Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New York acting coach to teach professional acting intensive at Summit Playhouse this fall

The local acting community will have a rare opportunity this September to work with Peter Mattaliano, personal acting coach to film and television actor Matthew Morrison (photo), best known for his work on the television show “Glee,” and Alicia Minshew, an actress best known for her role in the long-running soap opera “All My Children.”

Mattaliano’s Acting Lab will be held at the Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit, NJ on Sept. 7,8,14 and 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of the 20 hours of training is $350. The class will be limited to 14 students.

“We will begin with the audition process of working with cold sides then eventually work on full scenes. My lab helps actors find solutions for the various acting problems that are inherent in every scene,” Mattaliano said.

He said the solutions to problems in scenes are often found in the text itself which is why he teaches actors to learn how to read a script or screenplay with the writer’s intention in mind.

All actors in the class will work in every session of the four day program on scenes that will be selected from film and television.

Actors seeking acceptance into the program should e-mail headshots, resumes and their expectations for the workshop along with any questions to and include NJ Acting Lab in the subject line.

Once admitted to the class, payment should be made by check to: The Summit Playhouse and mailed to The Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue, Summit,N.J. 07901, Attention: Treasurer/NJ Acting Lab. For additional information, contact Vincent Esoldi, coordinator at(908) 310-3130, E-mail:

According to actor Matthew Morrison of “Glee,” Mattaliano can help any actor become more adept at his or her craft.

“Peter has a clear understanding of the craft of acting, paired with a gift for communicating how to hone the essence of it. From classical to contemporary pieces, Pete’s training will undoubtedly bring out the best in any actor,” Morrison said.

For Alicia Minshew of All My Children fame, Mattaliano has opened her eyes to a new way of approaching a script.

“Pete is a warm, wonderful man who clearly loves what he does. He has given me a whole new way to approach a script and break it down,” Minshew said.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Free Reading of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen at The Company

 Meet Andrea Prendamano (photo) who is playing Hedda Gabler in The Company's next Free Reading. She was last seen at the April Fundraiser in "Feeding Time at the Human House" by David Wiener.

Andrea is one of the founding members of The Company Theatre Group, Inc. and works both on stage and behind the scenes.

She has had the pleasure of playing many diverse roles on our stage including: a long suffering second wife (Chapter Two), a grieving widow with a pesky guest (An Evening of Laughter...), a tough as nails ex-wife and an unconscious hooker (California Suite), a dumb as a rock 80's chick (Tavern Tales: Montclair), a monkey AND a jilted girl at a bar (Company Shorts), Famous Physicist Neil Bohr's wife (Copenhagen), a murderous, incestuous psychopath (Veronica's Room) and a "sloppy and fertile" Bronx babe (Savage in Limbo).

Andrea creates the soundtracks for their shows and organizes costumes, as well. She is also the Graphic Designer and has created all logos, programs, posters, and promotional materials.

The Free Reading of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen is next Tuesday, Aug 6th. It will be a script in hand performance. "Please come on down and see this thought-provoking, historical classic performed for you by several of our company members. There are still seats available, but you must request them at:"

The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ at

The Cast: Andrea Prendamano, Sheila Griffin, Dave Russo, Ike Akcay, Joe Curran, Danielle Rosato and Aleksandra Janusz.
For more info:

Auditions: Strollers of Maplewood for 'Other Desert Cities' and more

The Strollers is holding auditions for OTHER DESERT CITIES by John Robin Baitz. Auditions are Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6, with Callbacks Thursday, August 8, all beginning at 7:30 PM at The Burgdorff Center For The Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood, NJ 07040 (NJ Transit train station is at the end of the street).

Performance dates are November 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8 PM, and November 10 at 2 PM. Sherrie Ahlin directs. For more detailed information, click on the Auditions tab at The Strollers website.

On Wednesday, September 4th they will be having an OPEN HOUSE, with the first membership meeting of the 2013-2014 season, a short update on all things Stroller and then on to some food, fun and prizes. They invite you to bring a friend or two, a neighbor, co-worker, anyone..."let’s show others who we are and how much fun we have bringing theater to the Maplewood area. Whoever brings the most new guests to the event will win something special."

The Strollers directors’ showcase of MARCUS IS WALKING opens Friday, September 6th at 8 PM, and also runs Saturday, September 7th at 8 PM and Sunday September 8th at 2 PM. 

The show runs one weekend only. All tickets are $10 for everyone OR FREE if you buy a season subscription. That’s four shows for the price of 3!  Further information is available at The Strollers website.

Here is a copy of their 2013-14 brochure.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Pixie Dust Players' 'Shrek The Musical' at Summit Playhouse

Princess Fiona and Shrek

" '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 and choreographer who has extensive professional credits is Lindsay Maron. Lindsay founded the Pixie Dust Players in 2007 and has since produced 19 different shows that perform from venues such as the current Summit Playhouse to nursing homes, hospitals, and special education schools. Oh, I must mention that Lindsay is only 18, newly graduated from Millburn, High School (Anne Hathaway's school). Starting this Fall she packs her bags to attend one of the finest drama programs in the nation...Northwestern University.

Lindsay's team of over 60 young performers and production staff members are currently presenting a delightful adaptation of the highly successful film (animated) and Broadway musical "Shrek The Musical." The play just became available this Summer to local groups. Already at least two other theatre groups in Northern New Jersey are planning productions. Yes, this is an all-family attraction featuring youngsters from as little as six to late teens supported nicely by more senior talent, a/k/a adults. As you would expect, the youngsters are talented, adorable and charged with great enthusiasm. It is obvious that they are loving the experience to participate in live theatre. Hopefully, this experience will instill in them a love for the magic of live theatre whether on stage or as an all important supporter of our local professional and community groups.

