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Theatre Preview: April 2018

originally published: 03/22/2018

Theatre Preview: April 2018

Each month, New Jersey Stage provides a special advertising section promoting plays hitting stages around the Garden State. Make sure to add your plays to the event calendar to have them seen by thousands.  Event listings are always free.

Theatre Preview: April 2018

Trying at George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick. Trying tells the story of internationally known Francis Biddle, Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials, Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. At 81 years old, he is sharply cantankerous and trying to put his life in order as he works on his memoir. When Sarah, a young, new secretary is hired, the two come to understand how strangers at very different places in their lives can unexpectedly and forever influence each other. The production stars Philip Goodwin and Carly Zien and runs from March 13 to April 8th at George Street Playhouse. 

Theatre Preview: April 2018

The Sting at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. Paper Mill Playhouse presents the World Premiere of The Sting, a new musical Based on the Academy Award-Winning Film. Chicago. 1936. Get ready to enter a smoke-filled world of cons and capers, where nothing is what it seems and no one is who they appear to be. The Sting tells the tale of a pair of con men, small-town grifter Johnny Hooker and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff, who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. Starring Harry Connick, Jr., and directed by John Rando, the play runs from March 29 to April 29.

Theatre Preview: April 2018

Hitler’s Tasters at Centenary Stage Company, 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown. Centenary Stage Company presents the World Premiere of Hitler’s Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks. Inspired by the true story.  Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country.  They are Adolph Hitler’s food tasters.  And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal?  Like all girls, throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance.  They want to love, laugh, and above all they want to survive. Performances run April 6-22.

Theatre Preview: April 2018

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder at State Theatre NJ, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea. Performances on April 6-7.

Theatre Preview: April 2018



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West Side Story at Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is one of the best ever written and Arthur Laurents’ book is as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. Performances run April 7-22.

Theatre Preview: April 2018

What A Piece Of Work Is Man at Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, College Drive, Toms River. The Wit, Wisdom, and Wonder of Will Shakespeare. An entertaining sampling of the Bard’s “Hits and Misses:” the famous to the infamous, the comical to the tragic... Enjoy the wit, wisdom and wonder of the bestselling fiction writer of all time. From the depth of his characters, the beauty of his language, to his plays, sonnets and songs; experience the universal themes of love and loss, politics and power and the nature of man… and a bit of the bawdy as well. OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents this April 19-22 and April 27-29.






Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater presents Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 expressionist drama Machinal on January 10, 11,12 and 13 at 8:00pm in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. Inspired by the real-life case of accused criminal Ruth Snyder, Machinal tells the story of Young Woman who works as a stenographer in an industrial, male-dominated world.
Eagle Theatre Presents A Holiday Revue At Kathedral Event Center
(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Eagle Theatre presents Season’s Greetings: A Musical Celebration of Holiday Traditions from Around the World from December 19 to December 23 at Kathedral Event Center. The show is guaranteed holly jolly fun for the whole family. Starring four all-star performers and a live band, this musical journey around the world, features over 40 holiday classics, a Dominick the Donkey sing-a-long, a salute to our military veterans, a cash bar, and a photo opportunity with Santa! This holiday revue takes audiences on a sleigh ride across the globe and straight into a Winter Wonderland. 
East Lynne Theater Company Receives $12,600 Travel and Tourism grant
(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is receiving $12,600.00 from the Cooperative Marketing Grant sponsored by the New Jersey Department of State: Division of Travel and Tourism. The award was given based on the scores of an independent evaluation and funding review committee that studied ELTC's application and marketing plan.
Writers Theatre of New Jersey Presents 2019 Soundings Reading Series
(MADISON, NJ) -- The Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey is kicking off their 2019 season with a series of new play readings in the new Madison Community Arts Center venue. This Winter Madison will be filled with writers eager to hear their pages come to life in front of an audience. Starting on January 3rd and going straight through until January 17th there will be 15 plays in 15 days.
Pixie Dust Players Presents Home for the Holidays at UCPAC
(RAHWAY, NJ) -- To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Pixie Dust Players, Union County Performing Arts Center is happy to present Home for the Holidays on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm. The event consists of a gala and a benefit concert featuring over 150 performers and music from 24 different shows, all from the past ten years of Pixie Dust Productions. Prior to the concert, there will be a gala with light fare, a magician, and more. Not only is this a fundraiser for UCPAC’s Youth Programming, but also a celebration supporting the continuance of this exciting partnership.


PHOTOS from "The Winter's Tale" at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s concludes its 56th season with its sixth and final Main Stage production, The Winter's Tale. Last seen at The Shakespeare Theatre in 2008, Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte directs this production of Shakespeare’s tragicomedic romance. Veteran company members Jacqueline Antaramian, Jon Barker, Erin Partin, John Keabler, Raphael Nash Thompson,Seamus Mulcahy, Patrick Toon, and Ames Adamson are among a cast of 20 actors. Performances run now through December 30. 
REVIEW: "It's A Wonderful Life" At Mile Square Theatre
Nestled in a corner of Hoboken, on the second floor, lies the studios of radio station WMST.  It’s a wonderful art deco studio, replete with fine wooden walls, embedded with colorful lights an applause sign.  On stage, we’ve got a few chairs, several microphones and a whole corner wedged with all the necessary props – piano, men’s shoes, sheet metal – to create the audio effects for the production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Betsy Aidem Puts A Woman's Touch On George Street Playhouse's "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Betsy Aidem is a veteran actress you might have seen on Broadway. Or maybe on an episode of “Law & Order: SVU.” Or maybe on the big screen last year in “The Greatest Showman.” But over the next few weeks in New Brunswick, Aidem is adding a brand-new section to her résumé — by helming a sequel (of sorts) to a classic play that’s more than 100 years old.
REVIEW: "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn" at Paper Mill Playhouse
One man’s ambition is comfortable yet to another it is anathema.  This is the simplest way to convey the central theme of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – now playing at Papermill Playhouse.  The show is a rich, effervescent, beautiful, fun, musical that is well worth booking tickets for.  It enthralled my phone addicted 13 year-old and earned a shout out on Instagram - high praise in and of itself.
REVIEW: "A Doll's House, Part 2" at George Street Playhouse
For well over a century the world has been wondering what ever happened to Nora Helmer from Henrik Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House.  Nora was a woman during the 19th century in male dominated Norway when women could not sign contracts without their husband’s permission.  She challenged this law, essentially committing forgery.  And, even though she committed a crime for the purpose of saving her husband’s life, her actions wound up destroying her marriage when someone tried to blackmail her. 






Event calendar
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018


MUSIC

THE NEPTUNES @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 7:00pm

Funk Tuesdays @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 8:00pm

Holiday Express Benefit Concert @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


COMEDY

H.A.G.S. COMEDY SHOW @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

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