COVID-19—Our current response to what has always been an always fluid and sometimes volitile situation:    Dear Friends of the Playhouse,   We hope that you are well while sheltering in place.  Due to the changing environment we have made the following changes.    Masks If they are still required when we open,  we will not be serving  coffee,cake, or soda. To protect all of us no food or beverages will be not allowed to be brought in.   Show Time Doors will open at 8 PM the show will begin at 8:15 PM.   Meet the actors We are replacing our after show meet the actors with a Talk Back. Following the performance the actors will remain on stage and take questions and comments from the audience.   Ticket Prices  To make it more affordable for you to come to our theater during these difficult times we have reduced our admission price by five dollars.   ALL TICKETS are now $20 (until masks are no longer required and desserts are provided.)    Donations We Need Your Help!!!.   As a nonprofit  community theater, Our goal has always been to provide you with a quality performance at a reasonable price. Your ticket sales are a small part of our budget. These are difficult times for the theater. For 32 years the  theater has presented a new performance every month. ! Any donation large or small will help to keep our doors open.   As  a non-profit 501©3 company.  Your donation will be tax Deductible. We will provide you with a letter confirming your donation.    We’d love to hear from you!    You can call us and we will take your credit card donation. You can mail us a check. You can add your donation to our go fund me account online. You can purchase our 10 performance package of $180.00,  which reduces the price for you per performance and at the same time gives us some upfront money to add to our budget.   We will be here, with your support, to brighten your day, the show must go on. Stay safe, be well, we will see you soon!    Starburst Productions Board Members  For First Avenue Playhouse  As always, thank you for your patronage!  By the way — wash your hands.

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123 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, N. J.   07716                    ---------------     732-291-7552      -----------------Welcome to The World of First Avenue Playhouse

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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



From TripAdvisor (5.0 based on 100+ reviews)

First Avenue Playhouse Dessert Theatre

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


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

They wanted to be sure we had everything we needed. 


"You Can't Take It With You"



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



Staff was great. Looking forward to going back. Highly recommend.


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. 

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