Thursday, September 29, 2016

THIS SATURDAY: “LENAPE DAY” AT THE GREAT SWAMP

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Lenape Day

Celebrate the Lenape culture and history with a traditional drum circle, dancers in regalia, real tools and artifacts, a wigwam replica, demos, and hands-on activities. Learn more.


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Call the Leech!

Who? Did you know that doctors were sometimes called ‘leeches’ in the 19th century? Immerse yourself in historically accurate, and sometimes shocking practices of doctors from the past. More info.

 

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Movie Night: Symphony of the Soil

Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists, working farmers, and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that artistically explores the miraculous substance: soil. The film highlights possibilities and examines the elaborate relationships of this precious resource. Preregistration is required for this FREE event, click here for more information.

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Fashion Show: Wedding of the Century

“Married in white, you chose right.” Did all brides marry in white? Discover 100 years of historic wedding fashions and customs through a unique fashion show at The Frelinghuysen Mansion. I’m in, tell me more.

 

Home-School Days: Color Me Gone

Leaves are changing color, photosynthesis is winding down, and plants are getting ready for winter. Explore The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and learn about the winter survival techniques of deciduous and coniferous plants. Designed for Grades 1 - 4, preregistration is required. More information.

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Pre-School Walks at the Great Swamp
Ages 4 & 5 with an adult

Leafy Leaves: Wednesday, October 12
Hunt for different shapes and colors of fall leaves and create a leaf-themed craft.

Feathered Friends: Tuesday, November 8
Make a binocular craft together, then head outdoors to look for the birds that stay here throughout winter.

Where’d They Go: Tuesday, December 6
It seems as though all the summer animals have disappeared. Which animals hibernate, which ones migrate, and where they go?

Preregistration is required for all Pre-School Walks, click here for more information.

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SHAKESPEARE’S MONSTROUS MONARCH TAKES THE STAGE IN MADISON!

Buy tickets now!

WHERE: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey | 36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940

DRAMATIC HOMAGE TO GERSHWIN, DEBUSSY, AMERICA & PARIS THIS WEEKEND

AN AMERICAN AND PARIS
featuring virtuoso pianist Jack Gibbons

  • GERSHWIN Concerto in F
  • DEBUSSY "Fetes" from Nocturnes
  • GERSHWIN An American in Paris
  • David Wroe | Music Director and Conductor
  • Jack Gibbons | Piano

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, October 1, at 7pm at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, October 2, at 3pm at The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison
TICKETS: $28 | $48 | $60 | $76 | students $15

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Meet our soloist Jack Gibbons

Jack Gibbons has been described by the BBC as “THE Gershwin pianist of our time”, and by Classic FM as “one of the world's greatest Gershwin exponents”. Born in England, Gibbons’ performing career has taken him across the world, with regular appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and London’s Queen Elizabeth and Royal Albert Halls. LEARN MORE

What's in a name?

Many are asking about the significance of the meaning behind the title "An American AND Paris." Here's Carlton Wilkinson from this weekend's Asbury Park Press/Courier News to reveal all! LEARN MORE


NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
224 East Broad St | Westfield | 07090
www.NJFestivalorchestra.org

 

SATURDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE SOLD OUT @ THE THEATER PROJECT! BUT TICKETS FOR “CROWNS” IN ADVANCE!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS EXCITING GOSPEL MUSICAL.

Saturday, October 1, is SOLD OUT.

We recommend advanced ticket purchases, especially for Saturday and Sunday performances.


TIX:
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Monday, September 26, 2016

PATRICIA DURANTE & “HER”BOYS” WOW CHESTER AUDIENCE WITH PATSY CLINE TRIBUTE LAST SUNDAY NIGHT

Posted by Rick Busciglio of www.njfootlights.net
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Last year, in our selections for the 2015 Footlights Awards we wrote this about Patricia Durante: "The musical 'Always…Patsy Cline' starring Patricia Durante as Patsy with Barbara Babbitt as her fan and friend Louise Segar. These two ladies are a "dynamic duo." First, Patricia Durante, one of our most talented actresses, demonstrates her fine vocal ability in singing 27 songs, including Patsy's biggest hits “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.”

