Thursday, March 29, 2018

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By Michelle Kholos Brooks
directed by Sarah Norris

WHEN: April 6 through April 22, Fridays April 6, 13 and 20 at 8pm; Saturdays April 7, 14 and 21 at 8pm; Sundays April 8, 15 and 22 at 2pm; Wednesdays, April 11 and 18 at 2pm and Thursdays, April 12 and 19 at 7:30pm. 
WHERE: Lackland Performing Arts Center Kutz Theatre, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $27.50 for adults on matinee and Friday evening performances and $29.50 for adults on Saturday evening performances. Thursday evening performances are $27.50 for all seats with a buy one / get one rush ticket special when purchased in person at the Centenary Stage Company box office beginning at 5:30pm. BOGO offer is not valid for advance ticket sales by phone or online.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to every event.  The CSC box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

Imagine knowing that every mouthful of food you ate could be your last. Inspired by the true story, Michelle Kholos Brooks’ Hitler’s Tasters will make its world premiere at Centenary Stage Company.

Winner of the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award, this alternately engaging and compelling play tells the story of the young women who were charged with tasting Hitler’s food so that he would not be poisoned. Three times day, every day, the young women have the opportunity “to die for their F├╝hrer.” But while they wait, like all girls throughout time, they gossip, they dream, they question and dance, until the door opens and the guard appears with each meal. 

MichelleHeadshot4Michelle Kholos Brooks’ plays have been produced and seen from coast to coast at theatres in such as the Pacific Resident Theatre, the Adirondack Theatre Festival, Wings Theatre (NYC), Laurelgrove Theatere Co. (Los Angeles), and the Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble, among many others. Her play Hostage was chosen as a finalist for the 2016/17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and was also a semi-finalist for Premier Stages Play Festival. Brooks earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. She lives in Venice, California with her husband and son.

Centenary Stage Company is also offering a buffet matinee for both Wednesday afternoon performances. Buffet matinees are $45.00 per person and include private dining and the performance. Minimum of 25 reservations are required. Centenary Stage Company also offers discounted group sales for groups of 25 or more. To reserve a buffet matinee or a group of 25 or more contact the CSC box office directly at (908) 979 – 0900.

Centenary Stage Company will also be holding a Pre-show VIP Reception on Saturday, April 7 beginning at 6:30PM. The reception is $15.00 per person and limited to 50 participants. The Pre-show VIP reception will include light finger food, complimentary beverages, deserts and an opportunity to meet playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks. It is recommended to purchase tickets along with your VIP Reception reservation to ensure entry to the performance that evening.  To reserve call the box office directly at (908) 979 – 0900.

Centenary Stage Company’s production of Michelle Kholos Brooks’ Hitler’s Tasters is sponsored in part by Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd and Zonta Morristown Chapter.

The 2017-2018 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, Zonta Morristown Chapter and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, The House of the Good Shepherd, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018



Pick Between Two Options for students entering Grades 7th – 9th and 10th – 12th


Led by a professional Director, Musical Director, and guest teaching artists, students will spend the week working on a collection of songs, scenes, dances, original material, movement pieces, and poetry, to be performed on our main stage every Friday night.


Led by a professional Technical Director, Assistant TD, and guest teaching artists, students will paint flats, create costume pieces, learn about lighting and sound, and make props - whatever it takes to build the world of the show to be performed every Friday night.

WHEN: Week 1: July 9-13; Week 2: July 16-20; Week 3: July 23-27; Monday–Friday 9:00AM–4:00PM.
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TUITION: $475 per week; Discounts for multiple weeks. Scholarships available.


TO REGISTER: Download registration forms HERE and...

  • Scan and email to (if paying by credit card).
  • Mail with payment to: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ, 07701   Attn: Summer Intensives.
  • Drop off in person at the Two River Theater Box Office or Administrative Offices
  • Fax to 732.345.1414 (if paying by credit card) – Attn: Summer Intensives

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Holds Special Art Exhibition to Celebrate Israel at 70


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WHEN: April 2 – 30. A special meet-the-artists reception will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
WHERE: Waltuch Art Gallery at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, located at 411 E. Clinton Avenue in Tenafly
ADMISSION: Admission is free and open to the community.

ISRAEL AT 70 is a month-long art exhibition in April showcasing more than 80 works of art by 26 local artists who have created art that reflect their appreciation for Israel, its people, and its culture and history. The exhibit includes an exciting and inspirational array of paintings, photographs, and mixed media works, curated from an open call to artists that encouraged everyone with a passion for Israel to participate. The end result is a colorful, must-see community art celebration.

