Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Winter Exhibitions Opening at Art Center on February 29

Hillerbrand + Magsamen: The Devices Project

Yvette Molina: Big Bang Votive

Elisabeth Smolarz: The Encyclopedia of Things

Adrienne Wheeler: White Dress Narratives

WHEN: The opening reception on February 29th from 2–4 PM is free for all ages and open to the public. The shows will remain on view throughout the rest of winter and into spring, closing on June 7, 2020. Gallery hours: Monday–Wednesday and Friday, 10 AM–5 PM; Thursday, 10 AM–8 PM; and Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM–4 PM. Please call 908.273.9121 to confirm holiday hours.
WHERE:
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit

Hillerbrand + Magsamen: The Devices Project is a multi-media installation in the Art Center’s Main Gallery. The Houston-based artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen, and their children Maddie and Emmett. Together they create sculpture, installation, performance, video and photographic works that explore our relationship to everyday objects, and how we use them to playfully survive and cope in a world of personal and political turmoil. According to the artists, The Devices Project is “rooted in our society’s ever-growing desire to exercise control over our lives through various devices. Should we constantly look to new technology to fix our problems? Or are there alternatives?”  All four family members will be present at the opening reception and the artists, along with their children, will also lead an all-ages workshop called Wands and Crowns: Devices for Play, before the opening reception on February 29. The workshop will run 12:30-2 PM and participants will create their own device—either a wand or a crown—made with found objects. See artcenternj.org for availability and pricing. (Above, left: Hillerbrand + Magsamen, A Device to Be Heard, 2018, photograph, courtesy of the artists)

Big Bang Votive, on display in the Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery, is a communal storytelling project by Yvette Molina that will evolve over the course of the exhibition. Molina will be in residence in the gallery on Tuesdays, as well as several weekend days throughout the run of the show to engage with visitors and create paintings that respond to their personal stories of love or delight. Starting with approximately 300 panels prepared only with imagery of starry skies, Molina will render images from visitors’ stories as “votives” on the panels. The exhibition also incorporates an audioscape—a surround-sound composition, in collaboration with Joshua-Michele Ross, played on a continuous loop. Five channels of audio placed throughout the gallery will allow the sound to move through the room like a vast cosmos rotating overhead. (Above, left: Yvette Molina, Like Being on Lots of Different Planets, 2019, egg tempera on panel, courtesy of the artist)

Elisabeth Smolarz: The Encyclopedia of Things will be on view in the Marité and Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I. This exhibition, organized in partnership with Guttenberg Arts, is an ongoing project that spotlights Smolarz’s community based photographic project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. This version, begun in 2017, offers an intimate look at the diverse and populous community of Guttenberg, NJ. Utilizing objects as portals to memories, Elisabeth Smolarz collaborated with individuals in Guttenberg to create shrine-like installations of their own precious objects to tell the story of each individual.

Adrienne Wheeler’s White Dress Narratives will be on display in the museum’s Stair-gazing space. Wheeler is a multi-media artist, independent curator, arts educator, and advocate for social justice who lives and works in Newark. Through her practice, she addresses societal injustices, particularly those affecting the lives of women and children. White Dress Narratives consists of nine cut canvas dress silhouettes, each replicating her mother’s hand-sewn grade school graduation dress. Representing nine generations of Wheeler’s maternal lineage from her great-great grandmother to her daughter and nieces, the dresses are embellished with machine stitching and hand-painted designs that reflect each woman’s story.

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For over 85 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned Studio School, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.

Visit artcenternj.org for more information.

Support

Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided in part by the Peter R. & Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation; the Wilf Family Foundations; and Art Center members and donors.

Yvette Molina: Big Bang Votive is funded in part by Patricia A. Bell.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"Avian Art" with artist James Fiorentino & Raptor Trust with rehabilitated bird @ D&R Greenway Feb. 28

Avian Art

WHEN: February 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
WHERE:
D&R Greenway, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ, 08540
ADMISSION: Free, but Rsvp@drgreenway.org.
609-924-4646
www.drgreenway.org 

D&R Greenway invites the public to a celebration, honoring the last day of its newsworthy exhibition by nationally renowned James Fiorentino.

