New Jersey Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: A NEW BRAIN at Nutley Little Theatre BWW Review: A NEW BRAIN at Nutley Little Theatre
by Gina Zenyuch - September 08, 2017

'A New Brain' opens at Nutley Little Theatre this Friday September 8th at 8 PM with a benefit for the Nutley Family Services Bureau. ... (more...)
BWW Review: F THEORY at NJ Rep Shines Bright with Humor and Heart BWW Review: F THEORY at NJ Rep Shines Bright with Humor and Heart
by Marina Kennedy - August 22, 2017

New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) is now presenting the World Premiere of F Theory from August 17 through September 24. The play is co-written by Megan Loughran and Alex Trow and enjoys superb direction by Ethan Heard. Loughran and Trow also star in this outstanding two-hander that captures a li... (more...)
BWW Review: Dinner and a Show - Levoy's PETER PAN and the Old Oar House Irish Pub BWW Review: Dinner and a Show - Levoy's PETER PAN and the Old Oar House Irish Pub
by Pati Buehler - August 17, 2017

A Classic Peter Pan delights at the Classy Levoy Theatre in Millville NJ... (more...)
BWW Review: MOVIE MASTERWORKS at Dover Little Theatre BWW Review: MOVIE MASTERWORKS at Dover Little Theatre
by Gina Zenyuch - August 14, 2017

On Friday August 11th, Dover Little Theatre opened with an original play, 'Movie Masterworks,' arranged for stage and directed by Alex Oleksij of Nutley, New Jersey.... (more...)
BWW Review: APPROPRIATE at Princeton Summer Theater Stirs Family Feud BWW Review: APPROPRIATE at Princeton Summer Theater Stirs Family Feud
by Sarah Vander Schaaff - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: 2017 NJ FRINGE FESTIVAL BWW Review: 2017 NJ FRINGE FESTIVAL
by Pati Buehler - August 10, 2017

There's something for everyone at a Fringe Festival and this Fringe's 'edge' is a healthy dose of somber reality.... (more...)
BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR. at Moorestown Theater Company BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR. at Moorestown Theater Company
by Donna Marie Nowak - August 06, 2017

Moorestown Theater Company's production of ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR. brims with charm and imagination and is fun for children of all ages.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE presented by The Charles Seller Foundation BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE presented by The Charles Seller Foundation
by Gina Zenyuch - August 05, 2017

For its 67th year, The Charles Seller Foundation Talent Time Players presented 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' on Thursday night August 3, 2017.... (more...)
BWW Review:  NEWSIES at Surflight Shines with a Fine Cast and Great Numbers BWW Review: NEWSIES at Surflight Shines with a Fine Cast and Great Numbers
by BWW News Desk - August 02, 2017

'Ain't it a fine life, Carrying The Banner!' Disney's Newsies is the second show this season of the newly reopened Surflight Theatre located in Beach Haven, New Jersey.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SKELETON CREW Presented by Premiere Stages at Kean University is an Insightful Must-See Play BWW Review: THE SKELETON CREW Presented by Premiere Stages at Kean University is an Insightful Must-See Play
by Marina Kennedy - July 19, 2017

The New Jersey Premiere of Playwright Dominique Morisseau's Obie Award winning play, 'Skeleton Crew' is now being presented by Premiere Stages at Kean University through Sunday, July 30th. Directed by the theater's Producing Artistic Director, John J. Wooten, this insightful show is a must-see produ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ritz Theater Brings BEAUTY & THE BEAST to South Jersey BWW Review: Ritz Theater Brings BEAUTY & THE BEAST to South Jersey
by Pati Buehler - July 17, 2017

Hats off to this community theater for hitting a home run with an impressive production of a massive show.... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Haddonfield Plays and Players BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Haddonfield Plays and Players
by BWW Special Coverage - July 17, 2017

Haddonfield Plays and Players continue their successful 84th season with the Rock hit musical, ROCK OF AGES!... (more...)
BWW Review: Moliere's THE BUNGLER at STNJ is a Comedic Jewel BWW Review: Moliere's THE BUNGLER at STNJ is a Comedic Jewel
by Marina Kennedy - July 10, 2017

'The Bungler' is now onstage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) through July 30th. This Moliere comedy, translated by Richard Wilbur, enjoys wonderful direction by Brian Crowe and features a cast that capture their roles. It is a perfect summer production, an appealing, laugh-out-loud s... (more...)