Speranza Theatre Company Presents Unveiling Liberty

Speranza Theatre Company’s new one-act play Unveiling Liberty by Charlotte Rahn-Lee and Jennie Contuzzi will run three days only, from March 3 to March 5, at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne Street). Unveiling Liberty is set in 1886. Ten-year-old Isabelle is enamored of the enormous statue about to be unveiled in New York harbor. Her father

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Jersey City Theater Company Returns to NYC Fringe Festival

Jersey City’s Box Colony Theatre (BCT) is at it again – same play, larger stage. BCT’s Beckett-inspired absurdist comedy Is That Danny DeVito? And Other Questions From West of the Hudson will be performed as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the WOW Cafe (59-61 E 4th St. #4 – between 2nd

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No Peeking Brings Sensory Theatre to Jersey City

“If it weren’t for me, you’d be acting in the dark,” Amanda Levie said during a debate about the merits of lighting design with a colleague. She was a theatre student at Kean University with a concentration in lighting design when the idea for No Peeking Theatre emerged. “When I talked to people about the

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Theater Review: “As Bees in Honey Drown” at J City Theater

  As Bees In Honey Drown (Above Left to Right: Sandy Cockrell, Jason Guy, Timothy C. Goodwin) Over the weekend, my cousins Brenda and Nancy were in from Tucson. As usual, they were Broadway-bound: After Midnight, All the Way, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. But for a terrifically fun night of

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Bare Soles: Brings a Unique Arts and Performance Experience to the Heights

Bare Soles, a new monthly showcase highlighting local dancers and artists, presented by The Kennedy Dancers (a non-profit Jersey City based dance company) happened this past Saturday evening on Central Avenue. For Heights residents, Bare Soles brings a unique arts and performance experience close to home. All those performing at the Kennedy Dance center showed passion, talent

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StageFest 2014

Brought back for a second year by popular demand, STAGEFest is about to take over Jersey City. This weekend’s three-day festival (March 21-23) features 20 theatrical performances in the historic landmark Loew’s Jersey City Theater.


Theatre Review: ‘Red Giant’ by Rhymes with Opera

Ever heard of a sci-fi opera? Me neither. The possibility of these opposite-world genres coexisting came to life at the Barrow Street Mansion this past Sunday (1/19) thanks to the brilliant minds behind Rhymes with Opera. RWO is a non-profit Baltimore and New York City based contemporary music and opera ensemble who combined these categories

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J CITY Theater Making Comeback with ‘Apartment 3A’

J CITY Theater is back this weekend for its first full-length production in almost a year after being crippled by Hurricane Sandy. Starting on Friday, Apartment 3A written by actor Jeff Daniels will show local theater lovers that J CITY is ready to deliver top-notch entertainment and laughs, says director Sandy Cockrell. Last year, she

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Hip to Hip Theater Company’s Shakespeare in the Park at Newport Green

Part romance and part political thriller William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is thought by many to be the last play Shakespeare wrote, and now Jersey City audiences can see it for free at Newport Green (Washington Blvd & 14th St.). Hip to Hip Theatre Company, a Queens-based non-profit arts organization that stimulates interest in the theatre arts

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Kids Perform Classic Musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Loew’s Theater

If you’re a kid actor in Jersey City, there are a few things you probably want to do. One is to be in one of the greatest musicals of all time, something that ran on Broadway for a while and won a bunch of Tony Awards. Another is to be on one of the grandest stages in Hudson County. For 27 kids, both of these wishes will be granted when they perform the classic “Guys and Dolls” at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre.


Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU Seeking Donations to Fund The Winter’s Tale Production

The Actors Shakespeare Company of New Jersey is seeking help from the public to stage its upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. As many Shakespeare fans know, the show is known for being considered by some a “problem play” (for its mix of tragedy and comedy) as well as the source of the

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The Power of One: SO LOW Theater Festival Brings Solo Dramas, Comedies to the Stage

If you’ve seen a good solo show, you know how gripping it can be. An actor alone on stage, speaking directly to you, or so it seems. Art House Productions’ inaugural SO LOW Theater Festival — solo works at a low price ($6 per show) — kicks off tonight with plays by Mark Williams and Summer Dawn Hortillosa, and continues through the weekend with an intriguing lineup of characters and tales.


Art House Productions Seeks Submissions for New SO LOW Theater Festival

Have a story to tell? Art House Productions is launching a new program dedicated to solo works this fall and accepting submissions through next Friday, Aug. 17. The inaugural SO LOW Theater Festival – a solo festival with low ticket prices – runs Sept. 27-30, and individuals and theater companies with solo material are encouraged

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‘Secrets; Love,’ a New Play by Summer Dawn Hortillosa Premieres at Downtown Urban Theater Festival

A tight knit Filipino community is devastated by a kidnapping in Summer Dawn Hortillosa’s new play Secrets; Love. Hortillosa is an up-and-coming playwright who won the 2007 New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Governor’s Award in Arts Education.


Foreclosed: The Show Must Go On

Just when I thought I had nothing left to learn in this whole maddening adventure, life stepped in and once again said: “Hey lady, the joke’s on you.” A wonderful friend took all of my blogs and edited them into a play. Woo-hoo, I wrote a play! Well actually I wrote of series of blogs

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J CITY Theater Scores Big with Rights to New Jersey Premier of David Mamet’s ‘Race;’ Show Opens This Friday

It’s not often that a small grassroots theater troupe in Jersey City gets the chance to stage a New Jersey premiere of any play, much less a much-talked-about script written by one of the greats of the modern era. But that’s just what happened to J CITY Theater, which this week will produce the New

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The Attic Ensemble Celebrates its 40th Anniversary at Annual Gala This Weekend

At the same time the Attic Ensemble is winding down performances of the opening show in its new season — the madcap comedy Fully Committed — this weekend, it is hosting its annual gala and honoring several community members who’ve helped the theater troupe grow. This year’s gala is especially significant, as the Attic Ensemble

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‘STAGES!’ Offers Jersey City Kids & Teens the Chance to Produce Their Own Musical

When Christine Goodman was a teenager, she enrolled in a program of the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts and learned how to put on a play from start to finish. Then she performed in the production, a youth-oriented version of Pippin. Goodman, the executive director of Art House Productions, loved the process, connected with peers,

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Art House Productions Gets Straightforward — and Funny — with ‘Murder on Ice’

Art House Productions takes a new direction in its latest original play. With Murder on Ice, the local theater group best known for producing abstract multimedia experimental dramas opts instead for a hilarious straightforward narrative that’s a parody of both old detective novels and the Ice Capades.


Art House Productions Holding Open Auditions for ‘Murder on Ice’ Sunday & Monday

Art House Productions is holding auditions this Sunday and Monday for its spring play, Murder on Ice. The show is a comedy/suspense set in an ice rink, and it is being produced by Christine Goodman and directed by Jack Halpin. Here are the roles Art House is seeking: Frank Roberts: late 40s, penny-pinching owner of

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