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(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents Lovers by Brian Friel from March 6-15 in the Black Box Theatre at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River. Lovers is a play in two parts. The first section – titled "Winners" - follows two teenage lovers, Joe and Mag, who are due to be married in three weeks.  The second section – "Losers" – tells the story of middle-aged lovers Hanna and Andy, who are trying to make their relationship work while Hanna’s family and neighbors disapprove and intervene. ... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- In a remote manor in the British countryside, a celebrated murder mystery writer drafts his next great detective novel. But when he invites his wife’s lover to his home for a glass of scotch, it suddenly becomes unclear where the fictional plot ends and the real game begins. Sleuth will keep you on the edge of your seat with a suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse filled with plotted murder, jealousy, and revenge. The production runs March 10 through March 29 in McCarter’s Matthews Theatre.  ... READ ON

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- “You can’t handle the truth.” One of the most famous movie lines ever spoken, and it was spoken by the actor once voted Manasquan High School’s Class of 1954 “Class Clown” in the Academy Award-nominated film A Few Good Men.... READ ON

(ORADELL, NJ) -- Bergen County Players, one of America's longest-running little theater companies, presents The Lion in Winter by James Goldman from February 15th through March 7th. Nothing is more tantalizing than Royals scheming and fighting amongst themselves, especially when the prize is the throne itself. It's Christmas 1183, and King Henry II is planning to announce his successor to the throne. ... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Art House Productions will present the New Jersey Premiere of When We Went Electronic by Caitlin Saylor Stephens, with songs by Sarah Frances Cagianese and Caitlin Saylor Stephens at Art House Productions, March 19-April 5.  Directed by Meghan Finn, the production was hailed as “absurdist edginess” and “taut and brutal” by The New York Times while at The Tank in 2018. Art House’s production will feature actors Tiffany Iris and Madelyn Rose Robinson.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Broadway veteran Laiona Michelle, writer and star of the critically acclaimed Little Girl Blue - The Nina Simone Musical—which enjoyed a record-breaking sold-out run in 2019—will return to George Street Playhouse March 19 at 7:30pm for a momentous one night concert at George Street’s new home in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, celebrating the music of Nina Simone and classic Broadway.... READ ON

​​​​​​​(MIDDLETOWN, NJ) -- This Black History Month, the Middletown Arts Center presents the Dunbar Repertory Company production of Camp Logan, the NAACP Image Award-winning play based on events of the 1917 Houston Riots. Written by Celeste Bedford Walker and directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr.,  performances take place February 21-22 at 8:00pm, February 23 at 4:00pm; February 28-29 at 8:00pm, and March 1 at 4:00pm.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) --  The Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, Bandstand comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center for two performances, Tuesday-Wednesday, March 17-18. The touring cast features several New Jersey natives including co-lead Jennifer Elizabeth Smith of Florham Park, Louis Jannuzzi III of Hillsborough, Mallory Nolting of Wood-Ridge and Matthew Mucha of Fair Lawn.  Tickets range from $59-$99.... READ ON

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Black Box Performing Arts Center’s new production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is coming back for an encore performance, this time in NYC. This intimate and immersive show will play for three nights at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe this March. Pygmalion is the play that inspired the hit Broadway musical My Fair Lady, but in this version Eliza Doolittle is nobody’s lady. This production gives you a closer look at Henry Higgins’ wild experiment than you’ve ever seen before.... READ ON

(HOPEWELL, NJ) -- The Diary of Anne Frank, a script-in-hand staged reading directed by Stephen Stahl, will have its Hopewell Theater premiere on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:30pm and Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:30pm. There will be a Q&A session with Stephen Stahl and cast following the performance. The memoir is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. ... READ ON

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