For the better part of 90 minutes she IS Patsy Cline....the costumes, the brunette wig, the movements and, of course the voice. This is the same Patricia Durante that four years ago on this very same stage starred in "Enchanted April." In our review, we wrote "Ms. Durante, who bears a striking resemblance to Deborah Kerr including the red hair, is in one word "enchanting." Well, she enchants us again in "Always...Patsy Cline." (RB)

Now jump forward to last night, Patricia with Tim Metz and Regan Ryzuk presented an equally terrific one hour salute to Patsy Cline at our Community Clubhouse in Chester Township. The audience showed their appreciation with a well-deserved standing ovation.
 

The 'Boys" are:
Tim Metz has long been a first call bassist in the New York metro area. He is fluent on upright bass, electric bass and tuba and in any style. He has been featured at dozens of major jazz festivals from coast to coast and has been fortunate enough to play with some great musicians including; Bob Crosby’s Bobcats, Bobby McFerrin, Aaron Neville, Maxine Sullivan, Tony Orlando, Dick Hyman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Sarah Partridge, Grover Kemble and many others. He has appeared at two Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington D.C., played Carnegie Hall with Connie Francis and was the original bassist for the ‘American Musical Theatre Ensemble’ at Manhattan School of Music

Regan Ryzuk is a composer, orchestrator, arranger and pianist – with formal training at Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. He has composed music for more than 500 television programs and films with such credits as Kissing Jessica Stein, Chasing Papi, The Night Listener, 60 Minutes and American Idol. He has recorded for The Wu Tang Clan, Russell Simmons and Quincy Jones, to name a few.

Patricia Durante and "her boys" would be a marvelous crowd-pleaser at your next club or community center event.

HOLOCAUST COUNCIL OF GREATER METROWEST NJ TO SCREEN “THE QUARREL” THIS THURSDAY IN WHIPPANY

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Please join us this Thursday evening at 7:00pm for our monthly Real 2 Reel.  Rabbi Ron Kaplan will lead the discussion.

RSVP: holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or 973.929.3194

Sunday, September 25, 2016

DON’T MISS BONNIE MONTE @ THE MORRISTOWN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS!

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presents

Andrea E. Mays, author of The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio,

in conversation with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Artistic Director, Bonnie J. Monte.

 

 

"Riveting...Engaging...An American love story." — Stephen Greenblatt, The New York Times Book Review

WHERE: Saturday, October 1st, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

WHERE: Morristown & Morris Township Library

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff, best-selling author of Cleopatra and The Witches: Salem, 1692

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st , 3:45 – 4:45 PM

WHERE: Church of the Redeemer

  "This is a superb book." — Historian David McCullough

These are just two of the 20 free Festival sessions with award-winning authors!

Click here for the full Festival schedule

It's all happening, rain or shine, on South Street in Morristown near the Vail Mansion Lawn.

www.morristownbooks.org

NOTED PROFESSOR TO SPEAK MONDAY NIGHT @ LIVINGSTON TEMPLE

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Prof. David Myers:
Jewish History and Jewish Memory

The success of Jewish life depends on the delicate balance between our collective history and our collective memory...which are not always the same.

No one is better equipped to explore this tension with us than David Myers, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of History at UCLA and a frequent visitor to Temple B'nai Abraham.

WHEN: Monday, September 26, 7 PM sharp (to 8:30 PM)
WHERE:
Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 East Northfield Road (entrance on East Cedar Street), Livingston
ADMISSION: free

OLDWICK COMMUNITY PLAYERS SEEKS ACTORS FOR STAGED READING

AUDITION NOTICE

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BELLES: A STAGED READING
by Mark Dun

Oldwick Community Players is casting a staged reading of the play Belles by Mark Dunn. Told in two acts and forty-five phone calls, Belles visits six southern sisters, who, over the course of an autumn weekend, seek to bridge the physical and emotional distance between them via the telephone, and in the process come to terms with their shattered family history.

