This review was written by Anthony Stoeckert of CentralJersey.com. The original review can be found here.
This is the year of It’s a Wonderful Life. The Princeton Garden Theatre will screen the classic movie on Dec. 10, and two stage versions are happening in our area this season. Bucks County Playhouse is bringing back it’s old-time radio play of the evergreen story, but before that, M&M Stage Productions is presenting a straightforward adaptation of Frank Capra’s movie at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor through Nov. 29.
The cast of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ (Maurer Productions OnStage)
“If you’ve seen a prior show by this group, you know you can expect an exciting combination of history, stage craft and superior acting.”
Click Here to continue reading Stuart Duncan’s review of Maurer Productions OnStage’s production of Around the World in 80 Days, running October 9-18 inside Kelsey Theatre.
From left, Pappy (Pat Parton), Li’l Abner (Glenn Kraft), Daisy Mae (Amber Payne), and Mammy (Kathleen Kutalek).
LI’L ABNER, a musical based on the comic strip characters created by Al Cap that was a hit in the 1950’s, is being given a cute dust-off by M&M Stage Productions at The Kelsey Theatre. Very much a production of its time, LI’L ABNER is an Eisenhower-era gentle political satire that resonates somewhat to the 21st century but it has so many creaks in its book that it’s easy to see why no major revivals have been mounted. Still, this production is entertaining and a fun way to spend an evening in the theater, partly as a window into our musical past and partly just because the spunky cast fully commits to the style of the piece.