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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 and Noteworthy June-July 2015
Mary Mary (June 17 - July 24) This is one of the most popular of the many light comedies that dominated Broadway during the 1950s. By Jean Kerr, it is the story of Bob and Mary, a nearly divorced couple who meet over taxes only to find themselves trapped in an apartment during a snowstorm along with three others, their lawyer, a handsome film hero and Bob’s fianc3. Cape May Stage, (609) 770 -8311. 31 Perry Street. Cape May.

The Graduate (May 29 - June 27) Terry Johnson based his play on the novel by Charles Webb which was subsequently made into a hugely successful film. About the amorous adventures of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who returns home with undefined aim in life. . . that is until he comes up against the seductive Mrs. Robinson and her pretty daughter Elaine. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine Street, Hammonton (609) 704 -5012

Mr. Lincoln (June 17 - July 25) Herbert Mitgang wrote this play to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. In it, Lincoln remembers his life, from his early days as a lawyer to his rise to the presidency. . .as a gun his held to his head in Ford’s Theater. East Lynne Theater Company, In residency at The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street Cape May, NJ 08024. (609) 884 - 5898 Cape May, N.J. Ubu Roi (June 25 - July 12) This 1896 parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Alfred Jarry takes places in a modern luxury Kitchen where a wealthy American couple play out their fantasies of wealth and power. The Garage Theatre Group at the Becton Theatre at Farleigh Dickinson University, 960 River Road, Teaneck NJ 07666Teaneck, NJ 07666 (201) 569 - 7710

Closure (April 23 - May 24) When Jane and Peter’s daughter mysteriously disappears while on spring break on an exotic tropical Caribbean isle, Detective Roy Hadley steps-in to save the day. . .but does he have plans of his own in this world premiere of melodrama by Richard Dresser See review on CurtainUp home page shortly after opening. New Jersey Repertory Company (732) 229 - 3166 179 Broadway, Long Branch.

Ever After (May 21 - June 21) This is the world premiere of a new musical based on the 1998 film about Danielle, a strong-willed independent woman who befriends Leonardo da Vinci and makes her dreams come true - without the help of a fairy godmother, talking mice, or magic pumpkins. See review on CurtainUp shortly after opening on home page. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website:

The Royal Family (May 27 - June 21)The new season opened with a lavish production of the outrageously funny American classic by George s. Kaufman and Edna Ferber: a celebration of the passions, tribulations, and triumph of the Cavendish dynasty - a fictitious reigning family of the early 20th century American theatre, loosely based on the actual Barrymore clan. Read review on CurtainUp home page. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, (973) 408 - 5600.

The Guardsman (July 8 - 26) Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte brings us a new adaptation of the classic back-stage comedy by Ferenc Molnar in which we see the lengths to which a renowned leading lady goes to test the faithfulness of her leading man/husband. Read review soon after it opens on CurtainUp home page. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, (973) 408 - 5600.

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