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It’s the end of the world as we know it and a burnout basement rock and roller, his ex-girlfriend, a rising star astrophysicist, just might have the key to surviving the black hole bearing down on the Earth.... READ ON

A look at plays coming to stages around the Garden State. Remember to add your shows to the NJ Stage event calendar. Listings are always free and seen by thousands each week.... READ ON

​​​​​​​(HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- The longest running musical in history is coming to The Ritz Theatre Company. The Fantasticks will run for three weekends from June 1st to June 16th. The musical features music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud.... READ ON

Can the power of theatre convince a small town to overcome its prejudices? That’s what’s at the heart of “Small Town Story,” American Theater Group’s new musical based on actual events. Making its premiere at South Orange Performing Arts Center Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 10, this show explores the power of theatre, the inherent dangers of silence and the potential of young people to change the world. Join Jesse and Dave at rehearsal and find out more from the team behind this meaningful show.... READ ON








(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- The Holmdel Theatre Company will present a reading of Stephen Larsen's play My Old Friend on Monday, June 4th at 7:00pm. The play is about a little-known final meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.   This is the first public reading of the play. Admission is free and coffee is served.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Winners were announced at the 13th annual BASIE AWARDS on May 23rd.  The event honors excellence in high school theater in Monmouth County. This year’s ceremony, presented by RWJBarnabas Health – Monmouth Medical Center, once again drew a sold out crowd of more than 1500 people to the historic Red Bank, NJ landmark, which was recently renamed Count Basie Center for the Arts.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has announced a special Q&A with composer/lyricist Joe Iconis on Monday, June 4.  The event is part of First Monday Masters, Two River’s popular new series of  master classes led by artists affiliated with Two River Theater’s recent productions and current season.... READ ON

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Center Players Dessert Theater will present a free dramatic play reading of The Emperor’s New Duds, an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s the “Emperor’s New Clothes” on Sunday, June 10th at 2:00pm at historic Oakley Farms, located at 189 Wemrock Road in Freehold.... READ ON

(FAIR LAWN, NJ) -- Pioneer Productions will present Hair - The American Tribal Love Musical directed by Daniel Peter Vissers July 6-8 and 13-15 at The George Fry Center for the Arts at the Fair Lawn Community Center. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the show’s debut on Broadway, and its themes of rebellion, activism and speaking truth to power have never resonated with audiences more. ... READ ON

Mark Twain once observed, “The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow.” One of America’s funniest playwrights, Christopher Durang, is proof. His plays are absurd, comical, and, almost always, very dark.... READ ON


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