The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s list of current plays;
Cape May Stage, Cape May The Understudy
By Theresa Rebeck
Now through July 30
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a Broadway play? A smash hit Off-Broadway, The Understudy is the latest comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck (Omnium Gatherum, Bad Dates, Mauritius), one of the most produced female playwrights in America. When a smug Hollywood action star lands a prestigious role in Franz Kafka’s newly discovered play on Broadway, things couldn’t be better…until he meets his understudy. Can a love-sick, charmingly ditsy stage manager prevent a battle royale from developing between the two rival actors? Will the show go on? Spirited and laugh-out-loud funny, The Understudy places the backstage friction of a frenzied rehearsal center stage with vivacious satire and Kafkaesque theatrics.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 884-1341
Visit the Cape May Stage website
opening on July 27 …
The World of Dorothy Parker
Based on the writings of Dorothy Parker; adapted by Gayle Stahlhuth
July 27 – September 3 (World Premiere)
This ensemble potpourri of adapted work by the famous Algonquin Round Table wit includes A Telephone Call – where a woman anxiously waits to hear from a man, Here We Are – an awkward conversation for a newlywed couple on the way to their honeymoon, and The Lovely Leave – about life during World War II, among other famous tales and poems.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 884-5898
Visit East Lynne Theater Company’s website
New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch Just in Time – The Judy Holliday StoryBy Bob Sloan
Now through August 14 (New Jersey Premiere)
This fast-paced romp through the life of the original dumb-blond – and one of the funniest actresses of all time – features Holliday’s exalted cohorts Orson Welles, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Gloria Swanson and Jimmy Durante, among others, in a buoyant valentine to a bygone era.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (732) 229-3166.
Visit the New Jersey Repertory Company website
Premiere Stages, Union Follow Me to Nellie’s
By Dominique Morisseau
Now through July 31
Follow the road to the infamous Madame Nellie Jackson’s, where a hopeless blues singer is looking for a way out, a brave freedom fighter is looking for a way in, and a house of downtrodden women are looking for a new day. In 1955 Mississippi during the reign of segregation, the price of attaining their dreams may cost them everything they have. This winner of the 2011 Premiere Play Festival is directed by John Wooton.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (908) 737-7469
Performances are held in Zella Fry Theatre
Vaughn Eames Building, Kean University’s Main Campus
Visit the Premiere Stages website
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison On The Outdoor Stage …A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Now until July 31 Read our review
The world’s most popular comedy is performed under the stars at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Outdoor Stage – the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth. This newly conceived 90-minute production is perfect for children and families of all ages, and celebrates the 10th Anniversary of The Outdoor Stage. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn before the performance and enjoy a summer evening at this pastoral venue.
On the main-stage …
Visit the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s website
Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven Art
By Yasmina Reza
Now through July 31
Oscar-nominated, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Judd Hirsch (“Numb3rs,” “Taxi,” “Ordinary People,” “A Beautiful Mind”) directs and stars in this internationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning comedy. This smart and funny play explores the value and meaning of both friendship and art when a (nearly) all-white painting ignites an escalating argument among three men, threatening to destroy their long friendship.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 492-9477
Visit Surflight Theatre’s website
The Theater Project, performing in West Orange
Penny PenniworthBy Chris Weikel
Now through August 7
A comic send-up of everything Dickens. At the New Jersey Arts Incubator, West Orange.
For more information, go to The Theater Project’s website. To purchase tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or visit Brown Paper Tickets.
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