‘Swan Lake’ at Cranford theater is ‘absolutely stunning’

When London’s Royal Opera House, in all its glory, flashed on the screen Sunday afternoon at the Cranford Theater in connection with the astounding production of the Ballet in Cinema’s “Swan Lake,” a ballet afficionado did not envy the hundreds of well-dressed people seated in five tiers of balconies and in the theater proper. And […]

Italian ballet at digiplex expresses much beauty

One of the most extraordinary aspects of  “L’Altra Meta del Cielo,” from the La Scala Ballet, which was screened live from Milan’s magnificent Teatro Alla Scala, was the expressive faces of the performers. Offered as a gift from Italy Sunday afternoon for the Ballet in Cinema series at the Cranford Theater, the revealing contemporary ballet, […]

‘The Neighborhood’ delights audiences in Summit

Years ago, there was Molly Goldberg’s neighborhood, a radio show about a New York apartment house where everyone visited by leaning outside the windows to converse; then there was “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” which still may be visited on reruns; and there still is — the neighborhood of “Sesame Street.” Now, we have “The Neighborhood,” an […]

‘A Chorus Line’ still delivers the goods at Paper Mill Playhouse

The highly sparked energy that emanated from the stage Sunday afternoon at the Paper Mill Playhouse inMillburnappeared to electrify every member of the completely filled audience from the very moment the curtain went up on “A Chorus Line.” Seventeen young people pounded the stage, dancing their hearts out, and it was much more than “One […]

NJYS to give concert at Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights

Faculty members of Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony will perform a variety of genres in concert on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Wharton Music Center located at 60 Locust Ave. in Berkeley Heights. Music ranging from classical to jazz to blues includes performances of a piano quartet, flutes and piano, […]

Hamilton Stage’s ‘4 Flavor Program’ a savory delight

RAHWAY — What the American Repertory Ballet called a “4 Flavor Program” on Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage in Rahway Saturday afternoon actually was a combination of delicious flavors. And more than enough to satisfy a ballet enthusiast’s appetite. In a variety of delightful performances, under the umbrella of Douglas Martin, artistic director, […]

Make the right ‘move’ and skip this digital ballet

It takes a lot of chutzpah to present a monotonous, repetitive piece of work to a receptive audience. Such an offering was shown on the screen at the “Ballet in Cinema” production at the Cranford Theater on Sunday afternoon. “Move to Move” was filmed at theNederlandsDansTheater,The Hague, on May 31, and featured four contemporary ballets. […]

‘The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler’ in Maplewood

By Ruth Ross,  Correspondent Members of The Theater Project may have moved from Cranford to Maplewood, but they haven’t lost their penchant for choosing — and skillfully producing — off-beat plays. Their productions really make the audience think; in fact, their motto is “Think Theater.” As the inaugural production of the 2012-2013 season, The Theater […]

‘Oliver Twist’ at STNJ is not to be missed

By Ruth Ross, Correspondent Because Charles Dickens was paid by the word — and wrote in installments — his novels tend to be dense with character, plot development, description and pointed comments about the inequities of society. When the installments appeared in the newspapers, the people usually gathered around to listen to them being read […]

Nothing simple about love story in ‘Past Reflections’

On the Shelf

There are no simple love stories in novels. There must be some sadness, some tragedy, some unforeseen incident or incidents to enliven the interest of the reader. Certainly, Sandra Bonaldi of Nutley understands what a reader really wants from a romantic novel. As a result, she has provided the ingredients necessary to enhance her characters […]