The Merry Wives of Windsor

Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons)

The Triumph of Love

Life of Galileo

The Importance of Being Earnest

Julius Caesar

As You Like It
 

2005 Season


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Earns Critical Acclaim for 2005 Season

The Star-Ledger names Life of Galileo as one of the year's 10 Best

The Daily Record  highlights Julius Caesar, The Triumph of Love,
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
and The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Princeton Packet  names Life of Galileo one of the year's 12 best

The Courier News declares the Shakespeare Theatre "New Jersey's
most consistent source of quality professional productions"


Excerpted from The Star-Ledger
"Sharing the Wealth: Jersey's 10 best, from 10 different theaters "
By Peter Filichia
December 27, 2005

 

Robbie Collier Sublett and Sherman Howard in Life of Galileo, 2005. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Life of Galileo (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). When the astronomer told officials of the Roman Catholic Church that he had evidence the earth moves around the sun, the cried, "Heresy!" They believed in the opposite action because man -God's holiest creation -is the center of the universe. The play me be more than a half-century old, but the issues of church vs. state and individual freedoms are still relevant.








Excerpted from The Daily Record
"Our very own awards honor the theater's best"
By William Westhoven
January 1, 2006

Eric Hoffman, Chris Landis, David Foubert and Joshua Herrigal in The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2005 . Photo © Gerry Goodstein.

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

Best Ensemble (Comedy): The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Shakespeare Theatre, which included noted scene stealers James Michael Reilly, Eric Hoffmann and Ames Adamson, all of whom had scenes stolen from them by David Foubert as the foolish Frenchman, Doctor Caius.

Best Costumes: It was nice to see elaborate period-appropriate Elizabethan costumes in The Merry Wives of Windsor, which is so often transported to a different time.

Best Night Out: It's BYOP (bring your own picnic) to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's annual outdoor production at the Greek amphitheatre at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station. It's the kind of event you plan the rest of your summer around.

 

Mandy Olsen, Greg Jackson and Bryan Cogman in The Triumph of Love, 2005. Photo © Gerry Goodstein.

The Triumph of Love

(Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).


Best Comedy: Honorable Mention: The Triumph of Love, Shakespeare Theatre

Best Actress in a Comedy: Mandy Olsen was the bright and sunny straight girl to a cast of clowns in the Shakespeare Theatre's outdoor comedy, The Triumph of Love.

Best Set: Set designer Jesse Dreikosen's meditation garden for The Triumph of Love was the envy of landscapers everywhere.

 

 

Gareth Saxe and Tamara Tunie in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 2005. Photo © Gerry Goodstein.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
(Dangerous Liasons)

(Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).


Best Actress in a Drama: Tamara Tunie took time off from her Law and Order: SVU and As the World Turns duties to play the deliciously evil La Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) at the Shakespeare Theatre.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Elizabeth Shepherd, as Rosemonde, was a moral oasis in a desert of decadence in Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Best Bad Guy: Gareth Saxe as the immoral master manipulator Le Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, who traded

indecencies with his former lover and Best Bad Girl: Tamara Tunie.

 

 

Brian Schilb, Jay Leibowitz, Sherman Howard and Remy Auberjonois in Life of Galileo, 2005. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Life of Galileo

(Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).


Best Actor in a Drama: Sherman Howard triumphed in the meaty role of the titular scientist, and target of the Catholic Church, in Life of Galileo at the Shakespeare Theatre.

 

 

Robert Cuccioli in Julius Caesar, 2005. Photo © Gerry Goodstein.

Julius Caesar

(Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

Best Drama: Julius Caesar at the Shakespeare Theatre was as powerful as anyone could have hoped for.

Best Ensemble (Drama): The bench was deep for Julius Caesar at the Shakespeare Theatre, anchored by the reliable Robert Cuccioli.

Best Director (Drama): Brian B. Crowe filled the aisles with action, and the stage with seasoned actors, for Julius Caesar.



 

 


Excerpted from The Princeton Packet
"The Twelve Days of Christmas"
By Stuart Duncan
December 28, 2005

Stuart Duncan named a dozen New Jersey productions that he�d most like to see one more time, if it were possible, including:

Sherman Howard and Robbie Collier Sublett in Life of Galileo, 2005. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Life of Galileo

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison
The rarely performed Bertolt Brecht drama was given an eminently approachable production at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison . The John Willett translation is brisk but wordy (three hours), and director Joe Discher plus a superb company had its work cut out for them. In the title role Sherman Howard gave a towering performance, shading Galileo's talents as astronomer, physicist, philosopher and mathematician beautifully as he defined his unthinkable assertion that Earth was not the center of the universe, but rather evolved around the sun. In the process he turned the Renaissance, especially the Vatican , upside down.



 

 

 


Elena Shaddow and Caralyn Kozlowski in The Importance of Being Earnest, 2005. Photo © Gerry Goodstein.

Excerpted from The Courier News
"Despite some hangups, it was a strong year for New Jersey theater"
By William Westhoven
January 1, 2006

Meanwhile, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continued to its reign as New Jersey's most consistent source of quality professional productions, serving up Shakespeare (Julius Caesar, with versatile leading man Robert Cuccioli as Brutus, was the best of three), Brecht (Life of Galileo) and Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest) with equal flair.