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Comedian Jim Breuer heads big Feb-March schedule at UCPAC

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A scintillating mix of jazz, comedy, folksongs and theatre therapy take the stage this week at Union County Performing Arts Center and Hamilton Stage in Rahway, New Jersey.

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* Fri. Feb 7, 8 pm: Comedian Jim Breuer at UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ. Tickets: $51.50, $36.50, $26.50, $21. www.ucpac.org
Back by popular demand, Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer (and Jersey boy) takes a break from his film, radio and TV work to deliver an evening of off-the-wall comedy and stage antics.

* Fri. Feb. 7, 8 pm: Steve Turré Tribute to Trombone Master J.J. Johnson presented by RSI Bank Masters-on-Masters Jazz Series at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway NJ. Tickets: $25. Steve Turré has played in the Saturday Night Live band for 30 years and has performed on over 250 recording sessions with musicians such as diverse as Ray Charles, Carlos Santana, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Woody Shaw, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and Etta Jones. His Hamilton Stage show will feature the music of jazz legend J.J. Johnson with backing by jazz standouts Rufus Reid, Victor Lewis, Javon Jackson and Wallace Roney and guest numbers by Rahway High School and Academy Jazz Bands.

* Feb. 7-15: Beyond Therapy: A Comedy by Christopher Durang presented by Mystic Vision Players at UCPAC Loft, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ. Showtimes are Feb. 7-8 and 13-15 at 8 p.m., Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15. Beyond Therapy presents two contemporary Manhattanites — Prudence and Bruce — seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests their patient place a personal ad and meet for a dinner date. It’s a prescription for comic insanity with outrageous side effects.

* Sat. Feb. 8, 8 pm: An Evening of Rockin’ Folk Music with Catie Curtis and Natalia Zukerman presented by Split Level Productions at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway NJ. Tickets: $25. Catie Curtis has recorded 10 critically acclaimed solo albums with songs featured in numerous TV shows including Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Grey’s Anatomy and Alias, as well as in films such as 500 Miles to Graceland and A Slipping Down Life. Daughter of classical music icons Pinchas and Eugenia Zukerman, Natalia Zukerman has charted her own bold musical course “with a voice that could send an orchid into bloom and virtuoso guitar picking that can open a beer bottle with its teeth.”

* Feb. 16, 2 pm: Menopause, The Musical presented by GFour Productions at UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ. Tickets: $65, $55, $45, $35.

* Feb. 27-Mar. 8: It Goes Without Saying — 1-man show starring Bill Bowers presented by American Theater Group at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway NJ (9 shows)

* Mar. 13, 8 pm: St. Patrick’s Celebration with Road to the Isles at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway NJ. Tickets: $20, $10 student/senior.

* Mar. 14, 8 pm: Comedian Rob Schneider at UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ. Tickets: $51.50, $36.50, $26.50, $21.

* Mar. 14, 8 pm: Pianist Luis Perdomo and Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane presented by RSI Bank Masters-on-Masters Jazz Series at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway NJ. Tickets: $25.

* Mar. 16, 2 pm: Beethoven Comes to Hamilton Stage: New York Virtuosi String Quartet and pianist Christine Ciuffreda at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway NJ. Tickets: $22.

For showtimes and ticket prices, call the Union County Performing Arts Center box office at (732) 499-8226 or go online to www.ucpac.org.

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