Thursday, December 29, 2016

THE NJ ARTS MAVEN SELECTS THE TOP 10 PRODUCTIONS OF 2016

Being laid up from February through April from knee replacement surgery, I did not get to review as much theater as I would have liked.

Nevertheless, I looked back at the productions I did review to come up with my list of the best dramatic productions of 2016. I have included excerpts from my reviews for each selection:

  1. My Name is Asher Lev, George Street Playhouse
    ”One of the joys of being a theater critic—or devoted theatergoer—is watching a star being ‘born,’ which is exactly what happens at the George Street Playhouse, where the young Miles G. Jackson plays the title role in My Name is Asher Lev. Onstage and speaking for the entire 100 minutes, Jackson effectively gives voice to the artist's passion and the creative impulse in such a masterful performance that it can only be called a tour de force.”
  2. Coriolanus, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
    ”Greg Deralian's portrayal of Coriolanus is delicately balanced: On one hand, he is a valiant, fearless comrade in arms, humble when singled out for military honors; on the other hand, once the patricians have selected him to be consul, a position for which he has to solicit the approval of the plebeians, he shows his true aristocratic colors as he denigrates them, condescendingly calling them curs and complaining about their stench, and citing his hatred of hypocrisy, refusing to ‘beg’ for their approbation. This war between humility and arrogance plays out on Deralian's expressive face as he struggles with his two natures. It is a masterful portrayal of a character difficult to like.”
  3. West Side Story, Paper Mill Playhouse
    ”In the two focus roles, Matt Doyle as Tony and Belinda Allyn as Maria are riveting, and the romantic chemistry between them is palpable. Their kisses are convincing, and the moment they spy each other (and are hit by Cupid's arrow) attests to the youthful ideal of ‘love at first sight.’ Too, Allyn and Cortez get the Puerto Rican accent just right without sounding like caricatures. Both lovers have magnificent singing voices: Tony's brims with optimism while Allyn's soaring soprano fills the auditorium. Tony’s earnest desire to distance himself from the Jets renders his involvement in the rumble even more touching. Allyn and Doyle are especially heartbreaking in ‘One Hand, One Heart’; several audience members could be seen wiping away tears.”
  4. Red Velvet, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
    Red Velvet, with its literate script, natural dialogue, taut conflicts and dynamic characters, is a fine piece of theater. But its political and social resonance cannot be overlooked, especially when, to Laporte's avowal that his dismissal is not political, Aldridge thunders, ‘Everything is political!’ Of course it is.”
  5. Daddy Long Legs, George Street Playhouse
    ”The bildungsroman, or coming of age story, is a time-honored literary genre, and Daddy Long Legs manages to make such a story both instructive and charming. A celebration of education—scholarly and interpersonal—this pocket musical is a delight for both eyes and ears, enchanting us with its heroine’s pluck and spirit and the gradual warming the heart of a curmudgeonly young man. Daddy Long Legs is just the ticket for a holiday production.”
  6. King of the Mountain, Luna Stage
    ”Clawson and Luna Stage give us another mesmerizing encounter, this time between two champions of the natural world, President Theodore Roosevelt and the conservationist John Muir …. With only two characters, and 98% of the play dialogue, you might wonder how the playwright creates the conflict so necessary to drama. Well, the clash of wills, egos and agendas drives the play from the very first day of their meeting …. [O]nce again, Luna and Ben Clawson have tackled a historic event, imbued with dramatic conflict, that has not only entertained us but has taught us something as well. In so doing, they have fulfilled one very important criterion of good theater. You won’t want to miss King of the Mountains.”
  7. Las Cruces, Premiere Stages
    Las Cruces shines a light on the "other" murder victims—the ones who are alive. It's a situation most of us would not want to experience for more than 90 minutes—the length of Vincent Delaney's thoughtful, at times darkly comedic, play.”
  8. Peter and the Starcatcher, Chester Theatre Group (Best Community Theater)
    ”The standout in the entire cast has to be Mike Patierno as pirate extraordinaire Black Stache. Yes, he does have a black mustache (as he reminds us often), but his prime personality trait is his mangling of the English language. He is a Mrs. Malaprop in pirate's clothing. He's loud, appropriately bombastic and foolish—although he doesn't think so …. This first New Jersey production of Peter and the Starcatcher is … an ambitious effort on the part of a community theater that is known for taking risks and producing edgy stuff.”
  9. The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Light Opera of New Jersey
    ”Originally developed by Joseph Papp's Public Theatre and performed in Central Park, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a delight on many levels: the basic story for Dickens fans, lots of humor, musical numbers and audience participation. As for whodunnit, I can't tell you, because the ending changes at every performance”
  10. The Outgoing Tide, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
    ”Dreamcatcher Rep's New Jersey Premiere of Bruce Graham's The Outgoing Tide actually examines both points-of-view in a well-acted, very affecting production that is as uplifting as it is poignant …. Beautifully produced and acted, this sensitive, well-written drama is a welcome addition to the health care discussion, one that many theater-goers may find familiar.”