This production of "Shrek The Musical" has sets, costumes, music and choreography equal to a number of musicals we have reviewed in the past. Naturally, it is not the equal of the Paper Mill Playhouse, few are, but it is still an impressive, highly satisfying theatre outing. Grandparents and parents of small children in particular will find "Shrek" to be a perfect way to introduce their youngsters to a world of live actors, colorful costumes, clever, attractive scenery, bright music and a giant dragon (Devlin Stark).

The lead actors, all excellent, are Zachary Love as Shrek, he has a fine voice and he perfectly presents a non-frighting green hulk of an ogre; Princess Fiona, the adult version, is Alex Golden who displays a powerful, yet lovely, voice, plus significant charm even with ogre gear; the number one scene stealer is the Donkey who considers himself (or is it itself?) Shrek's "Tonto." Beautifully playing the Donkey, heavily disguised in an excellent furry costume, is an obviously first-rate actress, Isabelle Smelkinson; rounding out the leads is Lord Farquaad who dreams of marrying the princess in order to become King. Sean Puzzo is very impressive in this fun, buffoon role. He is clearly equipped with the best pipes in Summit and the best costume although it is a bit on the "short" side (tongue firmly in my cheek).

Deserving of a mention in the large cast are: Jillian Mauro who covered several roles with skill...a Queen, Knight and one of the Three Blind Mice; Darby Ryden as Teen Fiona, Grace Petersen as Young Fiona; Julianna Pica as the puppet who wants to be a boy, Pinocchio; plus the Duloc performers and the Rats (names are below). These two groups impressed with their dancing.

Assisting director Lindsay Maron, is the music director Brandon Ilaw; Roy Pancirov set construction; May Chan and Sandra Nissen costumes; Sean Puzzo properties; Wendy Roome lighting; plus the group listed below.
Shrek Cast

SHREK Zachary Love; PRINCESS FIONA Alex Golden; DONKEY Isabelle Smelkinson; LORD FARQUAAD Sean Puzzo;
DRAGON Devlin Stark; CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS Ellie Anderson; GUARDS Beatrice Halper, Grace Petersen, Darby Ryden, and Truc-Lan Vu; THELONIUS Nicholas Skiba; GREETER Anna Claire Anderson; DULOC PERFORMERS: Anna Claire Anderson, Caroline Cariddi, Jessica Feit, Lily Lindstrom ,Molly Lindstrom, Sydney Schenker, Charlotte Wesson, and Lila Zinner:
FAIRYTALE CREATURES: GINGY Devlin Stark, PINOCCHIO Julianna Pica, BIG BAD WOLF Wasif Sami, THREE LITTLE PIGS Julia Turner, Halle Just, Anna Claire Anderson; WHITE RABBIT Charlotte Wesson; FAIRY GODMOTHER Kathryn McManus; PETER PAN Jack Nissen; WICKED WITCH Julianna de Diego; SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Lila Zinner; UGLY DUCKLING Jessica Feit; THREE BEARS Jillian Mauro, Nicholas Skiba and Elizabeth Bigham; 

MAD HATTER Donald Grennon; HUMPTY DUMPTY Ambika Chetal; SHOEMAKER’S ELF Eila Francis; TWEEDLE DEE Stephanie Ticas, TWEEDLE DUM Sydney Chan; LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD Kate Petrella; JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Noah Bloom; WENDY Devlin Stark; MAMA OGRE Truc-Lan Vu; PAPA OGRE Nicholas Skiba; YOUNG SHREK Will Nissen; QUEEN LILLIAN Jillian Mauro; KING HAROLD Natalie Pereira; 

HAPPY PEOPLE/ANGRY MOB: Caroline Cariddi, Beatrice Halper, Lily Lindstrom, Molly Lindstrom, Darby Ryden and Sydney Schenker; YOUNG FIONA Grace Petersen; TEEN FIONA Darby Ryden; KNIGHTS: Jillian Mauro, Natalie Pereira, Julianna Pica and Truc-Lan Vu; PIED PIPER Jack Nissen;

RATS: Ellie Anderson, Lily Lindstrom, Molly Lindstrom, Jillian Mauro, Kathryn McManus, Julianna Pica,Sydney Schenker, Devlin Stark, Charlotte Wesson and Lila Zinner; THREE BLIND MICE ; Ambika Chetal, Jillian Mauro, Julianna Pica; BISHOP Natalie Pereira, DWARF Will Nissen;

Additional Production Staff: Assistant Directors Shannon Campbell, Garrett Gallinot, Juliana Genova, Eleanor Konrad, Max Sauberman; Producer Abbe Maron; Set Construction Roy Pancirov, Assisted by Don Grennon, Matt Puzzo, Sean Puzzo, Nicholas Skiba; Painting Hugh Mahon; Sound Brandon Ilaw; Photography Sandra Nissen; Poster & Graphics Sean Puzzo; Program Wendy Roome; Tickets Nancy Boucher & Mikel Uchitel; Ushers Sharon Uchitel, Ellen Korey & Mikel Uchitel; Publicity Breene Wesson​.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio  July 28, 2013

Thursday, August 1 7:00pm
Friday, August 2 7:00pm
Saturday, August 3 7:00pm
Sunday, August 4 3:00pm

Location: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue, Summit, New Jersey

Sean Puzzo

Time Stands Still Touches Down at Princeton Summer Theater

The fourth and final show of Princeton Summer Theater’s 2013 Season arrives this weekend "ready to stir audiences with powerful storytelling and intensely heartfelt performances."

From the company that brought you She Loves Me, Crimes of the Heart, and The 39 Steps, hailed by U.S. 1 newspaper as PST’s “best production…in at least 10 years,” Donald Margulies’s Tony-nominated Time Stands Still promises to shake up the summer with compellingly raw drama. 

Maeve Brady (photo) and Brad Wilson costar as Sarah and James, a photographer and journalist who have spent their lives documenting devastating international conflict. When a life-threatening injury puts their work on hold, they are forced to re-define their wartime relationship for the demands of peace. 

PST's Time Stands Still runs August 1st-11th. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $25, $20 for students. A reception catered by Princeton's Fruity Yogurt will follow the Sunday, August 4th matinee performance!

