New Jersey Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO at TRT is Enthralling Musical Theater BWW Review: THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO at TRT is Enthralling Musical Theater
by Marina Kennedy - June 16, 2017

Two River Theater (TRT) is completing their successful season with a musical theater production that will surely be a hit with metro area audiences. The Ballad of Little Jo will be on the Red Bank stage through Sunday, June 25th. Directed by the theater's Artistic Director, John Dias, the show featu... (more...)
BWW Review: Magical and Marvelous-MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill Playhouse through 6/25 BWW Review: Magical and Marvelous-MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill Playhouse through 6/25
by Marina Kennedy - May 31, 2017

The Paper Mill Playhouse production of Mary Poppins is marvelous. Directed by the theatre's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, choreographed by Denis Jones, and with musical direction by Meg Zervoulis, the show delivers an experience that will affirm your love for musical theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: HIT HER WITH THE SKATES at Hamilton Stage is an Exciting New Musical BWW Review: HIT HER WITH THE SKATES at Hamilton Stage is an Exciting New Musical
by Marina Kennedy - May 23, 2017

The new musical, Hit Her with the Skates, is thrilling audiences from the first minute to the last. It is everything a musical should be with a fascinating story, inventive staging, an excellent score, and a top-notch cast. This show is having its pre-New York developmental production at Hamilton St... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at STNJ is an Enthralling Season Opener BWW Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at STNJ is an Enthralling Season Opener
by Marina Kennedy - May 22, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) opens its 2017 season with a stunning production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, a show that has not been performed by the company in 17 years. Directed by Robert Cuccioli, the excellent staging and stellar cast makes this 16th century da... (more...)
BWW Review: INTIMATE APPAREL at McCarter Theatre Embraces BWW Review: INTIMATE APPAREL at McCarter Theatre Embraces
by Sarah Vander Schaaff - May 18, 2017

Forgotten lives of history take center stage in Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL at McCarter Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: The World Premiere of & JULIET at NJ Rep is Intriguing BWW Review: The World Premiere of & JULIET at NJ Rep is Intriguing
by Marina Kennedy - May 10, 2017

New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) is now presenting & Juliet through June 4th. This intriguing World Premiere play is written by Robert Caisley and superbly directed by Marc Geller.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURVY WIDOW at GSP is a Heartfelt Musical with Humor and Pizzazz BWW Review: THE CURVY WIDOW at GSP is a Heartfelt Musical with Humor and Pizzazz
by Marina Kennedy - May 09, 2017

George Street Playhouse (GSP) has a marvelous finale to their successful 2016-2017 season. The new musical comedy, 'Curvy Widow' is on the New Brunswick stage through May 21st.... (more...)
BWW Review: SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL at InterACT Theatre is Fabulous, Baby! BWW Review: SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL at InterACT Theatre is Fabulous, Baby!
by Gina Sarno - May 09, 2017

This past weekend, interACT Theatre Productions presented 'Sister Act The Musical' at The Baird Community Center in South Orange, New Jersey. The musical is based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith and Kathy Najimy. The musical, written by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner, opened on Br... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE CAT IN THE HAT at The Growing Stage Charms BWW Review: THE CAT IN THE HAT at The Growing Stage Charms
by Marina Kennedy - May 03, 2017

Here's your chance to experience the fun of a beloved classic story. Dr. Seuss' s The Cat in the Hat is being performed at The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey from Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 21st.... (more...)
BWW Review: THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE at DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE Sits Two Guys Down For a Chat BWW Review: THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE at DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE Sits Two Guys Down For a Chat
by Michael Vest - April 26, 2017

Wendy McLeod's good-natured little two-hander Things Being What They Are is now on at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, the professional theater in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, NJ. The show, comfortably directed by Producing Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand, runs weekends through May 7th. When... (more...)
BWW Review: CLEVER LITTLE LIES at Bickford Theater At The Morris Museum BWW Review: CLEVER LITTLE LIES at Bickford Theater At The Morris Museum
by Jaclyn Layman - April 24, 2017

What does it mean to be happy, anyway? Can one maintain happiness in the most stressful, unpleasant circumstances? Is happiness a big picture idea; something we need to see through to the end to truly recognize? These are huge questions with even more massive answers but Clever Little Lies manages t... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE WOMEN OF PADILLA at TRT is an Extraordinary and Affecting Play BWW Review: THE WOMEN OF PADILLA at TRT is an Extraordinary and Affecting Play
by Marina Kennedy - April 18, 2017

'The Women of Padilla,' an extraordinary show, is now being performed at Two River ater (TRT) through April 30th. Written Tony Meneses with direction by Ken Rus Schmoll, the show features an all-female cast that brings the play's characters to life on the Red Bank Stage.... (more...)
BWW Review:  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Paper Mill Playhouse is Thrilling Rock and Roll BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Paper Mill Playhouse is Thrilling Rock and Roll
by Marina Kennedy - April 09, 2017