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT FOR NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF “THE BODYGUARD” @ PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE: FINAL WEEK!

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SIGN YOUR KID UP FOR RHINO THEATRE’S MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS: CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 18

And don't miss your chance to register your child for our

Winter Theatre Workshops!

WHEN: Workshops begin the week of Jan. 18

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WORKSHOPS

973-248-9491 | www.rhinotheatre.com

RHINO THEATRE SETS AUDITIONS FOR “THE LION KING JR”

New Auditions!

Share your child's talent with us! Auditions are now open for - ages 7 thru 12!

The Lion King Jr.

WHEN: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM; Monday, January 16, 2017, 4 – 6 PM
WHERE:
Rhino Studio 237, 237 Hamburg Turnpike, Pompton Lakes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

ART EVENT HONORS 2 BROTHERS IN LIVINGSTON

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Frére—an art event vis a vis two brothers
WHEN: Opening January 29th, 4pm – 8pm*
WHERE:
Riker Hill Art Park, 284 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston N.J.
Building 509, “Studio 509” event space.

Gerard Amsellem 1955 -, and Alain Amsellem 1953-2007

Riker Hill Art Park artist Gerard Amsellem Presents Frére. The show honors the memory of his brother Alain Amsellem, another artist, on the 10th anniversary of his passing.

“I believe that creativity is a pure attempt to feel the emptiness, the void and the loss inside.”

  • 5:30 – 6:30: Live Painting by Visual Passion Duo Gerard Amsellem and Michael Frank
  • 6:30: Film Screening of Vincent and Theo

Contact for more information:
Gerard Amsellem at: linguavision@gmail.com
http:/www.newwavesproductions.org  
http:/www.visualpassion.net

Monday, December 26, 2016

BUCKY PIZZARELLI CONCERT KICKS OFF NEW YEAR @ THE MORRIS MUSEUM

Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub

Bucky Pizzarelli’s Birthday Bash
WHEN: Monday, January 9, 8:00PM
WHERE:
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

At 91 years old, legendary Guitar Master Bucky Pizzarelli continues to make great music. His protégé, Ed Laub (guitar) will once again join him to celebrate Bucky’s Birthday Bash 2017. These two guitar virtuosos will not be alone in this year’s celebration.  Bucky’s son, Martin Pizzarelli will return on bass.  Konrad Paskudzki (piano) will take the seat behind our concert grand.  Born in Western Australia, Konrad spent years playing piano with the likes of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Jeff Hamilton Trio.  In 2013, he joined the Johnny Pizzarelli Quartet.  Also on the stage will be Dag Markus (drums) and one of New York City’s most sought-after clarinetists and saxophonists, Linus Wyrsch.  This birthday party promises to be one of the best!

Image result for rick busciglioTea and Treasures: Memories of Broadway and Hollywood
WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2:00 PM
TICKETS:
$10

Rick Busciglio will be your guide for a nostalgic tour of personal stories about Hollywood and Broadway, drawing on more than 45 years in broadcasting and entertainment business. His tales feature great stars from the past and present including Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Miss Piggy, and Mary Tyler Moore.

This program continues Tea and Treasures, a popular monthly series that features engaging lectures, great conversation, and light refreshments. Advance registration required.


Ravenscroft
By Don Nigro
Co-produced with Drew University
WHEN: January 26 – February 12, 2017
TICKETS: $45 General Public; $40 Seniors; $38 Museum Members; $33 Groups (10 or more); $20 Students (18 & under or with valid college ID)

On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. Five alluring and dangerous women hold all the cards and all the answers: Marcy, the beautiful Viennese governess; Mrs. Ravenscroft, the flirtatious lady of the manor; Gillian, her charming but possibly demented daughter; Mrs. French, the formidable and passionate cook, and Dolly, a terrified maid. Ghosts on the staircase and skeletons in the closet intensify this comic psychological thriller with a twist.

Box Office
Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office.

