Saturday, November 9, 2019


All good things must come to an end.....sadly my promoting New Jersey theatre must cease. Here are a few great moments from the past twelve years.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Feature Composer Amy Beach in November Concert, 'Harmony in Life'

 The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. (LCMS) salutes pioneering American woman composer and piano virtuoso Amy Beach in the organization's second concert of the 2019-2020 series.  The LCMS presents 'Harmony in Life', a recognition of three composers who overcame life's struggles to write beautiful music, on November 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Leonia, located at 181 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, New Jersey.  The society's members --Theresa Norris, flute; Marsha Heller, oboe; Roy Lewis, violin; Maggie Speier, viola; and Daryl Goldberg, cello -will be joined by guest artist violinist Janey Choi.

Composers Overcame Obstacles

            Beach's (1867-1944) compositional excellence paved the way for acceptance in a male dominated field.  Her romantic Theme and Variations for Flute and String quartet is based on one of the many melodious songs she wrote. 

            Englishman Gustav Holst (1874-1934), known for his great orchestral suite The Planets, composed a Terzetto for the interesting combination of Flute, Oboe and Viola.  He overcame a life of illness to compose a wealth of opera, orchestra and chamber music compositions.

            Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) is famously known for his musical tribute to Czech history in his orchestra piece Má vlast (My Homeland).  After losing his hearing, he continued to compose one of his best works, the string quartet Z mého života (From My Life).         

            "In this time of unexpected violence, the LCMS' concerts offer a refuge, a community gathering to appreciate the beauty and expression of the human soul.  The professional musicians of the Leonia Chamber Musicians nourish the human spirit with music," said Ms. Daryl Goldberg, President, Leonia Chamber Musicians Society.

            The season closes on Sunday March 22, 2020 at 4 p.m., celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthday with performances of the Quintet in Eb for Piano and Winds Op. 16, and the String Quartet Op. 132 in A minor.  The concert takes place at the Presbyterian Church in Leonia, 181 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, New Jersey.

            All tickets are $20, available for purchase at the door on the day of each performance or online at  Students under age 18 are admitted free.  Refreshments are served after the concert, and the audience is invited to meet and greet the musicians.

Holiday Concert

             The Leonia Public Library presents The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society for a third annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7 p.m.  This special concert is free and open to the community.  The library is located at 227 Fort Lee Rd. in Leonia, New Jersey, and parking is available in a lot behind the building and on side streets.

Benefit Concert

            The LCMS begins the new year with a benefit concert for the Leonia High School Music Department on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 5 p.m.  The concert, under the auspices of Si-Yo Classically Leonia, will be held at Leonia United Methodist Church, 396 Broad Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey.

About Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc.

             The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, enriches the cultural environment of the community by presenting a series of high quality, affordable, and accessible chamber music concerts.  The members of the Leonia Chamber Musicians generate the excitement of a live performance with professional talent: all of them perform in the major concert halls of New York City.

            Music for the programs is selected to represent different periods and styles of music.  Presentations are given about the music played, the composers, the musicians and related subjects.

               Donations are vital to the success and sustainability of the programs in Leonia, NJ.  No donation made with an open heart is too small.  Tax-deductible contributions to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. are welcome and encouraged to continue the tradition of quality concerts at affordable prices.  Donations through PayPal may be made securely on the website at, or checks made to the attention of Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. may be mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605. 

             To be added to the mailing list, send an e-mail to  For more information about the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., visit or


Bergen County Players, one of America's longest-running little theater
companies, will kick off its new Second Stage season with a limited
engagement of Ernest Thompson's ANSWERS, a duo of hilarious one-act
comedies. Under the direction of Matt Blum, ANSWERS will run November
9th and 10th at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell. Show times
will be Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 7pm. All tickets are $12.00 and
can be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200
or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell

during regular box office hours.

In the first of this collection of short plays, "The Constituent" showcases a curmudgeon meeting his longtime nemesis, his U.S. Senator,with hilarious results. Chas Potter (Roy Harry) is a crotchety old New England Yankee who likes to write insulting letters to public figures, especially a certain United States Senator from Maine. Needless to
say, Senator Bill Blane (David Luke) shows up and the two cantankerous
codgers have a go at each other. In "Twinkle, Twinkle," a Southern
bored housewife (Charity Kenny) writes a provocative fan letter to her
favorite soap opera star (Larry Brustofski) as a lark, only to have
him show up at her modest home. When her husband (Eric Jusino) leaves
to go bowling, the TV star and housewife settle into a mildly amusing
pattern of shifting perceptions. 

Playwright Ernest Thompson is one of theater's most talented and prolific writers. He has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild Award and a Broadway Drama Guild Award
for Best Play. His work has been nominated for a Tony, an Emmy and a British Academy Award. His more than 35 plays have been seen in theaters around the world. The most enduring, "On Golden Pond," has been translated into 30 languages, Arabic the newest, and played in more than 40 countries on six continents.

