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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 April-May 2014

Forever Plaid (May 1— 26). Get caught up in the old favorites in this Off-Broadway hit, an affectionate homage to the close-harmony guy groups of the 1950s and 60s. Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, (973) 971 — 3706, website: bickfordtheatre.org

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

Motherhood Out Loud (April 24 — May 11) The writings of Theresa Rebeck, Lisa Loomer, Beth Henley, Leslie Ayvasian, David Cale, and others are included in this compilation of pieces about motherhood in this New Jersey premier. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit 07901 Box Office: (800) 838-3006 website: dreamcatcherrep.org

Our Town (April 22 — May 25) This production of Thornton Wilder's classic marks the inaugural partnership between Mason Gross School of the Arts and George Street Playhouse. Professional actors and graduating superstars of one of the country's most revered masters degree programs will bring to life this revered Pulitzer Prize winner. Read review on CurtainUp shortly after opening. George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. (732) 846— 2895 website: gsponline.org

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical (April 18 — May 18) Six-time Emmy-winner Mo Willems (book and lyrics) and Grammy-winning composer Michael Silversher (music) created this musical based on Willems' beloved prize-winning picture book. Things go horribly hilariously wrong when Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny join Daddy at the Laundromat. The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey at the Historic Palace Theatre, Route 183, 7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong 07857 Box Office: (973) 347-4946 website: growingstage.com

Marisol (April 10 — May 11) In Jose Rivera's apocalyptic urban fantasy, a young Latino woman struggles to find safety in a world fraught with danger. Luna Stage Company, 555 Valley Road, West Orange 07052, Box Office: (973) 395-5551, website: lunastage.org

The Figaro Plays (April 1 — May 4) Acclaimed director Stephen Wadsworth returns to McCarter to stage his translations of the classic farces by Pierre Beaumarchais that inspired Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. These two scathing, freshly imagined social satires will be played in repertory. McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. (609) 258 — 2787 website: mccarter.org

A View of the Mountain (April 24 — May 25) This is Lee Blessing's sequel to A Walk in the Woods. Twenty years after historic secret meetings with his Soviet counterpart, an arms negotiator awaits the arrival of his estranged son. Retired, remarried and living an idyllic life in the country, the reunion disrupts the calm, as it is filled with threats, ultimatums, and family secrets. Read review on CurtainUp shortly after opening. New Jersey Repertory Company at the Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway, Long Branch 07740 (732) 229 — 3166 website: njrep.org

South Pacific (April 9 — May 4) One of the most memorable of the Rogers and Hammerstein musicals, its story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during WWII has continued to enchant theater goers since it first opened in 1949. Read review on CurtainUp shortly after opening. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website: papermill.org

Tamer of Horses (May 15 - June 1) In William Mastrosimone's newly revised 1987 play, a streetwise troublemaker and runaway from a Trenton detention center finds shelter in a barn owned by a black couple living on a farm in rural New Jersey. 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 info@passagetheatre.org Trouble in Mind (April 5 — 27) Alice Childress (the first African-American woman to have a play professionally produced in New York) uses a play-within-a-play structure in her rediscovered 1950s play that takes a bitingly funny look at the complex, difficult, and often emotional way people talk about race-and a hilarious backstage drama about artists at work.. Two River Theatre Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank (732) 345 — 1400 website: trtc.org

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