The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Image: Bucky Pizzarelli. Image courtesy of the Morris Museum.

“ART AFTER HOURS: FIRST TUESDAYS” @ THE ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM IN NEW BRUNSWICK

ART AFTER HOURS: FIRST TUESDAYS
WHEN: Tuesday, January 3 / 5 to 9 pm
WHERE:
Zimmerli Art Museum, located on the Voorhees Mall of the campus of Rutgers University,  71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick

The evening includes curator-led tours of the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art, as well as performances by the New Brunswick dream pop band Halcionne. Free admission and complimentary refreshments. January Art After Hours is funded in part by the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies.

For program details, visit our website.
Leonid Lamm, The Birth of an Image, 1976-96, mixed media installation; Dodge Collection. New Brunswick band Halcionne.

For complete programming information,
please visit the museum's website.

Don't miss Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection which closes December 31.

The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the donors, members, and friends of the Zimmerli Art Museum.

THURNAUER SCHOOL OF MUSIC TO PRESENT MUSIC FROM TEREZIN CONCENTRATION CAMP

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Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Presents

The Thurnauer Chamber Music Series:

Postcard from the Old World

WHEN: Sat, Jan 7, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC Taub Campus, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
TICKETS: $16 members; $20 public

Join artistic director, violinist Sharon Roffman, and friends, for an evening of music from central Europe, featuring music by great Czech and Hungarian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.  The concert features trios written in the Terezin concentration camp by Hans Krasa and Gideon Klein.  Though neither survived the camps, their music did. Also including works of Antonin Dvorak, Zoltan Kodaly, and Ernst von Dohnanyi. With guest artists, Dov Scheindlin, viola; and Clancy Newman, cello.

Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator.
Dov Scheindlin is a member and Artistic Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and an Associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets.
Cellist Clancy Newman, first prize winner of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is both, a performer and a composer.

Series made possibly by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund. Currently enrolled music school students are entitled to a complimentary ticket. Please call or stop by the music office to receive a ticket.

MONTCLAIR LIBRARY TO SHOW PAINTINGS BY BETTY VERNA KERN IN JANUARY

FLOWERS, FIGURES, FRUITS & ABSTRACT ART
by Betty Verna Kern

WHEN: January 3 through January 29, 2017, during library hours; An art reception is scheduled in the gallery for the artist On Friday, January 6, 2017 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
WHERE:
Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

The Montclair Public Library’s popular are exhibits continues with “FLOWERS, FIGURES, FRUITS, AND ABSTRACTION ART” by the acclaimed artist Betty Verna Kern. Betty Verna Kern will be present to greet the public and talk about her 30 acrylic and oil paintings to be seen at the Gallery's Montclair Public Library show, which features her most recent canvas paintings or landscape, seascape, still-life, portraiture, and abstraction.

Image result for Betty Verna KernMs.  Kern, the daughter of Pierre O. Gabriel and Jacqueline Verna, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She came to the United States at the age of nine, enrolled at Public School 92 and Junior High School 118 in the Bronx, N.Y. Betty returned to Haiti finish high School at Union School, an American credited high school.  Betty has spent most of her life in the United States and has six children:  Jessica, Joshua, Alexander, Christopher, Julia, and Jenny.

While Betty was pursuing careers as a social worker, registered nurse, and instructor, tutor, teacher she honed her talents becoming a professional, master art painter and sculptor.

Be sure take time out of your busy day and enjoy this breathtaking exhibit on display in the gallery throughout the month of January.    

The Library welcomes inquiries from local artists and arts organizations regarding use of the exhibit space.  For further information, please contact the Montclair Public Library (973) 744-0500 ext. 2221.

“SOUNDINGS” READINGS RETURN TO MADISON

WHEN: January 4 – 15*
WHERE:
Dreyfuss Theatre on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Madison Campus. Parking is free and adjacent to the building. The theatre and restrooms are ADA Accessible.
ADMISSION: Readings are free of charge, with a $10.00 recommended donation (or donate what you can). A Donation of $25 gets you a Soundings Pass, good for all of the readings.

This January, Writers Theatre of New Jersey kicks off its season with the return of the popular SOUNDINGS Reading Series to Madison. SOUNDINGS combines new plays from some of the best playwrights in the country with professional actors and directors, allowing audiences to experience powerful new dramas and smart, vibrant comedies close to home. Every reading is followed by an audience discussion with the playwright, director, and Artistic Director, John Pietrowski, giving attendees a chance to be a part of the artistic process and help shape the work through their feedback and shared insights.

