Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU presents


The Melting Pot poster

Marsha Dubrow and Seth Reich, Project Co-Directors     

WHEN: June 5, Sunday, at 1:30 PM.  Pre-Play Talk at 1 PM.
Congregation B'nai Jacob, 176 West Side Avenue, Jersey City (2 blocks south of NJCU's West Side Theater)
201.200.2390 or www.ascnj.org



Shōno, from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the TōkaidōThe Tōkaidō Road: 19th- and 20th-Century Journeys through Japanese Prints

WHEN: Through June 5
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton

Tōkaidō, the 300-mile travel route from Edo (present-day Tokyo) to Kyoto with 53 resting stops, has been a popular subject for Japanese artists since the nineteenth century. This exhibition showcases prints selected from among more than one thousand Tōkaidō prints designed by Andō Hiroshige (1797-1858), one of Japan's most famous woodblock print artists. Also featured are handscrolls and an illustrated book on the same subject by twentieth-century artists. Don't miss this chance to travel the Tōkaidō right here in Princeton! (Japanese, Edo period, 1600-1868. Andō Hiroshige, 1797-1858: Shōno, from the series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō, 1832-34. Woodblock print (ōban yoko-e format), ink and color on paper, 24 x 36.4 cm. Gift from the collection of Anne van Biema (1997-550). Photo: Bruce M. White.)


Rome on FilmRome on Film: Roma

Director: Federico Fellini

WHEN: Thursday, June 2, beginning at sundown
WHERE: Brown/Dod quad, Princeton University

Don't miss the Museum's popular outdoor film series in its second annual appearance! Fellini's 1972 masterpiece Roma will screen at sundown on the lawn between Brown Hall, the Museum, and Dod Hall. Roma is the second of three films about Rome shown in conjunction with the exhibition Lasting Impressions of the Grand Tour: Giuseppe Vasi's Rome. Bring a chair or a blanket, enjoy your complimentary drink and popcorn, and settle in for a relaxing evening. In case of rain, the film will be screened in McCormick 101.

Memory and the Work of Art

  • Lasting Impressions of the Grand Tour: Giuseppe Vasi's Rome
    WHEN: March 5-June 12
  • Cartographies of Time
    June 25-September 18
  • The Life and Death of Buildings
    July 23-November 6 


Reeds, Rhythm, And All That BrassAn Evening of Big Band Swing with
Reeds, Rhythm and All That Brass

WHEN: Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
TICKETS:  $7.00 per person at the door
For further information, call 973.335.9489, or visit www.folkproject.org.

Opening act will be the Chicago blues sound of Betsy Rose and The Chicago Fire.

Led by Dr Lou Iozzi, a past president of the New Jersey Jazz Society, Reeds, Rhythm and All That Brass was formed in 1973. The group re-creates the classic sounds of the Big Band Era, using many of the original arrangements from Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and the other giants of the mid-twentieth century. The band members, professional and semi-professional jazz veterans, volunteer their time and talent for charitable and civic events, and have raised over two million dollars for worthy causes. The eighteen-piece band features the full complement of the classic big band—trumpets, trombones, a saxophone front line, piano, percussion, guitar, and bass in the rhythm section. Fronting the band is a male vocal soloist. Reeds, Rhythm and All That Brass creates for contemporary audiences the living experience of the Big Band Sound.

Betsy Rose, a.k.a. Elizabeth Lachowicz, brings to the stage a clear voice and saucy style rooted in the sights and sounds of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods and rowdiest music bars. With her backup band, The Chicago Fire, she explores life lessons, raw emotions, heartfelt sorrows and playful innuendo.

The concert is part of The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored by The Folk Project each Friday evening at The Fellowship.

The Folk Project is a non-profit 501(c) Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship and performance skills in the Northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.


