COVID-19—In adhering to the recommendation of local health officials and the New Jersey State gov’t. we have postponed all activities at the First Avenue Playhouse.  The situation regarding this health crisis has been changing rapidly.  At this time we believe this postponement will be short term.  This includes not only  our main stage theatre productions but also the Starburst Puppet Theatre enterprise.  As a community theatre we are committed, not only to the bayshore community in which we operate but also to  our patrons and our volunteers. Our focus is on the health and safety of our customers and communities.  There is no question that this is a time of great uncertainty.  While we don’t know what the future may hold, we feel confident that by sticking together and supporting our communities as well as each other we will be able to stay strong. As always, thank you for your patronage!  By the way — wash your hands.

The Playhouse Staff

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Our Theatre Activities

Live theatre and training programs


Every month for the last 32 years we have been providing quality entertainment with a different production each month of musical revues, comedies and dramas


A live theatre with live performers as well as puppeteers. The children get introduced to the marionettes as the puppeteers stroll through the audience with some of the puppets.


First Avenue Playhouse Community outreach,  provides  theatre space for workshop activities of local school children through the town's arts council

First Avenue Playhouse Dessert Theatre

102 Reviews#1 of 14 things to do in Atlantic Highlands


It was like everyone in that cozy little place were all friends. 

They wanted to be sure we had everything we needed


Just saw - You Can’t Take It With You. It was outstanding.

The show was a master class in acting, set design and comedy. You don’t want to miss this.


Went to see  "You Cant't Take It With You". Show was hilarious. Staff was great. Looking forward to going back. Highly recommend.

Directed by Bethany Miranda

 Directed by Joe Farella

In this  interview with the director of "You Can't Take It with You", TheatreWatch catches up with Bethany Miranda as the rehearsal process comes to a conclusion.

From TripAdvisor (5.0 based on 90+ reviews)


102 Reviews #1 of 14 Things to do in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

I went to opening night of this hilarious play and laughed from start to finish! The comedic timing and excellent interpretations of each character by every actor really pulled you into the hysterically high stakes hijinks of characters both foreign and domestic. I give this play my highest recommendation of 2 snorts and commend the actors, director, and crew for a truly wonderful production. Oh and the cake was great too!

Date of experience: June 2019


This talented cast did a wonderful job of bringing Woody Allen’s 1960’s comedy to the stage of the First Avenue Playhouse! The show is a must see!! We thoroughly enjoyed opening night in this charming setting, topped off by complimentary coffee and desert! The staff is warm and friendly! A perfect venue to enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and family! Not a bad seat in the house! Looking forward to returning!

Date of experience: June 2019


Romantic Comedy: First Avenue Playhouse

Looking for a great place to enjoy an evening out seeing a great show in an intimate setting. One were you can relax and meet others this is the place. The shows are up close and very well done the talents is the best and its a desert theater (which is really good) They offer dinner packages to local restaurants. Just look up their web site and enjoy

Date of experience: February 2019



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

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Our subscription ticket package of Non-Expiring tickets is the best deal for playhouse admissions at $180 for ten tickets. 

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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