The production, which is a reprise of OCP’s successful reading of Belles last spring, is in need of three actors age 18 to 35, one male and two female. Staged reading requires no memorization of script.

The performance will take place on November 5 at 2:00 PM at the Warren Township Branch of the Somerset County Library, 42 Mountain Blvd., Warren 07059 .

Two rehearsals will be held at Flemington DIY at 90 Main Street, Flemington 08822 on Sunday, October 23 and 30, from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M.

To schedule an audition, please call director Merry LaRue at (908)399-3586 as soon as possible. For more information, visit www.oldwickplayers.org , find OCP - Oldwick Community Players on Facebook, or email questions to merrylarue@aol.com or ganidjar@comcast.net.

EXPERIENCE LONDON THEATER WITH OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE IN JANUARY!

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Experience The British Theatre With Ocean County College

Experience the British theater on Ocean County College’s 38th Annual Theatre in London Seminar/Trip: January 4-15, 2017.  Members of the community are welcome to participate on a non-credit basis.  Students will be enrolled for three college credits.  A number of scholarships are available for OCC students.  Registration Deadline: October 4.

Seminar/Trip: See 10 plays at the Royal National Theatre, West End, Fringe, and other venues! Take a backstage tour at the Royal National Theater. Enjoy talk-back sessions with actors, directors, or technical staff.  Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theater. Plenty of free time for sightseeing, museums, shopping, and dining.

Tour Package: round trip airfare on United Airlines, 10 nights accommodations at the conveniently located Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel (four star hotel), theatre tickets, day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, full English breakfast daily, round trip airport transfers, most tips, taxes, OCC instruction, tuition, and fees.

Not Included: lunch and dinner, personal expenses, trip cancellation insurance, and any items not specifically listed.

Cost: $3,975 per person, double occupancy.
Single room supplement: $840. Out-of-county fee: $69. Out-of-state fee: $339. 

NOTE: The program cost is based on the exchange rate and the prevailing price in effect at the time of printing. Should airfare, land costs, and the dollar/pound exchange rate become less favorable, participants may be billed accordingly.

For more information or to register for the trip, contact Gary Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Humanities, at gshaffer@ocean.edu or 732-255-0400, ext. 2296.

THE THEATER PROJECT OPENS “CROWNS”—A PLAY WITH HAT-ITUDE THIS THURSDAY IN MAPLEWOOD

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the gospel musical by Regina Taylor
based on the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marbury
directed by Mark Spina

WHEN: September 29 – October 23, 2016, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM.
WHERE: The Theater Project at the Burgdorff Center for the Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
TICKETS: $40 - $20; discounts available for groups and advance sale.
Discounts also available for students, seniors, and NJEA members.
www.thetheaterproject.org, 908 809-8865

The Theater Project had previously produced CROWNS in 2010, so “In 2016, we expect to raise the roof at each and every performance in Maplewood,” says artistic director Mark Spina. “The music in CROWNS makes you want to join right in – and people do!”

clip_image002[6]In Regina Taylor’s CROWNS, the hats worn by African American church women become a springboard for exploration of black history and identity through story and song. “Sometimes under those hats, there’s a lot of joy and a lot of sorrow.” The show uses gospel music to describe the journey of Yolanda, a young woman who travels down South to stay with family after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. As she deals with her loss, she finds strength by learning about her roots from her grandmother’s community of church women. Gospel music, rap and dance underscore her story as she discovers the history and significance of cultural traditions in a colorful, energetic depiction of African-American life.

clip_image002[8]The production’s musical director is Gail Lou, an accomplished recording artist, actress, songwriter, and arranger. She performed off-Broadway as Lena Horne in MAMA I WANT TO SING and has received critical acclaim from the Grammy Committee for her recordings. Choreographer Colleen Hawks’ Broadway performance credits include SHREK, THE BOY FROM OZ, and SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ.