3-month music fest features Irish, Reggae, Blues, Rock, Folk, Latin, Americana, New Orleans & More

Woodbridge has long been known as the “Automotive Crossroads of New Jersey.” This summer it will become the Garden State’s “Global Music Crossroads.” I have listed the entire schedule here. Please select those you want to attend and write them down on your calendars (don’t forget to put ‘em on your cellphone calendar too).


Woodbridge Wednesdays
WHEN: Wednesdays, June 8-August 31, 7:30 PM*
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, across the street from Berkeley College and immediately adjacent to the Woodbridge NJ Transit train depot (North Jersey Coast line). **
TICKETS:  The free events include a 4-mile “Pizza Run,” three vintage car shows, 10 live music concerts and the weekly Woodbridge Farmers Market
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

For more information call 732.602.6015 or see www.WoodbridgeArtsNJ.com

imageJune 8: Red Molly (Bluegrass/Americana) [right]

June 15: Vintage Car Cruise (Cool Cars, Doowop Deejays!)

June 22: Girsa (Irish Folk Music)

June 29: Willie Nile Band (New York Rock)

July 6: Main Street 4-Mile Pizza Run (Music by Swing Sabroso  Salsa/Merengue/Latin)

July 13: Edmar Castanada Trio & Andrea Tierra (Latin jazz Harp & Jazz Vocals)

July 20: Vintage Car Cruise (Cool Cars, Doowop Deejays!)

July 27: Incendio (Latin Guitar/World Fusion)

Aug. 3: Les Dudek Band (Classic Rock)

Aug. 10: Brother Joscephus Love Revival Revolution (New Orleans Mardi Gras Music)

Aug. 17: Vintage Car Cruise (Cool Cars, Doowop Deejays!)

Aug. 24: Meta & The Cornerstones (Reggae)

Aug. 31: Delta Rae (Blues/Folk)

* Free parking on surrounding streets and in Shopper Parking and NJ Transit lots.

** No concerts will be postponed because of weather; if it rains, concerts will be held at Woodbridge Middle School, 525 Barron Avenue, two blocks north of Parker Press Park. Call 732.602.6045 for weather update day of show.


An Evening with Chick Corea
WHEN: Thursday, June 2, 7:30 PM
SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange

Hosted by Christian McBride
Presented by Jazz House Kids

Jazz House Kids proudly presents the 4th Annual Inside the Jazz Note, a rare one-on-one conversation and jazz concert with piano legend, Chick Corea and the evening’s host, virtuoso of the acoustic and electric bass, Christian McBride.

Buy Tickets Now!


the renowned living history association

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 10 AM to 5 PM
Liberty Hall,1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey
ADMISSION; $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. Museum members, Kean University faculty, staff and students and children under three are admitted for free.
For further information, contact Liberty Hall Museum at 908.527.0400 or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.

reenactment 4aIn commemoration of the 231st Anniversary of the Battle of Connecticut Farms and the Bicentennial of the Kean Family’s acquisition of Liberty Hall, the museum offers a weekend of energetic and colorful activities. During Friday night and early Saturday morning, the 18th century camps will be set up, complete with soldiers’ tents, officers’ marquees, cooking areas and craft displays.

After Saturday’s reveille and officer's call, the Brigade is assembled, inspected and drilled in maneuvers and firings. All the day’s activities are announced by period drum signals.

Featured activities include

  • field music and artillery demonstrations
  • camp tours
  • cooking demonstrations
  • the “People of the Brigade” clothing program
  • In the afternoon, a tactical weapons demonstration is staged with American Continentals & Militia facing the Crown Forces of British, Tories and Germans
  • The day ends with a formal retreat ceremony with honors to the flags, accompanied by the Brigade's Field Music
  • Sunday begins with optional church services, conducted by a chaplain in proper 18th century vestments
  • The remainder of the day follows a similar schedule to that of Saturday, and camp is struck late on Sunday.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, chronicling more than 200 years of American history is a treasure trove of significant riches. The museum served as home of New Jersey’s rebel Governor William Livingston (1776-1790). Both British and American troops camped and skirmished on the grounds. The main house was ransacked by both sides repeatedly during the war.

