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“Clever Little Lies,” yes, but not clever liars

Prolific playwright Joe DiPietro (Memphis; The Toxic Avenger; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) had an off-Broadway hit with his 2013 comedy Clever Little...

“Stones in His Pockets”: when Hollywood invaded Ireland

McCarter Theatre Center has come up with a winner with its current production of Stones in His Pockets, a play of heartbreaking truth mixed with Irish...

“Crowns”: Glory, hallelujah!

Fifteen years ago, McCarter Theatre Center commissioned writer/actress Regina Taylor to come up with a show based on a book about Southern black women...

“Bakersfield Mist” is an intense exploration of the nature of art

Stephen Sachs’ one-act play Bakersfield Mist is a gripping two-character work that deals with questions about art. What separates art from trash? Does a detached, intellectual...

“The Bungler” fumbles its way to hilarity

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, is considered one of the masters of stage comedy. His string of farces – including Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, and The Imaginary Invalid – created...

“The Sting”: The con is on!

It’s nothing new for stage musicals to be made out of well-remembered movies. The Sting, now making its world premiere at the Paper Mill...

“Lend me a Tenor” is Ritz Theatre’s latest offering

Lend Me A TenorLend Me a Tenor is the Ritz Theatre's penultimate offering of its 2015 season. A comedy written by Ken Ludwig, it premiered in 1986 at London's West End theater and on Broadway in 1989, garnering nine Tony awards and winning two. It is set in 1930's Cleveland, Ohio, and the Art Deco hotel suite set reflects that beautifully.

Tasting the fruit from the tree of self-knowledge Martin Moran’s way

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The stage is bare, save for a high stool and a small table. Upon the table is a framed photo of a boy. The boy is standing in a boat, wearing a life jacket and swim suit, holding an oar above his head, as if in victory that he mastered the craft. That photo continues to play a role in the monologue performed and written by Martin Moran titled "The Tricky Part."

“Rent:” still no day but today

New Jersey actor Javon King was outstanding The State Theatre in New Brunswick finished up its Broadway series with the 20th anniversary touring production of Rent. The...

“Issei, He Say” depicts the tragedy of losses kept alive

World premier at New Jersey Repertory Company Hatred can be passed down from generation to generation until its origin becomes lost in the mists of...