“This exhibit celebrates our community’s love of Israel through the arts,” says Nina Bachrach, JCC Director of Arts and Culture Development. “We’ve brought together an incredible community of artists who are excited to spark the imagination of our community and to explore the cultural arts in an exciting way.”

The Waltuch Art Gallery is a community space that exhibits thematically Jewish artwork, or art produced by Jewish artists. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the community, where JCC membership is not required. Some, but not all, artwork in this special exhibition is available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will support invaluable cultural arts programming at the JCC. Gallery exhibits are a part of the JCC’s Patron of the Arts Program, engaging our community in diverse and inspiring cultural arts experiences.

Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am - 10 pm; Friday and Sunday, 9 am – 5; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays.For more information on gallery exhibitions contact Nina Bachrach at 201.408.1406 or email:



WHEN: Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 pm
: Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Rd., Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $15/$20/$10

Champions of American music for more than a decade, Opus Two violin-piano duo, made up of violinist William Terwilliger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock, presents a centenary celebration of Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s most popular and iconic composers.  Highlighting music from their acclaimed recordings, the program will include Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (arranged for vln/pno), Touches: Chorale, Eight Variations and Coda, and Four Moments from Candide. The program also includes Copland’s, Duo for Flute and Piano (arranged for vln/pno), and Sonata for Violin and Piano.  

Critics have recognized Opus Two for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble, and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin-piano duo repertoire. Following their long tradition of championing the works of great American composers, Opus Two recorded works of George Gershwin that reviewers called an “excellent” recording adding that the “performers throw themselves into this fresh look at Gershwin with enthusiasm and enjoyment.” The Gershwin is the newest addition to Opus Two’s growing discography of American music which includes CDs dedicated to works by Paul Schoenfield, Aaron Copland, Lowell Liebermann and their debut recording on the Naxos label, Leonard Bernstein: Violin Sonata; Piano Trio; New Transcriptions. In celebration of Bernstein’s centennial, Cooperstock recently released Leonard Bernstein: Complete Solo Works for Piano which was praised by Arts Fuse, “if there’s an essential Leonard Bernstein at 100 album, this is the one; with excellent performances of relatively unknown music deserving to be heard.” Cooperstock serves as artistic director of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s upcoming Bernstein at 100 Festival.

Recent concerts have taken them to Colorado, Florida, Texas and Hawaii.   This past summer they returned to Germany’s Saarburg International Music Festival where they were in residence, and performed at Austria’s Classical Music Festival with concerts at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Mozart House in Vienna, the Esterhazy Palace and Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt where they performed Haydn’s Double Concerto.  The duo returned to the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina last spring in a much anticipated multi-media performance of their   recent commission by composer Meira Warshauer followed by performances in Honolulu and master classes at the University of Hawaii. Opus Two’s recent appearances include performances at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Maverick Concerts, Brevard Music Festival, the Round Top International Festival-Institute and Rocky Ridge Music Center.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018



Music in Our Schools Month Concert

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:00pm (originally scheduled for March 20th, but postponed due to weather). Doors will open 6:00pm  Before the concert, student and adult small groups will perform in the lobby of the gymnasium.  At 7:00pm, the concert will commence with an official welcome by the school principal. The performance is anticipated to be no more than one hour in length
RFIS gymnasium located at 50 Court Street in Flemington
ADMISSION: free with open seating, and all members of the community are welcome!

The Reading-Fleming Intermediate School (RFIS) PTO, in coordination with the RFIS Music Department, will host a free concert featuring the Hunterdon Harmonizers, Whitehouse Wind Symphony and Flemington-Raritan School District K-8 Student Choir. The month of March is recognized nationally as Music in Our Schools Month. This will mark the fifth time that the PTO has presented this concert.

“We are excited to host a very special night of music performed by a variety of talented local musicians in Hunterdon County including our very own Flemington-Raritan School District K-8 Student Choir” said Mr. Anthony DeMarco, Principal at RFIS. “Flemington-Raritan students and families, as well as members of the entire community, are invited to join us for this special free concert filled with music and song.  The event is sure to be exciting as students from across the school district join together with the Harmonizers and Wind Symphony for this special concert!”

After performance by the Hunterdon Harmonizers, the Flemington-Raritan K-8 District Chorus and the Whitehouse Wind Symphony, young concertgoers will have the opportunity to meet with singers and band members, and learn more about how music is made!

The RFIS PTO, RFIS Administrators and RFIS Music teachers look forward to welcoming the community at the Intermediate School!  RFIS is a Title 1 School within the Flemington-Raritan School District and the PTO is a fully recognized non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  Donations to the RFIS PTO are tax deductible.

