Mona Hennessy and Rachel Black-Spaulding in Vita and Virginia, 2012. (Photo Credit Steven Lawler)
Tar Beach by Tammy Ryan
April 9 - May 9, 2015
A World Premiere
The Montclair Times writes: "a crystal-sharp portrayal of family function and dysfunction... an unusual - and compelling - play."
NJ Arts Maven writes: "Splendid"... [Ryan's) her most accomplished effort to date... Ryan's play benefits from Cheryl Katz's taut direction and amazing performances by the five actors in the cast."
NJArts says: "Riveting... For all its intensity, this play never crosses the line into melodrama, and though there are poetic moments, it stays rooted in real-life struggles."
QonStage Says: "This is a big, thick slice of life that is fiction and non-fiction, experience and observation, life and love and struggle, and you need to see it."
A Perfect Ganesh by Terrence McNally
January 29 - February 22, 2015
QonStage writes: There is something for everyone's heart strings in this play and it's a worthy revival.
Tilt the Unlit Candle by Ben Clawson
December 4 - December 21, 2014
A World Premiere by the author of The High Water Mark
A Co-Production with StrangeDog Theatre
A Co-Production with StrangeDog Theatre
QonStage says: "This is a play that grabs your heart and reminds you of the true meaning of the winter holidays: love one another."
Pascack Valley Community Life says: "Tilt the Unlit Candle is a funny, original holiday production."
Lines In The Dust by Nikkole Salter
October 9 - November 9, 2014
A World Premiere by the Obie-Award Winning author of Carnaval
NJ Arts Maven writes: "Luna Stage is to be commended for commissioning plays from young playwrights (this is their second) and giving them polished productions. Once again, the company and playwright have given us riveting, entertaining, illuminating and thought-provoking theater."
The Star Ledger writes: "Lines in the Dust hits close to home at Luna Stage... Salter - an accomplished young playwright whose "Carnaval" ran at the theater last season - provides pointed insight into the subject, and her thoughtfully drawn female characters carry it compellingly to its conclusion."
The Examiner/NJ Footlights says: "you forget this is a play and almost experience it as reality... If you appreciate theater beyond chuckles and high notes, I urge you to journey to West Orange to see "Lines in the Dust." You will be discussing this play and the subject for far more than the ride home."
Pascack Valley Community Life writes: "First rate theater!... Relevant Theater. Theater that matters."
Sherri Rase or [Q]onStage says: "This arresting play challenges every belief you may have about your rights, your privileges, and how you've earned what in this world... This is a play that must be seen, as much for its global relevance as for its local resonance... a jewel... a masterful work..."
April 10 - May 11, 2014
By José Rivera
Ruth Ross/NJ Arts Maven writes: "the play has quite a bit to say about the world we live in today... it will make you think -- perhaps enough to act.
Brian A. Madrid of Examiner.com says: "very edgy and daring ... the acting certainly draws one to the stage and does not let go."
[Q]onStage writes: "It grabs you by the lapels... It will haunt your thoughts for days to come... these actors are surpassing brilliant."
The New York Times writes: "José Rivera wrote this grimly imaginative drama in 1992, and it is sobering to observe how some of his fiery themes still smolder with relevance in the smart production currently being presented by Luna Stage in West Orange."
The Star Ledger Writes: "Rivera's voice is distinctive, and the play is at once brutal and poetic, fantastical and resonant of truth. At Luna Stage in West Orange, where it currently is receiving its New Jersey premiere, Niegel Smith directs a vibrant production with an excellent cast."
Special Presentation of Mi Casa Tu Casa
March 1 - March 8, 2014
QonStage writes "The warmth of all of the performers is something that will also remain with you long after you’ve left the venue."
"Master Harold"... and the boys
January 30 - March 2, 2014
By Athol Fugard
NorthJersey.com writes "searing... The Luna Stage production of "Master Harold and the Boys" is a terrific production of a great play. Put it on your must-see list."
The Star Ledger says "Directed with an eye for detail by Reginald L. Douglas... the drama of the play is fully, witheringly intact."
Baristanet writes: "About halfway through the production my heart was grabbed and then pulled, like a clump of hair being braided, into this story. It is the power of fantastic dialogue, powerful actors and great direction..."
Talkin' Broadway says: "Director Reginald L. Douglas has captured Fugard's richly nuanced details in the interactions among Sam, Willie and Hally so as to present Fugard's profoundly personal Master Harold to us with its pain, power and glory fully revealed."
The New York Times writes: "a beautifully acted production ... This penetrating study in the heritage of hatred is skillfully directed by Reginald L. Douglas."
QonStage says: "Director Reginald L. Douglas orchestrates the thrumming of hearts and the drumming of anger so well that these three men seem almost unaware of the maelstrom they are each creating, yet their art is such that it takes three actors of their considerable skills to build to the flash, the crash, and the aftermath, where each audience member can create his or her own postlude–apocalyptic or rapturous. These are arresting and brilliant performances."
The High Water Mark
October 10 - November 10, 2013
A World Premiere By Ben Clawson
NJ Arts Maven writes: It is hard for Ben Clawson to top his previous play, The Dangers of Electric Lighting, but he has, albeit on a smaller, yet just as earth-shattering, scale.
Baristanet says: Andrea Maulella, as the recently-divorced teacher, Janet, and Sabrina Profitt playing the outspoken friend, Lily are wonderful. They take both of their characters to a bold, honest place and turn them inside out. I am still smiling and laughing a week later, it was that good.
Edge On The Net says: Clawson is less than 30, but an old soul who channels dark humor, pathos, slapstick and enlightenment... the thoughtful writing, careful delivery and seamless direction by Katz gathers like steam in a kettle to provide a roiling emotional experience.
Pascack Valley Community Life/NorthJersey.com writes: [Andrea Maulella and Sabrina Profitt] deftly handle the timing and rhythms of Clawson’s comedy patter, bouncing feeds and punch lines like a vaudeville team but when the writing takes them to the secret, personal and scary core of the characters, they embrace the dangerous truths and make them their own.
The Star Ledger calls The High Water Mark: intriguing... funny... smarty staged and suspensefully paced.
QonStage says: There is madcap antic fun, unbidden barking laughter, and you will feel like you've known these woman long and well by the time you leave.
A Moon For The Misbegotten
April 4 - May 5, 2013
By Eugene O'Neill
January 31 - March 17, 2013
World Premiere - By Nikkole Salter
Mi Casa Tu Casa
November 28 - December 16, 2012
Created by Michael Aquino, Deivis Garcia, Jane Mandel, and Dania Ramos
Vita and Virginia
September 27 - October 28, 2012
New Jersey Premiere - By Eileen Atkins
April 19 - May 20, 2012
By Michael Frayn
February 9 - March 11, 2012
World Premiere - By Gino DiIorio
Mi Casa, Tu Casa
December 2 - December 18, 2011
Created by Michael Aquino, Deivis Garcia, and Dania Ramos
The Dangers of Electric Lighting
October 13 - November 13, 2011
World Premiere - By Ben Clawson (Commissioned by Luna Stage)
The Tallest Building In The World - World Premiere
April 14 - May 15, 2011
By Matt Schatz
NJ.com: 'The Tallest Building in the World' review: New play tells tale of the construction of the World Trade Center
Mercy and the Firefly - World Premiere
February 10 - March 13, 2011
By Amy Hartman
... And Then I Wrote a Song About It - World Premiere
November 24 - December 19, 2010
Book by Eric H. Weinberger
The Old Settler
October 14 - November 14, 2010
By John Henry Redwood
Fair and Decent
October 2 - November 2, 2008
World Premiere By Thomas H. Diggs
The Man in Room 306
April 3 - May 4, 2008
By Craig Alan Edwards
November 23 - December 16, 2007
Adapted By Paul Whelihan
Death of a Salesman
October 11 - November 11, 2007
By Arthur Miller
Honor and the River
February 1 - February 25, 2007
A World Premiere By Anton Dudley
November 16 - December 10, 2006
By Adam Rapp