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Friday, March 8, 2019

World premiere play 'The Source' asks if media can go too far by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Jack Canfora's drama, at New Jersey Repertory Company through April 7, is loosely based on the phone hacking scandal that rocked Rupert Murdoch's UK media company a decade ago.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Thoughtful family drama 'Theo' asks tough questions by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Martin Moran's play, now having its world premiere run at Two River Theater through March 24, is an intimate look at a family seeking grace.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Only the soprano knows: Renee Fleming on how music affects the mind by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Celebrated soprano Renee Fleming will talk about the connection between music and the brain at Mason Gross's Nicholas Music Center.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

'An Enemy of the People' remains as relevant today as 100 years ago by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Henrik Ibsen's 1882 play "An Enemy of the People" remains relevant in today's world of 'fake news' and 'alternative facts.' The production runs at Centenary Stage Company through M…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Two similar immigrant journeys, separated by more than 100 years by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The world premiere of "A Better Place to Be" at The Growing Stage - Children's Theatre of N.J. Feb. 15 focuses on our similarities, not our differences.

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'Psychodrama' centers on a divorce support group and its unconventional leader by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Celebrate Valentine's Day at this world premiere "seriocomedy" about coping with divorce. 'Psychodrama,' written by a playwright/therapist, begins its run at Dreamcatcher Rep Feb. …

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Let's make this quick. Theaters condense great works for busy lives. by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

To appeal to our dwindling attention spans, shows like "Reduced Shakespeare," at the Mayo Performing Arts Center Feb. 21, condense and clarify longer works.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Theatre's annual 'Solo Flights' shows look to the past to understand today by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Trenton's Passage Theatre Company will present two one-person shows during its annual celebration of solo acts : "To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter from Fred Hampton" and "Bic…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Singer sets British poetry to Kentucky roots in 'startling idea ' by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The singer/songwriter, who blends Gospel, blues, country, blue grass and more on "Garden of Love - The Songs of William Blake," performs Feb. 9 at Centenary Stage Company.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Luna's 'Roan @ The Gates' underscores that they're always watching and listening by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The world premiere play, which opens Feb. 2, is the story of a relationship under pressure after an Edward Snowden-like information leak.

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'I and You' opens season at Mile Square with a surprise ending by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Lauren Gunderson's "I and You" is the year's first full production for Hoboken's Mile Square Theatre. The show's runs through Feb. 24.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

World premiere of 'Little Girl Blue,' a tribute to Nina Simone, opens at George Street by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Actress/singer Laiona Michelle plays the title role in the musical she wrote about the 'timeless' singer, who died in 2003. The show premieres at New Brunswick's George Street Playhouse Jan.…

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Peter Noone's 'British Invasion' storms ashore at Paper Mill by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

"My Very Own British Invasion," based on the memories of Herman's Hermits' frontman Noone, will make its world premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse Jan. 31. With a slew of Tony Awa…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Andre Braugher: Respected dramatic actor and comedy star takes the stage in NJ by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Two-time Emmy winner Andre Braugher and Tony winner Michele Pawk lead the cast in the world premiere of "Tell Them I'm Still Young" at the South Orange Performing Arts Center Jan. …

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

'Apple Season' is about a homecoming. It's also one for the director. by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The world premiere, at NJ Repertory Company Jan. 12 - Feb. 10, is a thoughful -- and thought-provoking -- look at one family's secrets.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Writers Theatre of NJ has found a new home and is offering a beloved series by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

After years of bouncing between venues, Writers Theatre of NJ is back home in Madison. The theater looks forward to expanding its offerings while continuing to shape new playwrights and thei…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Luna's 'The Assignment' looks at the aftermath of violence from both sides by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Camilo Almonacid's "The Assignment" was inspired by conversations between the playwright and perpetrators and victims of violence. The show has a limited run at Luna Stage through …

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

In August Wilson's 'King Hedley II,' characters actively pursue happiness by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

August Wilson's "King Hedley II" centers on a man recently released from prison and seeking a way to support himself and his family. The drama runs through Dec. 16 at Two River The…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A one-women show about addiction and its tragic consequences by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

'Apples in Winter,' which is having its East Coast premiere at Centenary Stage Company Nov. 8, centers on a mother baking a pie for her son. It's to be his last meal before his state-ordered…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thirty years after his death, Roy Orbison is touring again -- as a hologram by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

"In Dreams: Roy Orbison In Concert -- The Hologram Tour" comes to the Count Basie Center for the Arts Nov. 2 and the Mayo Performing Arts Center Nov. 12.

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Comparisons to Carlin always welcome: Comedian Alonzo Bodden comes to N.J. by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The winner of season three of "Last Comic Standing" will bring his stand-up routine to the Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights for three shows Nov. 2 and 3.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

'Wolf at the Door' offers an onstage fairy tale for adults by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Marisela Trevino Orta's 'A Wolf at the Door' -- which will premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company Oct. 18 -- is a fairy tale that addresses domestic violence.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Did she or didn't she? 'The Trial of Donna Caine' debuts at George Street Playhouse by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The drama by former Parade magazine editor/CEO Walter Anderson is inspired by the tragic deaths of six Marine recruits in 1956. The world premiere is October 16.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

'Pirira' explores similarities and differences of 2 worlds at Luna Stage by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

J. Stephen Brantley's 'Pirira' highlights our similarities and our differences. Luna Stage's new artistic director said it's the perfect way for her to open her first season.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

'Anytown' shows that anyone, anywhere is vulnerable to addiction by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The 60-minute musical looks at how easily a high-achieving high school student falls under the spell of opioids. The show will begin touring New Jersey middle and high schools , is the resul…

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Alan Cumming's cabaret show celebrates contributions of immigrants by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Now a U.S. citizen, Cumming's new cabaret show, "Legal Immigrant,' features song and stories at State Theatre New Jersey Sept. 29.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Paper Mill opens its new season with 'The Color Purple - The Musical' by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The famed theater's starts its 80th season Sept. 26. It's the first show to play in the newly renovated space.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

A Cuban-Yiddish opera, based on epic poem, in Montclair by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

'Hatuey: Memory of Fire" is based on an epic poem about a Cuban foik hero that was written more than 80 years ago by a Ukranian Jew living in Havana. It will be presented in three langu…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Two River's world premiere 'Pamela's First Musical' is the perfect first for anyone by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The long-awaited adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein's 1996 children's book, decades in the making, is finally having fully produced run at Red Bank's Two River Theater Sept. 8 through Oct. 7.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bernie Williams: From center field to center stage by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The former Yankee centerfielder turned Latin jazz guitarist performs at Ocean County College's Grunin Center with his All-Star Band Sept. 8. He approaches his music with the same care he bro…

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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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