The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) returns to their outdoor summer home this month. Since 2002, STNJ has performed in the outdoor Greek-style amphitheater on the campus of St. Elizabeth University with one exception: 2020 when the CoVid pandemic restrictions prevented its use. But now they are back with two glorious productions available until Aug. 1. Running are Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors and a new play, Snug, written by Bonnie Monte. Both are comedies and both shows are appropriate for all ages.
PODCAST: RENT’S Adam Pascal Takes the Show on the Road
by Maddie Orton, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-07-22
Adam Pascal was a rock ‘n’ roll musician who had no theatrical credits when he landed the role of Roger in RENT—a show that would garner him a Tony nomination and forever change the sound of Broadway. Now, Pascal shares his journey through the shows he’s performed along the way: Aida, Cabaret, Memphis, Chicago, and more. His solo acoustic concert, “So Far,” is coming to the Arthur Pryor Bandshell in Asbury Park on July 28 and BellWorks in Holmdel on July 29 as part of Axelrod Performing Arts Center’s Vogel Summer Concert Series.
TaNisha Fordham Talks About "12 Mo' Angry Men"
by Gary Wien - published 2021-07-21
12 Mo' Angry Men is the story of 11 black jurors and 1 white juror, deliberating on the guilt or innocence of a white police officer who shot and killed a black teen. It is a new and timely reimagining of 12 Angry Men, the classic play and film. It will have its premiere at Newark's Theater in the Park, as part of the city's Summer Fun Events with performances on July 23 & 30, and August 6 & 13, 2021.
Not a Singular Event -- “This Is Our Story: A Coming Out Anthology”
by Gary Wien, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-06-24
“Coming out is not a singular event,” explained playwright Nicolas J. Clarey. “There is the anticipation, the lead up, the planning, and all of the angst that leads up to it. Then there’s the event itself and the aftermath. The aftermath is something that sticks with us for the rest of our lives. It is something that we will constantly be doing forever. We will never stop coming out in one way or another.”
Director Kevin Cahoon On "It's Only A Play" at George Street Playhouse
by Charles Paolino - published 2021-06-14
“There’s no people like show people,” according to the Irving Berlin lyric, and that notion is at the heart of the final production in the George Street Playhouse pandemic season—Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play.”
REVIEW: "Tiny Beautiful Things" Is The Best Pandemic Theatre I've Seen
by Gary Wien - published 2021-05-17
If you’ve been missing live theatre and haven’t been impressed by the online offerings as of yet, there is one week left to purchase a stream for Tiny Beautiful Things - a production that just might change your mind about how theatre can be created during a pandemic.
PODCAST: From Play to Podcast - How Mile Square Created Theatre in Quarantine
by Maddie Orton, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-05-13
Joseph Gallo transformed his solo play, "The Playbill Gallery," into a podcast when the pandemic hit. The result is a moving tribute to the live theatre experience, heard by an audience in isolation. Mile Square Theatre's Playwright-in-Residence Joseph Gallo and Founder/Artistic Director Chris O'Connor talk to producer Maddie Orton about their first audio play: "The Playbill Gallery (a love story).”
REVIEW: "Tiny Beautiful Things" by George Street Playhouse
by Charles Paolino - published 2021-05-08
You want to see Tiny Beautiful Things, the play now being streamed by the George Street Playhouse. You do. You want to see it for several reasons, and they comprise pretty much everything about the play: the work itself, the actors, their performances, the setting, and the manner in which the drama is presented under the direction of David Saint.
Ryan George Talks About "Tiny Beautiful Things" at George Street Playhouse
by Charles Paolino - published 2021-05-03
The last thing Cheryl Strayed needed was an unpaid gig writing an online advice column—what with her penurious spouse, their bills, their kids, and the book she was trying to finish. So when a friend who had been writing the column asked her to take it on, naturally she agreed.
VIDEO: Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo Helps NJ Arts Through Benefit Concert
by Maddie Orton, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-04-20
"Hamilton” star Phillipa Soo recently lent her talents to a cause close to her heart: protecting the arts community. Her April 16 virtual concert through Rowan University benefited The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund. Correspondent Maddie Orton talks with Soo about the pandemic’s impact on the theatre community, the exciting releases of "Hamilton" on Disney+ and "Over the Moon" on Netflix, the importance of cultural representation in her work, and her upcoming benefit concert.