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As my duties and assignments as a theater reviewer include all Broadway, most Off-Broadway and many Off-Off Broadway shows, my coverage of New Jersey theatres is limited to those that have been a regular part of my beat. I will, nevertheless, post information about up-coming shows worth checking out and mini-reviews of some I manage to catch but don't have time to review in more detail. Once a show we've reviewed closes, it will migrate to our Master Index of All Shows Reviewed at CurtainUp (Master Index) so that the review will still be available for reference. The little box headlined NEW JERSEY CONNECTIONS, includes besides a link to my own annotated list of area theaters, links to the NJTheatre Alliance website and its information regarding special programs and services, as well as several other websites you may find helpful.
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New & Noteworthy May and June
Nunsense II: The Second Coming— (May 30 - June 23). This sequel to the international comedy hit finds the nuns preparing for another variety show, but complications arise while working around the set of The Mikado, that is being presented next week by a local music society. May 30 — June 23. Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, (973) 971 - 3706

How to Make a Rope Swing (May 17 — June 7) In this world premiere play by Shawn Fisher, a beloved former school principal and a dedicated custodian meet in a soon-to-be-demolished schoolhouse. Within the walls of the century old building, a long-suppressed moment in the town's history surfaces and threatens to change the town and these people forever. Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May. (609) 884 - 1341

Lend Me a Tenor (June 12 — July 26) - In Ken Ludwig's award-winning hit farce, a fiery-tempered opera star finds himself in a compromising situation, giving a would-be-star the chance of a lifetime. . Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May. (609) 884 - 1341

Venus in Fur (April 23 — May 18) This is the New Jersey premiere of David Ives' dark comedy - an emotionally charged game of cat and mouse in which an arresting young actress seeks to land the lead in the writer's new play, based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. See review on CurtainUp home page shortly after opening. George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. (732) 846 - 2895

Into The Wood (May 3 — June 2) The forest and its inhabitants are not always what they seem in this spellbinding and witty musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. This innovative production boasts only ten actors and a piano. See review on CurtainUp home page shortly after opening. McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. (609) 258 - 2787

Happy (May 30 — June 30) A world premiere by Robert Caisley in which Alfred is happy about his life, his job, his marriage and raising his special needs daughter until his best friend invites him to dinner to meet a new woman in his life and things spin out of control. See review on CurtainUp home page shortly after opening. New Jersey Repertory Company at the Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway, Long Branch 07740 (732) 229 - 3166

Disney's The Little Mermaid (May 29 — June 30) - A completely new and re-envisioned production is promised for this musical (based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson) by Doug Wright (book), Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater (lyrics) about a young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home and live in the world above. See review on CurtainUp home page shortly after opening. Paper Mill Playhouse, Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ 07041. (973) 379 - 3636

The Playboy of the Western World (May 29— June 23) From J.M. Synge, the famed playwright, poet and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, this masterpiece of Irish theatre is part tall-tale and part tragic-comedy. In it, a young country lad is transformed from a beaten weakling to a celebrated playboy. See review on CurtainUp home page shortly after opening. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Road, Madison. (973) 408 - 5600

Sleuth (May 7— 19) Playwright Anthony Shaffer takes one eccentric detective novelist, adds his wife's lover, stirs in a cocktail or two, blends in a team of intrepid investigators, tops it off with a dangerous proposition and mixes it together for a devilishly clever thriller where rivals play deadly games in a tangled web of intrigue. Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492 - 9477

The Boy Friend (May 24 — June 16) Sandy Wilson's classic musical about the Jazz Age is set in the carefree world of the French Riviera. Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492 - 9477

George M! (June 19 — July 7) Michael Stewart, John and Francine Pascal wrote the book for this musical about George M. Cohan, that features songs by this giant of the American musical theater. Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492 - 9477

Present Laughter (June 1 — 23) - Noel Coward's witty, elegant, and sparkling valentine to the theater revolves around a debonair matinee idol who never steps out of the spotlight - even when his life is complicated by a mid-life crisis, and the demands of friends, lovers, producers and playwrights. Two River Theatre Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank (732) 345 - 1400

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