Have you always been wanting to socialize more however can’t find the rightgroup, club or meet up? How about a book club it might be a interesting group? You always loved books, however a book club will it just be quite literary types reading older classics or will they read and explore any contemporary works? Would you fit it? Well Karen Zacarias in her comedy production at the Cincinnati Playhouse in Park, The Book Club Play takes a hilarious, and engaging look at one unusual and eclectic book club.This show runs at the Playhouse March 23 thur May 5, 2013
This is not your typical book club it engages the senses with a full range of emotions and feelings as it’s members lives are being played out with each meeting. The desires, romantic interests, frustrations, fears and private lives are being exposed. To complicate matters each meeting is being filmed for a documentary which brings the feeling of a Reality TV show to this book club as occurrences are happening that can’t be edited out. Modern day issues such as relationships, extramarital affairs, racism, alternative lifestyles and career choices add interesting twists to this performance.
The entire cast is talented and superb in their acting out of the characters. It is fresh, original and enlightening and will leave you wanting to find a book club to join.
Katie Cook was good in the role of Ana. She displayed brilliantly her role as acreative co-founder of the book club. She was demanding and controlling and If you wanted to be in this club you had to pass the test to belong. Bravo! Katie Cook is making her debut with the Shakespeare Company with this production however she has performed in many notable regional productions including Pride and Prejudice at the Round Table and Proof at the Willamette Repertory Theatre.
Toccarra Cash was great in her role of Lily. She was the spirited in her portrayal of the rebellious, protege of Ana. She was new in town and needed to make new friends. She wanted the book club to grow with new members, and more contemporary choices for reading to make the group diverse. Toccarra most recently had performed in a Off Broadway production, Playing with Fire at the August Strindberg Theatre.
Joel Reuben Ganz was superb in his role as Alex a Literary teacher who hadlost of his passion for books until he joined The Book club. Joel recently finished a 2 year performance of the Broadway hit War Horse at the Lincoln Center.
Lesley Gurule was excellent in her role of Jen the social outcast who craved the social aspects and interactions of book club. The character of Jen was interested in newer contemporary literary works just like Lily. Lesley prior to this production recently performed in the K of D, at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.
Jeffrey Hawkins was amazing in portrayal of Will the literary snob who wasconcerned with quality of the works that the group discussed. Well done. Jeff has also has performed nationally and regional in productions such as Boeing and the Crucible.
Mike Ostroski as also great with his character of Rob the husband to Ana. He brilliantly played the ex sports star who loves movies but seeks the food and social interaction of book club. Previously Mike has preformed 12 years with the Barter Theatre’s Acting company with over 75 productions under his credit. Some key shows he has acted in included The Last Five years and Fully committed.
Tickets to The Book Club Play production range in price $45-$76 this will vary in regard to the date, time and seating available. More information on this show is available online at: www.cincyplay.com or by calling the box office at #513-321-3888
This is a highly entertaining production that is lively, fun filled, fresh, and original. It is a great reason to visit the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Enjoy!