About The Theater Project (TTP): Founded in 1994, The Theater Project presents its main stage season and children’s classes at the Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, New Jersey. TTP also maintains a strong presence in Cranford and Union, offering readings and events in several locations. For more information, visit www.thetheaterproject.org

Photos (top to bottom): Daaimah Talley, Gail Lou and Andre DeSandies.

AUDITIONS THIS TUESDAY IN HOBOKEN FOR MOSCOW BALLET’S “GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER”

An exciting opportunity for dancers of all ages...

The Moscow Ballet's 

Great Russian Nutcracker

AUDITION NOTICE

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MOSCOW BALLET NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS NEXT TUESDAY!

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts in partnership with The Moscow Ballet is proud to announce an exciting opportunity for dancers of all ages!

The Moscow Ballet will hold auditions and rehearsals at Garden Street on Tuesday, September 27th for their December 8th performance of The Nutcracker in Wayne, NJ. Auditions will take place on September 27th with primary rehearsals led by The Moscow Ballet September 27th-30th.

If selected students will rehearse at Garden Street School of the Performing Arts for several weeks to prepare for the show under the direction of The Moscow Ballet and our Ballet Mistress Ju Yuen Lee. Rehearsals will take place on Sundays from October 2nd-December 4th.

AVAILABLE ROLES:

  • 12 Party Children (max. 14) | Ages 8-11 | 6 girls and 6 boys (or girls dressed as boys)
  • 10 Mice |Ages 10-12
  • 12 Little Snowflakes (max 14) | Ages 7-9 |Must have 1 year ballet training
  • 12 Snow Maidens (max 14) |Older girls from 10 to 14
  • 4 Snow Sprites |Older Girls from 10-14 |Can be on pointe if technique is good. Decision will be made by audition director

ACT II VARIATIONS

  • 4 Spanish: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 dancers ages 12-16, pointe optional
  • 4 Chinese: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 older dancers ages 12-16, pointe optional
  • 4 Russian: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 dancers ages 11-16
  • 2 French: 2 dancers ages 7- 8

Beginner to pre-professional dancers are all encouraged to audition starting at age 7 through 18.

To register please email us at dance@gardenstreetmusic.com .

We look forward to seeing you at the audition. Please note you must pre-register as we will have a cut off if it gets too full.

WHERE: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, 1018 Washington St, Hoboken
201-683-9100
www.gardenstreetmusic.com
dance@gardenstreetmusic.com

“MA RAINEY” @ TWO RIVER THEATER IN RED BANK IS “EXTRAORDINARY”

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WHERE: Two River Theater | 21 Bridge Avenue | Red Bank, NJ 07701 | 732.345.1400 | tworivertheater.org | info@trtc.org

Saturday, September 24, 2016

SUBSCRIBE TO LONJ’S SEASON & SAVE 15% PER TICKET!

Become a Season Subscriber and Save 15% per ticket! 

WHEN: Deadline October 3rd.
HOW TO:
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Learn more about group rates Here.
Join us for our season opening productions of 

Gian Carlo Menotti's

The Telephone (L'Amour à Trois)

and

The Old Maid and the Thief
directed by Joanna Hoty Russell and Jamie Baer Peterson

WHEN: November 4 & 5, 8 PM
WHERE: St Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge

Learn more about the shows here

KALEIDOSCOPE THEATRE FOR YOUTH SEEKS STRONG ACTORS FOR NEW PRODUCTION OF “OLIVER JR.”

AUDITION NOTICE:

Seeking strong singers and actors to originate leading, featured, and ensemble roles in this exciting new production!

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.

