Monday, March 18, 2019


A young mathematician carrying a copy of The Old Man and the Sea travels from Afghanistan to Omaha, and arrives on the doorstep of retired literature professor Dr. Harold Banks.

Across the world in Maidan Shar, Harold's adopted daughter teaches The Diary of Anne Frank and finds herself unexpectedly in love.

Heartland is a magical new play about family, grace and the consequences of defending an American Empire.

Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange
TICKETS: Discount Code: FFHEART. Get $5 off tickets if you purchase online by 3/22! Maximum 4 tickets per order.

UCPAC's March Madness Sale Now On Through March 31st

Announcing the UCPAC's March Madness Sale, running from March 15 at 5 PM until March 31 at 11:59 PM!

Use code "MADNESS" for 20% off remaining seats for




You must buy at least TWO tickets to use this discount! Input the code for online orders, or tell our box office associates the code over the phone!

(Discounts cannot be combined with other offers or applied to past purchases.)

These headliners are selling fast, with only limited seating options remaining for each! Buy now, or risk missing out!



WHEN: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:00 PM
UCPAC Mainstage, 1607 Irving St., Rahway, NJ

Eddie Money continues to delight new and old fans alike throughout the country. He burst onto the scene in 1977 with his debut album that went double platinum with hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” The former New York City police officer continued his success streak with some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love,” "Take Me Home Tonight" and “Shakin’.”

Mickey Thomas is considered one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. He first made his mark in 1976 with The Elvin Bishop Band and the hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” before joining Jefferson Starship in 1979. The group immediately scored a No. 1 hit with “Jane.” The group renamed itself Starship and released a string of hits, including “We Built This City” and the Oscar-nominated “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie “Mannequin.” “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over” became MLB's theme in 1987. Every album released by the group has gone gold, platinum and multiplatinum.



WHEN: Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:00 PM
WHERE: UCPAC Mainstage, 1607 Irving St., Rahway, NJ

Join Lance Bass of the hit boy band *NSYNC as he takes you on a journey through pop hits of the 2000s. With performances by O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton, and opening act, Nitty Green and Riff. This show is sure to bring you on a trip down memory lane and have you singing along. Get your tickets today; your inner fan girl will thank you!

Enroll in Spring Improv Class, starting April 6

2019 Improv Comedy Classes for Adults & Teens

Spring Class Open Level:

WHEN: Saturdays, April 6 - May 11, 2019 (six weeks), 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

Summer Class Level 1:

WHEN: Wednesdays, June 19 - July 24, 2019 (six weeks), 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

Summer Class Level 2:

WHEN: Saturdays, June 8 - July 27, 2019 (eight weeks), 10:00am-12:00 pm
: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $280 for eight classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

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Or simply enroll now!

I believe that anyone can improvise—anyone!  And if you're saying, "Nuh-uh, not me!" then I must respectfully disagree. Sorry to be so blunt, but I've witnessed it time and time again. ANYONE can improvise.   —Lulu French, Instructor

Dreamcatcher Junior Early Bird Registration through April 15th

WHEN: Classes run July 8 to 26, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, NJ

Dreamcatcher Junior is a three-week theatre experience in Summit, NJ. It combines building skills through study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects with the opportunity for students to create and perform their own play.


All early bird registrations save $25 per student.

Early Bird Registration good only through April 15, 2018


Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians ... the future "greats!" This is a chance to see them NOW! Vibraphonist Cherry Chen leads the band and the session. Session Special guest will be trumpeter Ted Chubb. 

The DIVA Jazz Trio takes their multiple musical powers to extraordinary new levels of swing, sophistication and originality. After 10+ years of playing together, this triple treat of talent has melded their individual skills into a fresh, exciting trio rooted in jazz tradition and unified by a collective inspiration and passion to make exceptional music. The trio has performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center as well as major European spaces. They were also featured on the late, legendary Marian McPartland's National Public Radio Show, Piano Jazz.



Raised in Osaka, Japan, this talented musician began studying the organ at the age of three, at the famed Yamaha Music School. After discovering her passion for jazz very early in her musical journey Akiko launched her career immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. After landing in the mecca for jazz, New York City, it didn't take long for Akiko to make her mark - she was soon embraced not only by audiences, but by her fellow musicians, as one of the top organ players in the city.

It was an invitation to sing with a local jazz trio that got her hooked. While studying classical piano at the Janacek Conservatory in the Czech Republic, Emma Larsson sat in with the group on one of their gigs and never looked back. Emma signed her first recording contract with Imogena Records while working towards her Masters Degree at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.Since moving to New York, Emma has performed regularly around the city including headlining at the Blue Note.


