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'I Remember Mama' Off Broadway Review: A Different Perspective on an Old Charmer

'I Remember Mama' Off Broadway Review: A Different Perspective on an Old Charmer
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In an unusually lovely Off Broadway staging by Transport Group Theater, ten veteran actresses breathe fresh life into all of the characters in “I Remember Mama,” John Van Druten’s semisweet account of a Norwegian-American family and their times in circa 1910 San Francisco.

Based on Kathryn Forbes’ novel, the 1944 play is best known in its later film incarnation, which starred Irene Dunne as Mama and Oscar Homolka as cantankerous Uncle Chris (and usually shown by TCM on Mother’s Day). An honestly sentimental saga, Van Druten’s well-built, episodic drama might seem fudgy today were it given a standard revival in a proscenium house, but Transport Group’s memorable new production presents it in the Gym at Judson, which allows for a different perspective.

 

'If/Then' Broadway Review: More a Puzzle Than a Pleasure

'If/Then' Broadway Review: More a Puzzle Than a Pleasure
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In this Broadway season of mostly jukebox shows or musicals fashioned from films, writer Brian Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt deserve major brownie points for drea...

Chelsea Handler’s Next Act

Chelsea Handler’s Next Act
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey native Chelsea Handler is looking for the next move in her career.

Handler, born in Livingston, says it’s time to end her E! Network talk show, and reportedly...

'King Lear' Off Broadway Review: Two Dads and Their Bad Kids

'King Lear' Off Broadway Review: Two Dads and Their Bad Kids
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Theater for a New Audience and director Arin Arbus offer a stark, supple staging of “King Lear” with a good company headed by Michael Pennington, who is wonderfu...

"Cesar Chavez" Movie Review: Powerful and Striking Portrait of Latino Labor Activist

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

If “The Wolf of Wall Street” and other recent films about the corrosive aspects of American capitalism left you with a sour taste in your mouth, the new biopic “Cesa...

4 Reasons Snooki Getting Married in Garfield, N.J.

4 Reasons Snooki Getting Married in Garfield, N.J.
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Our little Snooki is growing up. Nicole Polizzi of MTV’s Jersey Shore infamy is trying to extend her 15 minutes, and wants to do it in New Jersey.

Snooki wants to get ma...

Rocky Balboa and Peanut Chews: A Marriage Made in Heaven ... Filled with Nuts Along the Way

Rocky Balboa and Peanut Chews: A Marriage Made in Heaven ... Filled with Nuts Along the Way
BY BOB & SANDY NESOFF
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
TRAVEL AND LEISURE

The distance between New York City and Philadelphia may be only about 94 miles, but the cultural separation may as well be as wide as th...

Why Teresa Giudice Wants Cash Only

Why Teresa Giudice Wants Cash Only
BY RACHEL STRAUSS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Forget credit cards or checks; this Real Housewives’ reality television star only accepts cash. During a recent book signing at Posche Boutique in Wayne for her n...

'Mothers and Sons' Broadway Review: More About Andre's Mother

'Mothers and Sons' Broadway Review: More About Andre's Mother
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A heartfelt though flawed new work by Terrence McNally, “Mothers and Sons” offers a quietly eloquent performance by Tyne Daly as a bitter, lonely and homophobic ...

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