"Join Princeton Summer Theater on an epic quest full of song, friendship, and two-headed dragons!"  How Thumbelina Found Her Wings, PST's annual children's show, will perform August 1st-3rd, and August 8th-10th at 11am. Autograph sessions with the cast follow every performance! Tickets are $9, free for children under 3.

This Friday, PST continues its 2013 Young Artist’s Workshops series for children aged 6-12. This week’s session is Scene and Story: storytelling for the stage! PST offers its Young Artist’s Workshops every Friday through August 9th from 1:30-4:30 pm. $35 per workshop, drop-ins always welcome! Register by emailing

"PST's 2013 Cabaret is coming soon! Enjoy a summer evening of entertainment featuring the 2013 PST Company in a smattering of performances in music, comedy, and drama."  Bid on prizes donated by local businesses including House of Cupcakes, The Alchemist & Barrister, the bent spoon, Triumph Brewing Co., Infini-T Cafe and Spice Souk, The Nassau Inn, Princeton Tour Company, and more. Wednesday, August 7th at 8pm. Tickets by donation only -- Pay what you can!

For Tickets: visit or call (877) 238-5596.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: 2013 Jersey Voices One-Act Festival of the Chatham Community Players

Anna McCabe and Chip Prestera (5564 to Toronto)

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 Players (Read our 2012 review). Friday night we attended the 2013 edition of the Jersey Voices One-Act Festival, the 19th edition. The Festival has a short four performance schedule which means you have only Friday and Saturday night next week, August 2 and 3, to see this marvelous display of local talent.

The event consists of six short plays, but what makes the event truly unique is that the plays are all original and written by New Jersey playwrights.

The CCP's Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik explained in his introductory remarks Friday night that they annually receive over 100 original submissions. "The plays this year run the gamut from comedy to heart gripping drama and the themes cover many aspects of life such as loss, fear and unconditional love. I’m constantly amazed and excited by the creativity, the resilience, the persistence of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer. This year we are very pleased to have 4 veteran directors returning and 2 new directors." Each director did his or her own casting.

As with our first time experience last year, the play selection, staging and performances were impressive. The six playwrights are: Eric Alter of West Orange (the only repeat from last year), Mark McCarthy from Union City, Loretta Napolitano of Denville, Jerrod Bogard currently of New York, NY, Karen Howes of Madison and Omar Kozarsky from Mahwah. The six directors are: Ron Mullligan, Arnold J. Buchiane, Joann Lopresti Scanlon, Stephen Catron, Megan Ferentinos and Paul Bettys. Buchiane, Scanlon, Catron and Bettys are the four who directed last season's Perry nominated edition.

The acting was excellent, however several actors deserve special mention. The actors we placed in this category are the incredible comedy talent of Chip Prestera as the strange man in the Bus Station (The 5564 to Toronto), Jeffry Foote as the incompetent Court Jester (Fool Me Twice), Scott Tyler as a crazed film star fan (Keli Richards), Miriam Salerno as the sympathetic Queen Helena (Fool Me Twice) and Ellen Fraker-Glasscock as Delores the senior citizen's version of Esther Williams with news of a medical advancement of a very personal nature (Aquasize).

The most touching moments were in The Most Beautiful Rock with its theme of war and torture. The most fascinating, and a bit bizarre, is the Aquasize play set in a pool. It is the only play with a credit for choreography. Roxanna Wagner's swimming movements earned some of the biggest laughs of the evening. A nod to director Stephen Catron for his obviously superior skill in finding such good sports to showcase their non-Sports Illustrated swimsuit appearances.

The six plays were divided equally with three pre-intermission and three post-intermission. The total time is about two hours. The fact that the evening consists of six separate, different themed plays that are obviously short and each ends with a nice plot twist presents a bit of a reviewing conundrum. In other words, we will only include here the author's description with no further plot discussion.

The entire event is another example of the marvelous acting, directing, and oh yes...writing talent we have in the Garden State.

Each of the following pieces are performed each night of the festival:

  • Most Beautiful Rock by Eric Alter of West Orange - The Story of War told and heard by people who aren't quite ready to hear it and are surprised by how it ultimately resolvesThis production features Cara Heary of Summit, Jon Beeler of Cedar Grove, Jeff Maschi of Milltown, Jim Clancy of Basking Ridge and Lewis T. Decker of Millington,.  Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham.
  • One Woman's Onions by Mark McCarthy from Union City - Two modern suburban sisters with separate lives dance around their differences, but finally come to the fact that they love and care for each other and will find a place of common thought. This production features Tara Cioletti of Wayne and Alexandra Landau of Florham Park. Directed by Arnold Buchiane of Summit.
  • Fool Me Twice by Jerrod Bogard of New York, NY - Being Royalty is really just a business... This production features Miriam Salerno of Millburn, Jeff Foote of Denville and Jim Clancy of Basking Ridge.  Directed by Paul Bettys of Denville.
  • Aquasize by Loretta Napolitano of Denville- A group of Senior Citizens adjust to their ages and the reality while trying to get their exercise inThis production features Ellen Fraker-Glasscock of Chester, Geraldine Baillod of Rockaway, Melissa Lowver of Summit, Gwyn E. Nielsen of Scotch Plains, Art Seif of Berkeley Heights and Dickson Lane of West Orange. Directed by Steve Catron of Mendham.
  • The 5564 to Toronto by Karen Howes of Madison - The impossible to believe happens in a near empty bus terminal at 4:00 in the morning. This production features Chip Prestera of Stirling and Anna McCabe of Morristown. Directed by Ron Mulligan of Bloomfield.
  • Keli Richards by Omar Kozarsky from Mahwah - Love is blind and love endures. Unrequited love, though, is still tough to live with.  This production features Julie Ann Nolan of Little Falls, Scott Tyler of Morristown and Lewis T. Decker of Millington. Directed by Megan Ferentinos of Cranford.