The Raptor Trust will bring a rehabilitated screech owl to the Johnson Education Center. James Fiorentino is vice chairman of the Board of D&R Greenway; a Trustee of the Raptor Trust; as well as deeply involved with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Fiorentino is devoted to calling attention to the importance of habitat for native species, impacting the health of the entire planet.

After February 28th, his nature watercolors will move to Bernardsville’s Studio 7.  

SUMMER CAMP ENROLL + SAVE $50 PER WEEK

Summer Camp at Garden Street! 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! SAVE $50 PER WEEK IF YOU ENROLL BEFORE MARCH 1ST

Dance, Music, Theater, and Art Camp

Ages 4 - 12. 3 year olds are permitted if they have an older sibling at camp. Students are grouped by age.

Full Day Summer Camp! Drop-off is 9am-9:30am and pick up is 3:30pm-4pm.

TAKE $50 OFF PER WEEK IF YOU ENROLL BEFORE MARCH 1

FEE: $349 for 1 week of camp. $325 for each additional siblings. Drop-in days are available for $75 per day. A nonrefundable deposit of 50% is due upon enrollment. The balance will be automatically charged to your card on file on June 1st.

Email to Enroll: dance@gardenstreetmusic.com

Camp Activities:

Every day we have a great schedule of classes for your child to enjoy! Each child will participate in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, music, arts and crafts, and musical theater.

On Fridays we will provide a pizza party and showcase for your children to demonstrate what they have learned for their camp friends and teachers. Each week the theme changes making every week at camp unique! Parents are invited to see the presentation on Fridays at 2:30pm.

What You Need:

Girls: Black or pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tap shoes (any color).

Boys: Black dance pants, black or white t-shirt, black jazz shoes, tap shoes (any color).

All: One nut free lunch (Monday through Thursday), two nut-free snacks (Monday through Friday), a water bottle labelled with your name.

Choose one week or up to nine weeks!

  • Week 1: 6/22-6/26   The Little Mermaid
  • Week 2: 7/6-7/10     Frozen 2
  • Week 3: 7/13-7/17   Lion King
  • Week 4: 7/20-7/24   The Descendants
  • Week 5: 7/27-7/31   Pop Stars
  • Week 6: 8/3-8/7      Aladdin
  • Week 7: 8/10-8/14   Peter Pan
  • Week 8: 8/17-8/21   Cinderella
  • Week 9: 8/24-8/28   Broadway

LONJ QUICK DATES!

  • Die Fledermaus: Tickets available NOW at SeatYourself.biz—his week
    WHEN: February 21 & Saturday February 22, 2020, at 8PM
    WHERE:
    St. Mark's 140 South Finley Ave Basking Ridge, NJ.
  • In the Heights—auditions
    WHEN: March 4th and March 7th
    WHERE:
    SOPAC., 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind train station)
    Register at ITH registration
  • H.M.S. Pinafore free one-hour concert at these locations:
    • New Providence Memorial Library at 377 Elkwood Ave New Providence, NJ on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 3:00pm.
    • Leisure Learning of Bernards Township in the Fellowship Hall of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1 East Oak Street, Basking Ridge, NJ on Monday, April 13, 2020, at 1:00pm.
    • Morristown and Morris Township Library at 1 Miller Rd, Morristown, NJ on Friday, April 24, 2020, at 7:00pm.

Questions:  www.LONJ.org or 908-903-0700

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A COMEDY @ NJ REP! A DRAMA @ TWO RIVER THEATER!

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From our friends at Two River Theater


Director Brandon J. Dirden (King Hedley II, Seven Guitars) returns to Two River to direct our sixth production from The American Century Cycle—Radio Golf, the Cycle’s 10th and final play, set in 1997. Real-estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, and to revitalize the Hill District.

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SVP Casting Call: "Don't Dress for Dinner"

AUDITIONS:

Don't Dress for Dinner
Directed by Todd R. Bennington
Produced by Michael A. Muller

WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. and Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7 p.m.  CALL BACK DATES: TBD
WHERE:

Performance Dates: June 5 - June 21, 2020, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong?

Director Todd R. Bennington is seeking the following:
3 Adult Males Ages 20s to 40s
3 Adult Females Ages 20s to 40s

Special Notes for Auditioners:

Readings will be from the script. All actors must be comfortable with physical comedy. French accents will be used for some characters.

