With Two River Theater’s current staging of August Wilson’s “King Hedley II,” the Red Bank company has reached the halfway mark inproducing the 10-plays that comprise the playwright’s American Century Cycle.
Actor Brandon J. Dirden, whose career includes TV, Broadway and five plays here (two by Wilson), has done an outstanding job once again with a superb cast of six very accomplished actors and a skilled technical team.
An amazing display of top notch acting by six very talented theater pros is on display in the world premiere of “Fern Hill” at the New Jersey Repertory Theater in Long Branch, N.J., through Sept. 9.
These are the kind of actors we see on TV (“Law and Order,” “Elementary,” “The Sinner,” “Veep”), in movies (“The Birdcage,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Flags of our Fathers”), perhaps in a featured or recurring role, who take these gigs so they can support their theater habit.
“The Jag” is a play about a broken man, his broken son, their broken 1967 Jaguar, and the socially challenged young woman who helps to fix all three.
Written by award-winning playwright Gino DiIorio, the world premiere of this 90-minute drama with lots of laughs continues at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch through Feb. 12. (Other plays of his that premiered here include “Release Point,” “Apostasy,” “Winterizing the Summer House” and “Dead Ringer.”)
Paper Mill Playhouse has launched its 2016-17 season with “The Producers” and will follow it with the U.S. premiere of “The Bodyguard.”
First, a hit Broadway musical winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and ran for six years. (“Hamilton” had the most Tony Award nominations-16.)
Second, a musical based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 movie that first was staged in London (2012-14), launches its national tour in Millburn (Nov. 25 to Jan. 1) starring Grammy Award-nominated R&B singer Deborah Cox and, one assumes, eventually will make its way to Broadway.
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.
Laila Robins as Edith Wilson and John Glover as Woodrow Wilson. Photo by T Charles Erickson
Laila Robins as Edith Wilson (front) with (L to R) Sherman Howard (Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge), Stephen Barker Turner (Dr. Cary Grayson) and Michael McGrath (Secretary Joe Tumulty). Photo by T. Charles Erickson
John Glover as Woodrow Wilson (front) with (L to R) Stephen Barker Turner (Dr. Cary Grayson), Stephen Spinella (Col. Edward House) and Michael McGrath (Secretary Joe Tumulty). Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Laila Robins as Edith Wilson and John Glover as Woodrow Wilson. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
John Glover (left) as Woodrow Wilson and Sherman Howard as Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
John Glover as Woodrow Wilson (front, center) with Laila Robins (Edith Wilson) looking on. Photo by T. Charles Erickson Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Stephen Spinella as Col. Edward House and Laila Robins as Edith Wilson. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
In 1915, when two people using a telephone to hold a conference call very modern idea, the U.S. Senate majority leader was completely at odds with the Democratic President of the United States over foreign policy. A 100 years later, it seems, not much has changed. At least now when it comes to politics.
“The Second Mrs. Wilson,” a new play written by George Street Playhouse favorite Joe Pietro (his fifth here) and directed by Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven (where the show received its world premiere in May), focuses on the relationship between President Woodrow Wilson and his marriage to Edith Galt against the backdrop of World War I, the Treaty of Versailles and creation of the League of Nations.