Home to the Livingston/Kean family for over 225 years, the Liberty Hall grounds have remained virtually unchanged since Governor Livingston’s residency. Both Alexander Hamilton and John Jay have long associations with the Livingston family and the house, which has been visited by eight U.S. presidents, including George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington in 1789. The Museum’s archival collection includes correspondence from George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and John Jay.

The Brigade of the American Revolution is a non-profit organization dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence. Members represent elements of all the armies involved (Continental, Militia, British, Loyalist, German, French, Spanish, and Native American forces) in addition to civilian men, women and children.

Since 1962, the Brigade has been recreating a broad spectrum of the 18th century activities including military encampments, tactical exercises, firelock shooting competitions, craft demonstrations and social activities. The Brigade also conducts annual schools and educational seminars featuring experts from several fields of 18th century study. Visit its website at www.brigade.org.


1964 The Tribute

WHEN: Saturday, June 4, at 8 PM
WHERE: bergenPAC, 30 N. van Brunt Street, Englewood
TICKETS: $55, $55, $39, $29, $29*
Purchase tickets HERE*

“The #1 Beatles tribute show on earth!” — Rolling Stone Magazine

Following their sold-out show at Carnegie Hall, the tribute takes their audience on a musical journey through all the eras of the Beatles.

*For special $25 tix: Password is SUMMER
Summer Special Promotion Valid Dates May 31st, June 1, June 2 and June 3. Discounts are not retroactive and can’t be combined with any other offer.

Sponsored by NVE Bank



Performers Theatre Workshop, PTW, Alumni and Faculty Benefit Concert
WHEN: Sunday, June 5, at 6:30 PM
St. George’s Church, 550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood
TICKETS: Celebration Tickets include performance and desert reception:   $50 Adults; $20 Students; Sponsorship package prices: $100, $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 (see below for Sponsorship package details) 
INFORMATION/TICKETS: 973.327.2250, PTWonline.com,   ptwevents@gmail.com

Since 1983, Performers Theatre Workshop has brought the arts alive to students of all ages and levels. PTW’s expert faculty is comprised of well-trained professionals who love to teach and share their expertise, experience, and love for the performing arts with others. PTW offers a warm, supportive, culturally rich environment, where students learn at their own pace, feel good about their accomplishments and build lasting friendships.  

"The most exciting part of our history," says Executive Artistic Director, Dean Kravitz, son of founders Esther and Howard Kravitz, "is that PTW alumni have become successful in all aspects of life, in many diverse professions, and have attributed much of their success whether in theater or outside of theatre to the training, work ethic, and self-confidence they received at PTW."

The June 5th Concert will raise funds for the PTW Scholarship Fund and for this very special performing arts school while patrons enjoy a wonderful evening of songs with friends old and new. The evening will conclude with a post-performance reception and include a delightful assortment of savories, sweets and drinks.  PTW families and friends will have a rare opportunity to experience the wonderful talents of the faculty and student alumni.

The PTW Scholarship Fund is a non-profit corporation established to provide financial assistance to students who otherwise would not be able to attend classes at Performer Theatre Workshop.

“Scholarships have been made available to students who would benefit and/or would contribute to our community, but whose parents would not be able to afford the full tuition. Many families are reluctant to ask for help, so we have intentionally been very discreet with the scholarships. It is our intention that we will continue to offer students assistance in attending PTW with the same level of respect and confidentiality” says Liz Kravitz, Executive Program Director and wife of Dean Kravitz.  “Raising money for this fund is critical, and will ensure that we can continue to help students who need it,” she adds.

There are also special sponsorship packages: Individual PTW Friend Package: $100, including a premium ticket, an autographed copy of the Event DVD and recognition in the program book.  PTW supporter: $250, including two premium tickets, an autographed copy of the Event DVD, recognition in the program book and partial support of a semester course for a particular student. Additional patron packages which support a specific scholarship student are available through PTW. 