This year’s crop of plays features a number of New Jersey playwrights, including Lia Romeo’s “The Grand Tour,” David Lee White’s “The Festial Quartet,” and Ben V. Marshall’s “Incident at Willow Creek.” The series will also include Kevin Caruso’s “The Shook Ones,” a screenplay, and Henry Meyerson’s The Activist. Both Mr. Caruso and Mr. Meyerson are recipients of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ 2015 Literary Artist Fellowship in Playwriting.

“We are very much looking forward to this set of plays,” said Writers Theatre Artistic Director John Pietrowski. “The writers are hard at work on revisions, and we are eager to get audience feedback. It’s a perfect way to spend a Winter evening, listening to new work and engaging in a community discussion of compelling ideas. Audiences can go to our website to see synopsis, biographies, and interviews with the writers. You can also get directions and a campus map.”

*Performances will occur on the following days in January:

  • For She Who Waits by Robert Clyman on Wednesday, January 4 (Directed by James Glossman)
  • The Shook Ones by Kevin Caruso on Thursday, January 5 (Directed by Rodney Gilbert)
  • Vagabonds by Molly Kirschner on Friday, January 6 (Directed by Jane Mandel)
  • Miss Tennessee by Joe Sutton on Saturday, January 7 (Directed by John Pietrowski)
  • The Incident at Willow Creek by Ben V. Marshall on Sunday, January 8 (Directed by James Glossman)
  • The Grand Tour by Lia Romeo on Wednesday, January 11 (Directed by James Glossman)
  • The Sinless by Judah Skoff on Thursday, January 12 (Directed by John Pietrowski)
  • The Rising Class by Jim Knable on Friday, January 13 (Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum)
  • The Activist by Henry Meyerson on Saturday, January 14 (Directed by James Glossman)
  • The Festial Quartet by David Lee White on Sunday, January 15 (Directed by Nick Anselmo)

About Writers Theatre of New Jersey:

Writers Theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, professional (Actors’ Equity) theatre and a community of professional playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators that provides opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences. Our New Play Development Program is a multi-step process through which playwrights, theatre artists, and audiences collaborate to bring selected texts from rough draft to finished production.

Our Education Programs introduce students of all ages and backgrounds to the possibilities inherent in thinking and communicating creatively. Writers Theatre’s New Jersey Writers Project provides hands-on workshops led by professional writers-in-residence to students in schools and community centers throughout the state. We place an equal emphasis on Development and Educational activities, and encourage our community and audiences to participate fully in both.

We are honored that, every year since 2003, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) has designated Writers Theatre as a Major Arts Institution. This means that the Council considers Writers Theatre to be “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.

ADDED PERFORMANCES FOR “OLIVER! JR.” IN SUMMIT

WHEN: Friday, January 13 (7:30pm); Sunday, January 15 (2:00pm and 7:30pm)
WHERE:
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit

Oliver, JR runs approximately 70 minutes (no intermission) and is performed by actors ages 6-18

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver's chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Friday, December 23, 2016

“ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST” FOR 1 WEEKEND IN FAIR LAWN

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Pioneer Productions Company in association with Fair Lawn Community Center Proudly Present:

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
By Dale Wasserman / Based On The Novel By Ken Kesey
Directed and Produced by Daniel Peter Vissers
Producer/Stage Manager Shanna Levine-Phelps

WHEN: Friday January 13 @ 8PM, Saturday January 14 @ 8PM, Sunday January 15 @ 3PM
WHERE:
The George Frey Center of the Arts, Fair Lawn Community Center,
10-10 20th St, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
TICKETS: $25 per ticket
you can pay at the door or you can order through our website:
http://www.pioneerproductionscompany.org/tickets.html
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Featuring -
Dave Murgittroyd as Randle P. McMurphy
Wendy Lane Bailey as Nurse Ratched
Danny Egan as Chief Bromden
Dan Lerner as Dale Harding
Elliot Stevens as Billy Bibbitt
Adam Gelles as Charles Cheswick
Salvador Navarro as Anthony Martini
Jake Levine as Frank Scanlon
Marc Goldberg as Ruckley
Beau Schwantes as Dr. Spivey
Christian Spinella as Aide Warren
Dara Bailey as Nurse Flinn/Sandy
Carrie Vissers as Candy Starr
Joe Di Bartolo as Aide Turkel

www.pioneerproductionscompany.org
www.fairlawncommunitycenter.org

Thursday, December 22, 2016

LEGO CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE JCC IN BRIDGEWATER

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WHERE: JCC Bridgewater, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater
Reserve at www.ssbjcc.org/Lego-Chanukah or www.ChabadCentral.org/rsvp

