By Jane Martin
Directed by Barbara VanSavage
WHEN: November 4–13, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM
WHERE: First Unitarian Society of Plainfield Parish Hall, 724 Park Ave., Plainfield
TICKETS: $17 ($14 for Seniors/Students).
For more information 908.756.0750 or visit www.fusp.org
Written by Jane Martin, TALKING WITH… is a collection of wide-ranging monologues by eleven very different women. From the shopping cart woman who sees in McDonald’s plastic proof of the eternal to desperate actresses to the musings of a tattooed woman, the play is a mixture of the droll and surprising.
Parish Hall was the home of the Parish Players, the oldest theater group in New Jersey with a proud past of bringing quality theater to the area. Reborn as Act IV, the Theater continues to delight and entertain.
ACT IV Productions is FUSP's community theatre group. It had its inception in 1992, when some members were trying to raise funds for some facility improvements. They decided on a dinner and music program, and Norm Krisburg was enlisted to direct the music part. The program was such a success that Norm suggested forming a theatre group, which he then directed for several years. Their first production was Studs Terkel's Working, which included a large cast of church members. Originally envisioned as an in-church group, ACT IV rapidly enlarged its scope to a point where they are now attracting members and audiences, as well as high quality actors, from many communities in the central New Jersey area. The quality of the productions has been improving continuously over the years, and ACT IV has become a true community theater.(Above: a scene from 2005 production of The Fantasticks)
Some past productions include: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Baby; Arsenic and Old Lace; The Odd Couple (Female Version); Plaza Suite; How to Succeed in Business; Nunsense; Driving Miss Daisy; Lend Me a Tenor; Dracula; Morning's at Seven; The Fantasticks; and, most recently, Sylvia. (Left: a scene from 2009 Sylvia)