Monday, May 30, 2011



Winner of 14 DramaLogue
Theatre Awards

Written by Del Shores
Directed by Carol Fisher

WHEN: June 3-5, Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 2 PM
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road
TICKETS: $19 for Friday and Saturday performances and $16 for Sunday matinee performances, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201.261.4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted.

As every Texan will proudly tell you, everything is bigger in Texas. Especially the hairdos. And the off-beat personalities. Not to mention the scandals. And how about those Texas-sized laughs? When the matriarch of a south Texas family dies under extremely humiliating circumstances, her entire clan is afraid that all the family skeletons will come flying out of the closet at once. And that’s just a prelude to what may be one of the most embarrassing and hilarious funerals ever seen on stage. There’s no doubt that this black comedy about white trash will have you doubled over and laughing all the way from here to the Lone Star State.

Contains mature themes and language.

(Above: Will Nolan as Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram, Sharon Podsada as Dr. Eve Bolinger; photo courtesy of Barbara Schwartz)

The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season.

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.


These beautiful young performers will be strutting their stuff (and showing off their skills) at an Afternoon of Dance and Song:


Tickets available at Everything Dance, 246 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, or by contacting Jessica at jessica@roselandpac.com or 201.444.6210.  Seats are $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

Friday, May 27, 2011




SOPAC 2011 Spring Gala featuring

Four Stars from the Original Cast of Jersey Boys

WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 8 PM
WHERE: South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

6:30 PM Pre-Performance Reception
8 PM Performance
10 PM Post-Performance Reception

TICKETS: $150 (concert w/ pre- & post-receptions); $100 (concert & post-reception); $75 (concert only)
$10 discount for all SOPAC Members + residents of South Orange/Maplewood.

A one-night only benefit performance featuring The Midtown Men, four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s mega-hit musical Jersey Boys. The Midtown Men are Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer.

The group’s jump-to-your-feet show features top hits from a who’s who of the ‘60s including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, and The Four Seasons, whose story they brought to life every night as stars in the original cast of Jersey Boys.

“The 60s produced some of the greatest songs ever written,” says The Midtown Men’s Christian Hoff, who won the Tony Award for his portrayal of Four Seasons bad boy Tommy DeVito, “so we’re having a ball adding our own style to those great songs everyone loves.” Their fans agree—in one week last summer, over 45,000 people of all ages came out to enjoy their incredible vocal style and legendary onstage chemistry.



Animal Dance
Mating season has begun, and the animals are busy dancing. Learn why animals dance, and try practicing some of their moves. Look at the costumes some animals wear for their dances, and create one of your own. Put on your groove, and come dance the afternoon away!

WHERE: Somerset County Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
WHEN: Tuesday, May 31, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
WHO: Ages 4 to 6
HOW: Call 908.766.2489 to register
COST: $9

Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog
Splash into the world of vernal pools! Vernal pools are these amazing little pools of water that only exist for short amounts of time. Find out who lives there and why before they dry up! Rubber boots are a must.

WHERE: Somerset County Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
WHEN: Tuesday, May 31, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
: Ages 7 to 9
HOW: Call 908.766.2489 to register
COST: $9

Learn to Compost
What do banana peels, apple cores and orange rinds all have in common? They can all be composted! Composting is good for your yard and garden, good for the environment, easy to do and it can be fun for the whole family! Bring your family to the Environmental Education Center to learn how to compost at home!

WHERE: Somerset County Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
WHEN: Tuesday, May 31, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
WHO: Family & Friends
HOW: Call 908.766.2489 to register
COST: Free


Do you have budding scientists in your house? Here are some activities that will pique their interest and give them an outlet for their intellectual energy:

Saturday, May 28

Pop with the Dancing Mad Scientist As Seen on America's Got Talent!
He is 20 years old, has over 10 million YouTube views as a hip hop dancer, and says he's a real life "mad" scientist. Jersey-born student Jeffrey Vinokur hails from River Vale and science has always been his passion. See his high energy performance, So You Think You Can Do Science, and learn some fly chemistry and poppin' dance moves!

