Welcome to The World of 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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Look What's Happening Now!


The Big -Five- OH
by Brian Mitchell

Whoever said life is better after fifty had better be right. George Thomas is turning fifty on Saturday, and it has been a terrible week.  His dog is sick, his son is a slacker, and his daughter wants to marry a Republican. He has a neurotic wife and a widowed neighbor that provide many challenges that even George can overcome.  Through these trying days, George will discover the wonders of family.   
The Big Five Oh is a hilarious, sometimes touching account of a grown man coming to terms with his age.



Auditions  have been  rescheduled for Monday evening March 26th at 7:30.


Open Casting call will take place 7:30  pm for the folowing roles :

Marie Thomas-Age Range 45- 55(Georges Wife)

George Thomas- Age Range 45-60

Julie Thomas - Age Range 20 to 30 (Georges Daughter)

Eric Thomas- Age Range 20 to 30 (Georges Son)

Douglas - Age Range 30 to 50 (Julies Boyfriend)

Kathy Walters - Age Range 55 to 70 (Thomas' Neighbor)

Sara Donovan - Age Range 20 to 30 (George's Student)

Performances the month of May, Friday & Saturday evenings & one Sunday Matinee on May 20.

Any questions contact Leslie Hochman (director) at 

First Avenue Playhouse
123 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Call 732-291-7552 for information, or directions.

Call playhouse if dates are not available for you

Directed by  Dawn Witek

 Directed by  Barry Prag

Our Latest Video

Members of this month's "Always A Bridesmaid"  are reunited after performing in last years "Savannah Sipping Society"

From TripAdvisor (5.0 based on 60+ reviews)

TripAdvisor reviews of  First Avenue Playhouse 
“The Philadelphia Story - Once again, First Ave Playhouse beautifully presents a classic! Drop everything and go see it!”
The theater puts on a great comedy show month after month. From Broadway scripts to those by local play wrights, the shows are sure to please. Having seen some of the original scripts on Broadway, I can say that the cast here often does a better job than their counterparts on the Great White Way.


The current play,  The Philadelphia Story, was well-done and had the audience laughing almost from the opening curtain. 

Visited August 2017


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.

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

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