Category Archives: Community

Dick Gregory bio “Turn Me Loose” off-Broadway

As someone who saw Dick Gregory in person years ago (in Philadelphia-area night clubs) and who still admires his commentaries when the social activist, now 83, calls in to the Imus in the Morning radio program (“Hello, my brother,” he … Continue reading

Blog, Community, NY Theater, Off Broadway, Regional

Twelfth Century Alive and Well in Holmdel’s “Becket”

French dramatist Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) claims to have written “Becket” “by chance,” after reading an account of twelfth-Century English history in which some 30 pages were devoted to the story of Thomas Becket. “I had expected to find a saint,” … Continue reading

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Heil you-know-who: “The Producers” in Deal, NJ

Soon after “The Producers” opened to ecstatic reviews in 2001, a New Yorker magazine cover depicted an audience in fits of laughter with one angry-faced theatergoer among them: Adolph Hitler. I thought of that illustration as I watched “The Producers” … Continue reading

Community, Regional

Come fly with “Peter Pan” in Red Bank NJ

Phoenix Productions’ “Peter Pan” is the first Count Basie Theatre show following the announcement of the venue’s ambitious expansion plans. Uplifted (literally and figuratively) by Jennifer Townsend’s captivating performance, the transformation has begun…from the inside. Townsend is in her mid-twenties. … Continue reading

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No need to fear this “Virginia Woolf”

The last community or student production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” I saw was at Brookdale Community College in 1995. Since then, a Regional and two Broadway revivals (2005 and ’12), but none by locals. Lately, Edward Albee’s scalding … Continue reading

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Shakespeare tees off: “Twelfth Night” at Holmdel

Holmdel Theatre Company’s 2000 “Twelfth Night” was as good a local Shakespeare as I’d seen. Holmdel’s current production of the same play doesn’t reach that level, but it is not for lack of effort or imagination. The cast includes several … Continue reading

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