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McCarter Theatre announces an exciting 2017-2018 season

McCarter Theatre just revealed a 2017-2018 season that includes the world premiere of Tony Award-winner Christopher Durang’s  “Turning Off the Morning News”; a revival of Regina Taylor’s gospel musical “Crowns” that had its world premiere here 15 years ago; a rare staging of Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” in collaboration with Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre,  a recipient of this year’s MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions; Marie Jones’ Irish comedy “Stones in His Pocket” with two actors playing 15 plus characters. The musical biography “A Night With Janis Joplin,” written and directed by Randy Johnson, fills out the schedule.

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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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2 River Theater schedules all-male ‘Forum,’ plus all-female ‘I Remember Mama’

The Two River Theater company announced its 2015-2016 season Monday night before an applause-happy crowd and it includes an all-male Plautus-inspired production of “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum” and an all-female staging of “I Remember Mama” in which none of the 10 actresses are under age 65.

Now that’s something you don’t see very often at the country’s top regional theaters.

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