The remaining performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, August 2 and 3. All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ. Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $10 for youth (18 and under). To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to

It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

The Chatham Playhouse is home to the Chatham Community Players (CCP). CCP has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s upcoming 92nd Season (2013-2014), visit

Ellen Fraker-Glasscock (R), Geraldine Baillod (C), Melissa Lowver, Gwyn E. Nielsen (rear), Art Seif and Dickson Lane (L).
Photos by Howard Fisher

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Original Play Perry Award Nominations for 2013

Here is the list of "Outstanding Production of an Original Play" Perry Award Nominations for 2013 from The New Jersey Association of Community Theatre:

4x4x1, Old Library Theater, Producer- Craig M. Tiede, Producer- Linda Weilkotz, Director- Rachel Lichter, Director- Marilyn Schilkie, Director- Brendan Joel Bartlett, Director- Bill Kaufman, Author- Victoria Z. Daly, Author- Irene L. Pynn

AGE 62 IS BETTER, Performance with Passion Players, Producer- Michael Schwartz, Producer- Debby Schwartz, Director- Dana Abatemarco, Author- Michael Eli Schwartz -at The Grange Playhouse

JERSEY VOICES 2012, Chatham Community Players, Producer- Bob Denmark,
Producer- Bob Lukasik, Director- Stephan Catron, Director- Joann Scanlon, Director- Paul Bettys, Director- Chris Messineo, Director-

Frank Briamonte, Director- Arnold J. Buchiane, Author- Gary Schaffer, Author- Ralph Greco Jr., Author- Mike Allegra, Author- E.M. Lewis, Author- Eric Alter, Author- Mary Jane Walsh

RON, Edison Valley Playhouse, Producer- Bill Seesselberg, Director- Sudipta Bhawmik,
Author- Sudipta Shawmik

R.U. FOR SALE and SHE LOVES ME “KNOT”, The Darress Theatre, Producer- Tom Timbrook, Director- Sue Conover Marinello, Author- Lawrence Frank

SICILLIANS IN THE BASEMENT, First Avenue Playhouse, Producer- Joe Bagnole, Director- Dave McGrath, Author- Joe Simonelli

TWIST OF FAITH, East Brunswick Community Theater, Producer- Douglas Brautigam, Producer- Katie Matseur, Director- Gerry Appel, Author- Richard C. Fink

Theatre in the Making to present 'Rent' in Chester August 1, 2 & 3

Theatre in the Making is a comprehensive theatre experience. Participants in the program will gain experience in all aspects of theatrical production, including acting, singing, choreography, set/prop construction, and tech/design.

Mission is to provide all NJ high school students (including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors) with an enriching theatrical experience.
Theatre in the Making is a comprehensive theatre experience. Participants in the program will gain experience in all aspects of theatrical production, including acting, singing, choreography, set/prop construction, and tech/design. Participants will not only learn the fundamentals, but will also begin to appreciate theatre as a machine of many parts. In addition, this program will strengthen student learning in other areas such as problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and self-expression.

And remember: A theatrical production is only as strong as each and every member of its ensemble. Therefore, we aim to build a true ensemble experience for all participants in the program.

Theatre in the Making LLC is a community theatre program which operates out of Chester, NJ at West Morris Central High School. The program is run by Central High School English and Drama teachers Mrs. Melissa Charych and Mr. Jeff Hogan.

DIRECTOR and FOUNDER: Mrs. Melissa Charych is a teacher of English and Drama at West Morris Central High School. She received her B.A. in English and Drama at Ithaca College and her M.A. at Columbia University. Mrs. Charych currently leads Central High School's theatre IB program and has directed countless theatrical productions throughout her career.

DIRECTOR and FOUNDER: Mr. Jeff Hogan is a teacher of English and Drama at West Morris Central High School. Mr. Hogan graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Theatre. In May 2011, he graduated from Drew University with a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in both English and Theatre Arts. Previous directing credits include Children of Eden, My Fair Lady, and Bat Boy: The Musical. Previous performance credits include John Proctor (The Crucible), Josh (Bang Bang You're Dead), Joe (Angels in America), Duke (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), and Man 1 (Songs For A New World).

CHOREOGRAPHER: Ms. Dana Harrington is a teacher of Math at West Morris Central High School. She received a B.S. in Math and a B.A. in Dance from Muhlenberg College, and she has recently acquired her Master's in Education from TCNJ. She also teaches at Theater Dance Center.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Miss Tracy Witko is a former graduate of West Morris Central High School and a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, where she studied music. She has held positions on all parts of a theatrical production staff for several different production companies since 2005. Previous music direction credits include Once on This Island, Reefer Madness, Xanadu, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Additionally, she has played in countless pits and had her acting debut as "Mrs. Meers" in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Mr. Joseph Braccino is an English teacher at West Morris Mendham High School. He has his B.A. and Master's in English Education, which he completed at Rutgers University. He comes to Theatre in the Making with a wealth of theatre experience and knowledge.

PUBLICITY and HOUSE MANAGER: Mrs. Laura Pereira is an English and drama teacher at West Morris Mendham High School. She received her B.A. in English at The College of New Jersey and earned her M.Litt at Drew University. Mrs. Pereira currently leads Mendham High School's theatre IB program and has been around the theatre for much of her life.

TONIGHT: Sandy Taylor at Black River Playhouse One Night Only

Vocalist Sandy Taylor graces our stage for a delightful evening of song that has been hailed as “A perfect blend of Broadway cabaret and classic jazz, with a fresh vocal style that transcends the ages.”

Tickets $20.

Reserve your seats by calling 908-879-7304 or by

Saturday, July 27th at 8 PM

Review: 'Saving Kitty' 4 Star entertainment at New Jersey Repertory Theatre

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, The Dreamcatchers, Centenary Stage Company, etc. These theatres produce plays that are the equal of much of the 'other side of the Hudson' with actors who work both sides of the river. Thursday we had the opportunity to journey down to the Jersey Shore and visit one of the true professional theatre gems in the state. The 14 year old New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch, co-founded by Gabor Barabas and his wife SuzAnne. Gabor serves as the Executive Director and SuzAnne is the Artistic Director. The theatre is unique in that they exclusively produce new plays.

The current production that officially opens tonight at 8 pm, Saturday, July 27, 2013, is "Saving Kitty," a romantic comedy with bite, written by Marisa Smith (a Jersey girl...born in Princeton) and directed by Evan Bergman. Smith is a longtime publisher of plays with her husband (Smith & Kraus), a former actress and, since 2005, an award winning playwright. Smith's “Saving Kitty” won Best Play from Portland Stages’ Clauder competition in 2010 and premiered at the Wellfleet Actors Harbor Theater in July, 2012.

The 'saving' Kitty comes from the frantic, often hilarious, efforts of a mother to keep her only daughter from marrying the wrong kind. This,of course, reminds us of the great Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier film "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." In the case of "Saving Kitty" the otherwise social liberal mother's prejudice is not racial, but religious. The mother, Kate, is a former television soap opera actress married to a United Nations diplomat. They live relatively quietly as ultra liberals (i.e. New Yorkers!) in a very comfortable Fifth avenue apartment until a tornado hits in the form of only daughter Kitty, a successful television journalist, arriving from California with her fourth fiance candidate Paul...not only an evangelical, but he is starting a religious school in the Bronx. To mother Kate this means that Kitty's trading her promising career for a life in the kitchen, dressed in muumuus and producing numerous babies. "He’s brainwashed her, he’s gonna get her involved in that kooky religion and keep her barefoot and pregnant for the rest of her life!" proclaims Kate.

Kate, played by Judith Hawking, is described by her husband Huntley "like a lioness protecting her cub." Judith Hawking has a star turn as the perfect Kate who takes unhappy to a new level. Kate's various, creative, and kooky attempts to sabotage her daughter's relationship are the comedy high points of the play, frequently assisted by several bourbon on the rocks. Not easy to understand why the fiance does not retreat in the presence of the future mother-in-law from hell.

The reason for part of Kate's actions can best be understood by these comments from playwright Marisa Smith: "I’ve really come to believe that one of the last acceptable prejudices that the well-educated elite still maintain with no embarrassment and absolutely no sense that this belief might be wrong, is their prejudice against evangelical Christians. You can be at a dinner party and somebody can start bashing evangelicals in a very crude way and no one looks twice, where you would never say those kinds of things about any other group with any impunity." The second part of the massive, negative reaction of mother Kate is that she gave up her own promising acting career for marriage with some regret and is now living vicariously through her daughter's rising career. Kitty pleads to her mother to get her own life.

Director Evan Bergman's production of "Saving Kitty" is a well paced treat with a superb cast that includes Sarah Nealis as Kitty, Christian Pedersen as her fiancé-to-be Paul, and John FitzGibbon, a NJ Rep veteran, as Kitty's father Huntley who is consumed by an Islamist bomb threat in Turkey.

Some key dialogue moments: When Paul tries to explain the differences in the conservatism of Islamists and Evangelical Christians, he says: "If you disagree with the Islamists, they cut off your head. If you disagree with us, we just pray for you." When Kitty tries to explain to her mother that a large number of Christians are Evangelical, Kate replies "Well, none of them live in Manhattan!"

The production team includes: Scenic design and props Jessica Parks; Costume design Patricia E. Doherty; Lighting design Jill Nagle; Technical director Michael Carroll; and Stage manager and sound design Jennifer Tardibuono.

The New Jersey Repertory's production of Marisa Smith's "Saving Kitty" is four-star entertainment. The thought-provoking script with an abundance of laughs, first class acting led by Judith Hawking, attractive set, fine costumes, and comfortable seating combine to equal a superior theatre experience.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio July 25, 2013

The New Jersey Repertory Company is presenting "Saving Kitty" through August 25, 2013.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm to August 25. Tickets are $40;

Opening night with reception is $50. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. NJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.

For tickets, contact the Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit to reserve your seats online.

                                      Christian Pedersen and Sarah Nealis
 Sarah Nealis , Judith Hawking & John FitzGibbon 


Photo creditSuzAnne Barabas

Circle Players holding open call for show submissions from directors

Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, is holding an open call for show submissions from directors for the 2014-2015 season.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

1. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 30, 2013.

2. Potential directors may submit up to four titles of any variety. (Circle is not considering musicals for next season, but one submission can be a children’s show.)

3. Please do not submit titles that are also being submitted to other theaters.

Circle is looking for a balanced season with some classics, some comedies, and some drama. In the past, limited comedies have been received, so please consider that in your submissions.

Circle’s Mission Statement should give you some guidelines as to the types of scripts that are sought:

“Circle Players promotes appreciation for the art and tradition of theater by entertaining, enriching, and educating the community. Circle Players also offers alternatives to mainstream entertainment by presenting both classic and newer plays, with emphasis on seldom-seen material performed in a unique and intimate theater-in-the-round setting.
“By providing an environment to learn more about theater arts, Circle Players offers opportunities for volunteers, members and participants to enhance their lives through educational theater programs and workshops offered to the community at large.”

Please include your full contact information, your availability for Sept. 2014-July 2015, your theatrical resume, and contact information for at least two theatrical references.

Your list of titles of submissions should include a brief synopsis for each show (no more than one page for each show).

"Once all submissions are received and reviewed, some directors will be called in for a short personal/artistic interview. We will contact you regarding these interviews no later than Nov. 30, 2013."

You need not send script copies with the initial submission. If Circle does not have access to a copy of any title being considered, a photocopy or electronic copy (ONLY) will be needed no later than Sept. 30, 2013. None of these scripts will be returned.

The hard deadline for submissions is Aug. 30, 2013. Questions can be directed to, or by phone to (732) 968-7555.

