A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater

The whole company of A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater.


A robust, crackling production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN is currently playing at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, but you need to hurry if you are going to catch this modern classic brought to electrifying life by a superb company under the adept direction of Carl Cofield. This production closes October 8th.

There isn’t a weak link in this cast led by Brenda Pressley and Brandon J. Dirden and there isn’t a false emotion in this thrilling production. Once again Two River shows its strength as a Producer of classic drama. Book your ticket now!

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946: THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS details a fatal WWII military maneuver, as told thru the eyes of a young girl when her cat gets lost behind enemy lines in England. It is brought to St. Ann’s Warehouse by the British Theatre Company Kneehigh, based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, the author of WAR HORSE.

Whimsy, Young Adult novels, War Time allegories, an adult playing a child and a puppet playing a cat…you can hear me yelling for a cab already. However, I was brought to this delightful (yes, I said DELIGHTFUL) show by a woman with an old soul and a young heart. It came at a time when I was just getting over an illness and it entertained and restored me.

The onstage band plays folk songs and big band tunes, there is even some Swing dancing. The story has its dark moments and packs an emotional wallop. The Set is stunning and Katy Owen is a wonderfully cantankerous and physically nimble heroine. Currently playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse and out on tour to a town near you, 946: THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS can be enjoyed by all ages, even jaded adults.

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom TRTC 9-16 197 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, by August Wilson Two River Theatre Company 9/9/16 Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson Scenic Design: Charlie Corcoran Costume Designer: Karen Perry Lighting Designer: Burke Brown © T Charles Erickson Photography tcepix@comcast.net

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom © T Charles Erickson Photography tcepix@comcast.net


August Wilson, Neil LaBute and Horton Foote; I get to see works by three of my favorite playwrights this month!  First up is August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ.  Ruben Santiago-Hudson has directed a superb, thrilling production of one of August Wilson’s finest plays.

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM takes place at a sound studio in 1927 Chicago, where Ma Rainey and her band are recording some new songs in a style that is popular in the African-American community, for a Caucasian owned Record label. Although the topic of the play is race, the story is not black and white (sorry).  The characters are drawn so beautifully and performed so skillfully that no one is a cliche, there are no easy solutions.

August Wilson was a poet; his ear for banter, his beautifully phrased monologues revealing multi-layered characters culminating in  actions that speak louder than words are all hallmarks of his work. Brandon J. Dirden gives a strong, intelligent performance as Levee, but the entire cast is remarkable, performing on a multi-leveled Set, where each section is uniquely atmospheric. Highly recommended.

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