Agatha Christie + Hercule Poirot + Ken Ludwig. That’s a theater trifecta. And that’s also before you know who makes up the creative dream team for the world premiere of the stage version of “Murder on the Orient Express,” beginning three weeks of performances tonight at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. (Two more performances already have been added.)
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.
Do you like Sherlock Holmes? Did you enjoy
“The 39 Steps?” Do you like to laugh — a lot — in the theater?
Then you will love Ken Ludwig’s “Baskervilles” now playing at the McCarter Theatre complex in Princeton through March 29. You loved “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me a Tenor,” right? He wrote those.
And bring the kids. I’ve never seen such a mix of adults and so many young theatergoers — tweens, high schoolers, college students and young adults — as I did last night during the opening at the nearly full 1,100-seat Matthews Theatre space. It’s a co-production with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where it was presented earlier this year to raves.