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Stellar Cast in World Premiere of “Fern Hill” at NJ Rep

The six actors appearing at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch have amassed thirty-five Broadway credits among them, with six Tony Award nominations (and a win) to boot. Lured to the 75-seat venue by the prospect of creating roles … Continue reading

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Shaking up Shakespeare in Central Park – and Shaw in Ontario wine country

There is so much about the The Public Works Shakespeare in the Park’s musical adaptation of “Twelfth Night” to praise, it’s hard to know where to begin. Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s conception honors Shakespeare’s tone and language even as … Continue reading

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High body-count in “Titus Andronicus” at Shakespeare of New Jersey

More people are killed in Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” than in his Scottish play and Danish plays combined. “Titus” also preceded “Sweeney Todd” in the bad-guy-pie department by four centuries. Shakespeare’s first-written tragedy is a gory affair that leaves little to … Continue reading

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Oldies but goodies: “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” at Irish Rep and “Anything Goes” in Westchester

The phrase ‘less is more’ is never more apt than when applied to Irish Repertory Theatre’s musical productions. Artistic director Charlotte Moore’s thirty-year old company, devoted to exploring Irish-American experience through works of theater, music and dance,  has a knowing … Continue reading

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The Stratford Festival: Shakespeare and More

Theater-goers who venture to Stratford, Ontario for the Shakespeare might want to check out the “supporting” plays and musicals as well. While both “The Tempest” and “The Comedy of Errors” bear witness to Stratford’s commitment to the Bard, several other … Continue reading

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“Half Time” hip-hop at Paper Mill Playhouse: Never Fresher

You’ll know how “Half Time” ends about five minutes in. So what; getting there is the fun part. And “Half Time” is fun. Its premise is simple enough (even to a fault, but anyway): a fictional New Jersey NBA team, … Continue reading

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