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(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Princeton Summer Theater’s 2017 season’s third show opens next Thursday, July 27th with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Regarded as a one of the foremost classics of American theatre, The Crucible uses the proceedings of the Salem witch trials to examine the manic effects of mass hysteria in society. As an increasing number of upstanding townspeople are accused of witchcraft, Miller emphasizes the contagious nature of fear and the elusiveness of truth. The 1953 Tony Award-winning play invites us to question the importance of upholding morality in times of hardship.... READ ON

(LINDEN, NJ) -- Union County’s summer tour of Shakespeare’s outrageously fun comedy The Taming of the Shrew takes the stage at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade amphitheater in Linden this Sunday, July 23 at 7:00pm.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater's 2017 Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) Festival will take place August 2, 2017 - August 6 in Red Bank. The annual festival is a five-day celebration of new plays by Latino writers.  All readers and events are free and open to the public.  The festival kicks off on August 2 at 5:30pm with a neighborhood party on the Two River Plaza, offering an opportunity to meet the artists involved in the festival and enjoy food and live music. Then at 7:00pm there is a lecture on the Sol Project and Latinx Theater by Jacob G. Padrón.... READ ON

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Rumors are flying about one of Atlantic City’s oldest unsolved murders. Can you uncover the chilling evidence to crack the case of a beloved ex-Miss America before curtain call?  Places, please! Escape AC’s featured presentation, Backstage, makes its debut on Friday, July 21. With reservation times every other hour, there’s nothing holding you back from the indulgence of our new murder-mystery room!... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) — Imagine working in an industry that is seemingly falling apart with plant closings announced each month and the threat of your own job being eliminated weighing heavily on your mind each day.  That’s the premise behind Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau, which takes place in Detroit (circa 2008) when auto plants were downsizing, shutting down, and moving outside of the area.... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- A local production of the 1970 Broadway musical comedy Company, written by American composer Stephen Sondheim, is scheduled to have a run beginning September 8 at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage. The musical revolves around Bobby based on the life of a self confirmed bachelor and his married friends. He takes a deep look into his life while his married friends explain the pros and cons of marriage. ... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy has revealed the names of cast members studying under Los Angeles Opera director Eli Villanueva for a pair of performances in collaboration with the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. Performances will be held in Red Bank and Toms River.... READ ON

(TEANECK, NJ) -- Black Box Studios presents Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. Misty Easler, Alex Hughes, Katie Housley, Hemang Sharma, and Laurence Wallace star in this new production of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama. Performances are from Thursday to Sunday until July 23.... READ ON

From an entertainment options point of view, we live in an abundant world. Even for those of us outside of the city, there are more interesting things available than one can reasonably expect to see and do. Yet, I never tire of discovering something new happening around me, even when it adds more selections to an already tough-to-choose-from list.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The wild sights and sounds of the iconic ‘70s disco Studio 54 will be recreated at the Asbury Hotel on Friday, August 11th when a concert version of a new theater piece “54- the musical” takes the stage.  The event is a fundraising preview to help bring the show to Broadway.... READ ON

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