INTIMATE LOOK AT NURTURE VS. NATURE QUESTION OPENS @ ALLIANCE REP ON JANUARY 6

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A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle
Directed by Gordon Wiener of Bridgewater
Produced by Michael Driscoll, Artistic Director

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays from January 6th through the 21st, and one Thursday performance, January 12th.
WHERE:
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
TICKETS: adults $25; seniors $20, students $15
Order tickets by December 31st and Save $5.00 on all adult tickets for Opening Night, Friday the 6th, and Saturday the 7th—A 20 % savings!
To reserve tickets, call (908) 472-1502.  Or go to alliance repertory.ticketleap.com

The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A Kid Like Jake is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both.

When first reviewed in Time Out (New York) upon its June 2013 premiere: “A Kid Like Jake is a searching, keenly perceptive look at how the nature-versus-nurture question can play out on the front lines of tolerance today.” New York Magazine said, “Daniel Pearle’s polished new framed… is full of perceptive details about the intense world of affluent parenting, where every child is gifted and the struggle for dominance begins at home.

 

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4TH WALL TO HOLD ADDITIONAL MEN’S AUDITIONS FOR UPCOMING 20TH ANNIVERSARY MUSICAL IN DEVELOPMENT

4th Wall Theatre will hold additional men’s auditions by appointment for its upcoming 20th Anniversary M.I.D. Stage production of

TAKE ONE
a new musical comedy by former Saturday Night Live writer Jeff Ward

The show will be directed by NYC-based director Nancy Robillard, music directed by Markus Grae-Hauck, and stage managed by Emma Iacometta. The performance will be presented March 3-5, 2017, at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, where the company is in residence. Rehearsals will begin January 3rd, 2017.

ABOUT THE SHOW
TAKE ONE is the story of the disastrous, hilarious first versions of three great things we are all familiar with. It’s a history-spanning musical comedy that explores the struggles that come with the act of creation, even for the gods. Writer/composer Jeff Ward is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He wrote jokes for Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” from mid-Colin Quinn through mid-Tina Fey, and writes music and comedy for National Public Radio and the comedy group Euphobia. Director Nancy Robillard has a number of world premieres to her credit and directed off-Broadway and regionally at Luna Stage, Northern Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, MetroStage, Boulders Dinner Theater, and Cumberland County Playhouse; she has also directed workshop productions like this one at The Kennedy Center, The Dramatists Guild, The Lark, and Hudson Stage.

AUDITIONS

WHEN: Thursday, December 29th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm by appointment*
WHERE:
Montclair Operetta Club studio, located at 494 Valley Road in Montclair, New Jersey, easily accessible by train or bus from Manhattan.

*Please email kate@4thwalltheatre.org for an appointment time. Anyone who is interested but not available on the 29th should also email to make other arrangements.

ROLES to be cast from this call:

  • Act 1: Adam
  • Act 2: Michelangelo, Ludovico, Papal Secretary Chamberlain, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Savonorola
  • Act 3: Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Rouben Mamoulian, Howard Da Silva, Lorenz Hart

4th Wall is seeking a strong adult cast (17 and over) of at least 7 terrific actors/singers/movers to double and triple the various roles in the three acts (see character list above).

Come to auditions prepared to sing 32 bars of a standard musical theatre song; no rock or pop material, please.

Also bring a headshot and resume stapled together, and be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for weekday evening and weekend daytime rehearsals beginning January 3, 2017.

Visit www.4thwalltheatre.org/auditions.htm for a more complete character breakdown (with vocal ranges) and links to directions. Non-union; no pay.

4th Wall Theatre sets the highest standards of excellence in producing diverse, seldom performed and original productions, celebrating a wide spectrum of visions and voices in theatre.  4th Wall is committed to breaking through the wall of imagination, to make cutting edge works accessible, and to foster a positive theatre experience for our artists and audience.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

AMERICAN THEATER GROUP FINDS NEW HOME @ SOPAC; PLANS READINGS IN THE LOFT

SINGLE
A New Musical
Music and lyrics by Karen Bishko
Book by Karen Bishko and Nat Bennett
WHEN: SUN, JAN 8 AT 7PM
WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station)
TICKETS: $20. Visit www.SOPACnow.org or call (973) 313-2787 for more information and to buy tickets.
A punk rock star in the 90’s. Now a high powered NY divorce attorney. And she’s still looking to find a nice, normal guy for herself.

