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Kathleen Turner stars in comedy ‘Act of God’ at George Street Playhouse

Tickets now are on sale for Kathleen Turner’s performance as God in the George Street Playhouse production of “An Act of God” in New Brunswick, N.J.,  Nov. 28 through Dec. 23.

Kathleen Turner, an Academy Award and Tony Award nominee, plays the title role in "An Act of God."
Kathleen Turner, an Academy Award and Tony Award nominee, plays the title role in “An Act of God.”

Yeah, really. That Kathleen Turner. The Academy Award nominee, Tony Award nominee, and multiple Golden Globe winner. She’s  appeared in nearly three dozen films, including “The War of the Roses”, “Prizzi’s Honor” (Golden Globe Winner), “Romancing the Stone” (my favorite), “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “Marley and Me.”  She received an Academy Award nomination for her starring role in “Peggy Sue Got Married.”

A star of the Broadway stage as well, Turner received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”  She also starred as Mrs. Robinson in the Broadway and West End productions of “The Graduate.”  Her television appearances include “Nip/Tuck,” “Friends” and “Californication.”  Turner’s distinctive husky voice can be heard on TV episodes including “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.”

“We could not be more thrilled to have one of the most revered film and Broadway stars of our time playing God,” said GSP artistic director David Saint who also directs “An Act of God.”  “God has a lot to say in this incredibly funny modern comedy, and Ms. Turner has just the right amount of chutzpah to bring us Her words.”

Performances begin Nov. 28 and continue through Dec. 23.

Tickets start at $85 for all performances.  “Heavenly Seating,” the first three rows of the theater, that enable patrons to be close to God (or should that be Goddess?) are $100.

For more information, visit the George Street Playhouse website at www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org where you also can purchases a seat. Tickets also available at the box office and by calling 732-246-7717.

In the 90-minute comedy by David Javerbaum, God takes human form and doesn’t hold back about what She’s seen and heard.  God, along with two archangels (casting TBA), answer many of the deepest (and not so deep) questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. Javerbaum’s play is based on his book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God” and his Twitter feed.

Jim Parsons played the title road in the original 2015 Broadway production. It returned to Broadway in 2016 starring Sean Hayes.  The New York Times called “An Act of God” “a gut-busting-funny riff on the never-ending folly of mankind’s attempts to fathom God’s wishes … It’s an hour and a half of comedy heaven … .”

Javerbaum has 13 Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and three Peabody Awards for his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”  Javerbaum is the co-creator of the Netflix sitcom “Disjointed” starring Kathy Bates and worked on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “The Colbert Report.”

While the new performing arts center that will serve as George Street Playhouse’s future home in downtown New Brunswick is being built, the company is in residence in the former New Jersey Museum of Agriculture at 103 College Farm Road on Rutgers University’s Cook Campus off Route 1 for its 2018-19 season.

George Street Playhouse is expected to return downtown to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in time for its 2019-20 season. A former museum exhibit area is being transformed into an intimate, mainstage theatre space.

The interim venue features expansive lobby spaces, an outdoor patio and free nearby parking. The entrance into the building and to all areas of the theatre are barrier-free. For directions to George Street Playhouse, visit the GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org and click on “Directions” on the homepage.

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George St. Playhouse’s ‘Mama’s Boy’ family drama about Lee Harvey Oswald

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If you think Mama Rose from “Gypsy” is a stage mother from Hell, you should meet Marguerite Oswald, mother of John F. Kennedy’s  assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

In “Mama’s Boy,” a family drama by Rob Urbinati that continues through Nov. 6 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, you wonder why her youngest son didn’t turn his rifle on a mother   who never stops interfering, being bossy, critical or condescending to those closest to her. Continue reading George St. Playhouse’s ‘Mama’s Boy’ family drama about Lee Harvey Oswald

George Street Playhouse ticket discount sale; save $20 today only

George Street Playhouse one-day deal for discounted tickets.

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.

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George Street Playhouse releases 2016-2017 season

Family — in particular sons — seems to be a theme in the just announced 2016-2017 season at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J. It’s also is made up of predominantly new work.

“Mama’s Boy” features Lee Harvey Oswald and his mother Marguerite; “American Son” focuses on a biracial son arrested by police; “Bad Jews” pits three young-adult Jewish cousins whose Holocaust survivor grandfather just passed away,  and an orphan girl who  writes letters to her unknown benefactor as she makes her way in the world. That last one  is a musical and sounds familiar because of the 1953 movie with  56-year-old Fred Astaire chasing 24-year-old  Leslie Caron. (Don’t get me started on the obvious. I’ll leave that to the movie bloggers).

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Family-friendly ’39 Steps’ returns to NYC stage

Image of the homepage for "The 39 Steps" at the Union Square Theatre starting in April.
Image of the homepage for “The 39 Steps” at the Union Square Theatre starting in April.

“The 39 Steps” was a serious 1935 Hitchcock movie about spies between World Wars, handsome heroes and classy dames. Then Patrick Barlow turned the story into a delightful stage spoof  that soon will be returning to NYC at an off-Broadway house.

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‘It Shoulda Been You’ musical Broadway bound

“It Shoulda Been You,” which premiered at the George Street Playhouse in NJ, is scheduled to start performances on Broadway March 17 with Tony Award winners Tyne Daly (“Gypsy”) and Harriet Harris (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) as polar opposite mothers at a wedding from hell.

 David Hyde Pierce directed the musical at GSP in New Brunswick  in 2011 and continues at the helm. As an actor, Pierce earned a Tony for “Curtains” and four Emmy Awards for “Frasier.” Opening night is scheduled for April 14. Continue reading ‘It Shoulda Been You’ musical Broadway bound