Where to go for live theatre in October

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New Jersey Theatre is in full bloom this fall

It’s October, it’s the middle of autumn, and the most spectacular — and free! — show in New Jersey is the fall foliage. But there’s lots happening in New Jersey theatre this month! Here’s a list of what’s coming up this month in Garden State theatres and performing arts centers.

You still have time to catch…

Dead & Buried, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit, through October 14th

Salt Pepper Ketchup, Passage Theatre Company, Trenton, through October 14th

The Color Purple, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, through October 21st

Pirira: A powerful new play set in Manhattan and the African nation of Malawi, exploring the challenges of international aid across interpersonal borders, and how we bridge seemingly impossible cultural divides. Performances run through October 28, 2018; opens October 12. At Luna Stage in West Orange. lunastage.org

Detroit ‘67: A co-production with Hartford Stage, this play follows a brother and sister running an illegal after hours joint while police crackdowns are igniting riots throughout the city. When the brother offers refuge to a stranger, it sets off a conflict with his sister. Performances run October 9-28, 2018; opens October 13. At the Matthews Theater at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. mccarter.org

Black Tom Island: A new play set in Jersey City based on what is arguably the first terrorist attack in the United States in 1916, following a fictional Slovak couple who may or may not be involved in the attack. Performances run October 11-21, 2018; opens October 12. At the 1882 Carriage House at Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in Union. premierestagesatkean.com

 The Trial of Donna Kane: When a Marine staff sergeant is accused of a serious crime, a highly respected attorney fights for her client’s future, taking on the military establishment in order to expose the truth. Performances run October 16 through November 4, 2018; opens October 19. At the George Street Playhouse on Rutgers University’s Cook College campus in New Brunswick. georgestreetplayhouse.org

Wolf at the Door: The premiere of a new play based on Latino folklore and mythology. A woman finds the strength to stand up to her abusive husband, but learns there is a price to pay for her courage. Performances run October 18 through November 18, 2018; opens October 20. At the Lumia Theatre in Long Branch. njrep.org

Charley’s Aunt: The classic farce about mistaken identities, young love, and all that goes with it, being presented for the first time by the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre. Performances run October 24 through November 18, 2018; opens October 27. At the F.M. Kirby Theatre at Drew University in Madison. shakespearenj.org

Theatre at the state’s performing arts centers this month

Bergen Performing Arts CenterEnglewood; BergenPAC.org October 20, 2018: Menopause the Musical!

The Count Basie Center for the ArtsRed Bank; TheBasie.org October 12–14, 2018: 1776 and October 31 – November 1, 2018: The Wizard of Oz

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange; www.sopacnow.org October 14, 2018: Skin Hungry and October 25–28 2108: Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown; www.MayoArts.org October 25, 2018: Friends! the Musical Parody and October 26, 2018: An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth. 

As always, the best place to find information about the full spectrum of theatre in New Jersey is at the website of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Not only is there news of upcoming shows, there are discount ticket offers for current shows. Check them out at njtheatrealliance.org