Here’s what’s happening on New Jersey’s professional stages through February 5, 2012;
Bickford Theatre, Morristown
Veronica’s Room By Ira Levin
January 26 – February 12
This chilling psychological thriller by Ira Levin explores the thin line between fantasy and reality as it spins a spider’s web of deceit, madness, and murder. A young couple find themselves enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its caretakers. Struck by the girl’s resemblance to the long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the couple induces her to impersonate Veronica to comfort the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica is still alive. Once decked out in Veronica’s clothes – the nightmare truly begins. (note: adult language)
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 971-3706
TO BE REVIEWED JAN. 27, 2012
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Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, South Orange
By Steven Dietz
Final performances this weekend!
“Stories told this well don’t come around very often,” said the reviewer in The Austin Chronicle when this romantic comedy debuted at ZACH Theatre in 2009.
Snowed in overnight at a middle-America airport, college lovers Elena and Reed have an unexpected and life-altering reunion. Elena has stayed true to her hippie-ish, counter-culture path, while Reed has gone corporate and conservative. As the night gives way to laughter, banter and remembrance, Elena and Reed revisit a past that holds more surprises than they imagined, and a present neither of them could have predicted.
Filled with laughter and ache, Shooting Star is a bittersweet romantic comedy about the middle days of our lives, and how we got there.
For more information: (973) 378-7754-2228 READ OUR REVIEW
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George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
Red By John Logan
January 31 – February 26
Lit from within and fueled by the passion of their creator, Mark Rothko’s “Seagrams Murals” are powerful paintings of crimson, maroon and black that were intended to hang in a building designed by architectural titans. But when a new assistant enters his studio, Rothko finds himself reconsidering the future of his paintings as he is confronted by the rise of the next generation.
The award-winning Broadway play by John Logan, screenwriter of the movies Any Given Sunday, Sweeney Todd and the current Oscar-nominated screenplay for the blockbuster Hugo, as well as his landmark play Never the Sinner.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 246-7717
TO BE REVIEWED FEB. 3, 2012
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The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, Netcong
Book by Suzan L. Zeder
Now through February 12
Set during the Great Depression, this play is about three outsiders, a foundling known only as Girl; a deaf boy eloquent in his silence; and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks. The tale, told with poetry and sign language, chronicles the journeys of these three to find themselves, and in other, in a troubled time. All performances are accessible for those who read ASL.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 347-4946
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McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
By Danai Gurira
Now through February 12 (World Premiere)
In 1895 in the region that would become Zimbabwe, a girl is forced to choose between her family’s traditions and the Christian faith and Western values she has embraced. Born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe, Gurira’s unique perspective and distinctive voice have created a compelling new play filled with humor and compassion.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call: (609) 258-2787
TO BE REVIEWED JAN. 28
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New Jersey Repertory Company
By Stephen Sachs
Now through February 5 (New Jersey Premiere)
Inspired by a true story, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park buys a painting for $3 that might be a Jackson Pollack worth millions. The only thing that stands in her way is the pompous former curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art who must determine whether the painting is authentic or not. For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 229-3166
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Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
By Marc Camoletti
Now through February 12 (New Jersey Premiere)
An American playboy in swinging 60s Paris juggles three flight-attendant fiancees. With the help of airline timetables and a phenomenally efficient housekeeper, he convinces each that she is his only love. But a fast new jet puts the flight attendant on a collision course, hurtles his cunning deception toward disaster, and provides the lift-off for laugh after laugh.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 376-4343
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Two River Theater Company, Red Bank
By August Wilson
January 29 – February 19
No writer captures the rhythm and musicality of language quite like August Wilson. One of the American theater’s finest writers, he is our greatest chronicler of the African-American experience. Jitney, his first play, is set in 1977 Pittsburgh, in a makeshift storefront depot for gypsy cab drivers. The men share stories and gossip, two young lovers fight for their future, and the station owner confronts his long-estranged son. Wilson illuminates the human condition with an exquisite sense of the poetry of ordinary life. ”Jitney holds its audience in charmed captivity,” says The New York Times.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 345-1400
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Members include large and small theatres — each one a fully-functioning business with paid staff and artists (designers, technicians, directors and actors). These theatres support the economic development of the state, contribute to their communities with outreach and arts education opportunities, and offer theatre that inspires, challenges and entertains close to one million theatre goers annually.
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