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A Look At "Fern Hill" at NJ Rep
originally published: 08/02/2018
(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- Tickets are going fast for the World Premiere of Fern Hill at New Jersey Repertory Company. It's the latest work by Michael Tucker to debut at the intimate Jersey Shore theater. The production, which runs from August 9 through September 9, is helmed by Australian director, Nadia Tass, and stars Jill Eikenberry (L.A. Law, Moonchildren), John Glover (Smallville, Waiting for Godot), Dee Hoty (Bright Star, Mamma Mia!), Jodi Long (Sullivan and Son, Flower Drum Song), Tom McGowan (Frasier, Wicked, Chicago), and David Rasche (Speed-the-Plow, Veep, Burn After Reading).
In the play, three couples in their golden years are gathered at Sunny and Jer’s farmhouse to celebrate milestone birthdays that span three decades. The foundation of their long friendship is honesty and support – as well as a commitment to the enjoyment of food, wine, and laughter. They’re so close that Sunny suggests they all move in together – to live and work and assist one another as they grow older. Their companionship is put to the test, however, when a betrayal is discovered. The bonds of loyalty and truth are explored in this mature comedy.
Playwrights and actors love working with NJ Rep because the theatre's mission is to produce new work - not once in a while or once a season, but every time. It's a rarity in the industry and one that is much needed.
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm. Added performances: Sunday 8/19 at 7:00pm, Wednesday 8/29 at 8:00pm, Tuesday 9/4 at 8:00pm, Wednesday 9/5 at 8:00pm, Sunday 9/9 at 7:00pm. For tickets call 732-229-3166 or visit njrep.org for online ticketing.
NJ Rep is located at 170 Broadway in Long Branch, New Jersey.
Photos by SuzAnne Barabas
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Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
@ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 9:00pm
@ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm
@ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm
@ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 3:00pm and 8:00pm
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