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Review: “I laughed so much I was sore the next day!!!”

Someone going by the name NJJUDI — presumably New Jersey Judi — has posted this review on Trip Advisor about my play ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, now playing at First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands.

It appears under the headline: “I laughed so much I was sore the next day!!!” (And yes, she really did include three exclamation marks!!!)


I have been visiting the First Avenue Playhouse in the Atlantic Highlands for 5 years now. Last Saturday, I saw one of the funniest ever. Called “The 13th Day of Christmas” it is a hysterical show about gift giving gone “ballistic”, as the director Dave McGrath says in the program. Come when the door open, a little before 8 pm, have dessert and coffee, make friends with other folks at your table, and be prepared to laugh and laugh. The hysterics begin as the show open, and continues until the very ( and surprising” end. The cast is made up of such talented local actors who are giving their all to entertain you. Make sure you see it. We have already suggested it as a fun night out to friends. We don’t have children but boy would they love it.

Here’s some background on the show below:

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More video from “On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas” in New Jersey

Here are some more video highlights from ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, now in production in New Jersey at First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands. I can’t swear that these are in any kind of order:

Mr. Rudolph mistakes Pookums for his night cap.

Veronica learns the consequences of un-milked cows.

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Photos from “On The Thirteenth Day of Christmas” in New Jersey

My full-length script ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS opened December 4 at First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Director Dave McGrath shares these wonderful photos.

Someone sends a young woman every gift in the Twelve Days of Christmas. Now it's the thirteenth day and what happens? She gets evicted from her apartment, of course.

Someone sends a young woman every gift in the Twelve Days of Christmas. Now it’s the thirteenth day and what happens? She gets evicted from her apartment, of course.

Look at all that stuff out there. Oh, that's one of the maids a-milking who has come inside.

Look at all that stuff out there. Oh, that’s one of the maids a-milking who has come inside.

A close-up of the maid a-milking.

A close-up of the maid a-milking.

Great. Just great. An unhappy neighbor who can't sleep because of all the racket. Could it get any worse?

Great. Just great. An unhappy neighbor who can’t sleep because of all the racket. Could it get any worse?

Why yes, yes, it could. Television reporters show up.

Why yes, yes, it could. Television reporters show up.

Cee Cee and Dee Dee show up for a front-row seat for all the action.

Cee Cee and Dee Dee show up for a front-row seat for all the action.

You can find even more photos here — and more info below:

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Video from “On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas” in New Jersey

 

My full-length Christmas show ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS opened December 4 at First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Here are some video highlights.

Spoiler alert! The one below gives away the ending:

ALSO:
* Rehearsal photos from the stage.
* Cast photo from ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
* Rehearsal photos from the table reads; all the rehearsal photos here.
* Show dates and times.
* Cast photo from previous production in Oregon.
* Oregon director calls play “a true gem.”

ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
A wild, action-packed Christmas farce. A young woman suddenly finds herself receiving the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” apparently from an unknown suitor. The play begins on the thirteenth day as she copes with the chaos outside her apartment, as neighbors demand she do something about the noisy birds and pipers and drummers. The woman hatches a plan to shoot the birds and organize the people into an impromptu Christmas parade. Chaos ensues. Cast: 13 — 7f, 3m, 3 non-gender.

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Rehearsal for “On The Thirteenth Day of Christmas” moves to the stage

Here’s a new batch of photos from ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, now in rehearsal at First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Rehearsal has now moved from the reading room to the stage. The show opens Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 19.

Joey Mendoza "Camera Man Mike", Kevin Gabel "Newscaster, Ashley", Chris Berry "Newscaster Nicky" and Camera Man Andy" gang up on Bethany Miranda "Veronica"

Joey Mendoza “Camera Man Mike”, Kevin Gabel “Newscaster, Ashley”, Chris Berry “Newscaster Nicky” and Camera Man Andy” gang up on Bethany Miranda “Veronica”

Patty Champon makes her entrance -- as as one of the Maids-A-Milking.

Patty Champon makes her entrance — as as one of the Maids-A-Milking.

