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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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What Fran's Reading: Two audio books capture an Australian retreat and America's Revolution by Fran Wood | For

If you look at Caroline Lee's online biography, you'll find reference to her audio book narrations at the very end - following the synopses of her work in theater, film and television. And, …

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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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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Emotional stakes high for us all in Mile Square Theatre's 'I and You' by David Menzies | The Jersey Journal

In the play, Caroline (played by Simone Grossman) is an ill, homebound high school student visited by classmate Anthony (played by Roland Lane) for a project about Walt Whitman. The team for…

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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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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Taking a cue from 'Twilight Zone,' Theatre of Terror sets anthology premiere at Loew's by David Menzies | The Jersey Journal

The "Theatre of Terror" features four short films directed by local filmmaker Tom Ryan.

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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

Hit Mile Square Theatre production moves Off-Broadway by David Menzies | The Jersey Journal

"We've premiered a new play and hopefully it will get the attention it deserves and will be produced around the country after this. It's great for the careers of our artists to have the…

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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 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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Monday, November 26, 2018

'King Hedley II' is a dark play handled with care in Red Bank: review by Bobby Olivier | Nj Advance Media For

'King Hedley II' plays at Two River Theatre in Red Bank through Dec. 16.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

'The Prom' Broadway review: This musical comedy is the happiest show around by Christopher Kelly

'The Prom' puts a smile on your face start-to-finish; also reviewed, Mike Birbiglia's "The New One"

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Dancing with D.E.P.T.H. as two dance companies set for one great show by David Menzies | The Jersey Journal

Presented by Jersey City Theater Center, two engaging dance groups based in N.J. - modern dance company Carolyn Dorfman Dance and Hillary-Marie's Sole Music Collective - will be performing S…

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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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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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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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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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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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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards