New Jersey has dozens of fabulous destinations that offer fun, exciting and entertaining attractions for all members of the family. As a native New Jerseyan, one of my favorite destinations has always been The Shore. Although, the Shore area (to me, anywhere southeast of Exit 109 on Parkway South) is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, you may be surprised to learn it has quite the cultural attractions as well, particularly, in Red Bank, (exit 109 Parkway South). The town has a bit of everything to please all of your senses, from delicious restaurants, to nightlife and shopping, (ahhhem Coco Pari?!). Last weekend, I had the opportunity to enjoy the community a little more when I was invited to attend the opening of a play at the nationally recognized Two River Theater.
The theater is an architectural stunner from the outside to the inside. The theater itself felt quaint and intimate. Any seat in the house is a great seat!
My sister and I got to see the beautiful play Women of Padilla. The Women of Padilla, written by the playwright of Two River’s famed show, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, takes you into the homes of eight women (sister-in-laws) connected through marriage; each share the last name “Padilla.” They become more connected through the power of food, faith, laughter and each other while their husbands are away at war. Some of the women we met were Mari, the one who quietly leads; Carmen, the one who drinks; Marta, the one with faith; Alejandra, the one who’s expecting; along with the rest of The Women of Padilla.
The heartfelt play left us feeling inspired to look at life’s trials and tribulations in a more positive way and to remember that no matter what the circumstances are, there are always family, food and laughter to be embraced.
After the show concluded, the production crew had a lovely meet-and-greet to mingle with the characters and fellow theatergoers. The option to attend a play comparable to Broadway is a delightful way to spend a night out in Jersey!