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(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- From bluegrass music and theatrical comedy, to a sensory-friendly dance performance for children, to a puppet show about Chilean minors and one-person plays on topics ranging from the segregated South to Betty Davis—The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College has an eclectic month of presentations for all ages in February. ... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- Travel through the centuries and defy the boundaries of love, gender, and time with Orlando, a new play based on Virginia Woolf's gender-hopping novel Orlando: A Biography and presented by Kean University's Theatre Conservatory. The play, adapted by Sarah Ruhl, runs February 17-25 in the Zella Fry Theatre.... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced casting for A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig, the hilarious sequel to the Tony® Award-winning comedy Lend Me a Tenor. Directed by Paper Mill favorite Don Stephenson, and reuniting his original Paper Mill Lend Me a Tenor cast, the 7-member ensemble will feature Judy Blazer as Maria, John Treacy Egan as Tito, Donna English as Racón, David Josefsberg as Max, Michael Kostroff as Saunders, Jill Paice as Mimi, and newcomer Ryan Silverman as Carlo. Performances are set to begin Wednesday, February 1 for a limited run through Sunday, February 26.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- George Street Playhouse has announced the cast of American Son, an award-winning, ripped-from-the-headlines drama, on stage February 7-26, 2017, at the New Brunswick theatre. Written by Christopher Demos-Brown, the emotionally charged play stars George Street favorites John Bolger (GSP’s Outside Mullingar, Twelve Angry Men) and Suzzanne Douglas (GSP’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Wit). Mark Junek (Broadway’s The Performers) and Mark Kenneth Smaltz (Law & Order: SVU) complete the cast.... READ ON

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Mile Square Theatre presents the popular family musical comedy You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Opening MST’s 2nd season in its new space, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown maintains MST’s high standards for quality family theatre, and kicks off an eclectic season with a classic musical. The production runs February 3 through February 26.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Past and present, history and a touch of fantasy converge on stage in the world premiere of Beyond the Oak Trees, by Kisha Bundridge, at Crossroads Theatre Company from February 16-26. The play offers a dramatic retelling of the daring story of Harriet Tubman, former slave and fabled abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad in the years leading up to the Civil War.... READ ON

(TEANECK, NJ) -- Black Box Studios presents a a four week engagement of Cloud 9, British playwright Caryl Churchill's hilariously sexy political comedy at Black Box Performing Arts Center in Teaneck from Thursday, February 9th through Saturday, March 4th. Cloud 9, the time-shifting comedy by the author of Top Girls, created a sensation with its 1981 Off-Broadway premiere, directed by Tommy Tune. Originally both parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes, especially toward sex, the piece takes on new meaning in today’s interconnected world. ... READ ON

(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- Obie Award winner Nikkole Salter dives headfirst into the controversial world of football mascots and appropriation of Native American culture in this new play commissioned in partnership with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Stage Exchange. Indian Head opens to previews on Thursday February 2nd and runs Thursdays through Sundays until March 5th. ... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Family life is changing, and playwright Patricia Cotter knows all about it. In a smart and funny play about blended families, desire, motherhood, class and sexual politics, Cotter’s comedy, “ The Surrogate” examines just how much we can ask of our friends, our parents and our spouses, and whether we'll get any of our important life decisions right in this new age. Winner of the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award and finalist in the prestigious 2016 O’Neil National Playwrights Conference, The Surrogate, will make its world premiere at Centenary Stage February 17 through March 5 at the Lackland Performing Arts Center (LPAC).... READ ON

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Center Players will host Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party” at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ. Directed by Dave McGrath, the one-act play will run from February 10 through March 5th. The Dinner Party marks Simon’s 31st play, and revolves around a hilariously chaotic French dinner party. ... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing Donald Margulies’ comic romp Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougement (As Told by Himself). This comedy, written by a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is receiving its New Jersey premiere. Shipwrecked! runs February 16 – March 5, 2017, with talkbacks following the February 19 and 26 matinees.... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Famed Groundlings Theatre in LA alumna – which gave birth to such SNL actors as Phil Hartman, Lorraine Newman, and the Pee Wee Herman phenomenon – and Emmy Award winning author, Patricia Cotter, brings her unique sense of comedy and contemporary issues to Centenary Stage Company with the World Premiere of The Surrogate February 17 through March 5 at the Lackland Performing Arts Center (LPAC).... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced its “For Kids, By Kids” tour featuring the Junior All Stars and Children’s Theatre on Tour. The Paper Mill Playhouse Junior All Stars (ages 9-12) and Children’s Theatre on Tour (ages 13-17) are a selective group of performers who, as a part of their training, go out into the community and share their talents with schools, senior residences, and centers for children with disabilities. Paper Mill Playhouse has expanded these outreach efforts, free of charge to neighboring not-for-profits and schools this season.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents the first annual New Play Festival, a series of staged readings of new plays by established and emerging playwrights held in Jersey City. The inaugural New Play Festival, a partnership between the Writers Theatre of New Jersey, runs February 9 through March 25.... READ ON

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