New Jersey Repertory’s new play “Iago,” about a post-World War II love affair amongst three needy London stage actors and their love triangle, tonight is joined by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s NJ premiere of “Red Velvet,” set in the mid-1800s about the true-life story of Ira Aldridge, the first black actor to appear as Othello on the London stage.
As if there weren’t already enough intrigue, backstabbing and romance going on in Shakespeare’s “Othello,” a new play called “Iago” puts a modern twist on the tale with its New Jersey premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch.
I like to think of George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick as the state’s equivalent of a cool off-Broadway theater where interesting, fun, thoughtful shows are staged and the unexpected happens.
If that entices you, take advantage of the today-only $20 ticket discount in honor of artistic director David Saint’s 20th anniversary with the professional regional theater. Under his guidance GSP has become a theater that takes chances, mounts new work and sends shows into NYC.
“Hamilton” star and creator Linn-Manuel Miranda and Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin are supporting Schumer‘s sponsorship of legislation that would impose a $16,000 fine on those who use automated ticket purchasing software to purchase tickets online.What’s not clear to me, at this point, is that per transaction? If not, paying the fine could be cheaper — much cheaper — than scalping tkts, as it used to be known. The story on Playbill.com doesn’t say.
From left: Kristie Dale Sanders, Marion Adler, Jon Barker, Jesmille Darbouze, Brent Harris, and Greg Watanabe. (Photo: Jerry Dalia)
From left: Kristie Dale Sanders, Brent Harris, Jon Barker and Jesmille Darbouze. (Photo: Jerry Dalia)
From left: Jesmille Darbouze, Brent Harris, and Marion Adler. (Photo: Jerry Dalia)
Kristie Dale Sanders and Brent Harris. (Photo: Jerry Dalia)
From left: Jon Barker, Jesmille Darbouze, Marion Adler, and Greg Watanabe. (Photo: Jerry Dalia)
From left: Marion Adler and Kristie Dale Sanders. (Photo: Jerry Dalia)
If you want real-life Theater of the Absurd this summer season, keep following the American Presidential race. If you want to experience some on a smaller stage, a play penned by one of the masters of the art of zany, delusional characters in hopeless situations they refuse to accept, check out “Exit the King” by Eugene Ionesco at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey through August 28.
When all is said and done, Shakespeare outlasts us all. With summer fading, four Broadway shows will close within a month plus three more by the end of the year leaving “Something Rotten” the only show still running among the 39 that opened in one of modern Broadway’s busiest and most diverse season, Playbill.com points out.
The 2016 Crossing Borders Festival at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, launches tomorrow. It’s a 5-day celebration (Aug. 3,-7) of new plays by Latino writers with food and music. And it’s free. What’s not to like?
It’s been a busy few weeks for New Jersey theatergoers, and critics, as the 2015-2016 season gets underway with several world premieres.
Openings last week included “Murder for Two” at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, the world-premiere of “A Comedy of Tenors” at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, a revival of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, and the world premiere of “Bandstand,” a musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn.
Looking for a costume no one else will have? How about some knee-high cavalier boots? Have no fear, the Bard is here. Rather the stuff the creative people who mount the plays (written 500 years ago through today) made for the stage will be making many of those items available to us. All items are priced to sell.
For more information, call 973-408-5600. The sale will be held at the Theatre’s administration/production facility, 3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park.
All proceeds benefit The Shakespeare Theatre’s artistic and educational programs. Only 58 percent of the not-for-profit regional theater’s budget (productions and educational programs) comes from the box office.
NOTE: The sale originally was to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m but has been pushed back to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contributions from corporate, foundation, and government sources and individuals donations also help support its Main Stage, Outdoor Stage and educational programming including Shakespeare LIVE!which brings Shakespeare and other classic works to schools throughout the mid-Atlantic region; the Student Matinee Series,which enables middle- and high-school students and teachers to attend school-time performances of Main Stage productions; and the Summer Professional Training Program, which offers young actors, designers, technicians, and administrators hands-on professional training.
George Takei, 78, who will be making his Broadway debut in “Allegiance,” a new musical inspired by his life story, announced on NBC’s” Today Show” that Oct. 31 will be “Star Trek” night and everyone should come in costume.
So this mean Romulans, Vulcans, Andorians, Klingons and humans could all be sitting together? Hmmm. Better book extra security.