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‘Lion in Winter’ opens tonight at 2River Theater

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Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Michael Cumpsty (The End of the RainbowHamlet) and three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty (FootlooseThe Best Little Whorehouse Goes PublicThe Will Rogers Follies) star as Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter” opening tonight at the Two River Theater in Red Bank.

Also in the cast of this American classic are Noah Averbach-Katz (John), KeiLyn Durrel Jones (Richard), Ronald Peet (Philip), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Geoffrey), and Madeleine Rogers (Alais).

The creative team for The Lion in Winter includes scenic designer Kristen Robinson, costume designer Andrea Hood, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and sound designer Josh Schmidt. The hair and makeup design is by Dave Bova & J. Jarad Janas, the fight direction is by J. Steven White.

Performances continue through Sunday, Dec. 4 in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org.

Superb ‘Seven Guitars’ extends 2 River’s journey with August Wilson

The full company of August Wilson’s "Seven Guitars" at Two River Theater. From left: Charlie Hudson III (Red Carter), Brittany Bellizeare (Ruby), Crystal A. Dickinson (Louise), Jason Dirden (Canewell), Kevin Mambo (Floyd Barton), Christina Acosta Robinson (Vera), and Brian D. Coats (Hedley).  PHOTO: T Charles Erickson
August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” at Two River Theater features, from left, Charlie Hudson III (Red Carter), Brittany Bellizeare (Ruby), Crystal A. Dickinson (Louise), Jason Dirden (Canewell), Kevin Mambo (Floyd Barton), Christina Acosta Robinson (Vera), and Brian D. Coats (Hedley). PHOTO: T Charles Erickson

“Seven Guitars,” the 1940s segment of August Wilson’s 20th century Pittsburgh Cycle, is receiving a glorious staging at the Two River Theatre Company in Red Bank (NJ) through Oct. 4.

The company has a knack for hiring good people to mount and perform in its shows and should be applauded for signing  Brandon J. Dirden for his directorial debut. (As an actor we saw him here in 2012’s “Jitney” and  “Topdog/Underdog,” and earlier this year in the world premiere of  Reuben Santiago-Hudson‘s “You’re Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine.” Two River doesn’t always take the safest route to fill seats, which is just one reason why this company is so very interesting.

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