IN THE ARTS

Eight more performances of “Macbeth” have been added to the already extended performance schedule of Two River Theater Company’s first foray into the world of Shakespeare.

Conceived and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Artistic Director Aaron Posner, “Macbeth” will now run from Jan. 15 through Feb. 17.

This bloody masterpiece, with magic designed by Teller, is described as “a pedal-to-themetal, horror show … absolutely true to Shakespeare’s intelligent, passionate, disturbing, and darkly funny text, delivered in a style that connects directly with the great American tradition of horror films- and serve Shakespeare’s dense, twisty and sometimes madmaking and maddening prose.”

Tickets are $30 – $56. For information or tickets, call (732) 345-1400, visit www.trtc.org or visit the Two River Theater box office at 21 Bridge Ave. in Red Bank.

The Monmouth Museum will host “Dorn’s Classic Images,” an exhibit of vintage historical photographs from the collection of Kathy Dorn Severini, through Feb. 3. The museum is located on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Admission to the musuem is $7 per person, Brookdale staff and students with a valid I.D., members and children under 2 free. For more information, call (732) 747-2266 or visit www.monmouthmuseum.org.

The First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, will present “The Nerd” opening Friday Jan. 4 and playing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Feb. 2. A Sunday matinee will be presented Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:50 p.m.; showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for regular performances, $15 seniors and students Thursday evening and matinee performances.

For reservations and information, call (732) 291-7552 or visit www.firstavenueplayhouse. com.

Paper Moon Puppet Theatre will present “Beauty and the Beast” Jan. 5 through March 22. Performances are on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at the The First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands Tickets are $9. Birthday parties can also be accommodated. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the playhouse at (732) 291-7552.

Registration is underway for “Connect to and Nourish the Creativity Inside You,” a program to help develop creativity, whatever its expression. Conversations and exercises from the book, “The Artist Way,” will take place over 12 weeks; $12 per session, Wednesdays, 1- 3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m., beginning Jan. 9. The sessions will be held at 23 Riverlawn Drive, Fair Haven. To register or for more information, call (732) 933-0410 or e-mail nancybryan3@comcast.net.

Soar Productions will present the thriller “Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott Jan. 11-26. Entertaining and suspenseful, “Wait Until Dark” is a play about a blind housewife whose life is changed when she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country.

Performances are Friday, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 12, 19 and 26, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for seniors and students and $18 for all others. Performances are at 1110 Union Ave., Union Beach. For tickets, call (732) 471-8268.

For more information, visit www.soarproductions.org.

The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury will hold an All Member All Media show Jan. 7-31. There will be an opening reception Jan. 6, 3-5 p.m. The guild is located at 620 Broad St. where hours are noon-4:30 p.m. For more information, call (732) 741-1441 or visit www.guildofcreativeart.com.

The Art Society of Monmouth County will hold its annual Merit Award and Exhibit for high school seniors Jan. 12 to 26. The Merit Award recognizes students of outstanding ability who plan to major in art after graduation and is made without regard to financial need. Applicants’ artwork will be in an exhibit at Monmouth Beach Cultural Center.

Art students will be required to submit six original works (paintings, graphics and/or sculptures) from work done during their junior and senior years. To participate, students must complete an application and return it, postmarked by Dec. 27. Applicants will receive letters with further instructions.

For an application, call Lucille Dellert, president of the art society at (732) 229-3377.

Spotlight Players will hold auditions for the musical “Hello Dolly” 7-9 p.m. Jan. 14 and 16. The company is casting performers age 7 and up; many adults and dancers are needed. All roles are open except Dolly. Those auditioning should bring sheet music. Performances are April 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at First Presbyterian Church. For information, visit www.spotlightplayers.org or call (732) 583-7874.

Compiled by Gloria Stravelli