Kick off the new year at these never-before-seen plays and musicals. Experience tales of loss, friendship and misfortune at theaters throughout the state.
Jan 9–Feb 9: A New York City couple realizes their lives are moving in separate directions. Jonathan is a successful attorney and Linda, an artist, has just been offered a top position at a prestigious school. Neither wants to end their marriage or divert from their chosen career path. Who will bend and who will break?
Times vary; $35–$55. New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch.
Jan 10–Feb 9: Three friends who have known each other since childhood—K, a new mother and a teacher; Reggie, a stand-up comic; and Nan, a painter— reunite after years apart and reminisce about their younger years and the realities of adult life.
Times vary; $25–$75. McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
Jan 11–27: Part coming-of-age tale, part social commentary, and part comedy, this piece grapples with what it means to be an immigrant at a time when the country can’t stop talking about it. Inspired by playwright Dipti Bramhandkar’s experiences moving to rural upstate New York from Mumbai, this solo performance brings to life the joy, humor and pain of the assimilation process.
Times vary; $20. Luna Stage, West Orange.
Jan 21–Feb 16: This riveting courtroom drama is based on the best-selling novel by Chris Bohjalian. When a major snowstorm begins, midwife Sibyl Danforth is forced to make an impossible decision during a home birth.
Times vary; $25–$75. Arthur Laurents Theater, New Brunswick PAC.
Jan 30–March 1: This musical revue features stories and songs from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s life. You’ll hear music from his hit musicals, such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard, plus some new material.
Times vary; $42–$112. Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn.