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Articles By Adam F Cohen

REVIEW: "Songs for a New World" at Paper Mill Playhouse

Over 600 days have passed since Paper Mill Playhouse’s last opening night.  Ironically, that opening was for a musical revue called “Unmasked.”  Thrillingly, Paper Mill returns with a rousing new production of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World.”   

An Interview With Chris O'Connor, Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre

Chris O'Connor is the founder and Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken.  Adam F. Cohen spoke with him about the theatre company's history, how it is dealing with the COVID-19 situation, and whether the situation might affect how the company chooses work or presents online programming in the future.

Broadway Weekends at Home Offers Online Classes

Covid-19 may have shuttered Broadway, the West End and tours across the world.  But it didn’t extinguish the dream actress Jeanna De Waal and her sister Dani had five years ago.  That dream, of bringing the Broadway experience to people of all stripes and abilities.  Broadway Weekends evolved from multi-day in-person camps for those triple threats with day jobs or school, into Zoom-based classes of all types.  Taking advantage of the time and medium allowed the De Waal’s and their team to pivot and broaden the scope of Broadway Weekends at Home to include working professional performers teaching some 25 classes a week to enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds via Zoom.

REVIEW: "Conscience" by Joe DiPietro at George Street Playhouse

Political polemics abound, especially in an election year where viruses get politicized.  This concept is theatricalized in the George Street Playhouse’s production of Joe DiPietro’s play Conscience.

REVIEW: "5 Times In One Night" at Mile Square Theatre

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. 

REVIEW: "A Merry Little Christmas Carol" At Mile Square Theatre

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has had many, many adaptions for all forms of media and art.  Mile Square Theatre’s “A Merry Little Christmas Carol” might be the finest yet.  It’s pure theatricality and invention is nothing short of brilliant.

REVIEW: "Pipeline" at Mile Square Theatre

Parenting is a puzzle.  The intention is do well by your child by all means.  And those intentions start with a firm foundation of communication. Dominique Morisseau's play Pipeline explores the repercussions of parenting, race, education, marriage, and communication.  The play – running at Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre– is a gripping drama.

REVIEW: "It's A Wonderful Life" At Mile Square Theatre

Nestled in a corner of Hoboken, on the second floor, lies the studios of radio station WMST.  It’s a wonderful art deco studio, replete with fine wooden walls, embedded with colorful lights an applause sign.  On stage, we’ve got a few chairs, several microphones and a whole corner wedged with all the necessary props – piano, men’s shoes, sheet metal – to create the audio effects for the production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

REVIEW: "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn" at Paper Mill Playhouse

One man’s ambition is comfortable yet to another it is anathema.  This is the simplest way to convey the central theme of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – now playing at Papermill Playhouse.  The show is a rich, effervescent, beautiful, fun, musical that is well worth booking tickets for.  It enthralled my phone addicted 13 year-old and earned a shout out on Instagram - high praise in and of itself.

REVIEW: The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Children’s theater is a misnomer in the hands of director Chris O’Connor and the cast of The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi.  This is a pristine imaginative in everyway production – funny, engaging, charming. It is the perfect introduction for theater for any age.  You can’t be bored with the colorful costumes, snappy actors, witty script, and beautiful set.  It’s the perfect bromide to uncertain spring weather while opening parents and children up to lots to talk about beyond screen-time.

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