she studies the creative and destructive power of the elemental forces that govern our lives; and her most recent group work, Calligraffiti Variations with music by Huang Ruo for seven dancers, where she associates her experience with the street art form and the supreme art of Chinese calligraphy that has influenced her movement style since she started to dance.  For tickets please call Centenary Stage Company at 908-979-0900 or online: http://www.centenarystageco.org/nai-ni-chen2017.php

“Like Visual Poetry, Chen’s phrases, part exoskeletal rigidity, part boneless grace, embody an epic dignity.” -Village Voice

Healing Voices this Friday at the Bickford Theatre

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Join us for Healing Voices this Friday!

There are few moments in life that elicit our empathy as when we are tasked with being caretakers.  Caring for a sick individual - a son, daughter, spouse, parent, grandparent, or even a stranger – as challenging as it oftentimes may be, provides an opportunity for us to see ourselves in new ways.

Join us at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown this Friday, March 31, at 7 PM as we partner with Atlantic Health System’s Healing Arts Program, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and Premiere Stages, for “Healing Voices: Caretaker Stories,” featuring stories, poems, and plays written by members of the community in a staged reading format with professional actors.  This unique event allows us to share the love, fear, tenderness, panic, and hope we’ve found in those moments, and to connect with others who’ve been in similar situations. A discussion with selected writers, directors, and caregiving professionals will follow the performance.

The evening is presented as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival, an annual, month-long celebration of theatre throughout the state of New Jersey.  For more information on the NJ Theatre Alliance or the Stages Festival, visit their websites at www.njtheatrealliance.org and www.stagesfestival.org, respectively. For more information on The Healing Arts Program, click here.

Some videos were created on last year’s program

NJ Theatre Alliance piece on the process of the program

NJTV State of the Arts Program Feature

NJTV News Feature

NEXT STOP FOR AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS IS THE HARTFORD STAGE


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Princeton, NJ:
McCarter Theatre Center and Hartford Stage are pleased to announce the world premiere stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express will head to its next destination as part of Hartford Stage’s 2017-2018 season. Helmed by two-time Tony Award nominee Emily Mann and adapted by two-time Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express will run at Hartford Stage in spring, 2018.

McCarter Theatre Center Managing Director Timothy J. Shields says: "After a record-breaking stage debut in Princeton, McCarter Theatre Center couldn’t be more excited to have Murder on the Orient
Express at Hartford Stage as the play’s next step in its journey.  Hartford Stage is an ideal partner to continue the process of bringing the enduring legacy of Agatha Christie’s fabulous characters to life for today’s audiences.
About this exciting collaboration, Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak adds:  “Agatha Christie’s mysteries were favorites of mine growing up, and I’m delighted to bring Ken Ludwig and Emily Mann’s
beautiful production of her classic
Murder on the Orient Express here to Hartford Stage.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Discount Tix for Teachers to see EXIT STRATEGY with Liz Zazzi

 

$5 off Adult and Senior Tickets when you order by April 1.
Cannot be combined with other discounts.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR THE THEATER PROJECT’S COMEDY ABOUT EDUCATION!

Friday, April 7 Show ONLY:
Free Tix for Teachers with ID
First come, first served, OR may be reserved on line with $2 service charge

Audio described performance for the sight-impaired:
Thursday, April 6, 8 PM
Call Box Office 908-809-8865

Support the NJSO


Browse Calendar | 2017–18 Season | Patron Services | Donate
 

Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar when received
by March 31.

We asked our students to tell us what they most value about the NJSO’s education and community engagement programs.
NJSO Musicians


“Learning from (NJSO bassist and Coach-in-Residence) Jonathan Storck has been one of the best experiences of my life, giving me the opportunity to explore my talents as a young musician.” – Meleny (NJSO Training Ensemble)

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“Being in the NJSO’s Academy Orchestra program has made me a better, more confident musician. Along with the help of my mentor and conductor, I know that I can grow even more in the future!” – Ben (NJSO Academy Orchestra)

Support Music Education by March 31!


Your gift to the NJSO goes a long way. By supporting our education and community engagement programs you strengthen the community, empowering the next generation of citizens and leaders. Help us make more experiences possible for more students by making a gift today! Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar when received by March 31. To join Symphony Friends by phone please contact Lindsay Wood, Manager of Individual Giving, at 973.735.1730.

For more information visit www.njsymphony.org/match.

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Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Concert Featuring Franz Schubert Trout Quintet

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The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, will perform the final concert of their three concert series on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church, located at 150 Park Avenue in Leonia. The program will feature the frequently requested Franz Schubert Trout Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $30 adults, $25 seniors, and students under age 18 will be admitted free. All Saints Episcopal Church is fully handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be served after the concert, and the audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the musicians.

Two River Theater’s productions for 2017/18 Season

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RED BANK, NJ— Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the lineup of productions for its 2017/18 Season, which will launch in September with Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, featuring Brandon J. Dirden as Walter Lee Younger and Crystal A. Dickinson as Ruth Younger, directed by Carl Cofield. Full-season 6-play subscriptions are on sale now from 732.345.1400 or 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank. Subscribers save 25% on tickets, receive prime seating and a number of additional benefits. Visit tworivertheater.org for more details. Single tickets will go on sale in August 2017.

Says Artistic Director John Dias, “We launch the season with Lorraine Hansberry’s earth-shattering answer to Langston Hughes’s most profound question: ‘What happens to a dream deferred?’ Each play that follows—whether classic or brand new, comedy or tragedy—in some way addresses that same existential pursuit. The playwrights are all searching out a world that’s new and better, and characters who feel poised on a turning point in time, caught between the trappings of the past and the desire to forge a new path into the future. They are plays that speak to our current national mood of uncertainty and confusion, and each play in its own way is pointing us forward, whether through laughter or tears or just the telling of a really great story.”

