Monday, March 18, 2013
George Street Playhouse's latest production is a contemporary, sharp and emotional look at self-worth, family relationships and the power of wealth.
What defines our self-worth? Is it our actions? Is it the way other people see us? Or is it defined by a price tag? In "Rich Girl," the George Street Playhouse's latest staging, we are presented with a slew of questions revolving around the real worth of money, the importance of family and how to truly understand the motivations of those in our lives. The playhouse is world-premiering this original comedy by Victoria Stewart, starring an ensemble cast. Dee Hoty plays Eve Walker, a financial guru whose face is prominently featured on the 24-hour news networks, and who runs a philanthropic foundation. Crystal Finn is her daughter, Claudine, a bumbling, awkward young woman who works at the foundation in her mother's looming shadow. Respite …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
George Street Playhouse will stage "Good People" through Feb. 24.
A somewhat timeless issue in modern America is that of class divisions, and David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony-Award winning play "Good People" is based around this issue, exploring class and social mobility in Boston. Margie is a single, middle-aged woman who works low-paying jobs to care for her handicapped adult daughter. Scrounging to pay the rent after being fired from her latest job, she seeks out a childhood friend, Mike, who moved beyond the Boston slums that the two grew up in to become a successful doctor. As they reflect on their shared past, Margie seeks to break through Mike's polished exterior to reach his street past. Darkly funny, the play stars veteran actress Ellen McLaughlin as Margie and John Bolger as Mike. McLaughlin plays …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The market will feature a myriad of local crafts and artwork.
The New Brunswick Community Arts Council will present its first ever Holiday Market on Dec. 14, a bazaar of artists and merchants from the tri-state area selling their goods. From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the George Street Playhouse, shoppers can peruse holiday crafts, clothing and jewelry, pottery and artwork. Free hot chocolate and hot apple cider from The Fresh Grocer will be served, and professional singing groups will perform holiday carols. "The idea for the Holiday Market came about from creative brainstorming by the Arts Council on how we could support local artisans," said community arts council chair Susan Painter. "We know many talented people who simply need an outlet for their work." Painter said the council has "taken care" to…
Monday, October 15, 2012
The show "Clever Little Lies" has been postponed, due to a conflict with starring actress Marlo Thomas's schedule. The theater will instead present the play "The Best of Enemies"
Monday, October 15, 2012
Editor's Note: The following information is a press release from the George Street Playhouse. George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint announced Friday that the theatre has postponed their scheduled production of Clever Little Lies, penned by Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro, which was to star award-winning actress Marlo Thomas. Mark St. Germain’s critically-acclaimed play The Best of Enemies, originally produced by Barrington Stage Company, will take its place in the New Brunswick theatre’s season, running November 29 – December 23. “George Street Playhouse’s good friend Marlo Thomas has been offered a recurring role in the television series, ‘The New Normal,’ said Artistic Director David Saint, who was to helm …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The famed writer and comedian premiered a new show at the George Street Playhouse on Friday.
It is uniquely the humor of comedian Lewis Black to author a play that casts a 16-year-old girl who is enraptured with two things: her Walkman and being a Republican. This teenage rock 'n roll Reagan supporter is the narrator of Black's new play, "One Slight Hitch," which premiered at the George Street Playhouse on Friday. "P.B.," played by Lauren Ashley Carter, lives in 1981 Cincinnati with her parents, Doc and Delia Coleman. The play opens on the wedding day of sister, Courtney, who is set to marry her preppy, trust-fund boyfriend, Harper, played by Scott Drummond. Complications ensue, of course. Black sets the story against a soundtrack of 80's classics, including Blondie, Kim Carnes' hit song "Bette Davis Eyes" and Rick Springfield's …
Friday, May 4, 2012
The comedic show will run at the George Street Playhouse through May 20.
Many casts in live shows are referred to as ensemble, but every once in a while you get a show that demonstrates the true meaning of what an ensemble cast is capable of. "The 39 Steps" is that show. Directed by Mark Shanahan, the George Street Playhouse's final show of the season is the stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's famous 1935 film, which was adapted from a 1915 novel, both of the same name. Extremely fast paced and comedically over the top, the show tells the story of English chap Richard Hannay, played by Howard McGillin, who was previously seen at the Playhouse this season in the musical "It Shoulda Been You." Set in London in 1935, Hannay, morose and bored with his life, goes to the theater, where he encounters the …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The classic American legal drama runs through April 8.
On the opening night of "12 Angry Men" at the George Street Playhouse, director David Saint took a moment to reflect on the "extraordinary" climate in which the curtain was raising on the famous legal drama. Less than two blocks away, on the same day, a verdict came in on the trial of 20-year-old Dharun Ravi, who was found guilty on 23 of 35 charges related to an internet spying and bullying case that exploded into national headlines over a year ago. Saint recounted the actors going to lunch in New Brunswick, surrounded by actual jurors from the nearby Middlesex County Courthouse, wearing their juror tags, and said the coincidence was not lost on him. "12 Angry Men" is set in a 1954 jury room in New York, in which 12 men are …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tony Award-winning play will run through Feb. 26
The George Street Playhouse's latest production, the Tony Award winning "Red" is a look into growing old, the rise of the new, the play between a master and his apprentice, and the balance of power between the two. Running through Feb. 26, "Red" is based on the life of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. The show begins in 1958 in New York City, as Pop Art is about to captivate the world with it's flashy colors and literal interpretations. Rotko, widely hailed as a genius in his field, believed his paintings came to life when the viewer was willing to truly see them, to look at them and have them come to life in their minds. The play centers around a period in which Rotko was commissioned by the Seagrams Corporation to paint a series of …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sponsored by the George Street Playhouse, the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
According to Bristol-Myers Squibb, diabetes affects about 26 million people in the U.S. alone. 7 million of those people are undiagnosed with the disease, and an additional 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic, meaning their current lifestyle choices are potentially leading them to the illness. As a country, our health is not in great shape. In order to address these issues of obesity, healthy eating, accessibility of fresh and wholesome food and proper exercise, the George Street Playhouse hosted a conference on Wednesday - "Spotlight on Childhood Obesity and Wellness". Free to parents, educators and health professionals, the conference featured a premiere performance of the Playhouse's new touring production of "Austin the Unstoppable…