BWW Review: MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING at NJ Rep is Intriguing Drama

"People see what they want to see."

-Multiple Family Dwelling

The World Premiere of Multiple Family Dwelling is now onstage at New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) through April 9th. This intriguing, affecting play is written by James Hindman with superb direction by Alan Souza, and features a stellar cast. It is an up-close and personal depiction of two couples and the twists and turns of their relationships. Bravo to NJ Rep's Executive Producer, Gabor Barabas and Artistic Director, Suzanne Barabas for bringing another excellent show to the stage. The theater is celebrating its 20th Anniversary season and Multiple Family Dwelling is their 112th production.

Multiple Family Dwelling is set in the present in Mt. Clement, Michigan where James, a schoolteacher and his wife Kelly, a stay at home mom, reside in a two-family home in a difficult neighborhood with their 8 year-old daughter, Olivia. They plan to rent their upstairs unit to Kelly's longtime friend, Tia and her fiancé, Stuart, but the couple unexpectedly pulls out of the deal. This seemingly friendly group is dealing with real issues. Tia's flirtatious behavior provokes Stuart's jealousy and anger. Kelly is unhappy living in a dangerous area and wants better schooling for her daughter while James defends their purchase of the multi-family house as a long-term investment. Tensions rise and the situation becomes complex as secrets from the past emerge and betrayal takes center stage. The show has elements of surprise that will keep you wondering what will happen next.

NJ Rep has assembled the ideal cast for Multiple Family Dwelling. They master the play's fast-paced, well-crafted dialogue and deliver completely authentic portrayals of their characters. The company includes Dana Brooke as Tia, Jared Michael Delaney as Stuart, Maria Couch as Kelly, and Dustin Charles as James.

The Creative Team has done a fantastic job of bringing Multiple Family Dwelling to life on the Long Branch Stage. The Team includes scenic design by Jessica Parks; lighting design by Jill Nagle; costume design by Patricia E. Doherty; sound design by Merek Royce Press and properties by Marisa Procopio. Kristin Pfeifer is the Production Stage Manager; Adam von Pier is the Assistant Stage Manager and the Webmaster is Merek Royce Press.

See Multiple Family Dwelling while it is being performed at NJ Rep and experience this outstanding drama. This is a show that it will go far.

Multiple Family Dwelling runs for approximately 95 minutes with no intermission. It will be performed at New Jersey Repertory Company through Sunday, April 9th. The theatre is located at 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ.

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Photo Credit: Suzanne Barabas

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