A GOOD FARMER
by Sharyn Rothstein
WHEN: SUN, APR 2 AT 7PM
WHERE:
SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station)TICKETS: $20. Visit www.SOPACnow.org or call (973) 313-2787 for more information and to buy tickets.
Ripped from today’s headlines, a farming community struggles with issues of immigration, loyalty, family, survival and compassion.

A MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER
by Erin Mallon
WHEN: SUN, MAY 21 AT 7PM
WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station)
TICKETS: $20. Visit www.SOPACnow.org or call (973) 313-2787 for more information and to buy tickets.
A crotchety senior citizen learns about life and forgiveness from his new neighbor – a precocious 9 year-old.
*Ms. Mallon is a New Jersey playwright and resides in Maplewood.

TBA
WHEN: SUN, JUN 18 AT 7PM

WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station)TICKETS: $20. Visit www.SOPACnow.org or call (973) 313-2787 for more information and to buy tickets.

(Dates and titles subject to change)

MarkPacker_JamesVagiasThe South Orange Performing Arts Center is thrilled to announce a new partnership with American Theater Group, a professional member theatre of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. The company, headed by Producing Artistic Director James Vagias, will begin presenting staged readings in the SOPAC Loft in January, 2017 and the following year will produce at least two fully-staged productions on the mainstage. As SOPAC’s theatre company in-residence, American Theater Group and SOPAC will co-present these theatrical offerings.

“We are excited to welcome American Theater Group to the SOPAC stage, and to South Orange,” noted SOPAC’s executive director Mark Packer (Above, left). “James Vagias (Above, right) has an outstanding record of achievement in bringing new works to life. His reputation as a long-time producer in New Jersey is sterling and we feel that our audiences will be thrilled to see these quality productions in the intimate SOPAC theater.”

American Theater Group is an ambitious new performing arts company launched in 2012 with co-founders Joe Mancuso, Rick Sordelet and then Mayor of Rahway Jim Kennedy that offers musicals and plays, a new musical reading series and and arts-in education programming. Its focus is on producing new and classical works, primarily by American playwrights, with an emphasis on the development of new works and the rediscovery of undeservedly neglected older ones. American Theater Group’s Board of Trustees chairperson is South Orange resident and Tony Award-winning actress Michelle Pawk.

HOPE 9 CONCERT @ THE COUNT BASIE THEATRE THIS FRIDAY

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WHERE: Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank

STEVE DORFF TO PERFORM @ UCPAC THURSDAY NIGHT

Steve has written standards for the greatest voices in all of recorded music. Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, Reba McIntire, they've all recorded with Steve Dorff. In "An Evening With Steve Dorff" he'll play the songs and take you through the stories behind them.

Use code UCPAC30 for 30% off tickets*

Tickets

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WHERE: UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway


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PROFESSIONAL COMEDY SHOW FEATURES J.P. STEVENS HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI THIS THURSDAY

Professional Comedy Show
Featuring J.P. Stevens High School Alumni

Join us for an exclusive one night stand up comedy show featuring professional comedians that are alumni of our local high school! These young comedians have performed in NY venues and now they are here to perform for you. This show will include:

  • Rene Polanco
  • Tommy Kang
  • James Camacho

WHEN: Thursday December 22, 2016 at 8 PM
WHERE:
Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison
ADMISSION: $10 (cash only please)

For information or to RSVP for this event please email: jpstevenscomedyshow@gmail.com

KAPLEN JCC ON THE PALISADES PRESENTS IAC CINEMATEC ISRAELI FILM SERIES

IAC Cinematec Israeli Film Series

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will present IAC Cinematec, intended as a US public introduction to Israeli films, film makers and daily life in Israel. The goal is to create an Israeli -American community of film fans, who can share in the experience and enjoy dialogues about the films.

The 4-film series will be screened with English subtitles and will take place on Sunday evenings. Each screening will be attended by a guest director, actor, or a film professional, who will discuss issues related to the film in English.

WHERE: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
ADMISSION: $12 for JCC members; $14 public; full series is $36 for members; $40 public.
For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1427.

