Theater previews for the week of August 9


originally published: 08/09/2022

Here are previews of plays taking place August 9-15. Click on the title to access the full preview. Be sure to send press releases for your plays to [email protected] for inclusion. New Jersey Stage covers Equity, Community, College and High School theater.
Wednesday August 10, 2022 – Shakespeare In The Park Bergen County presents “Othello” (ENGLEWOOD, NJ) – Black Box PAC’s Shakespeare in Park Bergen County returns for its fifth year of free public programming with a modern take on the classic tragedy Othello!
Friday, August 12, 2022 – Algonquin Arts Theater presents “The Who’s Tommy” (MANASQUAN, NJ) — The Algonquin Arts Theater has announced the cast and creative team for its August musical, The Who’s Tommy, which will run Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 21. A smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Tommy is the powerful story of a deaf, dumb and blind pinball player who becomes an international sensation bursting onto the stage in this multi-award winning adaptation of the original rock album topping charts. Hit songs include “Pinball Wizard”, “See Me, Touch Me”. This show contains adult content.
Monday, August 15, 2022 – East Lynne Theater Company presents “Little Women” “Christmas won’t be Christmas without gifts,” Jo tells her sisters Meg, Beth and Amy in the opening line of “Little Women.” The girls soon realize that Christmas won’t be Christmas without their dad either. He was Minister for Union Troops fighting in the Civil War.
ELTC Celebrates Kurt Vonnegut With “Who Am I This Time (And Other Riddles Of Love)” (CAPE MAY, NJ) – As ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ author Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007) would have turned 100 this year, Equity’s professional East Lynne Theater Company is celebrating the occasion by offering three of his charming stories in “Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love.)” Adapted by Aaron Posner, these humorous, heart-filled tales are set in the small town of North Crawford, Connecticut in 1962.
Mothers shine bright at Glimmerglass Festival this summer (COOPERSTOWN, NY) — Librettist Lila Palmer and director Chloe Treat are joining forces this summer for the world premiere production of HOLY GROUND at the 2022 Glimmerglass Festival. This “what if” reimagining of a biblical story reflects Mary’s choice to become a mother. The opera by Damien Geter and Palmer will be performed as part of a “Double Bill” with TAKING UP SERPENTS by Kamala Sankaram and Jerry Dye, also staged by Treat. These talented women, both mothers of young children, present the opera in limited engagement at the Alice Busch Opera Theater, (7300 NY-80, Cooperstown, NY 13326). Performances begin Friday, July 29 and continue on a varied schedule until Saturday, August 20.
Music Mountain Theater presents “Crazy For You” (LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) — Music Mountain Theater’s 2022 season continues with Crazy For You, which opens at Music Mountain Theater on Friday, July 29 and runs through August 21. Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical, this laugh-a-minute romp musical is scripted by Ken Ludwig and features George and Ira Gershwin’s memorable hits such as “I Got Rhythm”, “Naughty Baby”, “They Can ‘t Take That Away from Me”, “Embraceable You”, “But Not for Me”, “Good job if you can get it”, and “Someone to watch over me”. Click here to see photos of the room.
NJ Rep presents the American premiere of “The Hummingbirds” (LONG BRANCH, NJ) — New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) presents the U.S. premiere of The Hummingbirds: A Comedy of Menace by Garret Jon Groenveld. It’s a comedy drama set in the future, which may be closer than you think. Performances run August 4-28, Thursday through Sunday. Click here to see photos of the room.
McCarter Live at the Library with “The Wolves” (PRINCETON, NJ) – Sarah Rasmussen, Artistic Director of the McCarter Theater Center, returns to the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library on Tuesday, August 30 to kick off McCarter’s 2022-2023 season and share staging details for Sarah’s thrilling season-opening production of Pulitzer Prize-winning Lappe plays The Wolves, a story centered around an elite high school girl’s indoor soccer team. The event starts at 7:00 p.m.
Cape May Stage Presents “America’s Sexiest Couple” (CAPE MAY, NJ) — America’s Sexiest Couple, Cape May Stage’s second play of the 2022 season, runs Tuesday through Sunday nights July 14 through August 14. The hilarious comedy is the work of Ken Levine, the three Emmy Award-winning writer who has been honored for his work on classic comedies such as ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Cheers,’ and more. Again. Levine brings his infallible stunt doubles and comedic sense of plot to America’s Sexiest Couple, a raucous new play that Cape May Stage is honored to premiere.
TaNisha Fordham’s new musical will have its world premiere in Newark (NEWARK, NJ) — TaNisha Fordham Productions, in association with the City of Newark, announces the world premiere of the new musical TaNisha Fordham’s Snatch Yo’ Free, written, directed, musical production, produced by and starring the This Year’s American Express Directing Fellow, Executive Member of the Broadway Theater Coalition and current Associate Director of TaNisha Fordham, 5 time Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical Company. As the City of Newark NJ’s second annual Theater in the Park event, this year’s musical production is free, open to the public, and continues to create access and a bridge to Broadway-level productions right in the heart of Newark. Performances are July 22-29, August 5-12, 2022 at Mulberry Commons Park in front of the Prudential Center.
Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop Summer Performance Festival 2022 (HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) — Centenary Stage Company’s 2022 Young Performers’ Workshop Summer Festival of Shows has just been announced and will feature performances from I Do! I do! I do! I Do!, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Two for Four. Performances will be held August 5-14 at the Little Theater located at 400 Jefferson St, Hackettstown, NJ.

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