Auditions: 'Moon Over The Brewery' at Chester Theatre Group

AUDITIONS SUN., JULY 28th at 2 PM & TUES., JULY 30th at 7:30 PM

Miriam Lipsky, unmarried and living with her thirteen-year-old daughter, Amanda, works as a waitress to pay the bills, but it is her painting that really matters to her. Good subjects are scarce in the drab Pennsylvania coal town where they live, so Miriam dons a miner’s lamp and paints at night, when moonlight softens and transforms the stark landscape. Miriam is also desirous of male companionship, a need which the precocious Amanda (she has an IQ of 160) has discouraged by driving away suitor after suitor with her barbed comments. Amanda, compensating for the lack of a father, has also created an imaginary friend, Randolph, who appears (only to her) in a resplendent white suit and provides mischievous advice and guidance. Matters come to a head when Miriam brings home Warren Zimmerman, a rather unprepossessing, somewhat paunchy mailman who, at first, appears to be a perfect target for Amanda’s (and Randolph’s) caustic remarks and demeaning intelligence tests. Until, that is, he quietly but firmly beats Amanda at her own game. In fact it is the surprisingly resourceful Warren who is able, at last, to wean Amanda away from her dependence on Randolph and into reality—and who, in time, may also be the one able to fill the aching needs of both Amanda and her lonely mother.

Directed by Jay Mills.


MIRIAM (female, mid-30′s-mid-40′s): Single mom of a 13-year-old girl; a waitress who dreams of being a painter and finding love.

AMANDA (female, young teen): Her 13-year-old daughter, precocious, sharp-tongued, with a genius IQ.

RANDOLPH (male, 20′s-40′s): Amanda’s imaginary friend; an aristocratic type who appears only to Amanda in a white suit, the embodiment of Jay Gatsby.

WARREN (male, mid-30′s-mid-40′s): Would-be suitor for Miriam; blue-collar type.

Chester Theatre Group at 54 Grove Street (at the corner of Maple Avenue), Chester NJ

Friday, July 26, 2013

Shakespeare’s King Lear Takes the Stage in Basking Ridge

Following the successful run of Spamalot at the Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater in Basking Ridge, Trilogy Repertory with Troupe of Friends of Westfield will presentKing Lear from Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4 on the park stage. Performances are free to the public and will begin at 8 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 7 PM on Sunday.

This dramatic and tragic tale of thankless children, intrigue and madness will feature Hank Barre of Basking Ridge as Lear and Alicia Harabin of Somerville as his Fool. The loyal Kent will be Lee Grabelsky of Plainsboro. Westfield residents, Ken Bigelow as the treacherous Edmund, Michael Bieber as Albany and Director, Joe Penczak as the noble Edgar will also appear.

Lear’s three daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia will be portrayed by Juliet Brines from Bridgewater , Kelly Maizenaski of Middlesex, and Erin Scialabba from Westfield. Tim Evans of Randolph will be the old and tortured Gloucester and Fred Dennehy of Cranbury will portray evil Cornwall. A variety of other characters will be portrayed by Trilogy regulars Matt Marino, Alan Gershenson, Peter Curly, Max Beutnagel, and newcomer, Sean Marner.

This story of age, rage and the consequences of jealousy and greed is one of Shakespeare’s most popular dark and enduring tragedies. Raging storms within and around the characters carry the action forward through madness, sword fights and murderous intrigue. 

This production will also be presented September 1-3 at Mindowaskin Park in Westfield at 8PM Friday and Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday. All performances at both locations are free to the public and donations are gratefully accepted. Bring a chair, a blanket and maybe a picnic dinner and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars. For information on the Bernards Township performances, call 908-204-3003.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chatham Players' Jersey Voices One-Act Festival opens July 26

​“Being Royalty is really just a business...” Jim Clancy of Basking Ridge and Miriam Salerno of Millburn (photo) will be putting that to test in “Fool Me Twice” by Jerrod Bogard as part of Chatham Community Players’ 19th annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival. 

Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 26, 27 and August 2 and 3. All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ. 

Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $10 for youth (18 and under). They can be ordered by visiting For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to

It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. 

Photo taken by Howard Fisher

We will review Friday night.

The Company launches mid-year fundraising drive

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Jersey Premiere of 'Saving Kitty' at New Jersey Repertory Company

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The New Jersey Repertory Company is presenting the New Jersey premiere of “Saving Kitty”, a provocative new comedy written by Marisa Smith, July 25 through August 25, 2013.

What happens when a daughter brings home a young man to meet her ultra-liberal Upper East Side parents for the first time and he turns out to be the antithesis of everything they stand for?

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” takes on a whole new meaning in this play starring Sarah Nealis as Kitty, Christian Pedersen as her fiancĂ©e-to-be, John FitzGibbon as her unflappable father, and Judith Hawking as her mother, a former soap-opera actress who guards her home like a cornered lioness. Directed by Evan Bergman ,“Saving Kitty” won Best Play from Portland Stages’ Clauder competition in 2010 and premiered at the Wellfleet Actors Harbor Theater in July 2012.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm, July 25 - August 25. Special reduced price previews are on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Saturday, July 27 at 3:00 pm. Opening night with reception is Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $40; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception is $50. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. NJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.

For tickets, contact the Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit to reserve your seats online. 

We will be reviewing the July 25th matinee.

New Jersey Youth Theater's hit production of 'West Side Story' moves in August to Centenary Stage Company

“A truly first class production…”
–Rick Busciglio New Jersey Footlights    (Read the Review)

“From the first strains of the orchestra and some snapping fingers, the entire stage explodes in a whirlwind of movement. It is a marvel of synchronization.”
-Sheila Abrams, New Jersey Arts Maven
It’s been called one of the best and most beloved musicals of all time, the award-winning West Side Story now comes to the Centenary Stage. This timeless musical launched Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway career and with help of other creative geniuses like Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein, it has become a classic in the American theatrical repertoire. The New Jersey Youth Theatre will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their award-winning production by bringing a new group of talented young-adult actors that Director Cynthia Meryl calls “the future of Broadway” to the Lackland Center to showcase the phenomenal training that NJYT provides. 

