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Cast Members Talk About "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian

By Charles Paolino

“Midwives” is a story with a sharp knife, lots of blood, a death, and a criminal trial—but no villain. Chris Bohjalian’s play, in its world premiere at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick through February 16, is not about evildoers but rather about a woman going about her business when something goes off the rails.

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 01-20-20

Brooks & Dunn To Perform Shows in Camden and Holmdel

Debra Devi Will Talk About the Blues and Perform Live In Ewing

Nadia Haji Omar's "Ascension" and "Natural Selection" at the Visual Arts Center of NJ

By Brent Johnson,

MPAC Presents Mystic India



State Theatre New Jersey presents Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Fool Moon Theatre To Hold Auditions For "In The Heights"

Rahway's Annual Restaurant Week Returns January 20-24

Arts Council of Princeton to present Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Event

Visual Arts Center To Celebrate the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. with Summit


George Street Playhouse Presents the World Premiere of "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian will bring his world-premiere stage adaptation of his novel Midwives to George Street Playhouse next month and kick off 2020 in George Street’s new home at th ...

RVCC to Feature Artwork by Students in Guided and Independent Study Programs

Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte and the Russ Kassoff Little Big Band To Perform At AvenelPAC

"Sing Down The Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales" At Growing Stage

Debra Devi & Friends Residency at Headroom Kicks Off Jan 23 With J Hacha de Zola and Gerry Rosenthal Trio

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers To Perform At The Newton Theatre

The Color Fred and Fates Got A Driver Bring Their Emo Night To The Area

Wellmont Theater Presents The Spin Doctors

Aspire Performing Arts Company Presents "All Shook Up"

Eccentric Theater Company Launches Shakespeare @ the Opera


Cast Members Talk About "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian

“Midwives” is a story with a sharp knife, lots of blood, a death, and a criminal trial—but no villain. Chris Bohjalian’s play, in its world premiere at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick through February 16, is not about evildoers but rather about a woman going about her business when something goes off the rails. ...

Nadia Haji Omar's "Ascension" and "Natural Selection" at the Visual Arts Center of NJ

New Jersey Film Festival begins next weekend!

PODCAST: Sara Holdren's "Twelfth Night" at Two River Theater

Princeton University Library Presents "In Pursuit of the Picturesque"

Makin Waves with Robert Randolph: Grammy Guy


Makin Waves Scene Report with Olivia Rohlfs, Telegraph Hill Records, Asbury Angels & more

Montclair-based singer-songwriter Olivia Rohlfs is premiering the new video for her debut single, “June 8th,” with Makin Waves at Also featured are The Grip Weeds,  Pino's,  The Clydes, Windows of Understanding, Leah Jenea, Bulletproof Belv, The Beagles, Oh Elis, Mikell’s Plot, Connor Bracken & the Mother L ...

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Django Experiment V" & "Django L'Impressionniste" by Stephane Wrembel

Makin Waves with Robert Randolph: Grammy Guy

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...1/16/20

New Jersey Stage Features Published During The Week Of 01-13-20

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 01-20-20

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REVIEW: "1917"
When Hitchcock attempted to create the illusion that his 1948 thriller Rope had been shot in a single take, he was forced to disguise cuts every 10 minutes, as that’s how long a reel of film lasted. In today’s digital filmmaking era no such limitations apply, which is why long takes and ‘single take’ movies are growing increasingly popular. Give a filmmaker too much...well, rope and they can hang themselves, with many long take sequences and single take movies feeling gimmicky at best, a waste of the powerful tool of editing at worst. The best of the recent crop of single take movies is the German thriller Victoria, which uses the format to immerse us in the head of its titular heroine, who is swept along on an increasingly dangerous adventure that plays out in real-time as dawn breaks on Berlin.

Four World Premieres
The new year kicks off with four World Premieres plays taking across the state in January.  NJ Rep in Long Branch presents Bone on Bone, McCarter Theatre in Princeton presents Goodnight Nobody, Luna Stage in West Orange presents American Rookie, and George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick presents Midwives.

