New Jersey Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review:  ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ is Marvelous BWW Review: ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ is Marvelous
by Marina Kennedy - December 12, 2017

Holiday theatergoers have something to celebrate. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is presenting their outstanding season finale, 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play' now through December 31. The beloved Christmas story is cleverly performed as a radio broadcast. Directed by Doug West and... (more...)
BWW Review:  CINDERELLA: A HOLIDAY MUSICAL at The Growing Stage Dazzles BWW Review: CINDERELLA: A HOLIDAY MUSICAL at The Growing Stage Dazzles
by Marina Kennedy - December 09, 2017

Gather your princes and princesses and head over to The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey. Cinderella: A Holiday Musical is being performed through Sunday, December 17th. It features wonderful direction by the Theatre's Director of Educational Programming, Lori B. Lawrence, musical... (more...)
BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at the Eagle Theatre BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at the Eagle Theatre
by Pati Buehler - December 05, 2017

Co-Artistic director Ed Corsi combines an old-fashion love story with a classic musical theatre feel while winning the audience in a very personal way.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD Starring Kathleen Turner is Fabulous BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD Starring Kathleen Turner is Fabulous
by Marina Kennedy - December 04, 2017

Kathleen Turner is thrilling metro area audiences in her role as the Almighty One in 'An Act of God' at George Street Playhouse. Written by David Javerbaum, and expertly directed by the Playhouse's Artistic Director, David Saint, this wildly amusing, yet thought provoking show is mesmerizing. See it... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS at Mile Square Theatre BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS at Mile Square Theatre
by Adam Cohen - December 03, 2017

Ingenious. Captivating. Hysterical. Thoroughly entertaining. Those are just some of the adjectives which describe Mark Shanahan's production of 'The 39 Steps' playing at Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken.... (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES at Centenary Stage is an Excellent Family Show for the Holidays BWW Review: NEWSIES at Centenary Stage is an Excellent Family Show for the Holidays
by Marina Kennedy - November 28, 2017

If you always wanted to see 'Newsies,' now's your chance. The Centenary Stage Company is performing a wonderful production of this Broadway hit for their 'Family Holiday Spectacular.' Directed and choreographed by Michael Blevins with musical direction by Jarred Lee, the show features a talented cas... (more...)
BWW Review:  ANNIE at Paper Mill Playhouse has Exquisite Holiday Charm and So Much More BWW Review: ANNIE at Paper Mill Playhouse has Exquisite Holiday Charm and So Much More
by Marina Kennedy - November 27, 2017

Everybody's favorite redhead returns to Paper Mill Playhouse to delight metro area audiences this holiday season. A marvelous production of Annie is now on the Millburn stage through December 31. Directed by the Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director, Mark S. Hoebee, choreographed by Joann M. Hunte... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST at TRT is Performed to Perfection BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST at TRT is Performed to Perfection
by Marina Kennedy - November 21, 2017

Two River Theatre continues their successful 2017/2018 Season with Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' now through December 3. directed by Michael Cumpsty, the play features the ideal cast to portray Wilde's farcical classic.... (more...)
BWW Review: Ritzs PIPPIN beckons Come Join the Circus BWW Review: Ritzs PIPPIN beckons Come Join the Circus
by Pati Buehler - November 17, 2017

The Ritz Theatre Company is transformed into a Carnival and you are in for a spectacle.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MECCA TALES by Crossroads Theatre Company-A Stunning Gem BWW Review: THE MECCA TALES by Crossroads Theatre Company-A Stunning Gem
by Marina Kennedy - November 15, 2017

Crossroads Theatre Company is now on the road with their exciting 2017/2018 'Love & Happiness' season. The Company just presented a one-weekend-only performance of The Mecca Tales at the Middlesex County College Performing Art Center from November 8th to November 12th. This beautifully written theat... (more...)
BWW Review: BAKERSFIELD MIST at Bickford Theatre is Exceptional BWW Review: BAKERSFIELD MIST at Bickford Theatre is Exceptional
by Marina Kennedy - November 03, 2017

There's just one weekend left to see Bakersfield Mist, an exceptional production now being presented at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre. This award-winning play by Stephen Sachs features expert direction by the theatre's Producing Artistic Director, Eric Hafen along with remarkable performances... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: MUTUAL PHILANTHROPY at NJ Rep is Timely and Thought-Provoking BWW REVIEW: MUTUAL PHILANTHROPY at NJ Rep is Timely and Thought-Provoking
by Marina Kennedy - October 24, 2017

Mutual Philanthropy, written by Karen Rizzo and directed by Evan Bergman, is now making its East Coast Premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company through November 19. This distinctive show depicts how socioeconomic circumstances can divide people living in the same community.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW:  I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE at GSP is the Finest Musical Comedy BWW REVIEW: I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE at GSP is the Finest Musical Comedy
by Marina Kennedy - October 18, 2017