Performances will take place August 2nd – 11th at the Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown. 

In 2003, NJYT’s production of West Side Story won the Music Theatre International’s Award of Excellence, an award rarely allotted. The show is a musical masterpiece that set a standard of excellence in American musical theater seldom, if ever, achieved since. The original stage production opened in 1957 with powerful direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, and a musical score by Leonard Bernstein featuring now-legendary songs such as "Tonight," “Maria”, and "America.” 

Director Cynthia Meryl talks about how this story, though written over half a century ago, is still relevant today. And critic Ruth Ross furthers the point, “The added tragedy of Tony and Maria reminds us that, despite improved communication between people…sectarian strife continues to leave tragedy in its wake. And it all stems from, as one character puts it, fear.”

Tickets for NJYT’s West Side Story are $18.50 to $28 in advance and $23.50 to $33 for day of purchases, with discounts for seniors, students, and children under 12. Performances are August 2nd-11th with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm and 
Thursday, August 8th at 12:30 pm with an evening performance at 7:30 pm. 

There will be a special camp matinee, open to the public, featuring a talk-back with the cast after the show on Thursday, August 8th at 12:30 pm. Contact the CSC Box Office for group rates available for the camp matinee at $16 or other groups at $24 for adults and $18 for youth 17 and under.

Tickets are available online at, or by calling the box office at 908-979-0900. They may also be purchased through the CSC Box office at the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave., open 1-5 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to each performance.

The Jammin’ in July Summer Concert Series and the 2013-14 season at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible through the visionary and generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and CSC sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, Bronze Sponsors The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

News From Across The Hudson: 'Julian & Romero' world-premiere play on First Avenue in September

JULIAN & ROMERO, a world-premiere play by Alex Perez, will be presented as part of the Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City, September 3rd -September 8th , 2013. The show's website is:

Produced by Media Killed Productions and Directed/Choreographed by Alex Perez (Ultimate Drag Off, Media Killed the Video Star, OZ! and De La Guarda), JULIAN AND ROMERO stars Sebastian Stimman (Julian), Gonzalo Trigueros (Romero), Edna Lee Figueroa (Bertha) and Julian Juaquin (Raul).

JULIAN & ROMERO will play five performances at Theater for the New City-155 First Avenue New York, NY 10003 (Between 9th and 10th Ave): Sunday 9/3 at 9 pm, Wednesday 9/4 at 6:30 pm, Thursday 9/5 at 9 pm, Sunday 9/7 at 5 pm and Tuesday 9/8 at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale for $12 on the site or at by calling (212) 868-4444.

JULIAN & ROMERO is a fabled story of two young Cuban men in the 1960's, one communist soldier under Castro's revolution, and one closeted gay young man- who were both best friends growing up but are now at odds with each other's beliefs, politically/religiously and culturally. The story is told in scenes and monologues within the play at a UMAP prison camp with subplots and relationship issues that arise between the prisoner and the soldier. It is an agonizing look at a rich cultural history, filled with music of Cuba's yesteryear, American dreams and the will to survive against all odds.

This universal ‘play with music and dance’ is an exploration of political, social and faith issues that is based on the stories of the men who survived the UMAP camps of Castro’s revolution in the late 1960’s. Perez, whose own grandfather was a political prisoner killed in protest of Castro’s revolution says, ‘There aren’t that many stories out there that discuss the horrors of Cuba’s secret past. It’s important that new generations are reminded of a secret world Fidel Castro claims never existed. It’s not just a Cuban story, but a human rights issue.”

Presented by Media Killed Productions, JULIAN & ROMERO’s crew consists of Alex Perez (Director/Choreographer), Libby Jensen (Tech Production Stage Manager) and Peter King (Costume Design). For a sneak peek trailer:

From August 18 to September 8, 2013 Theater for the New City (TNC), under the direction of Crystal Field, Artistic Director, will present its fourth "Dream Up Festival," a festival of experimental theater featuring new works from across the country and abroad. The theater's Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price continues as curator.

With its Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City (TNC) opens itself up to theater from the country at large and to artists from overseas. Its founders, Crystal Field and Michael Scott-Price, feel this is especially needed now in a time of declining donations to the arts, grants not being awarded due to market conditions, and arts funding cuts on almost every level all across the country and abroad.

Dream Up 2013 maintains the festival's commitment to new works. TNC has consistently been the most inexpensive theater of its caliber and it continues its commitment to affordable tickets with this festival. Dream Up Festival tickets are $12-$15 for the participating productions. The festival's website is and

Auditions: Shakespeare Initiative's 'As You Like It'

The Shakespeare Initiative (TSI) will hold auditions for their October production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on Sunday, August 4, from 2:00 until 4:00 and Tuesday, August 6, from 7:00 until 9:00 at the RoxPAC/Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna. The production will be presented in collaboration with the Roxbury Arts Alliance.

“As You Like It” is romantic comedy par excellence in the vein of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “The Taming of the Shrew.” Escape with the Bard’s sharp-witted, fully-blooded heroine, Rosalind, into the lush Forest of Arden for a charming tale of love at first sight, mix-ups, mistaken identities, and comedy both high and low. Learn a little about wooing and winning and why “all the world’s a stage.” And be assures that all wrongs will be righted and all couples united before the final curtain.

Performers auditioning for productions by The Shakespeare Initiative are requested to prepare a Shakespearean monologue (it doesn’t need to be memorized). Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Some of the roles require singing. If you are auditioning for one of those roles, please be prepared to sing something a capella. Auditioners should bring a current headshot/photograph and a copy of their theatrical resume. Appointments are not required.


Duke Frederick (m) – younger brother and usurper of Duke Senior, father of Celia. NOTE: will also play Hymen, god of marriage

Rosalind (f) – daughter of Duke Senior, later disguised as Ganymede.