For more information on the PTO, please CLICK HERE

Guest Review: “39 Steps” Hilarious Mystery Farce at The Barn

By Rick Busciglio (

The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey is currently presenting the London and Broadway success that spoofs Alfred Hitchcock's first 'man-on-the run' thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps. It was adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow and based on the 1935 film from the novel by Scottish mystery writer John Buchan (buc-in). (Above: L-R Jonathan Rudolph, Shawna Lagan,  Dann Pryce & Mark Hermann.  Photograph by Tom Schopper)

This production directed by Ron Mulligan is hilarious! It is a mix of the Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!

This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 100 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!  In The 39 Steps, Richard Hannay is the suave lead character in this spy thriller set in pre-World War One England and Scotland. He is leading a boring life until he meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home to his London flat, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft.

Director Mulligan has cast four talented comedy performers. The man-on-the-run Richard Hannay is played to perfection by the properly mustached Dann Pryce (he even resembles Robert Donat the star of the 1935 film). The man-on-the-run comment is no exaggeration. Pryce spends almost the entire play literally running!

No thriller is correct without a lady in distress…sadly in 39 Steps that is the attractive Shawna Lagan (right) as Annabella Schmidt (the woman with the thick accent) saved by Hannay? NO, but murdered... with him as the prime suspect. Don’t fret about Ms. Lagan…she reappears as a randy Scottish Highland farmer’s wife speaking with a proper broad Scottish ‘burr’ accent. (Note: brogue is Irish). Finally, she is the prim and proper English woman, Pamela, that Hannay meets on a train to Scotland. Little does he know that romance is to follow. Shawna Lagan nicely plays these three diverse characters with her tongue planted firmly in her cheek. She demonstrates a fine comedy sense. (Photo by Joe Gigli)

The players with the herculean task of covering all the wacky other roles..both male and female from London stage performers in tux' to Scottish inkeepers (husband and wife!) to international spies and much more are clown #1 Mark Herrmann and Clown #2 Jonathan Rudolph (a Barn vet). They are both excellent broad slap-stick performers ala John Cleese, or maybe more accurately a Marx brother! The clever use of the set, props, sound effects and sight gags in 39 Steps provides many of the belly-laughs that this fast-paced fun event delivers. (Above, left: Mark Hermann, Jonathan Rudolph & Dann Pryce. Photo by Joe Gigli)

Just what are the 39 steps? Why is Hannay on the run? How does he prove his innocence? Who is the man with the partial finger? Does he get the girl?

Sorry, you'll have to visit the Barn Theatre no later than April 8th to find out. When you do, don't blink or you will miss some of the screwball fun. The play with one intermission runs about two hours. Warning: there are several gunshots, flashing strobe lights and a man wears a kilt.

Also, note the very clever use of recorded music...all from Hitchcock thrillers. Listen also for subtle mentions of his film titles.

The excellent ringmaster (a/k/a director) of this wild, zany comedy is Ron Mulligan. His production team includes: scenic designer Lawrence Gabriel; lighting designer Cheryl Wibur; costume designer Linda Spirko; sound designer Larry Wilbur; production stage manager Craig Zimmerman; properties Marie Bogert; lighting operation Chris Reynolds; and sound operation Omar Kozarsky.

If we were to reduce our review to a few words we would turn to the old Scottish phrase, "Hoot mon, this is grrreat!"

WHEN:  Friday, March 30, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 8pm
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2pm

WHERE: The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287.

For reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at

Dave Stryker Quartet Bday gig @Trumpets, this Saturday, March 31

Dave Stryker Quartet Birthday Gig
with Steve Nelson

WHEN: Saturday, March 31st – 8:00pm/10:00pm

WHERE: Trumpets, 6 Depot Square (at the corner of Walnut Street), Montclair, NJ (973) 744-2600

  • Dave Stryker – guitar
  • Steve Nelson – vibes
  • Jared Gold – organ
  • McClenty Hunter – drums

New CD Strykin' Ahead
4 Stars Downbeat Nov. 2017
“....Overall, the album casts a warm, clear glow, with plenty of cohesive interplay between Stryker, organist Jared Gold, drummer McClenty Hunter, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson. While influenced by many guitarists, Stryker remains true to his own vision. Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell may be touchstones, but Stryker forges his own sound throughout." - Martin Kasdan

An Evening of Jazz for Newtown
Dave Stryker and Jimmy Greene

WHEN: Apr. 13 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
: Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston NJ 07039
(973) 992-7000

• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Jimmy Greene- tenor sax


Crossroads Theatre Company


The theatre has such a vibrant ability to bring words to life. It has sass, attitude, and a focus on shared humanity.