You'll laugh and laugh some more. I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change kicks off the inviting season ahead at George Street Playhouse.The production enjoys inspired direction by the GSP's Artistic Director, David Saint and features a multi-talented cast. The book and lyrics are by Joe DiPierto wit... (more...)
BWW Review:  SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ is Awe-Inspiring BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ is Awe-Inspiring
by Marina Kennedy - October 16, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has reason to celebrate. Their awe-inspiring production of 'Shakespeare in Love' is a real hit. The elaborate production features a marvelous cast and splendid direction by the Theatre's Artistic Director, Bonnie J. Monte. The show's music is by Paddy Cunneen wi... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE LEARNED LADIES at Centenary Stage is Wonderfully Engaging BWW Review: THE LEARNED LADIES at Centenary Stage is Wonderfully Engaging
by Marina Kennedy - October 12, 2017

The Centenary Stage Company opens their exciting theatre season with 'The Learned Ladies' now through October 22nd. Moliere's classic comedy has never looked so good. Wonderfully adapted by playwright, Freyda Thomas, the show features the finest direction by Carl Wallnau and an outstanding cast of t... (more...)
BWW Review:  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Growing Stage is Magical BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Growing Stage is Magical
by Marina Kennedy - October 11, 2017

There's magic happening at The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey. An enchanting, full-scale production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Broadway Musical is being performed through Sunday, October 29. The show is directed by the theatre's Founder and Executive Director, Stephe... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill Playhouse Shines Bright BWW Review: THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill Playhouse Shines Bright
by Marina Kennedy - October 09, 2017

Get excited and get your tickets. Paper Mill Playhouse opens their 2017/2018 season with the world-premiere production of a dynamic new musical comedy, 'The Honeymooners.' The show features a stellar cast, brilliant direction by John Rando, terrific choreography by Joshua Bergasse with superb musica... (more...)
BWW Review: OPENING NIGHT: AN EVENING WITH SUTTON FOSTER at MPAC Mayo Performing Arts Center BWW Review: OPENING NIGHT: AN EVENING WITH SUTTON FOSTER at MPAC Mayo Performing Arts Center
by Jaclyn Layman - October 08, 2017

Broadway legend Sutton Foster dazzles a packed crowd at MPAC on October 6.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NET WILL APPEAR at Mile Square Theatre Hoboken, NJ BWW Review: THE NET WILL APPEAR at Mile Square Theatre Hoboken, NJ
by Adam Cohen - September 27, 2017

Deft direction, crafty dialogue and casting. Warm, wonderful production.... (more...)
BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at Black Box Performing Arts Center BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at Black Box Performing Arts Center
by Gina Zenyuch - September 24, 2017

Teaneck's Black Box Performing Art Center presents 'Hand To God.'... (more...)
BWW Review: SIMPATICO at McCarter Rocks BWW Review: SIMPATICO at McCarter Rocks
by Sarah Vander Schaaff - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway's Bart Shatto Belts Out One Showstopper After Another at The Rrazz Room BWW Review: Broadway's Bart Shatto Belts Out One Showstopper After Another at The Rrazz Room
by Kevin Pollack - September 21, 2017

Bart Shatto is a star performer. I first heard Bart with the famed theatrical-rock group The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's sung on a couple of their recordings, but toured the country with them for many years, notably singing the songs Old Town Bar seen below. Then I first saw Bart while he playe... (more...)
BWW Review:  RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater is a Masterpiece BWW Review: RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater is a Masterpiece
by Marina Kennedy - September 19, 2017

The wait is over. Two River Theater (TRT) opens its 2017/2018 Season with an outstanding production of the time-honored classic, A Raisin in the Sun. The show will be on the Red Bank stage now through October 8. Written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Carl Cofield, it is staged and performed t... (more...)
BWW Review:  WHAT THE BUTLER SAW is an Exciting, Zany Romp BWW Review: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW is an Exciting, Zany Romp
by Marina Kennedy - September 13, 2017

Get ready to laugh, and laugh some more. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is presenting the madcap sensation, 'What the Butler Saw.' The show is written by Joe Orton, expertly directed by Paul Mullins, and features a marvelous, accomplished troupe of actors.... (more...)
BWW Review:  FOSTER MOM at Premiere Stages is Charming and Enthralling BWW Review: FOSTER MOM at Premiere Stages is Charming and Enthralling
by Marina Kennedy - September 12, 2017

Foster Mom, an entertaining and significant new play is now being presented at Premiere Stages at Kean University through September 24. This charming theatrical piece is written Chris Cragin-Day, meticulously directed by Kel Haney, and features an excellent cast. It is a story that will touch the he... (more...)