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Liz on Theatre

February 27, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ – Once again, playwright Ken Ludwig is having a New Jersey moment. His fast-paced comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" from 1995 is receiving a rip roaring production by the Chatham Players. The plot centers on a theatrical couple, George and Charlotte Hay, who spend most of their careers ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – Once again, playwright Ken Ludwig is having a New Jersey moment. His fast-paced comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" from 1995 is receiving a rip roaring production by the Chatham Players. The plot centers on a theatrical couple, George and Charlotte Hay, who spend most of their careers ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – Once again, playwright Ken Ludwig is having a New Jersey moment. His fast-paced comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" from 1995 is receiving a rip roaring production by the Chatham Players. The plot centers on a theatrical couple, George and Charlotte Hay, who spend most of their careers ...

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SUMMIT, NJ – You may be in for a high seas adventure if you visit “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself).” This 90-minute play by Donald Margulies has plenty to keep you entranced. Margulies has won just about every theatre award ...

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Anyone who has the opportunity to head to George Street Playhouse will be stunned, shaken and haunted by “American Son,” this beautifully written play by Christopher Demos-Brown.  Directed by David Saint with a distinct sense of the heartache and emotion that takes place, it is superbly ...

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MILLBURN, NJ – Following up on his earlier farce, “Lend Me a Tenor,” playwright Ken Ludwig has written a sequel with equally zany scenarios of mistaken identities and slapstick actions. But the problem with any farce is that it needs a light touch. In this case, while the actors work hard and all ...

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MILLBURN, NJ – You won’t go wrong if you opt for “The Bodyguard,” the blockbuster musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. From gun shots to strobe lights to spotlights and glitter, the show blasts away like a rocket. Yet there are quite moments as well. There’s also a psycopathic killer ...

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MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales. The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If you love a love story, the enchanting musical “Daddy Long Legs” will speak to your heart. Yes, there are plenty of clichés when it comes to love, but this musical has a freshness and intimacy that are hard to beat. With music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and book by John ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Despite the Warren Commission, an Oliver Stone movie and various speculations, in the long run it seems that Lee Harvey Oswald acted on his own in assassinating President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. But Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby before his motives could be ...

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MADISON, NJ – A taut, compelling production of “Richard III,” that cunning, evil king, will mesmerize you at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Director Paul Mullins has kept the action at full tilt, even as a raft of henchmen and royalty people the stage. Of course you need an actor as ...

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MADISON, NJ – A taut, compelling production of “Richard III,” that cunning, evil king, will mesmerize you at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Director Paul Mullins has kept the action at full tilt, even as a raft of henchmen and royalty people the stage. Of course you need an actor as ...

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MILLBURN, NJ – Yes, it’s "Springtime for Hitler" in the Paper Mill Playhouse zany production of “The Producers.” The show was a big Broadway hit with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick a few seasons ago and has been given a fast-paced reprise under the direction of Don Stephenson. The original ...

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PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier.  A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less ...

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UNION, NJ – “Las Cruces,” the new play by Vincent Delaney, is the winner of the 2016 Premiere Stages Play Festival award. And for good reason. This riveting story is about a man who leaves his Connecticut home in search of peace and quiet (or perhaps escape) in the bold, barren stretches of New ...

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MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others. The king on "Exit ...

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COOPERSTOWN, NY – What an amazing musical mix meets audiences who make the trip to Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y. Rossini’s “The Thieving Magpie” is perhaps the most surprising of the four operas presented this summer. Not as well known as an operatic version of Arthur Miller’s “The ...

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PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to Stephen Sondheim to find the cutting edge in the kaleidoscope of American events. What he wrote in 1990 is even more potent today, hard on the heels of the Orlando gay nightclub terrorist attack. These assassins, from 1865 until the 1970s, cover not just presidents ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - Although “West Side Story” first came to Broadway in 1957, it still resonates today, not only for its poignant love story but for its underlying theme of culture clash and hatred. The Jets and the Sharks are opposing gangs, one Italian, the other Puerto Rican. They’re both ...

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MADISON, NJ – There’s never been anyone quite like Noel Coward for wit and wisdom in equal measure, as so beautifully rendered in the opening production of The ShakespeareTheatre’s season, with “A Song at Twilight.” Edmond Genest and Laila Robins are worthy adversaries, former lovers and well ...

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PHILDELPHIA - When the American Theatre Critics Association met in Philadelphia during the month of April, there was plenty of food for thought and discussion revolving around some absorbing, ingenious plays. One of my favorites was “He Who Get’s Slapped,” a play by Leonid Adreyev and loosely ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – “My Names is Asher Lev” is a riveting, powerful production at George Street Playhouse. Based on the novel by Chaim Potok, this beautifully written script tells the anguished story of a young artist, his relationship with his parents and his search for his own identity. The ...

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PRINCETON, NJ – It’s hard to believe that the well-crafted mystery play The Mousetrap has been running on the London stage since 1952. That’s 64 years! And what makes this play such an audience pleaser? Well, you don’t have too look very far. Agatha Christie was a master at developing ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - “Sex With Strangers,” the brilliant new play by Laura Eason, premiered this past weekend at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. Artistic director David Saint keeps this fascinating production moving constantly. So often, a two-character play can become stagnant. But ...

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SUMMIT, NJ – Alfred Uhry’s beautifully crafted play “Driving Miss Daisy” reveals the growing rapport between Daisy Werthan, an aging woman living in Atlanta and her chauffer, Hoke Colburn. The play spans 1948 to 1973. The three major characters are performed by Terri Sturtevant as Daisy, Ron ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – The pomp and circumstance of medieval England are left at the side of the road in this bright, smart play by James Goldman. “The Lion in Winter” revolves around Henry II, whose conflicted marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine and relationship to his three squabbling sons form the basis of ...

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SUMMIT, NJ – Sisters are often defined as controlled or controlling. That’s the premise of John Kolvenbach’s “Sister Play,” in a deft, smart production at Dreamcatcher Theatre in Summit. The sisters, Anna and Lilly, have arrived at their father’s deserted, run-down cottage on Cape Cod, along ...

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MILLBURN, NJ – “A Bronx Tale” is an infectious musical under the direction of Robert DeNiro and Jerry Zaks. And how can such a multi-talented pair go wrong? The idea of making a musical from “A Bronx Tale” has been in the works for a couple of decades, ever since the movie came out in 1993. Based ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The companionship/conflict between artist Jamie Wyeth and Rudolf Nureyev makes for a striking two-character play by David Rush. Directed by Michael Maestro, the tension builds as Nureyev insists that Wyeth can’t begin to capture his movement, despite numerous sketches and long ...

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DOVER, NJ – The novel and play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey takes the audience on a sometimes crazy, sometimes poignant ride in this play set in a Northwest mental hospital during the 1960s. This was the age of LSD, electric shock treatments and lobotomies. The play centers on ...

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