The Weekender: Comedies, Musicals and a Lacrosse Star
Fun and exciting events for your weekend.
If you have recovered enough from last weekend’s holiday festivities, prepare for another weekend full of interesting activities!
All around our little corner of Essex County plays and comedies, concerts and children’s programs are planned for your entertainment. Read on for a list of highlights, and be sure to check the Patch Calendar for a complete list of what’s happening in our area. Feel free to add you own suggestions in the Comments section.
Miss Witherspoon is the first production by The Theater Project as resident company at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts. Written by New Jersey native Christopher Durang, the show is directed by Mark Spina, and stars Bev Sheehan in the title role. The comedy deals with life, death and reincarnation, and Miss Witherspoon herself is not loving the reincarnation part. Eager to depart this world, she meets others in the afterlife who have other ideas for her. $15-$25; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Maplewood
The Livingston Public Library will host the Paper Mill Junior Allstars as they present Seussical Jr. Spend the day with old friends Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz and Lazy Mayzie in this fantastical, magical, musical production. Call (973) 992-4600 x270 to reserve a free ticket (must be picked up by Thursday). Free; Saturday at 10:30 a.m.; Livingston
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre presents its resident troupe Multiple Personality Disorder, at the Baird for an evening of wildly improvisational comedy. Audience suggestions are immediately translated into hysterical skits, with each show unique. $15; Saturday at 8 p.m.; South Orange
In a musical based on Cynthia Rylant's best selling books, Henry and Mudge come to life at the Paper Mill Playhouse this Saturday. Childhood is so much more fun with a big furry friend! $12-$20; Saturday at 10 a.m.; Millburn
If your child cannot get enough lacrosse, consider this event! Children ages 7 to 15 are invited to a free clinic at JCC MetroWest by Camp Deeny Riback and NJ Y Camps. Max Seibald, Major League Lacrosse superstar from the Long Island Lizards and Philadelphia Wings and World Record holder for the fastest shot, will be in attendance. Following the clinics will be a Q & A with autograph signing. Free; Sunday at 2 p.m.; West Orange
In honor of the wolves’ birthdays, the Turtle Back Zoo is celebrating with a day full of wolf-events. Meet the new pups, and spend the enjoying activities and educational programs about wolves. Children & Seniors $6; Adults $8; Children under 2 are free; Saturday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; West Orange
The Jazz in the Loft Series at SOPAC will feature South Orange resident John Dukich, singing in English, Spanish and Portuguese while playing jazz standards and international songs. Cash bar with no drink minimum. $15; Sunday at 5 p.m.; South Orange
Take advantage of the beautiful spring blooms at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum for a family portrait by Erica Moffitt from Naki Studios. Erica will walk the trails with you to choose the perfect setting for your special photos. A 25-minute session has a booking fee of $50. All day Sunday; Short Hills
Calling all wine lovers! The GAS Gallery And Studio is hosting an art exhibit featuring artwork inspired by and related to the culture and love of wine. Several of the wines represented by/in the artwork will be available for sampling. A Panel Discussion/Tasting will include artists Lyman Dally, Kevin Lynn, Andre Mack, Tara O’Leary and Felix Sockwell. Free; Saturday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Maplewood
Rent Party continues to fight hunger in our community with live music. This Friday at the South Orange Elks Lodge, The Monacchios, Richard Deans, and Ruby on the Vine will rock the house, with each dollar raised being matched by the HK Fund. $5 minimum donation, but more is always welcome; Friday at 8 p.m.; South Orange