April 10 will mark the 9th Anniversary of NBJP and this year, in lieu of a fundraising event, we are having a PIANO DRIVE!

We have made it thus far without a piano and have been able to bring hundreds of stellar jazz artists to New Brunswick. However, we know that having a piano will allow us to present an even wider array of musicians. We are going to place the piano downstairs at Tavern on George, our weekly Wednesday venue.

PLEASE help by donating a piano key (or two) at $50 each by April 10!! Your name will be listed on a plaque installed near the piano.

You can mail a check to New Brunswick Jazz Project, 8 Hiram Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, donate online via PayPal on our website, or give your donation to Virginia, Mike or Jimmy at any NBJP event.

Please be sure to note NBJP- 88 on your donation. The New Brunswick Jazz NPO is a recognized tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and your donation is deductible to the extent the law allows.







WHEN: March 22-31, 8 PM
Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha

Guest Review: Talented cast has fun with absurd comedy at CTG

Guest Reviewed by Rick Busciglio (

The previously scheduled performances of The Bald Soprano last weekend was postponed due to the sudden illness of one of the actresses. In keeping with the old adage that THE SHOW MUST GO ON, the CTG team has made a remarkable effort in presenting The Bald Soprano last night with Gayle Hendrix joining the cast. Ms. Hendrix demonstrated her skill in beautifully subbing this dialogue rich part—albeit with script in hand.

The play The Bald Soprano is not a favorite on the community theatre scene. In fact, it is fair to say it is rarely produced anywhere! The plot? Two middle age English couples, one eccentric maid, and an equally eccentric Fire Chief (the maid's lover) spend a quiet evening in the flat of one couple. Did I say that both couples are also eccentric? Even the Monty Python team would be mystified by the bizarre verbal exchanges. Yes, it IS a comedy, but don't look for any input from Neil Simon.

The play is of French origin—La Cantatrice Chauve has been translated from French as The Bald Soprano or The Bald Prima Donna—is the first play written by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco and was first presented in 1950. Today, the play is recognized as a modern classic and an important seminal work in the Theatre of the Absurd.

Please don't dismiss this production because of its quirkiness. It is a fascinating piece of theatre deserving of the attention of true theater fans. It will be generating discussion long after the trip home.

If anything, enjoy the marvelous cast. The first couple is the Smiths, Matt Cotton and Gail Hendrix, both CTG veterans, they are a marvelously boring couple. Ms. Hendrix, deserves her own round of applause for stepping in to the part literally at the last moment. She saved the day. At the plays opening, Mrs. Smith is informing her husband of all the things that have happened that evening, even though he was there.  Their amusing discussion of a family in which everyone is named Bobby Watson is a comedy highlight.

The second couple, the Martins, is not as boring, yet somehow properly English—aloof, dull and quite bizarre. Prime example: Through a process of illogical deduction, they are forced to conclude that they are actually husband and wife!  They are played nicely by Keith Beechey and Liza Harris. Beechey is right out of a Fawlty Towers episode. The other two 'lovers' are Lily Boyle as Mary, the maid, she makes dusting into an art, and James Houston as the fire chief in search of a fire. They contribute uniquely to the craziness.

The play is a CTG Black Box Production: directed by Rachel Lichter Friden;  producer Stephen Catron; stage manager Will Sandoval; and lighting Ellen Fraker-Glascock.

Performances are  Saturday, March 16 at 8 pm with two matinees on Saturday and Sunday, the 17th at 2 pm. The Black River Playhouse, home of the Chester Theatre Group, is located at 54 Grove St, Chester, NJ 07930 Phone: (908) 879-7304

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Korn Gallery at Drew University Presents Photographs by Steven Gilbert

The Korn Gallery at Drew University invites you to

CURATOR: Raymond Saá Stein

WHEN: March 20–April 24; RECEPTION: Friday, March 22 | 5–7 p.m. GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday–Friday | 12:30–4 p.m. Selected weekends and by appointment.
Korn Gallery | Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, 36 Madison Ave., Madison


WHEN: Tuesday, March 26 | 1 p.m.
Korn Gallery | Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

This photographic portfolio reverently depicts a simple eighteenth-century farmhouse as a cozy shelter for mind as well as body.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Moving Drama “The Immigrant” Opens at George Street Playhouse

The Immigrant

WHEN: March 12 – April 7
WHERE: 103 College Farm Road (off Rte. 1 South), New Brunswick
TICKETS: Regular tickets begin as low as $25. Audiences are encouraged to buy now to secure their seats.
To find tickets or for more information, visit the George Street Playhouse website at, or call the box office at 732-246-7717. 

