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Theatre Preview: January 2018

Theatre Preview: January 2018

Each month, New Jersey Stage Magazine presents a special advertising section promoting shows around the Garden State.

The Calling @ New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch
Warm up your winter with a heart-pounding, mind-bending psychological thriller, peppered with comic relief and served up by award-winning playwright, Joel Stone. In an empty church following Mrs. Callahan’s funeral, a man of faith and a burned-out ICU nurse wage a battle of wits and deep convictions about life and death, conscience and faith, that culminates in a shocking resolution. Commissioned by NJPAC’s Stage Exchange in Association with NJTA and NJ Rep. Directed by Evan Bergman, this World Premiere includes Ames Adamson and Jared Michael Delaney. On stage from January 4  through February 4.

El CoquÍ Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom @ Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a masked figure has been spotted: the Puerto Rican superhero, El Coquí Espectacular. In reality, it is out-of-work comic book artist Alex, who has been secretly dressing up as his favorite creation. As Alex learns that fighting crime is harder than it looks, his older brother Joe wants Alex to join him at his advertising agency, selling sugary soda to Latino consumers. Can El Coquí defeat his own self-doubt and be a hero for his neighborhood? Written by Matt Barbot and directed by Jose Zayas, this World Premiere production is on stage from January 6 through February 4th.

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.



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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.



originally published: 2017-12-26 18:47:08



Upcoming Events

Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's "The ManOPause Boys" To Be Performed In Freehold

Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's "The ManOPause Boys" To Be Performed In Freehold

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore’s new musical-comedy The ManOPause Boys is coming to the American Hotel in Freehold on Saturday, June 30. Sold-out audiences across the country have been loving this hysterical musical from the play-writing team the NY Times calls “A Riot!” Four guys finally open up and confess the agony and hilarity of going through MANOPAUSE. 


Luna Stage Presents 6th Annual New Moon Short Play Festival

Luna Stage Presents 6th Annual New Moon Short Play Festival

(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- Luna Stage presents its sixth annual New Moon Short Play Festival from May 21 to May 22.  The Festival provides two evenings of dramatic and comedic excellence via readings of 15 short plays by some of New Jersey's finest writers. These short plays and monologues were selected from over 60 submissions. And, for the first time, they will have a night focusing on plays written by high school students as well.  The high school night takes place on May 23rd.


Eagle Theatre Presents The Last Five Years

Eagle Theatre Presents The Last Five Years

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Gorgeous melodies and a tender love story take center stage in Eagle Theatre’s upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, from June 1 through July 1st, 2018. Winner of the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics, The Last 5 Years tells the story of two individuals who fall in love-and out of it again-over the course of a five year relationship. The production stars Max Meyers and Jenna Pastuszek.


Fool Moon Theatre Presents "Sylvia"

Fool Moon Theatre Presents "Sylvia"

(SOMERS POINT, NJ) -- Fool Moon Theatre presents Sylvia on selected dates from June 1-10 at the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point. Written by award-winning playwright A.R. Gurney, the play tells the hilarious and touching story of a love triangle—a man, his wife, and a dog. It was called, “Howlingly Funny,” by the New York Post.








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