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No vacation for NJ theater this August

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Theater is not taking a vacation this summer in New Jersey as there are three new shows opening and running during August.

Opening this weekend at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch is Robert Caisley's National New Play Network world premiere of “Lucky Me.” It is directed by SuzAnne Barabas and stars Dan Grimaldi, Wendy Peace, Michael Irvin Pollard and Mark Light-Orr. Press notes describe the show this way:

Sara Fine’s having a bad week. The light bulbs in her apartment keep burning out; the aquarium is perpetually full of dead fish; the cat’s gone AWOL, again, and her blind, elderly father -- who chased off her last beau -- is immediately suspicious of Tom, the new neighbor, a TSA agent who just brought Sara home from the emergency room on New Year’s Eve with a fractured 5th metatarsal. As Tom’s attraction to Sara intensifies, he learns of an increasingly bizarre streak of bad luck that’s been haunting Sara for years – twenty two years to be precise.

“Lucky Me” is playing now at the New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch now through August 31. Check their website, www.njrep.org for ticket information.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist” in a new adaptation of this 17th century work. Performances begin August 6 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, in Madison and it runs through August 31. The play is described in this way:

This rowdy, bawdy, lunatic comedy about con men in 1610 shows how little has changed about greed or gullibility in the affairs of mankind. Three tricky gullers and the parade of outrageous characters they gull will leave you breathless with astonishment and laughter. An exquisite ensemble of some of the company’s most skilled comedians will bring this rarely-produced satiric masterwork to madcap life.

For tickets, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Rounding out their summer season, the ReVision Theatre will present “tick, Tick…BOOM!” from August 8 – August 24 in Asbury Park. Written by Jonathan Larson, the creator of “Rent,” this show is an autobiographical piece that Larson himself has performed in as the title role of Jon. Starring in the ReVision Theatre production is Spiro Galiatsatos. Musical Director is Evan Jay Newman who just returned from the International Tour of Green Day’s “American Idiot.”

The show will take place at 610 Bangs Avenue in Asbury Park. For tickets, call the Box Office at 732-455-3059 or visit their website at www.revisiontheatre.org.

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