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(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Come to Crossroads Theatre Company to “get on the bus” and experience the perilous history-making journey of the Freedom Riders, black and white college students who traveled through the South by bus to challenge the non-enforcement of federal law that ruled segregation on public buses unconstitutional.  The Freedom Riders drew national attention to their cause because of the violence pointed against them as they traveled from state to state. The play Freedom Rider, written by Murray Horwitz, Nathan Louis Jackson, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, Ricardo Khan, and Nikkole Salter, runs April 9 through April 19 in the Arthur Laurents Theatre of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC).... READ ON

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University presents “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy” - the award winning solo show by playwright, comedy writer and comic storyteller Steve Solomon - on March 28 at 8:00pm. The one-night stand at the Pollak Theatre finds the Brooklyn-born Solomon returning to his roots, as he makes his inaugural appearance on the Monmouth campus with the original performance piece that’s earned him critical acclaim, Broadway stardom, and the kind of career-cornerstone franchise that finds him “Still in Therapy” some 13 years after its debut.... READ ON

(MONTVILLE, NJ) --  Starting March 13, the Barn Theatre will present the North American community theatre premiere of The Revlon Girl, written by Neil Anthony Docking and directed by Bill Purdy of Riverdale. Set eight months following the Aberfan mining disaster in Wales (as featured in Netflix’s hit show “The Crown”) that killed over one hundred children, The Revlon Girl tells the real life story of a group of bereaved mothers who meet every week above a local hotel to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty. ... READ ON

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. ... READ ON

(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) -- Pierrot Productions presents 33 Variations at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre March 13 through March 22. Written by Moisés Kaufman (of “The Laramie Project” fame), 33 Variations is a fascinating story inspired by one of classical music’s most enduring riddles: Why did Beethoven, during his final years, write 33 different variations of a seemingly insignificant waltz by a minor composer?... READ ON

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.”... READ ON

(FAIR LAWN, NJ) -- Skyline Theatre Company, a professional theatre company and in residence at the Fair Lawn Community Center in Bergen County’s Fair Lawn, has announced its 2020 season of live professional theatre.  A world premiere murder ballad kicks off the season on March 5 and continues with Skyline’s annual “Broadway comes to Bergen County” Gala on April 20, followed by the musical production “Dames at Sea” from April 30 to May 3 and the dramatic Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Six Degrees of Separation” from October 1-4,  and concluding with Skyline’s Holiday Concert on December 6.... READ ON

(HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- The Ritz Theatre Company presents the second show of its 35th Anniversary season, The Lion in Winter, a delicious family drama teeming with schemes, scandals, squabbles, and power struggles—all on a kingly scale. Directed by Dr. Elisabeth Hostetter, the production runs from March 5th through March 22nd.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante brings his acclaimed portrayal of Groucho Marx to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 27 at 8:00pm. Tickets for An Evening with Groucho range from $29-$59.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- McCarter Theatre Center has announced its lineup for the 2020-2021 Theater Series. The series opens with Dreaming Zenzile, a new musical based on the life of South African legend Miriam Makeba featuring international jazz sensation Somi Kakoma, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, in association with Octopus Theatricals and National Black Theatre. Next is the return of McCarter’s community-based Dickensian celebration of A Christmas Carol, directed by Adam Immerwahr. The new year begins with Mike Lew’s hilarious Tiger Style!, directed by Moritz Von Stueplnagel; followed by Kate Hamill’s timely adaptation of The Scarlet Letter. Closing the season will be Bhangin’ It, a brash, intoxicating, and joyous large-scale musical set in the world of intercollegiate competitive bhangra, directed by Amy Anders Corcoran in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse. A sixth production will be announced later in 2020.... READ ON

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