Character

Age

Description

Bernard

30's - 40's

Jacqueline's husband. A handsome smart businessman. He is flirtatious, dapper, and self-assured.

Robert

30's - 40's

Bernard's best friend and Jacqueline's lover. He is handsome, reserved, but a bit of a scoundrel. He has learned his ways from Bernard. But, he is an overall nice guy.

Jacqueline

30's - 40's

Bernard's wife and Robert's lover. She is lovely, assertive, romantic, and intelligent. She is a beautiful modern woman.

Suzette

20's - 40's

She is the hired cook. She's friendly, working-class, and funny. She has a great figure and can be compared to the swan beneath the duckling exterior. She has a French accent.

Suzanne

30's - 40's

She is Bernard's mistress. She is a fashion model with a killer body. She is chic and stylish, yet she is easily flustered. She has a French accent.

George

20's - 40's

He is Suzette's husband. He is a big and strong. He is very protective of Suzette. He has a French accent.

ACL Invites Students to “Paint the Town”!

Aspiring student artists are invited to a novel event. The ACL (Arts Council of Livingston) Gallery is holding a Paint the Town event for students from grades 6 through12.

  • Participating student artists will be asked to transform a list of provided venues into works of art using 16X20 canvases supplied by the Gallery for a nominal fee.
  • They may use any media and work in their home.
  • Supplies are limited to 50 canvases, so if interested, be sure to claim your canvas while supplies last!

WHERE: Canvases can be picked up at the Gallery, 2130 Town Center Way (enter on Carillon Circle)
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 25 th from 11-5 or 6-8.  

You can notify the Gallery of your interest and obtain more information by emailing us at ACLGallerynj@gmail.com, or just come and pick up your canvas and start to create!

Finished pieces are to be returned to the Gallery either Sunday, April 19 th from 1-3, or Monday, April 20 th from 4-6, and your works will then be installed at the Gallery.

Invite your friends and family to the reception that will be held at the Gallery on Sunday, April 26 th from 4-6.

Circle Players to hold auditions for "The Elephant Man"

AUDITIONS:

THE ELEPHANT MAN
by Bernard Pomerance

WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, and Thursday, March 5 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Callbacks will be held by invitation, if necessary, only on Saturday, March 7, from 11 am to 2 pm.
WHERE:
Circle Players, 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway

Circle Players announces auditions for the final show of its 2019 – 2020 season, The Elephant Man.

PERFORMANCES: opens May 15 and continues through June 7. No performances will be held over Memorial Day weekend.

Synopsis: Dr. Frederic Treves discovers John Merrick, who has been born with a congenital disorder, working in a London sideshow to earn a living as the “The Elephant Man.” When Treves brings Merrick into his home, he discovers that that Merrick’s rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the British upper class a lesson about dignity.

Director Khy Garner seeks actors for the following roles. All roles require British accents. Additional accent considerations are noted for each character as necessary.

  • Dr. Frederick Treves: Surgeon and teacher, he has chosen to care for and examine John Merrick in the interest of science.  Early 30s.
  • John Merrick, The Elephant Man. *Note: the actor who plays Merrick will not be required to wear any prosthetic, but will instead portray physical abnormalities through contortion. This actor must be physically fit and free from back trouble. This role also requires partial nudity* Age 25-30
  • Mrs Kendal: An actress at the Drury Lane Theatre. Age 30-40. One of many socialites who becomes friends with Merrick. *Note: this role will require partial nudity.

In addition, seven performers are required to play the following sets of multiple roles:

  • Carr Gomm/Conductor: Administrator of the London Hospital. Friend to Treves. Age 35-50
  • Ross/Bishop How: As Ross, Manager of the Elephant Man. Cockney accent. Unkempt and cruel. Age 35-50
  • Ms. Sandwich/Princess Alexandra/Nurse: Age 40-50
  • Pinhead/Will/Orderly: Any age or race.
  • Pinhead/Countess/Nurse/English Policeman/Orderly: Any age or race.
    Note: As stated in the script, the ‘Pinheads’ are two women with pointed heads. This illusion will be achieved through costume.
  • Voice/Belgian Policeman/Orderly: Any age
  • Pinheads’ Manager/Snort/Lord John/ Orderly: Any age

Questions about the play or roles can be directed to the producer, John Dowgin, by email via circleplayersnj@gmail.com

JAZZ THIS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Monday, February 17, 2020

RVCC Theatre to Present Celtic Music, Chinese Circus Performers, Children’s Theatre

From the captivating sounds and step dancing of Cherish The Ladies, to Artrageous’ spontaneous creations of music and art, to the earth-defying spectacle of New Shanghai Circus—and more—The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg is offering a plethora of entertainment in March.

