KELSEY REVIEW: ‘August: Osage County’ (CentralJersey.com Review)

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This review was written by Anthony Stoeckert of CentralJersey.com. The original review can be found here.

Pinnworth Productions’ staging of August: Osage County is thrilling. It is a top-shelf production of a wonderful play, with acting, directing, sets, and even some special effects, that all illustrate the heights that community theater can achieve.

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KELSEY REVIEW: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ (CentralJersey.com Review)

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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.

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Kelsey Review: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ – CentralJersey.com

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.

REVIEW: “LI’L ABNER” at Kelsey Theatre is Good, Retro Fun

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.

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CentralJersey.com Review: ‘MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS’ – Take the Trolley to Kelsey for Musical Fun

This review was written by Anthony Stoeckert of CentralJersey.com. CLICK HERE to view the article on the CentralJersey.com website.

I have a problem with the basic conceit of Meet Me in St. Louis. A major plot point involves the family patriarch telling his loved ones that he got a promotion and that the family will be moving to New York. This is met by an ovation of disappointment from his wife, kids and even the maid.

As a proud New Yorker (born and raised on Long Island), I cannot imagine anyone preferring St. Louis to New York. New York has Broadway, museums, Carnegie Hall, Coney Island and Yankee Stadium. The best St. Louis has to offer is a giant McDonald’s sign.

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