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(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus!  on February 17-18. Take your place on the front lines of the battle of the sexes in this hilarious, one-man fusion of theater and stand-up, based on the best-selling book by John Gray.  Tickets are $59.... READ ON

(LEONIA, NJ) -- What happens to children in the absence of love? That is the question that lies at the heart of this funny and heartrending play by one of America’s most acclaimed and beloved playwrights. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize, Lost in Yonkers is Neil Simon’s moving drama about the cruelties and painful memories that scar a family. The Players Guild of Leonia presents this comedy classic weekends from February 2nd to February 18th. ... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- Do you want to see something different in NJ theatre? Then join us for the Fourth Annual Kicking & Swearing One-Act Festival. The festival will be taking place from February 16 through February 18 at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage.... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- In politics, the less you know, the higher you’ll go! At once a razor-sharp satire and an inspirational tribute to democracy, The Outsider is a timely and hilarious send-up of modern American politics. Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of this comedy by Paul Slade Smith from January 24 through February 18, 2018.  The production is directed by David Esbjornson. ... READ ON

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- interACT Theatre Productions presents the romantic play Love Letters by A. R. Gurney for one weekend only at the Baird Theatre on Three. These four benefit performances for interACT, presented in part through the generosity of Robert Wall, begin this Friday, February 16th and end Sunday, February 18th.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal on February 10, 16, 19 and 20 at 8:00pm and February 11 at 2:00pm in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and an energetic pop/rock score by Tom Kitt, takes an unflinching look at a modern family struggling with the effects of mental illness. ... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- Kean University’s Theatre Conservatory will present the award-winning musical Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. Pippin will run from February 16 - 24 in Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre, located on the University’s main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. Guided by the Leading Player and a troupe of players, Pippin follows a young man of the same name on his quest to find his place in the world and become “extraordinary.”... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Eagle Theatre will kick off the new year with Louisa May Alcott’s universal coming of age story, Little Women: The Musical from January 24 - February 25, 2018. Based on the classic novel, this Civil War story of love and family stands the test of time.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- George Street Playhouse favorites John Bolger (last season’s American Son, 2014’s Outside Mullingar) and Armand Schultz (The Spitfire Grill, Jolson Sings Again), as well as Broadway’s Kally Duling (Fun Home) and Laiona Michelle (Amazing Grace) have been cast in Christopher Demos-Brown’s gripping military drama American Hero, on stage January 30 through February 25. In this play, an Iraq war hero’s perfect life starts to unravel when a fellow veteran seeking justice shows up threatening to expose a hidden past. ... READ ON

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- 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.  Driving Miss Daisy begins performances on January 31 and runs till February 25.... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing the World Premiere of What Stays by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta. This heartwarming comedy, written by two members of Dreamcatcher’s ensemble, was inspired by stories from the company’s own lives and woven to reflect the common experience of a family going through a major life change. What Stays runs February 8 - 25, 2018.... READ ON

(FAIR LAWN, NJ) -- Old Library Theatre presents The Robber Bridegroom from February 16-25. Set in eighteenth-century Mississippi, the show follows Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother who’s intent on Rosamund’s demise, her pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, and you have a rollicking country romp.... READ ON

(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- Razorhurst, a new musical commissioned by Luna Stage, will begin performances February 1 and run through March 4, as the second show in Luna’s 25th anniversary season. The show is directed by Luna’s Artistic Director Cheryl Katz with book and lyrics by Kate Mulley and music composed by Andy Peterson. The two person cast features Catherine Fries Vaughn as Kate Leigh and Claire McClanahan Tilly Devine, both are New Jersey based performers. The play is set in 1929, when the streets of Sydney, Australia ran with blood as a pair of notorious crime bosses led their rival empires to war. The twist? These two crime bosses were women.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, continues its 2017/18 season with the world premiere of The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, adapted for the stage by and starring David Greenspan, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. Performances will begin in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater on Saturday, February 17 and continue through Sunday, March 18. ... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Eagle Theatre Conservatory, a year-round theatrical institute for all ages and levels of professionalism, has announced new plans for their spring and summer offerings.... READ ON

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