Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chester Theatre Group Celebrates Their 50th Season With ‘Shows For Days’

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As the opening production of their Jubilee year, The Chester Theatre Group is proud to present the NJ Premiere of “Shows For Days,” a comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, starting on Friday, September 15th and extending for eight shows through Sunday, October 1st. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $20.00 with a discounted price of $18.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18. Tickets may be purchased online at

Shows For Days is the story of a young man who wonders into a dilapidated community theater in Reading, PA. The company members welcome him with open arms, perhaps only because they need a set painter. He then proceeds to soak up all the idealism and craziness that comes with being part of a struggling theater company with big dreams.

The playwright Douglas Carter Beane, is known for; The Nance, Sister Act, The Little Dog Laughed, As Bees In Honey Drown, and many others. According to Beane, "This story isn’t the truth. It’s the only way I know how to tell the truth, which is through fiction.” A combination coming-of-age story and love letter to the theater, this memory comedy, which ran Off-Broadway at the Mitzie Newhouse Theater in 2015, allows the audience to reminisce as the grown playwright recollects about the company of theatre people he met and how he came to love theatre as a young man in 1973. Douglas Carter Beane’s self-deprecating reflections on his origins in the theater are bound to leave theatre-loving audiences with tugged heartstrings and a heaping dose of hilarity.

The cast includes CTG favorites, Carla Kendall of Wayne, Lauri MacMillan of Wharton and Will Roper of Berkeley Heights, and introduces three newcomers to the CTG stage, Brian Merrill of Lake Hiawatha, Jessica Phelan of Montclair and Joshua Musgrave of Florham Park. The production is directed by Roseann Ruggiero.

The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhbouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member. The theater is located on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. For more information, visit the CTG website at

Photo: Carla Kendall, Joshua Musgrave, Jessica Phelan, Lauri MacMillan and Brian Merrill

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