Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: ‘5 Lesbians Eating Quiche’ a Tasty Treat at Chester Theatre Group


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Yesterday was a very special day…we went back in time, 1956 to be exact, and attended The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. This Wisconsin group was hosting their annual quiche breakfast in the Senator Joe McCarthy* hall. We had the privilege to be up close and personal with the group’s impressive leadership. Particularly impressive, and very persuasive was their president Lulie Stanwick (Lynn Langone), She rules this gathering of ‘widows” with an iron fist. It is one of those ‘her way or the highway’ dominations. Example: she expelled a longtime member for committing a sacrilege by bringing a quiche….with MEAT! These ladies revere the ‘egg.’ They have no tolerance for meat (or men). Their motto: "No men. No meat. All manners."

Since this is 1956 when we were finding communists under every rock thanks in part to McCarthy and his anti-Red crusade. The most popular slogan was ‘Better Dead Than Red.’ The fear of an a-bomb attack drove many to build shelters in their yards. School kids were instructed to seek cover under their desks in the event of a nuclear explosion! (Read the footnote)

Back to the group’s leadership: the other board members are Ginny Cadbury (Julie Camelotto), Wren Robin (D'Angelique Dopson), Dale Prist (Nikki Simz), and Veronica Schultz ( Tracy Lee Witko).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

NJ Theatre Alliance’s May Play Schedule

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

Luna Stage Company
West Orange, NJ
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
April 13 - May 13

Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre: Ensemble theatre with humor and heart
Summit, NJ
Things Being What They Are
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
April 20 - May 7

Things Being What They Are

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
Morristown, NJ
Clever Little Lies
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
April 20 - May 7
Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPietro a comedy of sex, love, and secrets

George Street Playhouse
New Brunswick, NJ
Curvy Widow
Stay Tuned for NJArtsTix Discounts
May 2 - 21

Trenton, NJ
May 4 - 21

New Jersey Repertory Company
Long Branch, NJ
& Juliet
May 4 - June 4

Newark, NJ
Brick City
May 5

Skyline Theatre Company
Fair Lawn, NJ
Doubt: A Parable
May 5 -7

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey
Netcong, NJ
The Cat in the Hat
May 5 - 21

South Camden Theatre Company
Camden, NJ
My Name Is Asher Lev
May 5 - 21

McCarter Theatre Center
Princeton, NJ
Intimate Apparel
NJArtsTix Discounts Available
May 5 - June 4

The Eagle Theatre
Hammonton, NJ
Peter and the Starcatcher
May 12 - June 11
John & Jen

Women's Theater Company
Parsippany, NJ
Almost Maine
May 12 - 21

Madison, NJ
The Merchant of Venice
May 17 - June 4

American Theater Group
South Orange, NJ
A Mind Out of the Gutter
May 21

Friday, April 28, 2017

‘& Juliet’ a world premiere at NJ Rep


"& Juliet" a world premiere by Robert Caisley opens Thursday, May 4 at NJ Rep, 179 Broadway, Long Branch.

Displaying Juliet11.jpgCharlie Vaughn, an idealistic young director comes to a small conservative college campus to stage a production of "Romeo & Juliet". When he announces his decision to cast a fourteen-year-old boy in the role of Juliet, as was the Elizabethan custom, he challenges the "old school" sensibilities of the campus community and invites the wrath of a young actress who feels her time is due. As a result, Charlie turns to his new colleague – a thirty-year veteran of the drama department – for advice on how to handle the student's challenge to his authority. 

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm thru June 4. Tickets are $46. Call 732-229-3166 or visit

Photo: Jacob A. Ware and Nadia Brown in a scene from "& Juliet".
Photo credit: SuzAnne Barabas

Thursday, April 27, 2017

‘Just Be You’ Performing Arts 2nd Annual ‘A Showcase of Stars"


Just Be You Performing Arts; a mentoring, enrichment, and training organization based in New Jersey, presents our 2nd Annual "A Showcase of Stars". To be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Rahway Public Library - 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, New Jersey 07065 - in the auditorium meeting room.

Last year's program was a huge full-house success; held at the Union County Performing Arts Center's Main Stage Cafe, in downtown Rahway last summer. This year, in keeping with Just Be You Performing Arts philanthropic contributions to the arts and the community, we are proud to hold the event at the Rahway Public Library; with FREE admission.
Aspiring artists ages 5 to 18 year's old will be performing in this year's showcase. You will enjoy music, poetry, singing, and acting. These children have worked very hard to prepare for the show and we truly hope that you can attend this marvelous family friendly event.

Just Be You Performing Arts is a media magnet. This year's event; as in last year's, was featured in various media publications and outlets, such as: The Home News Tribune,,,,, and several others.

Prior to the showcase, we are hosting a free theatre acting technique master class, for aspiring young actors ages 5 to 23 year's old. This fun and interactive workshop will be conducted by seasoned actress, producer, writer and director, Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke, the founder and executive director of Just Be You Performing Arts.
Registration is required because space is limited!
Contact us today at: to register your child for the program.

JBY Presents our 2nd Annual "A Showcase of Stars"

A wonderful family friendly program!

  • theatre acting workshop and showcase - FREE admission
  • Rahway Public Library - 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, New Jersey 07065 - auditorium meeting room
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Circle players to present staged reading of new mystery


Circle players to present a staged reading of  new mystery by local playwright Ryan Kaminski. The performance will take place on Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m.

