Friday, July 16, 2010


Another great venue for free performances is Plays in the Park, located just off Route 1 in Edison, next to the Menlo Park Mall.

Roosevelt Park is easy to get to from the Garden State Parkway or the NJ Turnpike. The amphitheater seats 2000 people in lawn chairs, lined up precisely along lines drawn in the grass. There are spaces designated for handicapped patrons.

Tickets are sold on the day of performance only. No advance sales. Ticket price is $6.00 per adult; $5.00 per senior citizen 60 and over, children twelve (12) and under are free. The Box Office opens at 5:30 PM, and patrons are admitted to the seating area immediately after purchasing tickets. The box office closes at 9 PM each show night. All shows start at 8:30 PM. There are no refunds for any reason. The Box Office can be accessed from two locations: a) on the path from the parking lawn, and b) from the access path between the theater and actors' parking lots.

If you get there early, you can set up your chair and leave the theater to walk to the mall or to a nearby diner where you can get a bite to eat. Refreshments (including hot dogs) are sold at 2 concession booths.

The 2010 Summer season kicked off with a rousing and very professional production of 1776 with the inimitible David Cantor as feisty John Adams, backed up by a wonderful cast.

The second offering is a musical version of The Wedding Singer, which was originally a screwball comedy starring Adam Sandler. Performances started July 14 but runs through July 24, Thursday through Saturday evenings. There are no Sunday performances for this show. Showtime: 8:30 PM.

High School Musical closes out the season. It runs Wednesday, August 4, through Saturday, August 14. Again, there are no Sunday performances. Showtime: 8:30 PM.

The kids will love this show!