WHERE: Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

Cherish The Ladies
WHEN: Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m.
TICKETS:
$30 & $40

One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for over 30 years. Under the leadership of All-Ireland flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, this Irish-American super group creates an unforgettable performance that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. With a level of artistic, historic and purely enticing entertainment unlike any in its genre, the group has garnered a reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike.


RVCC’s School-Time series
The Boy Who Grew Flowers
(Treehouse Shakers)

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, at 10 a.m.
TICKETS
: Individual tickets in the series cost $10 each; $8 per ticket for groups of 100 or more. One chaperone ticket is provided free of charge for each 15 tickets purchased.

(Recommended for pre-kindergarten and older; 45 minutes). Open to the public, performances in the School-Time series offer wonderful educational opportunities for home-schooled children.

Rink Bowagon lives at the very top of Lonesome Mountain with his unusual family. The townspeople all agree that Rink’s family is quite strange, but they are unaware of Rink’s spectacular botanical secret: Whenever the moon is full, he sprouts beautiful flowers all over his body. Other children are quick to ignore the shy boy because he is different. But what will happen when Rink’s eccentric family helps one of his classmates? Incorporating shadow puppetry, original music and movement, The Boy Who Grew Flowers is a unique story about courage, difference, friendship and the importance of celebrating individualism.


Artrageous

WHEN: Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m.
TICKETS:
$30 & $40

Watch an artist create a masterpiece before your eyes. Part art studio, part rock group, part creation lab, Artrageous takes audiences on a uniquely entertaining visual journey and high-energy ride of inspiration, creativity and engagement, paying tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical genres. It’s a frenzy of movement and color as lines and brush strokes appear on giant canvasses, culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. All the while, you’ll be dancing in the aisles to tunes ranging from pop to country to catchy Artrageous originals. It’s art and music gone wild!


New Shanghai Circus

WHEN: Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m.
TICKETS:
$30 & $40

Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats of incredible skill in this spellbinding show that draws upon 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions. Across the country, the troupe awes with a repertoire of jaw-dropping circus arts that reaches (literally) breathtaking heights of skill and puts audiences’ nerves to the test. If it’s humanly possible—and even if it’s not—Shanghai’s acrobats, jugglers and contortionists do it with spectacular flair and extraordinary grace. This beautifully orchestrated performance is enhanced by fabulous choreography, enchanting scenery and powerful music.

A free, pre-show juggling workshop will be offered from 6-6:40 p.m. for New Shanghai Circus ticket holders ages 8 to adult. Participants will learn to juggle, use juggling sticks, and spin plates in a workshop conducted by volunteers from Juggling Life. Those interested in taking part in the juggling program should email lisa.melillo@raritanval.edu with their name, phone number and names/ages of participants to reserve their spots. The workshop is limited to 24 participants.

To purchase tickets or for more information about any Theatre at RVCC production, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Subscribers’ packages are available. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

Special Invitation: Program on Children's Poetry @ The Zimmerli Art Museum

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PROGRAM REMINDER:

WINDOWS OF UNDERSTANDING


Closing Reception / Thursday, February 27, 4 to 6pm

Celebrate with artists, organizations, and local leaders at the culminating celebration of the 2020 Windows of Understanding run. This public art project pairs artists and organizations to answer the question, "How do we see through hate?", with works on display at venues around New Brunswick and Highland Park.

GUEST REVIEW: CTG’S “THINNER THAN WATER” TESTS FAMILIAL BONDS IN INTENSE PRODUCTION

By Jane Primerano, Guest Reviewer

Leo Tolstoy famously said, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but the unhappy family in Thinner Than Water is unhappy in many ways.

The play by Melissa Ross, directed by Jeff Knapp, gives us Renee, Gary and Cassandra, three half-siblings who share a mostly absent father whose girlfriend has just informed them he has lung cancer.