Leslie Hochman as "Mrs. Henderson confronts Bethany Miranda who is playing Veronica

Leslie Hochman as “Mrs. Henderson confronts Bethany Miranda who is playing Veronica

ALSO:
* Cast photo from ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
* Rehearsal photos from the table reads; all the rehearsal photos here.
* Show dates and times.
* Cast photo from previous production in Oregon.
* Oregon director calls play “a true gem.”

ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
A wild, action-packed Christmas farce. A young woman suddenly finds herself receiving the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” apparently from an unknown suitor. The play begins on the thirteenth day as she copes with the chaos outside her apartment, as neighbors demand she do something about the noisy birds and pipers and drummers. The woman hatches a plan to shoot the birds and organize the people into an impromptu Christmas parade. Chaos ensues. Cast: 13 — 7f, 3m, 3 non-gender.

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Meet the cast of “On The Thirteenth Day of Christmas”

First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey is producing my full-length Christmas comedy ON THE THIREENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS. The show runs Dec. 4-19; specific dates and times here. At last, I have a photo of the whole cast — well, almost.

Back row: Joey Mendoza (Cameraman Mike), Kevin Gabel (Newscaster Ashley; Dec. 10,11 & 12), David Conover (Mr. Rudolph), Vince Fay (Marvin the Maintenance Worker), John Stillings (Police Officer) Rahsaan Fenn (Newscaster Ashley) Jack Russell (Cameraman Andy) Ankit Sharma (Newscaster Nicky) Patty Champon (Maid-A-Milking), Grace Emley (Dee Dee), Ronnie Marvald (Cee Cee), Bethany Miranda (Veronica), Ruth Rocky (Bridgette) and Leslie Hochman (Mrs. Henderson). Missing: Chris Berry, who plays Newscaster Nicky on Dec. 18 and 19.

Back row, from left: Joey Mendoza (Cameraman Mike), Kevin Gabel (Newscaster Ashley; Dec. 10,11 & 12), David Conover (Mr. Rudolph), Vince Fay (Marvin the Maintenance Worker), John Stillings (Police Officer) Rahsaan Fenn (Newscaster Ashley) Jack Russell (Cameraman Andy) Ankit Sharma (Newscaster Nicky). Front row:  Patty Champon (Maid-A-Milking), Grace Emley (Dee Dee), Ronnie Marvald (Cee Cee), Bethany Miranda (Veronica), Ruth Rocky (Bridgette) and Leslie Hochman (Mrs. Henderson). Missing: Chris Berry, who plays Newscaster Nicky on Dec. 18 and 19.

Front row, but possibly not in order:

 

More rehearsal photos here and here.

ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
A wild, action-packed Christmas farce. A young woman suddenly finds herself receiving the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” apparently from an unknown suitor. The play begins on the thirteenth day as she copes with the chaos outside her apartment, as neighbors demand she do something about the noisy birds and pipers and drummers. The woman hatches a plan to shoot the birds and organize the people into an impromptu Christmas parade. Chaos ensues. Cast: 13 — 7f, 3m, 3 non-gender.

This will be the script’s second production; the first was in Oregon in 2013.

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Rehearsal photos from “On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas”

First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey is producing my full-length script ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS in December. Here are photos from the table read — plus the poster.

The show runs December 4-19; specific dates and times here.

This is the second production of the script; the first was in Oregon in 2013. Here’s a photo from that production, which the director called “a true gem.”

UPDATED: Even more rehearsal photos here.

Happy smiling faces. Mostly. I'll trust that's a pose.

Happy smiling faces. Mostly. I’ll trust that’s a pose.


ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

A wild, action-packed Christmas farce. A young woman suddenly finds herself receiving the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” apparently from an unknown suitor. The play begins on the thirteenth day as she copes with the chaos outside her apartment, as neighbors demand she do something about the noisy birds and pipers and drummers. The woman hatches a plan to shoot the birds and organize the people into an impromptu Christmas parade. Chaos ensues. Cast: 13 — 7f, 3m, 3 non-gender.

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