David Vargo
When you’ve been around the Jersey music scene for a while you begin to realize that nearly everyone has a backstory that might surprise you.  David Vargo certainly has one.  When he first became a professional musician after graduating from Berklee College of Music he found himself on the road more than 300 days a year touring with artists like Whitney Houston, Phoebe Snow, and Rupert Holmes. These days he’s running his own successful financial services company, promoting his second solo album, and playing clubs instead of arenas.  Despite the lower profile he sounds much happier.  In fact, he thinks of his national touring days as part of his past musical life.

Featured Music Video: "Bad Love" by Best Ex
Our Featured Music Video of the Month is "Bad Love" by Best Ex.

Work Songs
"I don’t mind the machine, I just don’t want to be its victim…" Ever since the industrial revolution workers have been face to face with technologies that helped their productivity while threatening their jobs.  In the documentary Work Songs, New York filmmaker Mark Street takes a look at how people are coping with work and today’s challenges.  He interviews people in a range of industries who are trying to survive economically while finding meaning in their jobs and sometimes doing so alongside the very technology which may eventually replace them.

Theatre Preview: January 2020
Here's a look at plays taking place on stages across the Garden State in January. Remember to add your plays to the New Jersey Stage event calendar (listings are free) and send press releases to

Four Of My Favorite Artists
I gave up writing CD reviews many years ago, but like to highlight records from time to time.  As the 2010s come to an end, it dawned on me that four of my favorite artists from New Jersey had all released albums throughout the entire decade with new releases in 2019.  There’s something comforting about knowing these artists (James Dalton, Rick Barry, Arlan Feiles, and Anthony D’Amato) are not just continuing to produce music, but continuing to make great music.  So here’s a look at their 2019 releases.

David Spelman of the New York Guitar Festival
The New York Guitar Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in May 2019.  It has explored virtually every type of music that can be created on a guitar and presented many of the world’s most influential guitarists at venues like Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (Le) Poisson Rouge, National Sawdust, and Brookfield Place Winter Garden.  The lineup includes masters of classical music, blues & jazz, pop & indie rock, folk & Americana, artists from Central & South American, and eclectic, genre-defying innovators.

REVIEW: "Little Women"
Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women opens and closes with two cracking scenes. Playing an amalgamation of Alcott and her novel’s heroine, Jo March, Saoirse Ronan sparkles in her interactions with Dashwood, a stoic publisher played by the always watchable Tracy Letts. Not wanting sexism to scupper her chances, Jo presents him with one of her short stories, which she claims was written by “a friend.”

Makin Waves Record Roundup with Honey Wild, Black Light Medusa, and New Narratives
Bob Makin takes a look at the latest releases by Honey Wild, Black Light Medusa, and New Narratives.

21st Annual Makin Waves Awards
My annual holiday gift to the New Jersey music scene is a salute to what I thought were the state’s best independent artists of 2019. To qualify, acts have to be based in New Jersey. Members can live in surrounding states, but not farther away than that and not shared with another state. 

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to celebrate The Year of the Golden Rat
​​​​​​​(NEWARK, NJ)-- For the 22nd year, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will present a colorful and vibrant special Chinese New Year Celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, 2020 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $27-35 and are available by phone at (888) GO-NJPAC or online at

PSO Performs Scheherazade and World Premiere Featuring Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00pm and Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 4:00pm, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) performs Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

NJSO presents Classical Mystery Tour: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
(NEWARK, NJ) -- Concertgoers can relive one of the most iconic albums in rock history as Classical Mystery Tour performs Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00pm at NJPAC in Newark.  The performance features every classic song from The Beatles’ 1967 album, from “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” to “When I’m Sixty-Four” to “A Day in the Life”—plus more of the greatest hits from the band’s entire catalogue.

Inside The New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, presents the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 from January 25 through February 28. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the festival includes over 35 screenings and more than 40 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere (Middlesex County) screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 and the United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival.

Makin Waves with Dentist: Feeding the beat
Dentist will cap off a great year of national touring with shows Dec. 14 at Baby’s Alright in Brooklyn and New Year’s Eve at The Saint in their hometown of Asbury Park.

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Event calendar
Monday, Jan 20, 2020


Auditions: "Bridesmaid Murder" Murder Mystery Dinner Show @ west hudson arts and theatre company, Kearny - 7:00pm


DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 4:00pm

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