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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 November & December 2015

Trying (Now through Nov. 15) Award-winning director Austin Pentleton directed this fine play by Joanna McClelland Glass about a young secretary from the Canadian prairie who finds herself working for the aging Francis Biddle, Attorney General during World War II and the primary American judge on the postwar Nuremberg Trials. The play is based on the playwright’s own experience and has won acclaim in the United States and Canada. Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May. (609) 770 — 8311 website

The Second Mrs. Wilson (Nov.10 — 29) John Glover and Laila Robins star in this new play by the prolific Joe DiPietro about President Woodrow Wilson and his second wife Edith Galt. Set in 1915, the play revolves around her influence on him and on the bureaucracy that attempted to derail his dream of world peace and the League of Nations. Read review on CurtainUp shortly after opening. George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. (732) 846— 2895 website:

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Dec. 3 — 20) This excellent two-character musical drama by Stephen Dolginoff recounts the chilling true story of the legendary duo who committed one of the most infamous and heinous crimes of the twentieth century.Luna Stage Company, 555 Valley Road, West Orange 07052, Box Office: (973) 395-5551, website:

A Comedy of Tenors (now through Nov. 14) You only have a short time to see Ken Ludwig’s hilarious 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? See review on CurtainUp home page. McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. (609) 258 — 2787 website:

A Christmas Carol (Dec. 4 — 27) This is your last chance to see this long-running tradition production with its stunning settings by Ming Cho Lee before a re-imagined version takes its place next year. McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. (609) 258 — 2787 website:

wo, a hilarious musical murder 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 now on CurtainUp. 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 now on CurtainUp. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website:

A Christmas Story (Nov. 25 — Jan 3) In this musical version of the popular film, Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Broadway success, it follows Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Read review on CurtainUp soon after opening. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website:

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Dec. 2 — 27) Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte takes the reins for this holiday outing of Shakespeare’s rowdy, bawdy domestic comedy. With the roguish Falstaff as the centerpiece of this hilarious tale of marital hijinks (and low-jinks!), the clever wives of Windsor put everyone to the test in a festive cornucopia of colorful characters, holiday spirit, and glittering merriment. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F. M Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 (973) 408 - 5600

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Nov. 14 — Dec. 13) The holiday season is always good for a laugh and you will with this classic musical farce. Director Jessica Stone (Absurd Person Singular) takes audiences on a hilarious romp through Ancient Rome with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and an all-male troupe of gifted comic actors. Filled with comical chaos as Pseudolus, an ambitious (but somewhat lousy) slave, tries to win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his innocent young master. With blustering generals, anxious sidekicks and courtesans to contend with, it won’t be an easy task!. Two River Theatre Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank (732) 345 — 1400


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