On Saturday night, my husband and I had the pleasure of seeing a play at the First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
The show was I Hate Hamlet written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Michael Chartier. It's a play about a TV actor who has to choose between playing Hamlet at Shakespeare in the Park or starring in yet another silly TV show.
A few months ago in Freehold, I enjoyed Center Players production of the female version of The Odd Couple, starring my friends Michelle Catania and Robbin Friedell. They were hilarious!
There is something so charming about community theater, and my husband and I have promised ourselves to become regulars at local theater company productions. In Monmouth County, there are many theater companies to visit, including Monmouth Players, Phoenix Productions, and Marlboro Players to name a few.
The actors and production and tech crews put countless hours, exhaustive physical labor, and lots of love into their product, and the wonderful results are available to the public for such a reasonable cost. Most companies welcome volunteers, whether you've got talent or you're just willing to help out.
Treat yourself to a night out on the town - your town - and visit a local theater company soon. The price is right, there's no traffic, it's hyper-local!