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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 and Noteworthy September-October 2015

Not Now Darling (Oct. 1 — Oct 18). This is a vintage British farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. It involves mistresses and minks in the London fur salon of Maude Bodley where plans to sell an expensive mink to a mobster dirt cheap goes awry. Suspicious wives, mistaken identities, and rapid fire jokes abound right up to the final curtain.. Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, (973) 971 — 3706, website:

Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Sept. 9 — Oct. 9) In Sarah Ruhl’s intriguing play, a woman answers the cell phone of a recently deceased cafe patron and holds on to the device to keep the man alive in a strange yet significant way that involves memory, redemption, and connection ­ and disconnection ­ in a technology obsessed world. Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May. (609) 770 — 8311 website

Trying (Oct. 15 — Nov. 15) By Joanna Mcclelland is having its NJ premiere under the direction of Austin Pendleton. In it, a young secretary from the Canadian prairie, finds herself working for the aging Francis Biddle, Attorney General during World War II and the primary American judge on the postwar Nuremberg Trials. It is based on the playwright’s own experience. Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May. (609) 770 — 8311 website

The Electric Baby (Oct. 1 — Oct. 18) When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls encounter a magical dying baby and begin to rewrite the stories of their lives. Excellent reviews greeted this 2012 play by Stefanie Zadravec in which folk tales and folklore weave throughout this darkly comic story of sad endings, strange beginnings, and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit 07901 Box Office: (800) 838-3006 website:

Murder for Two (Oct. 6 — Oct 25) Everyone is a suspect in this zany two person mystery musical by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair and directed by Scott Schwartz in which one actor investigates the crime and one actor plays all the suspects and both play the piano. Read review on CurtainUp shortly after opening. George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. (732) 846— 2895 website:

A zany blend of classic The Tall Girls (Oct. 8 — Nov. 1) This is the East Coast premiere of Meg Miroshnik’s play that is set in the tiny hamlet of Poor Prairie that doesn't see a lot of folks coming into town - least of all men. So when one gets off the train, everybody talks, especially since he has the only inflated basketball in town. Set in the historic 1930s Dust Bowl in the rural Midwest, The Tall Girls explores class, gender, and the history of women in sports, and asks just who can afford the luxury of play.. Luna Stage Company, 555 Valley Road, West Orange 07052, Box Office: (973) 395-5551, website:

Baby Doll (Sept. 11 — Oct 11) This is a stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ 1950 erotic comedy film set in the Mississippi Delta, where cotton is king and the summer heat drives desires of every kind. Look for review on CurtainUp shortly after the opening on the 18th. McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. (609) 258 — 2787 website:

A Comedy of Tenors (Oct. 13 — Nov. 14) Comedy writer Ken Ludwig has written a sequel to his international hit Lend Me a Tenor that is again set in one hotel suite. This comedy, under the direction of Stephen Wadsworth, is having its world premiere. So what could go wrong with four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans? We are told to be prepared for mistaken identities, bedroom hi-jinks, and madcap delight. Look for review on CurtainUp shortly after the opening on the 18th. McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. (609) 258 — 2787 website:

The Seedbed (Oct. 15 — Nov. 15) A poignant family drama set in Ireland, this is the world premiere of Bryan Delaney’s play: An exploration of the fine line between truth and delusion and the dangers of thinking something into existence. Read review on CurtainUp shortly after opening. New Jersey Repertory Company at the Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway, Long Branch 07740 (732) 229 — 3166


The Bandstand (Oct. 8 — Nov 11) This world premiere of a new big-band swing musical boasts an original score and a plot that is full of surprising twists and turns. The story of a mismatched band of WWII veterans. Battle-scarred and broke‚ dreaming of a better life‚ they join together to compete in a national radio contest with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners. Directed and Choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton).. Read review on CurtainUp shortly after opening. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website:

Song for the Disappointed (Oct. 8 — Oct. 25) Saving a son from the narcos on the Mexican border is nothing compared to saving the Cantús from each other in the New Jersey premiere of Tanya Saracho’s serious play that we are being told is also hilarious. Let’s see. Read review on CurtainUp shortly after opening. Passage Theatre Company, Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street at the corner of Montgomery, Trenton. (609) 392 - 0766

Equivocation (Sept 16 — Oct. 4 ) This excellent play by Bill Cain is a fictional imagining of the “birth” of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies that will not only intrigue Shakespeare fans, but history buffs, conspiracy theorists, political junkies, and anyone who loves a great, wild tale. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F. M Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 (973) 408 - 5600

The Diary of Anne Frank (Oct. 4 — Nov 21) Nearly 75 years ago, a young girl in the Netherlands received a diary for her 13th birthday. Today, Anne Frank’s humor, strength, and innate goodness continue to shine forth from her words to inspire readers and audiences of all ages. The powerful story of her family’s will to survive comes to unforgettable life for a new generation in this adaptation of the Pulitzer, Tony, and Critic’s Circle Award-winning play. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F. M Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 (973) 408 - 5600

Seven Guitars (April 5 — 27) Following its acclaimed productions of August Wilson’s Jitney and Two Trains Running, this drama is a part of the playwrights 10 plays-series that reflects the African-American experience during the 20th century. It takes you to Pittsburgh, 1948, where local blues guitarist Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton sits on the edge of stardom. Two River Theatre Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank (732) 345 — 1400 website:

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