Renee, the eldest, played by Lauri MacMillan, seems more upset that Cassie got the call instead of her than by her father’s illness. Cassie sees herself as a disaster in every way, and Gary spends much time smoking either cigarettes or marijuana.

The play as presented by the Chester Theatre Group in the Black River Playhouse is a series of vignettes involving the siblings, Cassie’s on-again off-again boyfriend, Renee’s husband and a woman whose son Gary is looking to mentor as a Big Brother, as well as the girlfriend Gwen, and Gary’s co-worker Benjy.

In the course of the play, we discover just how damaged the three siblings are by their family situation. Their mothers are referred to as “the mean one” (Renee’s), “the fat one” (Gary’s) and “the dead one” (Cassie’s). Renee berates Cassie as a loser and Gary as a pot-smoking failure who lives in a garage. Cassie and Gary try to put on a united front against her but get tangled up in their own anger.

The play is intense, often very funny and at times extremely sad. Gwen, the father’s girlfriend, turns out to be an overly chatty, damaged woman. Henry, Cassie’s (mostly) former Beau, is successful in his work but stumbling in his relationship. Angela, who wants a Big Brother for her 8-year-old son, works herself into a fury over the people who have wronged her. Benjy seems the least damaged of the cast, just a comic-book nerd with a crush on Cassie. Mark is as flawed as the others but seems to be trying and truly to love Renee.

The actors, especially MacMillan and Jason Kruk as Gary, are excellent in their roles. MacMillan maintains a level of anger that looks exhausting. Kruk plays Gary as every sweet, slightly pathetic pot head you went to school with, endearing in his own way, but frustrating.

Gloria Lamoureux as Gwen is as annoying as possible until her last scene with MacMillan. Jessica Phelan is believable as the underachieving Cassie. The other roles are smaller, with Sean Runnette as Mark in only two scenes. He plays him drunk and sober very believably. Matt McCarthy effectively makes one want to smack Henry for saying all the wrong things to Cassie. Jill Bormann comes on a bit too strong as Angela, but is generally effective. Anthony R. Bentrovato is perfect as Benjy, reminding the audience of the manager of every comic book store in America.

The play has more iterations of f*** than a Kevin Smith movie.

Like most productions of CTG, Thinner Than Water  is produced sparsely and effectively. It’s worth an outing on a cold winter night.

The production runs through March 1 with 8 p.m. performances. If you’ve never been to the Black River Playhouse before, get their early, parking can be an issue. For more information, the website is www.chestertheatregroup.org.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Upcoming Events from Jersey Jazz

GUEST REVIEW: “The Sunshine Boys” Well Worth Venturing into he February Cold

By Jane Primerano, Guest Reviewer

Lewis and Clark, not the ones who mapped the Pacific Northwest, the Vaudevillians, haven’t spoken in 11 years, after 43 years as a comic duo.

Now they’ve been asked to do one of their classic sketches on a television special about the history of comedy. It’s up to Willie Clark’s nephew and agent, Ben Silverman, to bring them together. Because this is a classic Neil Simon comedy, they rebel hilariously. (Left: David Edwards and Carl Wallnau)

The Centenary Stage Company production of The Sunshine Boys opened on Friday, Feb. 14, and runs through Sunday, March 1.

Opening night was packed and the audience’s laughter shook the spacious Sitnik Theatre in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the Hackettstown campus.

As is common with Centenary productions, the first star the audience saw was the marvelous set by designer Matthew Imhoff. The play opens in Clark’s shabby hotel “suite,” which, we learn, used to be five rooms but has been reduced to one with a bathroom and kitchenette. Imhoff gives us a sense of the elegance of pre-war New York City and how it has decayed, down to the details of pictures on the wall and tchotchkes on shelves.

Clark is portrayed by Carl Wallnau right), the founding artistic director of the Centenary State Company as well as chair of the Fine Arts Department of the university. Wallnau shuffles, argues, yells, cracks jokes and reads Variety as his nephew, played by Jason Silverman, tries to talk him out of his feud with Lewis and into the CBS studio.

Silverman is an excellent foil to Wallnau’s crusty Clark who refuses to acknowledge he may be getting older and forgetful. He uses flattery, guilt and the threat of withholding his uncle’s cigars to get him to agree to at least meet with Lewis.