When Dr. Frank Irving learns that his new patient, John Danes, a recently released parolee, killed a man in prison, he realizes he’s found an answer to his ongoing problems. Stuck in the middle of a nasty and humiliating divorce with his wife, Nicole, Frank hires John to murder her in a seemingly flawless plan. But when a relentless homicide detective begins an investigation, Frank witnesses his perfect plan begin falling apart, and quickly realizes John is far more dangerous than he ever thought possible.

Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation.  A talkback with the author immediately follows the reading.

Appearing in the cast are:

Eric Parkin of  Belleville

Christie Leigh Carver of  Bound Brook

Dawn Lanoue of Metuchen

Stephen A. Mennella of  Dunellen

Victor E. Martinez of South Amboy

The theater is located at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway. Please be advised: due to the unique layout of this theater in the round, latecomers cannot be seated after the performance has started. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain.

For more information, call (732) 968-7555, or

Circle Players  416 Victoria Ave Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA (732) 968-7555

MPAC's Spring Musical - West Side Story!

Tickets are on sale now for MPAC's 5th Annual Spring Musical, West Side Story! The show will run for 4 performances only, June 2 - 4. 

Featuring a cast of over 50 talented young performers, the original Jerome Robbins choreography and professional production values, this beloved musical will capture your heart. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

Take a walk down memory lane with this photo album of our past productions! Click here or on the image below to visit the album. 

MPAC's Spring Fundraiser

"Take off" to MPAC's Spring Fundraiser June 7th and help us raise critical operating funds and support for our growing education programs. 

Click here for ticketing information, sponsorship and more details!

Big Tix Savings at NJSO


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Don’t miss a moment—it’s a fantastic season!

Xian Zhang’s second season as Music Director is spellbinding from beginning to end, andresonates with abundant moments of magic, of vision, of wonder and elation. Enjoy momentous masterpieces including Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony and sublime “Emperor” Concerto, arresting works from Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff and the awe-inspiring Mozart Requiem.
The 2018 Winter Festival, “America, Inspiring,” celebrates artists and composers who found creative inventiveness within this great nation, featuring works from Britten, Ravel, Korngold and Dvorák.
The whole family will love a variety of Pops programs, including Jason Alexander (George Costanza on “Seinfeld”) singing Broadway hits, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert with the NJSO, and Radio Hits Live: The Music of Abba, Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago & more.

McCarter Special Tix Offer

A powerful portrait of one woman’s discovery of her own empowerment and the true meaning of intimacy.

The year is 1905. A single African American seamstress is supporting herself by creating elegant lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When a letter arrives from a stranger, it awakens a desire within her that leads to the love she yearned for, but is nothing like she expected. Jade King Carroll (The Piano Lesson) returns to McCarter to direct this tender, exquisitely-written romance from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat).

Special OFFER $45 Tickets!*

Dates available:

Saturday, May  6 – 8pm
Wednesday, May 24 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 27 – 8pm
Sunday, May 28 – 2pm
Tuesday, May 30 – 7:30pm

Thursday, June 1 – 7:30pm
Friday, June 2 – 8pm
Sunday, June  4 – 7:30pm

Offer expires: May 12


Visit to learn more!

Three shows this weekend at Dreamcatcher

Three shows this weekend: Fri. & Sat. @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm


See the offer to our theatergoers from The Hat Tavern and read about the sneak pop-up performance. 

Things Being What They Are

By Wendy MacLeod 

As Bill waits anxiously for his unfaithful wife and his furniture, he is visited by Jack, a divorced neighbor who suggests the loneliness of life after marriage. At first, Jack appears to be a nightmare neighbor-intrusive, needy, boorish-but gradually Bill's perception of his new "friend" deepens. While it's true that Jack managed to lose his wife's trust and his children's love, Bill discovers that Jack is wrestling with circumstances that would challenge the best of us. A funny and wistful exploration of love, loss, masculinity, and the needs that bring people together and drive them apart.


Friday, April 28: 8pm

Saturday, April 29: 8pm

Sunday, April 30: 2pm

Friday, May 5: 8pm

Saturday, May 6: 8pm

Sunday, May 7: 2pm


April 30

Free post-show talkback

Dover Little Theatre's 85th Season

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces 2017 Season

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Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces 2017 Season

For the first time in its 13-year history, Premiere Stages will provide expanded development to five new works in one season, including the New Jersey Premiere of Skeleton Crew, the third play in Dominique Morisseau’s critically acclaimed Detroit cycle, and the first professional production of Chris Cragin-Day’s heartwarming play, Foster Mom, winner of the 2017 Premiere Stages Play Festival. This season will also feature free developmental workshops of Patricia Cotter’s 1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson), runner-up for the 2017 Play Festival, and two exciting new play commissions, Nicole Pandolfo’s Brick City, developed in cooperation with NJPAC and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and Martin Casella’s Black Tom Island, recipient of the 2017/2018 Liberty Live Commission in partnership with Liberty Hall Museum. Tickets go on sale May 22.

A searing story of power, struggle, and hope in uncertain times, Ms. Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew (July 13-30 in the Zella Fry Theatre) makes its Garden State debut after a critically acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2016. In this compelling portrait of American workers struggling to hold on against the tide of technology, Faye, the matriarch of a small family of line workers, gives her all to keep her team employed in one of the last automotive stamping plants in Detroit. A two-time NAACP Image Award winner and recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, Ms. Morisseau will again team with Premiere’s producing artistic director John J. Wooten, who directed her first play, Follow Me to Nellie's, at Premiere Stages in 2011.

JohnWootenWe are honored to welcome Dominique back to Premiere,” stated Mr. Wooten. “Skeleton Crew is an ideal fit for our season and we are excited to be sharing this richly topical play with our patrons. The emergence of Dominique as one of America's leading playwrights makes the project particularly special.”