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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 February & March 2015

tick, tick...BOOM (now through February 8) This impassioned musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson (Rent and David Auburn is about a struggling artist who is trying to keep it all together while trying to write the next great American musical: a companion piece to Rent. American Theater Group on the Hamilton Stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center,1601 Irving Street, Rahway (732) 499-8226 www.americantheatergroup.org

Wait Until Dark (now through February 15) This is the popular thriller by Frederick Knott adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher about a blind housewife who becomes the target for con men trying to steal her doll which is secretly stuffed with heroin. Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ www.bickfordtheatre.org

In the Car with Blossom and Len (February 20 - March 8) In this new play by Joni Fritz (world premiere), a basket full of unpaid bills is discovered by the daughter of an engineer unveiling a lifetime of secrets. Centenary Stage Company, The David and Carol Lackland Center 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 979 - 0900 www.centenarystageco.org

Repairing a Nation (February 26 - March 8) This is the world premiere of Nikkole Salter's play set at Christmas time in Oklahoma, 2001 and the Davis family's holiday gathering is upended when Lois insists that the family join a class-action lawsuit against the state for the Tulsa race Riot of 1921. Look out for CurtainUp review shortly after opening. Crossroads Theatre Company 7 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 545 - 8100 www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org

The Most Deserving (February 12 - March 1) Recently produced Off Broadway, Catherine Trieschmann's play is about what happens when an arts council is giving away the largest artist grant in its history and a professor makes a case for an unconventional outsider. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ. (908) 514 - 9654 www.dreamcatcherreporg

Catch Me If You Can (now through February 21) This musical based on the hit film has music has a book by terrence McNally and a score by March Shaiman (music) and lyrics by Shaiman & Scott Wittman is a story about a young man who poses as a pilot, doctor and lawyer until his lies catch up with him. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine Street, Hammonton (609) 704 -5012 www.theeagletheatre.com

tick, tick...BOOM (March 20 - April 25) If you missed this one at the American Theater Group (see above) this is another chance to see this impassioned musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson (Rent and David Auburn about a struggling artist who is trying to keep it all together while trying to write the next great American musical: a companion piece to Rent Eagle Theatre. (609) 704 -5012 www.theeagletheatre.com

Landscape of the Body (February 12 - March 1) This early play by John Guare follows the turbulent journey of a single mother as she raises a child and rebuilds her own identity on the seediest street of NYC's Greenwich Village, circa 1974. The Garage Theatre Group (201) 569 7710 at the Becton Theatre at Farleigh Dickinson University, 960 River Road, Teaneck, NJ (201) 569 - 7710 www.garagetheatre.org

The Whipping Man (now through February 15 and reviewed for CurtainUp). George Street Playhouse 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 846 - 2895 www.gsponline.org

  Buyer and Cellar (March 3 - 29) This hilarious Off Broadway success is by Jonathan Tolins. In it, an underemployed actor is hired for the oddest of odd jobs - toiling in the basement "mall" of a famous actress. George Street Playhouse 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 846 - 2895 www.gsponline.org

  A Perfect Ganesh (now through February 22) A quest for meaning in their lives leads two outwardly unremarkable midd-aged women on a rousing tour of India in this fine play by Terrence McNally. Luna Stage Company 555Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052 (973) 395 - 5551 www.lunastage.org

  Sizwe Banzi is Dead (now through February 15--and reviewed for CurtainUp). McCarter Theatre Center 91 University Place Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 258 - 6500 www.mccarter.org

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (March 10 - 29) Sherlock Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors when the male heirs of the Baskerville line are being knocked-off one by one. Watch for CurtainUp review on home page shortly after opening. McCarter Theatre Center 91 University Place Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 258 - 6500 www.mccarter.org

The M Spot (February 26 - March 29) Jerry and Maddie have been married forever and want to recapture the former vitality of their marriage by going to a new-age spa retreat in this world premiere comedy by Michael Tucker. New Jersey Repertory Company (732) 229 - 3166 www.njrep.org

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (now through February 15) See review on CurtainUp home page. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website: papermill.org

  The Hunchback of Notre Dame (March 4 - April 5) This is the US premiere of this collaboration between Alan Menken (music) and Stephen Schwartz (lyrics) that was retells a famous love story inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel. Look for CurtainUp review on the home page shortly after opening. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website: papermill.org

  Guadalupe in the Guest Room This new play (world premiere) by Tony Meneses introduces us to Guadalupe Castillo, a Mexican woman whose daughter's untimely death leaves her struggling to connect with her American son-in-law and a country whose language she barely speaks. Two River Theater Company 21 Bridge Avenue Red Bank, NJ 07701(732) 345 - 1400 www.trtc.org
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