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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Troubled by COVID in 2021, Hopes to Roar Back In 2022

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By Bruce Chadwick


originally published: 01/24/2022

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Troubled by COVID in 2021, Hopes to Roar Back In 2022

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey was hammered by COVID at the end of the 2021 season and forced to cancel the last few performances of its holiday hit, A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Bloodied but not beaten, the regional theater will roar back in 2022 with a full schedule of indoor and outdoor productions, starting June 8 with Enchanted April.

The opening of the season is usually early May. “We are not pushing back the season a month because of the COVID problem. There are several factors for the pushback, and COVID is one of them, but not the sole one,” said Sarah Haley, the theater’s marking director.

Enchanted April, which runs from June 8 until June 26, is the Matthew Barber story, based on the novel by Elizabeth Van Arnim’s of two bored 1920s British housewives who want to rent a home in romantic Italy for the summer. To meet the rent, they recruit two difficult, upper class women as roommates. The fearsome foursome bicker and squabble at first but then start to bond – until some men arrive.

Next, the theater will present The Metromaniacs (August 17 – September 4). It is a very campy comedy about French society in the 1700s. It was adapted from Alex Piron’s La Metromanie and pokes fun at just about everybody. It was adapted by David Ives from the original French.

Harold Pinter’s acclaimed play The Caretaker opens September 21 and runs through October 9. It is the often produced story of the evolving relationship between two brothers and a homeless man brought home by one who seems to find fault with everything and everybody. The play ran for 444 performances in London and became a movie  in 1963 starring Alan Bates, Donald Pleasance  and Robert Shaw.



 
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Next are two plays by Alice Childress, the author of Mojo: A Black Love Story (1970) and When the Rattlesnake Sounds  (1975), among others,  from October 26 to November 13. Childress was one of the nation’s most prestigious black authors. She wrote 13 plays and six novels over a nearly 40 year long career.

William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (December 7 – January 1) rounds out the schedule for the indoor stage. On its outdoor stage at Saint Elizabeth’s University, the company will produce Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, (June 20-July 31). The theater also plans to offer its annual series of staged readings at its indoor stage throughout the year.

“We were going to produce some of these plays, such as Metromaniacs, in the 2020 season, that never took place because of the Pandemic. We’re very happy to stage them now,” said Haley, who added that the play lineup represents the usual Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare mix.

The theater will continue is policy of mandating masks and vaccination cards for patrons. “It is successful for us. All the Broadway theaters have that policy,  too,” added Haley.



Bruce Chadwick worked for 23 years as an entertainment writer/critic for the New York Daily News. Later, he served as the arts and entertainment critic for the History News Network, a national online weekly magazine. Chadwick holds a Ph. D in History and Cultural Studies from Rutgers University. He has written 31 books on U.S. history and has lectured on history and culture around the world. He is a history professor at New Jersey City University.





EVENT CALENDAR

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The Wolves

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
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The Caretaker

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
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The Wolves

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
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The Caretaker

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
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The Wolves

Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Brooklyn Rider

Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
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The Caretaker

Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
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Vivid Stage presents "Soft Animals"

Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901
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