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BWW Interview: Anthony Cochrane in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at STNJ
By Marina Kennedy
| Broadway World

The Diary of Anne Frank will be onstage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) from October 14th to November 21st. Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman, the play is directed by Joseph Discher.

Nearly 75 years ago in the Netherlands, a young girl received a diary for her 13th birthday. Today, Anne Frank's humor, strength and innate goodness continue to shine forth from her words to inspire readers and audiences of all ages. The powerful story of her family's will to survive comes to life in this adaptation of the Pulitzer, Tony and NY Drama Critic's Circle Award-winning play. Broadwayworld.com interviewed Anthony Cochrane who plays the part of Mr. Van Daan in the show. Click here to read more.

‘Anne Frank’ opens at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ
By Bill Nutt
| Daily Record

It spoils nothing to point out that “The Diary of Anne Frank” ends with the news that almost all the play’s characters die. But it also spoils nothing to add that the play, ultimately, carries a message of hope for a better world.

This irony is not lost on the cast of the production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” that runs now through Nov. 21 at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

“It’s a story about a horrible time, but it shows how people are able to cope,” says Emmanuelle Nadeau, the 16-year-old actress from Westfield who plays the title role. Click here to read more.

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New production of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' is powerful
By Karen Nowosad
| The Examiner

One of the most important books that emerged about life during World War II was “The Diary of Anne Frank.” It was written by a young girl who aspired to become a writer someday. She was not allowed to grow up and live her life so all that we have left from her is the very moving account of what she and her family along with four other people went through as Jews during World War II in Amsterdam. The plot of the book is not a surprise in this play. However, the production that opened on Oct. 17 at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey provides remarkable acting. Through careful direction, the show becomes very powerful to see and one that will be of interest to those who are already familiar with it and as well as new viewers.

Strong direction of this production is by Joseph Discher. The book is by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett with adaptation by Wendy Kesselman. The set is perfectly built to show how tight everyone had to live together and how little air or light would have been able to get into the annex of the office building in Amsterdam, Holland, which housed the actual factory where Mr. Frank worked. These living quarters are referred to as the Secret Annex. Photos of the actual space can be seen on the Anne Frank website. Click here to read more.