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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Paper Mill's 'Holiday Inn' is a no-risk Christmastime classic revived yet again: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

And who's to blame the Paper Mill or any other regional theater for trotting out the safe bet around the holidays?

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

'Trojan Women' tosses aside language in favor of universal grief in Jersey City: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Jersey City Theater Center production presents Euripides's "Trojan Women," with a linguistic tapestry of 12 languages

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

'Charley's Aunt' is almost too much fun at Shakespeare Theatre of N.J. : review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Three hours of farce is a bit like an overfull bowl of ice cream: a fun guilty pleasure that in the end proves taxing and occasionally laborious.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

The world premiere 'Wolf at the Door' at NJ Rep is an eerie wonder: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Marisela Trevino Orta's new play, now playing in Long Branch, is a dark and moving folktale.

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'Trial of Donna Caine' is a legal drama that plays by the book: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

The season opening production of a new play by Walter Anderson feels too safe and predictable.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

'Detroit '67' at the McCarter is an urgent, powerful drama: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

This provocative play by Dominique Morisseau centers on five lives just on the periphery of the riots

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This world premiere play at Premiere Stages is one of the year's strongest efforts by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

"Black Tom Island," an excellent new play, tells the story of an actual explosion near Jersey City in 1916.

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This Jersey version of 'Uncle Vanya' gets lost in translation by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

In "Uncle Vanya: Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts" at Hudson Theatre Works, the adaptation is heavy-handed, and the characters are opaque.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

'Buried Child' successfully leaves you with a sense of unease in Madison: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Sam Shepard's play should linger with audiences well after leaving the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

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'Pamela's First Musical' brings little delight for a grownup audience in Red Bank: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Everything from the direction to the sets to the choreography is stolid and uninspired in this tale about a child's first theater experience, now showing at Two River Theater.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

'Age of Innocence' is pretty to look at, but hard to connect with at McCarter: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

"The Age of Innocence," adapted for the stage by Douglas McGrath from Edith Wharton's 1921 Pulitzer-winning novel, plays at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton until Oct. 7.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

World premiere of 'Brick City' struggles to bring fresh take to familiar tale in Union: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Nicole Pandolfo's "Brick City," now receiving its world premiere at Union's Premiere Stages, tells its story in a manner we know well enough by now, but struggles to make a compell…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

'Blithe Spirit' rests comfortably on edge of ridiculous at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Victoria Mack, a regular performer on this Madison stage, makes her Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey directorial debut with a light, confident hand on this farcical ghost story.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

'Fern Hill' avoids answering the thorny questions in Long Branch premiere: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Under Nadia Tass' direction, the play's illustrious cast does fine work to flesh out Michael Tucker's characters to whatever degree the script allows for development throughout the ensemble.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Shakespeare Theatre's 'Titus Andronicus' is an elegant rendering of death and destruction: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

An apprentice work that is far less complex or well crafted than Shakespeare's mature tragedies, the play is often a guilty pleasure.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

'Linger' cast impresses as it occupies uncertain terrain at Premiere Stages: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

"Linger" examines how the shockwave of one event can emanate and wreak havoc on life after life.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

'The Servant of Two Masters' succeeds in bringing lighthearted goofiness to Morristown: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey moves down the street to the Greek Theatre at the College of Saint Elizabeth for its annual outdoor production.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

World premiere of 'Mercy' struggles to achieve its vision in Long Branch: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

The play sets itself up as a psychological examination of life in turmoil, but Orville and the rest of the characters are painted in broad strokes at New Jersey Repertory Company.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

'Songbird,' angsty Chekhov tale told through country music, struggles to strike right tone: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

The new honkey-tonk musical now running at Red Bank's Two River Theater grafts Anton Chekhov's 1896 psychological melodrama "The Seagull" onto contemporary Music City.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Shakespeare in the Park's 'Othello' lacks complexity but comes alive with gripping performances by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Taking his first crack at directing Shakespeare for the Public's free Shakespeare in the Park, Ruben Santiago-Hudson has crafted an "Othello" that disperses the force of the hero's…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

'Half Time' brings to life feel-good story about geriatric hip-hop dancers: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Featuring a cast boasting a dazzling collective resume of stage and screen success, the show at Paper Mill Playhouse adapts the 2008 documentary "Gotta Dance."

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

'Tartuffe' brings the laughs in a safe, subdued manner at Shakespeare Theatre of N.J. by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Likely Moliere's play most familiar to modern audiences, "Tartuffe" has great fun piteously lampooning conservative notions of religion, gender and power.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

'Turning Off the Morning News' offers biting critique of society: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Christopher Durang's acerbic world-premiere "Turning Off the Morning News" shines at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

'The Nerd' is a zany, fun and ultimately safe trip at George Street Playhouse: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

'The Nerd' plays at George Street Playhouse through May 20

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

'The Man in Room 306' thoughtfully renders MLK in West Orange: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

The 1995 production returns to the Luna Stage with reflection and humanity for the American icon

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

'Issei, He Say' is a slow-burning drama with a huge payoff in Long Branch: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Chloe Hung's great new play, "Issei, He Say, or the Myth of the First," is playing at NJ Repertory Company through May 20

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

'Dancing At Lughnasa' is a beautiful, warm production new to Red Bank: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Brian Friel's 1990 play focuses on one weighty summer in the lives of five sisters sharing a small cottage in rural northwest Ireland

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

New play 'Wild Horses' is strained, lacks innovation at N.J. Repertory Theatre: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

'Wild Horses' seems like that stranger at the bar late in the night who is just dying to tell a story. Nobody likes that person.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' is beautifully scripted at N.J. premiere: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

'The Bridge of San Luis Rey,' adapted from the Thornton Wilder novel, plays in Red Bank through March 18

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

'What Stays' packs in characters, needs some decluttering in Summit: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

"What Stays," a new play at Summit's Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, fosters a space for plenty of baggage

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New drama 'American Hero' thrills in final minutes at George Street Playhouse: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Behind Laiona Michelle's electric performance, the closing half hour of this play very abruptly becomes great theater

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