WHEN: 12:30 pm & 1:45 pm
: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
COST: $5
Call 201.253.1310 for reservations

Touch Tunnel at Liberty Science Center
A pitch-black, crawl-through maze allows guests to navigate by touch and the new version offers even more twists and turns than before. Exploring an unknown environment in the dark brings into focus just how much the average human relies on vision, giving guests a new appreciation of this important sense.  It takes about 10 minutes.

WHEN: ongoing exhibit
WHERE: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
WHO: Ages 7+
HOW: Available as first come, first serve
COST: Included with admission
For more info: www.lsc.org

Passport to the Universe
As new scientific discoveries reveal answers to cosmic mysteries, we wonder how we fit into this vast universe. Taking audiences on a voyage of billions of light years, Passport to the Universe, produced by the American Museum of Natural History and narrated by Tom Hanks, is an incredible journey from our home planet to the edge of the universe. Audiences fly through the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula and back to Earth through a black hole, experiencing these stunning cosmic destinations as never before possible.

WHEN: 2 PM & 4 PM
: New Jersey State Museum Planetarium, Trenton
WHO: Anyone
HOW: Please call 609.292.6333 for more information.
COST: $5/person

Super Science Saturdays
Families are invited to stop by and participate in hands-on science workshops. Children will be introduced to the scientific method as they conduct experiments and observe the results.

WHEN: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
WHERE: Morris Museum, Morristown
WHO: Ages 5+
HOW: No registration required
COST: $3/non-members Free/members
For more info: www.morrismuseum.org

What's Bugging You?
Explore the smallest frontiers of NanoScience and discover how the world changes when you look at it on a very small scale.

WHEN: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
WHO: Ages 10+
HOW: No registration required
COST: Free with suggested admission
For more info: www.newarkmuseum.org

One World, One Sky
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night!

WHEN: 1:00 PM
: New Jersey State Museum Planetarium, Trenton
WHO: Ages 3 to 6 with adult
HOW: Please call 609.292.6333 for more information.
COST: $5/person

Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.

WHEN: 3:00 PM
WHERE: New Jersey State Museum Planetarium, Trenton
WHO: Anyone
HOW: Please call 609.292.6333 for more information.
COST: $5/person

Sunday, May 29

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the sun, moon and stars. They also learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth. When they imagine themselves back on Earth, they celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky. They even pick the North Star as their friendship star to always remind them of their shared joy of looking up at the sky together.

WHEN: 11:30 AM, 1 PM & 2 PM
WHERE: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
WHO: Ages 4-6
COST: $3/child and $4/adult

Monday, May 30, through Friday, June 3

We Explore
We Explore is an enjoyable way to interact with your 2-5 year old at Liberty Science Center. With themes that change regularly and are relevant to the world around us, it is a great program to schedule play dates around.

WHEN: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 2 PM – weekdays
WHERE: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City in the I Explore gallery on the 2nd floor
WHO: Ages 2-5
HOW: No registration required
COST: Included with admission
For more info: www.lsc.org

This information comes the njartsmaven’s way via Allison of Macaroni Kid Hillsborough Branchburg Somerville. Check out www. macaronikid.com

Thursday, May 26, 2011




WHEN: June 3–26, Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM with Sunday matinees at 3 PM
: Playhouse 22 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick
TICKETS: $22/adults and $20/seniors and students, and can be purchased online at www.Playhouse22.org or by calling the Box Office at 732.254.3939 and leaving a message.