The Immigrant—a heartwarming story inspired by the real experiences of a Russian-Jewish emigrant to the United States—will open at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

Written by Mark Harelik, The Immigrant, based on the life of his Russian-Jewish grandfather, tells the story Haskell Harelik, who arrives at the port of Galveston, Texas in 1909 seeking refuge from his homeland. With only his banana cart in tow, Haskell finds compassion and friendship from an unlikely couple, falls in love, and creates a life for his family in pursuit of the American dream.

“This is truly a beautiful play,” George Street Playhouse’s Artistic Director David Saint said. “This timeless story, in which so many of our audiences may find reflections of their own family histories, remains relevant even today.”

“I’m excited and honored to work on this play,” Director Jim Jack said. “My wife’s  family are Russian Jews who left their country at the turn of the 20th century, and my own family is from East Texas. I immediately responded to Mark Harelik’s passionate, moving story of his grandfather.”

Set against the backdrop of rural Texas, The Immigrant sheds light on a lesser known point-of-entry to the United States, utilized by a myriad of new arrivals throughout the early 1900s.

“About 500,000 Jews came into the country at that time” Jack explained. “And as we moved closer to World War II, immigration became significantly more restricted.”

But despite this historical setting, Jack remains confident this piece will resonate with modern audiences.

“This play is exceptionally timely.  The questions it raises are ones we continue to wrestle with today,” he said. “What are the values of this country, and who do they belong to?  What role do immigrants have in creating and shaping the fabric of this country?”

“This play is the true story of Haskell Harelik, a Jewish immigrant fleeing persecution in Russia, and how he builds a new life for his family in America,” he continued. “It looks at the difficult work of assimilation and is a funny, moving portrait of relationships between people radically different from each other and how compassion transforms them.”


Mark Harelik (Playwright) is a writer and actor, a native Texan who grew up in the only Jewish family in the small town of Hamilton in central Texas, where his two biographical plays, The Immigrant and The Legacy, take place. In 1991, his play The Immigrant, a telling of his Jewish grandparents’ immigration to rural Texas and their first 30 years of life there, was the most widely produced play in the country. In the immediately preceding and following years, it was among the most widely produced. It has been seen at nearly every major regional theater in the country, among them, The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles, Theater Forty in Los Angeles, A.C.T. in San Francisco, The Denver Center Theater Co., The Alley Theater in Houston, and hundreds more theaters in cities and towns large and small. The Legacy, an autobiographical sequel to The Immigrant, has been produced in Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and by The Globe Theaters in San Diego.

Jim Jack (Director) returns to directing for GSP’s mainstage following the critically acclaimed productions of My Name is Asher Lev in spring 2016 and Trying in 2018. Directing credits for GSP’s Educational Tour and Community-based programs include: Terra Incognita; Our Town Now; Gabi Goes Green!; Austin the Unstoppable; IRL: in real life; New Kid; Peacemaker; and Break the Chains. Additional New York and regional credits include: The Road; Where is Home?; The Way It Was; K2 (Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction); Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; and The Zoo Story. Jim is the Director of Education and Outreach for the George Street Playhouse.

R. Ward Duffy (Milton Perry) New York credits include Manhattan Theater Club, Lincoln Center, New Dramatists and the Cherry Lane Theatre among others. Regional credits include Speaking In Tongues (2012 Acclaim Award) Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park, Othello (2007 Arty Award) Pioneer Theatre Company, True West (Best Actor 2008 Best of the Suncoast) Banyan Theater Company; Rep of St. Louis, Indiana Rep, Missouri Rep, Asolo Rep, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage, Old Globe, among others. Television and film credits include Madame Secretary, Blindspot, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and SVU, Shades Of Blue, You Can’t Have It All.

Lauriel Friedman (Leah Harelik) New York: Vanity Fair, The Dingdong, The Winter’s Tale (Pearl Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New York Classical Theatre); Fire (Theatre 54); The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drilling Company). Regional: The Diary of Anne Frank (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Pride and Prejudice, Peter Piper (Guthrie Theater). Workshops: New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark, Abingdon Theatre Company, Workshop Theater Company, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, and more. Training: Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program and Globe Theatre Education in London.