We are looking for performers ages 6-18 to help us workshop this updated script and score over a brief 3-week rehearsal process culminating in a full production running December 14-18

 

Audition Information

  • Auditions will be held via video submission for performers ages 6-18.
  • Performers will be asked to submit a video of a 16-32 bar cut in the style of the show.
  • An in-person callback will be held on Sunday, October 9 at The Summit Playhouse for those being considered for roles.
  • To submit an audition,
    CLICK HERE

All submissions are due by Saturday, October 1

Rehearsal Schedule

Due to the intense nature of this process, very few conflicts will be accepted. Rehearsal times will be determined based on cast availability. Not all cast members will be called for the entirety of each rehearsal. 

  • Rehearsals will run Saturday, November 26-Friday, December 9
  • Tech/Dress rehearsals will run Saturday, December 10-Tuesday, December 13
  • Performances will run Wednesday, December 14-Sunday, December 18.
  • Weekday rehearsals will  be scheduled between the hours of 4:00-9:00.
  • Weekend rehearsals will be scheduled between the hours of 10:00-9:00.

We do not expect to rehearse for the full amount of time each day and there will likely be a few days off, especially during the first week.

Questions? Email Us!

GSP OFFERS A FREE SNEAK PEEK INTO THEIR GROUNDBREAKING SEASON

REGISTER NOW OR CALL 732-246-7717

WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunwick
ADMISSION: Free

Thursday, September 22, 2016

ONLY 5 MORE CHANCES TO SEE AN EXTRAORDINARY & IMPORTANT THEATRICAL EVENT

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WHEN: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinee: 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the campus of Drew University)

Join us for an audio-described performance on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m., with a sensory workshop before the performance at 1:00 p.m. Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 for more information.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CONTROVERSIAL MUSICAL, “ASSASSINS,” TO OPEN IN CRANFORD ON OCTOBER 7


Assassins
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.

WHEN: October 7 – 22; Fridays & Saturdays 8PM
WHERE: The Cranford Dramatic Club Community Theatre, 78 Winans Ave, Cranford, New Jersey
TICKETS:
Senior $23; Adult $25
FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins.

Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

CAST
JOHN WILKES BOOTH Keith White
CHARLES GUITEAU S. Gene Lough
LEON CZOLOGOSZ Zachary Love
GIUSEPPE ZANGARA Shane Long
SAMUEL BYCK Matt Burns
LYNETTE "SQUEAKY" FROMME Lindsay Braverman
SARA JANE MOORE Lauren Grof-Tisza
JOHN HINCKLEY Zach Mazouat
BALLADEER/OSWALD Chris Cantalupo
THE PROPRIETOR Rich Colonna

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

“THINKING PICTURES” EXHIBITION @ THE ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Thinking Pictures Exhibition

We hope you will join us!
For museum information, including directions, visit www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

BIG DOIN’S @ UCPAC & HAMILTON STAGE IN RAHWAY

Celebrating the start of its fifth year, The Hamilton Stage will host an exciting evening of entertainment, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Live jazz band conducted by Bruce De La Cruz. Vocal Performances by: Shanice Williams (NBC's THE WIZ LIVE), Drew Cybert (Fearless Icon winner, 2015), Howard Whitmore (Fearless Icon Finalist, 2015), Natasha Kurilew (Fearless Icon Finalist, 2015), Khy Garner (Renowned Music Director/Vocal Coach). High Energy Classic Homage to the the Gypsy Rose Lee era of Burlesque starring Miss Vivi Noir and the Noir Follies Girls. Comedy by Drew Lynch.

WHEN: September 23, 2016; doors open 7 PM 
WHERE: Hamliton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
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The night after the Gala, Drew will perform an all-ages comedy show at the Mainstage. Inspired by comedians Bo Burnham, Louis C.K., and his friend Samuel J. Comroe, Drew brings to life the social hardships of dealing with a newly-found speech impediment. Drew was a Golden Buzzer Winner and the 1st Runner up on America's Got Talent Season 10 in 2015.

WHEN: September 24, 2016
WHERE:
UCPAC Main Stage, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
Tickets



The following weekend Drew Lynch will take on his dream role of Michal in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman. It tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.

WHEN: September 29 - October 2; Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 2 PM 
WHERE: Hamliton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
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