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Theatre Preview: February 2018
originally published: 01/24/2018
Each month, New Jersey Stage Magazine presents a special advertising section promoting shows around the Garden State. All theatres (professional and community) can be part of this preview each month by advertising with New Jersey Stage. The preview runs in our monthly magazine and online, with links back to the theatre's website. It's a great way to promote your play throughout the entire state.
A Good Farmer @ SOPAC, One Sopac Way, South Orange
A Good Farmer takes place in upstate New York and focuses on two women: Bonnie who owns a farm with her husband; and Carla, a recent immigrant from Mexico who works the farm along with members of her family. Ripped from today’s headlines, this is the story of a farming community and its struggles with issues of immigration, loyalty, family, survival and compassion. Sharyn Rothstein has artfully managed to reveal the humanity behind some of today’s contentious political issues. This World Premiere play is presented from January 24 through February 4th.
Harvey @ Algonquin Arts, 173 Main Street, Manasquan
To avoid future embarrassment for her family - and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae - Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is presented from January 27 through February 3.
American Hero @ George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick
An Iraq war hero’s perfect life starts to unravel when a fellow soldier seeking justice shows up threatening to expose a hidden past. From Christopher Demos-Brown, the author of last season’s American Son, this probing drama shines a light on how America honors its veteran soldiers as well as the corrupting effect of awards and commendations, and questions what it truly means to be a hero. American Hero is directed by David Saint and presented at George Street Playhouse’s temporary home from January 30th through February 25th.
Driving Miss Daisy @ Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken
Mile Square Theatre kicks off its 2018 season with Alfred Uhry’s powerful masterpiece Driving Miss Daisy. Set in the South between the late 40’s and early 70’s, the play explores an unlikely friendship between an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffer, Hoke Colburn. The cast includes Barbara Broughton, Count Stovall, and Matthew Lawler. The production is directed by Mark Cirnigliaro. Driving Miss Daisy begins performances on January 31 and runs till February 25.
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Ain’t Misbehavin’ @ NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, One Center Street, Newark
NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company team together for an encore presentation of Crossroads’ hit 2011 production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Two-time Tony nominee and original cast member André De Shields returns to direct and choreograph this acclaimed production of the Fats Waller Tony Award winning musical, conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. The cast includes Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel, Zurin Villanueva, and Borris York. Six performances will be held February 1-4.
ART @ Centenary Stage Company, 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown
Centenary Stage Company presents ART by Yasmina Reza, Translated by Christopher Hampton. The production is directed by Anne Occhiogrosso and stars Randall Duk Kim, Kevin Carolan and Carl Wallnau. Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and Winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, ART focuses on the meaning of art (in the form of a solid white painting) as well as the meaning of friendship, to both the man who bought the painting and the two friends who come to see it. Performances run February 16 to March 4.
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Center Players Presents "The Emperor's New Duds"
(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Center Players Dessert Theater will present a family-friendly production of “The Emperor’s New Duds” at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ from December 7 – 16. A musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s the “Emperor’s New Clothes,” the play was written by Bernice Garfield-Szita, who co-directed the production with Enid Bush.
Centenary Stage’s Young Performers Workshop presents 2018 Winter Festival of Shows
(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified. Performances are Sunday, December 9 at 5:00pm; Saturday, December 15 at 8pm and Sunday, December 16 at 7:30pm.
The Shakespeare Theatre Presents "The Winter's Tale"
(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 from December 5 to December 30.
American Theater Group Announces Full Cast & Creative For "Tell Them I'm Still Young"
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- American Theater Group has announced the full cast and creative team for its World Premiere production of Tell Them I’m Still Young, a new play by Julia Doolittle, which will run at the South Orange Performing Arts Center from January 24 - February 3, 2019. Joining the previously announced Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Streets, Men of a Certain Age, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) andMichele Pawk (Hollywood Arms, Hairspray, Mamma Mia) are Janice Amaya (Seen/Unseen) and Seth Clayton (The Madrid).
Holmdel Theatre Company Presents 'ART'
(HOLMDEL, NJ) – The Holmdel Theatre Company (HTC) will present 6 performances of Yasmina Reza’s ‘ART’ from December 7th through December 16th. Translated from French by Christopher Hampton, the play tells the story of what happens when Serge buys an expensive painting, and the reactions of his two closest friends, Marc and Yvan, to his purchase. As what begins as a discussion about the quality of the painting that Serge has purchased quickly devolves into petty jabs and personal attacks, the three men border on destroying their friendships.
Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
Broadway is in the house at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts with a Fearless live concert performance by Broadway star, Mandy Gonzalez!
"The Spitfire Grill" and Caitlin Geisser Return To Their Roots
“I saw something in her that you rarely come across,” recalled Ted Wioncek III, Artistic Director at Eagle Theatre in Hammonton. “She’s more than wise beyond her years; I believe she’s going to be a game-changer and a trendsetter for this art form.”
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s Friday, October 26, 2018, and the Broadway’s Next H!T Musical cast is just about ready to take the stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.
The Last Apple Pie: "Apples In Winter" Opens At Centenary Stage
Jennifer Fawcett’s new play centers around a mother in a kitchen, doing something countless people across America will take part in over the upcoming holiday season: making an apple pie.
See Andrea McArdle LIVE! in Annie at Deal Park’s Axelrod PAC!
Leapin’ Lizards! Annie’s finally made it to the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, NJ, and it stars Broadway’s original Annie, Andrea McArdle, as Miss Hannigan!
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
@ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm
@ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm and 8:00pm
|Apples In Winter
@ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm
|Kiss Me Kate
@ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm
|Into the Woods
@ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm
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