Bob & Joan Rechnitz Theater, Two River Theater, Red Bank, New Jersey

TWO RIVER THEATER’S 2017/18 SEASON

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

BY LORRAINE HANSBERRY

DIRECTED BY CARL COFIELD

RECHNITZ THEATER (photo above)

SEPT 9 – OCT 8 / 2017

Brandon J. Dirden (Jitney, Two River’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park, Two River’s Seven Guitars) will play Walter Lee Younger and Ruth Younger in one of the greatest family dramas ever written, Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 masterpiece A Raisin in the Sun—the play that “changed American theater forever” (Frank Rich, The New York Times). Carl Cofield directed the 50th anniversary production of Dutchman by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) for the Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

BY OSCAR WILDE

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL CUMPSTY

RECHNITZ THEATER

NOV 11 – DEC 3 / 2017

Tony Award-nominated actor and director Michael Cumpsty (The End of the Rainbow, Two River’s The Lion in Winter) previously directed Third at Two River Theater. He returns to direct Oscar Wilde’s great comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Reading: ‘The House of Blue Leaves’ One Night ONLY at Chatham Playhouse

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The Chatham Community Players' successful "Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series is proud to present John Guare's, The House of Blue Leaves. One Night ONLY - Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:00 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Gus Ibranyi (photo) directs this evening's reading.

Gus Ibranyi 2Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zoo-keeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York where he lives with his wife, Bananas. Who is. Much to the chagrin of Artie's downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus who'll sleep with him anytime but refuses to cook until they are married. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie's son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix stowing a home made-bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie's old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn with starlet girlfriend in tow, who holds the key to Artie's dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.


The Cast:
* Glen D. Post as Artie
* Scott Baird as Ronnie
* Carla Kendall as Bunny
* Debbie Bernstein as Bananas
* Lindsay Braverman as Corrinna
* Roseann Ruggerio as Head Nun
* Maryann Post as Second Nun
* Nicole Boscarino as Head Nun
* Roseann Ruggerio as Little Nun
* John AC Kennedy as Billy Einhorn
* With Stage Directions Read by Leslie Williams

Light snacks provided, patrons are encouraged to BYOB
Funding has been made possible in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: Hilarious parody of Broadway’s great musicals at Women’s Theater Company

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The Women’s Theater Company is currently presenting Musical of Musicals (The Musical), written by Joanne Bogart (lyrics) and Eric Rockwell (music), The production is billed as “a hilarious satire of musical theatre.” Guess what? It is…hilarious, it is…a satire, it is…a parody of the classics of musical theatre. If these composers and their shows mean nothing to you----Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Jerry Herman, then you may fail to appreciate the clever, funny parody presented in The Musical of Musicals (The Musicals)

One of our best area directors (and choreographers) Lauren Moran Mills has produced a truly superior production of The Musical of Musicals (The Musicals)…truly the equal to the best of “Off-Broadway.” Where has this musical gem been hiding? (more later). The creators (and original NY cast members), Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell, tell the story of the young ingénue who is constantly repeating to her villainous, lecher of a landlord (aren’t they all?) the classic line of a struggling actress (aren’t they all) ‘I can’t pay the rent!’ The sad tale, always with a happy ending, is told five times via an oh so clever parody of the five composers.

In each, 15 to 20 minute, segment we have four characters, the aforementioned ingénue and landlord, plus the young leading man and the older woman. The cast is wonderful; the young actress is nicely played by the fine voiced, attractive newcomer Jenna Rose (Ravenda); the young man Billy, the hero of the piece, is another newcomer, Zachary Mazouat. He is perfect in this role of the imperfect, slightly bumbly, suitor who charms his way to victory (translation: He gets the girl).

Review: ‘BAD JEWS’ A Delectable Dish At GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE

 
bad-jews-tizg2c1t.hg5By Guest Reviewer Ruth Ross (http://www.njartsmaven.com/)

The death of a beloved relative and the distribution of his or her possessions can wreak havoc on familial relationships, causing ruptures that often fester for decades. The havoc is exacerbated when the possessions include historical artifacts, especially those related to the Holocaust.

If the thought of such squabbling makes you uncomfortable, brace yourself for the antics onstage in George Street Playhouse’s current offering, Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon. Originally produced at the Roundabout Theatre in New York, the play’s title has a double meaning. On one hand, the characters rate their “Jewishness” relative to their investment in and familiarity with the culture and religion; on the other hand, over the course of 90 minutes, we get to witness some very bad behavior in all its awful glory.

The source of contention among the three Haber-Feygenbaum cousins, brothers Liam and Jonah and cousin Daphna, is the gold chai (the Hebrew letters for “life”) necklace worn by “Poppy,” their very recently deceased grandfather for much of his long life. Daphna believes she should get it because she, after all, she the “best” Jew of the three, changing her name from Diana to the Hebrew Daphna, spending time in Israel with plans to wed a man she met there, and able to read and recite the Hebrew prayers. She’s adamant and girded for war. Her nemesis Liam (Hebrew name Shlomo, which he doesn’t care to divulge) is the oldest of the three; he wants the chai to use it to propose to his girlfriend, just as Poppy used it to propose to their grandmother. He’s arrogant, sure that he deserves the necklace—in short, a worthy opponent for Daphna. As for Jonah, he doesn’t want to be involved. He doesn’t claim any rights to the chai and would rather remove himself from the ensuing battle. Watching all this unfold is the blonde shiksa Melody, who is as uncomfortable as we are and a bit bewildered at the verbal assault taking place. (Above: Laura Lapidus and Amos VanderPoel)