New Jersey Stage

Friday, April 29, 2011

Curtain up for Irreverent Rep with "Beyond Therapy"

(Asbury Park, NJ) -- Monmouth County's newest theater troupe, Irreverent Rep, will raise the curtain on its premiere effort, "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang at The Showroom on Cookman Avenue for four performances (April
29th-30, May 6-7).

Conceived by David Sorin of Howell, Irreverent Rep will strive to become part of the cultural renaissance of Asbury Park by bringing lesser-done, provocative works to the stage.  Sorin is best known by the local theater community as the founder of downtown Freehold's Center Players. 

"We plan to present shows that are less mainstream, thought provoking and socially relevant," says Sorin.  "I never underestimate the intelligence of our audiences," he continues, "and we feel the diverse population of Asbury Park will be well-served by our mission to bring topical, thought provoking material to the stage."

"Beyond Therapy," says the show's director, Mateo Venuto of Point Pleasant, is an hysterically funny slice-of-life set in the 1970's.  The story embodies a number of social messages that still hold true today, including sexual identity and the quest for mental health."  

According to Bernadette Gill, Jackson, the troupe's outreach coordinator, "we chose The Showroom on Cookman Ave. as the venue for our initial offering because its intimate size and central location are a natural fit for 'Beyond Therapy.'  We are actively searching for a permanent home in Asbury Park and are thrilled to be making our debut in the heart of the town's renaissance district."  

Irreverent Rep has also partnered with Restaurant Plan B to offer pre-show, prix fixe dining right across from The Showroom.  Tickets and additional information are available online at