Gretchen Hall (Ima Perry):  Theatre: Broadway: Stickfly. Off Broadway: Saturn Returns, The Seventh Monarch. Regionally: A.C.T, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Theater Calgary, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, New Jersey Shakespeare Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Dorset Theater Festival, Shakespeare on the Sound, Center Stage and The Continuum Company. Television: The Blacklist, The Path, Elementary, Person of Interest, Gossip Girl, Law & Order and Lipstick Jungle. Film: The Weekend and Almost in Love. Education: BA from Fordham University, MFA from NYU Graduate Acting. Ms. Hall is a faculty member at Seton Hall University.

Benjamin Pelteson (Haskell Harelik) UPCOMING: Indecent (Oregon Shakespeare) THEATRE: Photograph 51 (EST), The Mines of Sulphur (City Opera), Wikipedia Plays (Ars Nova), King Lear, Cymbeline, Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (Oregon Shakespeare), Disgraced (Denver Center), Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher, Dracula, Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Murder of Isaac (Baltimore Centerstage), Angels in America (Wilma Theater), Lady Windermere's Fan (Williamstown), Hamlet (Capital Rep) others. TV: Homeland, The Americans, The Blacklist, Unforgettable, Law & Order, StartUp, Silly Little Game. Barrymore Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor Louis in Angels in America. BFA Carnegie Mellon.



State Theatre New Jersey Presents a FREE Concert


WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2019, 7pm
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
ADMISSION: This is a free ticketed event. Tickets can be reserved at or 732-246-SHOW.

The United States Army Field Band’s program will feature marches and patriotic favorites, orchestral masterworks, new works for band, a cappella vocal arrangements, Broadway musicals and much more.

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions. The 60-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities.

The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All-American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas.

The musical backgrounds of the Soldiers’ Chorus personnel range from opera, musical theater,

gospel, and rock music to music education and vocal coaching, providing the ensemble with unique programming flexibility. In addition to choral repertoire, Soldiers’ Chorus performances often include Broadway, opera, popular music, jazz, Americana, and more. This versatility contributes to the Soldiers' Chorus nationwide reputation for musical excellence and inspiring patriotism. The ensemble is a mainstay of PBS’s annual National Memorial Day Concert and has performed for the state funerals of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

Colonel Jim R. Keene became the Commander of The United States Army Field Band in January 2015. Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York; Commandant of the Army School of Music at Norfolk, Virginia; and at The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC, the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia. COL Keene has led numerous performances for international military and civilian leaders, dignitaries, and heads of state. During his time as Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, he led performances for the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, co-directed the music for A&E’s and the National Park Service’s “A New Birth of Freedom” special for the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, and a one-hour music special holiday production by the West Point Band aired on Fox News, “A West Point Holiday.”

COL Keene led The U.S. Army Chorus in performances at the interments of former Presidents Ronald Reagan in Simi Valley, California, and Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has performed for seven U.S. presidents, at the 1996 Summer Olympic and Para-Olympic Games in Atlanta, the dedication of the National WWII Memorial, the one-year anniversary of 9/11 at the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the Military District of Washington’s production, “Spirit of America.” He has worked with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Chorus and the National Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Prior to joining the Army, COL Keene served as Assistant Conductor of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Symphony, Orchestra Conductor at the SMU International Conservatory Summer Festival in Taos, and Music Director of the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera. He holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of New Mexico. He is a violinist, fiddler, pianist, accompanist, and songwriter, and is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lieutenant Colonel Domingos Robinson currently serves as the Deputy Commander of The United States Army Field Band. Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander of the Eighth United States Army Band stationed in South Korea; Deputy Commandant, Director of Training, and Commander of The U.S. Army School of Music; Army Music Liaison Officer for U.S. Army Central Command in Kuwait; Commander of the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia; The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC, and The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

LTC Robinson’s ensembles have performed for significant events throughout the United States and Asia, serving as a key communications tool for the Senior Mission Commander while providing music in support of our Allied Partners. During his four years in Washington, LTC Robinson’s ensembles participated in such events as the 44th Presidential Inauguration, the dedication of the National World War II Memorial, the State Funerals of President Ronald Reagan and President Gerald Ford, the nationally televised “Christmas in Washington,” the Kennedy Center Honors, and “A Capital Fourth,” as well as performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Akron Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hartwick College and a Master of Music in Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Frank Battisti. LTC Robinson is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association.

For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

Swing in to Rutherfurd Hall for Great Live Jazz This Weekend!