  1. Theatre is explosive. There's no energy like the energy you get when you mix live performers with a live audience.
  2. Theatre is ethereal. What happens on any given night only happens once.
  3. Theatre is mind expanding. It's a safe way to visit dangerous places.
  4. Theatre is connective. It reminds us that being human is beyond culture and time.
  5. Theatre is the original multi-media art form. It fuses movement, music, design, acting, writing, and directing into one artistic blast.
  6. Theatre is timeless. The pleasure we get from offering and receiving stories is wired into our DNA.
  7. Theatre is moveable. Great performance experiences can be staged in warehouses, basements, bars, parks, cars, beaches and elevators
  8. Theatre is reflective. Watching life on stage can influence how we see (and react to) life in the streets.
  9. Theatre is provocative. It can challenge the dominant political and cultural narratives of the day.
  10. Theater is sensual. Everyone in the room is breathing the same air. If the person beside you is laughing or crying, you see it; you hear it; you feel it.
We love how the theatre can enrich our lives. Get out and go to a theatrical play and live your best life.


Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians...the future "greats!" This is  a chance to see them NOW! Tuesday drummer, percussionist , Diamond Anderson  leads the band and the jam session. Anderson is currently a student in jazz performance at Montclair State University.

Open Session at 9:30.

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

Bassist/vocalist/producer Mimi Jones is a sidewoman with an impressive coterie of musicians and leader with three CDs on her own label, (Hot Tone Music) A Bronx native, Jones is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. She has studied with Ron Carter, Linda McKnight, Milt Hinton and others and has toured extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and is recognized as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador. Her vast work as a sidewoman includes collaboration with Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Tia Fuller, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sean Jones, Ravi Coltrane and Terri Lyne Carrington. Be THERE!

Seattle native Molly Mason followed music to the East Coast. where she earned a Masters in classical voice from Boston U. Molly's focus switched from opera halls to intimate clubs when she found a love for the freedom and creativity that jazz music has to offer. Molly Mason can be heard performing favorite standards, new compositions and modern arrangements in clubs and concert venues across the Tri-State area.




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by Joanna Glass
directed by Jim Jack
starring Philip Goodwin and Carly Zien

George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick (off Rte 1 South on the Cook campus of Rutgers University)
Buy Now or Call 732-246-7717

Silly on Sixth presents LAST production: “The Three Little Pigs and the Ugly Ducking”


Silly on Sixth Children’s Series of Hudson Theatre Ensemble presents

The Three Little Pigs and The Ugly Duckling
Fun adaptations by Diana London and directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina

WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11am and 1pm; Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11am and 1pm; Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 11am and 1pm. Show runs about 40 minutes.
Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave., Hoboken
Reservations: 201-377-7014 or

Call for Birthday Reservations!

“Your group is such a treasure for Hoboken.”   Geri Fallo, Director of Cultural Affairs, City of Hoboken

Monday, March 26, 2018

Food for Thought: Food Writers Panel & WP Green A-fair @ William Paterson University



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We All Eat International Food Festival:

Taste of Syria

Presented by the co-founder of the NJ Syria Supper Club

William Paterson University, University Commons 211, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne

An announcement will be made one week prior to the event if tickets become available, or you may continue to check with the box office.

The NJ Syria Supper Club has created a myriad of connections between Americans and recent immigrants. Enjoy a Syrian feast with other guests while learning about Syrian culture and the current struggles Syrians face.

*This event was previously scheduled for 3/21/18. Due to inclement weather on 3/21, the event was re-scheduled to MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018. Please hold onto your tickets, as they will be honored for the new date.  For more information, please call the box office at 973-720-2371.

Food Writers and Social Responsibility

Cheng Library Auditorium

Four prominent writers, including a former New York Times columnist and current restaurant editor of Food & Wine magazine, discuss how food writers help shape what we eat. This panel discussion offers a fascinating look at food trends, celebrity chefs, and the foodie nation. 

What's Next After Farm-to-Table? Sidewalk-to-Table?

Co-sponsored by WP Green A-fair

University Commons Ballroom A

Members of the environmental/art and design collective SPURSE and authors of Eat Your Sidewalk discuss food and environment with Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of the former NYC farm-to-table restaurant Savoy. Samples of foraged foods will be offered to attendees.

The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra



Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. Please contact the box office for a refund or more information. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

A Cook on the Wild Side

Film and Discussion

Cheng Library Auditorium

Does environmental sustainability mean hunting, poaching, and foraging are acceptable practices? Celebrity chef, food writer, and environmentalist Hugh Fearnley tackles these sometimes-controversial issues in the film. A post-film discussion on the ethics and importance of hunting will be led by Iain Kerr, co-founder of SPURSE.

Limited slots available for Summer Camp at UCPAC!

The Aristocats KIDS!

Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day.

Open to performers ages 5 - 13.


Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Open to performers ages 6 - 18.