Here is the current activity on New Jersey’s professional stages from The New Jersey Theatre Alliance;
Bickford Theatre, Morristown
Little Dog Laughed
By Douglas Carter Beane
January 20 – February 13 (New Jersey Premiere)
Mitchell Green is on the brink of movie super-stardom, thanks to his devilish agent Diane. But she encounters one obstacle…she can’t seem to stop him from coming out of the closet. Will there be a Hollywood ending when the final credits role? This Tony-nominated comedy was called “tremendously funny” by The Star-Ledger.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 971-3706
Visit the Bickford Theatre website
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
The How and the Why
By Sarah Treem
Now through February 13 (World Premiere)
Evolution and emotion collide in this thought-provoking and sharp new play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. Featuring Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl, this intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices women of every generation face.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 258-2787
Visit the McCarter Theatre Center website
New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
The Tangled Skirt
By Steve Braunstein
Final performances this weekend! (World Premiere)
A thriller in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, where a woman on the run and a man who knows too much meet at a desolate bus station, each waiting for the last ride out of town. Will the need to keep their secrets from one another prove a strong enough match for passion and fate?
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 229-3166
Visit New Jersey Repertory Company’s website
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn; book by Rachel Sheinkin
Now through February 13
Craving a fun musical comedy to sweep you up in the action and keep you laughing all the way home? Then this Tony Award-winning story of six quirky competitors and three oddball adults in search of spelling bee glory is the show for you. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 376- 4343
Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website
Pushcart Players, Verona
Pushcart Players is a founding member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and an award-winning touring, professional theatre. Take advantage of the opportunity and bring your favorite young people to see this wonderful company at one of three public performances in January.
Let Freedom Ring
Book by Ruth Fost, Carole Wechter and Gretchen Johnson
Sunday, January 23 at 3pm
at the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge ~ 219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge
An all-new production of an earlier Pushcart piece (American Sampler) that fills a lovely groove of learning about America’s beginnings. The story is told through some of America’s best loved folk tunes and offers a sweet, snappy and powerful theatre experience for young and family audiences.
For tickets and directions call (973) 748-5459, or visit: www.womensclubglenridge.com
Stone Soup and Other Stories
Adapted by Ruth Fost and Carole Wechter
Saturday, January 29 at 1pm
at Young People’s Theatre at Terrill Middle School ~ Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
Story Theatre at its best with folk tales from around the world, providing a delightful introduction to theatre as well as to the cultures and customs of different lands.
Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call (973) 857-1115
Happily Ever After – A Cinderella Tale
Book and lyrics by Ruth Fost; music by Larry Hochman and Laurie Hochman
Sunday, January 30 at 2pm
at Tic Toc Theatre Arts at Benjamin Franklin Middle School ~ 335 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood
Based on the beloved classic tale of Cinderella, Happily Ever After takes us on that sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always compelling journey, fueled by inner beauty, courage and kindness as they triumph over greed, arrogance and bully behavior.
For tickets and directions, call (201) 447-9110, or visit www.tictoc.org
For more information about Pushcart Players – or to book them in your school or venue – visit their website
Alliance Repertory Theatre, Rahway
Still Life, by Alexander Dinelaris – Now through January 29 at Union County Performing Arts Center
For more information, visit the theatre’s website. To purchase tickets, call 7320499-8226 or visit the Union County Performing Arts Center website.
Show titles and dates may change.
Please call the theatre or check their websites to confirm.