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(NEWARK, NJ) -- Back to the Real, a play part of NJPAC Stage Exchange and co-commissioned with Crossroads Theatre Company, will have a staged reading in the Chase Room at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Friday, June 23 at 7:00pm. Written by Pia Wilson, the play is about a brother and sister who must navigate the potholes along the way to becoming actual adults. It explores race, colorism within the African-American community, sexism, and anti-LGBTQ sentiment. How are the brother and sister going to (or not going to) stand up for each other? Admission is $5.... READ ON

(DOVER, NJ) -- Dover Little Theatre presents Avenue Q on select dates from June 2 to June 17.  Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, this laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. ... READ ON

Actors mill about — some chatting with one another, others savoring a moment of solitude — before baring their souls to a small audience of invited guests at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. The cast of Toms River, NJ’s Exit 82 Theatre Company is readying itself for its final dress rehearsal of Spring Awakening at The Strand this hot May 17, 2017 evening.... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Theater fills the Lackland Performing Arts Center as Centenary Stage Company announces its 2017 – 18 professional theater line-up. The Sitnik Theatre is set to burst as this season’s main stage professional theater series includes four exciting CSC produced plays; The Learned Ladies, Newsies, Art and Hitler’s Tasters. Centenary Stage Company’s Fringe Festival also welcomes three incredibly unique guest productions; Song and Dance Men, Seeger: A Multimedia Solo Show and My Name is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually as the festival returns for its third installment in the Kutz Theatre.... READ ON

(PISCATAWAY, NJ) -- Circle Players presents Outside Mullingar as the final production of their 2016-2017 65th Anniversary Season. Written by John Patrick Shanley, the author of Doubt and Moonstruck, the play is full of dark humor and poetic prose. In rural Ireland, two clueless, lovelorn farmers must overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries, and their own romantic fears to find happiness.... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey kicked off its 55th season with The Merchant of Venice, a play not seen at The Shakespeare Theatre since 2000. Shakespeare’s dark comedy and one of his most controversial tales, is a timely masterpiece that is eerily resonant of our world today. Performances run now through June 4. Acclaimed company member Robert Cuccioli directs the production. ... READ ON

(NETCONG, NJ) -- Doctor Seuss's famous book “The Cat in the Hat” has enchanted children across the world since its publication in 1957. This stage adaption of the classic, originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, is now showing at the Growing Stage Theatre in Netcong, NJ between Friday, May 5th and Sunday, May 21st. The show, featuring Davis Cameron Lemley as the titular Cat in the Hat and directed by Lori B. Lawrence, is a delightfully faithful piece that expands on the original with sound effects, physical comedy, and pantomime.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- She Gon' Learn – the Award Winning ‘Dating While Black’ solo play that was a surprise hit on the theatre festival circuit – makes its New Jersey debut at Merseles Studios, presented by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) as part of its Disruption series. She Gon’ Learn runs June 1 (7:30 pm), June 2 (8:00 pm), and June 3 (8:00pm). ... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company is offering two special camps in theatre and performance this summer for students who love to perform. Continuing the tradition of nurturing young artists Centenary Stage Company is offering both the TYRO I and II Acting Programs and the Young Performers Workshop Summer Intensive.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- An acclaimed play portraying the complex life of a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), makes its New Jersey premiere May 20-21 at Merseles Studios in Jersey City as part of the Disruption series presented by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC).... READ ON

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