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Aug 12, 2013
Tales of Russian nobility who lived in exile in Europe following the Russian revolution are familiar to most of us. ​The British monarchy, for example, cousins to the Russian royalty, provided the mostly penniless exiles with a ...

Jul 29, 2013
'Tis the season"....the Summer season, that is, for children's theater workshops across the state to stage their annual musicals. One of the most remarkable producers is The Pixie Dust Players based in Summit. The director ...


Review: NJYT's impressive 'West Side Story' at the Bickford
Jul 20, 2013
"The minutes seem like hours, The hours go so slowly"" is a line from the song "Tonight" in the landmark Broadway musical "West Side Story." However, the reverse is true at the New Jersey Youth Theatre's exceptional, truly ...

Jul 28, 2013
The New Jersey Community Theatre Association this past week announced the nominations for "Best Original Play" for the 2012 season. On that short list is the 2012 Jersey Voices One-Act Festival of the Chatham Community ...

Jul 08, 2013
The great wit and charm of Noel Coward and his rarely performed early comedy "Fallen Angels" is now on display at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Kirby Theatre on the Drew University Campus. Quite simply ...

Jul 17, 2013
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play "Clybourne Park" is making its New Jersey premiere at the professional Premiere Stages in Union. "Clybourne Park" is a powerful, often witty, commentary on race relations ...

Jul 07, 2013
Caution: Rave Review! In 2008 the community theatre company based in Chester, New Jersey, the Chester Theatre Group presented their second edition of the musical "1776" to sold out audiences and rave reviews, plus 17 ...

Jul 27, 2013
As most fans of live theatre in New Jersey know, we are blessed with a number of truly excellent professional theatres, e.g, The George Street Playhouse, The Paper Mill Playhouse, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, ...

Jun 03, 2013
More than 100 years ago (1907) the Irish playwright J.M. Synge's classic dark comedy "The Playboy of the Western World" premiered at Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre. Today it is his best known work, considered to be one of ...
Jun 04, 2013
Hans Christian Andersen's 1837 dark tale of a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince was adapted (and sanitized) by Disney, ...
Jun 01, 2013
The final production of the Bickford Theatre's 2012/2013 season is the second chapter in the hit comedy series "​Nunsense II: The Second Coming" with music, lyrics and book by Dan Goggin and starring Gwendolyn F. Jones ...

May 19, 2013
"A Chorus Line" by Ruth Ross (njartsmaven.com) The enduring appeal of A Chorus Line has as much to do with Michael Bennett's inspired choreography and Marvin Hamlisch's music as with the raw emotions and intriguing ...

Jun 01, 2013
The final production of the Bickford Theatre's 2012/2013 season is the second chapter in the hit comedy series "​Nunsense II: The Second Coming" with music, lyrics and book by Dan Goggin and starring Gwendolyn F. Jones ...

May 19, 2013
"A Chorus Line" by Ruth Ross (njartsmaven.com) The enduring appeal of A Chorus Line has as much to do with Michael Bennett's inspired choreography and Marvin Hamlisch's music as with the raw emotions and intriguing ...

May 18, 2013
"Take a healthy dose of songs with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (31 to be exact), add six glorious voices (three men, three women), fluid staging by Lauren Mills Moran on a spare but ...

Apr 08, 2013
Hilarious new comedy opened this past weekend at the Oakes Center in Summit, the home of the excellent professional Dreamcatcher Repertory Company. The play, a co-production of Dreamcatcher and Playwrights Theatre, ...

May 14, 2013
It is staged by Fiasco artistic directors Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld. Brody and Steinfeld also serve as co-directors. It features an ensemble of ten actors, including Austrian, Brody and Steinfeld, with a single ...

May 11, 2013
The play "Steel Magnolias,"​ first produced in​​ 1987 and later the​​ ​hit 1989 movie, is aptly billed as "the funniest play that will ever make you cry." An impressive new production opened last week by the Chester Theatre ...

May 05, 2013
The always impressive Chatham Players are ending the 2012-13 season with a musical as they did last season. The two musicals, however, could not be more different. The 2011-12 season ended with one of the most ...

Apr 15, 2013
Here in North Jersey, in particular, we are blessed with truly fine professional and community theater that deserve our support. Unfortunately, it simply is not possible to review every play, thus with the blessing of my friend, ...

Apr 29, 2013
What do Dee Hoty (Rich Girl), Ellen McLaughlin (Good People) and Aisha Hinds (Best of Enemies) have in common? Each gave an outstanding star-turn this season at the George Street Playhouse. These three marvelous ...

Feb 24, 2013
This week the Centenary Stage Company premiered the third production of a fine four play season with Tony Award winning playwright Martin McDonagh's remarkable dark comedy of the bleak life in rural Ireland in 1934,"The ...

Apr 09, 2013
The ​McCarter Theatre Center's stunning production of one of William Shakespeare's most elegant plays, considered one of his late romances, “The Winter's Tale” directed by Rebecca Taichman opened this past weekend ...

Apr 01, 2013
Playwright Kate Fodor's second play “100 Saints You Should Know” was named by both Entertainment Weekly and Time Out New York as one of the 10 Best Plays of 2007. You now have a chance to see this very touching, ...

Apr 14, 2013
It seems that weight gain is not the only issue if one's diet consists of only pink cupcakes! A delightful lesson in the importance of moderation is on view for the junior members of the family, at the state's leading children's ...

Mar 17, 2013
Ms. Fisher based the story on an actual FBI investigation of a New Jersey based bio-chemist who was labelled a "person of interest" following the death in 2001 of at least six people with many more permanently injured from ...

Mar 20, 2013
The fourth production of the George Street Playhouse's very impressive current season is the world premiere of a romantic comedy "Rich Girl" by Victoria Stewart. The play is a co-production with the Cleveland Play House and ...

Mar 19, 2013
This past weekend The Barn Theatre in Montville premiered the fourth production of its 85th Anniversary Season "God of Carnage," This is an excellent, impressive staging of this Tony Award®-winning comedy, written by ...

Mar 03, 2013
One of our finest community theatre groups in New Jersey is clearly The Chatham Community Players. The CCP productions, blessed with a remarkable pool of acting and producing talent, are often the equal of the major ...

Feb 18, 2013
If laughter is the best medicine, then the current production at the Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, provides a month's supply in just one viewing. The play is Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me A Tenor." But first, please note that one of ...

Jan 31, 2013
Edward Albee's 1966 Pulitzer Prize winning play "A Delicate Balance" opened this past weekend at the McCarter Center in Princeton. This is the now classic study of a privileged, but highly dysfunctional American family.

Feb 05, 2013
We have frequently used the statement "theatre is alive and well in New Jersey" in response to the many excellent productions we've had the privilege to review these past several years. Artistic directors such as McCarter's ...

Feb 16, 2013
The Chester Theatre Group, one of the finest community theatre companies in New Jersey, premiered their latest production this past Thursday evening (St. Valentine's Day)....the laugh fest "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now ...

Feb 11, 2013
The Luna Stage in West Orange, thanks to the snow storm last Friday, had a delayed opening on Saturday of the world premiere of Nikkole Salter's second play "Carnaval." This is a fascinating, frequently funny but harsh study ...

Jan 22, 2013
"Fuddy Meers" is the name of a very funny, very quirky dark comedy now playing at the Barn Theatre in Montville. With the 85th season lineup including such Broadway Tony winning or nominated productions as "Noises Off," ...

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