Lewis is portrayed by David Edwards. Wallnau, Edward and Silverman all appeared in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Bristol Riverside Theatre last year. Edwards is a veteran of CSC productions as well.

Wallnau and Edwards (top photo) fall easily into the roles of old partners/friends/enemies. They quip, bicker and attack with the masterful timing of two old veterans. A recurring joke is reading obituaries in Variety and arguing about who the person was: a bad composer? the manager of a restaurant? Sophie Tucker’s agent? They also take a hilarious several minutes setting up for the skit.

Although Lewis and Clark are the center of the production, along with Silverman the nephew, the supporting cast is very important. Two of the actors are Centenary students, Gabriel Landes, who plays Eddie the TV assistant on the set of the show, and Ryan Robert Washington who plays the patient in the Lewis and Clark “Doctor’s Skit.” Landes shows nerves, frustration and confusion masterfully. Washington had less to do, but he conveyed the proper amount of nervousness as he was “examined” by the doctor. He was also assistant director of the show.

Emaline Williams (left, with Wallnau) portrayed the nurse in the skit. She only had a few lines, but every man in the audience appreciated her burlesque delivery. And her “uniform.” Williams obviously enjoyed vamping around the stage in very un-nurse shoes and stockings and did so with panache.

The “real” nurse in the show was Reva Jamison who stood up to a now-bedridden Clark in the late scenes of the play. She showed just the right tone and movements.

Heard by not seen was Kevin Wehrhahn, an intern with CSC who provided the disembodied voice of the director of the TV show.

As with most Centenary performances, The Sunshine Boys is well worth venturing into the February cold.

Shows are Saturdays, Feb. 15, 22 and 29 at 8 p.m., Sundays Feb. 16 and 23 and March 1 at 2 p.m., Fridays Feb. 21 and 28 at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. and Thursdays Feb 20 and 27 at 8 p.m. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

Photos by Christopher Young.

Friday, February 14, 2020

“THINK FAST: THE THEATER PROJECT’S 7TH ANNUAL SHORT PLAY COMPETITION” IN MAPLEWOOD

The Theater Project hosts authors of nine short plays competing for a $500 prize, and awards for best actor, actress, and director.

WHEN: February 21, 22, 23. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m
WHERE:
Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
TICKETS: $20 ($10 students) at TheTheaterProject.org

INFO:908 809-8865
Visit our web site: TheTheaterProject.org

State Theatre New Jersey presents “Masters of Illusion”

Masters of Illusion

WHEN: Friday, February 28, at 8pm
WHERE:
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $35-$75
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469) or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre presents Masters of Illusion, America’s largest touring magic show. The tour stars magicians from The CW Network’s hit primetime television series beginning its seventh season this summer, and features Dan Sperry, Farrell Dillon, Titou, and Michael Turco.

These cutting-edge illusionists display skills that have taken a lifetime to perfect and include large-scale illusions, sleight-of-hand, perplexing interactive mind magic, comedy, and dangerous escapes. All performances of the show include some audience participation. The magicians will be available for meet and greets with audience members in the lobby after the conclusion of the performance and will be available for photographs and autographs.

Masters of Illusion has been presented across the U.S. and around the world including a recent one-year residency at Bally’s Las Vegas. It has been seen by over 100 million viewers on The CW Network and in 126 countries. Masters of Illusion returns for its second consecutive summer residency at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in its brand-new show for the whole family.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County Presents “Jews of the Wild West”

Jews of the Wild West
a talk by Rabbi Michael Klein, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Ahavat Olam, Howell, NJ

WHEN: Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 2 PM. 
WHERE:
The Jewish Heritage Museum, located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn.
ADMISSION: $8 members, $10 non-members. Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended.

It may come as a surprise to discover that there was a Jewish presence in America’s Old West! Jews were involved at the Alamo, with Wyatt Earp, with Native Americans, and in many other facets of life and history from the California gold rush to Tombstone, Arizona. Come learn about this surprising and fascinating piece of American history.

Funding has been made possible in part by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit jhmomc.org.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.

JCTC Celebrates Community Through the Arts!

Jersey City Theater Center's mission is to spark conversations about important issues of our times through the arts.

