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As my duties and assignments as a theater reviewer include all Broadway, most Off-Broadway and many Off-Off Broadway shows, my coverage of New Jersey theatres is limited to those that have been a regular part of my beat. I will, nevertheless, post information about up-coming shows worth checking out and mini-reviews of some I manage to catch but don't have time to review in more detail. Once a show we've reviewed closes, it will migrate to our Master Index of All Shows Reviewed at CurtainUp (Master Index) so that the review will still be available for reference. The little box headlined NEW JERSEY CONNECTIONS, includes besides a link to my own annotated list of area theaters, links to the NJTheatre Alliance website and its information regarding special programs and services, as well as several other websites you may find helpful.
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New & Noteworthy June-July 2014

  Thanks to the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Professional Theatre Calendar The Mountaintop (May 21 — June 17) Katori Hall's play is set in 1968 on the eve of Martin Luther King's assassination. This acclaimed drama weaves a surrealistic fantasy about a conversation between King and the mysterious hotel maid who brings him coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy, and the future of African-Americans. Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May. (609) 770 — 8311 website www.capemaystage.org

  Moon Over Miami (June 18 - August 1) Ken Ludwig followed his hugely popular Lend Me a Tenor with this zany, slapstick back-stage antics-driven farce in which married-to-each-other actors George and Charlotte Hay hear that a big shot is coming to the show and they may have one last shot at stardom...then everything goes horribly and hilariously wrong. Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May. (609) 770 — 8311 website www.capemaystage.org

  The First Fifty Years (June 11 - July 19) - Henry Myers's play was a Broadway sensation in 1922. It charts the ups and downs of a couple when they move into their new home after their honeymoon, all the way to their golden anniversary. I think this might be a must for those who like to see what treasures from Broadway's past have to offer. East Lynne Theater Company, in residence at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May (609) 884 - 5898 website: eastlynnetheater.org

  Zorro! (July 23 - August 30) Yes, that's him the famous common citizen of Old California who dons a mask and cape and wields his sword to avenge the wrongs and injustices done by the unscrupulous governor. This is the world premiere of James Rana's play in which a cast of six portray a number of roles. East Lynne Theater Company, in residence at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May (609) 884 - 5898 website: eastlynnetheater.org

  . Butler (June 12 - Jul 13) This is the world premiere of Richard Strand's play set at the start of the Civil War. Benjamin Butler has been promoted to major General at a Union hold-out in Virginia and where he grapples with a daunting moral dilemma that could lead to his court martial or worse. New Jersey Repertory Company at the Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway, Long Branch 07740 (732) 229 — 3166 website: njrep.org

  Grease (May 28 - June 29) This rock 'n roll celebration of growing up and falling in love is set in the Fabulous Fifties. With its book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, it strikes a universal chord with an irresistible mix of singing and dancing, fast cars and first loves. See CurtainUp review now on home page. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website: papermill.org

  Soldier's Heart (July 10 - 27) In Tammy Ryan's play, an American soldier leaves her son behind to defend the country she loves. When her commanding officer becomes her assailant, she returns home to face her greatest test, bringing back more than she bargained for. Premiere Stages at the Zella Fry Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Vaughn Eames Building , Union (973) 737 - 7469 kean.edu/premierestages

  The Tempest (May 28 - June 22) You don't want to miss seeing director Bonne J. Monte visceral, passionate new vision of Shakespeare's farewell masterpiece . Otherwordly beings, very human dilemmas and the old magic of Shakespeare and the exiled magus Prospero are combined with new magic. Read CurtainUp review on home page. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster road, Madison. (973) 408 - 5600 shakespearenj.org

  The Learned Ladies (June 18 - July 27) Moliere's comedy of young 17th century "It Girls" who bear a hilarious and uncanny resemblance to the "It Girls" of today will be presented as a treat for the whole family at the Shakespeare Theatre's fabulous Outdoor Stage. Location: The Greek Theatre, College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morris Township. (973) 408 - 5600 shakespearenj.org

  The Devil's Disciple (July 2 - 20) George Bernard Shaw's only play about America and set in the wake of the American Revolution, it arrives on time for Independence Day and New Jersey's 350th birthday. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster road, Madison. (973) 408 - 5600 shakespearenj.org

  Some Enchanted Evening - The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein (June 11 - 15) The Surflight's acting company will showcase more than 30 of the song-writing team's greatest hits. Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492 - 9477 surflight.org

  Jekyll and Hyde  (June 18 - July 6) Robert Louis Stevenson's dark and dangerous love story and a battle between good and evil is brought to life in this popular musical by Leslie Bricusse (book), Frank Wildhorn (music) and Steven Cuden (lyrics). Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492 - 9477 surflight.org

  Fiddler on the Roof (July 9 - 27) Joseph Stein (book), Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) based their now classic musical on the stories of Sholom Aleichem. It is the colorful story of a father's struggle to hold on t his family's traditions amidst the turmoil of an ever changing world. Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492 - 9477 surflight.org

  Third (May 31 - June 22) This very fine play by Wendy Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles ) captures the voices of smart, witty, complicated women - such as Third's Professor Laurie Jameson, who upends her own life when she accuses a student of plagiarism. Two River Theatre Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank (732) 345 — 1400 website: trtc.org
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