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The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns for its 26th season of touring summer Shakespeare with a retro spin on Shakespeare’s classic war of the sexes romp – “Taming of the Shrew”. The action is moved from the 1590s to 1960s Italy and reintroduces the characters in this new period and foreign setting taking influences from Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” and AMC’s “Mad Men”.... READ ON

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- Shadow Lawn Stage, the professional theatre of Monmouth University, will present one of the American theatre’s most beloved musicals, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in the Lauren K. Woods Theatre, opening on June 23 and running until July 2, 2017 .... READ ON

(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) -- “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall,” proclaims Shakespeare in “Measure by Measure,” coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre on the weekends of June 23 and June 30. Set in Vienna, “Measure for Measure” explores some of society’s big moral questions – the abuse of power and merciful justice, hypocrisy and virtue, and forgiveness and repentance. Mistaken identifies abound, as Shakespeare tells his morality tale with a cast of colorful characters including murderers, pimps, politicians, whores, nuns and nobles.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Princeton Summer Theater’s 2017 season opens on Thursday, June 22 with Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s Pippin. A multiple Tony Award-winning musical, Pippin is a mystical coming of age tale of adventure. A mysterious troupe, spearheaded by the enigmatic Leading Player, follows a young prince as he sets out to discover his purpose in the world. Schwartz’s iconic music establishes Pippin as a breathtaking story that explores what it means to live a truly extraordinary life.... READ ON








(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- "There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you," was just one of many remarks made by Will Rogers (1879-1935). As a young man, he worked on ranches, and being a master of the lariat led to his performing in Vaudeville. By 1917 he was a headliner for the Ziegfeld Follies, blending his unique style of poking gentle fun at current events with his rope tricks. In 1922, he started a syndicated column that was read in 2,800 daily papers. His wit, wisdom and understanding of the human condition is often compared to that of Mark Twain. ... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues their 55th season with the popular tradition of an Outdoor Stage production, this year featuring A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. Featuring an exuberant array of music, dance, and visual surprises, Ms. Monte’s fresh new vision for Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy will make this popular play more enchanting than ever. In a world constructed almost entirely of objects that would normally be on their way to a landfill, her band of fairies transform trash into whimsical treasure. Picnicking under the stars with family and friends makes for a delightful evening where art, nature, and the ancient tradition of outdoor theatre all come together. ... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Halftime with Don by Ken Weitzman, directed by Kent Nicholson, June 22 – July 30, 2017. Don Devers may not have been the biggest name in the NFL, but his heart and his charisma were unrivaled on the field.... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues their 55th season with the popular tradition of an Outdoor Stage production, this year featuring A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. Featuring an exuberant array of music, dance, and visual surprises, Ms. Monte’s fresh new vision for Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy will make this popular play more enchanting than ever. In a world constructed almost entirely of objects that would normally be on their way to a landfill, her band of fairies transform trash into whimsical treasure. Picnicking under the stars with family and friends makes for a delightful evening where art, nature, and the ancient tradition of outdoor theatre all come together.... READ ON



















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