Hairspray, directed by Ana C. Kalet, with musical direction by Rory Chalcraft and choreography by Megan Fiorentinos, is based on the 1988 cult-classic film with the same name written and directed by John Waters. The musical version was written by New Jersey-native Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.

clip_image002The show is about pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad in the early 1960s. She has only one desire—to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her new-found power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network.

(Above: Samuel Spare as Link Larkin and Emily Gordanier as Tracy Turnblad)


Decoration Day Weekend: World War I Remembered

WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Fosterfields, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown
ADMISSION: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill with a valid membership card. For tour times, availability and more information, please call 973.326.7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

At the Fosterfields Farmhouse, learn how the home front supported WWI. See how Americans conserved food, rationed supplies, rolled bandages, and made “care packages” for the troops. Recipes were adapted because of the rationing, and women worked in the fields and gardens to grow more food. People also helped by purchasing Liberty Loans.

At 1:30 PM and 3 PM, join award-winning poets David Messineo and Susanna Rich as they present original and historic poetry about World War I.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011



WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Paper Mill Playhouse, 36 Brookside Drive, Millburn
TICKETS: Reserved tickets are $12-$15. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Paper Mill Playhouse’s website: www.papermill.org. Paper Mill Playhouse gift cards, available in any denomination, can be purchased at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

Designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum, or with other developmental disabilities, and planned in cooperation with Autism New Jersey and The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, the theater environment will be altered for this performance, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families. At this unique presentation, theater lights will remain up, sound volume will be lowered and consistent and children will be free to talk and leave their seat under parental supervision. The show will run about one hour with an intermission.

Stone Soup-1069_TheLongOneSTONE SOUP AND OTHER STORIES is a charming, well-seasoned blend of select folk tales from around the world that are dynamic, participatory and filled with zesty entertainment! For this performance Pushcart Players are taking steps to condense and adapt the show’s script to ensure it is literal and free of dramatic devises like innuendo and sarcasm, which are not readily understood by some children with autism or other developmental disabilities. They are also taking steps to equalize the dynamics of the performances to avoid sudden or jarring changes in sound levels.

Additionally, Paper Mill Playhouse will host a free Open House titled “Meet Your Seat!” on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This is an opportunity for children who are new to theater experiences to visit the theater space before the show. No reservations are required for the Open House. Resource material will be available including a sequence book, study guide and sing-along prep video. These items may be downloaded or viewed on www.PaperMill.org.

“For over twenty-five years Paper Mill Playhouse has been a national leader in accessibility and is committed to making the live theater experience available to everyone so that they may attend with dignity and independence,” says Paper Mill Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director, Mark S. Hoebee. “This special performance enhances our vision that live theater should be accessible to every human being.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Join George Street Playhouse for a

Pride Party

WHEN: Thursday, May 26

  • 6:30 PM: Enjoy pre-show dinner, drinks, door prizes and entertainment
  • 8 PM: performance of God of Carnage

WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
TICKETS: All inclusive ticket price is $50*
Use coupon code: PRIDE when ordering online,
or by phone call 732.846.2895, ext. 155

*Includes one complimentary beverage of your choice and Bulldog Gin sampling. Open wine bar provided by Barefoot Wine. Dinner is provided by Tumulty's.

College students use code: PRIDESTUDENT for $20 tickets

If you already have tickets and would like to add the Pride Party on, please call us at 732.846.2895, ext. 155

"Outrageous and Enormous Fun " —The New York Times

Monday, May 23, 2011


This production looks very interesting. Why not go see The African Company Performs Richard III at The Theater Project in Cranford this weekend before going to see the following production. They’d make a nice pairing:


SUMMER ART CAMP at the Zimmerli


WHEN: JUNE 27 - JULY 29, 2011
WHERE: corner of Hamilton & George Streets on the campus of Rutgers, The State University, New Brunswick


During the hot days of summer, the Zimmerli is the place to be for budding young artists. Join us for the museum’s popular summer art camp program. Each year, new classes are added to stimulate, challenge and delight the many students, both veterans and newcomers, who participate in the program. The Zimmerli continues to offer its popular classes in painting, drawing, pastels, watercolors, sculpture and an art “sampler“ class. Children also find inspiration in the museum’s collections as they explore the galleries.

