All About Eve Festival of the Arts Opens Today in Long Branch

The New Jersey Repertory Company begins its inauguration of their new West End Arts Center today. The celebration includes a week-long presentation of the arts all at their new venue at 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey. The All About Eve Festival of the Arts will feature Theatre Brut with 28 short plays, music, poetry, art and photography.  Here is an overview of the scheduled events.

28 Short plays

Session One – Sunday, October 1 at 2pm:
Blood Sausage by John Biguenet
Breaking in the New Boss by Gino DiIorio
Love is a Train by R.N. Sandberg
The Naming by Constance Marse

Session Two – Sunday, October 1 at 8pm:
Deliver Us by Ian August
Ful Nabit by J. Thalia Cunningham
How My Grandparents Fell in Love by Cary Gitter
This Year’s Model by Donna Hoke

Session Three – Friday, October 6 at 8pm:
After You by Lee Blessing
Australia’s Oldest Woman by Kieran Carroll
Eve in the Hot Seat by Brian Richard Mori
Stepping Into Fire (musical) by Jonathan Brielle and Tom Coash

Session Four – Saturday, October 7 at 2pm:
Her Place in the World by D.W. Gregory
Something About Eve by Lynne Halliday
The Conversation by Wendie Malick
The Outside Edge of a Full Circle by Matthew Harrington

Session Five – Saturday, October 7 at 8pm:
Barroom Sonata by Jack Canfora
(miss) Mary Edwards by Elaine Smith
New York City Girls will Kill You by Graham Techler
Snake Eggs by Lauren Waters

Session Six – Sunday, October 8 at 2pm:
Cubs Win! by Marisa Smith
Eviction by Nancy Cooper Frank
Pittsburgh by Michael Tucker
The Late Shift by Willow Martin

Session Seven – Sunday, October 8 at 8pm:
A Few Good PB&J’s by Jeremy Kehoe
Exhibit A by L.H. Grant
Mountaineer by Ken Weitzman
Performance Review by Nedra Pezold Roberts

Tickets for each session are $50.

Art and Photography

An Art and Photography Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 6pm – 9pm. Artists represented include: Jimmy Leslie, Amy Faris, Mary Phillips, Kate Wilts, Lizzi Shippert, Sven Widen, Janelle Wilson, Mare Akana, Lori Lee Sperling, Suzanne Osterweil Weber, and Nicole Hymowitz.

Photographer Andrea Phox will exhibit her work Shine:100, featuring 100 extraordinary women who have made a difference in Long Branch.

This event is free.

Live Music

A Live Music Night is on Thursday, October 5 at 8pm. Performing for Music Night is Jackson Pines, Homeless Apians, Bone and Marrow,  and Accidental Seabirds.

Tickets to Music Night are $15.

Live Music will also be presented after each Theatre Brut Session. Performers include Bobby Jackson, Bethe Burns & The Legends Trio , Gary Mayer, Matt & Cody, and Jazz Arts.


Poetry Night will be Tuesday, October 3 at 7pm.

Poets include: Sharon Baller, David Briggs, Eloise Bruce, Joe Bisicchia, Gregg G. Brown, Warren Cooper, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, Emanuel di Pasquale, Juditha Dowd, Frank Finale, Ellen Foos, Lois Marie Harrod, Penny Harter, Flora Higgins, Evelyn Hampton, Lainey Johnson, Victoria Kaloss, Charles H. Johnson, Lois LaPointe Kiely, Lynn Levin, Joanne Leva, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Judy Michaels, Bernadette McBride, Linda Muhlhausen, Susan Martin, Louis Nappen, Sharon Olson, Sue Sherrill, Hillary Ann Smith, Jennifer Stahl, Mathew Spano, Maxine Susman, Bob Rosenbloom, Karen Topham, Frank Valentino, Rosemary Wright, Carol Wich.

Tickets to Poetry Night are $15.

Additional Information

Refreshments will be available on site.

In addition to individual tickets as shown above, there is an All-Inclusive Festival Pass for all 7 sessions of Theatre Brut, Music Night, Poetry Night, Art and Photography for $300.

All these events will take place at West End Arts Center, 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch, NJ

For tickets and/or further information call 732-229-3166 or visit the website:

‘F Theory’ Looks at Lifelong Friendship

A scene from ‘F Theory’ now playing at NJ Repertory Company – Photo credit: SuzAnne Barabas

A new play, F Theory, begins today at the NJ Repertory Company.  F Theory is a funny yet poignant play about the power and complexity of lifelong friendship. This new production runs through September 24, 2017 at 179 Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey.

Co-written by and starring Megan Loughran and Alex Trow, F Theory is directed by Ethan Heard. Press notes about the play include the following description:

When we first meet them, Marianne (Trow) and Ellie (Loughran) are bright, charming college roommates prone to break out in spontaneous tap dance routines in the middle of study sessions. They come from very different backgrounds and are headed into very different futures—wealth, marriage, and anthropological adventures for one; family troubles, solo living, and a career as a musician for the other. But the bond they forged on meeting is that rare sort that transcends all circumstance and thrives across time; even across several continents in their case. Or does it? What happens when you realize that the friendship you have valued on the merit of its fortitude through decades, means something else entirely to the person on the other end? F Theory gives center stage to friendship, a relationship often sidelined in both art and life to family, romance, and marriage, though it is often stronger than them all.

Megan Loughran and Alex Trow are actors and writers based in New York City. They met at Yale University from which they both graduated. Director Ethan Heard is also a graduate of Yale. Also featured in the cast is Pheonix Vaughn, a regular at NJ Rep, who will be performing the role of Marianne, September 16 – 17.

About the Show

It’s always fun to go to NJ Repertory Company to see a show but especially when the beach and ocean are a mere two blocks away!  Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm beginning August 17. Tickets are $46 and are available at 732-229-3166 or online at Early bird discounts are available to select performances. Check with the NJ Rep for more information.

‘Halftime with Don’ will Premiere at the Jersey Shore

New Jersey Repertory Company presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Halftime with Don.  Written by Ken Weitzman, this show will play in Long Branch between June 22 – July 30, 2017.

As summer gets into full swing, New Jersey shore visitors should plan on checking out this production. There is always a good show at NJ Rep and visitors will delight at the easy location this theater is to many of the shore’s most popular destinations.

Press notes describe the play as follows:

Don Devers may not have been the biggest name in the NFL, but his heart and his charisma were unrivaled on the field. Known for helping every opponent he knocked down get back onto their feet, Don has been brought to his knees by the cruel legacy of his high-impact heyday. Ed Ryan, a demoralized fan who idolized Don all his life, arrives at his door searching for inspiration. Instead Ed finds his hero shut off from the world, attempting to stave off the encroaching offensive of traumatic brain damage with Pringles, pills and Post-It notes.  Stephanie, Don’s pregnant, tough-as-nails daughter, is sure she knows why he refuses to see even her. But she’s wrong. What she discovers, what they all discover through the mirror of Don’s decline, is an unpredictable, remarkable perspective on hope and strength in the clinch of being merely human.

Kent Nicholson serves as Director.  The cast includes Malachy Cleary as Don, NJ Rep regular Susan Maris as Sarah Ryan and newcomers Lori Vega and Dan McVey play Stephanie Devers and Ed Ryan.

Show Information:

Previews kick-off Thursday, June 22, with a complimentary game-day buffet of chili, chips and beer following the performance. Opening night with reception is Saturday, June 24.

Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $46 and are available at 732-229-3166 or online at

The New Jersey Repertory Company theater is located at 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ.