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. 




                  PLEASE CALL THE PLAYHOUSE AT 732-291-7552






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From TripAdvisor (5.0 based on 56 reviews)

“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  Barry Prag

 Directed by  Steve Hirsekorn

An interview of some 'Importance' with the cast of "Earnest'  in June's TheatreWatch©


Profiles of our current shows are the focus of TheatreWatch  ©   


First Avenue Performers gain recognition for 2016.


Perry Award winner, Eric Hackler, wins Best Writer & Director of an original play for 'I, Suspect' at the NJACT Perry Awards held on Sunday Sept. 19. 

If you want to make a night of it.


We have partnered with some area restaurants. Click on the button below for information on our dinner theatre options.

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