Welcome to The First Avenue Playhouse



The First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey is one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in Monmouth County. Located in downtown Atlantic Highlands, The First Avenue Playhouse is a dessert theatre that is preparing to celebrate it's 30th anniversary of providing a variety of live theatre choices such as comedies or musicals as well as original productions by local playwrights. 




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Featuring 'The Philadelphia Story' in a late night talk show format (in front of a live audience)

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From TripAdvisor (5.0 based on 60+ reviews)

“The Philadelphia Story - Once again, First Ave Playhouse beautifully presents a classic! Drop everything and go see it!”




The theater maybe small and quaint but time and time again they produce first rate shows. 'The Philadelphia Story',

takes you back in time to the Main Line of Philadelphia and the Lord family. The large cast is filled with great talent

. Lilyanne White as the precocious child of Alexandra Lord steals the show. If you close your eyes, you'd swear it was

Katherine Hepburn on stage. That's how well Mary Lawrence plays the part of Tracy Lord.

All the members of the cast are terrific. This is "A don't miss" performance!





My friends and I really love this venue and we have enjoyed several plays at the First Avenue Playhouse and we all agreed that this one was one of the very best.

Old Bridge, New Jersey

“Something different for a casual night out”



I have been here several times with friends. We go out to an early dinner and then head over for dessert and coffee. The plays are very entertaining and well acted. Always a good time.

Visited June 2017



“Great plays!”


Reviewed May 28, 2017 

First Avenue Playhouse almost always has a terrific play, and May's choice, Joe Simonelli's play Stocks and Blondes, is no exception. Very funny, and makes for a wonderful night out!

Visited May 2017


“Don't Dress for Dinner”


Reviewed February 13, 2017

Funny, great show. The actors were wonderful, the desserts

were delicious and both the staff and patrons were sociable.

Can't wait to see another show.

Visited February 2017


“Many Visits, Many Good Times !”


Reviewed April 11, 2017

Have seen multiple plays here.

ALL have been well done.

Good Acting, Sets, Direction, and Sound.

A very pleasant & entertaining evening

Visited January 2017

Directed by  Steve Hirsekorn

 Directed by  Donna Jeanne

An interview with a true 'behind the scenes' icon.   in TheatreWatch©

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