Community playhouses offer ‘Wedding Singer’ and ‘Fences’ this weekend


Looking for a nice night out! Why not consider the plays at our local community theaters.

“The Wedding Singer” opened last night at the Westminster Community Playhouse at 7272 Maple Street. And tonight’s show is sold out!

This wonderful play takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer was the coolest guy in town.

Based on the Adam Sandler movie, the sparkling new score does for the 1980s what “Hairspray” did for the ’60s. The year is 1985, and rock star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer.

You got it! Hart’s the life of the party until his fiancée leaves him at the altar. Ouch! Brokenhearted, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.

That is, until a winsome waitress named Julia wins his affection. But as fate would have it, Julie is set to be married to a Wall Street shark!

Unless Hart can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever!! Oh No!!!

If you’ve never been to the Westminster Playhouse, the theater was founded in 1961 as the Westminster Players with the presentation of Applause.  The building was constructed in 1974 and the first show presented on May 31, 1974, was Don’t Drink the Water.

The building seats 122 persons and is presented in a thrust stage format. Tickets are $20 for seniors, $22 for adults, but Goldstar offers them for only $11 plus service fee.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. “The Wedding Singer” continues through June 18.

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Or hustle on down to the Long Beach Playhouse for August Wilson’s “Fences.” This sensational drama starred James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh.

Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. The play was revived in 2010 starring Denzel Washington in the lead role.

Now’s your chance to see this wonderful play. It continues through June 17, with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as 2 p.m. Sundays.

Adult tickets are $24, but Goldstar offers them for only $12 with a $4 handling fee. Senior tickets are $21, while Mainstage Friday nights are $20 and preview Friday is only $10.

On the Thursday night of Opening Weekend for any Playhouse Regular Season production, the community is invited to Pay-What-You-Can to attend the Final Dress Rehearsal. This does not apply to Collaborations and Outside Company Productions.



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