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WHEN: Sun, Jan 8, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Reception 7.30 pm)

Enter the world of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Mr. Gaga captures the elusive beauty of contemporary dance and immerses the audience in the creative process behind Batsheva’s unique performances. Using intimate rehearsal footage, extensive unseen archive materials and stunning dance sequences, Gaga’s director Tomer Heymann reveals the fascinating story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance. Following the film, Heymann will lead engage the audience in a discussion, after being introduced by Eran Polishuk, director of Film and Media at the Israeli Consulate.

Gaga Dance workshop – Prior to the film, people are welcome to join a unique Gaga dance workshop led by a previous Batsheva dancer. No prior dancing experience required. Please wear comfortable clothes. 7-7:45 pm. $10 JCC members; $12 public.

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WHEN: Sun, Feb 19, 7-9 PM

This is the story of a 78-yearold Greek man and his Hasidic rapper son, who have been estranged for many years. They embark together on a road trip from Israel to Greece, searching for an old magician who saved the father’s life during World War II. Directors: Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor

 

 

 

 

Farewell Baghdad
WHEN: Sun, Mar 5, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Based on the story of Eli Amir, Farewell Baghdad depicts the story of the last days of the Baghdad Jewish community of the 1950s. At that time, Iraq was struggling to overcome its defeat in the Arab-Israel war and the world’s oldest Jewish community was grappling between its historical and cultural relationship with the Iraqi people, the growing support for the communist movement, and their solidarity with the State of Israel. Director: Nissim Dayan. Based on a story by Eli Amir

 

Is That You?
WHEN: Sun, May 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Meet Ronnie (Alon Aboutboul) a 60-year-old Israeli projectionist, who has been fired from his job and goes to the U.S. in search of Rachel, the love of his youth. Is That You? is a romantic, road trip to “The Road not Taken” in life, created by award winning film maker Dani Menkin.

WINTER OPEN HOUSE JANUARY 2–8 IN HOBOKEN

WINTER OPEN HOUSE:
January 2nd-8th

WHERE: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, 1018 Washington Street, Hoboken

New Students: Reserve your spot and enjoy free classes the week of January 2nd.

Not sure what you want to enroll in? Try a week of unlimited free classes. Reservations required. Students already enrolled in a class are not eligible to participate. Email us at dance@gardenstreetmusic.com to save your spot!

 

MONDAY:

  • Art and Ballet 2-3 9:30-10:20 Jacqui Dean
  • Ballet 5-6 3:45-4:45 Ju Yeun Lee
  • Musical Theater Alice in Wonderland 4-7 5:00-5:45 Mari Linder      Still accepting students!
  • Advanced Ballet 7-17 5:45-6:45 Ju Yeun Lee
  • Intermediate Tap 7-17 5:45-6:45 Jackie Mercandetti
  • Beginner/Intermediate Ballet 7-17 6:45-7:45 Ju Yeun Lee
  • Contemporary Lyrical Dance Co 6:45-7:45 Alexandra Frohlinger

TUESDAY:

  • Ballerina Princess Ballet 3-4 9:30-10:15 Ju Yeun Lee
  • Mommy and Me Ballet 2-3 10:00-10:35 Jacqui Dean
  • Adult Ballet Adult 10:15-11:30 Ju Yeun Lee
  • Toddler Mommy and Me Ballet 2-4 2:45-3:30 Jacqui Dean
  • Tap 5-6 3:15-4:00 Joanna Barry
  • Musical Theater Alice in Wonderland  4-7 3:30-4:15 Erin Quinlan     Still accepting students!
  • Beginner Irish Step 7-12 4:00-5:00 Joanna Barry
  • Lyrical 8-12 4:15-5:15 Jackie Mercandetti
  • Irish Step  3-6 5:00-5:45 Joanna Barry
  • Ballet I 7-17 5:15-6:15 Brad Trump
  • Irish Step Intermediate/Advanced 7-17 5:45-6:45 Joanna Barry

WEDNESDAY:

  • Ballet and Rockassori Music 2-3 9:30-10:45 Erin Quinlan and Jacqui Dean
  • Hip Hop 3-4 3:25-4:00 Hayley Bochner
  • Hip Hop 5-6 4:00-5:00 Hayley Bochner
  • JR. Company Jazz  4:00-5:00 Jackie Mercandetti
  • Hip Hop 7-17 5:00-6:00 Hayley Bochner
  • Spring Musical: Freckleface Strawberry 11-17 5:00-6:30 Anne Brummel   Starts January 18th!
  • Beginner Tap Mixed Ages 7-14 6:30-7:30 Jackie Mercandetti
  • Hip Hop Intensive 9-18 6:30-7:30 Hayley Bochner