JCTC's CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY THROUGH THE ARTS

WHEN: Thursday, February 27th, 6:30PM - 10:30PM (VIP 6PM)
WHERE:
White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave., Jersey City
TICKETS:

  • VIP Reception & Event Tickets Tickets are $250 for the VIP reception, $150 for the main event. The VIP "meet and greet" with major donors, entertainers, special guests, etc. is from 6PM - 7PM. The main event is from 6:30PM - 10:30PM.
  • Event Tickets $150.00+$8.02 Fee. Enjoy up and close & personal experience with live performances and art while mingling with Jersey City's most passionate lovers of ART & CULTURE! Relish delectable treats and sip drinks from two open bars feet away from all the action! Plus SURPRISES!

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JCTC will honor Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, Gaye Dunstan, and Gillian Sarjeant-Allen to recognize their contributions to the arts.

HEADLINE PERFORMANCES BY: JANICE ROBINSON & CELEBRITY DJ HEX HECTOR

SPECIAL GUESTS: COLIN CUNNINGHAM AND LOCAL ARTISTS ARIEL GUIDRY, RASHAD WRIGHT, MARIA BRODSKAYA

Calling all LGBTQ friends and allies—interACT Theatre Productions wants to hear from YOU!

interACT is thrilled to be partnering once again with playwright Tommy Jamerson to create a new work.

This is Our Story: The Coming Out Monologues

is a project to be presented by interACT and a talented group of actors in June 2020 that we will be working on for the next several months in honor of Pride Month.

The best part? The stories will come from you and will be dramatized by Tommy Jamerson and our Artistic Director Nicholas J. Clarey.

We ask you to share your coming out story with us, keeping in mind that coming out is something that doesn't only happen once, but rather everyday. It is not something that only occurs when dealing with family. We have to come out to ourselves, coworkers, strangers, school administrations, and others. It also creates a shared story for those of us coming out and for those to whom we come out. It is not restricted to only Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual people; Pansexual, Asexual, HIV+, Transgender, Questioning, Allies, and others also have to do this too. Sometimes the story ends on a good note, sometimes not. Sometimes it takes years for the story to end and sometimes the story doesn't end at all.

Help us to tell your story, our story.

Submission deadline is February 23rd.

To view guidelines and more info please click Tell Us Your Story

“STEEL MAGNOLIAS” COMES TO SUSSEX COUNTY!

WHEN: February 21, 22, & 23, as well as the following weekend, February 28, 29, & March 1. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:
Drama Geek Studios, 13 Washington Street Newton, N.J. 07860
TICKETS: $15 for senior citizens 65 and older and students age 17 and younger and $20 for adults
Tickets can be pre-purchased  by going to www.steeldgs.bpt.me, www.dramageekstudios.com or by calling 973-512-8251. Tickets can also be purchased at the door but this is a limited seating performance.

Steel Magnolias, the classic drama/comedy is a stage play by American writer Robert Harling, based on his experience with his sister's death, explores the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. The play made its Broadway debut in 2005 but made its off-Broadway debut on June 19, 1987. It was adapted as a film in 1988 also by Harling, and was released in 1989 with an all-star cast which included Julia Roberts, Sally Fields, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, and Daryl Hannah.

Steel Magnolias is directed by Joshua Reed, co-directed by Meg Koenig and produced by Drama Geek Studios.

The play opens with discussion of Shelby's wedding day to her fiancé, Jackson, at Truvy's in-home beauty parlour where the women regularly gather. It covers events over the next three years and how the women interact at times of conflict but in the end remain friends. This productions’ cast includes Kayla D’Angelo as Shelby Eatonton-Latcherie, Donna King as M’Lynn Eatonton, Lori Tomlin as Ouiser Boudreaux, Jackie Neville as Clairee Belcher, Colleen McNulty as Truvy Jones and Genevieve Pilat as Annelle Dupuy-DeSoto. The title suggests the "female characters are as delicate as Magnolias but as tough as steel!"

Thursday, February 13, 2020

NJ PREMIERE TO OPEN @ DREAMCATCHER REP ON FEB. 20

WHEN: February 20- March 8; Thursdays 8 PM; Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 2 PM
WHERE:
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
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Surrounded by painfully cheerful co-workers, Bari is deeply cynical and woefully underemployed. After an unexpected and unexplainable turn of events, Bari finds herself on an enlightening new path. When she meets Mike, it’s her turn to pull another out of the darkness.

