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New Jersey Stage Features Published During The Week Of 03-02-20

NJ Stage Weekly Features

In addition to running about 60 news stories and event previews each week, New Jersey Stage runs several original features and interviews as well. Every Monday we shine a spotlight on the features run for the past week.

PHOTOS from Disney's Little Mermaid Jr. at RosenPAC
By Tom Salus
(WAYNE, NJ) -- Rosen Performing Arts Center presents Disney's Little Mermaid Jr. on February 29th at 4:00pm and March 1st 2:00pm. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

REVIEW: "5 Times In One Night" at Mile Square Theatre
By Adam F. Cohen
Having just endured a break up, the last thing in the world I wanted to do was review a play entitled 5 Times in One Night.  But this production is an astute, fierce, playful, and highly entertaining evening hosted by the intimate Mile Square Theatre. 

American Theater Group Stages Stirring and Powerful "Till: A New Musical"
By Christopher Benincasa,
It premiered in July 2019 at the New York Musical Festival, where The New York Times praised it as “by far the best of the festival’s four shows,” and Theater Mania called it “a beautiful tribute to Emmett and his mother, Mamie Till.”

East Lynne Turns 40!
By Gary Wien
While many theaters around the Garden State take the summer off, East Lynne Theater thrives on the summer season.  Located in Cape May, the theater is dedicated to presenting American theater classics.  Seasons often include a play or two that hasn’t been performed in decades. In 2020, the theater celebrates its 40th season with the theme of “Challenging Change” and productions of Possessing Harriet, Born Yesterday, and Why Marry? to go along with their annual radio shows, Halloween, and Christmas based productions. 

Theatre Preview: March 2020
Here's a look at plays on stages around the Garden State in March 2020. Remember to add your shows to the NJ Stage Event Calendar and send press releases to infoatnewjerseystage.com to be included here.

"The Promotion" - an interview with playwright Joe Giovannetti
By Gary Wien
Trish and Josh are coworkers and good friends, but when they are both up for a promotion things change.  You’ll see just how far people are willing to go to get ahead in The Promotion by Joe Giovannetti.  The comedy about surviving in the dog eat dog world of business has its World Premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch in March.


"She's An Inspiration!" Mandy Harvey LIVE! at the Grunin Center
By Spotlight Central
An audience comprised of music lovers of all ages is making its way inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Friday, February 21, 2020 for a unique concert by the award-winning singer/songwriter Mandy Harvey.

REVIEW: Air Supply "Lost in Love Tour" at Bergen PAC
By Debra L. Rothenberg
When a band has been performing together for 45 years, have never had a fight, and are best friends, you know they are something special. Air Supply is THAT band. 

"100 Years of Blues!" Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite LIVE! at MPAC
By Spotlight Central
Although the weather is frigid outside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC this Thursday, February 20, 2020 evening, it hasn’t prevented music lovers from making their way out to see a concert of authentic blues presented by singer/songwriter/guitarist Elvin Bishop and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite.

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...2/27/20
By Danny Coleman
The Dictators helped launch the CBGBs era of punk rock in New York City, then came Shakin' Street, Manowar, Brain Surgeons, Death Dealer and now a solo career and the common thread throughout is New York City raised Ross The Boss.

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Go Home Drama You're Drunk and Other Tales of Going through Hell to Escape the Evil Monkeys" by A Halo Called Fred
By Bob Makin
For the first 24 of the 28 years that New Brunswick-based indie-rockers A Halo Called Fred churned out their psycho-geek Tupperware-pop madness, I wasn’t a big fan because I thought their music was a silly waste of time. Shame on me! Like Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages” says, “I was so much older then. I’m younger than that now.” 

Honey Wild: The Making Of A Band
By Gary Wien
It’s rare that a band plays its first gigs in August, releases its first EP in November, and winds up with the Makin Waves Song of the Year (“Don’t Call Me Baby”).  But that’s the story of Honey Wild, a bluesy rock band led by Hana Denson which is comprised of musicians from Central and North Jersey that has been playing shows in New Jersey and New York.

Featured Music Video: "Deliver" by The Warhawks
Our Featured Music Video of the Month is "Deliver" by The Warhawks. Send your video links to infoatnewjerseystage.com for consideration as a future music video of the month.

Record Roundup with The Outcrops, Stephane Wrembel and Dub Proof
By Bob Makin
Bob Makin takes a look at the latest releases by The Outcrops, Stephane Wrembel, and Dub Proof in this month's Makin Waves Record Roundup.


REVIEW: "You Go To My Head"
By Eric Hillis, TheMovieWaffler.com
With his solo debut feature (having previously co-directed 1995’s The Blue Villa with Alain Robbe-Grillet), You Go to My Head, director Dimitri de Clercq evokes everything from the psychosexual dynamics of 1940s melodramas to the dusty desolation of Ozploitation, with dashes of Hitchcock, Nicolas Roeg and Richard Stanley thrown in for good measure. The result is a heady brew that doesn’t always work, but for long periods of its narrative, de Clercq’s film keeps you gripped, and marks the veteran producer turned newbie director as one to watch.

REVIEW: "Emma"
By Eric Hillis, TheMovieWaffler.com
A few years back, Anya Taylor-Joy delivered a striking performance in Thoroughbreds, a blackly comic teen thriller in which she played a spoilt rich kid who takes a troubled young girl (played equally brilliantly by Olivia Cooke) under her wing. The dynamic was reminiscent of that between Emma Woodhouse and Harriet Smith, the young central characters of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel ‘Emma’. With first time director Autumn de Wilde at the helm, Taylor-Joy has returned directly to the source for an adaptation of ‘Emma’ that is too reverent to the novel for its own good.

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originally published: 03/02/2020

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