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Articles By Adam F Cohen

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.”... READ ON

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.... READ ON

(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.... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Scott Joplin’s classic rag “The Entertainer” is highly recognizable. It was used to great effect in an Oscar winning movie called “The Sting” which happed to star Paul Newman and Robert Redford.  Joplin was born in Texas and found his true calling as a ragtime composer in Chicago in 1893.  His compositions helped fuel ragtime into a major craze. Joplin’s rags are a featured part of the absolutely entertaining new musical “The Sting” which premiered at Paper Mill Playhouse on April 8th.... READ ON








The quiet freemasonry of pride, time, companionship, and aging provides for a quiet but thought provoking production of Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” in Hoboken by Mile Square Theatre.  It illustrates the friendship of an African American man and Caucasian woman in the South, largely of convenience but overtime gelling into actual respect and love.  Sadly, in today’s fractious time, it also highlights how far we have to go.  And this understated but powerful production is a perfect representation of the power and craft of strong acting, writing, and theater.... READ ON

Ingenious.  Captivating.  Hysterical.  Thoroughly entertaining.  Those are just some of the adjectives which describe Mark Shanahan’s production of “The 39 Steps” playing at Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken.... READ ON

Finding meaningful connections across a divide is the theme of many an artistic work.  Building bridges and friendships can be difficult in a world of Instagram and noses in phones.  Generations are apt to swipe their way into relationships.  But do they last? Are they real, caring relationships that will have a lifelong impact? These are some of the issues brought to bear in Erin Mallon’s likable world premiere play The Net Will Appear at Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre.... READ ON

Mile Square Theatre’s expertly realized revival of the 1978 “Betrayal” — Harold Pinter’s brief, biting, time-reversed drama about two marriages and the seven-year-long affair that intersects them — you begin to sense there is something a good deal more profound at work.  This is a master class in restraint, grace, and nuanced acting. ... READ ON

Stone in the Road is a bit of a departure for Silly on Sixth Children’s Series at Hudson Theatre Ensemble.  And that is a good thing.  There are no princes, princesses, or frogs.  No fairy godpeople to make things right.  But the familiar elements - actors, song, moral - are all firmly and gratifyingly in place.  Youngsters of all ages will be entertained and kept engaged by the simple, fun, theatrical bauble.... READ ON

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Mary Catherine Burke, director of Mile Square Theatre’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” has a stated preference for comedy with bite. In this she successfully mines Charles Shultz’ Peanuts comic strip for all the inherent anxiety and wit. With strong bright Sunday comic, Saturday morning cartoon candy colored lighting (Elaine Wong) and a wisely kid perspective skewing set (Jen Price Fick) and musical director (Terri Gorgone) at the keys, the intrepid, peppy cast of six sings and dances their way into your hearts. They cast of six wily charms into your hearts radiating atomic warm into a smiling audience.... READ ON


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