"In a time that often feels like nothing matters, Be Here Now bursts through the gloom and offers a new and uplifting perspective." —City Beat

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Chamber Music this weekend at Drew University!

Piano and Winds

WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2020, 8PM; Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 7:15 PM 
WHERE: Drew University Concert Hall, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: Single-event tickets - $60; Educational discount - $15 with current ID
www.drew.edu/concerthall

The Hungarian György Ligeti was one of the 20th century’s greatest musical innovators. His effervescent Six Bagatelles for wind quintet connected the music of his great influence, Bartók, to the language of the future. This outstanding collection of internationally-renowned wind players, joined by pianist Michael Brown, offers wind ensemble classics of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Michael Brown, piano
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Stephen Taylor, oboe
Sebastian Manz, clarinet
Peter Kolkay, bassoon
Radovan Vlatković, horn

Reicha Quintet for Winds in D major, Op. 91, No. 3 (1818)
Barber Summer Music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, Op. 31 (1955)
Ligeti Six Bagatelles for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn (1953)
Mozart Quintet in E-flat major for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and piano K. 452 (1784)
Françaix L'heure du berger for flute, oboe, clarinet, basson, horn, and piano (1947)

For directions and/or a campus map, see
www.drew.edu/MapsAndDirections/driving-directions-to-drew

Individuals needing special assistance, please contact Drew's office of
Housing, Conferences, and Hospitality at 973-408-3103 at least
five working days prior to the event to ensure appropriate arrangements.

See “Giselle,” one of the most romantic ballets of all time!

Giselle

WHEN:

  • Feb 14 | 7:30 PM 
    Ryoko Tanaka (Giselle) and Aldeir Monteiro (Albrecht)
  • Feb 15 | 2:00 PM 
    Nanako Yamamoto (Giselle) and Journy Wilkes-Davis (Albrecht)
  • Feb 15 | 7:30 PM
    Ryoko Tanaka (Giselle) and Aldeir Monteiro (Albrecht)
  • Feb 16 | 2:00 PM *
    Nanako Yamamoto (Giselle) and Journy Wilkes-Davis (Albrecht)

WHERE: New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, 11 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
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* Audio Described Performance

AUDIO DESCRIPTION (AD) | Listen through a headset as a trained audio describer provide a live description of key visual elements in the ballet.

A Touch Tour will be held at 1:00 pm giving patrons the opportunity to touch set pieces, feel costume fabrics, and handle key props. Reservations are required.

To reserve tickets for patron/guest (s), and to RSVP for Touch Tour, please contact Dan Bauer at dbauer@arballet.org or call 732.249.1254, x23


You're Invited to the 2020 Women’s Tea @ The State Theatre NJ in New Brunswick

2020 Women's Tea

We cordially invite you to celebrate Women's History Month
with fellow community and business leaders at our

2020 Women's Tea

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 3:30 PM
WHERE:
The Studio at State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $175
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Join community leaders for networking and a special program in The Studio of the beautiful and historic State Theatre New Jersey. The 4th Annual Women’s Tea will help create arts access for over 40,000 underserved students, families, seniors, and veterans this year, as we recognize women’s leadership and impact on our community.

  • 3:30pm
    Networking and Champagne Reception
  • 4:15pm
    High Tea and Program
    Special performance by Suliman Tekalli, Violinist
    Conversation with Sarah K. Chaplin, President & CEO
    Catering by Teaberry's Tea Room

Sponsorship and Underwriter Opportunities also available.
Download the Sponsorship Form »

For more information about this exciting event, contact Linda Van Derveer
at 732-247-7200, ext 594 or lvanderveer@stnj.org

This event takes place on the second floor of State Theatre New Jersey.
There is no elevator access to this space.

Women’s Tea Committee
Anne Marie Almasi, Almasi Site and Utility Company
Barbara Barnett, Entrepreneur
Betsy Garlatti
Sally Glick,
SobelCo
Colleen Logan, SobelCo
Anne Picone, Marketsmith, Inc.
Jessica Viotto, PNC
Wendy Wiebalk, Cahn & Parra, LLC

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!