Thursday, February 14, 2013
The show runs Feb. 15 through March 3.
Thursday, February 14
Editor's Note: The following information is a press release from Playhouse 22. Playhouse 22’s next production, "The Uninvited,' opens next Friday at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center. The show runs Feb. 15 through March 3. All performances are Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. "The Uninvited" is the stage version of the 1944 supernatural-mystery film, with the same name, of a haunted house where a murder may or may have taken place twenty years earlier. The film was one of the first dramatic ghost films ever made and was widely popular among fans and critics alike. “The Uninvited was the first serious ghost film, unprecedented at the time. The stage version is as thrilling but in different ways …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Auditions for the play will be held on Jan. 27 and 29.
Wednesday, January 23
Playhouse 22 has announced open auditions for its spring production of "Sunday in the Park with George," a Stephen Sondheim musical. Auditions will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 27 and 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road. The play will be staged from April 19 through May 5, with showtimes scheduled for 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Jonathan Wierzbicki will direct, with musical direction from Rory Chalcraft, according to the playhouse. For more audition information, including character descriptions, visit www.Playhouse22.org. Questions about the production should be directed to email@example.com. Stay informed of East Brunswick news and information. Like East …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Playhouse 22 will perform "A Christmas Carol" beginning Friday, Dec. 5 and running through Sunday, Dec. 16.
It’s become a holiday tradition around the country, and for the 16th year in a row, East Brunswick is a part of it. Playhouse 22’s production of the Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” opens Friday, Dec. 7, and will run through Sunday, Dec. 16. The production once again brings the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Cratchits, and the Christmas ghosts to life in a stage play originally adapted by Tony Adase, who returns as the director. “Ever since I was a kid listening to it on the radio it has stayed with me,” he said this week minutes before a dress rehearsal. "We made this a serious drama, like it should have been. Like the book.” Just in case you’ve never hard of it, or know it by another name (perhaps simply as “Scrooge”), “A …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Plots twists, funny situations and great characters mark Playhouse 22 production.
“It is September 17, 1934, a big night for the Cleveland Grand Opera,” Mike Fabian explains. “World-famous tenor Tito Merelli is to perform Otello. But Tito shows up late, then accidentally takes a double dose of barbiturates and passes out. Saunders, the harried Opera Impresario, assumes Tito dead and convinces his hapless assistant, Max, to go on as Otello. The plan is working until Tito revives and dons another Otello costume.” It sounds like a pitch for a VH1 reality show or a Farrely Brothers “Three Stooges” sequel, but this is the plot of Lend me a Tenor, the final production of Playhouse 22’s 2011-2012 season, which opened last Friday. There’s more to the story, of course, as a sequence of mistaken identities abound while several …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Playhouse 22's production of Gypsy runs through May 13, and Sunday's performance is already sold out!
Director Gerry Appel, though, has already formed his opinion. He did so three decades ago. “I remember seeing the Rosalind Russell Natalie Wood movie on the Million Dollar Movie, on TV in the afternoon when I was a kid,” Appel said, “But, I fell in love with the show when I was cast as Herbie in a summer stock production at Shawnee Playhouse 30 years ago." Many of the tunes from Gypsy have become so widely known, they're familiar even to those who have never set foot in a theater. The score, by Jule Styne with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, includes “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together Wherever We Go,” and “Gotta Have a Gimmick.” With such memorable music, it'd be easy for Gypsy's story to take a back seat. But …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Playhouse 22 will have auditions for it's next show on Monday and Tuesday.
Playhouse 22, East Brunswick's Community Theater, will be having open auditions for "Lend Me A Tenor" on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. The show dates are June 8 through June 24. All shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Auditions will be held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816. The show will be directed by Mike Fabian. "Lend Me a Tenor” is not a musical, although there are a few minutes of sung lines within it. While the play is about opera, the action all takes place in a hotel suite in 1934. Lend Me a Tenor is a madcap comedy in the vein of old Marx Brothers movies …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Playhouse 22's production of "Extremities" opens Friday.
If you look at the section of Playhouse 22’s website dedicated to its “On the Edge” production series, you will learn that the theater considers the series, “an opportunity for directors to present lesser known or smaller works,” and to emphasize the play and the acting over more technical theatrical elements. Perhaps no play fits such a mission statement better than William Mastrasimone’s “Extremities,” which opens on Friday, March 16, as the series’ next installment. And perhaps no one is more thankful for that fit than the production’s director. “I didn’t think any theater would ever go for it,” said Deborah Pedretti, who is directing at the playhouse for the first time. “I’ve been trying to propose it to may theaters over the years and…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Playhouse 22 will be holding open auditions on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Playhouse 22 will be holding open auditions for "Gypsy" on Monday, Feb. 20 and Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled to be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The show dates are April 27 through May 13. All shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Auditions will be held at the East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816. The show will be directed by Gerry Appel, musical direction by Rory Chalcraft and choreography by Nancy Takacs. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 732-254-3939. For more information, including character descriptions, please visit www.Playhouse22.org.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The Tennessee Williams drama will be performed at the Cultural Arts Center at the corner of Cranbury and Dunhams Corner roads.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Playhouse 22 will be presenting Tennessee Williams’s classic drama "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" through the end of the month. The show will open tonight (Friday, Feb. 10) and run until Sunday, Feb. 26. The play is about a powerful Southern family that gathers at a birthday celebration for patriarch Big Daddy, who does not know that he is dying of cancer. In a scramble to secure their part of his estate, family members hide the truth about his diagnosis from him and Big Mama. Front and center as tensions mount is an alcoholic former football hero, Brick, and his beautiful but sexually frustrated wife Maggie “the Cat” as their troubled relationship comes to a stormy and steamy climax, a shockwave of secrets are finally revealed. Directed by …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Playouse 22 is ready to perform "A Christmas Carol" at the Cultural Arts Center this holiday season.
Christmas is, above all, a time to indulge in time-honored tradition. And Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s community theater and performing arts group, offers just the thing for those looking to fire up some traditional Christmas spirit. On Friday, Dec. 9, the theater’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” opens for a limited two-weekend run at the township Cultural Arts Center. It marks the 15th time the theater has mounted a December production of the Charles Dickens classic. Key to any tradition is consistency, which Playhouse 22’s “A Christmas Carol” boasts in spades. Director Tony Adase has been the man behind each of Playhouse 22’s productions of the show. “Tony’s been the director from the beginning,” said Angela Dohl, the show’s …