Sarah Vander Schaaff

Sarah Vander Schaaff Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff is a freelance writer and blogger. Her work has appeared in many national outlets including The Washington Post, HuffPost, and Getting Smart. With a background in theatre and journalism, she loves creative endeavors, artistic people, and Early Grey tea. She lives near Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and two children and has just finished her first novel. Follow her at @writeonsarah and www.writeonsarah.com


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BWW Review: TURNING OFF THE MORNING NEWS at McCarter Theatre Center is OnBWW Review: TURNING OFF THE MORNING NEWS at McCarter Theatre Center is On
Posted: May. 15, 2018


THE BALTIMORE WALTZ at PST Moves!THE BALTIMORE WALTZ at PST Moves!
Posted: Aug. 13, 2018


BWW Review: STONES IN HIS POCKETS Delights at McCarter TheatreBWW Review: STONES IN HIS POCKETS Delights at McCarter Theatre
Posted: Feb. 1, 2018


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at McCarter Brings JoyBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at McCarter Brings Joy
Posted: Dec. 18, 2017


TICK,TICK...BOOM! Finds Harmony at Princeton Summer Theater!TICK,TICK...BOOM! Finds Harmony at Princeton Summer Theater!
Posted: Jun. 28, 2018


DETROIT '67 at McCarter - A Family's Pivotal Summer in the Motor City!DETROIT '67 at McCarter - A Family's Pivotal Summer in the Motor City!
Posted: Oct. 18, 2018


THE AGE OF INNOCENCE Enchants at McCarter!THE AGE OF INNOCENCE Enchants at McCarter!
Posted: Sep. 20, 2018


DETROIT '67 at McCarter - A Family's Pivotal Summer in the Motor City!DETROIT '67 at McCarter - A Family's Pivotal Summer in the Motor City!
October 18, 2018

DETROIT '67 is part of Morisseau's 'The Detroit Project,' a 3-play cycle inspired by her connection to the city. This production's story, said director Jade King Caroll, is grounded in family. No matter what might be happening in the world outside, 'you always have your family,' she said.

THE AGE OF INNOCENCE Enchants at McCarter!THE AGE OF INNOCENCE Enchants at McCarter!
September 20, 2018

THE AGE OF INNOCENCE at McCarter Theatre feels like a respite from a shameless world. Dripping with elegance and elevated decorum of New York society circa 1870, the play, however, is anything but remote. It seems to speak to the quieter reality most of us still remember-the one waiting for permission to matter once again. Not one of elite social circles, but of contemplation and self-knowledge, even when they hurt.

THE BALTIMORE WALTZ at PST Moves!THE BALTIMORE WALTZ at PST Moves!
August 13, 2018

Princeton Summer Theater wraps up the summer season with Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz, a moving production featuring three strong actors. Director Nico Krell hits the right notes. Sean Peter Drohan is endearing and honest. Evan Gedrich is versatile and dexterous. Abby Melick does a masterful job, as usual, filling the character Anna with enough heart and purpose to carry a complicated role through to the final dance. Through August 19th.

TICK,TICK...BOOM! Finds Harmony at Princeton Summer Theater!TICK,TICK...BOOM! Finds Harmony at Princeton Summer Theater!
June 28, 2018

TICK, TICKBOOM! an autobiographical pop musical based on the life of composer Jonathan Larson (RENT), kicks off the Princeton Summer Theater season with an intimate portrayal of a young artist's countdown to success or failure.

BWW Review: TURNING OFF THE MORNING NEWS at McCarter Theatre Center is OnBWW Review: TURNING OFF THE MORNING NEWS at McCarter Theatre Center is On
May 15, 2018

Christopher Durang's world premiere of TURNING OFF THE MORNING NEWS at McCarter Theatre Center is a bold dark comedy for today's anxieties. A stellar cast and memorable characters offer a trip into the absurd reality of life.

BWW Review: STONES IN HIS POCKETS Delights at McCarter TheatreBWW Review: STONES IN HIS POCKETS Delights at McCarter Theatre
February 1, 2018

STONES IN HIS POCKETS, running at McCarter Theatre Center through February 11, has a cast of two. But Irish actors Garret Lombard and Aaron Monaghan portray dozens of characters in Marie Jones' hit play about villagers in County Kerry thrust into excitement and heartache when a Hollywood movie comes to town to film.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at McCarter Brings JoyBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at McCarter Brings Joy
December 18, 2017

Greg Wood as Scrooge delights in McCarter Theatre Center's production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. If there was every a time for the redemptive promise of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL, this is it.

BWW Review: SIMPATICO at McCarter RocksBWW Review: SIMPATICO at McCarter Rocks
September 22, 2017

SIMPATICO, A Red Orchid Theatre production, now on stage at McCarter Theatre Center, comes to Princeton just three months after its playwright, Sam Shepard died. But from the start, even in the dark and before the electric Michael Shannon speaks his first lines, the air is charged with the spirit of the prolific playwright. Something unexpected is going to happen.

BWW Review: APPROPRIATE at Princeton Summer Theater Stirs Family FeudBWW Review: APPROPRIATE at Princeton Summer Theater Stirs Family Feud
August 13, 2017

APPROPRIATE by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is an intriguing, intimate family drama that asks the right questions. Princeton Summer Theater's ensemble delivers.

SPIDERS WEB at Princeton Summer Theater Spins Christie Mystery with StyleSPIDERS WEB at Princeton Summer Theater Spins Christie Mystery with Style
July 13, 2017

SPIDER'S WEB at Princeton Summer Theater Spins Christie Mystery with Style. PST production is a delightful, intimate piece, with the ebullient charm of an entertaining and mysterious dinner guest from the past.

BWW Feature: PIPPIN Plays at Princeton Summer Theater!BWW Feature: PIPPIN Plays at Princeton Summer Theater!
June 27, 2017

PIPPIN plays at Princeton Summer Theater, bringing the music of Stephen Schwartz.

BWW Review: INTIMATE APPAREL at McCarter Theatre EmbracesBWW Review: INTIMATE APPAREL at McCarter Theatre Embraces
May 18, 2017

Forgotten lives of history take center stage in Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL at McCarter Theatre.

BWW Review: It's BEDLAM at McCarter with SAINT JOAN and HAMLETBWW Review: It's BEDLAM at McCarter with SAINT JOAN and HAMLET
January 26, 2017

SAINT JOAN at McCarter is as timely as ever.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at McCarter Sings!BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at McCarter Sings!
December 14, 2016

The reimagined production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at McCarter Theatre is an entertaining mix of big and small, loud and quiet, poignant and irreverent. Most of all, it is good for the soul: delivering the cathartic joy of Scrooge's transformation with a playful nod to Dickens' Victorian England and the community of Princeton.

BWW Review: DISGRACED at McCarter Theatre is an A-List Dinner Party You Don't Want to Miss!BWW Review: DISGRACED at McCarter Theatre is an A-List Dinner Party You Don't Want to Miss!
October 17, 2016

Dinner party conversation goes deep, touching off unresolved notions of cultural, religious, and racial identities, between guests and within.

BWW Review: Forgiveness Shines in BATHING IN MOONLIGHT at McCarter TheatreBWW Review: Forgiveness Shines in BATHING IN MOONLIGHT at McCarter Theatre
September 17, 2016

Memory, love, and beauty play powerful roles in this story of a priest who falls in love with the beautiful pianist Marcela (Hannia Guillen) but not out of love with his vocation and calling for the church.

BWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD and Pondering at Princeton Summer TheaterBWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD and Pondering at Princeton Summer Theater
July 28, 2016

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD but TOM STOPPARD's wit is always alive. Princeton Summer Theater season continues.

BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Princeton Summer Theater Captivates!BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Princeton Summer Theater Captivates!
June 19, 2016

Fans of this musical will not be disappointed

BWW Preview: Choreographer Mary Barton and Beethoven Triumph in ARB's MASTERS OF DANCE AND MUSIC!BWW Preview: Choreographer Mary Barton and Beethoven Triumph in ARB's MASTERS OF DANCE AND MUSIC!
April 5, 2016

ARB presents world premier of Mary Barton's work in MASTERS OF DANCE AND MUSIC!

BWW Reviews: THE PIANO LESSON at McCarter is a Must-See!BWW Reviews: THE PIANO LESSON at McCarter is a Must-See!
January 20, 2016

Jade King Carroll directs an all-star cast in August Wilson's powerful play at McCarter Theatre.



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