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Friday, August 31, 2018

A theater with a different approach grows in Asbury Park by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Boardwalk Theatre Company expects to offer its first production, the world premiere of the musical 'Rosa Parks' in October 2019. Founder Jeff Hughes says this isn't your grandmother's theate…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

The price of war for those who are citizens, not soldiers by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Thinkery and Verse's " Bride of the Gulf' -- now at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe -- features only Iraqi characters. Playwright J.M. Meyer, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Afgha…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

A day and night of free music in downtown Morristown. by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

This year's Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival is Saturday, Aug. 18. Now in its 8th year, this free event annually draws thousands of visitors.. This year's performers include Richie "L…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

On a hot August night, cool down at the Montclair Jazz Festival by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Now in its 9th year, the Montclair Jazz Festival is going strong. This year's Aug. 11 lineup includes pianist/bandleader Eddie Palmieri, mutli-Grammy winner Christian McBride and Trio 3, Mon…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

How working together makes the hard stuff easier: Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker talk partnerships by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The couple, perhaps best known for playing opposite each other on 'L.A. Law,' continue to work together. Eikenberry is one of the stars of Tucker's new play, "Fern Hill," which pre…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

'American Moor' uses Shakespeare to explore race in modern America by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Keith Hamilton Cobb's one-man show, at Luna Stage on Aug. 7 and 8, uses racial bias in the theater world to address bias in the country at large.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Tribute bands facing bigger crowds, some with new music, some old standards by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Tribute bands are big business. They give fans the opportunity to hear bands that no longer tour as well as album-perfect versions of their favorite songs. Another win? A lower price point.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Boy George returns as 'joyful, cynical and optimistic' by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The Culture Club frontman says he still sings the songs that made the band a beloved New Wave staple, but they come from a better place. The band with its line-up, is now on tour, stopping a…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Comedian Mike Birbiglia has (another) story to tell by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The comedian's latest stand-up show, 'The New One,' comes to Two River Theater for six shows July 12-15. He shared some insights with NJ Advance Media before hand.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Time for a summer jam -- the musical kind by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Centenary Stage Company's annual Summer Jamfest runs July 14 - August 11. Four shows are on offer: single evening musical performances by Lee Rocker, the George Gee Swing Orchestra and YESSO…

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Take the kids for a night of theater under the stars by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's annual outdoor summer production is "The Servant with Two Masters," a comedy written in 1746. It runs at The Outdoor Stage on the campus of …

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Friday, June 15, 2018

(Old) movie and a celebrity talk-back: the new date night by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Even the biggest stars come out for screenings of their old films and conversations. This month, John Cusack and John Cleese are two of the stars appearing in the Garden State in support of …

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Finding humor in tragedy and 'Mercy' by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Playwright Adam Szymkowicz's 'Mercy," having its world premiere at NJ Repertory Company June 14, centers on a struggling widower who meets the man responsible for his wife's death and m…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

'Songbird' is a modern American tale by way of Russia circa 1896 by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Two River Theatre presents a modernized and musical version of Anton Chekhov's 'The Seagull' through July 1.

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'The Last Five Years' depicts a struggle onstage but Eagle Theatre's fortunes are soaring by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The Eagle Theatre presents musical "The Last Five Years" through July 1 while reflecting on how good the last five years has been for the Hammonton venue.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

'Night with Oscar" gets star-studded reading at George St. by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Eugene Pack's "Night with Oscar" The play will have a reading at George Street Playhouse June 8 with stars including Rob Morrow, Debra Monk and Robert Wuhl.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

'Small Town Story' examines fear, prejudice by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Inspired by real events, 'Small Town Story' centers on a small town divided over the appropriateness of the high school's production of 'Rent.' The musical about the musical's has its world …

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'Shrek' musical highlights self-love, acceptance and silliness by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Two ogres find love -- for each other and themselves -- is this well-known and well-loved fairy tale which will have four performances at Mayo Performing Arts Center June 1-3.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Edna Ferber festival celebrates a little-known literary giant by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

"Five by Ferber," a collaboration between the Ferber estate and N.J. Repertory Company, runs May 31-June 3 at West End Arts Center in Long Branch. Repertory Company Edna Ferber Fe…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

'Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End' proves the late humorist still resonates by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The one-woman show starring Kate McCauley Hathaway uses writer Bombeck's own words to paint a picture of her life. The Cape May Stage production runs May 24 to June 22.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Mile Square's '7th Inning Stretch' aims for the fences by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Hoboken's Mile Square Theatre offers the 14th annual "7 Inning Stretch: 7 10-Minute Plays about Baseball" May 18-20.

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Jersey composing team behind first musical written as an audio book by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

'Spin,' a reimagining of the classic Grimm fairy tale 'Rumpelstiltskin,' is a collaboration between Bergen County natives Neil Fishman and Harvey Edelman, fantasy novelist David B. Coe and a…

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'Our Mother's Brief Affair' closes Women's Theater Company's 25th season by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Parsippany's Women's Theater Company will offer six performances of the Richard Greenberg play spread over two weekends, May 18-20 and May 25-27. It's the final show for the quarter-century …

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

A play from the 1600s with relevance to today: Moliere's 'Tartuffe' by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Moliere's 'Tartuffe' May 16 - June 3. The French playwright's masterwork centers on a con man's affects on a community. Among the stars: Two-ti…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Welcome, summer! The Basie brings back its jazz festival by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Now in its 2nd year, Basie Summer Jazz Fest brings full days of music to Red Bank's Count Basie Center for the Arts June 2 and 3.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Forty years later, Crossroads Theatre continues to promote the diverse voices of African American with original works by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Founded with the goal of supporting and promoting African-American culture, performers and creators, Crossroads has succeeded when others with a similar mission have failed. The company offe…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

A 'Peak Performance' collaboration by a 'genius' and a 'goddess' by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Montclair State University's annual 'Peak Performance' series features a musical collaboration called "Spinning" by McArthur Genius Grant awardee Julia Wolfe and musician Maya Beis…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Taylor Mac's 'History of Popular Music' show is indescribable -- but people keep trying to anyway by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The McArthur Genius-grant awardee and Pulitzer Prize nominee will bring an abridged version of the 24-hour-long production to the Montclair Film Festival May 4. Mac will also sit down for an…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

In this fast-moving farce, a little 'nerd' shall lead them by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

George Street Playhouse, at its interim venue on Rutgers University's Cook campus, presents 'The Nerd' starring Jonathan Kite of '2 Broke Girls' and Colin Hanlon of 'Modern Family' April 24 …

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You can go home again: Danny DeVito returns to Asbury Park by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The actor will perform at the Paramount Theatre April 28 as part of the 2018 Asbury Park Movie & Film Festival. DeVito can't wait to see his old haunts -- and to

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

At NJ Rep, a world premiere set in the past with relevance to the present by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Playwright Chloe Hung's 'Issei, He Say (or the Myth of the First)' uses humor and emotion to explore the immigrant experience and the complexities that go with it while touching on modern th…

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