Celia (f) – daughter of Duke Frederick, later disguised as Aliena.

Touchstone (m) – a court clown.

Le Beau (m) – Duke Frederick’s councilor. NOTE: will also play William, a country man.

Charles (m) – a wrestler. NOTE: will also play Corin, a shepherd. The role requires stage combat.

Duke Senior (m) – a banished Duke, older brother of Duke Frederick, father of Rosalind.

Jacques (m) – a discontented, melancholy lord. Role requires singing.

Amiens (m) – attending lord to Duke Senior. Role requires singing. NOTE: will also play Sir Oliver Martext, a country clergyman.

Oliver (m) – eldest son of Sir Roland de Boys, Orlando’s brother. The role requires some stage combat.

Orlando (m) – youngest son of Sir Roland de Boys, Oliver’s brother. The role requires stage combat.

Adam (m) – older former servant of Sir Roland de Boys.

Silvius (m) – a young shepherd.

Phoebe (f) – a shepherdess.

Audrey (f) – a country wench.

Performances of TSI's “As You Like It” will be on October 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8:00 and October 6 & 13 at 2:00. Rehearsals will generally be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. All cast members will not usually be called for every rehearsal.

TSI also seeks for volunteers interested in getting involved with the technical aspects of production: costumes, set, properties, fundraising, lighting, etc. Please send an email to if you are interested in these aspects.


Monday, July 22, 2013

'The 39 Steps' Thrills Audiences for One More Weekend in Princeton

Princeton Summer Theater’s The 39 Steps opened last weekend to deafening laughter and applause. Patrick Barlow’s uproarious spoof of the Hitchcock film and the novel by John Buchan explodes on the Hamilton Murray stage under the visionary direction and choreography of Jeff Kuperman. This highly physical re-invention of the classic spy adventure is literally breathtaking, sure to impress as much as it amuses.

Jaw-dropping and side-splitting surprises await you at every corner as four actors take on more than 100 roles and portray everything from puddles to plane crashes. Princeton Summer Theater’s The 39 Steps runs July 25th-28th. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $25, $20 for students.

PST’s annual Children’s Show, How Thumbelina Found Her Wings, returns this weekend! Revamped and more playful than ever, the story of Thumbelina's epic quest will surely have families laughing and singing along. The Children’s Show will perform July 25th-27th, August 1st-3rd, and August 8th-10th at 11am. Autograph sessions with the cast follow every performance! Tickets are $9, free for children under 3. 

This Friday, PST continues its 2013 Young Artist’s Workshops series for children aged 6-12. This week’s session is Puppets, Masks, and Movement: an exploration of time-tested theatrical traditions! PST offers its Young Artist’s Workshops every Friday through August 9th from 1:30-4:30pm. $35 per workshop, drop-ins always welcome! Register by

For Tickets: visit or call (877) 238-5596.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outdoor presentation of 'As You Like It' ends July 28th

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s enormously popular annual summer venue for family theatre under-the-stars has transformed into the Forest of Arden in the Theatre's Outdoor Stage production of William Shakespeare’s comedy "As You Like It" at the amphitheatre on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township. This replica of an ancient Greek theatre nestled into the hillside of the bucolic campus offers a theatrical event unique on the East Coast. 

" As You Like It" began on June 19th, and continues through July 28th. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:15 p.m. with additional twilight shows on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Tickets range from $28 to $33 for adults; tickets for ages 18 and under and students are $15. Children under age five go for free. For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group discounts. The amphitheater is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road in Morris Township. (NJ Transit track repair will close the Madison Avenue/Rt. 124 entrance into the College of St. Elizabeth for several weeks in June. Patrons should check for updated information and directions to the Park Avenue entrance to the College.) 

The large lawn surrounding the amphitheater is ideal for picnicking. Audience members may bring their own food and beverages, or purchase snacks and soft drinks on-site. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or low-lying beach chairs into the amphitheatre. Stadium seats are available for rental for $3.00 while supplies last. Seating is general admission. While supplies last, complimentary hand-held fans will be provided courtesy of Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus where the story of the dinosaurs is vividly presented on twenty acres of wild, unpredictable woods, mysterious pathways, and mountain trails. 


As You Like It is directed by Shakespeare Theatre artistic director Bonnie J. Monte. This splendid and pithy comedy is filled with some of Shakespeare’s most colorful and beloved characters and will delight all ages.

"The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences."

Outdoor Stage Inclement Weather Policy:

IF YOU HAVE TICKETS TO A CANCELLED PERFORMANCE, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE AT 973-408-5600 OR BOXOFFICE@SHAKESPEARENJ.ORG TO RESCHEDULE YOUR PERFORMANCE. It is our desire to complete every performance, and we will make every effort to "raise the curtain" and finish each show despite light rainfall.

In the event of heavy rains or winds, however, we may delay the start of the show, or the completion of the show, for up to two 15-minute intervals, in the hope that the weather will clear. Announcements will be made informing audience members of "holds." We may also pause to take precautions to ensure the safety and health of the performers and crew.

To find out if a show is cancelled prior to curtain time, please check “News and Events” on the homepage of our website or call the Box Office at 973-408-5600. A Box Office associate or a recorded message will advise you accordingly.If inclement weather necessitates canceling a show prior to curtain time, that decision will be made between one and two hours before curtain. The Box Office staff will contact all ticketholders by email and phone to announce a cancellation and reschedule tickets for another performance of the same production.  If you have tickets to a cancelled performance, please call the box office at 973-408-5600 to reschedule your performance.   

Saturday, July 20, 2013

New Jersey Youth Theatre's 'West Side Story' pictures

Here are four pictures from the NJYT's production of "West Side Story:" (Read our review)

Julia Silva as Anita
The Jets with Ben Chavez
Mambo with Julia Silva

Tony & Maria ( Alex Corson & Angelica Staikos)