 Matt Blum of Hackensack makes his directorial debut at the Little Firehouse Theater with
ANSWERS. In addition to directing a series of successful workshop productions at BCP, Matt directed an original production of The Army Dance for The Players Guild of Leonia in 2018. In addition, Matt has appeared onstage in numerous productions including "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," "Cabaret," and "Guys and Dolls," among others. The
talented cast of ANSWERS includes David Luke of Oakland as Senator Bill Blane, Roy Harry of Upper Saddle River as Chas Potter, Charity Kenny of Orangeburg, NY as Andrea Jackson, Eric Jusino of Carlstadt as Bo Jackson and Larry Brustofski of Oakland as Ted Talbot. The production team is comprised of Matt Blum of Hackensack (Director),
Joanna and Alan Shoup of Bergenfield (Producers), Joanne Misha of Montvale (Assistant to the Director), Debbie Zika of Hillsdale (Stage Manager), Allan Seward of Bardonia, NY (Lighting Designer), Julie Steckler-Kopil of Suffern, NY (Lighting Operator), Tim Larsen of
Hackensack (Sound Designer), Aura Caicedo of Newark (Sound Operator),
Lynne Lupfer of Tenafly and Aura Caicedo (Decor), David Arts of Wyckoff (Fight Choreographer), Maureen Mulvihill of Edgewater and Maureen Laffey of Dumont (Costumes and Makeup),and Barbra Murtha of Allendale and Anne Powers of Ramsey (Properties). Upcoming Second Stage productions include "Love Letters" (April 4th and 5th), and
"Central Park West" (June 4th thru the 7th).

- All performances take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298
Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since
1949. Performance times are Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 7pm.
- Tickets for ANSWERS are $12 for all performances, and can be
purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by
visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during
regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are
- Those interested in Group Sales or benefit theater parties can call
(201) 261-4200 (option #6)
- BCP offers seating to accommodate patrons who are mobility impaired
and can transfer from a wheelchair. These seats can be purchased by
calling the box office at 201-261-4200 and will be released for public
sale two weeks prior to performance.
- Parking is free for our patrons at the Park Avenue municipal lot,
across the street, one-half block north of the theater, as well as
street parking on Kinderkamack Road and various side streets, all
within easy walking distance.

Further information can be found at The Bergen
County Players, Inc. is a non-Equity, non-profit community theater
company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment
of the community.

'Working A Musical' opens this week at The Strollers of Maplewood

Visit our website to purchase tickets online:
Or call the box office to reserve your seats and pay when you arrive: (973) 761-8453 (cash only). 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Report from Ezra Barnes

Dear Friends, Unintended, a film by Anja Murmann starring Elizabeth Lail, is set for a release date of November 7 both on Apple TV and in select thea

Dear Friends,
Unintended, a film by Anja Murmann starring Elizabeth Lail, is set for a release date of November 7 both on Apple TV and in select theaters (ie. The Roxy in Tribeca). Unintended is about a young woman named Leah and her journey into a troubled past. I play her father. Also in the cast are Amy Hargreaves, Sean Cullen, Nathan Keyes and Jeremy Holm. I hope you'll see this beautiful and moving film.
Unintended Website Selects-2-2
With Elizabeth Lail in "Unintended," directed by Anja Murmann

From November 7-24 I'm appearing onstage in Madhuri Shekar's new play Queen at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY.
Queen is about two young scientists researching Colony Collapse Disorder, or, the death of the honeybee. Their relationship must transcend ethnic and class differences, and the challenges posed by ethical crises and romantic entanglements. I play Dr. Philip Hayes, their PHD supervisor and a source of some of their troubles.
Joining me in the cast for Queen are Nikhaar Kishnani, Nik Sadhnani and Marina Shay, and the production is directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh. For tickets.
motherless bklyn

Finally, I highly recommend seeing Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn, opening nationwide on November 1. It is a grand and suspenseful film with wonderful performances. I can be seen as the doctor in a climactic scene. It was a thrill to work--even ever so briefly--with Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and the masterful cinematographer Dick Pope.
192 Hi-Res Color
photo by Tom Bloom

See you at the theater and the movies.


Auditions:One-Act Festivat at Dover Little Theatre Sunday Nov. 3rd

Auditions Tomorrow
Auditions Sunday, November 3rd at 7pm

If you missed your chance to audition for our Winter Holiday One-act Festival, we have added an additional audition this Sunday. Our festival includes a diverse collection of light-hearted holiday vignettes, perfect for actors of all ages and experience levels! Please email if you have any questions
Find further audition info here