Thursday, January 18, 2018

Center Players to present ‘Lovers and Other Strangers’


Right in time for Valentine’s Day, Center Players will present Lovers and Other Strangers, the timeless story of marriage and relationships, at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold.

Written by husband and wife-team Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, Lovers and Other Strangers will run from Feb. 9-March 11th, and is directed by Michael Tota. The play is comprised of five unrelated comedic one-acts. One deals with the lead-up to a seduction, another with a married couple's quarrel, another with a groom getting cold feet the night before his wedding and yet another with a father and mother struggling to help their son be confident about his marriage. This version of the play also includes the sequence “Hal and Cathy” which was created for the popular 1970 film.

“Our great cast of 12 local actors -- some Center Players favorites, some new to our stage -- portray these relatable characters with humanity, humor and sincerity in an intimate setting,” noted Tota. “It is a perfect play to enjoy with a spouse or significant other during Valentine’s Day and the cold winter months.”

Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are priced at $25-27 and are available online at or by calling 732-462-9093. Dinner packages with local restaurants walking distance to the theater are also available.

Following Lovers and Other Strangers, Center Players will present Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, running from May 4th – June 3rd, and directed by Dave McGrath. Rounding out the season will be Dinner with Friends, written by Donald Marguiles and directed by Leslie Hochman, running July 27th-August 26th.

Celebrating its 17th season at Center Playhouse, Center Players dessert theater is a respected, award-winning organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play reading events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants.

 theatre-inside-800-Center Players was founded in 1996 and gained status as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and sought to establish a permanent presence in historic downtown Freehold. After performing at various locations around town, the group leased a storefront property at 35 South Street. The space was custom renovated with interior design by New York City designer Nelson Kuperberg into an intimate, 49-seat theatre, which opened in March, 2001 with a production of Crossing Delancey.

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