There's toe tapping, finger snapping, hand clapping excitement now onstage at Paper Mill Playhouse. Million Dollar Quartet, the smash hit musical, is being performed on a limited engagement through Sunday, April 23rd.... (more...)
BWW Review: 42ND STREET at MAYO Performing Arts Center BWW Review: 42ND STREET at MAYO Performing Arts Center
by Jaclyn Layman - April 05, 2017

42nd Street dazzles and dances its way into the audience's heart!... (more...)
BWW Review:  BAD JEWS at GSP is Comedy at its Best BWW Review: BAD JEWS at GSP is Comedy at its Best
by Marina Kennedy - March 27, 2017

'Bad Jews' is now being performed at George Street Playhouse (GSP) through April 9th. Written by Joshua Harmon, the play features superb direction by Jessica Stone. Metro area audiences will thrill to the excellent staging and stellar cast that brings this play to life.... (more...)
BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at McCarter Theatre Center BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at McCarter Theatre Center
by Leigh Byron - March 21, 2017

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS delighted a packed opening night house on Friday, March 17. Written by Agatha Christie, the show is adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig.  It is an exciting and gripping tale from beginning to end. ... (more...)
BWW Review:  SARAH SINGS A LOVE STORY through 3/26 at Crossroads Theatre is a Gem BWW Review: SARAH SINGS A LOVE STORY through 3/26 at Crossroads Theatre is a Gem
by Marina Kennedy - March 17, 2017

'Sarah Sings A Love Story' is now onstage at the Crossroads Theatre through March 26th. It is a theatrical gem written by Stephanie Berry, directed by Jeffery V. Thompson, with musical direction by Nat Adderley Jr., featuring a wonderful cast, and a talented live jazz trio.... (more...)
BWW Review:  MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING at NJ Rep is Intriguing Drama BWW Review: MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING at NJ Rep is Intriguing Drama
by Marina Kennedy - March 15, 2017

See 'Multiple Family Dwelling' while it is being performed at New Jersey Repertory Company. Written by James Hindman, directed by Alan Souza, and featuring a stellar cast, this is an intriguing play about two couples and the twists and turns of their relationships.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NEVERENDING STORY at Growing Stage is a Fascinating Adventure for All BWW Review: THE NEVERENDING STORY at Growing Stage is a Fascinating Adventure for All
by Marina Kennedy - March 14, 2017

'The Neverending Story' is now being performed at The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey through March 26th. Gather your group. This imaginative, adventurous show is ideal for the whole family.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at TRT is Inventive and Fascinating BWW Review: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at TRT is Inventive and Fascinating
by Marina Kennedy - March 06, 2017

Two River Theater continues their successful season with 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' written by William Shakespeare. Cleverly adapted and directed by Eric Tucker, the production will be on the Red Bank stage through March 26th.... (more...)
BWW Review:  BEYOND THE OAK TREES at Crossroads Theatre is Exceptional Drama BWW Review: BEYOND THE OAK TREES at Crossroads Theatre is Exceptional Drama
by Patrick Kennedy - February 21, 2017

See 'Beyond the Oak Trees' now at Crossroads Theatre through February 26th. Written by Kisha Bundridge and directed by Marshall Jones III, it is an exceptional World Premiere play.... (more...)
The Surrogate at Centenary Stage-A Hilarious New Play and a Must-See The Surrogate at Centenary Stage-A Hilarious New Play and a Must-See
by Katherine Reardon - February 20, 2017

'The Surrogate,' written by Patricia Cotter and directed by Shelley Delaney is now being presented at the Centenary Stage Company through March 5th. This World Premiere play is a thoughtful, yet hilarious twist on the contemporary family.... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE BOX OF STORIES at The Growing Stage Captivates BWW Review: THE BOX OF STORIES at The Growing Stage Captivates
by Marina Kennedy - February 15, 2017

The Box of Stories, a World Premiere play, is now being performed at Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey through February 24th. Written by J.S. Puller and directed by Stephen L. Fredericks, this captivating show features an outstanding cast and conveys a universal message about the... (more...)
 BWW Review:  AMERICAN SON at GSP is Powerful, Poignant Drama BWW Review: AMERICAN SON at GSP is Powerful, Poignant Drama
by Marina Kennedy - February 13, 2017

See 'American Son' now being performed at George Street Playhouse through February 26th. Written by Christopher Demos-Brown and directed by David Saint, this superb play addresses the issues of race relations and policing along with their profound effects on individuals.... (more...)
BWW Review:  A COMEDY OF TENORS at Paper Mill Playhouse is Fabulous Comedy BWW Review: A COMEDY OF TENORS at Paper Mill Playhouse is Fabulous Comedy
by Marina Kennedy - February 10, 2017

The wait is over. See 'A Comedy of Tenors' now at Paper Mill Playhouse through February 26th. This madcap comedy is written by Ken Ludwig, directed by Don Stephenson and features wonderful staging and a talented cast.... (more...)