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‘tick, tick … BOOM!’: A portrait of the artist as an annoying young man

Jonathan doesn’t want to be just a successful playwright. The main character in “tick, tick … BOOM!,” the musical that runs at the Hamilton Stage of the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway through Feb. 8, wants to write a work that will not just make it to Broadway, but function as a “cultural lightning rod.” An impossible dream? Continue Reading →

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Raymond McAnally thinks big in one-man play

Raymond McAnally really fills the stage in his one-man play, “Size Matters.” And I don’t intend that as a crack about his weight. In the autobiographical work, which is making its East Coast debut at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway through Nov. 22, he brings several characters to vivid life, uses video cleverly and effectively executes some uninhibited physical comedy. McAnally, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers, decided to focus, in his first full-length play to be produced, on his experiences as an overweight actor, constantly having to audition for roles — in plays, movies, TV shows or commercials — where they’re looking for a “Kevin James type,” or someone to play a crazed, shirtless, buffoonish fan at a football game. Continue Reading →

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For Eva Lucena, flamenco is forever

Careers in dance are typically short, but maybe no one ever mentioned that to flamenco dancer Eva Lucena. Or maybe she pretended not to hear. Lucena, 75, still performs and teaches with the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, which she directs. On Oct. 11, the company, which is now based in Fords, will honor her with a performance titled “A Forty-Year Flamenco Journey,” marking the anniversary of Lucena’s arrival in the United States. Continue Reading →

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