The Zimmerli welcomes students between the ages of 7 and 14 to its popular Summer Art Camp program, which takes place weekly through July. New classes, taught by professional artists, are added each year to stimulate, challenge, and delight the budding young artist participants.
Register now, as classes are filling quickly. For class descriptions and a downloadable registration form, please click here. The form may be mailed to the museum's education department or faxed to: 732.932.8201.

Weeklong Classes include


  • Art Meets Science
  • Puppet Power
  • Comic Book Creations
  • Art, Recycling, and
    the Developing World
    ... and so much more!

The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.

For printable map/directions to the Zimmerli, please click here.



Sunday, May 22, 2011


Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick is sponsoring a festival of new plays. The prices are very reasonable and the plots are interesting:

Genesis Festival Poster

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


New Logo


Some say the world will end on Saturday, May 21, and those folks should not miss their last chance to see this wonderful production. Others can get tickets for this weekend and next weekend.


Above: Stephen Belfatti, Karen Agatep, Jason Barrameda, Mike Patierno, Marissa Vatsky, Stephen Yesenosky, Pam Yesenosky and Marissa Ur 

Preview “songs for a new world” here

Says the author of this gripping revue, "it's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back." Newcomer Jason Robert Brown (composer-lyricist of the critical smash Parade) has had the whole theatre community talking about his blend of savvy showmanship and exciting contemporary sound for years, starting with this revue.

Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basket-ball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. These are the stories and characters of today, the songs for a new world.

Directed and musically directed by Tony DiDia, the cast includes Karen Agatep, Jason Barrameda, Stephen D. Belfatti, Mike Patierno, Marissa Ur, Marissa Vatsky, Pam Yesenosky and Stephen Yesenosky. Producer is Barbara Gurskey, stage manager is Jacky LePore, and assistant stage manager is Ashley Gotz.

To purchase tickets online, click here.  For reservations and more information, e-mail info@evplayhouse.com or call 908.755.4654.


Here are some upcoming events at various venues. Take your pick, mark your calendars, buy tickets and GO!

WHEN: Thursday, May 19,  8 PM
Union County PAC, 160l Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $70, $60, $47

Comic legend Howie Mandel in his only New York City area performance.  For mature audiences

WHEN: Friday, June 3, 8 PM
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown

Richard "LaBamba" Rosenberg has toured with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Diana Ross and is a fixture on late-night television with Conan O'Brien.  This special performance benefits the Daytop School and The Morris Museum. 

WHEN: Friday, June 24, 8 PM
Union County PAC, Rahway
TICKETS: $45, $35, $30, $25

One of the country's foremost humorists and stand-up comedians, Paula Poundstone comes to Rahway for one hilarious night

WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 8 PM
WHERE: Union County PAC, Rahway
TICKETS: $125, $80, $65, $50

Spend an evening at the Union County Performing Arts Center with the unforgettable voice of five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald.

Tickets for Union County Performing Arts Center shows available at the UCPAC box office (1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ), online at www.ucpac.org and www.backlineconcerts.com or call 732.499.8226.  Ticket prices include all service charges and handling fees.

Tickets for the Morris Museum available by calling 973.971.3700.


Ed Asner<br />
By Nicky Glossman
Directed by James Glossman

WHEN: Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, 8 PM
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange

Cast: Ed Asner, Jay O. Sanders, Paul Murphy, Prentiss Benjamin and Anthony Blaha

Ed Asner, star of film, TV and stage—most remembered as Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant—will be part of a reading of Nicky Glossman’s play, The Professional, directed by James Glossman.

TICKETS for the benefit reading are $40.00 each or $50.00 each for tickets that include a special reception following the reading. To purchase tickets, please call 973.395.5551 or click here.