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 has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of providing a variety of live theatre choices such as comedies or musicals as well as original productions by local playwrights. 







Recent Reviews - 


The play, which features nine Gilbreth children from ages 17 down to about six (three are asleep upstairs – the same three throughout, which casting directors must appreciate), is unlikely to be mounted anywhere except at community theaters where parents are willing to chauffer the kids to rehearsals…and where a director is able to wrangle them into a coherent performance. Based on the youngsters having showed up and on a smooth production, First Avenue Playhouse fills the bill on both counts. Under Gina Shuster’s obviously caring direction, the kids hit their marks and talk their talk. Some of the content in conversations that introduce each act is lost to rapid kid-speak, but overall the exchanges are clear and – no small compliment – well timed.

Efficiency expert Gilbreth (David Clark) brings his techniques into the home, installing, for example, Victrolas (did I mention it’s the 1920s?) in the children’s’ bathrooms to play language lessons during tooth-brushing. (The girls get French and the boys German.) Clarke tempers Frank’s stern exterior with paternal love and concern (without which the play would bomb), and Antje Weymann is just right as Mrs. G, nicknamed “boss” by her husband with good cause. (The real-life Mrs. G held a PhD from Brown!)

The plot revolves around the conflict between the eldest daughter and her father. Seventeen-year-old Anne, extremely well-acted by Red Bank Catholic High School senior Amara Shroba, morphs from an immature kid to a self-confident young woman (who, btw, wears the period fashions with the aplomb of a Vogue model).

“A fun night at Jenny's House of Joy”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and i did a date night last month and saw our first play at the First Avenue Theater. We both weren't sure what to expect. We were happily surprised. The play was great....had a good story line, was very funny and the ladies put on an excellent performance. Everyone was super nice... including the performers, who we got to meet afterwards. We will definitely be back! Job well done!

Visited July 2016
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First Avenue Playhouse.

After seeing at least eight of their twelve shows a year for more than twelve years, we can honestly say that, after seeing Musical Movie Memories last night, with songs from movies like Grease, Mame, Mahogany, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gigi, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago and Rent, and a whole bunch of others, this is one of the BEST shows the theatre has presented. HIGHLY recommend!!!

Look What's Happening!

Directed by Gene Simankowicz

 Directed by Samantha Tartaglione

In October, TheatreWatch© gets into the 'spirit' of the season with a fireside chat.


Profiles of our current shows are the focus of  TheatreWatch © 


First Avenue Performers gain recognition for 2016.


Perry Award winners are announced.  Eric Hackler's original play 'I, Suspect' was our February production.

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.

Photography - Judi Berkowitz & David Conover © 2015 - 2016.

Portions of this website have been concieved with the kind assistance of SE Prag(2014) & Judi Berkowitz(2015).

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First Avenue Playhouse
123 First Avenue
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Phone: 732 291-7552




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