THURSDAY:

  • Song and Dance 4-7 3:30-4:15 Kim Bunker
  • Ballet 3-5 4:30-5:15 Kim Bunker
  • Company Ballet/Leaps/Turns 5:30-7:00 Ju Yeun Lee

FRIDAY:

  • Adult Tap 2:00-3:00 Beverly Jensen
  • Mini Leaps/Turns/Technique 7-10 3:30-4:30 Beverly Jensen
  • Jr. Company Acro Dance Co 4:30-5:30 Beverly Jensen
  • Song and Dance 12+ 4:30-5:30 Jackie Mercandetti
  • Song and Dance 8-12 5:30-6:30 Jackie Mercandetti
  • Sr. Company Acro 7-16 5:30-6:30 Beverly Jensen
  • Sr. Company Jazz 7-15 6:30-7:30 Beverly Jensen

SATURDAY:

  • Ballet 5-6 10:00-11:00 Ju Yeun Lee
  • Mommy and Me Ballet (2) 2-3 11:00-11:35 Ju Yeun Lee
  • Int/Adv. Ballet 7-17 12:30-1:30 Ju Yeun Lee

SUNDAY:

  • Acting Initiative 7-15 10:30-12:00 Anne Brummel

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WINTER NATURE ACTIVITIES IN MORRIS COUNTY

Morris County Park Commission

EAGLE WATCHING TRIPS
Ages 18 & Up

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Join a guided van trip into NY and PA to view majestic, wintering Bald Eagles.
WHEN: Saturday, January 7, Sunday, January 22 & Sunday, February 5.

Preregistration is required, and space is extremely limited. Click here for more information.


SNOWSHOE SUNDAYS AT PYRAMID MOUNTAIN - Ages 10 & Up

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Enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing and trekking on the trails of
Pyramid Mountain NHA in Montville Township. Use your own snowshoes,
or rent them from us. No experience necessary.

WHEN: Snowshoe Sundays are held every Sunday January 8 through March 12, except February 19. For more information, click here.


Programs for the Little Ones!
Ages 5 & Under

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Toddler Trek: Tricky Tracks
Monday, January 9
Ages 2 & 3 with an adult
Enjoy a story read aloud and an interactive game to learn about different animal tracks. Take a walk on the trails of the Great Swamp in search of real animal tracks.

Preregistration is required.
To register, call 973.635.6629. Learn more.

Nature Tots & Tykes: Frigid Flyers
Tuesday, January 10
Ages 2 - 5 with an adult

Learn about winter birds with a story read aloud, interactive games, and a craft at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area.

Preregistration is required.
To register, call 973.334.3130. More info.

 

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SEEDLINGS: BRRRRR!
Wednesday, January 11
Ages 3 - 5
Winter is here, but if you look closely, you’ll see signs of life in the garden. Hear a story read aloud, and take a guided walk through the gardens of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. You may even see something in bloom!  

Preregistration is required.
To register, call 973.326.7603. Learn more.

FAMILY HOLIDAY WEEK ACTIVITIES @ THE MORRIS MUSEUM

Family Holiday Week Activities

WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown

Toyland Family Festival
WHEN: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:00AM- 4:00PM
TICKETS: Free with Museum admission
Kick off winter vacation with a day of indoor family fun at the Morris Museum. Make winter-themed crafts, participate in a Touch the Music workshop, explore the Museum's galleries, and more.

Children’s Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk
WHEN: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:00AM and 1:30PM

TICKETS: $10 Members / $12 General PublicThis innovative and exciting production is a feast of visuals and sound, with a stunning stage, big and beautiful puppets, a rhyme-spouting giant, a marvelous growing beanstalk, and a delightful musical score. Presented by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre.

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Children’s Theatre: Bubble Trouble
WHEN: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 11:00AM and 1:30PM
TICKETS:
$10 Members / $12 General Public
A bubble volcano. A bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more, mixing comedy, music and interactive bubblemagic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages.

Engineering Brick Art
WHEN: On view through February 26, 2017.
The LEGO© brick has sparked the imagination of artists near and far. Join us this winter to explore how this simple toy has been transformed into a medium of art and design. From fast food to famous works of art, this exhibition features more than thirty brick marvels.

Mega Model Trains

Mega Model Trains
WHEN: On view through February 26, 2017
Watch model trains zip across a 288-square-foot landscape featuring city and pastoral scenes. This exhibition includes three separate tracks and dozens of interactive working accessories.

Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office.

The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

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