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(NEW BRUNWICK, NJ) -- Stage and screen legends Judd Hirsch (TV: Taxi, Superior Donuts; Film: Ordinary People, Independence Day) and Dan Lauria (TV: The Wonder Years, Pitch; Broadway: Lombardi, A Christmas Story) have been cast for a special one-night-only reading of Jeffrey Sweet’s play, The Value of Names, on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 7:30pm at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. ... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- On the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world's best-selling touring magic show, The Illusionists - Live From Broadway will play Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 4:30pm & 7:30pm, as part of its current North American tour to more than 50 cities. Tickets are $49 - $89.... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company has announced the 2017 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) line-up, featuring works by playwrights Sholeh Wolpe, Jennifer Fawcett and Michelle Kholos Brooks, and distinctive new plays which will feature professional casts and directors and be presented in the Lackland Center on Wednesday evenings, April 12, 19th and 26th at 7:30pm. ... READ ON

(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- Luna Stage presents the world premiere of Tranquil, a new play by McKnight Fellow Andrew Rosendorf: a raw and provocative look at one family's attempt to heal from an unthinkable tragedy. Tranquil opens to previews on Thursday April 13th and runs Thursdays through Sundays until May 13th, with an added Saturday matinee on May 13th. ... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater Company presents The Women of Padilla in the Rechnitz Theater from April 8-30. Written by Tony Meneses, the play involves eight women finding a way to carry on life at home while their husbands are away at an unnamed war.... READ ON

(EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Playhouse 22, East Brunswick's Community Theater, presents the classic musical Grease. Set at Rydell High School, a fictional high school in the late 1950s, it's the story of the Burger Palace Boys lead by Danny Zuko, The Pink Ladies, and an innocent new girl from another high school, Sandy. ... READ ON

(CRANFORD, NJ) -- New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre’s staged reading of At Ninety-Three at Cranford Senior Housing 40 Meeker Avenue, on Friday, March 24 at 1:00pm. This event is part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides free and discounted theatre events for all ages throughout the month of March. This event is free and open to the public.... READ ON

(BLOOMFIELD, NJ) – 4th Wall Theatre will present a Composer’s Showcase featuring the works of some of New Jersey’s best and brightest new musical theatre composers on Saturday, April 1st. The event will feature both stand-alone pieces and songs from newly penned musicals and will be performed by instrumentalists and singers from all over New Jersey and from the 4th Wall family of performers. Patrons will be presented with a wide variety of music styles.... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, recently completed two playwriting residencies in the Rahway School District, graciously funded by The Northfield Bank Foundation. Over the course of seven weeks, students in Ms. Kristyn Suckow’s 7th Grade English & Language Arts class at Rahway Academy and Ms. Jennifer Cirillo’s 6th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies class at Roosevelt Elementary School learned the basics of playwriting and collaborated to write original short plays for the stage. Both residencies culminated in schoolwide assemblies of the student-written work performed by professional actors.... READ ON

(UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Jake’s Women by Neil Simon comes to Studio Playhouse in Upper Montclair. In this play from the comic legend, Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm from March 24 through April 8.... READ ON

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